During Tuesday night's State of the Union address, President Obama addressed the nation's middle class, saying that it's our generation's task to "reignite the true engine" of America.

"It is our generation’s task, then, to reignite the true engine of America’s economic growth – a rising, thriving middle class," he said.

"It is our unfinished task to restore the basic bargain that built this country – the idea that if you work hard and meet your responsibilities, you can get ahead, no matter where you come from, what you look like, or who you love."

"The American people don’t expect government to solve every problem. They don’t expect those of us in this chamber to agree on every issue. But they do expect us to put the nation’s interests before party. They do expect us to forge reasonable compromise where we can. For they know that America moves forward only when we do so together; and that the responsibility of improving this union remains the task of us all."