Thank you to everyone who played CGD State of the Union Bingo last night! We had a terrific crowd at our event and want to hear about your festivities. Click here for our reactions and commentary on President Obama’s speech.

It’s January in Washington. Time for New Year’s resolutions, extra outerwear and…CGD State of the Union Bingo!

While global development is crucial to numerous U.S. policy goals, it is often oddly absent in domestic political debate. On Tuesday, January 25, President Obama will deliver the State of the Union address to Congress, the American public, and a global audience seeking to understand the United States’ priorities in 2011.

As in previous years, CGD encourages people around the world—from the District to Dhaka—to partake in and evaluate the president’s remarks by playing CGD State of the Union Bingo. If you’re in Washington, RSVP to join us on Tuesday night!

Together with our CGD friends and colleagues, we’ll be listening not just for the words on our bingo cards, but for indications of President Obama’s foreign and development policy goals. Will he mention his new presidential policy directive on U.S. global development? Food security? Climate? The G-20?

What do you hope to hear from President Obama?

We encourage you to print and bring CGD’s 2011 State of the Union Bingo cards to your favorite viewing spot. Post your plans or report on your festivities as a comment on this blog, or send us an email (and pictures!) at Check back here for our reactions and commentary after the speech!