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White House sets State of the Union for Jan. 27

By Chris Cillizza
President Barack Obama will deliver his State of the Union speech on Jan. 27, according to White House press secretary Robert Gibbs.

This will be Obama's first official State of the Union address since coming to office. He delivered an address to Congress on Feb. 24, 2009. White House aides have hinted that Obama will strike a more populist tone in the speech, turning his focus to the economy and job creation as Democrats prepare to defend their majorities in the House and Senate in November.

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Boston has made it official.
Brown was the Boston NY23.
It is going to be an interesting year.

Posted by: RayOne | January 19, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

One of the left’s recurring talking points is that their opponents fail to understand socialism (see Thinking4’s comment) and thereby wrongly accuse the left of seeking it. The left doesn’t want to be hung with the socialist label, because it is still considered a pejorative that hurts their cause. If it were a political positive, most on the left would happily embrace it. Some few are honest enough to proudly accept the label despite negative political connotations. The rest merely resort to the talking point of quibbling over definitions as if they had insights their opposition lacked. They don’t.

Yes there is a difference between socialism and the social democracy the left has been pushing since before FDR, but the difference lies in degree only. Their ends are the same. Social democracy was FDR’s compromise of capitalist freedom with socialism. As such, it gutlessly seeks to keep capitalism around to fund it’s socialist ambitions, fully aware that pure socialism has been proven a dismal failure everywhere it has been tried and cannot sustain itself without leeching off of capitalism. Both socialism and social democracy value equality of outcome over individual freedom and, therefore, seek ever bigger government, ever greater control over individuals and corporations to enforce this ambition, denying individual freedom in the process.

That is the only definition any political discussion ever needs, period. Everything else is quibbling.

Posted by: RUKidding0 | January 19, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

is this where we hear lies and more lies...
he could not fix the economy...
he could not fix gitmo...
he could not end the wars...
he could not fix health care...
he can'[t fix the job situation...
because he doesn'[t know how...
his speech will be about blaming it on Bush...
we have a real pathetic President...

Posted by: DwightCollins | January 19, 2010 7:25 AM | Report abuse

There is way too much complaining that your cadidates and their policies lost in November 2008. So, instead of moaning and sniping about it, get off your duff and campaign for your chosen people. I will campiagn very hard for my chosen officials just as I did in 2008. By the way, so many people use the words socialism and socialist but from the context of their posts they have not got a working definition. Look the words up and read some history of the movement instaed of taking the words right off the tlaking points for the Republican Party. Obama is NOT a socialist by any definition, in fact if you look up the work conservatism he actually fits that much better. Silly word politics are not helping this nation become stronger. It simply distracts you from thinking and acting locally about the problems of unemployment, infrastructure, education and a myriad of other issues that affect our daily lives.

Posted by: Thinking4 | January 19, 2010 5:05 AM | Report abuse

Alex511 is right. There is entirely too much creebing on this board. This just has to stop.


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I cannot believe the utter sniping, whining, and creebing that is on this board just because the repuke and ice queen LOST the election.

More than likely I will watch the speech, as I am proud to say that both my wife and I voted for PRESIDENT Obama. Couldn't say the same for dumbya. PRESIDENT Obama is far more intelligent than dumbya, and it shows by his committment to this country. Dumbya's was to spend more time "clearing brush" at his little "ranch".

Posted by: Alex511 | January 18, 2010 9:18 PM

Posted by: Tupac_Goldstein | January 18, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

I cannot believe the utter sniping, whining, and creebing that is on this board just because the repuke and ice queen LOST the election.

More than likely I will watch the speech, as I am proud to say that both my wife and I voted for PRESIDENT Obama. Couldn't say the same for dumbya. PRESIDENT Obama is far more intelligent than dumbya, and it shows by his committment to this country. Dumbya's was to spend more time "clearing brush" at his little "ranch".

Posted by: Alex511 | January 18, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

In his state of the union address, an honest, honorable, and candid Obama would say,

“My fellow Americans, my interpretation of the 2008 election was wrong.

In it’s arrogance, the Democrat Party’s interpretation of their supermajority win was wrong.

In our hubris, we desperately wanted to interpret these results as a mandate to bring social democracy to all of America. We so wanted to believe that we were bringing change Americans could believe in, change to socialism. We were catastrophically wrong.

As it turns out, Americans still value their freedom more than they value an ever bigger government giving them stuff they haven’t earned and running their lives for them.

That is the sad lesson I have come to appreciate and I will spend the rest of my presidency dismantling the programs we Democrats have foisted on an unwilling citizenry in the hope that our actions over the next three years can justify our forgiveness at the hands of those we have so badly wronged.

I am truly sorry. I only ask that my presidency be judged by how fully I restore freedom to America as penance for the mess my hubris has wrought.

Good night.

Posted by: RUKidding0 | January 18, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: bamccampbell
So many people are missing the point. President Obama and the Democrats have seen their approval ratings go south BECAUSE they haven't done enough to promote a progressive agenda. In trying to build consensus and work WITH the Republicans, they've disappointed their base.
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Are you really this clueless?

Posted by: MikeJ9116 | January 18, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: bamccampbell
So many people are missing the point. President Obama and the Democrats have seen their approval ratings go south BECAUSE they haven't done enough to promote a progressive agenda. In trying to build consensus and work WITH the Republicans, they've disappointed their base.
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Are you really this clueless?

Posted by: MikeJ9116 | January 18, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Thanks fo the info, I'll make dinner reservations. I don't need to listen to the "Commander in Thief" tell me what the State of the Union is...I already know. I'm unemployed and facing jail time if Congress has their way with "Health Care Reform"

Posted by: atthun | January 18, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

will obama still give a state of the union speech if he loses massachusetts?????

whats the point????

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 18, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

I have seen the draft. It starts out....."This is Bush's fault".

Posted by: Tupac_Goldstein | January 18, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the warning.

Posted by: dlkimura | January 18, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

boring

prediction:

under 25 rating

under 25 share

obama--voted off the island

the tribe has spoken

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 18, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

So many people are missing the point. President Obama and the Democrats have seen their approval ratings go south BECAUSE they haven't done enough to promote a progressive agenda. In trying to build consensus and work WITH the Republicans, they've disappointed their base.

It's too bad that many folks don't recognize how rare it is for a US President to do what he thinks is right, even if it's not popular with his own base. In President Obama we truly have a thoughtful and independent leader, someone who is able to think long-range instead of focusing on quick fixes to satisfy the impatient among us. Unfortunately, wealthy corporations want to prevent him from getting in the way of their profits. They buy Republicans and the media, and organize groups like the teabaggers, to make sure that President Obama and America fail. Corporations only think about the next quarter's profits, not where America will be in ten years as a result of their greed.

Posted by: bamccampbell | January 18, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

That's the first thing I thought of, too. They were aiming to have health reform done so that he could announce it at SOTU. Not happening now.

Posted by: chi-town | January 18, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

It sounds like the President isn't going to discuss "health care reform" in his State of the Union remarks. No doubt its a complete oversight. Just like when he basically avoided discussing it in Boston yesterday.

Posted by: prosecutor1 | January 18, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

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