State of the Union 2010

A year after taking office, President Obama delivers his first State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. The speech frames his agenda for the second year of his administration.

Reaction

Mandel Ngan/Getty Images

Jan 28 2010, 2:00 pm

State of the Union: Post Mortem

James Fallows, Atlantic national correspondent and former presidential speechwriter, annotates Obama’s address

From the Magazine

Uncle Sam on Times Square

Cover Story January/February 2010

How America Can Rise Again

Despite the atmosphere of crisis, the country has undeniable strengths: our university system, our receptiveness to immigration, our culture of innovation. But our government is broken. Read more

View Video

Related Video

One Nation, On Edge

James Fallows talks with Atlantic editor James Bennet about the cycles of despair in America View video

teacher in a classroom

Education January/February 2010

What Makes a Great Teacher?

A trove of data from Teach for America reveals surprising and specific secrets. Read more

Interactive

Spin to see the State of the Union

The State of the Union Is...

...Suspicious, Twitchy, Filthy, Overextended, Thrifty, and more Read more

Happiness Graph

The Happiness Index

Times were tough in 2009, but, according to a cool Facebook app, people were happier. Read more

Google Trends