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First thoughts on President Obama's state of the union address



President Barack Obama delivers his state of the union address.

President Obama's first state of the union address is in the books. But, the analysis has only just begun.

Below you'll find our first thoughts from the speech. Have some of your own? Feel free to offer them in the comments section.

Values matter: From the start of the speech to its ends, the common thread was an appeal to the country's shared values of what it means to be an American. Obama began by placing this moment in a historical context, an attempt to show that we've faced tough times before and always managed to persevere. Time and again he appealed to both the members of Congress in the House chamber and the American people to dig deep to find the values that unite rather than divide. "We don't quit," he said at one point in a direct appeal to the can-do nature of Americans. "I don't quit." At another he implored: "These aren't Republican values or Democratic values, business values or labor values, they're American values."

Health care humility: Obama waited more than thirty minutes before raising the touchy topic of health care. But, when he did, he talked about it a self-deprecating tone aimed at defusing some of the vitriol surrounding the issue. "By now it should be fairly obvious I didn't take on health care because it was good politics," Obama said in a line that drew chuckles in the chamber. Later, he acknowledged -- for the first time publicly -- that he deserved blame for "not explaining it more clearly to the American people." While Obama took a cue from former presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton by eating a slice of humble pie after a legislative (or political) setback, he was adamant that health care could not simply fade away in the wake of the Massachusetts special election and challenged Republicans (and Democrats) to bring forward better ideas -- if they had them -- on health care. Left unsaid, of course, is that health care was the President's number one legislative priority and the burden of proof, therefore, rests with him.

Blaming Bush: On at least three occasions, Obama referenced the previous administration to explain the problems left to him and the country. After rattling off a list of spending and tax cuts by former president George W. Bush, Obama exclaimed: "All of this is before I walked in the door." The line drew some catcalls -- none of the "you lie" variety though -- from Republicans but likely resonated with voters. A new NPR national poll showed that 58 percent blame President Bush for the current state of the economy while just 33 percent blame Obama. Of course, the blame game is a dangerous one to play as it can always boomerang back at you. Whether it's later this year, 2011 or even 2012, a majority of the American people will view this as Obama's economy. He has to hope that when that happens, optimism has returned to the American people about the financial future of the country. It if doesn't, it could be a very tough reelection race.

A combative call to arms: While Obama spent a good deal of his time urging Democrats and Republicans to work together for the good of the American people, some of his most forceful lines came when he challenged the two parties in Congress to avoid cowardice or opposition for opposition's sake. To Democrats, Obama cautioned: "We have largest majority in decades and people expect us to solve problems, not run for the hills." To Republicans: ""Just saying 'no' to everything may be good short term politics but it's not leadership." While the challenge to the GOP was interesting, Obama's message to his own party as more surprising. It's hard not to see it in the context of fears of a wave of Democratic retirements in the wake of the Massachusetts special election. The question: Does Obama still have credibility with this group of wavering Democrats after what has happened in the past year? Watch to see how Blue Dog Democrats react to the speech and whether any of them go off message and ask where the president gets off giving them advice.

Domestic dominated: President Obama spent 90 percent (or more) of his speech on domestic matters, moving into foreign policy only towards the very end. That focus is reflective of the American peoples' clear concern about the economy and their jobs. Afghanistan, Iraq and even national security all matter but aren't top of the mind issues like the economy. "Jobs must be our number one focus in 2010," Obama said to huge applause in the chamber. Vulnerable Democrats have to hope he backs that rhetoric with action.

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 27, 2010; 10:45 PM ET
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Though constantly poised, President Obama has demonstrated he will leave no stone unturned. He boldly challenged those lobbyists who are solely involved with their vested interest.

We have a president who wonders how America can regain its lost prestige and fundamental values. Unique among the nations of the world,we have to be exemplary.

Yes,the United States of America was created by men dedicated to political and ethical principles they believed to be of universal applicabily.

That is what Obama, inspired by Abraham Lincoln, highlighted in the state of the Union address. That is why he needs the backing of all the American people to get America back on the right track.

Let us face the plain fact. We have been intoxicated with progress so far.We know quite well that on account of our historical and spiritual experience,we have a moral and practical obligation to stand behind a commitment to human rights, fair laws, justice and equality for all.

Obama wants America to return to the first seeds it sowed. If we fail to grasp his insight, look at the mess in which the United States is floundering today.Is it not the right time to get America to dare to be great again? Yes, we can.

Posted by: danchell | February 4, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Fascinating how so many of the anti-Obama posts here picked up the word "arrogant" from the anti-Obama pundits on Faux Noise last night. Could they possibly be using it as a euphemism for "uppity"? Truly fascinating -- and illustrative to say the least.

I think the President did a great job of communicating his plans to solve the many problems that confront us -- and so, according to objective polls, does a strong majority of the American people. I think this speech was his final attempt to convince Congressional Republicans to start working with him. (After the GOP put through 150 amendments to health care bills in House & Senate...and only one of them voted for it; and after the Senate's group of six -- three conservative Dems and three members of the GOP -- held up the legislation for three months while the GOP members negotiated a number of changes...they now falsely claim that they were utterly excluded from the process. What garbage!) This speech also was his warning: if you don't start to work with me, we'll get the job done without you.

LET the GOP vote no on the jobs bill. LET them vote no on health reform. LET them vote no on wiping out tax breaks for companies that take our jobs overseas and replacing them with tax breaks for companies that add jobs here at home. LET them vote against pay-as-you-go financing (which they did today!) -- the policy that enabled President Clinton to leave office with a budget surplus. (Sounds like fiscal responsibility to me!) LET them vote against a domestic alternative energy industry. We'll make sure to share those facts with American voters in November: people will be smart enough to look at that string of votes and figure out whose side the GOP is really on.

We will move forward as a nation without them.

President Obama: you showed last night that you do have an iron fist -- you just present it in a silken glove. KEEP DOING JUST AS YOU DID LAST NIGHT!

Posted by: marcywrite | January 28, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

For me, last night’s State of the Union address will forever be entwined with next week’s season premiere of Lost, and not just because of the much publicized scheduling conflict between the two, television events. By imploring Congressional Republicans to cooperate with Democrats in confronting the many, critical concerns facing our nation, President Obama echoed the rallying cry of Lost ’s motley crew of castaways: “live together, die alone.”

