Defining a 'Sputnik' moment
January 25th, 2011
11:08 PM ET
4 years ago

Defining a 'Sputnik' moment

(CNN) – This generation's "Sputnik moment" has arrived, President Barack Obama declared in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, referring to the United States' need to invest in research and development to
revive the economy and ensure future stability.

He was talking about investment in areas such as biomedical research and clean energy technology, but what did he mean by "Sputnik moment," exactly? Precise definitions vary, but in general, it refers to the realization, triggered perhaps by a threat or a challenge, of a need to do something different, setting a course in a new direction.

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  1. Margie

    It is a shame that when we thought we were voting for a Democrat to help the people of this country all we got was a darn republican who is sure sticking as close to the corporations and republicans as he can.

    January 25, 2011 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  2. T'sah from Virginia

    President Obama is RIGHT ON with this because I remember the SPUTNIK moment and how it felt during the RACE TO THE MOON!!! I can see that moment again in the near FUTURE!!

    January 25, 2011 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  3. SJC2

    We either get with it or fall behind. We can not all sell insurance to one another, we need value added jobs.

    January 25, 2011 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  4. Dina

    Wow! How refreshing!

    January 26, 2011 12:46 am at 12:46 am |