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State of the union viewer's guide



President Obama addresses a joint session of Congress in February 2009.

President Obama won't begin his state of the union speech for another nine hours or so but, just like the Super Bowl, the commentary about what he will say, what he won't and why is already in full swing.

We always aim to give loyal Fixistas a little something extra when it comes to big events in politics and so below you'll find our crib sheet on what to watch for before, during and after the president's address tonight.

Have thoughts of your own in the run-up to the speech? The comments section is hungry for them.

Tone Matters: The White House has made very clear over the last week that the president is going to take a populist tone both in tonight's speech and in his rhetoric over the next few months. That feisty populism was on display during a trip to Ohio last Friday and will almost certainly be the approach Obama takes in visits to Florida and New Hampshire in the days following tonight's address. But, the state of the union speech isn't a campaign rally and the audience -- or at least approximately half of it -- isn't favorably inclined to the president. Can Obama find a way to show empathy with the anger and the worry out in the country -- expressed most recently in the Massachusetts Senate special election -- while also hewing to the formal tone (and attempted politeness) that usually rules the state of the union address?

Whither Health Care?: Tonight's speech was supposed to be the victory lap following passage of a broad health care overhaul. Instead, the bill appears to be on very shaky ground after Sen.-elect Scott Brown's victory in Massachusetts robbed Democrats of their 60 seat, filibuster proof majority. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) said on Tuesday that there was no rush now to get something passed and, while it's clear that the White House believes it must pass something, it is far from obvious what that something will be. Does Obama spend any time on the health care fight or offer his view of the way forward? It may well be a damned if he does, damned if he doesn't situation as mentioning it will highlight his -- and the Congress' -- inability to get something passed but ignoring it will seem odd given that he and his top aides spent the better part of the last year pushing it through Congress.

A Bipartisan Branch?: Obama came to Washington promising to change the way government worked by building bridges across the aisle. His early attempts to do that failed as most of his major legislative initiatives have drawn only sparing support from Republicans. (Three Republicans voted for the economic stimulus package including one -- Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter -- who is now a Democrat; only one Republican voted for his health care plan.) Now, with voters beginning to rebel against the "promises made, not kept" idea, expect Obama to make a bipartisan proposal or two designed not only to give House and Senate Democrats something to tout on the campaign trail this fall but resurrect his own image as a politician above partisanship. The leading edge of that approach looks likely to be on education where Obama is set to push for increased federal aide to elementary and secondary education coupled with the sort of accountability standards likely to make Republicans supportive.

The Republican Response: No, we're not talking about the speech by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell that will follow Obama's address. (Sidenote: McDonnell has a low bar to clear considering that he is following last year's widely panned effort by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.) Rather, we're referencing how Republicans act before, during and after -- particularly during -- Obama's address. Congressional Republican leaders want to avoid a repeat performance of Rep. Joe Wilson's (S.C.) famous/infamous "You Lie!" outburst during the last presidential address to Congress. Why? Because not only does polling suggest Americans believe government is broken and partisanship is getting in the way of progress -- 93 percent of people in a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll said there is too much partisanship -- but it's also clear that Republicans have not yet sold the American people on the idea they are ready and responsible enough to take back over one branch of the federal government. Republicans want to show measured opposition to the president tonight and make sure that people know they are offering reasonable alternatives.

Democrats' Anger Problem: Expect Democrats to do everything they can to show a happy -- and united -- front in tonight's speech with lots of standing ovations for President Obama. But, just below the surface is considerable tension as many House and Senate Democrats believe Obama has created a political environment in which it is untenable for them to seek reelection all in the service of getting himself re-elected in 2012. Rep. Marion Berry's comments about Obama -- the difference between the 1994 GOP landslide and 2010 is "you've got me" the president reportedly told the retiring Arkansas Democrat -- are the tip of the iceberg as congressional Democrats near the breaking point with the White House. Watch to see who -- if anyone -- on the Democratic side breaks ranks in the huge press scrum that follows the state of the union speech. Are Democrats willing to go on the record with their criticisms of the President and his policies? And, if so, how does the White House respond (if at all)?

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 27, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
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WAKE UP AMWERICA!!!

www.AMERICAWAKEUPNOW.net

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

THE TRUTH ABOUT AMERICA!!!

www.AMERICAWAKEUPNOW.net

AWAKENING AMERICA!!!

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

Jasper: she has the brain of a flea. Please don't prompt her to post.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 27, 2010 9:16 PM


Welcome noacoler. I was worried about you.

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

Jasper: she has the brain of a flea. Please don't prompt her to post.

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

No problem. Send me your address, including cell number, and I'll mail it to you.

Posted by: SuzyCcup


They let you send out mail from your padded room? I wouldn't want you to waste all your crayons on the note.

Posted by: jasperanselm | January 27, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

stupid goddamn kida

why should anyone give a crap what the Bible says about homosexuality or anything else? It was written by illiterate goatherds in an ancient backward time.

What a security blanket. "God's word.". GROW the HELL UP.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 27, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Well, if you would take off your Burqa, you might be able to hear me.

Posted by: SuzyCcup

I doubt it; I have trouble understanding lisps. Perhaps, you could have someone write it down for you.

Posted by: jasperanselm | January 27, 2010 9:02 PM


No problem. Send me your address, including cell number, and I'll mail it to you.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | January 27, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

How Could Obama POSSSIBLY Fail so Miserably his First Year??

Obama has passed the most stringent test in America–election to the Presidency. This alone is evidence of his competence and intellect. Only 44 Americans on our history have reached this level.

