What Obama Doesn’t Mention

Sam Stein contributed reporting.In Tuesday evening’s State of the Union address, President Obama is emphasizing several high-profile economic themes, urging big-picture, bipartisan action on the jobs crisis, the budget deficit, and America’s…

Sam Stein contributed reporting.

In Tuesday evening’s State of the Union address, President Obama is emphasizing several high-profile economic themes, urging big-picture, bipartisan action on the jobs crisis, the budget deficit, and America’s global competitiveness.

But some of the pressing topics facing the nation were omitted from the speech, as Obama didn’t mention gun control, climate change or the decline of the middle class that was the theme of his presidential campaign. Of particular note was his decision not to discuss the ever-deepening foreclosure crisis plaguing communities across the nation, even as he touted stock market gains and surging corporate profits.

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