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Live-blogging the State Of the Union address

8:53 p.m.: On CNN they just announced that someone named "Shaun Donovan," who is apparently the Housing secretary, has not attended the joint session on the off chance that in an unfortunate turn of events someone will be forced to take over leadership of the Free World. Why does this not inspire me with confidence. Why was I hoping for someone more like the guy with the cowboy hat. (Wasn't Shaun Donovan a famous teen actor? Always popping up in 'Tiger Beat'?)

8:59 p.m.: They said Obama's been tweaking his address up until the last minute. What you bet he just inserted a line: "On that health care thing: Never mind!"

9:00 p.m: Wolf Blitzer's widescreen-monitor must have cost as much as "Avatar."

9:02 p.m.: The two military cops who downed the Fort Hood shooter are sitting with FLOTUS.

9:03: Stephapopulopulopolis says FLOTUS is wearing purple to look centrist. You know, halfway betwixt red and blue. (I am wearing a jogging outfit. It symbolizes nothing that I know of.)

9:06: Now it takes TWO GUYS to do the "Madame Speaker, the president of the United States" routine??

9:08: POTUS bucking up Geithner, multiple shoulder pats. The House Dems basically treated him as though he were a Mafia boss.

9:11: The redundant introduction is my least favorite part of this thing. But notice how the room isn't nearly as raucous as usual. Or is that just me.

9:14: REALLY flat so far.

9:14: Downer.

9:16: Advance transcript of what he's said so far (might have changed upon delivery):

Our Constitution declares that from time to time, the President shall give to Congress information about the state of our union. For two hundred and twenty years, our leaders have fulfilled this duty. They have done so during periods of prosperity and tranquility. And they have done so in the midst of war and depression; at moments of great strife and great struggle.

It's tempting to look back on these moments and assume that our progress was inevitable - that America was always destined to succeed. But when the Union was turned back at Bull Run and the Allies first landed at Omaha Beach, victory was very much in doubt. When the market crashed on Black Tuesday and civil rights marchers were beaten on Bloody Sunday, the future was anything but certain. These were times that tested the courage of our convictions, and the strength of our union. And despite all our divisions and disagreements; our hesitations and our fears; America prevailed because we chose to move forward as one nation, and one people.

Again, we are tested. And again, we must answer history's call.

One year ago, I took office amid two wars, an economy rocked by severe recession, a financial system on the verge of collapse, and a government deeply in debt. Experts from across the political spectrum warned that if we did not act, we might face a second depression. So we acted - immediately and aggressively. And one year later, the worst of the storm has passed.

But the devastation remains. One in ten Americans still cannot find work. Many businesses have shuttered. Home values have declined. Small towns and rural communities have been hit especially hard. For those who had already known poverty, life has become that much harder.

This recession has also compounded the burdens that America's families have been dealing with for decades - the burden of working harder and longer for less; of being unable to save enough to retire or help kids with college.

So I know the anxieties that are out there right now. They're not new. These struggles are the reason I ran for President. These struggles are what I've witnessed for years in places like Elkhart, Indiana and Galesburg, Illinois. I hear about them in the letters that I read each night. The toughest to read are those written by children - asking why they have to move from their home, or when their mom or dad will be able to go back to work.

9:17: An applause line! "Never more hopeful" than tonight, he said.

9:18: Best moment so far: "And if there's one thing that has unified Democrats and Republicans, it's that we all hated the bank bailout. I hated it. You hated it. It was about as popular as a root canal."

9:21: More from speech so far (advance transcript):

For these Americans and so many others, change has not come fast enough. Some are frustrated; some are angry. They don't understand why it seems like bad behavior on Wall Street is rewarded but hard work on Main Street isn't; or why Washington has been unable or unwilling to solve any of our problems. They are tired of the partisanship and the shouting and the pettiness. They know we can't afford it. Not now.

So we face big and difficult challenges. And what the American people hope - what they deserve - is for all of us, Democrats and Republicans, to work through our differences; to overcome the numbing weight of our politics. For while the people who sent us here have different backgrounds, different stories and different beliefs, the anxieties they face are the same. The aspirations they hold are shared. A job that pays the bills. A chance to get ahead. Most of all, the ability to give their children a better life.

You know what else they share? They share a stubborn resilience in the face of adversity. After one of the most difficult years in our history, they remain busy building cars and teaching kids; starting businesses and going back to school. They're coaching little league and helping their neighbors. As one woman wrote me, "We are strained but hopeful, struggling but encouraged."

It is because of this spirit - this great decency and great strength - that I have never been more hopeful about America's future than I am tonight. Despite our hardships, our union is strong. We do not give up. We do not quit. We do not allow fear or division to break our spirit. In this new decade, it's time the American people get a government that matches their decency; that embodies their strength.

And tonight, I'd like to talk about how together, we can deliver on that promise.

It begins with our economy.

Our most urgent task upon taking office was to shore up the same banks that helped cause this crisis. It was not easy to do. And if there's one thing that has unified Democrats and Republicans, it's that we all hated the bank bailout. I hated it. You hated it. It was about as popular as a root canal.

But when I ran for President, I promised I wouldn't just do what was popular - I would do what was necessary. And if we had allowed the meltdown of the financial system, unemployment might be double what it is today. More businesses would certainly have closed. More homes would have surely been lost.

So I supported the last administration's efforts to create the financial rescue program. And when we took the program over, we made it more transparent and accountable. As a result, the markets are now stabilized, and we have recovered most of the money we spent on the banks.

To recover the rest, I have proposed a fee on the biggest banks. I know Wall Street isn't keen on this idea, but if these firms can afford to hand out big bonuses again, they can afford a modest fee to pay back the taxpayers who rescued them in their time of need.

As we stabilized the financial system, we also took steps to get our economy growing again, save as many jobs as possible, and help Americans who had become unemployed.

That's why we extended or increased unemployment benefits for more than 18 million Americans; made health insurance 65% cheaper for families who get their coverage through COBRA; and passed 25 different tax cuts.

