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Obama reaches for upbeat outlook in final State of the Union

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By JOSH LEDERMAN
Associated Press
  
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama will deliver a final State of the Union address brimming with optimism -- far more than most Americans possess.
  
After six years of pitching ambitious proposals in his annual speech to Congress, Obama plans to take a rhetorical step back Tuesday as he opens the final stretch of his presidency. By returning to the hopeful tenor of his presidential campaigns, Obama hopes to give voice to themes that Democrats can embrace in their campaigns to replace Obama and win back Congress.
  
But the country doesn't always see it the same way.
  
Seven in 10 Americans said they see the U.S. heading in the wrong direction, according to an NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll last month. That's a marked decline from just two months earlier.

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