Obama had a super filibuster proof majority in the Senate and a comfortable majority in the house.

Yet Obama has consistently and repeatedly committed the most basic, obvious, elementally foolish mistakes.

Why has Obama been so helplessly confused?

Consider that Obama mocked the Bible books of Deuteronomy and Leviticus by name. Obama’s speech is still on You-Tube. These books are in the Jewish part of the Bible, the Old Testament , which is also part of the Christian Bible.

Note that Obama has never even CRITICIZED the Koran, much less MOCKED it.

Deuteronomy 28, in the very book Obama mocked by name, pronounces specific curses:

15 However, if you do not obey the LORD your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come upon you and overtake you

(Numerous detailed curses omitted)

20 The LORD will send on you curses, confusion and rebuke in everything you put your hand to, until you are destroyed and come to sudden ruin because of the evil you have done in forsaking him"

And the Bible book of Leviticus also speaks about homosexuality.Obama is projected by the Wash PO to abolish don't ask don't tell for homosexuals for the military tonight.

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 27, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Well, if you would take off your Burqa, you might be able to hear me.

Posted by: SuzyCcup


I doubt it; I have trouble understanding lisps. Perhaps, you could have someone write it down for you.

Posted by: jasperanselm | January 27, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

I have a better negro accent.

Posted by: SuzyCcup

Hard to hear it; your white hood is in the way.

Posted by: jasperanselm | January 27, 2010 8:53 PM


Well, if you would take off your Burqa, you might be able to hear me.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | January 27, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

I have a better negro accent.

Posted by: SuzyCcup


Hard to hear it; your white hood is in the way.

Posted by: jasperanselm | January 27, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

They said he didn't know how to spell BUSH.
Posted by: SuzyCcup

You're a joke, zookie. Obama's got an educational background that blows away your elementary level intelligence. Your jealousy is too obvious.

Posted by: jasperanselm | January 27, 2010 8:47 PM


I have a better negro accent.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | January 27, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

They said he didn't know how to spell BUSH.

Posted by: SuzyCcup


You're a joke, zookie. Obama's got an educational background that blows away your elementary level intelligence. Your jealousy is too obvious.

Posted by: jasperanselm | January 27, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

I'd suggest that for you first, zookie. You're posing as a woman more often now. It's definitely an improvement for you; you were pretty lame as a man.

Posted by: jasperanselm | January 27, 2010 8:39 PM


jasperanselm, I thought you had to have something intelligent to say to post on this board. Did you sneak in? Are you related to the Salahis?

Posted by: SuzyCcup | January 27, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

The public has been way too harsh regarding Obama's use of a teleprompter to address those school kids. After all, he offered to write his entire speech on the blackboard, but his aides refused. They said he didn't know how to spell BUSH.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | January 27, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

You might want to bring them to your next session and discuss them with your therapist.

Posted by: SuzyCcup


I'd suggest that for you first, zookie. You're posing as a woman more often now. It's definitely an improvement for you; you were pretty lame as a man.

Posted by: jasperanselm | January 27, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Fake 37 is messing with us because he is afraid to mess with....malis, the superpatriot who blew the REAL 37 right out of the blogosphere:

"Update: A Study on Motivation and Societal Impact of the Extremist-Obsessive Blog Poster
Subject: “37th” (shortname for subject using approximately 20 different variations of a userID containing the root phrase “37thandO”)

Subject’s postings (through Jan 2, 4:56pET) to the string “Best House Campaigns of 2008” were previously collected and classified in four defined categories. This entry appends subject’s additional posting.

As of Jan 3 10:17aET, 37th owned 14 (+3) of 64 (+6) total entries, raising the subject’s percentage of total postings to this string from 19% to 22%.

Number and percentage of on-topic postings: 0 and 0%

1) Simplistic insult of individuals and groups: 22 (+2)
2) Paranoiac accusations: 6 (+1)
3) Rote repetition of fantasy scenarios 19 (+4)
4) Projection (accusing others of behavior exhibited by the subject) 9 (+2)

Subject has initiated posting to two additional strings. Data currently being collected and analyzed. When sufficient data has been collected results will be posted to those strings.

Posted by: malis | January 3, 2009 2:30 PM"

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 27, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Let Obama be Obama is the only solution but it's unclear 44 wants to go that route. Now that Brown, a pale male who looks and speaks like a normal reasonable person yet is admired by the racist proxy movements like the teabaggers, has replaced Phalin as the 2012 frontrunner, 2012 is officially in play in a way it wasn't before. All other things being equal, the political races usually default in favor of pale males. Not good for 44.

Let's hope his SOTU address turns things around...

O-Nation

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 27, 2010 8:02 PM

Broadwayjoe, I was looking for you. Good to hear from you again. You have some good talking points. You might want to bring them to your next session and discuss them with your therapist.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | January 27, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Greetings Joe, fake 37 has been missing you. He seems to think we are one in the same. It's been fun messing with that pea brain of his. He's even been venturing into scrivener territory with his paranoia. Too funny!

Posted by: jasperanselm | January 27, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

35 + 1 = 36
36 + 1 = 0
37 + 1 + 38

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 27, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse


Obama’s teleprompter may feign “a populist tone both in tonight's speech …”, but doing so is wasted effort, because he is now a known quantity, a LIAR, and rank duplicity is anathema to populism.

