SAN FRANCISCO, January 28, 2002--- Experts at San Francisco State University in the fields of foreign policy, national politics and political communication are available to provide analysis of President Bush's State of the Union address on Tuesday night.
Robert Smith, professor of political science, is an authority on Congress and the presidency.
Smith said of Bush's upcoming speech: "He will certainly address the problem of terrorism and homeland security. And he will also talk about what should be done to stimulate the economy. Though the focus will be on terrorism and the stimulus package for the national budget, the President will also probably discuss prescription drugs and benefits to the elderly, and the patient bill of rights."
Smith can be reached at (415) 338-7524 (office) or (510) 222-7273 (home).
Sanjoy Banerjee, associate professor of international relations, is an expert on U.S. foreign policy, especially with countries such as Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Banerjee said of Bush's upcoming speech: "President Bush needs to signal a long- term approach to the promotion of tolerant values and tolerant authority throughout the world."
Banerjee can be reached at (415) 338-1105 (office), (650) 589-3224 (home) or (510) (510) 435-8568 (cell).
Joe Tuman, professor of speech and communication studies, is an expert on political communication.
Tuman said of Bush's upcoming speech: "He needs to use the momentum that the conflict in Afghanistan has given him to generate public support for any initiative domestically, not just for the economy, but also for education or energy policy. He needs to shift to domestic issues to avoid the mistakes of his father during the Persian Gulf War."
Tuman can be reached at (415) 338-1813 (office), (510) 834-2294 (home) or (510) 504-7035 (cell).
Rick Isaacson, assistant professor of speech and communication studies, is an authority on analysis of political speeches.
Isaacson said of Bush's upcoming speech: "His trump card, or what's got his approval rating up, is the public's perception of his handling of the war on terrorism. The President will surely address the theme of unity and of America standing together."
Isaacson can be reached at (415) 338-2921 (office) or (415) 383-5241 (home).
Student writer Fred H. Danfoura contributed to this release.
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