26 Jan Missing from State of the Union: Obama’s audacity of hope — to help ‘most vulnerable’
The Christian Science Monitor – January 26, 2011
By Daniel Altschuler and Sam Gill
In a speech as significant as the State of the Union, what is left unsaid matters as much as what is said.
Last night, President Obama laid out a clear charge: to “win the future.” Focusing on the steps to help America compete in the 21st century, the president outlined a vision to “out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world” in order to secure greater prosperity for all.
Yet the modest sampling of policy proposals seemed to pivot away from the ambitious attempt to take on long-term problems that marked the first two years of Mr. Obama’s administration, leaving unanswered the question of how exactly to win the future. The reality is that what it will really take to “win the future” is not a modest package of new programs and reforms that appeals to both sides of the aisle. It’s at least as much bold thinking as the president embraced over the past two years, and then a little more.