Underlying the president’s State of the Union remarks was a powerful theme: that we are all human beings with many shared values.
“It is doubly ironic that the core of the first State of the Union address from a black president would contain such a profoundly affirmative nod in the direction of good old US economic imperialism…first, the history of slavery and racism is definitely connected to such classic American economic hubris, and, second, he made this particular case so clearly dependent on the rhetoric of Martin Luther King.” More
The painful awareness that those on the margin, for whom Hebrew and Christian scriptures declare God’s special affinity, could only peek through the cracks of the State of the Union address says something more about us than it does the president or the address itself. More
“President Barack Obama has faith in America. He both opened and closed his State of the Union address with remarks about his belief in the power of the American spirit, which he defined as our fundamental strength, optimism, generosity, and decency as a people and as a nation.” More
“I think King would make a case for the principles and practices of nonviolence even in settling disputes between nations,” says Cheryl Sanders, professor of Christian ethics at Howard University School of Divinity and senior pastor at Third Street Church of God in Washington, DC. More