I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
I meant to write Mormon and an atheist.... makes more sense. Sort of.
The SOTU speech, as is any political speech, is most assuredly punditry. It is one persons view of current state and a proposal for a future state, low on the nitty gritty of how one moves from now to then.