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Judging success of Obama's speech will require two yardsticks

By Dan Balz
After the theatrics and the rhetoric and the canned responses, two questions remain from President Obama's first State of the Union address: Did he succeed in persuading nervous Democrats not to cut and run on his presidency; and will he succeed in making Republicans think twice about their united opposition to almost all things Obama?

Those were certainly the underlying objectives of Obama's speech Wednesday night. He needed to stiffen the spines of Democrats, who are now justifiably worried about surviving the wrath of a disgruntled electorate in November. He wanted to challenge Republicans by warning that voters may hold them as responsible as Democrats for the breakdown of functioning government in Washington. And he needed to reconnect with the voters after a year in which he became a virtual prisoner of the unseemly machinations on Capitol Hill.

The State of the Union speech is a president's best opportunity to speak to the country, and there was much in Obama's address aimed all Americans. His concentration on jobs and the economy was a tardy admission that he and the Democrats had become so consumed with health care that they had taken their focus off the main worry of average families and paid a political price for that lapse.

His proposals spanned the ideological spectrum as his radar sought to lock in on disparate groups of voters: more tax cuts for small business; more nuclear power plants and offshore drilling for conservatives; more education spending for suburban families; a spending freeze for deficit hawks; a renewed pledge to end "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" for the left. And, for anyone willing to listen, there was the promise to keep fighting for health care.

There was also much in the speech, both in tone and substance, aimed at wooing back the independent voters who helped elect him but who have deserted the president and his party in the year since he was sworn in. That was one reason he talked about bringing the government under control -- after a year in which he spent huge amounts of money to pull the economy out of a recession.

There were moments, too, when he was attempting to speak to his liberal base. The progressive foot-soldiers who brought energy and passion to his campaign have been, if not disillusioned, then at least disappointed that Obama has not lived up to their lofty expectations.

But it was the frank talk to those listening in the House chamber that made Obama's speech notable. More than many State of the Union addresses, Obama's talk was a conversation between a president and the lawmakers of both parties who have been engaged in political combat since the moment he arrived in the Oval Office -- and who are deeply affected by the upset victory of Republican Scott Brown in last week's special Senate election in Massachusetts.

"After last week, it is clear that campaign fever has come even earlier than usual," he said. "But we still need to govern. To Democrats, I would remind you that we still have the largest majority in decades, and the people expect us to solve some problems, not run for the hills. And if the Republican leadership is going to insist that 60 votes in the Senate are required to do any business at all in this town, a supermajority, then the responsibility to govern is now yours as well. Just saying no to everything may be good short-term politics, but it's not leadership."

For the Democrats, that plea not to run for the hills may have been focused principally on the administration's health-care initiative, which is now in limbo because Democrats no longer have the 60 votes needed to shut off debate in the Senate.

The president said, "Do not walk away from reform. Not now. Not when we are so close." But he offered no alternative path for those in his party who have labored for most of a year without success. At best, his was an appeal to the rank-and-file to give him and their leaders in Congress some time to sort through the rubble, to settle on a new strategy and to give it a chance to work. But nothing he said Wednesday changed the grim reality he and the Democrats face on their signature issue.

For the Republicans, his goal was to unsettle their caucus by reminding them of the risks of not cooperating. The GOP's success in opposition has convinced them that just saying no to this president is, for now, a winning strategy. But the president still commands higher ground with the public. Every poll shows that he remains personally popular, well liked and in many polls seen as a strong leader. Republicans may be in better shape than they were a year ago, but they are hardly back to full strength in the eyes of the public.

Republicans must tread carefully in their opposition, as their more responsible leaders seem to recognize, and check the excesses of those who most disagree with the direction Obama has charted. Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell's Republican response walked that line effectively.

But there are many angry voices within the party. Obama's effort to entice Republicans to govern may resonate with the public, which in turn could put more pressure on the GOP leadership to show more good faith in trying to find areas of cooperation. Nothing in the overnight reactions, however, suggests any instant success in that strategy.

White House officials, looking at their post-speech analysis and the instant polls, concluded that Obama had helped his cause, particularly with independent voters. Advisers saw the speech as a circuit breaker after the tumult of the loss of the Senate seat in Massachusetts and, at least temporarily, something that will bring Democrats back together as they start the election year.

The key to this is what Obama does next. What was most striking about Wednesday's speech was the long closing section on the country's broken politics, delivered to a hushed chamber. This was Obama seeking to regain the footing of his successful campaign, this time as a chastened leader rather than the rock-star politician who swept into national consciousness with such clarity of voice and vision.

It was almost as if he were speaking to himself as he closed out his speech. "I campaigned on the promise of change -- change we can believe in, the slogan went," he said. "And right now, I know there are many Americans who aren't sure if they still believe we can change -- or that I can deliver it."

That is the challenge he now faces, the core issue one year into his presidency. Can he deliver?

By Dan Balz  |  January 28, 2010; 11:38 AM ET
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Posted by: MSFT-PELOSI | January 30, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

And, as to you Massachusetts voters: did you vote in a Republican because you have a richer state heath care system than the Federal government is proposing? "I've got mine; you get yours, and leave our entitlements alone"? Scrooge you

Posted by: MATCU69 | January 30, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

I hear the bellyaching of a bunch of psalm singing hypocrites! The president inherited the country on the brink of derprssion and in two wars. Even FDR got a better start than that. The Republican minority has unified itself to say "no," period; and it focuses on one objective--bring down the Obama presidency. The heck with the nation. We saw what they did with the nation in the preceeding 8 years. The Democratic legislators better get their act together and stand united or they are going to see nothing accomplished in time of great need and their opportunity to progressively bring this country back from the brink will be gone. Obama is a good man with his heart and mind in the right place. (and he has a heart and mind--both of which his predecessor lacked.) He just needs his party to have the guts to stand behind his leadership. The president gave a good presentation to the nation and followed with a good 1 1/2 hour open question session with the Republican caucus. He is reaching out. Now, let's see who really cares about this country.

Posted by: MATCU69 | January 30, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

The article - & Obama - missed entirely that GOP voted no because the people wanted no. It wasn't lack of cooperation, it was non-acceptance of his policies.

He still doesn't get it. I'm a liberal & I can figure that out (and I don't like his policies -- they don't make sense & aren't going to work.)

Blaming, & bashing was more of the same. Nothing new there. He shows lack of experience & did even with this. I got no leadership sense out of it.

Posted by: turtlecurls | January 30, 2010 1:03 AM | Report abuse

The state of the union was a joke. He piled lie upon lie for everything from transparency to hiring lobbyists into his administration. Obama chastised the republicans, supreme court and anyone that opposed his progressive views. Although the republicans aren't any better at least they echo the majority of Americans when opposing Obamas' social justice agenda.
The man talked to the American public like they were stupid as a bag of rocks.

Posted by: psutopgun | January 29, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

brascal53, I agree with you wholeheartedly.

So many of you are so angry and mistrusting of Obama. Just want to vote NO on everything - even when it is against your best interests.

Is this really working for you? Really? Give the negativism a rest! Enough already! Many others in this country are so sick of all the hating.

Obama is not superman. It's so ironic — the man is darned if he does and darned if he doesn't. If he tries to solve many problems at once, people find fault with that. If he focuses on one problem at a time (e.g. healthcare), he's ignoring the other problems. Even when he extends his hand across the aisle, he's wrongly accused of ignoring the other side.

His situation is almost impossible to deal with successfully. Let's see how well you'd do in his situation!

Posted by: fakenna | January 29, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

There needs to be accountability for this President, just as there is for every other politician.
Obama, as a rising, important, Senator, in 2007 & 2008, voted for the budgets and policies that exploded the deficit under Bush.
His time to prove his fiscal discipline was lost as he voted for every dollar, every time.
Now he says he "inherited" the deficits.
Can he get away with blaming Bush while he himself supported and enabled the legislation that put us deep into debt.
Also, the assumptions of this article are similar to those of the Democratic Party.

Posted by: johnL1 | January 29, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

ConsciousMindz,

Stop the racist crap. It's not working. I've listened to him. I've read between the lines. I've seen him say one thing and do another. I've lived long enough to distinguish between a moral decent person who understands that they need to serve all the people, in spite of their own agenda, and an immoral, narcissist who is intent only on serving their own purpose.
He attacks like a bully. He pouts like a spoiled child and he's just the latest
disappointment from Washington.
You might be surprised by my heritage so your racist crap flies in the face of reality.

Posted by: tjmlrc | January 29, 2010 7:35 AM | Report abuse

Dan:

I enjoyed the article and agree that his *attempt* was to rally Democrats and bulkwart against further Republican gains in capturing political control. However, it came off as desperate, frustrated, and too-little-too-late.

In the end, Americans see through the scam that is healthcare reform and the vast majority of the speech was rehashed campaign promises from 2009 that he has already broken. In the end, they see the vacancy of his policy initiatives and recognize that his "what-I-will-do" claims were actually lies then and are simply lies being regurgitated again.

-SwamiDave
http://www.swamidavesays.com/trackback/22

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Posted by: fyhstyetrujykderytrjy | January 28, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Imeaure the man by his words. Does he speak the truth?

The man lied 7 times in one 2 minute segment of a campaign speech (CSPAN was one). In his current position, he has lied numerous times (No increased costs in the Healthcare bill for the citizens yet AZ has $400 bil and CA $2 tril in mandated unfunded costs.) The man lied in his State of the Union speech (Supreme Court).

THE MAN IS A PATHALOGICAL LIAR AND NARCISSTIC FRAUD! Mass. figured it out early. Are the rest of you still in the land of OZ?

Posted by: PRRWRITER | January 28, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Great article - he's out of "Woos." Here is a blog that I posted today.

Dear Mr. Obama
Posted by Annie on Thursday, January 28, 2010 12:00:00 AM
Yep, I was one of many who sat on the edge of my seat expecting great things, but it didn't happen. You appeared to have great difficulty pronouncing words and connecting with the American populace. I watched your hands, which pretty much told the story (if you're used to studying body language.) Your hands expressed anger, confusion and hopelessness! Yet your charismatic manner and talent as a speaker, once again turned some Americans' heads, but what I experienced was a second rate movie without a beginning or an end.

Americans had a re-run of your campaign in 2008 - nothing really new or different! As a grandmother of 7 and mother of 4, it is troubling to hear you talk about a solution for earmarks, actually placing the monkey back on the Republicans and Democrats, instead of telling America that you signed bills with billions in earmarks. It's that better than "thou" attitude that kicked you in the fanny last night!

Than you suggested a freeze, oh my, you never once said we're going to downsize the government and freeze government spending until Americans have jobs and their homes back. Nope, you just threw the blame on everyone, but the Obama Man. It's amazing to watch you in action as you not so subtly placed blame on the Republicans, Democrats, Banks, Wall Street etc...

Do you know something we don't know Obama, for you made the statement suggesting many would lose their insurance before your speech was completed. Think that's on the verge of a threat, or did I take it out of context?

So I guess what this means is "You're Gonna Have A Good Nights Sleep." because you've just washed your hands of all responsibility for 2009. So in closing Mr. Obama, let's go around America in two - who received our stimulus monies, who is passing out money to Freddy and Fanny via the back door? Who spent millions of dollars to go party in Copenhagen? Who promised us transparency? Who is trying to protect the "terrorists" on our turf, instead of protecting Americans?

Who in the world was responsible for all those lousy reforms or bills like HAMP, TARP, Stimulus Bill, Cash for Clunkers and who tries to fool us by saying the worst of the recession is over because of Your Quick Response? Not even Plouffe can get you out of this mess! One more thing "A man is only as good as his word" - are you a good man, Mr. Obama

Posted by: annie21 | January 28, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Joe Wilson was right!!!

Posted by: richardch_2 | January 28, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

TOConsciousMindz....As a Democrat, it was Bush's administration that gave me a lesson on bad administrations. I prayed 4 a Democratic victory in 2008 & I am sorry 4 what we got.If you were an active voter in 2008, you would have loved Obama's rhetoric but you have deplored his actions while he was in the Senate. You would have deplored his arrogance & his secrecy of his background & his long association with Rev. Wright, the man who damns our country. You are now seeing what you did not see in 2008. You see a man who finds it difficult to come to a decision. You find a man who finally makes a decision but changes his mind when he is criticized for it. You find a man who will promise anything to get one's approval, even promising opposite actions to opposite groups.
Whenever he runs into trouble, especially if his actions meet with criticism, we get
the Coach's pep talk. The problem is that he is telling the team to go to the rivals' goalpost instead of its own.
After the Massachusetts massacre, one would hope that the Democrats realize what the score is & think twice before they make a play. Maybe, they should even think 3 times or 4.

Posted by: afed27 | January 28, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

The Washington Post must think that everyone is stupid, yes, some people are stupid but most of us are not. Obama is a disgrace, he is delusional, he is a liar, he is a Marxist at heart, a closet Muslim, and in his own twilight zone. My God, one could not listen to that speech and think that this man should be in the office of the President. He is the biggest mistake that this country has made since the Vietnam War.

Posted by: walterndebby | January 28, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

@ tjmlrc & Obama Haters...

Everyday people like you amazes me. You probably just got into politics because of Obama. If asked you probably don't know the three legislative branches of govt. I guess you want the Repub. to get back into office where you will find yourself homeless and hungry.

When will you and others wake up? Its like you forgot WHO got us to this point! The damn Repub. They were in office for 8 years and burned rubber on the deficit leaving a mess for the Dems to clean up. Go do your homework and stop bit@*ing because a black man is running the country. Be honest we can't see you,tell us the real truth of the matter...

True Americans will see it for what it is, a chance to revitalize a country torn down by hatred and good old boy mentality. We want more now and the truth of how this country's unethical leadership has created fear, dis-allusion and hatred we know change can't happen if WE OURSELVES don't change. We ALL have common sense to know "CHANGE" DOES NOT COME IN A YEAR! Look how long it is taking YOU to change your prejudice way of thinking... Probablay you are an uneducated American wanting it to go back the way it once was -SCREWED....

We will not GIVE UP, true Americans go through the test of time TOGETHER!

Posted by: ConsciousMindz | January 28, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

The American people are their own worse enemy. They want change but they can't give Obama the time neccessary to effect change. Remember Bush's first State of the Union address. It was after 9/11. No one critized him because it would seem unpatriotic. Obama is catching it from all angles. " He is spending to much time on healthcare" , "He has created a single job" , "He thinks he is smarter than everyone else". All these comments and others in the same tone have been used to undermine his popularity and policies. We forget his poloicies did not get us into 2 Wars , they did not lead us in the worst financial mess ever, they are not responsible for high unemployment, and they are the only real reason are Deficit is getting larger. Our problems are decades in the making, the result of not one but many greedy and selfish people who have "graced the Halls of Congress". Our problems are the result of Presidents who have put their own ego ahead of the welfare of the People. Our problem are the result of Corporate Greed and Special Interest. Most of all our problems are the result of our own apathy and impatience.
It took us years to get into this mess but we expect Obama to fix everything right now. We never paid attention while Bush was fighting 2 wars "offline", but now we are worried about ever dollar Obama want to spend to creat jobs or fix healthcare. We never said a word while the Bush administration watched as Wall Street "raped" the population of Trillions of dollars but we want Obama to "police" the banking industry . The list goes on and on. We want solutions but yet we critize every word out of his mouth. In Massachusetts people voted for the unknown because they were "scared" into by the Rush Limbaughs and Glenn Becks types of "media celebrities" who make a living telling their listeners what is wrong with Obama's policies rather than what is right with the Republicans position. We continue to hold Democrats responsible for Republican budget deficits because when the republicans spend money they don't have they spend it in Iraq or Afganastan or to stop the "world economy from collasping". The Democrats want to spend money on Jobs, Healthcare, Education, and Infrastructure and everybody worries that their taxes our going to go up. Guess what your taxes are going to go up no matter what so you might as well get something for your money. We elected Obama to lead and so far he has done a decent job. The rest of the world thinks so,economies around the world our recovering and our will too. It will take time but if we continue to vote for "Nay Sayers" who don't offer a better alternative then we will not accomplish any change at all but rather seal our fate as a country doomed to argue instead of decide, criticze instead of assist, and waffle instead of act. We made the right choice when we voted for Obama last Novemember our only mistake is not standing behind him since then.

