U-S President George W. Bush laid out his agenda for domestic and foreign policy for the coming year Tuesday in his fifth State of the Union address. Hampered by budget deficits at home, an unpopular war in Iraq and the lowest approval ratings of his Presidency, President Bush nevertheless told Congress and the nation that “the State of the Union is strong.”
Virginia Governor Tim Kaine delivered the traditional Democratic Party response to the President's address. He accused the Bush Administration of poor management and partisan politics.
He said "If we want to replace the division that grips our nation's capital, we need a change. Democrats are leading that reform effort, working to restore honesty and openness to our government, working to replace a culture of partisanship and cronyism with an ethic of service and results."
Professor Baker Siddiki of University of Illinois, Springfield felt President Bush with his public approval ratings in the high 30 to low 40 percent range, faced the task of restoring confidence in his leadership amid the war in Iraq, rising fuel prices, concern about the economy, and discontent over health care among other things.