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Cablegate: Seoul - Media Reaction

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SUBJECT: SEOUL - MEDIA REACTION

Subject: Media Reaction; Seoul

State of the Union Address

"Obama's State of the Union Address Leaves Something to be Desired"

Washington Correspondent Hwang Yu-suk observed in moderate Hankook
Ilbo (02/01): "President Obama's January 27 State of the Union
Address provided him with a chance to reveal his visions for reform
to the public. However, he failed to win understanding from the
opposition party and the public because he identified his
administration's problems as 'historical challenges' the U.S. has
confronted in the past. The public did not want to hear about a
raft of economic measures but how the President will run politics in
a flexible manner, i.e. how he will put congressional politics back
to normal. President Obama, however, stopped short of delivering
this. ... We sympathize with a remark by a Republican who said that
what President Obama needs is not eloquent words but actions."


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