We might “ … expect Obama to make a bipartisan proposal or two“, but this, too, is entirely wasted effort, because, first, Republicans aren’t going to support turning America over to big government socialism in any form and, second, Obama has demonstrated beyond question that his words to this effect were hollow and duplicitous gestures designed solely to get the votes of can’t-we-just-all-get-along centrists and Massachusetts just demonstrated the futility of continuing that tack.

Finally, NOTHING that he might say will assuage the seething rage many Americans feel against the Democrat’s repeated and continuing attempts to foist socialism (in the form of Euro-social-democracy) onto our country.

We simply value freedom too highly for his agenda.

Posted by: RUKidding0 | January 27, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Bad news in O-Nation (which we guess is good news in Drudge/Fix World).

It would appear BHO has lost MoDo. She was real positive towards Scott Brown as a candidate in 2012, and real negative about 44, in her column today. If you are losing MoDo, Maddow, Cornel West, David Corn, etc., you have got a big problem.

Let Obama be Obama is the only solution but it's unclear 44 wants to go that route. Now that Brown, a pale male who looks and speaks like a normal reasonable person yet is admired by the racist proxy movements like the teabaggers, has replaced Phalin as the 2012 frontrunner, 2012 is officially in play in a way it wasn't before. All other things being equal, the political races usually default in favor of pale males. Not good for 44.

Let's hope his SOTU address turns things around...

O-Nation

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 27, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Rep Marion Berry's comments are nasty! He may make up his own sign and show up at the next Tea Party.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | January 27, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Remember that guy that comes into the meeting with the fantastic PowerPoint presentation and then goes on to read you every item on the screen?

If the President is going to read to us again tonight, why doesn't he just send us all the script? I can read faster than he can talk and then the media can just introduce footnotes to what he means.

No expectations here - he won't say anything that can't be either retracted or amplified - depending ou the question.

As an aside, we will get through it. It won't be memorable. Can't remember all the lies he stated in the first one, so I'll have no reason to remember the new ones.

Posted by: papamckie | January 27, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Give it up, fake 37, obviously joe has decided that you're not worth wasting much time on anymore. Me, on the other hand, I relish calling you out for the liar that you are. You're just another waste of space on this planet.

Posted by: jasperanselm | January 27, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Someone let me know tomorrow how many times he says "common sense".

Posted by: JakeD | January 27, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

I've been to San Diego many times. I don't recall it being as rainy as Portland.

BB

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

jasperanselm / broad___joe


Please tell us who you are working for

You lie as much as Obama

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | January 27, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

I love wasting time here (especially when it's raining and I can't golf). Have fun, kid!

Posted by: JakeD | January 27, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

I think not, old man.

I can think of plenty of more worthwhile things to do all day when I'm 78 than you waste your time on.

Posted by: jasperanselm | January 27, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

As I said, before, I'm not even watching the speech (we have dinner reservations at Ruth's Chris tonight ; )

Posted by: JakeD | January 27, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

jasperanselm:

I have a better existence than you, my friend.

Posted by: JakeD | January 27, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Blah! Blah! Blah!....here is something...check out Pelosi's rack in the photo...pretty nice and they would be even better if she had better posture....she is probably leaning forward because she is holding hands with Biden behind the desk

Posted by: TerpfanMA | January 27, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

No moron, that's just the crap you write about the President.

Sad, sad, sad..........a 78 year-old man spends his entire day typing garbage on a blog. What a pathetic existence you have.

Posted by: jasperanselm | January 27, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, jasperanselm, but asking for anyone's birth certificate here is strictly prohibited by the WaPo Co.

Posted by: JakeD | January 27, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

jasperanselm

It's my name


You are the one on here under multiple screen names.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street


Sure, fake 37, that's your name. Care to provide a birth certificate on that? Liar.

Posted by: jasperanselm | January 27, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

FWIW: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will NOT be at the State of the Union address tonight.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/sns-ap-us-state-of-the-union-missing,0,1664158.story

Still no word on who the official "Designated Survivor" will be though (obviously, Clinton would become President if anything tragic happened). He will be at an undisclosed location (most likely outside of D.C.) and be provided with Presidential-level security and transport for the duration of the event. A military aide will carry a full counterpart with operational nuclear codes (i.e. "Football"). However, they are not given a briefing on what to do in the event that there was an attack and the other successors to the Presidency are killed. Still a fascinating Tom Clancy-type plot. Read more details on what that must be like:

http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2007/01/30/couricandco/entry2413232.shtml

Posted by: JakeD | January 27, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

@Aspouse--I'll bite. PResident Obama no longer has a vote in the Senate. How exactly would he pass it, particularly since Coakley blew a sure thing.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | January 27, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse


BHorton2's "Obama speech":
"I promise that I am behind you."

Right, now add "Bend over, please"
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Posted by: Billw3 | January 27, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

I could not stand to watch him lie like a rug. He was responsible for the Louisiana Purchase and Cornhusker Deal, no matter what he says. I want to vomit when I see him.

Northern and Western White liberals are responsible for him. Now live with it.

Posted by: tjhall1 | January 27, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

What to watch? Hmmmmm. Well, if he's lips move I know he's lying.

Posted by: richard36 | January 27, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Cillizza, I can't believe they pay you to write such pointless, useless, vacuous crap like this.

For many people what happens in Washington determines whether they get a paycheck, health care, food to eat, a better life for their children. To you, it's a game. You're a waste of time.

Posted by: geezjan | January 27, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Mr. President:

After the speech, ditch DC, ditch the press, ditch the dinners with Sasha. Get out and take your lumps from the people.