Posted by: brascal53 | January 28, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

President Obama has an enormous, omnipresent ego. His narcisism knows no bounds.
He wants to curb spending while raising the national debt ceiling by 2 trillion dollars. He wants to freeze some spending, not at the 2008 level, but at the 2009 levels which he raised between 20 and 35%.
Now hes talking about suing paid back stimulus dollars instead of using the unspent already allocated dollars there by keeping the debt level high. Pay the debt down. Encourage banks to lend through actions, not more verbosity. The man is a socialist and does not like free markets.

Posted by: missyjaniek | January 28, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

The man is sincere at least. He feels for the people. He has become President in the most difficult and challenging times but will have to learn to prioritize policies and not hurry. Clean energy and global warming will have to take a backseat to unemployment, health-care and ending wasteful wars. He might just deliver, with a little sacrifice from everyone.

Posted by: ssbalepu | January 28, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

".....if you don't have a solution then you're a part of the problem." is timely to remember. If the Dem's cease (are you listening Sen. Reid, Rep. Pelosi?) treating the GOP as bastards at a family reunion and REALLY embrace transparency then the monkey will be on Congress' collective backs--as it should be. "Rome" is burning and these self serving twits can't even find the fiddle.

Posted by: 65tarheel | January 28, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

What's the deal with Nancy Pelosi's eyes? Does anyone know morse-code? I want to know if Nancy Pelosi was blinking out some kind of secret message:

"Help! I am only pretending to be a liberal idiot! I am being held prisoner by Rahm Emanual!"

Posted by: pgr88


Rumor has it that the taxpayer dole has bought the Batman character 2 face Pelosi so much surgery, that her ears are gone and it just rebuilt flesh.
Now, she only listens when the eyes are open, er closed, er open, no, er I think it was closed.

Posted by: dottydo | January 28, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Dan Balz knows that the purpose of a filibuster is not to encourage debate. Instead it allows the minority to prevent the majority from voting. He should report it that way.

In the old days, when Dan Balz was a cub reporter, we had wonderful filibusters where Senators read from the Washington D.C. phonebook and told fishing stories. The fun has gone out of politics.

Posted by: JohnHeron | January 28, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse


Republican War = bad
Democrat War = good

- Your Typical Liberal

Posted by: screwjob11 | January 28, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

I just read on the Gallup Poll that Obama's numbers are highest amoug EDUCATED PEOPLE. I laughed so hard and then I came in this room. They are absolutely right. The dumbest people are those attacking Obama at every turn. That includes the dummies they send to Congress to do nothing.

I feel so much better when I read that. Now I can enjoy reading what are less educated amongst us has to say about Obama TODAY! Carry on!

Posted by: Julescator


The polls are like Obama's history that he hides illegally as a US Public Official.

You never know if the what they say about there education level is true. You cannot prove it.

Vote twice , vote often, it is the acorns way.

Posted by: dottydo | January 28, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

ai3di - - the point is, you wouldn't choose, given a choice, an inexperienced surgeon over an experienced one, all other things being equal.

Posted by: ChangeIsNotAStrategy | January 28, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse
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Alright, with that point, I can agree with you. I wouldn't choose an inexperienced sugeon, so I should not be satisfied with an inexperienced political figure becoming President. But at some point, that experienced surgeon was inexperienced and the techniques they used were experimental. What if you needed surgery and the experienced surgeon had never performed that particular surgery, or what if there is a new technique that has been taught but the experienced surgeon won't change his ways. Do you not have the surgery because a lesser experienced surgeon would have to do the experimental technique?
Obama might be inexperienced, but the political figures that are experienced are only following the same techniques they used and not willing to budge on trying something that is experimental. This country has gotten to where it is on old ideas, fresh new ideas come from those that experiment with fresh new techniques, techniques that those that are set in their ways won't try.

Posted by: ai3di | January 28, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Obama's message turns from hope to dope, as in dopey. What kind of a President do we have when he pushes for gays in the military and ignores terrorist? Students of history might think our greatest threat is the enemy within.

What will gays to strengthen our military? If you have served in the military, you know that homosexual attraction and activity is counter productive to military discipline the driving force of effective military operations.

Obama did not bother to mention one word about Islamic terrorist treated as U.S. criminals with all the rights of U.S. citizens instead of enemy combatants captured by U.S. civilians or military.
People who love their country are outraged by Obama / Holder’s negligent restraint in prosecuting a war on terrorism.

If any Islamic terrorists are successful in another attack on the U.S., the American people have grounds to impeach Obama and his Democrat administration and replace them with responsible and competent officers in the U.S. Executive Office.

Petition on the grounds of our rights under the U.S. Constitution, U.S. Supreme Court and Congress and we won’t quit for the sake of our family and country.

Posted by: klausdmk | January 28, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Good Grief Dan,
The questions I hear most often are "What is still doing in office with illegally secreted history intel as a Public official?


and

We paid several times over for Obamacar company, "Where is my car that I already paid for?"


I haven't hear the question you asked, until now.

Posted by: dottydo | January 28, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

"From this day on, the official language of the United States will be Swedish. Silence! In addition to that, all citizens will be required to change their underwear every half-hour. Underwear will be worn on the outside so we can check. Furthermore, all children under 16 years old are now... 16 years old!"
- Barry the incompetent boob Obama

Posted by: screwjob11 | January 28, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

What's the deal with Nancy Pelosi's eyes? Does anyone know morse-code? I want to know if Nancy Pelosi was blinking out some kind of secret message:

"Help! I am only pretending to be a liberal idiot! I am being held prisoner by Rahm Emanual!"

Posted by: pgr88 | January 28, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

He always gets in MEchelle: "She's embarrassed"

Posted by: houston123 | January 28, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

candyzky: He will leave after his second term is over. It will give him enough time to clean the mess your repub. had caused.
This one thing, and the other one, you got to be ashamed of youself.... You still ababy?

Posted by: mali23 | January 28, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

American military deaths in Afghanistan during Chickenhawk Barry Obama's first year in office:

343

Deaths in 2008:

155


Posted by: screwjob11 | January 28, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse
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Not really that many considering how many of the other guys have dies, or do we only care about the lives of Americans?
If so, then those numbers are still small compaired to how many people die in this country from gang violence, or even drunk driving.
None of their lives are lost on me and each one served their country and should be respected, not used for political gain.
I just don't understand what the President has to do with troops dying in a war, besides that we shouldn't be there anyways. Is that your point?

Posted by: ai3di | January 28, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse


curtb

That Class Envy thing really has you by the nuts doesn't it?

Posted by: jas7751 | January 28, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Barry is getting very poor advice. His defiance to literally stay the course and ratchet it up ignores once again where the Country is. VA, NJ, MA. The Dem Congressional members up for re-election will certainly begin to distance themselves from Barry. It is not Republicans that are his problem. It is his own party that is loosing confidence in him. With his unstable frame of mind he has become toxic.

Posted by: jas7751 | January 28, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

If you want to attack Obama and the Democrats have at it, with actors like Larry Summers and Robert Rubin in the cast it's deserved. But please, please don't even entertain the notion that the Republican Party is part of the solution. If they were in charge, we would already be in a depression and the rich would be getting even richer than they are now and the rest of us would be going under for the third time. The Republicans just inform you, usually through the FOX mouthpiece network, that if you aren't with them you aren't a patriot, it's their way or else. BS. Don't forget the oughts so quickly, Republican rule was a disaster that left a shambles in its wake. I don't believe that there's a solution to the monumental damage they caused and in all honesty, I think they meant it to be that way. Americans are so impatient that if everything isn't fixed in four years they'll hand it right back to them to finish the job. They know this. And they know us.

Posted by: curtb | January 28, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

ai3di - - the point is, you wouldn't choose, given a choice, an inexperienced surgeon over an experienced one, all other things being equal.

Posted by: ChangeIsNotAStrategy | January 28, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

this speech was made by a petulant man child who is angry because he can not get his way anymore. His arrogance, condisention and total disregard of reality makes me think that he is living in another world, the land of OZAMA. unfortunately, the people of this nation will NOT ignore the manchild behind the curtain anymore. There is a cost of such behavior and the elections in the fall are only the beginning of the end for this bumbling idiot and his progressive followers. Impeachment is the only answer.

Posted by: upgp46 | January 28, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse
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If Obama is a man child for not getting his way anymore, does that make evey singel Republican man children?

Posted by: ai3di | January 28, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

From many of the posts here, one would think the president was a dictator to either be feared or blamed, as if he alone possessed the power to govern.

The president of the United States is the commander in chief of the armed forces and impowered to execute the law. That is the authority vested in the president by the constitution. The constitution also requires that the president give a report to Congress on the state of the union. On the other hand, the president has every right to propose legislation to address what is wrong with the state of the union. He also has every right to take the other branches of government to task, as they have the right to bring the president to task. I think the president did a good job describing the state of the union, and pointing out problems that only the most irrational, blindly ignorant fool would dispute. At no time during the past year have I seen the president overstep his constitutional authority; although I wish he would have on several occasions!

On the other hand, there is no mention of any political party in the constitution. I would say to both parties, "bipartisanship" does not mean the party not in power has the right to behave as if it was. Nor does it mean the party in power is there by unanimous consent. "Bipartisanship" means those given majority power by a majority of the sovereign people have a right to advance those policies the people voted for. While it is the obligation of the party not in power to constructively advocate for those they represent in the legislative process, they do not have the right to thwart the will of the people. The majority is wise to give consideration to some ideas presented by the minority; however, the minority needs to accept that they have not earned the right to have all of their ideas taken into consideration.

No political party or branch of government has a monopoly on ideas; good or bad. The founders created checks and balances in the constitution to prevent abuses of power by any branch of the government; including tyranny by the majority. I don't think partisan prevention of the soverign people having any power at all is quite what they had in mind.

Posted by: risejugger | January 28, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

American military deaths in Afghanistan during Chickenhawk Barry Obama's first year in office:

343

Deaths in 2008:

155


Posted by: screwjob11 | January 28, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

this speech was made by a petulant man child who is angry because he can not get his way anymore. His arrogance, condisention and total disregard of reality makes me think that he is living in another world, the land of OZAMA. unfortunately, the people of this nation will NOT ignore the manchild behind the curtain anymore. There is a cost of such behavior and the elections in the fall are only the beginning of the end for this bumbling idiot and his progressive followers. Impeachment is the only answer.

Posted by: upgp46 | January 28, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Judging by the spelling and grammar in these posts, I would say education should be at the top of our national agenda.

Posted by: TarmacTheMagnificent | January 28, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Hey ai3di - - would you go to a surgeon who had no experience?

Posted by: ChangeIsNotAStrategy | January 28, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

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Do you know how many surgeons people go to that graduated last in their class?

Posted by: ai3di | January 28, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are criminals, all of them should be tried in the court of law for the hole they openned in America economy, america pride and America self determonation? They should be punished? Even though we, in America, have problem.
Can you imagine those stupid independents to vote republicans in Mas. election? Are they sick of their brain? did they forget how much damage the Republicans had caused America during their 8 years in the office, and now those stupid, rogues will bring our country another disaster?
We should move to tell them it is wrong for themselves, for the country as a whole to go this terrible and dangerous path?? It is like some one shoot him/herself in the foot?
Our president is going the right path, but there are on both parties as much obstecle as huge rock?
What is really make it worse those republicans who are not helping? every thing is, no? This president is coming to clean the mess you already incurred, but you are saying to any program he introduces no,why? We,the American are smarts,we know what you want by voting no, you want to fail the president and come back to us crying, he didn't accomplish any thing? We know your tricks, but it may "Magic turned against the magician".

Posted by: mali23 | January 28, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Business as usual, nothing will change
Obama will not move away from the socialist-progressive movement and he clearly told members of congress to hold to that agenda.
Obama Blame everyone for the mistakes made
except himself. Mr President take responsibility for you actions.

Posted by: akeegan2 | January 28, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Business as usual, nothing will change
Obama will not move away from the socialist-progressive movement and he clearly told members of congress to hold to that agenda.
Obama Blame everyone for the mistakes made
except himself. Mr President take responsibility for you actions.

Posted by: akeegan2 | January 28, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Obamacare = Medicare
Mideast war = Vietnam
Obama = LBJ

LBJ did not run for a second term because he was so unpopular in his own party.

Posted by: win_harrington | January 28, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Hey ai3di - - would you go to a surgeon who had no experience?

Posted by: ChangeIsNotAStrategy | January 28, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Hey metroman76 - - we're just SO convinced you used to be a Republican and now you're an Independent. Aren't they the same these days?

Posted by: ChangeIsNotAStrategy | January 28, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Hey Ai3di - - I would say prior successful executive experience. Someone who stayed in a previous job long enough to accomplish something, not like Obama who never accomplished anything because he's always been running for the next job. I'll give him this achievement though: the guy's managed to revive the Republican Party in just one year, he's probably the only person on earth who could've done that.

Posted by: ChangeIsNotAStrategy | January 28, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse
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Doesn't that limit the idea that anyone can be President, and how many of our forefathers had this experience that you talk about? Some of the best things in the world have come from the most inexperienced person.

Posted by: ai3di | January 28, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

As a former Republican and now independenent I liked what he had to say, now he just needs to do it. I hope and pray that he can manage to fix the mess the Supreme Court created despite the Republicans that work only for big business and not the people.

Posted by: metroman76 | January 28, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

As a former Republican and now independenent I liked what he had to say, now he just needs to do it. I hope and pray that he can manage to fix the mess the Supreme Court created despite the Republicans that work only for big business and not the people.

Posted by: metroman76 | January 28, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

After State of the Union, two questions remain: When will he leave and how fast.

Posted by: candyzky | January 28, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Hey Ai3di - - I would say prior successful executive experience. Someone who stayed in a previous job long enough to accomplish something, not like Obama who never accomplished anything because he's always been running for the next job. I'll give him this achievement though: the guy's managed to revive the Republican Party in just one year, he's probably the only person on earth who could've done that.

Posted by: ChangeIsNotAStrategy | January 28, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Highly unlikely independent voters will be again attracted to Obama when they know full well his word is worthless.

