Students and faculty alike gathered in the lobby of Wallis Annenberg Hall on Tuesday night to watch President Barack Obama declare, “The state of the union is strong.”
The president’s sixth State of the Union address was shown on the giant screen in the lobby of the journalism and communications building, followed by the Republican response by Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa).
Afterward, a panel led by Dan Schnur, executive director of the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, discussed the president’s speech. Panelists included Jessica Yellin, former chief White House correspondent for CNN and visiting fellow at the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy, and Daniel Rothberg, former Daily Trojan managing editor.
Schnur noted that more than 200 people crowded the Annenberg lobby to watch the speech. “That was the largest turnout we’ve had for an on-campus political event since Election Night 2008,” he said.
The viewing and panel discussion were sponsored by Unruh Institute and the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.