Tonight, I hope you hear the roar outside those walls. Joe Wilson will be silent tonight. He has the rest of America screaming for him.

Forget the stimulus, forget the trips you have planned to make you look good. Go out and argue with the people who have a lot of unkind things to say about you. Take some chances.

Are you willing to do THAT?

Posted by: expat2MEX | January 27, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

The amazing thing this year is that Joe Wilson won't have to say a word. He can just sit there and smile.

The rest of America is already screaming, and they aren't just Republicans!

Posted by: expat2MEX | January 27, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

jasperanselm and broad_____joe

You are the same person under different names - plus you are working directly for the white house or the democratic party

So why don't you just admit it and be done with it.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | January 27, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: BHorton2

My Fellow Americans….

--

That's good. Always start with a joke to loosen the crowd.

Posted by: jas7751 | January 27, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Bhorton writes:
Despite those costs, almost 45 million of you Americans who are under the age of 65 have no insurance at all. Your costs for uncoordinated care at your local city and county facilities are borne by your tax-paying neighbors. Your costs are higher than they should be since they are mostly for emergency and non-elective medical/surgical expense, not to provide you with much-needed but much less expensive preventative medicine.

_____________________________________

1) Interesting that you count the 20M illegals as part of your 45M Americans..did you give them citizenship already?

2) +80% of the total cost of healthcare is DIRECTLY attributable to preventative conditions from SMOKING and OBESITY. What sort of preventative care are you proposing that they dont already have? Perhaps warnings on tobacco products? Perhaps info that being obese is unhealty?

Posted by: TerpfanMA | January 27, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Goodnight, and God Bless America!


Posted by: BHorton2 |

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This sounds good but improvements are not the statist agenda. That agenda is basically the status quo but the state has control of the system and control of you and your paycheck.

Posted by: leapin | January 27, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Lets face it, Republicans are wholly owned by Big corporations (Big pharma, Big insurance, Big Military, etc.), so in effect Republican senators are the true enemy of American people (Middle class), and they get away with this by how right-wing 99% of the US Media is, which means that it too is also owned by the same Big corporations (Big pharma, Big insurance, etc.)

U can read gr8 article in this regard here:
http://anoox.com/blog/UHC.37761

Posted by: RealNews1 | January 27, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

jasperanselm

It's my name


You are the one on here under multiple screen names.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | January 27, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

I was asked by a local small town newspaper friend to submit my thoughts on “What President Obama needs to say about healthcare in the State of the Union.” Not sure when or if it will get published but here is my response…

My Fellow Americans….

I close my comments this evening with a few words about healthcare.

The votes may go up and down, but the health care tab only goes up. Our under-controlled, under-coordinated health care "system", which is largely driven by the private sector, cost us $2.1Trillion last year. Those costs are steadily rising 6% or more each year and every year, our economy notwithstanding.

Despite those costs, almost 45 million of you Americans who are under the age of 65 have no insurance at all. Your costs for uncoordinated care at your local city and county facilities are borne by your tax-paying neighbors. Your costs are higher than they should be since they are mostly for emergency and non-elective medical/surgical expense, not to provide you with much-needed but much less expensive preventative medicine. We also need to improve and expand Medicare for those of you 65 and older and those with special needs.

About 165 million of you have jobs and, one way or another, it is you who carry the annual burden of paying for our healthcare. Your share if you are a wage-earner is about $11,500 per year. It comes to you in insurance premiums and co-payments and uncovered out-of-pocket expenses...and in the bloated costs of food, rent, movie rentals and gasoline. If you and another adult in your house are both wage-earners, your family burden exceeds $23,000 each year. And, remember, without comprehensive health care reform, you can only expect those costs to rise 6% per year.

It may make me a one-term President, but, I promise you, I am doing everything I can to encourage Congress to help me lessen your burden AND improve your healthcare.

We in the U.S. have the highest per capita healthcare costs in the world and do not have the best healthcare available to everyman. That is just plain not right.

The battle for the best and most affordable heath care system in the world pits you and me versus the largest, most powerful cadre of self-interested lobbyists ever assembled in the history of mankind. If I must sacrifice my popular ratings and my second term in order to give you a better shake, I am fully ready to do just that. It will take both of us, pulling together. I hope that you are behind me...I promise that I am behind you.

Goodnight, and God Bless America!

Posted by: BHorton2 | January 27, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse


Most of America is tired of Obama's
extreme arrogance, narcissism, and incompetence, and his conduct the past year has cost him what little credence he had, considering his background. He has no integrity.
.

Posted by: Billw3 | January 27, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

think Biden zeroed in on her rack too....look at his arm extended...I bet he and pelosi are holding hands behind the desk...check out his little smirk as he pretends to be listening

Posted by: TerpfanMA
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OMG - His hand is on her thigh! She can feel the tingle and it's not the speech.

Posted by: leapin | January 27, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

re. Barack Obama's Stand-up Comedy act, AKA State of the Union speech.

I'm actually hoping this incompetent F up will resign before his Socialist Communist agenda takes further hold, and makes our economy into another North Korea or Cuba.

Posted by: armpeg | January 27, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

I think Biden zeroed in on her rack too....look at his arm extended...I bet he and pelosi are holding hands behind the desk...check out his little smirk as he pretends to be listening

Posted by: TerpfanMA | January 27, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Pelosi looks like she has a nice set of hooters in the photo above....do you think they are real?

Posted by: TerpfanMA
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They are misplaced botox injections. The practitioner doing the injections is a tea party patriot.