Posted by: Tupac_Goldstein | January 28, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

The answer to both questions is a resounding NO! This guys is toast. He obviously doesn't understand (or arrogantly doesn't care to understand) that the entire world is laughing at him.

Posted by: georges2 | January 28, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse
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The Rest of the world praises him still, only those who are like you are laughing, making you look crazy.

Posted by: ai3di | January 28, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

if Dems seriously want to do good for American people they would forget bi-partisanship with the party of Republican lunatics and propose Universal nationalized single payer health care and pass it with the Majority vote that they have, which would leave the party of Republican lunatics no room to hide, because the current health care proposal by the Dems makes Republican lunatics look sane, look good. More on this here:
http://anoox.com/blog/UHC.37605

After all consider this FACT: the Conservative parties in Uk, the Israeli government, the favorites of Republican lunatics are 100% for their Universal nationalized single payer health care systems. More on this here:
http://anoox.com/blog/UHC.37761

Posted by: RealNews1 | January 28, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Didn't this guy used to be this great public speaker and all? He's totally lost any ability to enthuse and persuade, he's just boooorrrriiiinnnnnggggg. The lack of a specific plan to right the country's wrongs last night should have us all lying awake at night. He's really a joke right now, and I thought Bush was bad.... Mental note to self: community organizers and law professors make horrible executives. He doesn't want to man up and run things, because then he can't vote 'present', he's handed off the reins to Pelosi and Reid, two of the most reviled creatures on this planet so that he can stand idly by and blame others when they fail and take the credit when they win.

Posted by: ChangeIsNotAStrategy | January 28, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse
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I agree with you that Bush was bad. If you have realized that "community organizers and law professors make horrible executives." Then we should add "draft dodger, coke head, c+ student" to the list.
What do you think are good qaulifications to be a President if "community organizers and law professors make horrible executives."?

Posted by: ai3di | January 28, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Most Republicans had NO intention of working with Obama and the Dems this year, even on things on which they agreed. How telling it was to see the Repugs sitting on their hands last night when Obama touted how income taxes had not gone up on anyone.

For those R's who did want to play ball on health care, contrary to what some are saying on this thread, they did make some good contributions to the legislation. True, out of those 100 or so amendments they proposed, a number of them were just clarifications, they did get to contribute.

Unfortunately many of these R's have no loyalty to the country. They like bad news on Obama's watch. They want to see the country fail. And the funny thing is they are not even loyal to their own cause. Look at how the teabaggers are divided already. Palin and her $100,000 fee to speak at their convention! If that doesn't tell you what kind of fraud and opportunist she is, I don't know what will. She quit the Governor's post so she could make money, plain and simple.

Posted by: mikebythesun | January 28, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

The answer to both questions is a resounding NO! This guys is toast. He obviously doesn't understand (or arrogantly doesn't care to understand) that the entire world is laughing at him.

Posted by: georges2 | January 28, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Well, comically I see that obama is being positively reviewed by his peers here, inexperienced college students and liberal trust fund babies.
It doesn't matter what sort of obama defense arguments anyone can come up with or how many insults you think are arguments, the bottom line is that obama is a product of his own education system, he's totally inexperienced and still not learning yet full of unearned self-esteem.
It doesn't matter how much time you give hime to perform the 'change' because he's not changing anything, he's just making things worse.

Posted by: Mary12345 | January 28, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse
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So if the people that speak positivly about the President, they are automatically college students or liberal trust fund babies and that is supposed to be bad?
He is the product of his own education system...One that you are not a part of? How are you so smart then?
If you think he is so inexpecienced, would you then think that the age to become President should be changed?
I think that it is funny, for both sides, that if you do not agree with someone, you are instantly reviewed as ignorant and stupid and classified into whatever category that the poster thinks fits that. I never knew so many were just so much better than everyone.
It is my opinion that you can be better at something than someone else, but you can never be better than someone else and if you think you are better than others, in reality, you are a much much worse person than most of everybody.

Posted by: ai3di | January 28, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

@ tjmlrc

Everyday people like you amazes me. You probably just got into politics because of Obama. If asked you probably don't know the three legislative branches of govt. I guess you want the Repub. to get back into office where you will find yourself homeless and hungry.

When will you and others wake up? Its like you forgot WHO got us to this point! The damn Repub. They were in office for 8 years and burned rubber on the deficit leaving a mess for the Dems to clean up. Go do your homework and stop bit@*ing because a black man is running the country. Be honest we can't see you,tell us the real truth of the matter...

True Americans will see it for what it is, a chance to revitalize a country torn down by hatred and good old boy mentality. We want more now and the truth of how this country's unethical leadership has created fear, dis-allusion and hatred we know change can't happen if WE OURSELVES don't change. We ALL have common sense to know "CHANGE" DOES NOT COME IN A YEAR! Look how long it is taking YOU to change your prejudice way of thinking... Probablay you are an uneducated American wanting it to go back the way it once was -SCREWED....

We will not GIVE UP, true Americans go through the test of time TOGETHER!

Posted by: ConsciousMindz | January 28, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Didn't this guy used to be this great public speaker and all? He's totally lost any ability to enthuse and persuade, he's just boooorrrriiiinnnnnggggg. The lack of a specific plan to right the country's wrongs last night should have us all lying awake at night. He's really a joke right now, and I thought Bush was bad.... Mental note to self: community organizers and law professors make horrible executives. He doesn't want to man up and run things, because then he can't vote 'present', he's handed off the reins to Pelosi and Reid, two of the most reviled creatures on this planet so that he can stand idly by and blame others when they fail and take the credit when they win.

Posted by: ChangeIsNotAStrategy | January 28, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

In his unwavering commitment to not be Bill Clinton (or George W. Bush), Obama seems intent on recreating the Jimmy Carter legacy. Uninformed foreign policy, disastrous domestic economic policies lead to a Nobel Peace Prize and an electorate desperate for real hope and change.

Posted by: dlewis4 | January 28, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Well, comically I see that obama is being positively reviewed by his peers here, inexperienced college students and liberal trust fund babies.
It doesn't matter what sort of obama defense arguments anyone can come up with or how many insults you think are arguments, the bottom line is that obama is a product of his own education system, he's totally inexperienced and still not learning yet full of unearned self-esteem.
It doesn't matter how much time you give hime to perform the 'change' because he's not changing anything, he's just making things worse.

Posted by: Mary12345 | January 28, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Hopless BS lies and empty promises only and idiot would even entertain as a posible goal yet read the posts and look at the trained monkey show last night.....Doomed.

Posted by: affirmativeactionpresident | January 28, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse


Why would Republicans try any longer to work with this Fraud? He has dismissed, demeaned, attacked and totally discounted, rejected and ignored all Republican input. He has arrogantly deceived about his real motives and means by which to achieve them. He is no more than a part of Alynski wing of the Socialist Party. He is a South Chicago Street Agitator Hack who has surrounds himself with those of similar mindset....Axlerod, Emanuel, Jarret, Gibbs as well as a Shadow Govt of Communist Van Jones like Czars. He is not to be trusted. He does not have America's best interests in mind. Not at all. Anyone in their right mind would distance themselves from him. It has only been one year, one very long year, for him to alienate over half of America. The next three are going to be ugly. The Republican victories this Fall as well as clear thinking Dems may be enough to save the Nation from his Radical Agenda.


Posted by: jas7751 | January 28, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Not sure what to make of the speech and the circus last evening. It is indeed sad to see SOTU turning into just another campaign pitch and lecture.

Especially when the POTUS was involved directly in what he was chastizing the Congress for.

He has to govern; Congress has to legislate and citizens have to remind them that they will be held accountable.

Posted by: 15of18 | January 28, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: justicewon | January 28, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

REBUILDING OUR AMERICA FOR OUR 21st CENTURY
By Alyce Vrba
WE DON'T QUIT.
YOU DON'T QUIT.
WE ARE AMERICANS...
FOCUS: Our economy is interconnected, and increasing it is globally interconnected. Our socioeconomic well-being is interconnected. Our economy, our socioeconomic well-being and stability is not just short-term, bubble to bubble, speculation boom or bust, but consists of our constructive long-term thinking, our feelings, our actions, our investments collectively and individually as our AMERICA and as AMERICANS.
Let's implement constructive plans and policies for our future:
1) Restructure our healthcare system...a) Its cost(s); b) How it works; c) How it is delivered; d) How it is funded.
2) Restructure our financial system.
3) Restructure and implement our comprehensive clean-energy plan and policy, designed to conserve and to protect our environment.
4) Fight for, protect, and expand our MiddleClass. Fight for, protect, and reduce the demographic ranks and suffering of our POOR.
5) Invest in our PEOPLE, our America, our infrastructure, our businesses, our communities...
FOCUS: Think, feel, act not just for our short-term, but for our collective, our individual constructive and sustainable long-term. CHANGE is never easy, CHANGE may not seem to come fast enough. CHANGE will be a steady and sustainable stream of our constructive collective and our individual thinking, feelings, and actions.
WE DON'T QUIT.
YOU DON'T QUIT.
WE ARE AMERICANS.
LET'S MOVE FORWARD TOGETHER...AND REBUILD OUR AMERICA FOR OUR 21st CENTURY.
A.VRBA, Copyright 2010, All rights reserved.

Posted by: justicewon | January 28, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

The SOTU itself is a waste of time. If you liked Obama before, you probably thought it was great. If you didn't, you probably found him to look like an old rerun, like he re-hashed an old campaign speech and just moved a few paragraphs around, maybe it was just a tape delay of a stump speech. Boring, absolutely no effect on anyone one way or the other. Obamacare is just as dead as it was at 859pm last night. Obama has no ability to persuade any more, he's becoming irrelevant because he's ceded his power to Pelosi and Reid. Geez, who would've thought a community organizer would be so bad at running the country?

Posted by: ChangeIsNotAStrategy | January 28, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Why doesn't Barry the incompetent boob Obama just issue an arrest warrant for Justice Alito? That would be following the recent example of Barry's idol and mentor, Hugo Chavez. Hmm?

Miserable failure Obama.

Posted by: screwjob11 | January 28, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

91 times in 70 minutes.. "I" and it was "not my fault" like some petulant kid. Sad state of our leadership.

By-the-Way, "WHAT IS THE STATE OF THE UNION"?? hARD TO TELL FROM THAT TELEPROMPTER EVENT.

Posted by: NeoConVeteran | January 28, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse
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I hear "I" and "not my fault" from so many people on so many issues. Apparently Obama does represent the people quite well as a no fault person.

Posted by: ai3di | January 28, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

It amazes ne how so many people can be so stupid. Obama lied to you once and made you look like a drooling idiot chasing after his every word to just find out he was playing you all for fools. Now here he comes again, only now he is in trouble so lets get the goon squad back together and again make false promises to them...they will believe anything he says..thats how desperate you people are. Its time to put aside the kool aide and open your eyes to the man you think so highly of...another country once went through the same false adulation that you are going through now...that country was Germany and their wonderful speaking leader was Hitler. Wake up American while you still have the choice.

Posted by: b_tamargo | January 28, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

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Yet Bush lied just as luch just as bad and the same people that are saying we are being fooled by Obama, can't admit being fooled by Bush?
Also, every time someone posts "telepromter..." whatever, you are just proving how much you don't understand.

Posted by: ai3di | January 28, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: abqcleve | January 28, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

As usual the D's are the children, with their childlike thinking about "wouldn't life be great if" without any regard for the cost associated with all of their "great" ideas, and the Republicans have to be the adults, to which the Democrats cry "no fair".

Posted by: eedchic
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Do you want to explain budgeting for Iraq, Medicare Part D, and tax cuts for the wealthy in light of the above?

Posted by: abqcleve | January 28, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Mr. President, you had better listen to the voters who have said over and over they don't want your kind of reform.

Posted by: tonyjm | January 28, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Yes, two questions remain:

1. Why are republicans such ay-holes?

2. How much hairspray die McDonnell use last night?

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | January 28, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

None of this stuff makes sense to me! Obama is out of touch. It's that simple. His idea of respondsible government is to count paper clips, and cut back on company coffee cups when the congress is spending our money at a rate that is beyond anyone's ability to comprehend.

Posted by: Cdgaman | January 28, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Another dog and pony show by the most inept and narcissitic individual to address the state of the Union. After a year in office, he now worries about the economy and unemployment? Today he's in Florida on another teleprompter tour! And you libs think Jimmy Carter was a joke?

Posted by: nmg3rln | January 28, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

The Supreme Court decision allowing corporations, even international corporations rom China and the Middle East to spend all they want in our elections is the worst attack on the freedom of the USA since Pearl Harbor.

After an attack like that it is silly to bicker over other things, even big things like health care. We must unite and help the President push congress to act to preserve the soul of our nation.
chip@chipshirley.com

Posted by: ChipShirley | January 28, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Obama made many promises during his campaign. McCain did too. I have no doubt if McCain was president that this country would be in worst shape than it is now.

Obama has been in office 1 year, taking over 8 yrs of Republican mismanagement. How can everyone fault him for not accomplishing everything he set out to do?

What would have happened if the government did not bail out the banks? What would have happened if the government did not help the auto manufacturers? I don't have the answer and I am sure most of us do not know what would have happened.

One man is not going to fix these problems, our federal government need to work together and stop dividing along party lines.

Posted by: Marrgo | January 28, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

ONE QUESTION FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA:

If Washington is as dysfunctional as you claim (and I do agree with the assessment), why on earth should American citizens send one more dime to Washington to waste? Why should we place our future health care, security, commercial viability into a dysfunctional quagmire?

A summary of one view:

*Self Serving

*Self Denial

*Self Delusional

*Self Promoting

Posted by: wheeljc | January 28, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

91 times in 70 minutes.. "I" and it was "not my fault" like some petulant kid. Sad state of our leadership.

By-the-Way, "WHAT IS THE STATE OF THE UNION"?? hARD TO TELL FROM THAT TELEPROMPTER EVENT.

Posted by: NeoConVeteran | January 28, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

2010 is going to be a good year for Republicans - just wait and see, folks!

Posted by: eedchic
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You may well be right, and if that's the case, that will simply confirm the pathetic ignorance of most of the "independent" crowd that has been deciding our elections. Some, mostly older, Democrats have indeed had a failure of nerve and/or conscience and have cost this nation some great opportunities this year.

However, no one should mistake the malice of intent of the GOP (e.g., "This will be Obama's Waterloo"), the absurd nature of their attacks ("Socialist!" "Kenyan!" "Muslim!"), nor the track record of that crowd during 2000-2008, one of the worst decades in our history for the middle class in America.

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Posted by: AJAX2 | January 28, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

As usual the D's are the children, with their childlike thinking about "wouldn't life be great if" without any regard for the cost associated with all of their "great" ideas, and the Republicans have to be the adults, to which the Democrats cry "no fair".

Posted by: eedchic | January 28, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

As usual the D's are the children, with their childlike thinking about "wouldn't life be great if" without any regard for the cost associated with all of their "great" ideas, and the Republicans have to be the adults, to which the Democrats cry "no fair".

Posted by: eedchic | January 28, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

The President said in his speech last night that he will go line by line in the future budget to make sure that nothing goes into the budget that we do not need. Take the same approach to the health care debate and go line by line so that everyone knows what is in the bill no matter how many pages long it is. Then maybe something can be voted on in a bipartisan way. May take longer but it seems the fair way to go about it to me.