Let me repeat: we cut taxes. We cut taxes for 95% of working families. We cut taxes for small businesses. We cut taxes for first-time homebuyers. We cut taxes for parents trying to care for their children. We cut taxes for 8 million Americans paying for college. As a result, millions of Americans had more to spend on gas, and food, and other necessities, all of which helped businesses keep more workers. And we haven't raised income taxes by a single dime on a single person. Not a single dime.

Because of the steps we took, there are about two million Americans working right now who would otherwise be unemployed. 200,000 work in construction and clean energy. 300,000 are teachers and other education workers. Tens of thousands are cops, firefighters, correctional officers, and first responders. And we are on track to add another one and a half million jobs to this total by the end of the year.

9:24: It has been pointed out to me that Biden has a purple tie and Pelosi a purple dress.

9:30: Another chunk of the speech:

The plan that has made all of this possible, from the tax cuts to the jobs, is the Recovery Act. That's right - the Recovery Act, also known as the Stimulus Bill. Economists on the left and the right say that this bill has helped saved jobs and avert disaster. But you don't have to take their word for it.

Talk to the small business in Phoenix that will triple its workforce because of the Recovery Act.

Talk to the window manufacturer in Philadelphia who said he used to be skeptical about the Recovery Act, until he had to add two more work shifts just because of the business it created.

Talk to the single teacher raising two kids who was told by her principal in the last week of school that because of the Recovery Act, she wouldn't be laid off after all.

There are stories like this all across America. And after two years of recession, the economy is growing again. Retirement funds have started to gain back some of their value. Businesses are beginning to invest again, and slowly some are starting to hire again.

But I realize that for every success story, there are other stories, of men and women who wake up with the anguish of not knowing where their next paycheck will come from; who send out resumes week after week and hear nothing in response. That is why jobs must be our number one focus in 2010, and that is why I am calling for a new jobs bill tonight.

Now, the true engine of job creation in this country will always be America's businesses. But government can create the conditions necessary for businesses to expand and hire more workers.

We should start where most new jobs do - in small businesses, companies that begin when an entrepreneur takes a chance on a dream, or a worker decides its time she became her own boss.

Through sheer grit and determination, these companies have weathered the recession and are ready to grow. But when you talk to small business owners in places like Allentown, Pennsylvania or Elyria, Ohio, you find out that even though banks on Wall Street are lending again, they are mostly lending to bigger companies. But financing remains difficult for small business owners across the country.

So tonight, I'm proposing that we take $30 billion of the money Wall Street banks have repaid and use it to help community banks give small businesses the credit they need to stay afloat. I am also proposing a new small business tax credit - one that will go to over one million small businesses who hire new workers or raise wages. While we're at it, let's also eliminate all capital gains taxes on small business investment; and provide a tax incentive for all businesses, large and small, to invest in new plants and equipment.

Next, we can put Americans to work today building the infrastructure of tomorrow. From the first railroads to the interstate highway system, our nation has always been built to compete. There's no reason Europe or China should have the fastest trains, or the new factories that manufacture clean energy products.

Tomorrow, I'll visit Tampa, Florida, where workers will soon break ground on a new high-speed railroad funded by the Recovery Act. There are projects like that all across this country that will create jobs and help our nation move goods, services, and information. We should put more Americans to work building clean energy facilities, and give rebates to Americans who make their homes more energy efficient, which supports clean energy jobs. And to encourage these and other businesses to stay within our borders, it's time to finally slash the tax breaks for companies that ship our jobs overseas and give those tax breaks to companies that create jobs in the United States of America.

The House has passed a jobs bill that includes some of these steps. As the first order of business this year, I urge the Senate to do the same. People are out of work. They are hurting. They need our help. And I want a jobs bill on my desk without delay.

But the truth is, these steps still won't make up for the seven million jobs we've lost over the last two years. The only way to move to full employment is to lay a new foundation for long-term economic growth, and finally address the problems that America's families have confronted for years.

We cannot afford another so-called economic "expansion" like the one from last decade - what some call the "lost decade" - where jobs grew more slowly than during any prior expansion; where the income of the average American household declined while the cost of health care and tuition reached record highs; where prosperity was built on a housing bubble and financial speculation.

From the day I took office, I have been told that addressing our larger challenges is too ambitious - that such efforts would be too contentious, that our political system is too gridlocked, and that we should just put things on hold for awhile.

For those who make these claims, I have one simple question:

How long should we wait? How long should America put its future on hold?

9:32: Not to compare him to Lincoln or anything -- I wouldn't do that -- BUT...he's borrowing a little bit of a stylistic page from the railsplitter by starting out so slowly and flatly and building the energy as he goes. At least that's how I remember Lincoln when I was in the audience. (See Second Inaugural address, for instance.)

9:37: Good line: "I know that there are those who disagree with the overwhelming scientific evidence on climate change." But I do feel like I've heard most of this before. It's not a rhetorically distinctive speech so far and the policies seem rather familiar. I also haven't seen any sign that he's triangulating or trying to get all purple.

9:41: A high-school diploma doesn't guarantee a good job? How about a college diploma?

9:43: Finally, he mentions health care.

9:45: "She gets embarrassed." Nice.

9:51: On health care: "As temperatures cool, I want everyone to take another look at the plan we've proposed. There's a reason why many doctors, nurses, and health care experts who know our system best consider this approach a vast improvement over the status quo. But if anyone from either party has a better approach that will bring down premiums, bring down the deficit, cover the uninsured, strengthen Medicare for seniors, and stop insurance company abuses, let me know. Here's what I ask of Congress, though: Do not walk away from reform. Not now. Not when we are so close. Let us find a way to come together and finish the job for the American people. "

On the deficit:

"So let me start the discussion of government spending by setting the record straight. At the beginning of the last decade, America had a budget surplus of over $200 billion. By the time I took office, we had a one year deficit of over $1 trillion and projected deficits of $8 trillion over the next decade. Most of this was the result of not paying for two wars, two tax cuts, and an expensive prescription drug program. On top of that, the effects of the recession put a $3 trillion hole in our budget. That was before I walked in the door.

Now if we had taken office in ordinary times, I would have liked nothing more than to start bringing down the deficit. But we took office amid a crisis, and our efforts to prevent a second Depression have added another $1 trillion to our national debt.