Read more @ http://armchairfirebrand.wordpress.com/

Posted by: ArmchairFirebrand | January 28, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

It ain’t pretty and it ain’t easy – but he is doing exactly what we elected him to do: namely, tackle these intractable problems (that he did not cause, but rather, inherited from Bush, Jr.) with high intelligence, equanimity and perseverance. Criticize him now if you feel the need, but history will prove him right.

Posted by: SamanthaAdams | January 28, 2010 12:28 PM
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How I hope you are right.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | January 28, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Somehow I like Obama. I agree sadly with him that our politicians and beyond spend most of their time and money tying to either get elected or discredit the other - personally and politically. While these antics I have been around since our founding, they seem to be getting worse with time. Rather than try dialogue, it is debate.
It is on all sides, this maladie - but the Republican machine and media continues to up the score. They spout like children in the school yard - with the world looking in, we are becoming everything we resent.
Dialogue. Think. Dialogue some more. Keep the American people in your heart and mind instead of the that mantle and robe.

Posted by: penser | January 28, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

What else are they up to? They are petitioning the FCC to govern our internet, and media- so they could control what we read and view, and infuse their leftist/communist agenda. Don't believe me? Look here:

http://obambi.wordpress.com/2009/10/28/obama-wants-to-control-obambi-com/


You may not have noticed that the Obama Administration, in addition to trying to seize control of the health care and energy sectors, is implementing a national "broadband plan" to redefine the media and transform America's system of government. It's designed, they say, to provide "open government and civic engagement."

But it looks increasingly like an excuse for the federal government to control the Internet and access to information and even tell us what is truth.


Benton believes that the Obama Administration "should adopt policies to ensure that all Americans" have the ability to:

Know when you need information to help resolve a problem;

Know from whom, when, where, and how to seek that needed information;

Know how to differentiate between authentic and unauthentic information;

Know how to organize information and interpret it correctly once retrieved; and

Know how to use the information to solve the problem or make the decision."

The idea of the federal government telling people how to "differentiate between authentic and inauthentic information" is frightening. But this is part of Benton's "Action Plan for America."


WOW... if you haven't awakened yet- now's the time.

Posted by: obamaalmighT | January 28, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

With the obvious exceptions of FDR and Abraham Lincoln, Obama was dealt the crappiest hand of any incoming American President.

He inherited two costly wars (financed through borrowing), one of which, was unnecessary and in violation of international law, an economy that had been crippled by an inequitable and nefarious tax cut that benefitted the wealthiest Americans at the expense of everyone else in the country, and (due to deregulation) a financial system on verge of utter collapse.

He has played this hand as well as could possibly be expected.

Health care reform will pass. The jobs bill will pass. A version of another stimulus bill will pass.

We will come through this far better than we would have had McCain / Palin been at the helm in these dire straits.

It ain’t pretty and it ain’t easy – but he is doing exactly what we elected him to do: namely, tackle these intractable problems (that he did not cause, but rather, inherited from Bush, Jr.) with high intelligence, equanimity and perseverance. Criticize him now if you feel the need, but history will prove him right.

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


"He is an idiot and a an arrogant America hating jerk."

America is fed up the man's extreme arrogance, and most are not sure where his allegiance lies. Many are almost to the point of hatred.
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Posted by: Billw3 | January 28, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

You all are ridiculous. You are so fervent it is obvious you want this president to fail. You are not real Americans. I never liked Bush or his policies, but never wanted our country to be in worse shape just so he would fail.

You should be embarrassed of yourselves. You put your political party ahead of your country; you might as well be members of a cult.

He's been in office one year, trying to correct the huge mess that he was left with. His own party won't help him out and the republicans are doing everything they can to keep him from doing anything. He hasn't been effective this first year, but to be honest, he hasn't been given a chance.

As for his spending, Bush spent more than any other President in history and has created this huge deficit that everyone is complaining about. Bush had a bailout of his own that helped create this bigger deficit this year (if you remember, it was one of his last things he did in office).

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

My God, what a liar this Obama is. he has got to be the worst thing to happen to this country since the Vietnam War. He is a disaster for our nation. He is destroying the businesses of this country.
This household wishes he would resign and go back to Chicago where he belongs.

Posted by: walterndebby | January 28, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

A few things:

1. Whatever your take on the stimulus bill- it did create new, sustainable jobs. I know this because MY job is clean energy focused and ARRA-funded.

2. I appreciated Obama's reference to the college student who sends out resumes day-after-day to no avail. And I sincerely hope that change is on the way for so many who face this situation. As a recently graduated MPA student from University of Southern California, I could sympathize with this particular sentiment because I've been there. I know how hard it was to find a job given the economic climate. In sum, high five on the stimulus bill. It put me and other dedicated public servants to work.

3. The constant references to the Bush Administration should stop. We are a year into your presidency, President. We all know you inherited two wars and a crumbling economy. There is no place for whining in leadership.

4. To the first commenter's post: This speech was simply not an analysis of our country's condition. While it was about the American people, it was highly political and laced with clever rhetoric. I had trouble discerning it from a campaign speech.

5. Lastly- health care. I think the election in Mass. last week spoke volumes about the American people's take on health care reform. While anyone with a functioning brain acknowledges there needs to be change, we also know it should be thorough and communicated (every step of the way) to the American people. Dems and Repubs alike have tried to push this legislation for decades.

So Congress, slow down. Make well thought out decisions. As Obama has repeatedly stated,"change takes time."

Posted by: LkayC | January 28, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

I liked his address, especially about bringing the combat troops back from Iraq. However, he didn't say anything new about our military intentions in Afghanistan. Either that was a big mistake or he has given in to the unfortunate military analysis that we can "win" there. How sad.

Posted by: banmethuot | January 28, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

I thought the State of the Union Speech was taking place last night, but when I tuned in all I got was a replay of one of Obama annoying campaign lectures full of promises he has no intention of keeping.

Posted by: vh1422 | January 28, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Here's the problem...EVERYONE is so quick to point out flaws, point out what's wrong with everything, point out the negative. The harder and more critical path is to examine the issue and find what works currently, what has worked in the past, and what we could learn from it to make it work in the future. It's not easy to do, but if we REALLY want change then post ideas on how to fix what isn't working and stop posting things such as this...