Posted by: joecarrsr | January 28, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

It amazes ne how so many people can be so stupid. Obama lied to you once and made you look like a drooling idiot chasing after his every word to just find out he was playing you all for fools. Now here he comes again, only now he is in trouble so lets get the goon squad back together and again make false promises to them...they will believe anything he says..thats how desperate you people are. Its time to put aside the kool aide and open your eyes to the man you think so highly of...another country once went through the same false adulation that you are going through now...that country was Germany and their wonderful speaking leader was Hitler. Wake up American while you still have the choice.

Posted by: b_tamargo | January 28, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

The Marxist is coming out. The people are uninformed, undereducated and the country on the whole,stupid. Just maybe it is the affirmative action group that knows that since their whole lives is a handout they can still get more. The answer is no. When 92% of the called blacks vote of one person it shows they are not Americans but a cult of freeloaded who want to live off others.

Posted by: tk1123 | January 28, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Everyone is probably listening, but I think the Republicans are the only ones who are also watching. It isn't even going to matter if they are moderate, right of center, or totally right wing. I think, as we work this out, we will discover that there are more people who will be happy if we stay closer to the center. Middle-of-the-road voters will be the determining faction, and will combine the more moderate of both sides with the independent voters. The majority won't be too much or too little.

So yes, we're watching. And yes, we hear you. And we have already said, NO, you can't. But together WE can. Is Mr. Obama willing to acknowledge that there IS another side to the issues? Is Mr. Obama willing to acknowledge that without that other side he won't get anywhere at all? Perhaps that is something to think about.

Posted by: whisperonthewind | January 28, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

The President did a fantastic job last night. If the Repub obstructionists were not such cowards this country could move in a positive direction. I think the tide is turning; American’s are starting to see that the Republican agenda is short-sighted and based on keeping the wealthiest 1% in power. I say move ahead with your common sense agenda Mr. President. If the Repubs want to come to the table, fine, if they don’t, get the job done without them. I heard one of the Patheticans talking about how he was encouraged by President Obama’s talk about expanded off-shore drilling and Nuclear power plants, but then he bemoaned that the President wanted to include Cap-and-Trade. The Repubs think that bipartisan means “all there way” and need to be reminded that a majority of American’s voted for President Obama. We (Democrats) are in the majority and we want to see clean energy and cap-and-trade. It's called negotiation and if you Petheticans won't work in good faith to help govern this country you should be thrown out of office.

Posted by: shredder1 | January 28, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

The State of the Union speech was nothing but B.S. from B.O. and it all will become Bush's fault.

Posted by: CaseClosed
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So, to you conservatives who constantly whine, "All Obama ever does is blame Bush," please inform us all of what you believe are the limits of Bush's responsibility? Nobody questions the problems are now Obama's to fix (and he acknowledges that, clearly); but I'm asking you, in all seriousness, at what point and for what issues is it inappropriate to say, "Look, this is what I faced when I took the job. I'm doing the best I can, working within the constraints of Congress, the courts and political reality."

Simply crowing, "Tough--it's your problem now" may strike some of you as hard-headed and pragmatic; but when some of you say in the next sentence, "So let's go back to Republican rule," most rational folks can only respond, "huh?"

Posted by: abqcleve | January 28, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

"Afrontamos un déficit de confianza, dudas profundas y corrosivas que han crecido durante años sobre la forma en la que funciona Washington”, aseguró el Mandatario.
Inevitable la "crisis de confianza" y sus consecuencias en lo que se refiere al Gobierno Barack Obama. Es necesario arguir las causas esenciales. En lo anterior, ya la realidad interna que atraviesa los Estados Unidos no debe ser analisada afuera del marco de la "quiebra del sistema económico" hasta el momento impuesto a la economia de millones de ciudadanos americanos. Economia a su vez dependiente de una política de dominación imperialista de fuentes de riquezas existentes en distintas partes del Mundo. La Guerra ha sido y continua vigente como instrumento que USA utiliza para asegurar la continuidad de "lo imposible", como realidad. Con la mantención de esta política imperialista no hay solución visible para la "crisis de confianza" que menciona el Presidente.
Francisco de Alencar
Profesor

Posted by: foras05t | January 28, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Tell you what Dims let's take another poll about public opinion on Barry's new proposals but this time only include American voters who DID NOT watch Barry's snoozefest. See what kind of support Barry the incompetent boob Obama has when it is not a self-selected group of Obama flacks answering the poll questions. Hmm? See you at the polls Dims.

Miserable failure Obama.

Posted by: screwjob11 | January 28, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse


I am so sick of the hatred for this President by the few remaining neanderthals on the RIGHT. After 2010 they will again wonder what happened!!!!
For some in this country it's very hard for them to come to grips that Obama is the most powerful person in the world. He doesn't fit the profile they are used to and throwing a hissy fit is their only response. A tool of the undereducated!

Posted by: Julescator
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There might have been one moment in time, when all the stars were aligned and the sun and the moon were just so in their obits tha he might have been the most powerful.
Ah. But not any longer. Everyday he perpetrates his hoax on the unsuspecting public. Those who profess to be so educated, yet can't see 10 feet in front of themselves. Those who aren't smart enough to read between the lines and as such flock to him like lambs to the slaughter.
And everyday little chips break off of his golden armor exposing him for who he really is. Sneaky, inexperienced, self-aggrandizing, racist, divisive, lying, cheating, bribing, villifying an America he has lived well by. He will be exposed.

Posted by: tjmlrc | January 28, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Yes, it would be a much better use of time to read about Tiger Woods' affairs or Gilbert Arenas' gunplay than to engage in discourse about the direction of our Nation.

Posted by: eedchic | January 28, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

I think President Obama did his best to connect with the American people in several ways. First, he really stressed jobs and programs such as cutting student loan payments and expanding the child tax credit. He was very forthright and honest, taking responsibility to some extent for "Change we can believe in" not coming fast enough. To his credit, I think he took too much of the blame for this, simply because the type of change he is referring to, fixing an economic disaster, will take much longer than one year. He was willing to call out his own party to continue to govern as the majority and not "run for the hills". He called upon the Republicans to do more than just say no, and invited them to the table with serious proposals. This was part of an effort I think to distance himself a bit from Washington, a typical political strategy that cannot hurt on main street. I think all of these things have a chance to restore some of the public confidence in his administration, although what seemed to be a mea culpa for not delivering fast enough really could go either way. Might be a Republican soundbyte for 2010?
--Paul Rutledge, University of West Georgia political scientist

Posted by: WestGeorgia | January 28, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Do you people ever get tire of whining, arguing and name calling over politics? Go read the sports. You take yourselves way to seriously.

Posted by: ged0386 | January 28, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

How sad are the Democrats when they cannot accomplish anything even though they control Congress AND the White House? Blaming Republicans for the Democrats failure to govern isn't going to fly with the American public. 2010 is going to be a good year for Republicans - just wait and see, folks!

Posted by: eedchic | January 28, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

minco_007 wrote, "No more needs to be said. This is the sad state of affairs for Republicans, dragging this baggage along as patriotic, educated Americans to show the world we are better than them."

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sorry minco.. but it's not the republicans that are worried. :p

Posted by: AuthoritativeAuthoritarian | January 28, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

...This has led me to conclude that republicans are the sort of individuals TV meteorologists are talking to when, after having forecast the next day’s weather to be a bitterly cold morning, are reminded to “bundle up” the kids for the bus stop.

Posted by: Singularity
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Well said!

Posted by: abqcleve | January 28, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

The State of the Union speech was nothing but B.S. from B.O. and it all will become Bush's fault.

Posted by: CaseClosed | January 28, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

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Irrelevance to you maybe, but there are others that know more than you so don't feel so bad.

Posted by: ai3di

I "know" that a failed community organizer 100% of the time is going to be a failed POTUS! D'OH!!

Posted by: cschotta1 | January 28, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Is he really doing things that is "directly against behalf of the majority of people"?

Posted by: ai3di | January 28, 2010 2:06 PM
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In answer to your question I will give you one of many examples........
He agree that the Union workers (who make good money) would not have to pay the 40% special tax on their cadillac health plans while all other Americans would.
But the Union workers donated heavily to his campaign so can you add 2 and 2 now?

Posted by: tjmlrc | January 28, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Teabagger angst aside, President Obama delivered an effective speech with his usual eloquence to the visible consternation of his petty GOP opponents.

That being said, here is my constructive criticism of the speech:

(1) President Obama is TOO NICE to those who obviously hate and despise him. The GOP hates him, and ostrocizes any Repube who dares cooperate or recognize a Presidential initiative. The dub them RINO's and are preparing their "purity test".

(2) He must get tough and manage his huge majorities in the House and Senate.

(3) The loss of the "super majority" was a non-event. Obama never utilized the super-majority anyway.

(4) In the speech, Obama spelled out the basic struggles of the American people today and then explained how the GOP is obstructing our nation's progress. I think he should have gone farther and openly DARED the GOP to get in America's way even one more day.

Its time to challenge the bully and do what is necessary for working families of the U.S. The terrible recent Supreme Court decision promoting political corruption, unfettered lobbying and foreign influence over our politics was rightly exposed by the President. He should have taken his castigation farther and he should have called Alito out if he had a comment.
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Finally - some intelligence in here. It's refreshing. It's rare to find a person in these chat rooms with a grasp of the issues AND the ability to lay out a coherent argument.

I am so sick of the hatred for this President by the few remaining neanderthals on the RIGHT. After 2010 they will again wonder what happened!!!!
For some in this country it's very hard for them to come to grips that Obama is the most powerful person in the world. He doesn't fit the profile they are used to and throwing a hissy fit is their only response. A tool of the undereducated!

Posted by: Julescator | January 28, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

The State of the Union speech was all B.S. from B.O. and now it is all Bush's fault.

Posted by: CaseClosed | January 28, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

The teleprompter has spoken, but is anyone listening?

Posted by: cschotta1 | January 28, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

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Only the intelligent ones are.
Once again, did Bush, Clinton, or Bush W not use a teleprompter and write their own speechs? If Bush W didn't use one, maybe he should have, and if he did use one, did he have a reading problem?

Posted by: ai3di


Obama comes across like he knows what he's doing when reading the teleprompter, then vanishes back into irrelevance.

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Irrelevance to you maybe, but there are others that know more than you so don't feel so bad.

Posted by: ai3di | January 28, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

I think the challenges to the Supreme Court and the Republicans were entirely appropriate. The SCOTUS decision to award corporations the luxury of buying any candidate they choose shows just how off base they were. They represent the people not the corporations. And as far as the GOP is concerned, just saying no to everything the President offers does not mean you are always right. Sometimes you have to put what's best for the people ahead your own party's interests. When 30-40 million people are without health coverage and our nation's healthcare system falls well below some unindustrialized nations in quality, it's time to do something about it, not label everything socialist.

Pass Health Care Reform! Now, g_________!

Posted by: ecglotfelty | January 28, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

I am constantly amazed at the the number of shallow voters who are more interested in the rhetoric than in substance.

I suspect these are also celebrity watchers and the such.

Grade the guy on what he accomplishes.

Quit trying to blame the 40 odd Republicans for stopping the show. The show was stopped by Democrats with their hands in the till and getting goodies for their states.

Posted by: donbl | January 28, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

The teleprompter has spoken, but is anyone listening?

Posted by: cschotta1 | January 28, 2010 2:10
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The teleprompter has spoken, but is anyone listening?

Posted by: cschotta1 | January 28, 2010 2:10
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No more needs to be said. This is the sad state of affairs for Republicans, dragging this baggage along as patriotic, educated Americans to show the world we are better than them.

Posted by: minco_007


I recall that a republican won the Senate seat in Mass, no?

Posted by: cschotta1
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YEAH a PRO CHOICE Republican...and One that is FOR the Public Option like in Mass.

I will take that..!!

Fei Hu

Posted by: Fei_Hu | January 28, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

I only read the headline of this articlr because my experience with Dan Balz is that any more would be a total and complete waste of time. I started with about 198 questions and President Obama successfully and masterfully answered about 15 of them. To Dan Balz, that leaves two!

Posted by: ghp60 | January 28, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

I only read the headline of this articlr because my experience with Dan Balz is that any more would be a total and complete waste of time. I started with about 198 questions and President Obama successfully and masterfully answered about 15 of them. To Dan Balz, that leaves two!

Posted by: ghp60 | January 28, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: mock1ngb1rd | January 28, 2010 2:16 PM
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All about elections for you huh? BTW - Obama was right.

Posted by: Julescator | January 28, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Teabagger angst aside, President Obama delivered an effective speech with his usual eloquence to the visible consternation of his petty GOP opponents.

That being said, here is my constructive criticism of the speech:

(1) President Obama is TOO NICE to those who obviously hate and despise him. The GOP hates him, and ostrocizes any Repube who dares cooperate or recognize a Presidential initiative. The dub them RINO's and are preparing their "purity test".

(2) He must get tough and manage his huge majorities in the House and Senate.

(3) The loss of the "super majority" was a non-event. Obama never utilized the super-majority anyway.

(4) In the speech, Obama spelled out the basic struggles of the American people today and then explained how the GOP is obstructing our nation's progress. I think he should have gone farther and openly DARED the GOP to get in America's way even one more day.

Its time to challenge the bully and do what is necessary for working families of the U.S. The terrible recent Supreme Court decision promoting political corruption, unfettered lobbying and foreign influence over our politics was rightly exposed by the President. He should have taken his castigation farther and he should have called Alito out if he had a comment.

Posted by: free-donny | January 28, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

The teleprompter has spoken, but is anyone listening?

Posted by: cschotta1 | January 28, 2010 2:10
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The teleprompter has spoken, but is anyone listening?

Posted by: cschotta1 | January 28, 2010 2:10
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No more needs to be said. This is the sad state of affairs for Republicans, dragging this baggage along as patriotic, educated Americans to show the world we are better than them.

Posted by: minco_007


I recall that a republican won the Senate seat in Mass, no?

Posted by: cschotta1 | January 28, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I just read on the Gallup Poll that Obama's numbers are highest amoug EDUCATED PEOPLE. I laughed so hard and then I came in this room. They are absolutely right. The dumbest people are those attacking Obama at every turn. That includes the dummies they send to Congress to do nothing.

I feel so much better when I read that. Now I can enjoy reading what are less educated amongst us has to say about Obama TODAY! Carry on!

Posted by: Julescator | January 28, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

The teleprompter has spoken, but is anyone listening?

Posted by: cschotta1 | January 28, 2010 2:10
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The teleprompter has spoken, but is anyone listening?

Posted by: cschotta1 | January 28, 2010 2:10
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No more needs to be said. This is the sad state of affairs for Republicans, dragging this baggage along as patriotic, educated Americans to show the world we are better than them.

Posted by: minco_007 | January 28, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

The teleprompter has spoken, but is anyone listening?

Posted by: cschotta1 | January 28, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

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Only the intelligent ones are.
Once again, did Bush, Clinton, or Bush W not use a teleprompter and write their own speechs? If Bush W didn't use one, maybe he should have, and if he did use one, did he have a reading problem?

