Assessing the State of the Union Address

How are people of faith reacting to President Barack Obama’s January 25, 2011 State of the Union address? Watch as Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly managing editor Kim Lawton talks with a panel of religion analysts, including Kenyatta Gilbert, assistant professor of homiletics at the Howard University School of Divinity and an ordained Baptist minister; Shaun Casey, professor of Christian ethics at Wesley Theological Seminary and former advisor to the Obama presidential campaign; and Mark Rodgers, principal of The Clapham Group and former Republican leadership staffer in the US Senate. They met at Wesley Seminary at Mount Vernon Square in Washington, DC.


  • Sarah L

    The assessment of the SOTU speech from the religious representatives present was more like what you here from journalists. I am an Obama supporter, but the speech was a dry sleeper.

  • SleepsWithCats

    The SOTU speech was arrant nonsense, advertising puffery, sunny campaigning.

    What is the real State Of The Union?

    In a few words: Plutocracy, Misery, and International Criminality.

    Why didn’t Mr. Obama mention the shameful and shamefully increasing concentration of wealth in this country?

    Why didn’t Mr. Obama address the violence in Phoenix in the context of political division, unemployment, and bigotry?

    Why didn’t Mr. Obama address the continuing criminal wars for which the United States is culpable?

    We know why, of course. Americans have blinded themselves to their own misery and their own sin, instead preferring to hug themselves in glee while they congratulate themselves for their mythical “American Exceptionalism”.

    Wake up, America.