Obama's State of the Union Speech 2012 | Discussion

When: 2012-01-26 16:30 - 2012-01-26 18:00
Where: American Center, Tržiště 13, Praha 1 – Malá Strana
Entry fee: Free

In this election-year SOTU speech, Barack Obama will outline his vision of the U.S. should he successfully defend his mandate and win second term in the White House.

You can watch the State of the Union Speech at WhiteHouse.gov/SOTU on Tuesday, January 24 at 9 pm (EST), January 25, 3 am local time.

The State of the Union Speech will be assessed and analyzed by Americans living in Prague: Jonathan Stein, editor at Project Syndicate, Arthur Schankler of Democrats Abroad, Erik Best of Fleet Sheet, and Stephen Christensen of PSSI.

The discussion will be in English.

When President Obama addresses leaders of the U.S. federal government he will be fulfilling a constitutional obligation and following a long-standing tradition of American presidents.  The U.S. Constitution requires that the president report to Congress “from time to time” on the “State of the Union.” This constitutional requirement has evolved into the president’s annual State of the Union address, which now serves several purposes. The speech reports on the condition of the United States both domestically and internationally, recommends a legislative agenda for the coming year and gives the president the opportunity to personally convey his vision for the nation.