Posted by: leapin | January 27, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

TerpfanMA

LOL!

Posted by: jas7751 | January 27, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Pelosi looks like she has a nice set of hooters in the photo above....do you think they are real?

Posted by: TerpfanMA | January 27, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse


9 PM - History Channel - The Unedited SOTU:

Monster Quest Episode:

Giant Pythons in America

aka...Libs Strangle America.

Posted by: jas7751 | January 27, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

I hope he says: "LET ME BE CLEAR"...that always prefaces something totally mindless and irrelevant

Posted by: TerpfanMA | January 27, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Obama is giving a speech.

Posted by: alstl
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That's like saying Obama is breathing.

Posted by: leapin | January 27, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Obama is giving a speech.

Posted by: alstl | January 27, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

The biggest liar here is you, fake 37. You couldn't even come up with your own name and had to steal someone else's. That's as pathetic as you can get.

Posted by: jasperanselm | January 27, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Obama's biggest problem is that he is a LIAR.

I really don't know what to say otherwise.

Obama promised the country one set of things when he was elected - and he attempted to deliver something far different. Obama is claiming that he had nothing to do with the back-room deals on the health care bill.

Obviously, this country would be far worse off with Obama's health care bill than without.

THE STATE OF THE UNION: We have a bunch of idiotic liars in the White House - and the country is in an economic crisis - we have a party in charge which has pretty much ignored the economic crisis for a year, while seeking a bill aimed at electorial advantage for itself.

The country actually wants to vomit.

THAT IS THE STATE OF THE UNION.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 27, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

ModerateVoter:

At this point, I would be FINE with a President Biden.

Posted by: JakeD | January 27, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

What will he say?
Whatever has been written for him to say!
I think Bush should have used a teleprompter like Obozo then the press would have thought he was smart too.
NOT.....they would have killed him with that!

Posted by: steveiev | January 27, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Everyone else will be forced to watch this pathetic show play out, with the democrats continueing to claim everything is great.
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Posted by: 37thand0street
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Everything is great if you feed at the government trough or have a government position that can’t be eliminated or you’re a party elitist like a congressman or senator with your own very special pay and benefits. The rest of America is waiting for the shoe to drop.

Posted by: leapin | January 27, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Barry the incompetent boob Obama literally locked out all Republicans and most Democrats from Obamacare. The shady backroom deals were made behind closed doors in Harry the horse's asp Reid's office, back when the Dems used to have a supermajority in the Senate.

Barry yammering about bipartisanship is just a crock.

Posted by: screwjob11 | January 27, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

No one knows what Obama is going to do - he has abandoned his own campaign themes all by himself.


Some say "Let Obama be Obama" But Obama is a FRAUD, a coke abusing FRAUD.

What to do next? Obama is just going to sink, deeper and deeper - there isn't anything stopping him.


The staunch democrats will deny everything, to the very end.

Everyone else will be forced to watch this pathetic show play out, with the democrats continueing to claim everything is great.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 27, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Left- Right- The Divided States Of America. The hate that is said in these comments are sick. The people of America voted. The choices we all made were wrong. We all should have kept on all of them to do what was right. We all saw that none of them listened to any of their constituents while serving their country and yet many continued to vote the same criminals back.

We are responsible for voting all of these power hungry criminals back into office year after year to destroy our country with their greed. When everyone finally admits it is both parties, then maybe we can start accomplishing important issues our country needs to survive. We need our jobs back first before we can do anything.This is something I thought would be first on the list. I feel now it is not even on the list to be done.We do not want welfare, we want to work.

Posted by: peggydlhk | January 27, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

LETDOWN. WHERE'S THE CHANGE?


Not a SINGLE word in the talking points released to Democrats about "justice" or the "rule of law." What a disappointment to those of us who placed so much faith in this presidency -- which appears to have squandered its first year.

Perhaps the "base" needs to start auditioning a new champion...

RESTORING THE RULE OF LAW IN AMERICA MUST BE JOB #1.

• A Job Without Justice Is Slavery by Another Name.

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

• "U.S. Silently Tortures, Impairs Americans with Cell Tower Microwaves"
• "Gestapo USA: Fed-Funded Vigilante Network Terrorizes America"
• "U.S. Uses CBS News to Cover Up Microwave Cell Tower Torture?"

http://www.poynter.org/subject.asp?id=2 OR:
http://NowPublic.com/scrivener (see "stories" list)

Posted by: scrivener50 | January 27, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Why is Obama beating a dead horse by discussing bipartisanship in the SOTU - it's dead - GOP killed it long ago - Wake up smell the roses. It ain't going to happen becuuse the GOP won't allow it! Death of the nation first but don't show bipartisanship - that's the GOP motto.
Posted by: TimeforChange
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On every issue — more bailouts, more stimuli, more deficits, higher taxes, statist healthcare, cap and trade, diplomatic apologetics, the shunning of natural gas, oil, and nuclear in favor of "millions of green jobs" subsidized by billions in federal "stimulus" — the Obama position polls 5-15 points below 50 percent.

Posted by: leapin | January 27, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

That's it libs. blame the troops, not the general. It seems nothing is berry's fault. although anything that can be claimed as a good is most certainly due to his wonder alone.

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

If the DEMOCRATS think they have seen anger, wait until November.

Posted by: Hembo | January 27, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Why is Obama beating a dead horse by discussing bipartisanship in the SOTU - it's dead - GOP killed it long ago - Wake up smell the roses. It ain't going to happen becuuse the GOP won't allow it! Death of the nation first but don't show bipartisanship - that's the GOP motto.