Posted by: ai3di


Obama comes across like he knows what he's doing when reading the teleprompter, then vanishes back into irrelevance.

Posted by: cschotta1 | January 28, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

"Besides blaming Bush for the economy, he was trying to intimidate the Supreme Court, just like the America-hating communist that he is. He is a one-term president who will never be able to fool America again."

Like Obama ever had you "fooled"....lol I know you didn't vote for him, his skin is waaaaaaay too dark. ;^)

Posted by: massmedia77 | January 28, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

The teleprompter has spoken, but is anyone listening?

Posted by: cschotta1 | January 28, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

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Only the intelligent ones are.
Once again, did Bush, Clinton, or Bush W not use a teleprompter and write their own speechs? If Bush W didn't use one, maybe he should have, and if he did use one, did he have a reading problem?

Posted by: ai3di | January 28, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Besides blaming Bush for the economy, he was trying to intimidate the Supreme Court, just like the America-hating communist that he is. He is a one-term president who will never be able to fool America again.

Posted by: mock1ngb1rd | January 28, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

"Why do you think, ai3di, that Obama is doing a good job? He didn't accomplish anything, and it is very much 'thank goodness', as his health reform was the outrages attempt to destroy Medicare and get pockets of him and cronies to be filled with health insurances immense profit cuts."

Let's take a look at the above statement and see how Fox Entertainment "NEWS" has ruined the mind of the conservative. (It's like having the opportunity to read Time, but you pick up the National Enquirer instead cause you're amazed by the 500lb newborn on the cover)

1. Obama couldn't accomplish anything by himself, he's not a dictator. Maybe if the partisan Good Ole Boy Party didn't line up and say NO, for saying NO's sake, we might have got some things accomplished (Or if our Pres had a little more backbone and did what needed to be done without their support).

2. The money from cuts on Health care (taken from the fat backs of health insurance companies) would have went to insuring the uninsured. The money has to come from somewhere and that's just one piece of the pie. The only party that has repeatedly lessened or tried to destroy Medicare is Republican. The only folks making money from supporting the will of health insurance companies, subverting the wants and needs of the people that voted them into power and, instead, voting for policies that empower pharmaceutical companies are Republican law breakers.

How convenient that they now want to forget that Barack Obama is trying to fix the mess that 8 years of Republican rule left.

Posted by: massmedia77 | January 28, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

It was a pretty much useless speech - he regurgitated his small business ideas that has not and will not work.

Stop the Obama administration from diverting federal contracts away from Small Businesses, Minority-owned businesses and Veteran-owned Businesses to large federal contractors.

Posted by: question-guy | January 28, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

cschotta1 wrote, "The teleprompter has spoken, but is anyone listening?"

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i'm surprised that teleprompter is still even working... it ran 71 minutes straight last night! i'm guessing it's probably due for a visit by the energizer bunny for a jump start!!!

Posted by: AuthoritativeAuthoritarian | January 28, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Obama still does not get it & I still doubt if the Politicians of either party really understands what is happening in American!

For years we have watched our jobs being outsourced & in-sourced, aided and abide by the ruling Political elite!

On the low end Politicians have allowed the largest invasion of any Nation, at any time, by any means, as millions of Uneducated, Illegal Aliens pour across our borders in direct volition of our Constitution Article IV Section IV against invasion, the Rule of Law & their Oath of office.

The Democrat support the massive invasion because a large Uneducated, Prolific breeding, dependent welfare class translates into Democrat votes!

The Republicans because their paymaster in the Chamber of Commerce & Business love slave labor with the benefits like Medical, Schooling, Welfare & Incarceration, Section 8 housing etc. are passed on to the tax payers!

On the high end H1 vistas to take the engineering, software jobs etc. at low wages to increase business profits & the insane salaries of the CEO,s their bonuses &, benefits etc.

After years of seeing their standard of living deteriorate & requiring both parents working and still not able to provide a standard of living that one working did it in the past, people are frustrated & angry that no one in Washington really cares about working Americans or the future of this Nation!

Obama promised Hope & Change so the voters kicked out a Elitist, Arrogant, Spendthrift Republican party that was wading in the swamp of corruption!

Now after one year of Democrat rule and total control most are realizing Obama sold them a bill of goods and the Democrats are even more Elitist, Arrogant, Big spending and the swamp of corruption & debt has now turned into a sea of debt & corruption with Acorn , Unions, Seiu, Wall street , Big banks & the tax funded Racist hate organization La Raza!

Both parties when they get total control & power get more corrupt, arrogant & worse than the British & King George that resulted in the American revolution and the shot heard around the world!

Now the good people of Mass. have fired another shot. If the Politicians of both parties still refuse to change and keep thinking they are Kings & we are their Serfs & they & the special interest they serve, know what is best, the next shots they hear may not be as peaceful.

It is way pass time the Politicians realize they are the servants & not our rulers and they exist to serve the American citizens & this Nation, not the special interest, not Mexico, not Latin American and every country in the world while ignoring and punishing Citizens by taxes, jobs and debt to support the rest of the world!

Posted by: american1 | January 28, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Quote:
"Do not walk away from reform. Not now. Not when we are so close." But he offered no alternative path for those in his party who have labored for most of a year without success.
Unquote:

That points out THE problem with Mr Obama and his Administration. He's trying to lead from a, "My way or the Highway" methodology. Such an attitude is what fosters the very partisan politics he's complaining about. And it's why the healthcare issue isn't resolved yet and should be shelved for later.

The problems confronting the Presidency are:

1. Loss of and lack of employment.
2. Loss of homes due to foreclosures and the employment problem.
3. Banking crisis due to the collapse of the home mortgage industy.
4. Human rights violations of the United States due to operation of the CIA overseas; DHS, FBI, INS, and law enforcement domestically; and the detainees at the Guantanamo Bay Incarceration facility.
5. Continued illegal occupation of Iraq.
6. Haphazard identification and suppression of Al Qaeda.
7. Lack of functional integration of various intelligence agencies of the United States into a coherent whole after more than a decade.
8. Failure to capture and try Osama bin Laden.
9. Lack of sustainable national environmental management (forget global for now.)
10. An inability for members of the government, elected, appointed, or hired, to come to an agreement on what's best for all the people of the nation; and to work toward solutions based on that premise rather than the "me-first, pork-barrelling ideology" currently in vogue. (Maybe this should be number one.)

Posted by: mhoust | January 28, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

The teleprompter has spoken, but is anyone listening?

Posted by: cschotta1 | January 28, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Why do you think, ai3di, that Obama is doing a good job? He didn't accomplish anything, and it is very much 'thank goodness', as his health reform was the outrages attempt to destroy Medicare and get pockets of him and cronies to be filled with health insurances immense profit cuts. He WAS ELECTED BY AMERICAN CITIZENS. Everything, he has done so far is directly against behalf of the majority of people, who elected him. So, what do you like in him? His eloquence, his ability to wear his suit and look elegantly? That all are nice features, but that is all nice, which he demonstrated by now. He is FULLY UNTRUSTWORTHY. And his personality and absence of governing experience simply can't allow him to fit the job. We all knew about the absence of pertinent experience, when we elected him. But his personality he has demonstrated clearly only within this last year. And, unfortunately, this demonstration didn't leave any place for any doubts, it was too bright to leave any doubts. And, because in general, I like democrats platform much more than republican one, it-all is extremely pitiful because the party would and, of course, should pay dearly for the election of Obama, but, mainly, for the continuation of his presence in White House. Remember, you tricked me once, shame on you! You tricked me twice, shame on ME! Anyhow, I have, certainly, better things to do than to repeat the well-known and obvious things.

Posted by: aepelbaum | January 28, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

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I think he accomplished a lot or at least got the ball rolling in the right direction. Sure there are a lot of things that he could have done better, and it is hard for me to say he has failed on anything when he has such strong opposition no matter if the opposition is warrented or not. Many Republicans were comptelty against Medicare when it was being proposed, but are now sticking to it to oppose the current plan in discussion. Why? I like to think that the REpublicans actually care about everyone and they are saying no because they want something better, and not just for some political reasons. Is he really doing things that is "directly against behalf of the majority of people"?
I guess if I really think hard about it, Bush was so pathetic that anyone could have been elected and looked better. When I see people calling Obama an "incompetent boob" I only wonder what they thought/think about Bush. He is not "fully untrustworthy", I don't know where you get that. He does look good though, but once again, maybe it has to do with having such bad leadership for so long that anyone could have stepped in and made me feel better.
If you tricked me once shame on me you tricked me twice shame on you attitude is what you have, what do you tink about how many times you were tricked by the Bush administration?

Posted by: ai3di | January 28, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Attention Dims and other nitwits.

Among those watched Barry's snoozefest Democrats outnumbered Republicans BY MORE THAN TWO TO ONE. A little detail buried at the bottom of the same CBS poll that Barry's flacks are crowing about.

Barry the incompetent boob Obama's cheering section were the ones watching, and no surprises here, many of them liked it.

Miserable failure Obama.
Posted by: screwjob11

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screwjob11, You certainly are a Republican. First of all you have no respect for the Office of the President (is that a "real" American?) and secondly, you spew out words but really say nothing.


Posted by: rcc_2000 | January 28, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

You Right wingers are so hollow. Let's just pretend 2 years ago we had a 3 billion dollar budget surplus and were 100 trillion deficit neutral. The war in Iraq mission was accomplished in 2 years and all the Yellow Cake was found and confiscated. Exxon didn't have record prices after inflated oil prices. George Bush line item vetoed at least one Spending bill. We hanged anyone that outed CIA agents. There was not one Gay scandal involving Republican Congressmen. We restored label of origin on all imports. All the well educated geniuses CEO's of Banks scoffed at the notion of stated income loans. Let's just pretend that we did a much better job helping American Citizens during a disaster than we are doing in Haiti. And of course 911 didn't happen on Bush's watch, did it? You are an unprincipled lot!

Posted by: minco_007 | January 28, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

The rhetoric was good, but let's see what actually happens. Talk is cheap. Actions is the keyword here.

Posted by: wilson0004 | January 28, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

i see mister 'frequent flyer' himself is in tampa florida today. apparently he thinks he's still campaigning. too bad though, now the u.s. taxpayers have to pick up his tab.

Posted by: AuthoritativeAuthoritarian | January 28, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

fmjk wrote: Hopefully, the answer to both your questions is yes. But one speech will not do it. He needs to speak to speak directly to the public regularly and forcefully, so it will be clear who is trying to get things done and who is not. For instance, a weekly short address: this week, I sent Congress a jobs bill. It passed the House, X votes to Y. It is awaiting Senate approval. If the Repubs filibuster...
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And, while speaking to the public, he should include facts such as we bribed senators to get their vote on health care, we bribed the SEIU to get their support etc.

Posted by: mafox1 | January 28, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

The vitriol on this page is quite mind-boggling. I can see from the President’s speech last night that he’s an individual that believes in compromise unlike the republicans he is trying to strike a deal with. What we should endeavor to remember is that republicans are so adept at throwing a single wedge issue into the discourse in order to “compel” other republicans to agree with and vote against the other party. During the Bush years, if it was not abortion, it was terrorism. These actually led these republicans into voting against their own interests. This has led me to conclude that republicans are the sort of individuals TV meteorologists are talking to when, after having forecast the next day’s weather to be a bitterly cold morning, are reminded to “bundle up” the kids for the bus stop.

Posted by: Singularity | January 28, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Obama's only mistake is that he actually believed that Republicans would work with him. He should have plowed them over when they were weak, kicked them when they were down and forced his legislation through.

Is no different from what former Pres Bush did before. The same mess that got us to the state we're in now.

Obama needs to get a little more backbone and stop kowtowing to these racist facists. Punch them in the face and keep moving....let's reverse all the damage the last 8 years of GOP rule has done to this great country.

Posted by: massmedia77
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YEAH!

Posted by: MUPPET | January 28, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

"I don't know? Can anything convince the united GOP to stop acting like petulant spoiled sore loser fourth graders?"

heck no! they won't stop until they have the Presidential office back. They will continue to lie and spread fear thru misinformation (FOX Entertainment "NEWS")and continue to subvert the will of the American people.

They're not trying to fix any of our problems....they'll just keep saying NO until they can return this country right back to where Bush left off:

1. Allowing corporations to ship off jobs to foreign countries.
2. Taking away social programs to fund war and more spending on weapons.

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When Obama mentioned jobs, both side stood and applauded. When he mentioned taxs on companies moving overseas, none of the Republicans stood. How do the Republicans think we can create more jobs and export more if they also believe that companies moving overseas is a good idea?

Posted by: ai3di | January 28, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Great job reading the words someone wrote for the teleprompter. Of course no one really expects anything to come of it, based on past performance.

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Typical repug...unable to listen and understand what the president is saying because Obama used a teleprompter.

You may not expect anything to come of it because like the rest of the repugs, you listen to nothing and understand even less.

The ecomony, education, healthcare is not important to boobs like you because you have your feeble little mind already made up. People like you are the reason nothing is getting done.

"Just say no" should be the repugs slogan. Don't listen, don't compromise, don't try to make things better, just complain, call the president names and above all else, just say no to everything.

Apparently that's easier than actually thinking.

Posted by: MUPPET | January 28, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

"I don't know? Can anything convince the united GOP to stop acting like petulant spoiled sore loser fourth graders?"

heck no! they won't stop until they have the Presidential office back. They will continue to lie and spread fear thru misinformation (FOX Entertainment "NEWS")and continue to subvert the will of the American people.

They're not trying to fix any of our problems....they'll just keep saying NO until they can return this country right back to where Bush left off:

1. Allowing corporations to ship off jobs to foreign countries.
2. Taking away social programs to fund war and more spending on weapons.

Posted by: massmedia77 | January 28, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Yet another journalist parroting George W Bush and calling Democrats cowards with this "cut and run" talk.

Sad.

Posted by: exPostie | January 28, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Why do you think, ai3di, that Obama is doing a good job? He didn't accomplish anything, and it is very much 'thank goodness', as his health reform was the outrages attempt to destroy Medicare and get pockets of him and cronies to be filled with health insurances immense profit cuts. He WAS ELECTED BY AMERICAN CITIZENS. Everything, he has done so far is directly against behalf of the majority of people, who elected him. So, what do you like in him? His eloquence, his ability to wear his suit and look elegantly? That all are nice features, but that is all nice, which he demonstrated by now. He is FULLY UNTRUSTWORTHY. And his personality and absence of governing experience simply can't allow him to fit the job. We all knew about the absence of pertinent experience, when we elected him. But his personality he has demonstrated clearly only within this last year. And, unfortunately, this demonstration didn't leave any place for any doubts, it was too bright to leave any doubts. And, because in general, I like democrats platform much more than republican one, it-all is extremely pitiful because the party would and, of course, should pay dearly for the election of Obama, but, mainly, for the continuation of his presence in White House. Remember, you tricked me once, shame on you! You tricked me twice, shame on ME! Anyhow, I have, certainly, better things to do than to repeat the well-known and obvious things.

Posted by: aepelbaum | January 28, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Obama is still blaming others. I'm beginning to see a consistent pattern here in that he has great difficulty focusing on one thing and accepting the responsibility that goes along with it. He was all over the map last night, so things don't seem to be improving.

