Obama makes little reference to technology in State of the Union


President Obama made a passing reference to White House proposed cybersecurity legislation during an hour-long State of the Union address delivered Jan. 24.

The speech (.pdf), which focused on equitable economic revitalization, generally made few references to technology, in contrast to last year's annual address, which was peppered throughout with technology references.    

Regarding cybersecurity, the don't-blink-or-you'll-miss-it reference came during a paragraph about defense spending. "To stay one step ahead of our adversaries, I have already sent this Congress legislation that will secure our country from the growing danger of cyber-threats," Obama said.

Seizing on the reference, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) quickly issued a press release (sent approximately 10 minutes after the speech concluded) in which he warned of a "Pearl Harbor" cyber attack. "The nation's ever increasing dependence upon cyber networks in all aspects of our lives demands action now," Lieberman said.

In other parts of the speech, Obama also called on Congress not to cut federally-financed basic research.

"Don't gut these investments in our budget. Don't let other countries win the race for the future," he said.

Reaction to the speech in Washington, D.C. was divided along partisan lines, as it has been nearly every year since beyond living memory.

For more:
- download a transcript of the 2012 SOTU from the GPO (.pdf)
- see a word cloud of the most common substantive words in the speech (excluding "and," etc.)

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