On Thursday’s NewsHour…
STATE OF THE UNION: President Obama travelled to Florida today to kick-start his renewed focus on job creation and the economy, following last night’s State of the Union address in Washington. Margaret Warner reports on what the president did today, and some of the reactions to his speech. Then Judy Woodruff discusses the speech with historian Michael Beschloss, columnist Cynthia Tucker, blogger Reihan Salam, and Politico’s John Harris.
HAITI’S PRESIDENT: Then, we turn our attention to Haiti. Ray Suarez spent part of the day with the country’s president, Rene Preval, and discussed the monumental challenges his nation now faces. You’ll see that interview on the program, and the extraordinary story of the latest dramatic rescue of an earthquake survivor, as reported by Robert Moore of Independent Television News.
TOYOTA’S TRAVAILS: Kwame Holman takes a look at how Toyota’s product recall and production suspension is affecting both the company, and the auto industry more generally. For the record, Toyota is a PBS NewsHour underwriter.
JD SALINGER: We’ll close the program with a look back on the life and career of author JD Salinger, who died Thursday aged 91.
WEB-ONLY: You can watch all of the video responses to President Obama’s State of the Union on our YouTube channel. Amy Walter takes a look at the political battles ahead … and military analysts explore the debate over the president’s call to end the military’s “don’t ask don’t tell” policy. And then, for something completely different, an Art Beat conversation about the role of art in American society: NEA head Rocco Landesman answered your questions in an online forum.
All that, plus the other news of the day including the latest from the Afghanistan conference in London. Jim Lehrer and Judy Woodruff anchor tonight’s program, and we hope that you’ll join us.