State of the Union

Charlotte Woman Has Front Seat At State-of-Union Address

Jan 19, 2015
David T. Foster III / Charlotte Observer

A Charlotte woman whose treatment of a brain tumor was made possible by the Affordable Care Act will sit with first lady Michelle Obama at the State of the Union address Tuesday, a White House spokeswoman said Sunday.

Astrid Muhammad, 39, of the University City area will be one of the special guests in the audience during President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday.

Michael Bitzer
WFAE

Following the 2012 presidential defeat, Republicans sought to rebrand their image.  In a 100-page report, entitled the “Growth and Opportunity Project,” a series of recommendations were made, most notably about the messaging that the party sends to the electorate. 

Michael Bitzer
WFAE

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.

Michael Bitzer
WFAE

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.

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.