Obama Highlights Global Development, Health Issues In State Of The Union Address

Devex: In Obama’s final SOTU, global dev gets unexpected airtime
“Possibly for the first time, ‘development workers’ made it into a State of the Union address. United States President Barack Obama’s annual speech, his last as commander-in-chief, dedicated roughly 10 percent of its nearly 5,500 words to global development issues and attempted to link those issues to U.S. leadership and national security…” (Igoe/Troilo, 1/13).

Devex: 6 development topics mentioned in SOTU, explained
“…Obama applauded U.S. military, doctors, and development workers for leading the way in stamping out the Ebola epidemic, mentioned partnering with local forces in Syria to pursue lasting peace and welcomed a Syrian refugee to the SOTU, one of among about two dozen guests invited to sit with first lady Michelle Obama. … That wasn’t all. Here’s what else Obama touched on — along with a few ways for you to catch up on the topic…” (Rogers, 1/13).

Huffington Post: Obama Emphasizes Malaria In State of the Union, But Not This Way Deadlier Disease
“President Barack Obama highlighted the U.S.’s ability to stop malaria and HIV/AIDS in [Tuesday’s] State of the Union, but left out tuberculosis less than a month after proposing an ambitious White House plan to combat the world’s top infectious killer…” (Weber, 1/12).

New York Times: Transcript of Obama’s 2016 State of the Union Address
“…Now right now, we are on track to end the scourge of HIV/AIDS, that’s within our grasp, and we have the chance to accomplish the same thing with malaria, something I’ll be pushing this Congress to fund this year. That’s American strength. That’s American leadership…” (1/12).

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