"I was distracted by the Botox Bobbleheads over the President's shoulders." Posted by: DagnyT | January 27, 2010 10:54 PM

Posted by: mr_curious | January 28, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

After eight long, years of Bush's blithering idiot babble and smirk, what a pleasure it was to hear a thoughtful, INTELLIGENT analysis of our country's condition after one short year of Mr Obama's term. Mr Obama did well to point out the 98% of the problems we now have were INHERITED due to an incompetent Bush Administration whose Party Machine and egregious Supreme Court continue in their efforts to denigrate and prevent everything this new President sets his hand to do. It is NOT about him, it is NOT about them, it is about US, AMERICA! WHY will they not work with this man to HELP Americans? WHY do they sit on their hands and prevent decent reform from taking place in Congress? If they think this kind of recalcitrance will help them in November, they are sadly mistaken. Americans are not sheep to be herded and abused by a bunch of arrogant and self-interested owners. We WILL remember on election day and vote them OUT. They would do well to look at Massachusetts and remember that Americans, when riled, are a force to be reckoned with and a Congress that sees itself as untouchable just might wake up out of a job come November. God bless President Obama for his non-partisanship and for his desire to make our Country a better place to live. ENOUGH with the petty internecine obfuscations and "Gotcha" tactics, it's time for Congress to do the job they were sent to Washington to do, which is to stop sitting on their hands and HELP this President and our country.

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

Isn't it funny how Obama calls for bipartianship but then slams Republicans as the party of no and blames all the country's and his troubles on Bush. Some day Obama will have to ride without the Bush training wheels. Maybe by 2012? Wouldn't count on it. Anyone keep track of how many times Obama said the word I?

Posted by: RobT1 | January 28, 2010 7:43 AM | Report abuse

Back of the bus sir. I get it. Hillary in 2012 sir.

Posted by: PatrickNYC1 | January 28, 2010 6:43 AM | Report abuse

"liberalism is defined in the Webter's New World Dictonary (third college edition)as "a political philosophy advocating personal freedom for the individual, democratic forms of government and gradual reforms in political and social institutions."

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This is a definition of classical (17th-18th centuries); contemporary liberalism, as practiced in the US (because the liberal-conservative line uses a status quo at a given period in a nation's history to establish the conservative point from which liberals seek relief, the governmentalist and individualist views fall differently in nations with differing pasts), seeks its relief from the sharply drawn federalism that prevailed from the founding of the U.S. through the end of the 19th century.
As for facism, it was spawned from a common political ideology to, and prior to WWII, was supported explicitly by both the base and leading figures of American Progressivism. But then with the current state of public education, I'm not terribly surprised at the shallow analysis.

Posted by: UncomfortableTruths | January 28, 2010 6:05 AM | Report abuse

What a horrible state of the union address. Hopefully he will NOT be listened to to cause this guy does not have a clue...and yes I think he probably did fail lunch...IQ at best...room temp. And anyone who voted for him that is still pretending how great he is is in such denial or just desperatey trying to save face...NO ONE thinks this guy should have EVER been elected. He is an idiot and a an arrogant America hating jerk. And by the way he is a MARXIST not a Facist...at least that is the politics he grew up on and swears to now...although in his books he does talk about hating white people so there is some racism there...

Posted by: caseoftheblues1 | January 28, 2010 5:50 AM | Report abuse

"A few lines made me laugh out loud, especially the part about taking $30 billion of what Wall Street and banks have paid back and putting that toward small-business loans. That repaid money is money that the government didn't have in the first place, so what Obama is proposing here is a new outlay. And for as much as Obama is pretending to play the budget hawk with his spending freeze that will save $15 billion (despite an approximately 20% increase in the regular budget last year), this $30 billion in new spending doubles that. So much for Obama's newly found frugality.

Posted by: blert"

Haha, that made me laugh too. I can just imagine that they have a sack of $30 million sitting around and they're all sitting there and scratching their heads wondering what to do with it.

But I don't have a problem with getting rid of frugality with this economy. It's something that will take some political courage to undo later in the future, but as of now, it's not politically nor economically smart to cut spending. I do think the small business startups is a good idea. It will help stimulate some local growth.

Posted by: DDAWD | January 28, 2010 3:17 AM | Report abuse

Robster1 wrote: "liberalism=fascism. More power to the government and the state."

Just for the record:

liberalism is defined in the Webter's New World Dictonary (third college edition)as "a political philosophy advocating personal freedom for the individual, democratic forms of government and gradual reforms in political and social institutions.

Fascism however is defined as "a system of government characterized by rigid one-party dictatorship, forcible suppression of opposition, economic enterprise under government control and beligerent nationalism, racism and militarism"

Robster like many others seems to be using terms he/she doesn't understand. Looking at recent history (last 20 yrs) I would posit that the Republican party or the Tea "party" more closely resemble fascists. But hey what do Webster's editors know about word usage huh?

Finally I would urge all of us to please consider our use of inflamatory language in the political discourse because it's deliberate or inadvertant misuse often only highlight our ignorance, biases or efforts at deception!

Posted by: youngj1 | January 28, 2010 3:01 AM | Report abuse

kdoerfer: most of the good posters have been driven away by what you see. It's worth noting that there are at most three people behind all those monikers and that firehose of sewage. Three unemployed and malevolent people posting all day.

But guess what'll get you banned from here?

Posted by: Noacoler | January 28, 2010 2:21 AM | Report abuse

End the influence of lobbyists -


Obama said that tonight but isn't that a bit of a joke after all the deals Obama made for his health care bill ???

He made a deal with the pharmaceutical industry


He made a deal on the "doctor's fix"


He made deals with lobbyists from health care industry groups so they would not run tv commercials against his health care plan.


He made deals with the lobbyists from the labor unions on the taxes on the health care plans.

All these negotiations were the polar opposite from what Obama promised during his campaign - and the complete opposite from what he said tonight.

Then tonight - he said he wanted a freeze on spending - then he proposed more spending.


If it wasn't so crazy and reflective of multiple personalities, then it would be comical.

Does Obama have multiple personalities?


Is that it???


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 28, 2010 2:16 AM | Report abuse

kdoerfer


why don't you just don't read the comments section ???


What is being said that bothers you so much?

Do you wish to censor one point of view?

