The State of the Union speech is traditionally a rah-rah moment for the current president; a chance to rally his supporters and give opponents plenty of opportunity to begrudgingly clap. Last night’s speech by President Obama didn’t disappoint. The Commander-in-Chief came out swinging, stating that Osama bin Laden was no longer a threat, that GM was the largest automotive manufacturer in the world and that everything was good, so just calm the hell down. But how much of what he said last night was factual?
To help us all figure out what was true and what was false, The New York Times has a fantastic interactive fact checking feature available today on its site. For example: GM is the largest automaker in the world, but only because Toyota’s production was hindered by the disaster in Japan.
The Times has done a great service by making this feature available. Hopefully it continues to do this for every major speech by a president. Oh, and regarding everyone needing calm down? That’s true.