I am absolutely convinced that was the right thing to do. But families across the country are tightening their belts and making tough decisions. The federal government should do the same. So tonight, I'm proposing specific steps to pay for the $1 trillion that it took to rescue the economy last year.

Starting in 2011, we are prepared to freeze government spending for three years. Spending related to our national security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security will not be affected. But all other discretionary government programs will. Like any cash-strapped family, we will work within a budget to invest in what we need and sacrifice what we don't. And if I have to enforce this discipline by veto, I will."

9:54: The question I have is, can he earn street cred on fiscal policy at this juncture? Or will he just alienate the left while getting no credit at all from the middle and the right?

9:56: "We face a deficit of trust." I TOLD you he reads my articles. Told you.

9:58: Do the SC justices get training in how not to react in any way, shape or form to the speech, even when they're being directly criticized?

10:00: "What frustrates the American people is a Washington where every day is an election day." Sharp stuff.

10:01: "Just saying no to everything may be good short-term politics but it's not leadership." Why do I have a feeling that's not going to budge the bollards in the GOP.

10:15: There's not a red America or a blue America, there's just an America. In Congress, however...(and I wonder what the TV pundits will say about the shot against TV pundits).

10:21: A 70-minute speech, maybe a bit longer than usual for him. I didn't think it was a great speech, stylistically, but he does seem confident and poised and hardly beaten down by the recent setbacks.

10:24: Here's the end of his address:

each time a CEO rewards himself for failure, or a banker puts the rest of us at risk for his own selfish gain, people's doubts grow. Each time lobbyists game the system or politicians tear each other down instead of lifting this country up, we lose faith. The more that TV pundits reduce serious debates into silly arguments, and big issues into sound bites, our citizens turn away.

No wonder there's so much cynicism out there.

No wonder there's so much disappointment.

I campaigned on the promise of change - change we can believe in, the slogan went. And right now, I know there are many Americans who aren't sure if they still believe we can change - or at least, that I can deliver it.

But remember this - I never suggested that change would be easy, or that I can do it alone. Democracy in a nation of three hundred million people can be noisy and messy and complicated. And when you try to do big things and make big changes, it stirs passions and controversy. That's just how it is.

Those of us in public office can respond to this reality by playing it safe and avoid telling hard truths. We can do what's necessary to keep our poll numbers high, and get through the next election instead of doing what's best for the next generation.

But I also know this: if people had made that decision fifty years ago or one hundred years ago or two hundred years ago, we wouldn't be here tonight. The only reason we are is because generations of Americans were unafraid to do what was hard; to do what was needed even when success was uncertain; to do what it took to keep the dream of this nation alive for their children and grandchildren.

Our administration has had some political setbacks this year, and some of them were deserved. But I wake up every day knowing that they are nothing compared to the setbacks that families all across this country have faced this year. And what keeps me going - what keeps me fighting - is that despite all these setbacks, that spirit of determination and optimism - that fundamental decency that has always been at the core of the American people - lives on.

It lives on in the struggling small business owner who wrote to me of his company, "None of us," he said, "...are willing to consider, even slightly, that we might fail."

It lives on in the woman who said that even though she and her neighbors have felt the pain of recession, "We are strong. We are resilient. We are American."

It lives on in the 8-year old boy in Louisiana, who just sent me his allowance and asked if I would give it to the people of Haiti. And it lives on in all the Americans who've dropped everything to go some place they've never been and pull people they've never known from rubble, prompting chants of "U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A!" when another life was saved.

The spirit that has sustained this nation for more than two centuries lives on in you, its people.

We have finished a difficult year. We have come through a difficult decade. But a new year has come. A new decade stretches before us. We don't quit. I don't quit. Let's seize this moment - to start anew, to carry the dream forward, and to strengthen our union once more.

Thank you. God Bless You. And God Bless the United States of America.

10:25: Hey, no one shouted "You lie!"

10:29: ABC just showed Sam Alito shaking his head and mouthing the words "That's not true" when Obama skewered the SC for its campaign finance ruling.

10:31 Wait, do we have to sit through protracted applause for McDonnell?

10:36: Um, he's a little vanilla, no? Bring back Bobby Jindal and that creepy mansion.

[They're flashing the lights at me...time to close up shop here for the night...more in the morning!]

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 27, 2010; 8:52 PM ET
 
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Joel.. I hope you post in the boodle, rather than the kit. It's hard to keep track of both.

Posted by: -TBG- | January 27, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

"Wall Street vs Main Street"... take your first shot of whiskey!

Posted by: -TBG- | January 27, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

I hope he's smart enough to say, "Work hard and be kind."

Posted by: -TBG- | January 27, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Yipes, I knew WS vs MS would get trotted out, but right out of the gate?

Posted by: frostbitten1 | January 27, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

You are not taking exception to Stephapopulopulopolis TBG? I might.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 27, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

I want a code acronym like POTUS and SOTU and FLOTUS and SCUSA. Can I be CurMOTUS?

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | January 27, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Shaun Donovan is the official Laura Roslin. Let's hope the Cylons don't attack.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 27, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

On CNN -- just home.

Notice how in the crowd how yellow is truly the standout color. I see two or three swatches, one of which is a brave citron.

Obama in a candy cane reverse double stripe; Biden in one stripe blue -- they seem matched.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 27, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

More clapping that usual?

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 27, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

I'm drinking on every variation of the word 'hope'. I HOPE my liver will survive.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 27, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Watching on PBS. Biden and Pelosi look like they conferred on outfits.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | January 27, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Ovation 2?

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 27, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Left side must be Republican side? They're not standing or applauding

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | January 27, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Our union is ...wait for it... STRONG. What a shocker.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 27, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Ovation 2.3?

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 27, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Oh, that was cruel, the camera cutting to those two stone faces. I love it.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | January 27, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

He looks loose and comfortable.

Posted by: -TBG- | January 27, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

I taking umbrage (umbridge?) at the Sean Donovan remarks. Tis a foine Irish name, indeed! And I'm sure he's a foine young man, God Love Him!

Posted by: rickoshea1 | January 27, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Ooo, who was that that just yawned on camera?

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | January 27, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

I just saw a blackberry but no thumb action; behind Harry Reid

Bitty ovation and do I hear boos?