Posted by: 37thand0street | January 28, 2010 2:15 AM | Report abuse

Chris,

My two cents: The comments section needs to go. It isn't a place to exchange ideas, it's a dumping ground for anonymous rage. I could see the value in posting, for example, only the top 10, 20, etc. most insightful comments. However, 99% of this stuff is worthless. It's depressing to wade through it.

Just write. Let people fume and rant on their own web pages.

Posted by: kdoerfer | January 28, 2010 2:09 AM | Report abuse

End the influence of lobbyists -


Obama said that tonight but isn't that a bit of a joke after all the deals Obama made for his health care bill ???

He made a deal with the pharmaceutical industry


He made a deal on the "doctor's fix"


He made deals with lobbyists from health care industry groups so they would not run tv commercials against his health care plan.


He made deals with the lobbyists from the labor unions on the taxes on the health care plans.

All these negotiations were the polar opposite from what Obama promised during his campaign - and the complete opposite from what he said tonight.

Then tonight - he said he wanted a freeze on spending - then he proposed more spending.


If it wasn't so crazy and reflective of multiple personalities, then it would be comical.

Does Obama have multiple personalities?


Is that it???


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 28, 2010 2:06 AM | Report abuse

bsallamack

You make some excellent points - and Obama would have been well served if you wrote the speech tonight instead of the partisan gibberish which Obama put out tonight.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 28, 2010 1:56 AM | 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.
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India may get $1 billion in IT outsourcing contracts
Reuters November 23, 2009
The newspaper said JPMORGAN, GOLDMAN SACHS and MORGAN STANLEY that received approval to pay back government stake worth $68 billion earlier this year are among the firms seeking operational efficiencies by outsourcing non-core IT and back-office projects to India.
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IBM to Cut 5,000 Jobs. Washington Post March 26, 2009
Officials began notifying employees on Wednesday and throughout yesterday about the layoffs. Technology services giant is in the process of shifting a large number of jobs to lower-cost regions, such as India.

Posted by: bsallamack | January 28, 2010 1:41 AM | Report abuse

Shaun Donovan was the cabinet member who was wisked away tonight - word is he was playing beer pong all night - and everyone had to drink everytime Obama said the word "I"


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 28, 2010 1:39 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the physics links a couple of nights ago.

Yesterday morning NPR focused on the rapid rise in methane due in large part to the thawing of tundra. Do not have a link handy, but know it can be found at NPR.org.

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glad you liked them. The Pioneer one can be read without the lengthy descriptions of the spacecraft with no loss of value.

Speaking of thawing tundra, it's only a matter of time before melting ice exposes corpses of people who died of extinct diseases. Then they will no longer be extinct. Nature's Way of telling you...

Posted by: Noacoler | January 28, 2010 1:37 AM | Report abuse

I think a Kukla and Ollie reference is pretty tame compared to proposing that the U.S. military enlist homosexuals and then shoot them. If one is banned and the other allowed, well, the host is entitled to express his values.

Posted by: nodebris | January 28, 2010 1:04 AM | Report abuse

"User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site"

Doesn't anyone give a @#$! about the rules!

-Big Lebowski

nice Kukla and Ollie reference

Posted by: rightengle | January 28, 2010 1:00 AM | Report abuse

"Nice room."

That belongs to the people, not a Party. Like Ted Kennedy's seat, right?

Hypocrite.

Posted by: nodebris | January 28, 2010 12:57 AM | Report abuse

nodebris


Go brush up on your State of the Union history before you start to make such grand pronouncements like you did in the other thread.

There is nothing wrong with McDonnell having people in the House of Delegates.

The place is empty most of the time anyway.

Nice room.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 28, 2010 12:54 AM | Report abuse

37th: "Don't worry about nodebris."

He says, knees trembling.

Posted by: nodebris | January 28, 2010 12:49 AM | Report abuse

Jake


Im not worried about anybody - except for Suzy and her dog.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 28, 2010 12:48 AM | Report abuse

37th:

Don't worry about nodebris.

Posted by: JakeD | January 28, 2010 12:47 AM | Report abuse

nodebris


You are wrong - the President is not constitutionally obligated to go before Congress for the State of the Union - in fact, Presidents for over 100 years from Jefferson to Taft sent the the address to Congress in writing, and the President did not deliver a speech at all.


So your points are historically inaccurate and really don't make much sense at all.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 28, 2010 12:42 AM | Report abuse

Obama's speech tonight was the most partisan State of the Union address.... EVER


It was so rude to go before both Houses of Congress and act that way.

For a guy who claims to want bipartisanship - to even go for the elusive "post-partisan" - to make so many partisan remarks in a State of the Union address is shameful.


AND Harry Reid did not make sure Scott Brown was there - another shameful and childish act by the democrats.


Unbelievable.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 28, 2010 12:41 AM | Report abuse

OK, before I go, I just have to suggest that jaked and 37th and O change their handles to Kukla and Ollie. It would provide the last degree of polish to their conversation.

Posted by: nodebris | January 28, 2010 12:29 AM | Report abuse

JakeD :


"you are as dark as, a steers Tuckus, on a moon-less evening"

-Big Lebowski

Posted by: rightengle | January 28, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

Jake


You are correct - the idea the Obama asks for bipartisanship - and then slams the Republicans is just so ridiculous.

Obama is a FRAUD


It is just difficult for people to believe that Obama can be a FRAUD to his own speech, in that same speech.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 28, 2010 12:23 AM | Report abuse

OBAMA DISAPPOINTS THE NATION

Obama said "I don't quit" which means he is not resigning tonight, ruining the evening for 87% of Americans, according to the latest polls."

Posted by: 37thand0street | January 28, 2010 12:19 AM | Report abuse

"And one year later, the worst of the storm has passed," our President said.
Impossible to verify and denied by a majority of citizens in various polls.

"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," he said.
Some never believed in either. Most that did were hopeful but now discouraged.

Posted by: kbrahmer | January 28, 2010 12:18 AM | Report abuse

rightengle:

If he actually wants to "change the tone" probably attacking the Republicans and lying about the Supreme Court was not the best way.

Posted by: JakeD | January 28, 2010 12:17 AM | Report abuse

U all need to chill out and give the player a break. U know very well that none of us will last five min in politics. Do something productive with your time RINO and DEMOS...

