Jan-27-11 By Aminda
U.S. President Barack Obama’s recent State of the Union address has been getting plenty of attention for its emphasis on innovation.
Public affairs Journal, The New Republic, reports; Obama placed innovation at the center of his narrative, and promoted technology innovation (especially clean energy innovation) as the central imperative of national economic renewal. But while he has emphasized the importance of invention in the past, he has never done it as explicitly and forcefully as he did last night before a prime time national TV audience in a year of tepid recovery, 9 percent unemployment, and fears of lost national mojo.
This was different from the past, in which presidents have tended to either ignore innovation or tick it off as one of many programmatic topics. Even for Obama, last night’s rhetoric was new.