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 27, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

fb,
Steffanapulupagus explained that purple is the color of the day to promote bipartisanship. Which is why only Democrats are wearing it.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 27, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

J'ai voté pour Obama. Je le ferais de nouveau. Je suis encore plein d'espoir.

Posted by: abeac1 | January 27, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Biden has three peaks of silk scarf out of his vent pocket; Matching flag pins on Scotus and Potus

Ovation 3? WHo is in charge of ovation counts.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 27, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

That was Harry reid, Mid-Pacific.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | January 27, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

"Jobs" got them all up, but what do you want to be the repubs will find something about it to end up saying 'no' to again.

Posted by: badsneakers | January 27, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Purple? i was thinking that but my TV is about 22 years old....then Nancy P is in a muted periwinkle. And, I do see purpley ties....Fuschia sute jacket on woman -- cabinet member?

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 27, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Mudge.

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | January 27, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Does this mean the scarlet suited women in the audience are rebublican? See color DOES mean something....fashion reveals stance....the rhetoric of style

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 27, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Yanno, I would start to make those Republicans starting to pay for their silence by pointing it out, saying something like, "See what you're Republican congs are doing: nothing. See how they are reacting to America's crises: they're sitting on their hands. Listen to what they have to say: nothing. Look at how much help they are: none."

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | January 27, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

It's official. It's the Lost Decade.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 27, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

*pleine* d'espoir, with excuses.

(Bloody good trial! I wish Witch no. 1 would be around for the Spanish translation)

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 27, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Oooh, I like that idea Mudge!

Posted by: badsneakers | January 27, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

You know, sometimes not accepting second place works to our detriment.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | January 27, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Looks like lavender in HD CpQ. Quite lovely.

Posted by: dmd3 | January 27, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

What was that chant?

Posted by: rickoshea1 | January 27, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Full ovation? for we will NOT BE SECOND?

OK -- but first is overrated. As CPDOT2 used to say at swim meets, "It is prettier when we come in even."

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 27, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

I'm with you too Mudge

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | January 27, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Anyone caught a good look at Mrs. O's dress yet?

Posted by: frostbitten1 | January 27, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

OK Lobbyists are bad. Let's make them the new boogey people.

Here we go on energy!!!!

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 27, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Oooh, Scotty!

Posted by: rickoshea1 | January 27, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

I think I hear boos on nuclear energy.

Still looking for Michelle's dress...

boos on off shore nat gas drilling


clean coal" blech and fie

biofuels a bit better


GO climate accord

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 27, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

I'm looking for the yellowest outfit. We have about four finalists.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 27, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

"I know there are some who disagree with the overwhelming evidence on climate change."

Excellent.

Posted by: -TBG- | January 27, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Energy efficieny/clean energy -- again, call for us to be first....

Hey, is fuschia part of the purple storm?

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 27, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

ABC shows M.O's dress as full and deep purple.

Posted by: rickoshea1 | January 27, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

China has 1.3 billion people and a 10% GDP growth rate. India's a little behind. Better be use with that 2cd and 3rd thingy.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 27, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

CqP,
Hint: It's purple.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 27, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

I only saw Mrs. O from the back, but the back of the dress was beautiful. Purple? I'm trying to remember... maybe burgundyish purplish.

Does Joel realize the real action is down here?

Posted by: -TBG- | January 27, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

SCC get used

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 27, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Shinseki!

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | January 27, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

I think that would be the woman on the far right side of the screen about 2/3 the way up, yello. That's Cong. Tweety (D-Warner Brothers).

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | January 27, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

JK -- my costume intern; go boy, you are doing great....look now for shoes

pointy or square toes

I bet that dems have points and repubs have square...

Janet Nappytano in grey; perhaps a sort of putty-lavender like slate.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 27, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

So, the military guys in the front aren't supposed to applaud?

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | January 27, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

"The best anti-poverty program around is a world-class education."

Amen.

Posted by: -TBG- | January 27, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the MO siting... I see a golden rod tie in the audience...
OK, E is also for education.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 27, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Let's hear a loud "WOOOO!" for community colleges!

Posted by: -TBG- | January 27, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

You wwere at Lincoln's 2nd inaugural, too, Joel? You shoulda said something. We coulda gone out for burgers afterward.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | January 27, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Well, I will wear my one and only purple article of clothing tomorrow. It will annoy anyone at school who watched and noticed the trend...

Posted by: abeac1 | January 27, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Finally, the POTUS has defined today's purpose for public education- poverty prevention. Not that I disagree, but it's seldom said.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | January 27, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Hey, I wear square toes. Nothing's wrong with wide feet. I voted Communist once for crying out loud.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 27, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

OK -- saw MO's dress could be claret; classic bodice and high waist with deep, deep pleats....perhaps a taffeta? Lovely. I want one.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 27, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

No one should go broke because they chose to go to college!

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | January 27, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Nobody should go broke because their kid decided to go to college.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 27, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

I like what he said about college tuition loans being forgiven if the kids go into public service after 10 years. Most of the kids I know are drowning in college loan debt.

Posted by: rickoshea1 | January 27, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Mrs. O's dress looks purple on PBS.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | January 27, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, the Boss is stealing your shtick once again.
"At least that's how I remember Lincoln when I was in the audience. (See Second Inaugural address, for instance.)"

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 27, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

I want one to CqP, but those pleats would make me look even rounder than I already am. I think that's one for a tall slim woman like MO.

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | January 27, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

I was broke when I was IN college!

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | January 27, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

HEALTH INSURANCE -- Go Bamababy go

I guess I got a dog in this fight...

College Barkian --step away from the computer....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 27, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

9:43 is the first mention of HCR, I think.

Posted by: rickoshea1 | January 27, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

CqP-yes, I think taffeta.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | January 27, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a funny guy

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | January 27, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Oh my gawd. She is gorgeous, non?

Posted by: -TBG- | January 27, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

But the candidate had green eyes and smelled great, as red hairs tend to do. And I was 18.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 27, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Tell those two to get a room.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 27, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I'm thinking a knit now, at least on the bodice.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | January 27, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Apparently Michelle hates fat kids...

