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An address of hope more than reality

20 February 2013

The Australian

The president's State of the Union address is laden with pomp and circumstance unparalleled in the democratic world, says chief executive Bates Gill. Nonetheless, it is an address held on Congress's turf, and Barack Obama will have to convince Congress to support his programs if he wants to avoid lame duck status. Read article

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Getting America back on track

15 February 2013

ABC TV Planet America

In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama flagged American infrastructure as badly in need of repair, highlighting bridges, road networks and new high speed rail projects around the country. Honorary professor in urban policy Edward Blakely joins an expert panel to look the politics of this push for better cities.  Watch Online

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Obama sets second term agenda

14 February 2013

ABC Radio Australia Connect Asia

US President Barack Obama yesterday set out a vision of his second term in his State of the Union address, the first since being voted back in as president. Research associate Tom Switzer looks at the political ramifications of the speech for the next four years.  Listen Online

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Obama extends light hand of liberalism

14 February 2013

The Conversation Online

Obama’s one hope for his second-term agenda is that the public will force Congress to transform from, in the words of JFK, “rivals for power” into “partners for progress”, writes research associate Nicole Hemmer. Read more

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Climate change in Washington

14 February 2013

The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald

The climate is changing in Washington. That's the message of the President's first State of the Union address since his re-election, writes research associate Tom Switzer. Read more

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Obama lays out economic agenda

14 February 2013

The Conversation Online

President Obama left little doubt during his State of the Union address that the creation of jobs and building a strong middle class would be his top priority in the years ahead. And as research associate Luke Freedman writes, these weren't mere platitudes. Read more

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Middle class targeted in Obama's address

13 February 2013

ABC 24 The World

Obama has used the first State of the Union address of his second term to try and carve out his legislative agenda, including a strong focus on the middle class. Centre CEO Bates Gill looks at what the speech says about the years the ahead. Watch Online

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How strong is the State of the Union?

13 February 2013

ABC Local Radio Sydney Evenings

It was a stirring speech but how achievable are his goals on gun control, immigration, climate change and economic recovery? Lectuer David Smith analyses Obama's chances of transforming America and guaranteeing himself a meaningful legacy. Listen Online

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Laundry list looks towards legacy

13 February 2013

Sky Business The Perrett Report

Barack Obama's first State of the Union address since his re-election has flagged a wide range of issues that he hopes to tackle in his second term, but how realistic is his agenda? Associate professor Brendon O'Connor looks at what the speech tells us about the renewed President. Watch Online

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Call for bipartisanship rings out of SOTU

13 February 2013

ABC Radio PM

In a wide ranging State of the Union address, Barack Obama has touched on issues of climate change, economic growth, immigration, gun reform and foreign policy. Research associate Tom Switzer looks at whether the calls for bipartisanship will produce results in the President's second term. Listen Online

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Economic recovery dominates speech

13 February 2013

Bloomberg TV

Lecturer David Smith examines Barack Obama's State of the Union address for 2013 and looks at what it indicates for the next four years. Will Obama be able to achieve his progressive goals?  Watch Online

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Obama looks ahead in State of the Union

13 February 2013

ABC News Radio

An increase in the minimum wage, a commitment to addressing climate change and an emotional plea for gun reform after the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings, these were some of the striking features of Barack Obama's State of the Union address. Associate professor Brendon O'Connor looks at the President's second term agenda in detail.  Listen Online

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Obama's legacy lies in the economy

13 February 2013

Sky Business

It was the economy that took centre stage in President Obama's first State of the Union speech since his reelection, with the word 'jobs' mentioned over 30 times and the deficit referenced over 10. Senior lecturer Michael Ondaatje says this is partly because Obama's legacy rests on the economy's performance in the coming years.  Watch Online

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Economy remains the focus for Obama

13 February 2013

Sky Business

A strong focus on the economy, bolstered by a legislative agenda including climate change, immigration and gun reform were the hallmarks of Obama's 2013 State of the Union address but what does it mean looking forward? Lecturer Adam Lockyer joins an expert panel to dissect the speech. Watch Online

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Obama prepares for State of the Union

13 February 2013

Sky News

Ahead of the first State of the Union address of President Barack Obama's second term, lecturer Adam Lockyer joins an expert panel to discuss the speech and what it means for the next four years. Watch Online

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The state of the presidency

13 February 2013

ABC The Drum Online

When Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union this week, his success will be measured in television ratings, with panels of pundits all too ready to deliver verdicts devoid of any analysis, writes ABC host and research associate John Barron. Read more

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Experts available for State of the Union commentary

7 February 2013

US President Barack Obama will deliver his annual State of the Union address to a special joint session of Congress on Tuesday 12 February 2013 at 9pm Washington time, Wednesday 13 February 2013 at 1pm Sydney time. This year the address falls on Abraham Lincoln's birthday. President Obama is expected to outline his agenda for the coming year, and his speech will be followed by a reply from Republican Senator Marco Rubio. Read more

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