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Another State of the Union address, another road trip for President Barack Obama to push now-familiar policies that he said he would pursue on his own if Congress won’t cooperate.

Obama heads to Maryland and Pennsylvania for economic-themed events Wednesday after calling for 2014 to be “year of action” in his State of the Union speech.

The next day, Obama goes to Wisconsin and Tennessee, continuing a tradition of selling his policy prescription directly to the public after the ceremonial report to the nation

the more than hour-long address Tuesday night, Obama talked a good game of acting on his own if necessary, but his words also showed he knows that true progress depends on cooperation with a divided and recalcitrant Congress.

“Sometimes we stumble; we make mistakes; we get frustrated or discouraged,” he said near the end, seeming to describe 2013 – when his approval ratings dropped.

“But for more than 200 years, we have put those things aside and placed our collective shoulder to the wheel of progress.”

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