Posted by: jhorstma | January 27, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

MotP -- yes, we need more narrow pleats but that style is lovely for alll.....

lovely Barbarb bush bobbly pearls.....and that color is lovely, lovely, more of a dark ameythst....nice neckline....not made of taffeta...i am guussing fine double knit wool.....fine, fine, not at all itchy...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 27, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Shee is gourgeous, yees.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 27, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

There's too MUCH action down here. It's nice and quiet up in the kit.

Posted by: joelache | January 27, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Frosti -- we really ARE separated at birth...can I borrow your passport? Thx Hgs....kisses too

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 27, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Ricko -- you are right on the on the college student debt load....HUGE.....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 27, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

"All this was before I walked in the door."

Love it.

Posted by: -TBG- | January 27, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Joel, Joel, Joel. The Boodle has always been the place where the action is.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | January 27, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Love the colour of Michelle's dress.

Posted by: dmd3 | January 27, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Hey, the speech is appearing in the kit...with commentary by the boss...very very cool

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 27, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

CqP-depends. Are you going to do anything scandalous while using it for which I can take credit?

Posted by: frostbitten1 | January 27, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

That shot from the ceiling was very weird.

Posted by: badsneakers | January 27, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Live Blog it software Joel!

Posted by: dmd3 | January 27, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

No strippers in Whistler during the Olympics?
Resell those ticket right way!
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/life/strippers+ruffles+feathers+Whistler/2491024/story.html

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 27, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

I really miss Teddy tonight...

Posted by: rickoshea1 | January 27, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Overhead shot shows three or four dots of fuschia; JK, review and count; find out who, memo to me in the AM.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 27, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Vertigo.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 27, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Yeah! EO that commission!

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | January 27, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Frosti -- what happens in Country X stays in County X but I will wear fab clothes....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 27, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

ROS-you're not the only one.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | January 27, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

An end run!!!! An executive order!!!! Take that, you Senate b@st@rds!!!

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | January 27, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Howdy all! Long time no boodle for me. Just thought I'd pop in to say I am really disappointed by Obama's concessions on the energy proposal. Most of the rest I could have guessed (at least so far) but I was entertaining a fool's hope that he would back a real move to clean energy. There is no such thing as "clean" coal!

Posted by: Southwester | January 27, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Centrist dem on economics; this ushered in by CLinton.....but also telling the repubs that cannot "grow" away the deficit when you claim to NOT spend but you do anyway...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 27, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

SW -- I agree NO CLEAN COAL...but the good news as that energy/politics is growing to squash the MtTop removal abomination scourge blight plague scar....upon the land

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 27, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

...with my administration, or with congress... (re lobbyists)

Take that.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | January 27, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Hey Southwester! How's the little one and the Southmistress?

Posted by: -TBG- | January 27, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Ho ho ho ho!!! Some unhappy looking justices just got hoisted.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | January 27, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Which justice is shaking his head in disgust?

Posted by: yellojkt | January 27, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

R B Ginsburg is shrinking away and looking thin in the neck, stooped too. My goodness...when did we last see her? She still wears her modified ruff.....makes me think of a modest Queen Elizabeth nod....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 27, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Boy, the SCOTUS members look kinda...sad

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | January 27, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Boy, Justice Ginsburg doesn't look well at all.

Posted by: rickoshea1 | January 27, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

The speech on the whole is rhetorically powerful in a steady state way...I do not hear zingers or tweetables or sound bites...what do others think?

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 27, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

This is the "don't make me come back there" part of the speech.

Posted by: -TBG- | January 27, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

I don't like this...He's lecturing. Not that what he's saying is wrong, but it is not very inspiring.

Posted by: abeac1 | January 27, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

RIcko -- she looks very frail. I would like to see the other frminine collar...looks a bit like SD O'Conner's two tail pleated thing...this looks like a bit of scalloping or eyelet?

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 27, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

"People expect us (Dems) to solve problems, not run for the hills."

"Just say no...is not leadership."

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | January 27, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

I think a good lecture is in order.

Posted by: -TBG- | January 27, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Me, too, TBG.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | January 27, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Janet Napolitano -- she lived in the dorm next door to mine. She had that small grey patch in her dark hair early on....my mom had one two but right in the widow's peak spot. Grey knit boxy jacket; not purrpley at all.

The call for purple would not be easy for women -- run to chiccos for a purple jacket on two days notice? How hard to find purple ties?

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 27, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Hi TBG: both are fine, although they have the sniffles. We just celebrated Lil' SW first birthday.

Posted by: Southwester | January 27, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Bought ties for my husband recently - HUGE purple selection.

Posted by: dmd3 | January 27, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Are the teleprompters the clear screen thingies suspended at angles?

WHo is in between Michelle O and Jill B?

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 27, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

I have lots of purple togs, sadly going unused these days.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | January 27, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

dmd-my experience as well, can't hardly turn around without running into a purple tie.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | January 27, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Thanks DMD, unless purple ties in January is a Canada thing? :)

I just checked a few style sites...purple was no tone of the it colors lately. so this would have been hard.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 27, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

CqP, you know Napolitano? Please inform her about Canada. She is clueless and her people (DHS) are not helping.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 27, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Do wine stains count as "purple" on my ties and shirts?

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | January 27, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

We bought my mother a beautiful pant suit the color of Nancy Pelosi's. The sweet periwinkle goes well with a white shell and gray hair. This was for Mom to wear to my niece's wedding, the goal Mom set for herself when she was first diagnosed with her brain tumor.

She looked beautiful at the wedding in the periwinkle suit and the white hat she wore to cover her bald head. She even danced with my father, his arms holding her up during a beautiful, slow dance.

That was the apex of her recovery. After that, she slid downhill quickly and died less than two months later. We buried her in that periwinkle suit. I don't know if you've ever been to an Eastern Orthodox funeral, but when the priest poured blessed olive oil over her before closing the casket, my sister and I both gasped, remembering that we'd had the suit drycleaned just for the burial.

Posted by: -TBG- | January 27, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

WaPo coverage of who's sitting with MO
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/27/AR2010012704318.html?hpid=topnews

Posted by: frostbitten1 | January 27, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Je ne sais pas CqP, I was wondering that myself.

