Regardless of the president or his party, modern State of the Union speeches are weeks in the making and all the federal agencies push to have their efforts reflected or future hopes mentioned. Speech writers account for every word, sentence and paragraph amid internal debates about emphasis.
President Obama's speech Tuesday night touched on big topics like taxes and jobs, but there were three words that probably brought a smile to the faces of investigators with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the numerous other agencies that were involved in seven years of investigation and prosecution of Synthes, Inc., the Swiss-based medical device manufacturer with facilities in Chester County.
Four former Synthes executives went to prison because of their involvement in illegal promotion of bone cement and an illegal clinical trial, in which doctors were provided the cement for use in back surgeries, three of which ended with patients dying on the operating table.
Obama was discussing the need to reign in bankers and financiers who profit from government backing of money, until they don't profit anymore and then seek bailouts from the government, all the while keeping their lucrative pay packages. He also mentioned individuals who somehow thought they could have a fancy home that they couldn't afford.