Posted by: TimeforChange | January 27, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

would like to hear him say, "I have not been honest with the American people and have lied on many issues. So, to spare further embarrassment to the country and my family I hereby resign as president of the United States. Thank you and good night."

Posted by: PalmSpringsGirl | January 27, 2010 2:06 PM

Then you have President Biden. Really now this all gets old after awhile.

Posted by: ModerateVoter
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Yes, then we have The Sheriff. He is the fiscally responsible guy ensuring that tarp and stimulus are being spent well.

Posted by: leapin | January 27, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

It is bad all around for berry.

today it was reported that even Obama girl is fed up with the utterly inept fool.

Next his girls will look to be adopted by Madonna or Angelena.

I hear Michelle is courting John Edwards.

Posted by: drivl | January 27, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

I think we have heard a lot from the Dems' Congress leadership and the President during 2008 election year, and in the year 2009 after they assumed power,about all they would like to do for the American people and particularly the middle class . It is about time for them to list and show us , if they have accomplished any thing drastic , bold and tangible? It is about time that the Congress and administration should start focusing on strategic policy changes . Those that evidently and positively should impact upon middle class American core problems e. g., the rising unemployment , growing loss of health insurance, middle class home ownership losses , help for seniors and scores of other issues facing the
U. S.


Posted by: dmfarooq | January 27, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

O is for the Others that I blame
B is for the Bullsh*t I declaim
A is for America, which I hate
M is for ol’ Marx, who is great
A is for the Anger that I cause

I am just as fake as Santa Claus

Posted by: jhr1 | January 27, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

O is for the Others that I blame
B is for the Bullsh*t I declaim
A is for America, which I hate
M is for ol’ Marx, who is great
A is for the Anger that I cause

I am just as fake as Santa Claus

Posted by: jhr1 | January 27, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Obama went to Harvard, but PalmSpringsGirl is much smarter than him:

would like to hear him say, "I have not been honest with the American people and have lied on many issues. So, to spare further embarrassment to the country and my family I hereby resign as president of the United States. Thank you and good night."

Posted by: PalmSpringsGirl | January 27, 2010 2:06 PM

Posted by: 37thand0street | January 27, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

"I have not been honest with the American people and have lied on many issues.

but since I am a democrat I will maintain my position. In fact it is time to consider a higher office."

Posted by: drivl | January 27, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse


Instead, watch NBA game. Today there are few games starting at 7pm

Posted by: 68b2b | January 27, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

would like to hear him say, "I have not been honest with the American people and have lied on many issues. So, to spare further embarrassment to the country and my family I hereby resign as president of the United States. Thank you and good night."

Posted by: PalmSpringsGirl | January 27, 2010 2:06 PM

Then you have President Biden. Really now this all gets old after awhile.

Posted by: ModerateVoter | January 27, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

I am an angry Democrat but still, Obama is the best of the worst. Yes, he could stop the wars/save more money, pass the health care/kick ass in Senate, etc.. I think he knows very well where he's heading to next election if he doesn't keep his promises.. Anyway, let's not forget the kings of retarded republicans who put us in this mess today when critisizing..

Posted by: Aspouse | January 27, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

I am an angry Democrat but still, Obama is the best of the worst. Yes, he could stop the wars/save more money, pass the health care/kick ass in Senate, etc.. I think he knows very well where he's heading to next election if he doesn't keep his promises.. Anyway, let's not forget the kings of retarded republicans who put us in this mess today when critisizing..

Posted by: Aspouse | January 27, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

I am an angry Democrat but still, Obama is the best of the worst. Yes, he could stop the wars/save more money, pass the health care/kick ass in Senate, etc.. I think he knows very well where he's heading to next election if he doesn't keep his promises.. Anyway, let's not forget the kings of retarded republicans who put us in this mess today when critisizing..

Posted by: Aspouse | January 27, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

leapin


This is a democracy - those crazy liberala want to bankrupt our country.


If you could figure out how to make the liberals pay for that stuff - and leave the rest of us out of paying for it, that would be OK.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 27, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Fear not, drivltard; no-one on this blog can hold a candle to you when it comes to ignorant. You've retired the title.

Time to switch to one of your other names.

Posted by: jasperanselm | January 27, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

So where are we at twelve months? Obama showed the country his vision of where he wanted us to go; he had both houses of Congress, a toady media, and enormous personal popularity — and he is getting nowhere. Why? Because most Americans are vehemently opposed to taking their country in the direction that Obama, Pelosi, and Reid would prefer.

Posted by: leapin | January 27, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Things to watch for during his speech -- (and this guy is the chief speech maker of all time -- more than 400 of them in the past year in office)

--changes in policy to reflect voter rage over his financial irrseponsibility.
--cheerleader Nan in the background (so cute)who will make herself as big a part of the show as she can.
-- more excuses about things he didn't accomplish...end of war, Gitmo, etc. (yawn)
-- more about "saved" jobs than new jobs.
-- more blame for Bush administration

Sorry, Can't go any further...I have to barf

Posted by: jimbob3 | January 27, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

In my hometown newspaper, notice is finally taken that Jews are growing increasingly disenchanted with the Democratic Party, a move I could hardly have imagined before Obama. Barack Obama started his presidency with an astounding 83% approval rating among American Jews. Nine months later, that support had dropped to 64%, and he ended 2009 with a dismal 48% approval rating. The president is clearly no longer on the same page.


