Use the rest to do some nation-building right here at home

from President Barack Obama – State Of The Union 2012 on Rap Genius

Meaning

The words “nation-building” here hearken back to George W. Bush. In a Presidential debate in 2000, Bush famously said:

[W]e can’t be all things to all people in the world. I am worried about over-committing our military around the world. I want to be judicious in its use. I don’t think nation-building missions are worthwhile

Of course, once he actually got into office, President Bush got the U.S. involved in “nation-building” efforts in multiple countries, most notably Iraq and Afghanistan

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