Mar 8, 2014
Obama to Get ‘Optimistic,’ but Not Too Ambitious, in State of the Union Speech
Posted on Jan 26, 2014
Tuesday’s State of the Union address practically writes itself: President Obama will gesture, once again, at the fanciful notion of bipartisan cooperation (while flexing executive muscle) and restate the need to rebuild America’s middle class—all with an eye on the Senate race in 2014 and beyond.
Whether the president has any muscle left to flex, however, remains to be seen. The kind of congressional chaos that turned Obamacare into a political spectacle of disaster-movie proportions last year could easily recur in other contentious legislative contexts—so, as the New York Times’ Peter Baker noted this weekend, Obama’s focus will zoom in on issues that offer him at least a glimmer of victory:
Meanwhile, Politico pointed to senior White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer’s SOTU preview email to Obama boosters, sent Saturday:
The message will also be carefully tailored, of course, to highlight differences between the two dominant, squabbly political parties in hopes of giving Democrats more push-back power during the next inevitable congressional showdown.
—Posted by Kasia Anderson
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