By Becky Bratu, Staff Writer, NBC News
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Sgt. First Class Cory Remsburg's story of courage, struggle and survival had the entire room in a standing ovation near the end of the State of the Union address Tuesday — as President Obama recognized one of the nation's wounded heroes as a symbol for the country's own resilience.
Praising the 30-year-old Army Ranger, Obama said that "like the Army he loves, like the America he serves, SFC Cory Remsburg never gives up, and he does not quit."
The president added that "men and women like Cory remind us that America has never come easy."
The unifying moment — which made both Republicans and Democrats, some misty-eyed, stand and applaud in unison — was the emotional highlight of a speech marked by Obama's vows to use executive powers to sidestep Republican roadblocks on Capitol Hill.
Remsburg and his father, Craig Remsburg, a retired Air Force Reserve firefighter, were seated next to first lady Michelle Obama, who also received a shorter standing ovation earlier.
As he introduced Remsburg to the audience, Obama described his first impression of him: "A strong, impressive young man, with an easy manner, sharp as a tack."
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