Quick, get out fast. the imbecile is going to get us all killed!

Posted by: drivl | January 27, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

On the eve of President Barack Obama's first State of the Union, officials in a South Carolina town announced funding for a crumbling school he had cited in a speech nearly a year earlier as an example of how the federal government should help with school construction.On Tuesday, school officials got the news they'd been waiting for — federal officials had approved funds to build a new J.V. Martin Junior High School.

Oh god, not another deadline. We all know how effective those are in barry's world.

Posted by: drivl | January 27, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD - better watch out, there is a new stooge in town. jasper is hot on your crawdad tail to take over as the most annoying and ignorant poster on the blog.

Of course Loud and dumb is as safe as a Lib in SF, but with the demise of dribble and Foxxy, there is some new competition for exhibiting truly stooge behavior. too bad we can only have three at a time, plus one. there seems to be more supply than demand for Lib ignorance and pedantry.

Posted by: drivl | January 27, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

In the 2006 mid-term elections the Democrats took control of the Congress. A year ago they hailed athe new President, a President from their party. What has the Democratic controlled Congress accomplished apart from bailing out Wall Street, Insurance companies, and Banks? The American people are the most giving on the planet, for crying out load, the players of Farmville contributed a $1,000,000 to relief for Hati and we are get set to begin a discuss Hatianian immagration. The president has a 10% unemployment rate, foreclosures on the rise and if you think folks are mad now, well just wait. Thousands of good citizens who lost their jobs are losing their homes and they believe the President chose Wall Street over them. A flood of refugees will only add to the rolls of unemployed and homeless and if it doesn't then the poor and middle class are going the man they believed to be their champion. I wished the President well when he took office, now I just wish him gone.

Posted by: GM653 | January 27, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

In the 2006 mid-term elections the Democrats took control of the Congress. A year ago they hailed athe new President, a President from their party. What has the Democratic controlled Congress accomplished apart from bailing out Wall Street, Insurance companies, and Banks? The American people are the most giving on the planet, for crying out load, the players of Farmville contributed a $1,000,000 to relief for Hati and we are get set to begin a discuss Hatianian immagration. The president has a 10% unemployment rate, foreclosures on the rise and if you think folks are mad now, well just wait. Thousands of good citizens who lost their jobs are losing their homes and they believe the President chose Wall Street over them. A flood of refugees will only add to the rolls of unemployed and homeless and if it doesn't then the poor and middle class are going the man they believed to be their champion. I wished the President well when he took office, now I just wish him gone.

Posted by: GM653 | January 27, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

LOL by all means keep mentioning the name of George W. Bush. I thought you people wanted to regain power, not lose it forever.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | January 27, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Since Obama is both inexperienced and apparently a stubborn ideologue, I think all we will be left with when the novelty wears off is rhetoric and euphemism. Obama will grow the deficit even larger and call it fiscal sobriety; he will push for higher taxes and suggest the entrepreneurial class is the same as the super-rich who "made out like bandits under Bush"; he will declare that his outreach to Chávez, Assad, Putin, and Ahmadinejad has been successful, even as those leaders incrementally and insidiously readjust their respective regional maps; he will borrow far more money than Bush did and copy his homeland-security protocols, while continuing to blame Bush for America's problems — hoping that $2 trillion of annual borrowing, along with a recovering world economy and the resilience of U.S. business, will bring a half-hearted recovery by November 2010.

That's about all you have, when you bet your holdings on European-style socialism and it proved a losing hand.

Posted by: leapin | January 27, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

"koolcat;

Lets see you back up your silly statements with some facts....while you are doing that, lets also see if you can refrain from name calling"

Please, you made the silliest statement of all: That people prefer Bush to Obama. Bush couldn't be elected dogcatcher today.

Also, I provided the key facts: that the declines in all of the categories you mentioned started under Bush. Your statements about "under Bush" are meaningless, since by the team he left office those numbers had already declined substantially.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | January 27, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are "ready and responsible enough to take back over one branch of the federal government"? They already own the Supreme Court.

Posted by: dwyerj1 | January 27, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Lets see you back up your silly statements with some facts....while you are doing that, lets also see if you can refrain from name calling

Posted by: TerpfanMA


expecting that from Loud and Dumb is akin to waiting for shrimp to sing.

Posted by: drivl | January 27, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

In the 2006 mid-term elections the Democrats took control of the Congress. A year ago the received a new President. What has the Democratic controlled Congress accomplished be the Wall Street and Insurance company bailouts? The American people are the most giving on the planet, for crying out load, the players of Farmville contributed a $1,000,000 to relief for Hati and tonight we are going to discuss Hatian immagration. The president has a 10% unemployment rate, foreclosures on the rise and if you think folks are mad now, well just wait. Thousands of good citizens who lost their jobs are losing their homes and they think the President chose Wall Street over Main Street and with them homeless brining in refugees to add to the rolls of unemployed and homeless is not going to aussage their anger. I wished the President well when he took office, now I just wish him gone. He could right a best seller on missed opportunities that political novices from generations will study.

Posted by: GM653 | January 27, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are "ready and responsible enough to take back over one branch of the federal government"? They already own the Supreme Court.

Posted by: dwyerj1 | January 27, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

I would still want Bush to be President too (and we are NOT the first to wish that):

http://althouse.blogspot.com/2009/12/44-of-americans-would-prefer-to-have.html

Posted by: JakeD | January 27, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

You do realize that there is no one in his administration with the title of "Czar" and that it is a fabrication of the media to refer to officials with the title such as "Special Envoy" etc.

