Thursday, January 28, 2010

President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address

I was struck by the relative absence of comment on the international situation. In view of the continuing economic problems in the United States and their impact on the upcoming elections, this was not surprising. Nevertheless, it was striking. I would not be surprised if the percentage of the president’s remarks on international affairs was the lowest for State of the Union speeches over the past decade. In a speech with so little emphasis on foreign affairs, it was also interesting that he singled out South Korea, Panama and Columbia. Image: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.

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