Economy, not foreign policy, will be focus of State of the Union
February 10th, 2013
03:39 PM ET

Economy, not foreign policy, will be focus of State of the Union

By Jessica Yellin

President Barack Obama has spent large chunks of the last six months dealing with matters of foreign policy, from Benghazi to Afghanistan to drones.

But the topic won’t be the centerpiece of his State of the Union address Tuesday. Administration officials say he’ll focus instead on jobs and the economy, the topics that still rank as the most important for Americans, according to polls.

While Obama won't spend as much time on foreign policy Tuesday as he does on the economy, that isn't unusual. In his last four addresses to Congress, this president spent an average of seven minutes on foreign policy and an average 22 minutes on the economy, according to analyses from the Washington Post and National Journal.

He will address the ongoing drawdown of the American military presence in Afghanistan, and last week Vice President Joe Biden indicated at a security conference in Munich that Obama could talk about his commitment to reducing the stockpile of nuclear weapons around the world.

"It will reflect our shared interests in the following areas: advancing a comprehensive nuclear agenda to strengthen the nonproliferation regime, reduce global stockpiles and secure nuclear materials," Biden said.

Confirmation hearings for Obama's nominees to become defense secretary and CIA director have also raised issues that appear to demand the president's acknowledgment, including how to keep the country safe with pending budget cuts at the Department of Defense, flashpoints in the Middle East and new war technologies, namely drones.

Aides say he will touch on many of those issues.

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    February 23, 2021 at 7:44 pm | Reply
  2. massoud

    Obama looks like a Tyrant who is full of anger in this picture for this CNN Article you can see rage in his eyes and in his mannerisms

    February 11, 2013 at 10:19 pm | Reply
  3. hftyijhukhftukhg

    EPIC FAIL.........................

    February 11, 2013 at 7:30 pm | Reply
  4. John Smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    February 11, 2013 at 4:13 am | Reply
    • Portland tony

      Well said, John. Thank you.

      February 11, 2013 at 3:12 pm | Reply
  5. Kerry

    Can anyone truly blame Obama? I guess not since his foreign policy stinks to High Heaven! If I were him, I wouldn't even show my face considering all those ungodly drones he's been using to slaughter people like pigs in a pen! In fact, this policy is a disgrace to this country in front of the rest of the world!

    February 10, 2013 at 11:52 pm | Reply
  6. Tembisa

    Reblogged this on World Chaos.

    February 10, 2013 at 6:14 pm | Reply
  7. Rick Buggy's Rants & Ravings

    It couldn't be Foreign Policy! He hasn't got one!

    February 10, 2013 at 5:10 pm | Reply

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