State of the Union 2010, Visualized!

The delivery of the annual State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress is, I can imagine, a good deal more complicated in our age of instant and ubiquitous media. It is no longer a speech to Congress, not even only a speech to America, but a speech to every citizen of every country in the world, every ally and every enemy of the United States.

Riding bike down Independence Avenue, on the South side of the National Mall that stretches from the Washington Monument to the National Capitol, one hour before Obama stepped to the podium, it was easy to feel alone. The quiet dark blanketing the monuments to democracy and halls government gave no indication of the energy and consequences of the events taking place but 6 blocks away.

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