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A hug says it all

George Bush's State of the Union Address this year packed a punch. Bush is not normally known for rhetorical effectiveness - compare Bill Clinton's speeches for pure entertainment value - but there was a defining moment in this State of the Union Address which was charged with emotion and will not easily be forgotten.

Letter from America Josh Moody

Bush had already introduced a human rights activist from Iraq. 11 years previously her father had been assassinated by Saddam Hussein's intelligence service. Three days ago, Bush said, she was able to vote. The applause was long and predictable and the emotional levels raised.