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White House: Bush Won’t Give ‘Typical’ State Of The Union January 18, 2007

Posted by notapundit in US News, White House.
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WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)–U.S. President George W. Bush won’t deliver a “typical” State of the Union address next week, the White House promised Thursday.

Bush will focus on a number of broad themes, including the war on terror, energy, healthcare, immigration, and education, but will avoid a long laundry list of budget items, White House spokesman Tony Snow said.

“You know what typically happens is every department and every agency gets a line or a mention,” Snow said. “There will be areas that do not get extensive discussion that will be followed in other speeches and events the president delivers in the days after the speech.”

Snow, who said he was showing “a tiny bit of leg” on Tuesday’s address, declined to go into specific policy proposals. He also wouldn’t say how long the speech would be.

“A lot of times these speeches they just go on and on, you lose people. It’s better to spend some time focusing on big issues so the people do get a sense of your engagement with them, and there will be opportunities to pick up other topics in much greater detail later on,” Snow said.

The address will be Bush’s first State of the Union in front of a Democrat-led Congress.

By Henry J. Pulizzi, Dow Jones Newswires

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