Obama's State of the Union speeches, past and present

Washington has changed the president — not the other way around

Paul Brandus

If you want to know how Washington has changed Barack Obama — it's certainly not the other way around — just go back and read the State of the Union addresses he has given since taking office.

Actually, I'll spare you such a dull chore. I've read them so you don't have to. And they show, year by year, the cynical realities of a divided capital gradually overtaking the president and eroding his hope that Democrats and Republicans could work together for the common good.

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