I'm liking this more than I expected to, the little digs at the SCOTUS and the negative repubs made me happy.

Posted by: badsneakers | January 27, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

CqP, I think those screen thingies are microphones.

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | January 27, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Hot dog!!!!

Posted by: frostbitten1 | January 27, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Finally got a good look at MO's dress; it appears to be a mash up of two different outfits. What do you think?

Posted by: rickoshea1 | January 27, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

cPq, purple is one of the colours that suits me, so I alway seek it out, my favorite suit is a deep purple - of course I rarely wear it now.

Posted by: dmd3 | January 27, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Yes!!! I do love my President. Muchisimo.

Posted by: abeac1 | January 27, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

There goes DODT. Buh-bye.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | January 27, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

YAY! Repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell.

Posted by: -TBG- | January 27, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

I don't like the idea of allowing women to slack off like that.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 27, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

TBG, you are precious.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 27, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

JA-I missed the exact wording on gays serving openly. What does your advance copy say?

Posted by: frostbitten1 | January 27, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Gays in the military? Big applause.

Equal pay for women? Not so much.

Posted by: rickoshea1 | January 27, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Jan N might remember me; But the bigger connection would be through Kurt Rambis who knew both of us. I'll get right on in :)

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 27, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

No more don't ask don't tell. Now, if he'd only mention DOMA, too.

Posted by: abeac1 | January 27, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Cillizza thinks much of this laundry list won't come to pass.

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | January 27, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

DADT good bye, good riddance!

Posted by: badsneakers | January 27, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

This comment was a big hit on Gawker:

http://gawker.com/comment/18804878/

Posted by: yellojkt | January 27, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

That dress, yes, something odd and I want two or three angles and a sustained shot...perhaps a long coat/sweater dress combo?

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 27, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Kurt Rambis! You know Kurt Rambis! Oh... my first hunky nerd crush!

Posted by: -TBG- | January 27, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

You're right, yello. He does look like Sam the Eagle.

Posted by: -TBG- | January 27, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Brit Guardian fashion editor says that the purple is rich and lovely; and color of suffragette movement in england....trying to track down dress info

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 27, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

We don't quit. I don't quit.

Wow.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | January 27, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Here's a picture and description of Mrs. O's dress
http://www.stylelist.com/2010/01/27/michelle-obama-state-of-the-union-purple-sweater-dress/

Posted by: frostbitten1 | January 27, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Napolitano should wear purple often, with her coloring. When I went gray, I started seeking out purple and royal blue.

Posted by: -TBG- | January 27, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Here is the article on the dress: eggplant 3.4 sleeve...with high waisted bubble skirt of taffeta

http://www.stylelist.com/2010/01/27/michelle-obama-state-of-the-union-purple-sweater-dress/

Hmm better to go either with taffeta or knit -- I do not like the two piece approach, although they look to be dyed in the same pigment stock/vat.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 27, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

I'm taking these five minutes to pour some wine.

Maybe I should get something stronger, like a gag-reflex reducer. I'll need it in order to withstand McDonnell's response.

Posted by: abeac1 | January 27, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Rachel Maddow just characterized Obama's manner as 'playful feistyness" which I think nails it.

Posted by: badsneakers | January 27, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm not watching McDonnell. Of course, maybe he'll parrot his mentor Pat Robertson... that could be interesting.

I've never understood the "response," whether it's given by Republicans or Dems. Can't he be ALL OF OUR president for one night?

Posted by: -TBG- | January 27, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Wow, he's signing autographs on his way out of the chamber like a rock star!

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | January 27, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

I agree TBG; purple is a good color for that transition especially for brunettes. Kurt was huge, folding himself into the tiny fold-a-seats in the large lecture halls...he wore his safety glasses/elastic strap to class....Jan N was a serious do-gooder; very involved in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 27, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

I heart Obama.

The knothead on NPR from the Weekly Standard is spewing the same-old, same-old from the right. Why didn't they get David Brooks? Or SOMEBODY who could say something intelligible?

Posted by: KBoom | January 27, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

CqP, you know Napolitano? Please inform her about Canada. She is clueless and her people (DHS) are not helping.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 27, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Do we HAVE to listen to the Republican response?

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | January 27, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Frosti, hold on a sec...

This year, I will work with Congress and our military to finally repeal the law that denies gay Americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are.

Posted by: joelache | January 27, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

TBG -- sigh; sweet story about your mom. My mother had picked out everything -- including underwear and hose -- and had it ready in the suitcase she used on her honeymoon. I altered the suit jacket to fit her as she had waisted away to nothing....did my best stitching on a suit that only God and the worms will see. And the suit was a purpley- fuschia She was a dem forever; My dad gave up dem-ness after Kennedy died....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 27, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Switched out of D.C. for a moment to see that Howard Zinn has died. He was a hero in Boston in the 60's and beyond.

And yes, evidently it IS true that John Edwards did make a sex tape with Rielle.

Posted by: rickoshea1 | January 27, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

R.I.P. Howard Zinn.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/28/us/28zinn.html

Posted by: byoolin1 | January 27, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

SD -- Sorry JN and DHS are causing trouble for Canadians. I am having unbelievable passport trouble myself.....this new system is so tight as to be a stifling cloak of protection.....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 27, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Not watching blow-dry guy.

I thought Obama's speech was terrific and he delivered it beautifully! He got all those digs in on the Rethuglicans and directly to SCOTUS ('specially Roberts). He's not afraid. I continue to admire him.

Glad he's in the WH, rather than that other guy, yanno and whatshername .....

Posted by: -ftb- | January 27, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

JA-thanks!!

McDonnell needs to be flooded with "We're #37" mail.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | January 27, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

"we have natural resources, and we must use them all"

Yes, until the place is brown and barren, nary a blade of grass in view, or a speck of blue in the sky.

Posted by: abeac1 | January 27, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

I'm off to bed, my friends. I'm leaving directly from work tomorrow to visit Son of G.

He and I are driving Friday morning to spend the weekend in Charleston, SC, believe it or not, the closest ocean beach to Charlotte.

Posted by: -TBG- | January 27, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Using my new favorite button (mute) and it seems like the repub response is being done in a doll house with very tiny little people. I have no desire to hear any of it.