Posted by: thewayitis | January 28, 2010 12:17 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the physics links a couple of nights ago.

Yesterday morning NPR focused on the rapid rise in methane due in large part to the thawing of tundra. Do not have a link handy, but know it can be found at NPR.org.

Was at the UT-TT game and did not see or hear the SOTU address. Am relying on y'all to review it without saying BHO is great or BHO is terrible.

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

For me I thought it was a great address to "us" we the people he serves.
It was well conceived, well executed, and most of all i didn't feel like he was still "campaigning".

He essentially said, everyone told him, when he got to Washington, that he couldn't succeed.

We all knew this was true.

When he took office we were looking at a depression greater than the "Great Depression", as far as job loss and the crisis with the private banks.

The Great Depression lasted 10 years. In one year that inevitable depression(?), well... we call it safely now a, "recession", and our cushy 401k's have come back to life and those of us who still have work, see things turning around.

We have had to learn to live off our means and the skill sets that we all posses, as Americans.

This does not mean we are going to be able to continue living in the manor we have for the last 10-15 years.

We certainly went through a "golden age" in our economy, just listen to someone over 60 years of age, and will curse you for having grow up in the last 30 years of American history.

They warned us but we didn't listen, or did listen but did not care.

Mind you this was the same "Golden Years" that got us in this trouble to begin with. It started with Clinton and then Bush continued the same Philosophy of Clinton "the short term gain or prosperity, is better than the short term honesty, and long term success of this country".

To the people that say, "he made promises in his campaign and has not lived up to them"

I think you are the same people who feel he is still "campaigning". This was the first speech he has had since he took office that addressed everyone in the United States. It was the same heart felt, smart,and well thought out Obama I heard in the election. That is why I voted for him.

There is no one else I would rather have in his position of, President of the United States.......

Even though he is just a figure head, and those crazy people in the Congress, who can't sit though entire speech without standing up and cheering, are the real ones to blame.

Those are the folks who make this government work. They are horrible. As soon as Obama gives praise on one of their agenda's, they couldn't have been more pleased, but when he praised the other side of the room, they acted as if they didn't just stand up and cheer for him.

Mind you the same person was giving the speech the whole time.

Can they not just sit and act like they know they are puppets. Do they really need to be up and down with every few sentences?
But i guess that is the U.S of A.

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

Some people throughout history in different countries have been so easily impressed, duped and fooled by the speeches of some politicians, generals, agitators. In this country, no wonder Reagan so easily won two terms.

Politicians, including Obama, are experts at saying one thing and doing the opposite. As someone said, more or less, you can't fool all the people all the time, but you can fool many of them some of the time.

State of the union speeches, no matter who is president, from either party, have become grand propaganda events. This country needs health care reform and about ten million new jobs. Those are the highest priorities, not giving speeches.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | January 28, 2010 12:11 AM | Report abuse

The "Obama the deficit hawk" is basically fiction - another episode of "Obama the Fraud."


Obama brings up Cap and Trade again - as if he never heard of the climategate emails - still convinced that somehow there is justification for another liberal agenda in there.


The rest of the speech was pretty much forgetable BS.


Obama has laid bare the lack of ideas which the democratic party is left with. The limits of health care have been exposed. Obama has spent so much money, it is simply not practical to keep on liberal spending. Obama is at the end of the agenda, end of the ideas, it is just the end of everything.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 28, 2010 12:09 AM | Report abuse

While Obama called for the end of legislative gridlock, he could have done a better job by not inferring the surplus, then deficit, which attacked the GOP. A better approach would have been the surplus created by Glass-Stegall repeal opened the door for wild gambling by the financials, with congressional committees doing a poor job of checking abuse, nor recognizing the housing bubble which burst and sank the economy.

Posted by: jameschirico | January 28, 2010 12:08 AM | Report abuse

"State of the Unions"

court martials. attorney generals.

idiot!

Posted by: Noacoler | January 28, 2010 12:08 AM | Report abuse

37th:

There WAS a poll from last month that showed 44% of Americans wished that George W. Bush was back as President ; )

Posted by: JakeD | January 28, 2010 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Looks like I didn't miss anything.

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only the boat, freak

Posted by: Noacoler | January 28, 2010 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Thinking4


Yea - now if someone doesn't agree with Obama, they call them a racist.

Silly, silly you.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 28, 2010 12:03 AM | Report abuse

Cornell1984:

"Fact checks" are only for Republican State of the Unions.

Posted by: JakeD | January 28, 2010 12:01 AM | Report abuse

MekhongKurt1


How gullible can you be? Yea, there was a poll down in the past five minutes - asking Americans if Obama "ruined their evening."

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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 28, 2010 12:01 AM | Report abuse

Maybe you uh people don't like hearing your little runt of a hero get blamed for the messes he left us in, but them's the facts.  You can hoot and squeal and howl that the economy and the wars are Obama's doing but somewhere around Bush's second term America recovered from her news amnesia and now people have memories extending all the way back to 2008, and, why, even before!

So maybe you'd better stick to talking about how horrible deficits are, and stick to saying it to the "some of the people all of the time" crowd.

Surprised that the trolls aren't excreting modular construction material over repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell. Come on, guys, where's your loyal Republican bigotry?

Posted by: Noacoler | January 28, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

It was a good speech. I particularly agree with the part about the moral nature of the American people. In spite of all of the riff-raff trying to convince us that we all think wrong is right, I don't believe we've changed beyond a bit of fear-related clutching. Once that's over, we'll be fine.

Those that contributed to the pain out there should turn around now. It's not too late to start working on your soul. You've forgotten how good it feels to be a good guy.

Posted by: ThePoliticalStraycom | January 28, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

What a great speech! Obama really hit it out of the park!

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Yea, wow . . . again!

Posted by: JamesSCameron | January 27, 2010 11:59 PM | Report abuse

Looks like I didn't miss anything.

Posted by: JakeD | January 27, 2010 11:57 PM | Report abuse

Remember the days when people were accused of being Un-American or hating America for not supporting everything that GW Bush said? Looking at some of these vituperous posts it appears that does not hold when there is a Democrat in the WH. Elections are held so we do not have a king or a dictatorship. It is fine to defend a point of view but some of these posts a way too much. The president made a speech, it is fine to disagree with his policies but the important part of the speech is simple; We are all Americans and we need less rancor and more thought.

