Americans tend to think of the State of the Union as our singular event. But while it is a special night, it’s not unique. In fact, leaders around the world deliver a yearly address in which they step onto the podium to score points, lay out agendas and offer up a flourish or two. So how does American rhetoric measure up? Read the following excerpts (taken from official transcripts and translations of speeches given in the last few months), listen to the president tonight and then decide.
President Dmitri Medvedev
Address to the Federal Assembly
Nov. 12, 2009 (11,944 words)
Citizens of Russia… the foundation of my vision for the future is the firm conviction that Russia can and must become a global power on a completely new basis.… Seguir leyendo »