State of the Union

    The words of President Obama in his State of the Union address are still reverberating in political circles. And although the president called again for bipartisan unit around basic goals, the reaction to the speech runs predictably along party lines. Also, the next step in job creation and health care reform and more in this week’s What Are We Thinking with Frank Newport, Editor-in-Chief at the Gallup Poll and WHYY’s Dave Heller.

    The words of President Obama in his State of the Union address are still reverberating in political circles. And although the president called again for bipartisan unit around basic goals, the reaction to the speech runs predictably along party lines. Not an unusual outcome in the history of American presidents and their State of the Union addresses. Also, the next step in job creation and health care reform and more in this week’s What Are We Thinking with Frank Newport, Editor-in-Chief at the Gallup Poll and WHYY’s Dave Heller.

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    This week on What Are We Thinking:
    – Historically, what’s the real impact of a State of The Union address?

    – From the people’s perspective, is the state of the union better or worse since Obama became president?

    – The presidents emphasized the need for jobs and economic stability as his government’s first priority. Is health care reform taking a step back? And more.

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