Posted by: Thinking4 | January 27, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Where's the fact check? This will be a much more interesting conversation after we see that.

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

37thand0street, you wrote:

"OBAMA DISAPPOINTS THE NATION

Obama said "I don't quit" which means he is not resigning tonight, ruining the evening for 87% of Americans, according to the latest polls."

Source or sources? That is, which poll or polls do you mean? Give us a specific reference, an online place to go see this supposed poll. It's not enough to throw out a number without the slightest shred of evidence to back it up.

And that says nothing about my opinion of Obama. Anytime someone blabs out an extraordinary figure like that about *anyone,* I expect *proof.*

where is your proof? I doubt you have a single bit.

Posted by: MekhongKurt1 | January 27, 2010 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Not as many Republican claws out as I anticipated here. Maybe someday they'll remember they've been entrusted with some of the public's best interest as well. I've not seen many of them demonstrating much interest in what their true responsibilities are. Too busy angling for political points.

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

Not as many Republican claws out as I anticipated here. Maybe someday they'll remember they've been entrusted with some of the public's best interest as well. I've not seen many of them demonstrating much interest in what their true responsibilities are. Too busy angling for political points.

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

how to deal with Iran.

You mean sweet talking, apology, surrender, accomodation, weakness isn't working?

Who knew?

Posted by: Moonbat | January 27, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

Attacking the Supreme Court while they are in a defenseless position shows clearly that Obama is out of control.

The USSC had no outlet to defend themselves. They don't get coverage from all of the networks for 71 minutes. Obama is proof that an ivy league education doesn't trump a low life upbringing.

Posted by: Hawaiian_Gecko | January 27, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse


georges2 said:
"WORDS WORDS WORDS. Oh, my goodness, what a joke!"

Bad joke too. Heavens!
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Posted by: Billw3 | January 27, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Anyone fact checking the big guy? Lobbyists, lobbyists everywhere!

Eric Holder, attorney general nominee, was registered to lobby until 2004 on behalf of clients including Global Crossing, a bankrupt telecommunications firm [now confirmed].
Tom Vilsack, secretary of agriculture nominee, was registered to lobby as recently as last year on behalf of the National Education Association.
William Lynn, deputy defense secretary nominee, was registered to lobby as recently as last year for defense contractor Raytheon, where he was a top executive.
William Corr, deputy health and human services secretary nominee, was registered to lobby until last year for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, a non-profit that pushes to limit tobacco use.
David Hayes, deputy interior secretary nominee, was registered to lobby until 2006 for clients, including the regional utility San Diego Gas & Electric.
Mark Patterson, chief of staff to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, was registered to lobby as recently as last year for financial giant Goldman Sachs.
Ron Klain, chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden, was registered to lobby until 2005 for clients, including the Coalition for Asbestos Resolution, U.S. Airways, Airborne Express and drug-maker ImClone.
Mona Sutphen, deputy White House chief of staff, was registered to lobby for clients, including Angliss International in 2003.
Melody Barnes, domestic policy council director, lobbied in 2003 and 2004 for liberal advocacy groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the American Constitution Society and the Center for Reproductive Rights.
Cecilia Munoz, White House director of intergovernmental affairs, was a lobbyist as recently as last year for the National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic advocacy group.
Patrick Gaspard, White House political affairs director, was a lobbyist for the Service Employees International Union.
Michael Strautmanis, chief of staff to the president’s assistant for intergovernmental relations, lobbied for the American Association of Justice from 2001 until 2005.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | January 27, 2010 11:52 PM | Report abuse

We played the Hopycangy drinking game. That's where you drink every time Barry says "I", "Me", tells a lie or says something so ridiculous that it make grown men laugh. 3 bottles of jager and a 12 pak later, I don't feel so good... I'm sure in the morning he will be much more believable....... right?

Posted by: carlbatey | January 27, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Step one: get people to agree to something they know they can't publicly disparage.

Step two: propose what they have agreed to.

Step three: watch them vote it down.

Step four . . . ah, but that depends on intelligent observers. So Obama is toast, and Republicans sweep in 2010 based on their resistance to what the majority of Americans want and boldly lead us back to the previous decade.

Step five: they taught us this step when I was a kid in public school, in case the Russians attack. Basically, cringe, assuming the fetal position, with hands over head if you can manage it.

Hey, you get the government you deserve. It's ok. Advanced civilization will live on in China and India. They'll buy package tours to ride in buses through the decaying streets of Philadelphia and Houston, snapping pictures of us in our colorful native garb while we kick each others' asses and shoot each other fighting over food and jewelry.

Posted by: nodebris | January 27, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse


Cillizza said:
"On at least three occasions, Obama referenced the previous administration to explain the problems left to him and the country."

Sure, blame Bush for not putting health care debate on C-span as promised, and his other lies as well. The man is immature and untrustworthy.
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Posted by: Billw3 | January 27, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Seems like all but the should- be - committed are onto the empty suit.

Posted by: Moonbat | January 27, 2010 11:49 PM | Report abuse

In case some of you have wandered by here, as I did, and wondered if the conservative fury you've found is representative of the public reaction at large, go have a look at the CBS News poll. Overwhelmingly positive reviews.

http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2010/01/27/politics/politicalhotsheet/entry6149049.shtml

Posted by: Sophomore | January 27, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

One of the BEST moments was when President Obama called out the five conservative judicial activists on the Supreme Court, and Justice Alito couldn't even control his wingnut mouth. Hysterical! Those five jacka$$es had it coming.

What a great speech! Obama really hit it out of the park!

Posted by: losthorizon10 | January 27, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Not on my watch. It's not my fault. It started in 2000. The last ATE years. No, the last eight years. W. Yeah. W? No politics as usual. That's how it was done. Just statin' the facts. that's how it's done. I'm not interested in bringing up the past. No.. yeah. 8 years. really.......huh? .. Good Freaking Grief..

Posted by: porchfan | January 27, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Read the news- Clinton is at a meeting of world leaders in London on how to deal with Iran. Obama excused her. We need to have a big presence there. It was scheduled before the WH changed the date for the State of the Union Speech so as to allow the American people to see the premier of "LOST"

Any Obama people still hating on her need to get over it. She is a popular SOS. Running in 2012 is political suicide. She will likely run in 2016 although she says no.

