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Another political spectacle come and gone

What does it say about our modern politicians when the most (only?) memorable part of the annual State of the Union address is the introduction of a certifiable hero siting in the gallery?

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A Dreadful State of the Union, Redeemed

Professor Ubertaccio has been dismissive of the value of the modern State of the Union speech here, here, and here so in the spirit of cranky academic brotherhood let me point out some ugly moments and one good one in  this year’s SOTU by President Barack Obama.  

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From the archives: the state of the union

In January 2012 I posted some thoughts on the state of the State of the Union.  I haven’t changed my view:

“When Presidents deliver their State of the Union remarks to a Joint Session of Congress, it can be hard to determine which of their legislative proposals are “necessary and expedient.”

At least the President Obama avoided references to school uniforms or the energy implications of switchgrass.

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The Rhetorical President Strikes Again

Given all that the President laid before the feet of Congress as “necessary and expedient” in his State of the Union address, you’d think he’d have spent the rest of the week engaged in the mundane business of governing.  How very quaint.

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Another politician’s speech. We just call it the State of the Union

When Presidents deliver their State of the Union remarks to a Joint Session of Congress, it can be hard to determine which of their legislative proposals are “necessary and expedient.”

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