Posted by: 45upnorth | January 28, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse
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Obama is still blaming others!!!! I don't know anyone who blames someone else for their own problems at all! ROFL

Posted by: ai3di | January 28, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

That is the challenge he now faces, the core issue one year into his presidency. Can he deliver?

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All he can do is try.
But the problem is he can't do everything all by himself. With the repugs saing no to EVERYTHING and the dems getting scared that there are unhappy white people out there who listen to Rush and who may not vote for the dems if they are with Obama, it will be as it has been, a long, hard struggle to do what will ultimately be best for America.

Posted by: MUPPET | January 28, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Attention Dims and other nitwits.

Among those watched Barry's snoozefest Democrats outnumbered Republicans BY MORE THAN TWO TO ONE. A little detail buried at the bottom of the same CBS poll that Barry's flacks are crowing about.

Barry the incompetent boob Obama's cheering section were the ones watching, and no surprises here, many of them liked it.

Miserable failure Obama.

Posted by: screwjob11 | January 28, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

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What's your point screw the incompetent boob job11? Are you saying the ones that don't want to listen or do anything didn't listen or do anything again?
Miserable faliures those Republicans. Maybe you can go get one of your Messiah Republicans to do something...anything really.

Posted by: ai3di | January 28, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Great job reading the words someone wrote for the teleprompter. Of course no one really expects anything to come of it, based on past performance.

Posted by: eldergent | January 28, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

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How is the teleprompter thing still even an issue? Did Bush, CLinton, or Bush never use a teleprompter? Maybe Bush W should have if he didn't with all the stupid things he said, and if he was using one, why did he still say all of those stupid things? What was the last president that wrote his speechs?
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They don't think for themselves they just regurgitate nonsense! Republicans! They're still stuck on teleprompter totally out of ideas.

Posted by: minco_007 | January 28, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Balz and Accuracy.

Let's see if there will be accuracy in reporting at any time soon.

What we do know is there is spin, spin and more spin with everything O'Bama does.

The reality is that he has accomplished nothing. Even ''tax cuts'' he stated were falsely characterized so. ''Tax incentives'' is accurate...and with increased tax incentives,come increased taxes for ALL Americans.

O'Bama the Divider, the Apologizer, the Unwise, the Opportunist.

Posted by: Accuracy | January 28, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Great job reading the words someone wrote for the teleprompter.

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At least he can read, ex-Pres. George "How do ya spell that" Bush couldn't even do that! And the Republicans want to put another unintelligent hick in office....please, America has had enough!

Posted by: massmedia77 | January 28, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Obama is still blaming others. I'm beginning to see a consistent pattern here in that he has great difficulty focusing on one thing and accepting the responsibility that goes along with it. He was all over the map last night, so things don't seem to be improving.

Posted by: 45upnorth | January 28, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

So what really is Democracy and Capitalism at it's core? The entire world views last night much differently than the Right Wingers. And yes Iran and Bin Laden agree with you on the Right so don't try it! Bush could have evaporated the continent and there would be no tea party. The old Southern White Dixiecrat motto "We'll burn it down before we let you have it" is ringing so true now. You can't be motivated by principle when you embrace the elevation of corruption by the Judicial Branch. Most of the big corporations are bought and paid for by Communist China. You guy's cant be serious! China will have it's way through the almighty dollar. You call yourselves Patriots!

Posted by: minco_007 | January 28, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Great job reading the words someone wrote for the teleprompter. Of course no one really expects anything to come of it, based on past performance.

Posted by: eldergent | January 28, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

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How is the teleprompter thing still even an issue? Did Bush, CLinton, or Bush never use a teleprompter? Maybe Bush W should have if he didn't with all the stupid things he said, and if he was using one, why did he still say all of those stupid things? What was the last president that wrote his speechs?

Posted by: ai3di | January 28, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Obama's only mistake is that he actually believed that Republicans would work with him. He should have plowed them over when they were weak, kicked them when they were down and forced his legislation through.

Is no different from what former Pres Bush did before. The same mess that got us to the state we're in now.

Obama needs to get a little more backbone and stop kowtowing to these racist facists. Punch them in the face and keep moving....let's reverse all the damage the last 8 years of GOP rule has done to this great country.

Posted by: massmedia77 | January 28, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

I was very impressed with the speech. I agree that it should have focused more on the state of the union because I think there are a lot of very positive stories out there about innovative companies and clean energy jobs.

For the rest of you who seem mired in misinformed hatred. Read a book once in a while, turn off FOX/CNN/MSNBC.

Posted by: vbztoymwno | January 28, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

It is hard to believe that the speech itself changed anything. But it set the stage for at least four different threads. One is the next elections talking points. At least, the polls discussed in the Post indicate that voters correctly see Republicans as carrying the larger part of the responsibility for our recent economic problems. Clearly the Democrats are going to focus hard on that issue in the run up to next November. Second is health care. The outcome on that issue is likely to depend heavily on whether the house Democrats are willing to compromise on a bill that the Senate can pass. If they are, the President likely will work at finding one or two Republican votes to get the bill passed. Third is reform of the financial system. That issue is actually substantially the most important one and the one with the best prospects for some serious cooperation with Republicans. The House has already passed a substantial bill. It remains to be seen what the Senate will do. The final thread is the new stimulus plan with jobs and tax cuts. Both parties are likely to be trying to position themselves on that bill with their eye on November. It is hard to know what to expect. The speech gave some indication of how the President plans to tackle the last thread. Otherwise, it did not offer much new.

Posted by: dnjake | January 28, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Obama appears to be a better, much better man than his perennially crapulous and unprincipled Democratic Party colleagues.

The snivelling cowards carried on last night just as they did at Paul Wellstone's funeral.

Posted by: mimosa1 | January 28, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Here in Seattle, unlike you cynical people in the Beltway, an overly packed Kate's Pub roared with appreciation when President Obama p0wned the Supreme Court.

You guys back East whine too much.

Now GET TO WORK - you have a majority and we're tired of hearing your Unconstitutional EXCUSES for inaction.

P.S.: The increase in income taxes for big corporations and millionaires in Oregon is just the start - you started the teabag revolt, now reap the whirlwind!

Posted by: WillSeattle | January 28, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Another great speech, filled with empty promises.

Posted by: Magox | January 28, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

How easy it is to dump on Obama and how quickly you all forgot how much fun it was to live under the last Republican regime.
Eight years of drunken frat party leaves a place pretty wrecked. Give the guy a break, he inherited a broken country. He isn't a god or even a demigod, and has to work with this lovely Congressional crowd to get anything done. How well would YOU do under the circumstances?

Posted by: opinionated4 | January 28, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Great job reading the words someone wrote for the teleprompter. Of course no one really expects anything to come of it, based on past performance.

Posted by: eldergent | January 28, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

It is very, very pitiful, parkerfl1, that we elected the president, like Obama, that people, the overwhelming majority of them, do not believe that any honest person at all could be elected, and the destiny of the country is to be ruled by the bunch of gangsters, who are high scale killers, remember 9/11 was "internal occurrence", and the highest scale thieves. When I - the wife of great inventor, who badly needs money to build the prototype of his revolutionary engine to implement technologies, which would resolve national and even some world's urgent problems, these thieves on the top organized the flow of counterfeit checks and money orders to our address. Amazing, is it not?

Posted by: aepelbaum | January 28, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

BULLETIN TO TEAM OBAMA: RESTORING RULE OF LAW MUST BE JOB #1

• A job without justice is slavery by another name.

The pervasive surveillance, community watch vigilante terrorism, slander, financial sabotage -- and physical torture and impairment of THOUSANDS of unconstitutionally "targeted" Americans continues.

And the Obama administration now is fully aware -- and complicit in Bush-legacy programs of ideologically-driven personal destruction.

NOW IT'S OBAMA'S GESTAPO USA. WHEN WILL TEAM OBAMA ACT?

See: Poynter.org (Journalism Groups -- Reporting):

• "U.S. Silently Tortures, Impairs Americans with Cell Tower Microwaves"

• "Gestapo USA: Fed-Funded Vigilante Network Terrorizes America"

• "U.S. Uses CBS News to Cover Up Microwave Cell Tower Torture?"

http://www.poynter.org/subject.asp?id=2 OR:

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves OR NowPublic.com/scrivener (see "stories" list)

Posted by: scrivener50 | January 28, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Attention Dims and other nitwits.

Among those watched Barry's snoozefest Democrats outnumbered Republicans BY MORE THAN TWO TO ONE. A little detail buried at the bottom of the same CBS poll that Barry's flacks are crowing about.

Barry the incompetent boob Obama's cheering section were the ones watching, and no surprises here, many of them liked it.

Miserable failure Obama.

Posted by: screwjob11 | January 28, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I don't know? Can anything convince the united GOP to stop acting like petulant spoiled sore loser fourth graders?

Posted by: domino21710 | January 28, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Shows you how stupid and gullible the American sheeple really are, I guess. Those are the same people that fell in love with the Messiah during the campaign. Tell the idiots what they want to hear and they'll vote for me!

Just like when George Bush duped all the Christian Right aka KKK folks and told you he believed God wanted him to be Pres.

You dumb hicks sure are gullible!!!

Posted by: massmedia77 | January 28, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Personally, I thought it was a great State of the Union speech. Perhaps not a home-run, but the President certainly got to third base.

I especially liked that he spoke directly to the sleeping Supremes about the folly of their campaign financing decision.

But let's face it. Most people in this faltering country don't like intelligent leaders. And they especially don't like intelligent leaders who happen to be non-white, or are in any other way different from themselves.

The ten minutes of free prime-time television the networks give to the opposition party for a "rebuttal," in my opinin, is just a waste. No one watches it, whether the sitting president is a Democrat or a Republican.

The rebutting party lost in the general election. So if they now want to put out a ten-minute campaign message, rather than gussy it up as a "rebuttal" speech, then they should do it as a paid-for advertisement for their next election campaign.

Posted by: hgheiss1 | January 28, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Mr. President: Please stop cozying up to republicans and remove them from positions of authority whenever you encounter them. (as well as removing them from your cabinet)

Only THEN will you have a chance to advance your agenda....

NOT doing so only creates opportunities for them to create havoc.

Do whatever needs doing WITHOUT them.

THEY are what's standing in the way of the agenda we put you in office to pursue, and making "nice" with them is what's ticking us ALL off.

If we wanted republicans around we would have elected them.. we don't.

Posted by: BellsBlu2 | January 28, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

The President spoke to us like adults.

The so called right wing are ranting.
There would be nothing could said that would satisfy them.

Even if it was FOR their own interest.
AND
the GOP version Against their best interests.

They are not paid to rant and not think.

The Party of NO..

Fei Hu

Posted by: Fei_Hu | January 28, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Just glancing thru comments about Obama speech. In my opinion he was clear and even if I didn't agree with everything he stated I believe he deserve respect.

Even when I disagreed with Bush politics I was not rude about how I expressed my opinion of him.

For those who like to name call you are immature and simple. This is really why this country is in the shape it's in.

Let's GROW UP!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: jvd1 | January 28, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Please, Obama is smart enough to know that Republicans would NEVER side with him. They'd rather see him serving there food and drinks like a good "boy" or see him hanging from a tree while their kids play underneath his body.

Conservatives are nothing, but racists hiding behind a thinly veiled smile. The continuously fight change and the more change is made, the more they try to ensure that the "have nots" remain that way.

They are liars to the utmost and will even use Abraham Lincoln's name to try to make it seem like they are friends of the soon-not-to-be minorities. Just like the devil's forked tongue....speaking out of both sides of your neck, shaking my hand while you stick a knife deep in my back.

If you think the deficit is high now (because of the Bush Administration's efforts to completely erradicate the Clinton surplus), wait til a Republican is put in the Presidential office. Gas will be $7 dollars a gallon and the World will be at war.

The so called "Real Americans" are anything but. They're just a corporation of leeches that suck the blood and soul from real Americans. Just ask their buddies Bernie Madhoff and Kenneth Lay....

Posted by: massmedia77 | January 28, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Young people, according to our eloquent president, Mr. Obama, should be the convenient gun meat, and that is why all social programs should be "frozen", while this gun meat is ravaging foreign countries without any reasons, trying new weapons to profit weapons' manufactures, and stealing these countries' earth resources to profit numerous corresponding companies, and, of course, government's officials would get their cuts. Anyhow, what this man has done within his first year in office is more than eloquent and fully sufficient to understand what his voters and the entire
country could expect from him. So, let us wait for November election, if democratic party does not want to do anything pertinently in between.

Posted by: aepelbaum | January 28, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

He sounded just like his 08 campaign. He is powerless until more than 60 seats in the Senate and basically a lame-duck. Middle American voters don't like what they see coming from Washington and they're moving to canidates that want to uphold the 10th Amendment and cut ties with the Federal government, which only makes the Obama admin. less able to accomplish their agenda. A castrated administration is better than a reckless one, any day.

Obama made too many promises and took too much money from special intersts to change his tune. Besides Republican's who on the national/global stage is checking Obama?

Last nights speech was for left cover while he continues the dismantling of the middle-class through the destruction of the constitution and turning economy into something that works his ilk.

Manufacturing needs to come back to our country.

End the wars and deal with the consequences as they come.

Break up the banks and get our money back with interest on the principle and gains.

Roll up your sleeves and get out to the poorest areas (tent cities) in the country and, at a minimum, look like you relate.

No new taxes!

Posted by: judsonhouse1 | January 28, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

What "frank talk"? To me, as usual, he was completely insincere as usual. I always get the feeling that he is lying. Like the boy who cried wolf, I can no longer believe anything he says. I do like the idea of building more atomic energy plants. I do not believe he will even try to do it, esp in this crappy economy. And, I feel it knows he won't.

I am extremely happy to see that most of the comments so far are blasting Obuma and people are beginning to see the light and fight for this wonderful country and our freedoms.

Posted by: marlenelangert | January 28, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

It looks, parkerfl1, that the only actions Mr. Obama and his team are interested in is to fill own pockets. To produce the smoke for this "slightly illegal" operation of transforming this statehood's resources into cash flows into their pockets, they are talking, mainly Obama, as he is a very eloquent one, about "national security", etc. He has the savage approach to statehood, like old people should be starved or die from deseseases, as no free medical care should be available for them, etc. And he is the same way interested in the welfare of those who elected him, as I am interested, for example, in the welfare of previous year's flees. Unfortunately, this is the very popular approach in our government, and that is why he is still in office, though his actions during his first year there were simply outrageous.

Posted by: aepelbaum | January 28, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Their leader talks about responsibility,
and then they.....raise the debt ceiling?

Posted by: teddyb1 | January 28, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

It defies all the laws of nature and science, how anyone in their cognitive right mind could think this president gives a rats buttocks for any of us. His speech was long and so BORING! He continues to blame Bush, which the majority of us are so over it. He does not comprehend that Americans do NOT want cap and tax, gov run health care, a bunch of america hating advisors/czars, and corrupt political business as usual. I hope and pray 2012 will bring real change and unity to this country when this loser is voted out. He didn't even have the decency to introduce those soldier props sitting next to his wife. Not one mention that these brave soldiers brought down the Ft. Hood crazy muslim mfer terrorist. Guess it just slipped obummer's mind, like doing his job. But can anyone tell me why the H-E double toothpicks he won't shut up.

