The heart momentarily sinks at this line. SOTU speeches are traditionally half-and-half domestic and international. There is usually some creaking transition like this to mark the shift. "No nation can truly be strong abroad unless it is strong at home," or some such. So, with 45 or 50 minutes of speech already behind us, do we have the second half still to come? As it turns out, he has decided to be much more bullet-point-ish on foreign policy, so he covers it much more quickly. I will follow this fine example from here on!

Close window