Thursday, February 03, 2005

State of the Union

After much soul-searching, the Banshee did decide to watch the State of the Union Address rather than the first half of the Duke/Wake game. I felt that I owed it to the Banshee Blog audience.

In his address, President Bush covered a wide range of topics. The President spent a good portion of his speech discussing his domestic agenda. Bush specifically mentioned his continued support of a marriage amendment to the Constitution. President Bush spent perhaps the most time in his speech addressing the issue of Social Security reform. Of course, the President also discussed the spread of freedom throughout the Middle East. The most memorable moment of the speech came when the President honored a Texan couple who had lost their son in Iraq. Safia Taleb al-Suhail, an Iraqi woman whose father had been murdered by Saddam Hussein, was seated in front of the couple. When the President asked the Texan couple to stand, Ms. Taleb al-Suhail rose and embraced the couple in a show of gratitude for their sacrifice.

Obviously, the President covered many more topics than those I have touched on here. I would urge those of you who did not have an opportunity to view the State of the Union Address last night to read the text of this speech.