Posted by: candyzky | January 28, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse


The Party of Deception needs to look beyond MA and the rout this Fall by the Republicans. Those are all now assured defeats. But who will they trot out in '12 as their Presidential candidate? Certainly not the Deceptive Arrogant Hack Barry (ACORN S.E.I.U. MAO) Soetoro again. He sealed that deal last night.

Posted by: jas7751 | January 28, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

"we all hated the bank bailout. I hated it."

When does this President learn if ever. The toilet overflows and you clean it out because you need a toilet. The banks had to be saved to provide lending. After all the trillions the bankers still will not lend since they want the large bonuses from playing roulette with the insured deposits. If instead of making the Democrats the party of Wall Street this President would have brought back Glass Steagall the banks would be lending and not creating simply another mess that will have to be cleaned up again. The job of this President was to make the banks work again.

"we extended or increased unemployment benefits for more than 18 million Americans"
"Now, the true engine of job creation in this country will always be America's businesses."

Americans want jobs and there will be no jobs if American jobs are allowed to be sent to other nations. There is no possibility of a healthy economy based upon non exportable jobs. Either this President and the government stop companies from sending the jobs of the 21st century involving computer technology to other nation, or this President and government take steps to provide continuous food stamps and unemployment payments for teens of millions of Americans. There can be no jobs for Americans when American jobs are simply sent to other nations. Nations in the 21st century do not survive by turning their back on the future and pretending that small businesses with limited resources will be the engine that creates tens of millions of jobs for Americans.

Americans do not need an angry President that pretends to rant and be angry.

Americans need a President that will fix the real problems and stop campaigning for 2012.

Posted by: bsallamack | January 28, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

The threats and insults that Obama made will not bring the Republicans to the table. Why would it? The sour and hateful comments made by Nancy Pelosi only add fuel to the fire. Why would anyone want to collaborate with this group of people, who do not listen or even consider proposal. Consider the proposal made to allow drugs to be imported into the US with a reason set of safeguards. This would save senior citizens and others a great deal of money. Didn't happen. Why? Obama had struck a back door deal with the Drug Companies.

Posted by: richard36 | January 28, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Dan hit the nail on the head. This was a grab bag type of speech with something to please everyone, but he highlighted the 2 underlying keys for Obama.

Posted by: mike4CO | January 28, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

I liked the part where he commented on the super majority, telling Republicans that it was now up to them to help do the right thing.
I liked him calling out those in politics who care more about their jobs than actually doing the job they were sent to Washington to do.
I liked him repeating his campaign slogan and saying that he never thought it would be easy and that he could do it by himself. (Though I do think he needs to grab the reins a little more)
I think that he is doing a good job as PResident. I think most of what people say negative about him comes from the house and senate not doing the jobs they were sent to Washington to do. I agree with people that he is the "boss" and should be able to control those in the house and senate, especially within his own party, but I do think that the Republicans are doing whatever they can to make the Democrats look weak and wrong so that they can regain power, their only goal. I think that Republicans think that things need to be their way or the highway, but agree with Obama that, this is how things have been working in Government and the path it has led us down has gotten us to where we are today and it needs to change. ( I did notice Republicans did not stand up when Obama talked about taxing those that move their business to other countries. I guess they don't care where business moves to and takes away jobs within our own country..?)
The way things are, the boss is getting blamed for the employees misbehaving and not doing their jobs. If only it was so easy for him to fire all of them and rehire better. That job is up to us, but most people don't actually think about who they are voting for. Surprisingly enough, there are Democrats that are better politicians than Republicans, I know it's hard to believe, but it is true. (this statement can be changed to read the opposite)

Posted by: ai3di | January 28, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

"

losthorizon10 wrote:

new CBS news poll shows:

• 59% of speech watchers think that Barack Obama has a clear plan for creating jobs. 40% thought so before the speech.

• 72% of speech watchers approve of Barack Obama's plans for dealing with government spending. 28% Disapprove.

• 56% of speech watchers think Barack Obama's economic plans will reduce the budget deficit in the long run, and 71% think they will help ordinary Americans.


The Washington Post's right wing hacks can try to spin this all they want (coughwormboymichaelgersoncough) but Americans know the real deal when they see it!
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Shows you how stupid and gullible the American sheeple really are, I guess. Those are the same people that fell in love with the Messiah during the campaign. Tell the idiots what they want to hear and they'll vote for me!

Posted by: fishguts | January 28, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse "{

they set up this poll to give these results...
it's all made up...
it's an nbc faux poll...
because noone believes what obama has to say...
he has to show results...

Posted by: DwightCollins | January 28, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse


Why would Republicans try any longer to work with this Fraud or the Lib Dem Socialist Party? He has dismissed, demeaned, attacked and totally discounted and ignored all Republican input. He has arrogantly deceived about his real motives and means by which to achieve them. He is no more than a part of Alynski wing of the Socialist Party. He is a South Chicago Street Agitator Hack who has surrounds himself with those of similar mindset....Axlerod, Emanuel, Jarret, Gibbs as well as a Shadow Govt of Communist Van Jones like Czars. He is not to be trusted. He does not have America's best interests in mind. Not at all. Anyone in their right mind would distance themselves from him. It has only been one year, one very long year, for him to alienate over half of America. The next three are going to be ugly. The Republican victories this Fall as well as clear thinking Dems may be enough to save the Nation from his Radical Agenda.

Posted by: jas7751 | January 28, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Barry the incompetent boob Obama is a dismal failure as president. Now we also see Barry is the biggest phony who ever came down the pike. This is not the college debating team Barry.

Barry thinks that putting on an angry face makes him a more convincing liar. It does not.

And as for "What will Democrats do?" we saw just last week what Democrats will do. Massachusetts a state where just 13% of the voters are registered as Republicans, just elected Scott Brown.

Dismal failure Obama.

Posted by: screwjob11 | January 28, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

losthorizon10 wrote:

new CBS news poll shows:

• 59% of speech watchers think that Barack Obama has a clear plan for creating jobs. 40% thought so before the speech.

• 72% of speech watchers approve of Barack Obama's plans for dealing with government spending. 28% Disapprove.

• 56% of speech watchers think Barack Obama's economic plans will reduce the budget deficit in the long run, and 71% think they will help ordinary Americans.


The Washington Post's right wing hacks can try to spin this all they want (coughwormboymichaelgersoncough) but Americans know the real deal when they see it!
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Shows you how stupid and gullible the American sheeple really are, I guess. Those are the same people that fell in love with the Messiah during the campaign. Tell the idiots what they want to hear and they'll vote for me!

Posted by: fishguts | January 28, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

obama provided comedy for all...
the only way to neuter a joker is to remove his base in the house and senate...
and then vote him out in 2012...

Posted by: DwightCollins | January 28, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

I am proud to be a member of the Democratic party. If nothing else, Democrats taught my daughters, and many of their peers in elementary school, that it is the norm for women and african americans run for president. And that the "loser" works with the winner to make the world a better place. I think that point will do more to perpetuate Democracy than any Tea Bag reform can ever hope for.

Additionally, your article states: "And, for anyone willing to listen, there was the promise to keep fighting for health care."

I am amazed at the assumption that no one cares about healthcare reform. As the mother of a child with chronic illness, I embrace any reform. My mother relies on Medicare for health insurance. What will she do in 2017 when it runs out of money? And what about the 30 million people who could become insured with the passage of reform? We all care about reform. But unlike insurers and other special interests, we can't hire lobbyists to coerce our representatives into representing us.

Posted by: AnotherMamaforObama | January 28, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

I am dumbfounded by how some people are unwilling to listen to what President Obama is saying, or to grasp the complexity of what he is doing. We are a country of diverse opinions and the President is clearly governing from the center - anyone who says otherwise is obviously unwilling to look at the facts. In my opinion, the reason for this strong bias must be racism. No other explanation makes sense. All of you arm chair pundits who have developed smarmy terms for the president or claim he is pushing some socialist agenda are in my opinion the new face of racism in America. The anti-intellection dribble about the evils of Obama should be dismissed as propaganda of the worst kind.

Posted by: arealperson | January 28, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Jimbo77 wrote, "The voters are not done voting against those that refuse to listen to them."

I hope you're right about that: 2008 US Presidential Election: 69,456,897 votes for Obama, 59,934,814 for McCain.

2008 US Congressional Elections Results: 59,713,061 votes for Democrats, 49,717,154 votes for Republicans.

2008 US Senate Elections Results: 34,276,327 votes for Democrats, 29,729,539 votes for Republicans.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | January 28, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

The President was right on in the state of the Union address to congress. The really sad thing is after it was over the republicans are still acting like spoiled rich kids addicted to tax cuts and the same old line that drug our economy down in the first place. This is a democracy, Obama is our president and the republicans have to stop the tantrums and get with the program of serving the people and not just the lobbyists and foreign CEO's. They did not listen, the senate Minority leader is just to greedy.

Posted by: iseasygoing | January 28, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Did he (the President) succeed in persuading nervous Democrats not to cut and run on his presidency;
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I doubt it. If they're smart, they'll distance themselves from the President.

...and will he succeed in making Republicans think twice about their united opposition to almost all things Obama?
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I think the President's implied threats and disdain fell upon deaf ears. The Republicans will continue to do the right thing by listening to the American people and not the demagogue that sits in the White House.

Posted by: RealTexan1 | January 28, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse
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The Republicans only listen to those like them so are the "American People" you talk about just those that share your beliefs, ideas, and opinions and that's it?

I liked the part about politicians not looking only towards the next election and only doing things that would get them voted back into office. I would like to see politicians who care more about the people, then their own jobs. I will not vote for anyone who has done nothing but oppose those who try to anything (no matter how good or terrible an idea it is). I will not vote for someone who just says no, and will be voting against all that do in every election coming up. Saying no to everything does not make you a good political leader unless you really have good ideas to back up your reason to say no, and it has to be better than, "we are trying to regain control", or "We don't really like the guy"

Posted by: ai3di | January 28, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

I didn't appreciate his tone last evening. On one hand he was giving away the candy store. On the other hand he was condescending to everyone, including the Supreme Court. He whines when things don't go his way which was obvious from last evening's speech. How embarrassing.

Posted by: 45upnorth | January 28, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Did he (the President) succeed in persuading nervous Democrats not to cut and run on his presidency;
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I doubt it. If they're smart, they'll distance themselves from the President.

...and will he succeed in making Republicans think twice about their united opposition to almost all things Obama?
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I think the President's implied threats and disdain fell upon deaf ears. The Republicans will continue to do the right thing by listening to the American people and not the demagogue that sits in the White House.

Posted by: RealTexan1 | January 28, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse
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The Republicans only listen to those like them so are the "American People" you talk about just those that share your beliefs, ideas, and opinions and that's it?

Posted by: ai3di | January 28, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

I thought the speech was terrific. The truth is, Obama is trying to do some things which are hard to do. When you do difficult things, some people are going to get angry. I've been disappointed at the tone of the opposition; Obama has repeatedly expressed a willingness to work with them, and they have repeatedly refused to participate in governance.

Even McDonnell's response captured the spirit of "either it's my way or no way at all". It's as if the Republicans couldn't stand the thought of someone else giving a State of the Union address, so they dressed up and had their own.

Now that the GOP has 41 votes in the Senate, I hope they'll grow up and choose to participate in the government. If they don't, we'll have long, hard road ahead of us as a country.

Posted by: davestickler | January 28, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

I read comments about "dangerous programs" as a reason for saying NO on everything. So the GOP wants to keep safeguards (regulations) on financial institutions from keeping the American dream of free enterprise. Who are you kidding, the reason the world fell into the mess we're in was a lack of regulation. If the GOP continues to be a party of NO, Sen. Brown may be your last elected candidate. We can only hope!!!

Posted by: prwolfe | January 28, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

a nation of whiners and sheep

Posted by: Please_Fix_VAs_Roads | January 28, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Liberals shouldn't worry. I'm convinced that Pelosi and Reid, along with Obama, are cooking up a deal to go for half a loaf on Healcare Reform. That's just to get the camel's nose under the tent flap. Later, they'll "adjust" the law to fit their agenda.

The only way to beat these rats is at the ballot box in 2010/12.

Posted by: SUBLIMEWOODY | January 28, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Obama gave EVERYONE the come-to-Jesus talk they deserved. His admonishment of Dems (weak-kneed), GOP (lazy, stubborn mules), Judiciary (narrow-minded activists), and the Military (bigots), will ring loud and clear with the public. And he put the blame for the lack of good governing squarely where it belongs; in the lap of the GOP. Being part of the problem instead of the solution WILL backfire with the public. Stop holding us prisoners with your ideals. The last 8 years were a COMPLETE DISASTER and there is absolutely no argument to be made to the contrary. THE GOP got everything it wanted and FAILED this country miserably.
Step aside and let the thinking-man's President get the job you can't handle done.

Posted by: KJR1 | January 28, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Boy those lay-offs are really affecting the WP, they lost their best spelling editor.

Posted by: candyzky | January 28, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Did he (the President) succeed in persuading nervous Democrats not to cut and run on his presidency;
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I doubt it. If they're smart, they'll distance themselves from the President.

...and will he succeed in making Republicans think twice about their united opposition to almost all things Obama?
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I think the President's implied threats and disdain fell upon deaf ears. The Republicans will continue to do the right thing by listening to the American people and not the demagogue that sits in the White House.

Posted by: RealTexan1 | January 28, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Political advice to Pres. Obama:

Get the Volcker bill passed ASAP and then we Independent and moderate Democrats may start istenting to you again. That will raise your approval rating and then you can use to momentum to pursue other initiatives.

Also, Geithner, Summers and Rahm Emmanuel need to go ASAP! They have given you TERRIBLE ADVICE!! I don't know if your Presidency can actually recover now, given that moderates like me are so mad at you for selling-out to Wall Street, drug companies, etc., but getting rid of them would be a necessary first step.

Posted by: margieNY | January 28, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Excellent speech, but somewhat depressing as he seemed to be the only one there who actually has the ability, and sees the need, to actually govern.

Posted by: ChrisDC | January 28, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

"The State of the Union" speech, brought to you by a Staff of Professional Speech Writers in the White House and read from the TelePrompter by "The Liar in Chief" !!!

A brain is such a terrible thing to waste !!!

BTW: It has been proven and Barry has admitted that he lied in the past, so why should WE believe him NOW ???

WE just report the news, YOU decide !!!

Posted by: thgirbla | January 28, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

With his bitter partisan speech, throwing the Supreme Court under the bus for good measure, Obama's suit looks bigger than ever.

Posted by: horace1 | January 28, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

This is a pretty good summary paragraph from todays WSJ of what's wrong with this administration. Despite all the "open policy making" arm waving "sneaking" is the only way they can get their agenda past voters

"And he re-pitched the health bill now in Congress with the same contradiction—covers more people but saves money too—that all but the most devoted partisans long ago dismissed as unbelievable. The President sounded to us like a man who is still hoping Democrats will find a way to sneak this monstrosity into law despite its unpopularity."

