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14 January 2016 - Obama's State of the Union address

Publié par Marion Coste le 14/01/2016

Obama’s Plea to ‘Fix Our Politics’ Leaves Both Sides Looking Inward

Carl Hulse Julie Hirschfeld (The New York Times, 13/01/2016)

President Obama’s urgent call in his final State of the Union address to “fix our politics” posed a fundamental question: Who broke them in the first place?
The answer is that both sides did. A steady erosion underway for years has accelerated during Mr. Obama’s time in the White House and now shows itself in congressional dysfunction and campaign vitriol. The restoration project could take some time.
“I think there’s probably a lot of us to blame,” Denis McDonough, the White House chief of staff, told reporters Wednesday. “It’s the structure of our campaigns, the structure of our districts, what’s happening in terms of news media — that is to say that you can select your news media the same way you select your neighborhood or your church.”

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America is great

Trump inspires unease in both parties, as State of the Union and its response make clear
Michael A. Memoli and Michael Finnegan (The LA Times, 13/01/2016)
Last April, with the race for president still far away, President Obama used his speech at the annual White House Correspondents Assn. dinner to poke fun at some likely Republican contenders, needling Jeb Bush’s efforts to court Latinos and Ted Cruz’s denial of climate change.
“And,” he added caustically, “Donald Trump is here. Still.”
Jumbo screens showed the billionaire businessman waving affably from a back table. But the idea of a Trump candidacy was the punch line, and the Washington media and political elites packed in the ballroom laughed in appreciation.

Here Are The Best Moments From Obama's Last State Of The Union Address
Amber Ferguson (Huffington Post, 12/01/2016)
President Barack Obama gave his seventh and final State of the Union address on Tuesday in front of a joint session of Congress.
Obama didn't hold back -- he took jabs at climate change deniers and Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump. He discussed the student loan crisis, the fight against terrorism and drug abuse.
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Readers React to Obama’s Final State of the Union Address
Lela Moore (The Guardian, 13/01/2016)
Last night President Obama delivered his final State of the Union address and offered a message of hope for the future, but also acknowledged that he had not been able to heal bitter political divisions.
The strongest reaction from New York Times readers to the speech came in response to the issue of polarization. Below is a selection of some of the comments.
“President Obama just spelled out the pathologies that need to be addressed for America to succeed beyond his terms: gerrymandered districts, voting disenfranchisement, unlimited campaign money, apathy, tribalism, scapegoating. He’s right: we all need to see our way out of polarized politics,” said NM of New York.
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Text of President Obama's 2016 State of the Union address
(LA Times, 12/01/2016)
This is the text, as prepared for delivery, of President Obama's 2016 State of the Union address.
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