State of the Union http://wfae.org en GOP Suffers From Mixed Messages http://wfae.org/post/gop-suffers-mixed-messages <p>Following the 2012 presidential defeat, Republicans sought to rebrand their image.&nbsp; In a 100-page <a href="http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/623752/rnc-report-growth-opportunity-book-2013.pdf">report</a>, entitled the “Growth and Opportunity Project,” a series of recommendations were made, most notably about the messaging that the party sends to the electorate.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 22:35:29 +0000 Michael Bitzer 45104 at http://wfae.org GOP Suffers From Mixed Messages President Didn't Show Willingness To Bargain In SOTU Speech http://wfae.org/post/president-didnt-show-willingness-bargain-sotu-speech <p>The power of the presidency has been described as “the power to persuade,” but how presidents use that persuasion, not just within the government but also with the nation as a whole, can be a determining factor in their successful use of leadership.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 22:06:00 +0000 Michael Bitzer 44063 at http://wfae.org President Didn't Show Willingness To Bargain In SOTU Speech Obama's Address Lacked Transformative Vision http://wfae.org/post/obamas-address-lacked-transformative-vision <p>If the ‘once-every-four-years’ inaugural addresses are the high and visionary type of speeches that presidents give, then the State of the Union addresses are the means by which presidents fill in that vision with specificity.</p><p>This year’s combination of inaugural and State of the Union addresses by President Obama certainly did that in tandem, but didn’t bring anything new to the table beyond items that would rate high in public opinion, but no real chance to becoming formal policy.</p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 16:22:51 +0000 Michael Bitzer 21339 at http://wfae.org Obama's Address Lacked Transformative Vision