Jonathan Alter: Obama Needs to Innovate

Thursday, January 20, 2011

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his first State of the Union speech to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill January 27, 2010, in Washington, DC. (Getty Images/Getty)

Next week, President Barack Obama will deliver his annual State of the Union address. We can expect to hear him lay out his roadmap for the next two years. Leading up to his address, we’re talking with some key political observers about the direction in which the president should and must move in his remaining time in office.

We’re joined by Jonathan Alter, senior editor at Newsweek and author of "The Promise: President Obama, Year One. In a recent story for Newsweek, Alter wrote, “President Obama’s task in 2011 is to frame our choice—innovate or stagnate—then offer instructional tips on inventing the future.”

Like we’ve asked our listeners, we ask Alter to fill in these blanks: "2011 will be a decisively positive year for Obama if we begin to see [BLANK], and negative if we see more of [BLANK]" 


Jonathan Alter

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja and Andrea Swalec

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.