“With the nation mired in war half a world away, a catastrophic oil spill imperiling coastal waters and the economy sputtering, the president rallied the nation around a common goal.
“Restoring nature to its natural state is a cause beyond party and beyond factions,” he said, calling on Congress to strengthen environmental safeguards, invest in cleaner fuels, promote more efficient cars and crack down on corporate polluters. “Clean air, clean water, open spaces, these should once again be the birthright of every American. If we act now, they can be.”
Barack Obama, 2011? Hardly. That was President Richard M. Nixon in 1970. In his State of the Union Address, the Republican leader put environmental protection near the heart of an agenda that garnered widespread bipartisan support.”