Four surprising conclusions can be drawn from U.S. President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech:
1. He went softer on inequality than in previous speeches. Tuesday night’s annual State of the Union speech was supposed to be Barack Obama’s signature statement on economic inequality. So high were expectations that the president and his Democratic Party would aggressively attack the widening chasm between rich and poor that one hapless billionaire, Tom Perkins, actually predicted Nazi-style “Kristallnacht” against the super-rich.