The State of the Union Speech Really was About the Economy

The Guns Will Get the Attention, but the Economy Will Command President Obama’s Interest

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The State of the Union Speech Really was About the Economy

COMMENTARY | The emotional conclusion about guns will probably get the most headlines and attention, but Obama's State of the Union speech really was about the economy. Obama's victory speech nearly 100 days ago and his second inaugural address had four mentions of the economy combined. The State of the Union Address Obama gave had 20 mentions of the economy, or five times as many references as the other two speeches combined.

Of course, the SOTU was three times as long as either of the other speeches, but that still shows a greater focus on the possibility of a recession, looming greater than it was in November of 2012 or even a month ago. Obama is concerned about the economy stalling, and the bulk of his speech reflected those fears. The guns will get the public attention, but the economy will command the president's attention.

John A. Tures is an associate professor of political science at LaGrange College in LaGrange, Ga.

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