Posted by: Moderate6 | January 28, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

It's comforting that some Democratic Senators might be "justifiably worried" about their jobs when so many other Americans either fear for their jobs, can't find one, or have already lost one. However, Senators' worry over losing their jobs doesn't mean they will do the right thing before November. They have enough money to live comfortably even without that Senate seat. Very sad. Even sadder, the Republicans who might replace the Democrats will do no better. Unfortunately, it will take a catastrophe of massive proportion to level the playing field in the UNited States.

Posted by: djmolter | January 28, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

REMARKABLE:

Since every program Democrats have pursued and passed has been the encapsulation of Complete Failure ...

... Republicans should jump in and pass more economically destructive and Debt piling programs > like the stunning array of disasters including ...

- "Cash for Clunkers" - $24,000 for each $4,000 rebate (Government Union) / people traded in 14 mpg truck for 17 mpg trucks
- "Cap & Trade" - $2.5 Trillion / because the planet is colder
- Health Care / with NO Tort Reform - since Trial Lawyers gave Democrats $180 Million in the 2008 election cycle & $43 Million to Obama = $250 Billion in Defensive Medicine (extra tests to protect against frivolous lawsuits from people like Edwards) - higher Health Care Costs for us
- Obama plans to Nationalize Illegals this year - similar to Mexico nationalizing Oil we discovered and drilled?
- 9,000 Earmarks in last spending bill

Deep medication is required to assimilate Democrat strategies ... so if you don't sign on to complete and utter failures, you're not bipartisan?

Posted by: highkey11 | January 28, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately the POTUS still doesn't get it! Budget tricks like increasing the EPA by 35% then promising to freeze budgets. What and insult. The voters are not done voting against those that refuse to listen to them.

Posted by: Jimbo77 | January 28, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

"The State of the Union" speech, brought to you by a Staff of Professional Speech Writers in the White House and read from the TelePrompter by "The Liar in Chief" !!!

A brain is such a terrible thing to waste !!!

WE just report the news, YOU decide !!!

Posted by: thgirbla | January 28, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

The state of this union is kind of like a "Baby Translator" on the iPhone....you can't really believe it....but it's TRUE...what a state of this union.

Posted by: JohnnyiPhone | January 28, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

I'd be willing to have Joe Biden as President to get rid of this Obama clown.

Attacking the Supreme Court in the forum of the State of the Union? Disgusting, classless ghetto c-r-a-p in my opinion.

Posted by: hz9604 | January 28, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: NYC_CON | January 28, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

As the typical big government socialist he is, Obama promised to tax, borrow, and spend still more of other people’s money in a desperate attempt to buy back citizens votes alienated by his policies - after spending billions to buy legislative votes. Isn’t it wonderful to spend other people’s money?

He and his Democrat cohorts have had their chance. NOTHING that he ever does again will assuage the seething rage of Americans ravaged by Democrat duplicity, their arrogance, and their back room attempts to shove Euro-social-democracy down American’s throats, whether we like it or not.

Only Massachusetts saved us from their hideous takeover of the entire healthcare industry and only the 2010 elections can save us from their continuing push to bring socialism to an unwilling America.

Obama is now Jimmy (misery index) Carter. The die is cast. He is an abject failure. 2012 can’t get here fast enough to save us from the death throes of this dying corpse of a presidency.

Posted by: RUKidding0 | January 28, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Memo To President Obama, a still likable fellow!!

What is WRONG with you, sir, President Obama?? You are still a likable enough fellow BUT you are NOT doing (YES! The Word Is DOING, DOING, DOING) WHAT the VOTERS (YES!! VOTERS, President OBAMA!! Have You FORGOTTEN About them???) WHO VOTED for YOu wanted you to DO, DO, DO, sir!!

They told you, Sir, with all due respect, to AFFECT DRAMATIC CHANGE, CHANGE, CHANGE!!! They WANTED a WHOLE new way of doing things in Washington. They wanted you to be as RADICAL as your Predecesor!!

They wanted the OPPOSITE DIRECTION of what you are doing right NOW!! You are NOT doing anything REALLY NEW, mr President!! You are NOT doing what the VOTERS WANTED you to do!!

You are AVOIDING what you were sent to Washington to do, sir!! The Voters did NOT ask you to work together with the criminals who call themselves "republicans", (More like repugnants!!). They did NOt ask you to have "bipartisanship," that meaningless word that you and them keep using without substantiating!!

Who asked you to work with the DIMINISHED "opposition" who brought your country to the sorry state it is in right now???

No one, sir!! Not the VOTERS who gave you the mandate for SWEEPING CHANGE!!

You STILL have the POWER to bring this CHANGE about, sir!! But you are slowly pissing it away in your anxiety to PLEASE the godamned opposition!! You don't have to please them!! Just PLOW over them!! That's what the VOTERS told you to do!!

Good luck sir!! You will definately need it in the coming years!!

Posted by: Somali | January 28, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

As I see it, being as arogant and non-concilatory last night, this president still does not get it! For someone who is supposed to be intelligent you would think that he would speak in a concilatory tone and try to bring the parties together. I'm afraid that the only thing that he has accomplihed is to throw down the gauntelet on health care reform, which is not wanted by the greater majority of the electorate.
Yes it was an inspiring presentation (for the left)...A great orator!
But we need someone at the helm who can LEAD this nation, not antagonize one side and tell them it's "my way or the highway"!
Another twelve months of miserable partisanship is coming up. Maybe after November 2010, he will be able to "get it"!

I was more impressed by Gov. McDonnel than by this presidents eloquent presentation!

Posted by: SeniorVet | January 28, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

"Pitch-Perfect Speech" ??? "Americans are very pleased" ???? - Seriously are you kidding? Maybe you need to leave the beltway to meet real Americans. People who value the unborn and the elderly and the people charged with taking care of them. You wonder why their is opposition to a health care bill that forces someone to go against their moral conscious. The Natural Law means nothing to you - you people are seriously, seriously sick.

Posted by: tmw-online | January 28, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

The Republican response was your typical regurgetation of a group that sees its role as the opposition. The Republicans continue to proclaim that "free-market" principles will solve ALL our problems and it doesn't need any government help except in insuring that everyone gets equal opportunity. Additionally, the Republicans proclaim that people should be judged by the merit "...not their zip code". But a nagging question I have with that assertion is that how do you know everyone is playing by the same rules and that everyone has an equal opportunity to be "successful" if regulations are limited? That's like asking NFL players to govern themselves since they know the rules and getting rid of the refs. And do the Republicans live in the real world? Why don't we ask why insurance companies make you pay higher primiums just for living in a certain zip code. In the real world people do indeed judge you just by where you live regardless of how well suited you are for the position and that's precisely why we have laws that try to balance that cultural inequity. And these rules are in fact "not fair" to some in order to balance out the unfairness already embedded in the system and indeed in our culture. Remember when blacks weren't allowed to vote? Now we have one as a president-not because we allowed "free-market" principles to dictate, but because government mandated rules that eventually paved the way.

Posted by: callosumlink | January 28, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Vapid, empty rhetoric, uninspiring, vacuous.

Mr. Obama, you are a failed President. You are on the wrong track. You mistake the anger of the public as being a result of "partisanship." THEY ARE ANGRY AT YOU AND YOUR SOCIALIST TRANSFORMATIONAL POLICIES!

You had the audacity to suggest that "we haven't explained our healthcare reform sufficiently" to the American people.

ARE YOU INSANE? Or just so in love with your hubristic vision that you cannot accept that the people who you mesmerized have awakened and don't want the snake oil you are peddling?

Keep it up and I will get Change I Can Believe In by the end of November.

Posted by: jshaver001 | January 28, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

America is done drinking the Kool-Aid.

Posted by: sah2 | January 28, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

"will he succeed in making Republicans think twice about their united opposition to almost all things Obama?"

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As long as he continues to push dangerous programs, we will be opposed.

Posted by: Hawaiian_Gecko | January 28, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Obama and Brown said good things; more DC rhetoric. All those people need to put their money where their mouths are and get the job done. The continued bipartisanship can only harm the country more. The kind of splits we have in this country; rich vs poor, repub vs dem, etc. drag us all down.

Posted by: boleson02 | January 28, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Obama and Brown said good things; more DC rhetoric. All those people need to put their money where their mouths are and get the job done. The continued bipartisanship can only harm the country more. The kind of splits we have in this country; rich vs poor, repub vs dem, etc. drag us all down.

Posted by: boleson02 | January 28, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

It was a speech that reminded why people voted for Obama. Conciliatory yet determined against long odds and taking the long view of things. The "circuit breaker" analogy seems apt. But the main problem is the president seems wishy-washy in follow up to major speeches that he has given- so far, and not possess the steel spine he beckoned Democrats to have. Will see this time.

Posted by: anonie | January 28, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

new CBS news poll shows:

• 59% of speech watchers think that Barack Obama has a clear plan for creating jobs. 40% thought so before the speech.

• 72% of speech watchers approve of Barack Obama's plans for dealing with government spending. 28% Disapprove.

• 56% of speech watchers think Barack Obama's economic plans will reduce the budget deficit in the long run, and 71% think they will help ordinary Americans.


The Washington Post's right wing hacks can try to spin this all they want (coughwormboymichaelgersoncough) but Americans know the real deal when they see it!

Posted by: losthorizon10 | January 28, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Living outside of the Beltway, and disdainful of both the 24-hour news cycle and the hum of nonsense from all cable talk shows.

I believe, for the benefit of both the GOP and the Democrats, the filibuster must be ended.

Leaders in both parties are opposed to ending the filibuster.

With victory comes the power to govern. And whomever wins, the GOP or Democrats, should have the power to govern.

Currently, elections decide--nothing.

Bush has democratic filibusters and Mr. Obama now has GOP filibusters. Where does this madness end?

Posted by: bobnsri | January 28, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

He closed the speech with his unbelievably fatuous slogan; "Change We Can Believe In."

The American public, so tired of the Bush years, were gullible in their willingness to elect this empty suit with a silver tongue and that empty message.


Instead, they needed to ask:

"What change?"

"And what in your slim resume points to you as the agent of change?"

Instead. we now have this pompous POTUS who has preened all around the globe and delivered nothing but more debt at home.

Posted by: jayjay9 | January 28, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

we have hungry americans,
we have homeless americans,
jobless americans,
and we have 8 billion for
high speed trains?

who is going to use these trains?

obama is fighting, for the RICH!!!

Posted by: simonsays1 | January 28, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Reaching out to Republicans? I quit listening after he repeated what he must know is a complete fiction: That the Democrat's health care "reform" will reduce the deficit.

Posted by: DecFan | January 28, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

The title should be: Will Democratic House and Senate follow Nobama over the cliff. The answer will be a resounding - NO. His Saul Alinsky leftist agenda is DOA. No to that debacle of a healthcare bill...including the bribes. No to Cap n Trade....can you say Taxes if its implemented. Ah - is it November yet?

Posted by: short1 | January 28, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

With the 41st vote, Republicans indeed have a two edged sword. The can stop anything, but they can't escape responsibility for contributing by claiming to have been excluded any more. They indeed have to make some suggestions, as Obama challenged them to do.

Whether they make serious suggestions, and whether the dem's engage them on them, well, those will be the big questions.

Posted by: JoeT1 | January 28, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

I believe this was a fantastic speech. He rallied the people who voted for him, reinspired those who had doubt, and put the republicans---the party of no---on notice that they will be held accountable in november if all they do is block legistlation at every step of the way just because they can. and he made sure to include his signature of inspiring rhetoric, something that was sorely missing the previous 8 years.

Posted by: sdean501 | January 28, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Today's New York Times Headline: Obama to Party: Don't 'Run for the Hills'

Today's message from voters to Obama & Party after last night's same old combination of lies, BS, & ducking responsibility: "Run for the Hills"

Posted by: Moderate6 | January 28, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

yes! openly gay military!
c-span healthcare reform meetings!
green jobs and ham!

obama be very good to amerika.

Posted by: simonsays1 | January 28, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Strong on Defense, continued Bush's program to bail out Wall Street, tax cuts for 95%, tax cuts and incentives for small businesses to hire, nuclear power, clean coal, offshore drilling, 3 year freeze on non-Defense spending, pay as you go, no capital gains tax for small business. OMG, Obama's a Conservative.

More stimulus, increases taxes on incomes over $250k, health care, incentives for college students to pay off debt, tax the big banks, fund local banks to give small business loans, cap and trade, clean energy, healthcare. OMG, Obama's a Liberal.

67 minutes were bi-partisan. Yes, Obama's a Moderate.

Only spent 2 minutes chiding the Republicans for fighting 2 unfunded wars and unfunded tax cuts which doubled the National debt in 8 years. The Republicans sunk in their chairs, squirming like embarrassed school boys caught looking up the girls dresses. I thought some might die of shame.

Obama's final words - Stop the partisan bickering. Both parties are responsible to do their job and fix America. Yes, Obama is more statesman than politician.

Time for all to put America first and their petty politics second. Time for the Party of Debt Doesn't Matter to take responsibility for their actions and get to work with the Democrats to fix America. Time for all Conservatives to demand the Party of No join Obama in a bi-partisan fix of America. Alternatively it is time for all true Conservatives, as in debt does matter, to abandon the Republicans.

Posted by: chucky-el | January 28, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully, the answer to both your questions is yes. But one speech will not do it. He needs to speak to speak directly to the public regularly and forcefully, so it will be clear who is trying to get things done and who is not. For instance, a weekly short address: this week, I sent Congress a jobs bill. It passed the House, X votes to Y. It is awaiting Senate approval. If the Repubs filibuster, then he's on the next week saying, this week, the Repubs have filibustered instead of passing the jobs bill. If there is some bipartisanship, he should say, the following leaders from the two parties came together this week to do X. Only after the jobs bill is passed can he use the weekly address to talk about something else.
Also, Obama needs to master the Rovian art of having a short, pithy, PR way of describing things. At the beginning of the health care segment of the SOTU, he talked about "health insurance reform." That's what it should be forever more -- not health care reform. Who likes their health insurance company? No one.

Posted by: fmjk | January 28, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

I liked Obama's speech. The country had run up a 8 trillion dollar deficit when Obama walked thru the door! It is not reasonable that Obama would not spend helping the banking institutions to avoid another great depression and make unemployment worse? I think the people who oppose obama every inch of the way consider themselves untouchable so therefore do not want any reform!

Posted by: ggrant9170 | January 28, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

The Republicans are in unison on mainly two issues, health care and cap and trade. This is a good thing since the American public has rejected Obama's approach in every poll taken and nearly driven him into being a potential one term President. Like it or not, this is Obama's economy and his war. The American people are rejecting his socialist approach and agenda in droves.

Posted by: bragdonb1 | January 28, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Talk is cheap and that's about all he's accomplished in the last year. Let's see some action. A politician plain and simple reaping the benefits of the highest office in the land.

Posted by: PittAlum | January 28, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

SOTU: Just More Communist Lies

Get the facts: http://www.commieblaster.com

Posted by: CommieBlaster | January 28, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

It was a pitch-perfect speech. Americans are still confident in Obama's leadership, just frustrated with the direction it's headed now. SOTU was a chance to reframe his agenda and prove to the country that he is listening. That message got through remarkably well. Americans are very pleased, but now they want action.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | January 28, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

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