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Previewing Obama’s State of the Union address (in four infographics)

Previewing Obama’s State of the Union address (in four infographics) | AP GOV | Scoop.it
Four infographics that tell us a lot about what Obama has said and will say.

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I find this article to be very interesting in how it used the several infographics to break down what was of importance during Obama's 5th State of the Union address. I really enjoyed all of the grraphics, especially the graph displaying the words of the union, which compares Bush's highly used words to that of Obama's. I think this portayed how what is of high concern has shifted from one presidential term to another. Back through 2000-2007, Americans focused on the issue of security with Iraq and terrorism. Today there is a parallel with security being of importance, but now it is much more domestic with hope for tighter gun control laws. This graph just especially showed a movement of issues and how they never really go away, but flow through a cycle of importance. I think Obama's address was very convincing and filled with good plans for the future. He made sure to make every American feel the same way through his focusing on the economy (manufacturing jobs moving to US), education (better prepared graduates) and partisanship - which is truly the main issue in government. 

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David Cohen's curator insight, February 12, 2013 11:28 PM

It is clear that President Obama has spent most of his time on the economy in his years as president. All the graphics show this. The economy has been the main issue while he has been in office, so this is not unnormal. He should spend more time on some of the other issues such as education and taxes, but he feels that the economy is the biggest problem, so he spends the majority of his time on the issue.

Zachary Beery's curator insight, February 15, 2013 12:05 PM

In this speech Obama focused more on the econmy and jobs. He spent roughly half his time on the issue that effects every one in the United States. He used the word taxes and unemployment more than ever. His also talked about new alternative energy that could help the economy. So everything went back to the economy. ECONOMY, ECONOMY, ECONOMY.

Kirkland Schuessler's comment, February 15, 2013 4:49 PM
I thought this article was very interesting because it shows the progression of the importance of the economy to not only the presidency, but also the citizens of the United States. Throughout the years we have focused more and more on economy and this is shown in Obama's 2013 SOTU when he spends almost half of the time focused on economy. Although he only spend 7 minutes on education, what he said was very insightful and moving, so much so that it is a part of the speech that I vividly remember. I also found it very interesting to look at the difference between the vocabulary of George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Bush very rarely talked about education, while Obama tries to always focus some attention on it. I think not only this observation, but the other observations about their vocabulary are very important. The most interesting part of the article was seeing that President Obama said "America" the most in 2012.
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U.S. vows to hunt down perpetrators of Benghazi attack - CNN.com

U.S. vows to hunt down perpetrators of Benghazi attack - CNN.com | AP GOV | Scoop.it
The United States on Wednesday vowed to track down those behind the killings of its ambassador to Libya and three other Americans. 
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The Latino gender gap: Latina voters prefer Obama by 53 point margin | Latino Decisions

The Latino gender gap: Latina voters prefer Obama by 53 point margin | Latino Decisions | AP GOV | Scoop.it

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This article was very interesting in explaining not only what the gender gap is but also why it has occurred. It focuses mainly on the huge majority of Latina voters who favor Obama over Romney. It seems very clear why Latina women would lean to the Democratic side rather than the GOP due to social policies. While the Democrats remain pro-choice, supportive of national health care and creators of the DREAM Act, the Republicans take more severe social stances that include tighter immigration laws and outlaw abortion. 78% of Latina women say that they trust Democrats in office to address their issues and concerns. This is a huge gap that cannot be changed into Romney's favor in time for the election, unless he makes drastic changes in his platform. Seeing as Hispanic voters make up a large percent of swing voters, the 2012 election outcome looks promising for Obama. 

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Election Forecasts - FiveThirtyEight Blog - NYTimes.com

Election Forecasts - FiveThirtyEight Blog - NYTimes.com | AP GOV | Scoop.it
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