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State of the Union 2011: Right Priorities?45:35
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President Obama made his case. We talk about the White House agenda, Congress, and the road ahead.

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio shakes hands with President Barack Obama on Capitol Hill , Jan. 25, 2011. Vice President Joe Biden is at left. (AP)
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio shakes hands with President Barack Obama on Capitol Hill , Jan. 25, 2011. Vice President Joe Biden is at left. (AP)

“This is our generation’s Sputnik moment,” said the President last night, in his State of the Union address. And every American, whether they lived through the Cold War and “space race” or not, can feel the challenge of global competition that Barack Obama made the central prod in his speech last night.

His answer was free enterprise, public investment in the foundation needed to win, and, he said, bringing down the deficit.

The message was stark in a way. The challenge unmistakable. His answer will be debated.

We examine President Obama’s State of the Union address.
-Tom Ashbrook
Guests:

Rich Lowry, editor of the National Review and nationally syndicated columnist.

Howard Fineman, senior political editor and columnist for the Huffington Post and an analyst for NBC News and MSNBC.

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

This program aired on January 26, 2011.

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