Former Clinton Speechwriter Reacts to Obama's State of the Union Address

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

US President Barack Obama delivers his annual State of the Union Address. (JIM WATSON/Getty)

President Obama delivered his third annual State of the Union Address last night. Obama focused primarily on income inequality. Jettisoning his normally conciliatory tone, the president instead highlighted the differences between right and left with impassioned rhetoric. Vowing to protect middle class families with mortgage assistance legislation, he also outlined his plans to institute the "Buffet rule" which would require those making over $1 billion to pay a 30 percent tax rate.

Michael Waldman is the executive director of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University and former chief speechwriter for President Bill Clinton joins the program to discuss the President’s remarks.

Waldman is also the author of “My Fellow Americans: The Most Important Speeches of America's Presidents from George Washington to Barack Obama.”


Michael Waldman

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So the President urges the nation to emulate the military who volunteer to surrender their civil liberties? The President is the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces and not the commander of the private citizen or those in Congress but rather their employee who is temporarily loaned authority.

Jan. 25 2012 12:39 PM

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