State of the Union 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
President Obama sought to rouse the nation from complacency in his State of the Union address Tuesday, urging innovation and reforms that he said are vital to keep the United States a global leader.
We look at the broad themes of the president's address, how the public views his handling of the issues and which lines got the best responses.
His audience last night was not only in the United States, but in Moscow, Tehran, and elsewhere.
Her criticism of the country's current course was directed almost solely at Obama himself. up.
The guests in the first lady's guest box reflect major themes in President Obama's State of the Union address.
If we keep spending, America's best days are behind her, says the GOP lawmaker.
Obama scored one of his biggest laughs by ticking off examples of government redundancies.
The State of the Union became a second-grade Valentine exchange, or the homecoming dance.
Post Associate Editor Robert G. Kaiser analyzes President Obama's State of the Union address.
'Think you know everything about the State of the Union? Here's your chance to prove it.
"Starting this year, no American will be forbidden from serving the country they love because of who they love," Obama said Tuesday night.
Tell us how likely you think it is that the examples stated in President Obama's speech will be kept.
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Who Runs Gov takes a look at four of President Obama's top speechwriters.
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Over the past decade, innovation in America stalled in almost every sector, say scholars.
Obama's SOTU catchphrase, 'win the future,' sounds oddly familiar. Newt Gingrich could tell you why.
President Obama's second State of the Union address is in the books. Let the analysis begin.
The economy isn't currently growing fast enough to bring down the unemployment rate. But the administration expects that it will be growing that fast very soon.
The idea of cross party-seating has been around since the mid-1990s.
President Obama and his party may have suffered a historic defeat in November's midterm elections, but in his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, he was anything but on the defensive.
State of the Union theatrics are now tweeted, dissected, fact-checked, mocked, praised and parodied, and then all of that is retweeted even before the president uttered a word of it on live television.
Of course, there's still that niggling problem of unemployment, which will outlast the glow of Obama's speech.
America, President Obama emphasized in his State of the Union address, must really be open for business.
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Photos and Video
Video | Watch the president's 2011 speech start in its entirety.
Photos | We received nearly 2,000 entries for Tom Toles's Cartoon Caption Contest pegged to President Obama's State of the Union address. See Toles's top ten picks and find out who the winner is.
Photos | A look at some of the guests honored at the annual State of the Union address since President Ronald Reagan introduced the practice in 1982.
Photos | Technology and partisanship have transformed the State of the Union over the past century. Here's a look back.
Video | Watch the president's 2011 preview speech.
Breaking down the 2011 SOTU
Take a look at the broad themes of the president's address, how the public views his handling of the issues and which lines got the best response.
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