I see that the State of the Union speech will "articulate a centrist vision" ("Speech key to Obama's future," Jan. 24). Of course, it is important to note that President Obama had the misfortune to follow possibly the worst administration in U.S. history. President George W. Bush, consciously or unconsciously, was responsible for bankrupting this country, for promoting torture, for engaging in illegal invasions and doing other acts of malfeasance. So many of my progressive colleagues voted for change in 2008.
Sadly, we soon discovered there would be little change as President Obama kept President Bush's Secretary of Defense and the heads of the intelligence agencies and retained elements of the previous administration's economic team. Surprise, we are in an economic crisis, the deficits mount and military spending is more than 50 percent of the federal budget.