FT LAUDERDALE, Fla. January, 28, 2014 – Later this evening, President Obama will address the nation during his State of the Union address. Not lost on this presidency, is the knowledge that a single speech can be very powerful in recapturing a political agenda.

“As always, the State of the Union address is a big deal for the president,” says Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Professor Charles Zelden, Ph.D. “He has to sell his legislative agenda to the nation or he won't get anything out of Congress.”

According to Zelden, a powerful State of the Union address can also change the media narrative and reenergize the nation. “Without clear public support,” says Zelden, “President Obama’s legislative agenda is dead on arrival. The President also needs to defend Obama-Care to get the American public to view it as basically a success (with problems) rather than a failure (with a few successes).”

Charles Zelden, Ph.D. is available for post and pre-commentary, and may be contacted directly:(954) 261-6124 - Cell954-262-8218 - Office

About Charles L. Zelden, Ph.D: Professor of History, Law and Politics at NSU’s Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences. Zelden is a professor of Legal and Constitutional History (with a specialty in voting rights, election law and judicial politics). He has provided media outlets-locally and nationally-with objective insights and analysis regarding presidential candidates, local politicians, political races and the electoral process. The author of Voting Rights on Trial (2002), Battle for the Black Ballot (2004), Bush V. Gore: Exposing the Hidden Crisis in American Democracy (2008, abridged 2010), The Supreme Court and Elections (2009) and the forthcoming Thurgood Marshall: Race, Rights and the Struggle for a More Perfect Union (expected pub. date, late 2013). Zelden is well versed in providing an in-depth, nonpartisan look at the controversial politics and election results in Florida and the United States.

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