CHPP Director Analyzes State of the Union Address for Reuters News Agency

January 21, 2015

Dr. Terry Golway, a noted historian and Director of the Kean University Center for History, Politics, & Policy, joined a handful of nationally known commentators in analyzing this week’s State of the Union Address for Reuters News Agency.

Dr. Golway was joined by Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, Bill Schneider, professor of public and international affairs at George Mason University, David Axe, national security editor at, Robert L. Borosage is president of the Institute for America’s Future, and Julia Sweig, author of Cuba: What Everyone Needs to Know.

Here is an excerpt of Dr. Golway’s commentary, filed just after the president finished speaking:

“President Barack Obama didn’t get the memo that presidents become irrelevant after the mid-term elections in their second term.

“In setting out his conspicuously left-of-center agenda, the president made clear that he has no intention of fading into irrelevancy. His State of the Union Address was far more confrontational and passionate than those given by recent two-term presidents this late in their tenure.

“At the same point, presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan and Dwight D. Eisenhower all gave carefully calibrated messages. Reagan even used the occasion to admit he made a mistake in trading arms for hostages in Iran.

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Dr. Golway also sent live tweets to the Reuters website during the president’s speech. In total, Dr. Golway tweeted 15 comments during the hour-plus address.

Shane Derris is the Assistant Director of the Kean University Center for History, Politics and Policy.