Posted by: badsneakers | January 27, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

This format with the mini-chamber and the applause is soooooooooooooooo phony.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | January 27, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

phony hair, phony applause, phony ideas, phony patriotism

Posted by: abeac1 | January 27, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Aw, c'mon y'all, this is the fun part. Most of us could probably write poor McDonnell's response speech. Dites juste le non à tout.

Posted by: MsJS | January 27, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Is the response the party's way of ending governors' aspirations for higher office?

Posted by: frostbitten1 | January 27, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

But MsJS.. he's my new governor. *gag*

OK.. really off to bed now. Toodles, boodle!

Posted by: -TBG- | January 27, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

McDonnell: "le phony c'est moi"

Posted by: abeac1 | January 27, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

merde

Posted by: rickoshea1 | January 27, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

I could hear the phony with the sound off.

Posted by: badsneakers | January 27, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

I repost here, the boss's closing kit remarks:

Thank you. God Bless You. And God Bless the United States of America.

10:25: Hey, no one shouted "You lie!"

10:29: ABC just showed Sam Alito shaking his head and mouthing the words "That's not true" when Obama skewered the SC for its campaign finance ruling.

10:31 Wait, do we have to sit through protracted applause for McDonnell?

10:36: Um, he's a little vanilla, no? Bring back Bobby Jindal and that creepy mansion.

Me again: that moment -- Jindal and the scary house -- reminded me of the Disneyland mansion, with this music of course

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E60nt-_f6Sw

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 27, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

bon soir TBG,bon fin semaine

Posted by: dmd3 | January 27, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Toodles boodle and sweet dreams.

Cassandra-hugs.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | January 27, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

McDonnell apparently has a daughter over in Iraq. I am somehow heartened to hear that.

Bon soir, y'all.

Posted by: MsJS | January 27, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

McDonnell wasn't as bad as Jindal. Remember Jindal and that creepy appearance in the governor's mansion?

I'm all done for the night. Except I have to be on Australia radio with Richard Glover, who always calls me after the SOTU. See y'all in the morning...

Posted by: joelache | January 27, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Bon soi, ma chers.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | January 27, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

R.I.P Louis Auchincloss

Posted by: rickoshea1 | January 27, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Just saw that questions for the president are being collected on YouTube --

"Ask President Obama a Question
The President will respond to a collection of your questions in a live YouTube interview at the White House NEXT WEEK. Submit now, and vote often.

If you can, shoot a video of yourself asking the question and attach it to your submission (please keep it under 20 seconds). After your votes have been cast, we'll collect a shortlist of the top questions, ensuring that we cover a range of issues, minimize duplicate questions, and include a mix of both video and text submissions."

Posted by: nellie4 | January 27, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Greetings to the night shift; Rainy, hot coffee in the carafe for you. blueberries and strawberries in a bowl in the fridge;

Daiwan? Not here in a long time.

dbg -- College Barkian is cozy on the couch. Her toenails grew in the cold spell like crazy and now i hear her double clicks in the house. Thanks for asking; she still is as cute as a button and like a poodle will be young until the end. VLP -- you can come over for the weekend if you like. Do you slobber much? We have ShamWows, if you do.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 27, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Sorry I'm late; I was unavoidably detained. What'd I miss?

Posted by: ScienceTim | January 27, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Nice job, Boodlers. I need an iPad so I can liveblog too.

Now I'm off to watch the Australian Open - women's semi-finals.

Posted by: seasea1 | January 27, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Guten nacht, buenos nachos, and bonne nuit, ma cherie.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 27, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

For me-- no invite?
(It's the neuticles, isn't it?)
...I feel so unloved.

-Wilbrodog-

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 27, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse

Well, Wilbrodog recovered fast from that insult-- he crashed into his bed, curled up with top ear flared out, front paws clasped, and a smile. Possibly snickering too.

I have an uneasy feeling he's picturing how Collegebarkian would enjoy the VLP's skill at pulverizing poodles.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 27, 2010 11:55 PM | Report abuse

wilbrod.

wilbrodog.

Rumour has it that there was a Divine mistake when poodles were invented.

Posted by: -jack- | January 28, 2010 12:14 AM | Report abuse

SciTim - did you know Caltech's Andrew Lange? Apparently he committed suicide on Friday.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/26/AR2010012603735.html


And the LA Times is reporting that Monday's WH budget proposal will have no money for the Constellation moon program or the Ares I shuttle replacement.

So what will NASA do, if not go to space?

"The White House will direct NASA to concentrate on Earth-science projects -- principally, researching and monitoring climate change -- and on a new technology research and development program designed to someday enable human exploration of asteroids and the inner solar system."
http://www.latimes.com/news/nation-and-world/la-na-nasa-budget27-2010jan27,0,1252176.story

Posted by: byoolin1 | January 28, 2010 12:25 AM | Report abuse

Oh my gosh. I though Louis was never going to die.

Posted by: Yoki | January 28, 2010 12:28 AM | Report abuse

Yoki, that's because you know full well that there's another Louis in the wings ready to take his place. Little point in keeping up. What are we up to, Louis the XLIVth?

Posted by: bobsewell | January 28, 2010 2:57 AM | Report abuse

Guten morgen, Dobré ráno, Xin chao and Shubh prabhat. My pilot light went out for the second night in a row. My frustration at waking up cold and having to hassle with the furnace is only partially assuaged by the thoughts of the fuel I am saving.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 28, 2010 4:59 AM | Report abuse

Le Louie est mort, vive le Louie!

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1gxzw_the-kingsmen-louie-louie_music

Posted by: yellojkt | January 28, 2010 5:01 AM | Report abuse

"So what will NASA do, if not go to space?"

Um, as I suggested yesterday, perhaps folks currently involved with the manned spaceflight programs can start to learn Mandarin?

In about 15 years, that could be very important.

In the short term, knowing Russian could help. For those interested in working prepping to deorbit the ISS, anyway.

*sigh*

bc

Posted by: -bc- | January 28, 2010 6:13 AM | Report abuse

Moi, slobber? Sheesh.

Je suis sec, toujours sec.

