Assessing Obama's 2011 State of the Union
Share |

Assessing Obama's 2011 State of the Union

President Barack Obama went to the battleground state of Wisconsin today to emphasize last night's call for "investment" in clean energy. We hear about the State of the Union address and Republican reaction. On Reporter's Notebook, there was lots of smiling last night on Capitol Hill. We hear the latest research on smiles and how they're perceived by other people.

Banner image: A member of Congress wearing a ribbon in support of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), reads along as President Obama delivers the State of the Union address in the House Chamber on January 25, 2011. Official White House Photo: Pete Souza

Making News

Obama Takes His State of the Union Message on the Road ()

At the Orion Energy Systems plant in Wisconsin today, the President told cheering workers that they represent a major theme from last night's speech to a joint session of Congress. Reporter Michael Shear covered last night's address for the New York Times.


Main Topic

The State of the Union, the GOP and the 2012 Presidential Campaign ()

In his second speech on the State of the Union, Barack Obama told a divided Congress that "contentious" debates are a "good thing" that "robust democracy demands."  He also called for a new era of cooperation. Today, at a clean-tech energy company in Wisconsin, Obama re-emphasized last night's theme that "innovation" will create the jobs of the future. But in the official response to his State of the Union address, Republicans said his call for "investment" was a recipe for more government spending. What else did the President tell a divided Congress and the American people?  What are the prospects for new legislation and the political future? 

President Obama delivers his State of the Union address


Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan delivers the Republican response


Reporter's Notebook

What's in a Smile? ()

Four years ago, a Russian reporter was interviewing Dr. Paula Niedenthal at her office in Blaise Pascal University in France. When he found out she was American, he said, "American smiles are all false, and French smiles are all true. " That provoked a new project for Niedenthal, who's Director of the National Center for Scientific Research in France.

  • Paula Niedenthal: Director of Research, National Center for Scientific Research

Engage & Discuss

Further the conversation with your thoughts and comments. Agree, disagree, present a different perspective -- engage.

For information and guidelines click: Terms of Service | Privacy Policy

Please note, comments are moderated. KCRW reserves the right to edit and or remove posts deemed off-topic, abusive or not in accordance with KCRW's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.