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Q&A: Analyzing the State of the Union Address

Political communications expert Jason DeSanto calls the speech solid, workman-like

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January 26, 2011 | by Brendan Cosgrove

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EVANSTON, Ill. --- Saying, “We do big things,” President Barack Obama encouraged Americans to “move forward together, or not at all” in his 2011 State of the Union Address.

In this audio Q&A, Jason DeSanto, senior lecturer at Northwestern University School of Law, analyzes the president’s address.

“I think it was the use of unity and bipartisanship as a guiding force and guiding theme in the speech that gave it its skeleton, structure and power,” DeSanto says. “That’s something that is very natural to Obama, not because it is some sort of rhetorical artifice, but because that’s his basic nature.” 

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