Posted by: NYClefty | January 27, 2010 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Look, Fix, I think what you journalists don't get anymore is that hanging on Obama's rhetoric is a waste of time.

Thanks for analyzing his postures and messages in his artfully humble and feisty speech.

No, it don't mean a thing. The man is glib but there isn't much action under his words.

Posted by: ephemerella | January 27, 2010 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Alito violated Canon 1 and % of the Model Code of Judicial Conduct.

I hope Roberts spanks him.

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | January 27, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

You can't say you're not going to quit if you haven't even started. Is this man really this naive or really just stupid? Why does he think anyone is going to believe him. WORDS WORDS WORDS. Oh, my goodness, what a joke!

Posted by: georges2 | January 27, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Moonbat


The country is clearly in the wake of the Massachusetts election.

The democrats are still completely disoriented - look at that speech tonight - "Obama the Deficit Hawk" is the new Saturday morning cartoon.

It is a relative OUTRAGE that Harry Reid did not make sure Scott Brown was there - it was a slap in the face to the American People - like he cares.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 27, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

President Obama inherited the wreckage left from one of the worst administrations in our nations history.
I was glad to see him mention that.
George Bush got a mulligan following 9/11 now the Republic party thinks he gets another one after leaving our economy lost in the weeds.

Posted by: justthefacts9 | January 27, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

To say the republican "no, no, no" stance on health care is somehow representing the American people and our values is laughable. If the GOP was worth its weight in dog poo and passionately concerned about fixing the health care crisis they would be backing up their nays with solid plans and proposals. They would treat it as they should, as a bona fide national crisis. But they don't. And they won't offer meaningful alternatives because the GOP represents the do-nothing status quo. The backlash against health care reform is vastly exaggerated. The anger in this country is fueled by a minority of vocal right-wingers that distort progressive ideas into something dirty, which has somehow gotten the ear of the media. Lord knows how that happened. The mood of the country seems more intent on tearing things down rather than building things up.

Posted by: citizen4truth1 | January 27, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Well he dished out a lot of insults:
-- Insulted Congress - "you don't want a blue ribbon commission? I'm creating one by executive order!! You don't give me what I want on earmarks, I'll veto!
-- Insulted the Supreme Court.
-- Insulted the US Military with his gay rights business (see any general clapping?)
-- Repeatedly insulted in the most condescending tone the opposition.
-- Insulted Bankers
-- Insulted people who earn more that $250K

He claimed credit where it isn't due:
-- Credit for killing more Al Qaida (while he prosecutes soldiers and puts in place impossible rules of engagement)
-- Credit for helping freedom fighter kids in Iran (hahahahahahahahah) and Venezuela (hahahahahahahha...what do you mean..you talking bout your fist-bump buddy?)
-- Free trade with Colombia (the Democrats have opposed MFN forever because they're being beastly to narco-leftist killers the FARC)
-- Credit for off shore drilling (not one permit has been issued since he took office), for coal technology (he has tried to kill the coal business)
-- Credit for winning the war in Iraq (it was won by "Betray-us" and Dubya by the time he showed up.

He continued to beat the drum for overspending big government programs which are already dead:
-- Health care as he sees it.
-- Cap and trade.
-- Stimulus and more stimulus.

And he shut up on national security saying:
-- nothing about Gitmo
-- nothing about war
-- nothing about charging the Abdulmutalib as an American citizen.

This man is not a politician...he has a tin ear. He is an ideologue. And he managed to leave the impression that he is angry at those little children Americans...about so many many things. What an unimpressive performance. This man is President of the USA?

Posted by: wjc1va | January 27, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

My comments are here:

http://strata-sphere.com/blog/index.php/archives/12585

It was not good for the President - on many levels

Posted by: ajstrata | January 27, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse

""Just saying 'no' to everything may be good short term politics but it's not leadership."

How about saying no to the Democratic congressional cronyism that buys member's votes with taxpayer money. I guess that doesn't bother our president. It sure seems to bother a lot of voters.

How about an actual health care reform bill that takes constructive but simple steps to reform our health care system? That says no to nationalizing a large portion of the economy through a 2,000+ page Frankenstein monster bill that was put together by Democrats alone? Where essentially all Republican offered amendments were voted down on straight party line votes?

How about saying no to Rahm and David Axelrod, fans of Chicago "bare knuckle" (kickback) politics that they perfected through associations with people like Rod Blagojevic?

How about saying no to back-room payoff deals with union bosses at the white house getting tax break promises at our expense? How about saying no to hiding behind locked doors, and instead having the legislative processes open and visible on C-span, as promised ad nauseum in the president's campaign?

Well, I guess when you have the bully pulpit, you have the opportunity to paint the picture you would like to believe. You might even believe you are a leader. That doesn't make it true, however.

Change you can't believe in.

Posted by: Towson_Tiger | January 27, 2010 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Same basic speech from two years ago.

He hasn't learned a thing from all his failures.

Drag down the whole party to defeat and humiliation. It will be your first worthwhile accomplishment.

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

Where was Hillary Clinton?! Very strange. I sense a rat just swallowed her.

Posted by: ridagana

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It was reported that she is off in Europe right now, or something like that. I forget where and am too lazy to Google it, but she's out of the country.

It is a little odd. I mean, she's the most high-profile Cabinet member, and probably the highest-ranking one if the presidential succession rules matter at all. At least one Cabinet member is always kept away from these events to ensure a succession, but it seems strange to have Clinton so utterly removed from such a big speech.

On the other hand, maybe this was intentional. Maybe Clinton is looking to distance herself from Obama as she seeks to continue her own political ambitions, or maybe she is upset with Obama over something, or vice versa. Or maybe since the White House seemed not to want to talk about war very much in this speech, having the Sec. of State absent helped de-emphasize that issue.

For a speech this big, it's hard to treat such a conspicuous absence as coincidence.

Posted by: blert | January 27, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Moonbat


You can fade away in a wake .....

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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 27, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

"retirements in the wake of"

Twice in one piece. A new low in mangling the craft of writing.

