March 10, 2013 |
In announcing his wrongheaded proposal to increase the minimum wage to $9 an hour, President Obama spoke in lofty terms: "In the wealthiest nation on Earth," he said in his State of the Union address last month, "no one who works full time should have to live in poverty. " If the debate proceeds as it has -- many times -- in the past, then most Democrats will embrace the president's message and back the proposal, while most Republicans will oppose it, on the grounds that higher labor costs will lead to higher unemployment.
January 26, 2011 |
A president's annual message to Congress often contains a laundry list of legislative proposals, an acknowledgement of the nation's challenges, and requisite appeals for bipartisan cooperation. More often than not, the presidential address drags on for the better part of an hour. But one single climactic line tends to reflect the moment in time, and it usually begins: "The state of our Union is ?" Sometimes it's a simple declaration, often just: "strong. " But presidents have often embellished, or taken a different course.
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February 10, 1986
President Reagan's State of the Union address was much too long. He could, and should, have limited it to five sentences, as follows: "In the 189 years before I was elected President, this nation had accumulated a national debt of 1 trillion dollars. I doubled that to 2 trillion in just five years. In 1980 we were the greatest creditor nation in the world. Under my stewardship we have become the greatest debtor nation in all of history. In addition to these accomplishments, I have successfully thwarted every attempt at arms control or arms reduction."
September 4, 2012 |
MEXICO CITY - Outgoing President Felipe Calderon told Mexicans in his final state of the union address Monday that although their country was still rife with problems, particularly drug violence, structural changes he championed would make it stronger in the long run. Calderon's decision shortly after taking office in 2006 to confront drug gangs head-on came to define his presidency, although the wisdom of his choice remains a matter of intense debate...
January 21, 2012 |
For weeks, President Obama and his top advisors have been meeting around the gleaming table in the Roosevelt Room, debating what to include in the State of the Union address that will double as the national opening of the president's reelection year. Now, as they polish the final drafts, a key question remains: how rough to be in attacking what Obama calls a "do-nothing Congress" - the members of which will be arrayed in front of him as he speaks Tuesday night. Obama has experimented with different approaches over the last year.
October 14, 1996 |
Ask Lindsay Crouse about life with father, and you're likely to hear about "Life With Father." The actress is, after all, the daughter of Russel Crouse, one of Broadway's most famous scribes, not to mention the man who wrote the play by that name. And she's even named after her father's writing partner, Howard Lindsay. In addition to "Life With Father," the Crouse-Lindsay team was responsible for such archly American standards as "State of the Union" (1945), "Call Me Madam" (1950) and "Mr.