The VLP

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 28, 2010 6:27 AM | Report abuse

Poor VLP. Come have a drink.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 28, 2010 6:53 AM | Report abuse

Venez boire un verre, très grand chien.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 28, 2010 6:55 AM | Report abuse

Morning all, I had to giggle when I read the Boss using Mudge's schtick. Great kit, great boodle, I really appreciate what Joel and you folks do for us.

TBG, have a safe trip and a great time with SonofG! (What's the distance from Charlotte to Charleston? It's about 190 miles to Myrtle Beach, I've always thought that was the closest beach to us.)

Today's task is to get ready for trip to the mountains. Bad weather starts tomorrow, so I have to be prepared.

Posted by: slyness | January 28, 2010 7:13 AM | Report abuse

Bonjour, mes amis!! Ou est l'Explosion de Bacon?? :-)

I was mentioned in the SOTU??? I shoulda paid more attention, I guess... ;-)

*still-short-staffed-and-wow-I-forgot-how-heavy-slack-can-be Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 28, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse

Good Morning everyone!

I watched the SOTU last night and thought it was the most intellectually complex such speech I have ever heard. I especially enjoyed the absence of Special Inspiring Guests.

As a side effect to being intellectually complex, it did, at moments, become akin to a lecture. But there's nothing really wrong with that. That's part of who Obama is and to fake something else would be dishonest.

It was also, I thought, a rather fearless speech. Yes, he maintained his cool demeanor all the way through, but some of his words were quite harsh. The "not run for the hills" bit was classic. As was his challenge to the Republicans to do something more than shut down all legislation.

The key problem, of course, is what he said at the end. He can't do it alone. He's still, in my mind, like a brilliant conductor trapped with a middle-school orchestra.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | January 28, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

I didn't know Lange, byoolin. Not my area of astronomy. I can see how cosmologists could be prone to suicide. Contemplating the infinite is a scary prospect. Part of why I stay closer to home.

The commenters on Cohen's, Robinson's, etc. opinions are dominated by the deeply stupid. What a surprise.

Obama may not have given us grand rhetorical flourishes. However, I thought it was brilliant in how it scolded past failures of bipartisanship (I'm looking at YOU, Senate Republicans) only enough to establish the value of working for common goals in the future -- while making it clear that those failures of bipartisanship would be recognized as a failure of leadership.

Posted by: ScienceTim | January 28, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Since Obama did call for the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, I guess he was reading Sullivan. Or us.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 28, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Some of my perpetually-angry acquaintances were quite put out over the past year by the failure to repeal DADT, and wondered why he didn't just rescind it with an executive order. His call for repeal reminds me of what I had suspected, but had not been certain of -- it's statutory law and thus he *can't* rescind the policy "with the stroke of a pen."

One can of course argue with whether he should have made it a priority over the past year. Based on the results that we have seen, I think that would have been a strategic failure that would have reinforced the "conservative" anti-equality position. I think it has worked well to give the opposition party the chance to show their stripes before putting the issue before them. Plus, they would have loved the opportunity to spend all of last year tied up in enraged knots about how they are not bigots BUT they wish to preserve the sanctity of marriage -- protect it from subhuman scum who would pollute it, I guess. Meanwhile, avoiding the need to go on record as opposing health-care reform. I think Mr. Obama has played the Republicans, and played them rather well.

Posted by: ScienceTim | January 28, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Bonjour, le Boodle. Comment est-ce que chacun est aujourd'hui ?

Yes, RIP Louis Auchincloss, and also Zelda Rubinstein, the medium Tangina Barrons in all the Poltergeists. She was an early and vociferous AIDS activist. When I was in the merchant marine, somebody had a copy of "The Rector of Justin" on board and I borrowed it. I remember reading it while lying in the the shade on the after deck in the blistering heat while crossing the Gulf of Mexico. Funny how with some books you can remember precisely where you were when you read them, while others completely evaporate.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 28, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

DADT and DOMA are political hot potatoes in that they give his opponents raw meat but he needs to defend his base as well. So it was more of a defensive measure rather than a new initiative. Sadly, I don't expect him to push hard or much.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 28, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Actually, slyness, I could suggest that Joel may be channeling State of the Union insta-blogging schtick I used some years ago:

http://www.10thcircle.com/10/?p=164

http://www.10thcircle.com/10/?p=166

I think I did it for a couple of Memorial Days, too, watching auto racing all day, and I think once for the Kentucky Derby.

A time-honored tradition in the Boodle.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | January 28, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

SciTim, about DADT, je suis sur que vous avez raison.

I've always wanted to say that to someone. One of those phrases that hangs around in your head for years.

Actually, I know you're right because I looked it up - it is law, not executive policy and therefore cannot be changed by Obama's penstroke.

Posted by: Wheezy11 | January 28, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Ah, yes, bc, time-honored indeed. And always enjoyable!

Posted by: slyness | January 28, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

On another matter, totally unrelated: I saw Bill Gates on the Daily Show, the other day, and his appearance struck a chord with me (to coin a phrase of cliché). I realized that in every picture I see of him these days, he is wearing a very large long-sleeved men's dress shirt. Skinny little neck, tiny hands, ordinary-size head. Yet, a huge shirt that seems to have some bulk under it, but he does not appear to be obese. Does he wear body-armor routinely in public? Medical devices under his clothes? Is he a cyborg? Is he Tony Stark?

Posted by: ScienceTim | January 28, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Tim, when Gates gets angry he turns green and grows huge muscles. He wears oversize shirts to keep from ripping them all the time.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 28, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Yes, Tim, you wouldn't like him when he's angry: he does things like releasing Windows ME.

Posted by: byoolin1 | January 28, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Like others, I've never understood why folks who are unhappy with military policy toward homosexual conduct point most of their blame at the president. Directing commanders to follow the "don't ask, don't tell" policy was about as much as the president can do.

The U.S. Code (Title 10, Chapter 37, Section 654) is the prime authority on this stuff, and that's Congress' ("Congress's"?) baby.

http://www2.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode10/usc_sec_10_00000654----000-.html

Posted by: bobsewell | January 28, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

new kit.

hope this doesn't double post -- having weird mousing/clicking things this morning.

Posted by: -bia- | January 28, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

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