Live-Blogging the 2013 State of The Union

Mostly foreign policy. And don’t forget your “strip SOTU” word :)

20.34

Obama will”insist on respect for the fundamental rights of all people,” but “cannot presume to dictate the course of change.” He added, two years into the game, “The process will be messy.” #SOTU

20.29

Correction: “The regime in N. Korea must know that they will only achieve security and prosperity by meeting their international obligations” Thank you @jeff_poor

20.23

No mention of North Korea tonight. #SOTU

20.05

Obama says he will be taking this message (respect) with him to the middle east when he visits in the spring.

20.04

And our stance on Israel repeated by the President. #SOTU

20.04

Specifically naming Egypt and Syria, Obama says we will push for respect. #SOTU

20.02

The US will focus on stopping poverty in the next 2 decades. (It sounds like with the UN.) #SOTU

20.00

Cyber defense: better security, we needz it KTHXBAI. #SOTU

19.58

Obama promises that our efforts on terrorism will be more “Transparent”. Whatever that means. #SOTU

19.56

Obama says Al-Qaeda is a “shadow” of its former self.

19.56

Says there will be 2 missions in Afghanistan: 1) training/equipping 2) allowing us to still chase Al-Qaeda #SOTU

19.55

“This spring our security forces will move into a support role.” Obama says the war on Afghanistan will be “over”.

19.49

Immigration: we need reform for dealing with legal and illegal immigration. President asks for a “comprehensive” bill that he will “sign immediately.”

19.42

30 minutes in and no foreign policy discussion. I think defense spending was mentioned once.

18.26

#CSPAN #SOTU Gallup says that almost no Americans list any foreign policy issue as the most important spontaneously. That Americans mostly don’t care about foreign policy but overall the President is seen as positive on this issue.

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