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As the crisis in Ukraine dominated the first 10 minutes of President Biden’s first State of the Union address today, many point to the political trope that when a leader is not succeeding on the home front, you turn to a crisis overseas to rally and unite. As Associate Professor David Smith said in the United States Studies Centre (USSC)’s webinar yesterday, “That’s an entirely correct focus given the immediacy of the crisis, but it’s also something Biden would much rather talk about than other things.”