January 15, 2012
President Obama delivered his third annual State of the Union Address last night. Obama focused primarily on income inequality. Jettisoning his normally conciliatory tone, the president instead highlighted the differences between right and left with impassioned rhetoric. Vowing to protect middle class families with mortgage assistance legislation, he also outlined his plans to institute the “Buffet rule” which would require those making over $1 billion to pay a 30 percent tax rate.
Michael Waldman is the executive director of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University and former chief speechwriter for President Bill Clinton joins the program to discuss the President’s remarks.