Posted by: Moonbat | January 27, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

www.pistoneforcongress.org
"PISTONE FOR CONGRESS"
"PISTONE FOR CONGRESS"
"PISTONE FOR CONGRESS"

Posted by: baseball3 | January 27, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

My pledge to the President in 2010--to work my hardest to get him and his Democratic left and RINO cronies out of office. Congress first of course, followed three long years from now with Mr. Obama...the man was in total campaign mode for this SOTU and has once again made promises he will not keep. Heck, he was telling "untruths" regarding what just happened at the beginning of this month and on health care in general.

I was amazed as my daughter pointed out he said: and you, Americans...as opposed to...we, Americans...

Out, out, out...and it won't be hard to do.

Posted by: mil1 | January 27, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

I don't know what to make of the speech.


The "Obama the deficit hawk" is basically fiction - another episode of "Obama the Fraud."


Obama brings up Cap and Trade again - as if he never heard of the climategate emails - still convinced that somehow there is justification for another liberal agenda in there.


The rest of the speech was pretty much forgetable BS.

Obama has laid bare the lack of ideas which the democratic party is left with. The limits of health care have been exposed. Obama has spent so much money, it is simply not practical to keep on liberal spending. Obama is at the end of the agenda, end of the ideas, it is just the end of everything.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 27, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

"simply fade away in the wake of"


Take a writing class you putz Cilizza!

Posted by: Moonbat | January 27, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

The speech seemed tired and cautious to me, at least in its tone. Yes, Obama got in his challenges and jabs, but he seems a lot less ambitious than at this time last year.

A few lines made me laugh out loud, especially the part about taking $30 billion of what Wall Street and banks have paid back and putting that toward small-business loans. That repaid money is money that the government didn't have in the first place, so what Obama is proposing here is a new outlay. And for as much as Obama is pretending to play the budget hawk with his spending freeze that will save $15 billion (despite an approximately 20% increase in the regular budget last year), this $30 billion in new spending doubles that. So much for Obama's newly found frugality.

Posted by: blert | January 27, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

I am more worried about my country than the people in it. If Obama gets this deficit down, I might even vote for him. This debt has got to go. Devalue the dollar, cut spending, whatever, but get it down.

Posted by: bbwk80a1 | January 27, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

President Obama said he has banned torture. But his security team defies him.

U.S. SILENTLY TORTURES AMERICANS WITH CELL TOWER MICROWAVES, SAYS VETERAN JOURNALIST

• Regional Homeland Security- administered fusion centers use a nationwide microwave/laser electromagnetic radiation "directed energy" weapon system to silently torture, impair, subjugate unconstitutionally "targeted" Americans and their families -- an American genocide hiding in plain sight.

• Victims' own cell phones may be used to target them.
• How a young FBI agent's 'I believe you' gave victim the faith to go public.

For the full story:

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

Posted by: scrivener50 | January 27, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

This is the Obama I voted for! Great Speech!

Posted by: PeterIII | January 27, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Did everyone see those fat black female congresswomen dressed in those ridiculous dresses, jumping up to 'whoaa, whoaa!' when the brotha-in-chief announced whatever the latest handout/transfer of wealth plan was..? It was like a scene out of the Blues Brothers movie (when James Brown was 'a-preachin!)

Man, how depressing....THAT's who's representing us and voting on bills/laws that govern our lives?

We're so screwed.

Posted by: Robster1 | January 27, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

President Obama 'promised' repeatedly to keep swinging, fighting and moving the ball for regular people. I don't think he was kidding. Yes, the barking dogs of 'no no no no' will continue to bark, there is an election coming and incumbents are worried. If your rep isn't doing what they should do, send them a message.

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

OBAMA DISAPPOINTS THE NATION


Obama said "I don't quit" which means he is not resigning tonight, ruining the evening for 87% of Americans, according to the latest polls.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 27, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Where was Hillary Clinton?! Very strange. I sense a rat just swallowed her.

Posted by: ridagana | January 27, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

"Does Obama still have credibility with this group of wavering Democrats after what has happened in the past year?"

Legislators from marginal or Republican districts hoped for more clout from President Obama in the polls, and are disappointed, though the only reason some of them won their seats were turnout anomalies for which they can thank the fellow in the White House.

It's clear at this point that President Obama can't duplicate those turnout anomalies when he's not on the ticket.

It remains to be seen whether he can duplicate them in 2012. I'd guess that he can, and may improve on them.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | January 27, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Compromising on bad policy is not good for the country. Saying 'no' to bad policy that harms the country is patriotic. The GOP has an obligation not to coooperate with this President's agenda which will harm the country and our people.

Posted by: DaMan2 | January 27, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Chris,

It was an excellent SOTU speech, and I listened very carefully to the President's tone of voice. My conclusion: He was completely sincere. That said, things don't happen on the Hill out of the goodness of people's hearts--assuming they have any--so either Obama or Rahm Emanuel is going to HAVE TO twist arms to get something--anything--done. You know that, and I know that. The question is: does the Prez (or Rahmbo) know that and will they twist arms to get something done, 'cause wishing won't make it so'.

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

liberalism=fascism. More power to the government and the state.

Posted by: Robster1 | January 27, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

He was way too soft on the Repub-fascists. A pleasure to watch Alito, though, when Obama zinged into last week's Supreme Court's attack on whatever democracy there still is in our system.

Posted by: Makhno1 | January 27, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

The brotha talks too much....

Posted by: Robster1 | January 27, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

The part of the speech where he hammered Congress was a real crowd-pleaser in this house. The only group I hate worse than the Dems is the Repubs. I hope that Congress, while probably resenting the sanctimonious scolding, picks up on how utterly unpopular they all are!

Posted by: NJDem | January 27, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

President Obama is right, his agenda is the agenda of the nation in whole. He steers a course between squandering our future on special interests and commits our country to supporting and promoting our common interests.

Posted by: right_as_rain | January 27, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse


I was distracted by the Botox Bobbleheads over the President's shoulders.


Posted by: DagnyT | January 27, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Words, words, words. They are meaningless. The majority of people in this country want true health care reform and jobs. Obama and Democrats in Congress have failed, so far, in both areas.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | January 27, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

I want SO MUCH for things to change but given how the GOP behaved and how bad the rebuttal speech was, I am not hopeful. I do appreciate how POTUS confronted both sides, but he needs to keep swinging at them.

Posted by: KittyB57 | January 27, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

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