No, of course you don't, because your a Fuggin idiot.

Posted by: JRM2 |

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"Special Envoy" Isn't that special? If BO introduces all of the "special envoys' and "special non-envoys" then that will be one long speech. You duckin literal idiot.

Posted by: leapin | January 27, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Meanwhile, the Republikooks are debating the James Bopp purity test to bring the teabaggers back into the fold. Guess they really don't want all those true independents (as opposed to far rightwing fringe loon teabagger fake independents who have nowhere else to go).

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | January 27, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

koolcat;

Lets see you back up your silly statements with some facts....while you are doing that, lets also see if you can refrain from name calling

Posted by: TerpfanMA | January 27, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

"All things considered, I can understand why people prefer Bush to Obama"

By people you mean yourself? You're the first person to say he would want Bush to still be president. Not even Dick Cheney has said that.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | January 27, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

This of course assumes that anyone will watch his Smoke & Mirrors Head Fake.

Posted by: jas7751 | January 27, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Pretty pathetic bunch of comments today; the rat-trap right-wingnuts are poking their heads out of their sewer holes.

Almost has me wishing for more scrivener posts.

Almost.

Posted by: jasperanselm | January 27, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

"1) Under Bush our retirement and savings accounts were worth 40% more than today

2) Under Bush, our homes were worth 50% more than today

3) Under Bush, 10M more US Citizens had jobs and healthcare coverage than today"

I can understand why you'd prefer Bush. You're a moron. The steep declines in all of those categories started well before Bush left office. If Bush were still in office, letting those trends continue:

1) your retirement and savings accounts would be worth zero.

2) your home would be worth zero.

3) no one would have jobs.

Thanks for allowing me to point out how much better off we are without Bush.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | January 27, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

This president I voted for makes me sick with him courting republicans. They will just scream NO in his face and he will continue to smile and court them.

Posted by: truth1
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OK kids, you can go to the mall and spend whatever you like.

Posted by: leapin | January 27, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Well JRM2: You've got the Olbermann talking points down but consider this:

1) Under Bush our retirement and savings accounts were worth 40% more than today

2) Under Bush, our homes were worth 50% more than today

3) Under Bush, 10M more US Citizens had jobs and healthcare coverage than today

4) Under Bush, the US was agressively pursuing and interrogating terrorists

All things considered, I can understand why people prefer Bush to Obama...heck, I can understand why people prefer Mickey Mouse to Obama

Posted by: TerpfanMA | January 27, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Bipartisanship? B.S.

Odumbo and the democrats' idea of bipartisanship is you give up your principles and join them.

These slugs, Odumbo included, can't spell it , much less practice it.

I hope they keep on ignoring the people, doing their corrupt payoffs and back room deals, etc.
Will result in a great housecleaning of dirtballs in November.

Posted by: LarryG62 | January 27, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

O B A M A
--------------------------------
O is for the Others that I blame
B is for the Bullsh*t I declaim
A is for America, which I hate
M is for K Marx, who was great
A is for the Anger that I cause

I am just as fake as Santa Claus

Posted by: jhr1 | January 27, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Seems like a lot of people on this board are wishing for the good old days of Bush, you know, the guy who allowed the most heinous terrorist attack on our nation, left us with two wars and nearly completely destroyed our economy.

Yeah, the streets were paved with gold on Jan. 21st, 2008.

Posted by: JRM2 | January 27, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

CIA guy admits falsity of waterboarding effectiveness claims. Under "other nation / world headlines" lower on today's front, Post.com has link to jan 26 Foreign Policy magazine article debunking the widely covered contention that waterboarding quickly and effectively loosened tongues.

Posted by: webfreddes | January 27, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

(News item: Obama-Biden to Unveil High-Speed Rail Project)

Mr. President: How about first boarding the FREEDOM TRAIN?

RESTORING THE RULE OF LAW IN AMERICA MUST BE JOB #1.

• A Job Without Justice Is Slavery by Another Name.

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

• "U.S. Silently Tortures, Impairs Americans with Cell Tower Microwaves"
• "Gestapo USA: Fed-Funded Vigilante Network Terrorizes America"
• "U.S. Uses CBS News to Cover Up Microwave Cell Tower Torture?"

http://www.poynter.org/subject.asp?id=2 OR:
http://NowPublic.com/scrivener (see "stories" list)

Posted by: scrivener50 | January 27, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

No.

Posted by: JakeD | January 27, 2010 2:50 PM

==

stupid goddamn kid

Posted by: Noacoler | January 27, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

"Let me be clear..." "Let me be clear..." "Let me be clear..." "Let me be clear..." "Let me be clear..." "Let me be clear..." "Let me be clear..."

"Blame Bush..." "Blame Bush..." "Blame Bush..." "Blame Bush..." "Blame Bush..."

let's forget that congress has been owned by the Demoncrats for three years.

Just like the school teacher in the "Charlie Brown" comic strip, "Wah... Wah... Wah..."

Take a look at the metrics-
7 complete out of 25 promises for the first year. Valerie Jarrett stated that King Obummer would be "... ready to rule, Day 1."

Well, the King Obummer's batting average is .280, going up against "soft targets."

No completion, no credit. This isn't linear calculus, where you get partial credit for work in progress. It's a zero-one operation.

A grade of B+, my @ss!

Rep. Joe Wilson, of South Carolina is right: King Obummer, "You Lie!!!"

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | January 27, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

"Let me be clear..." "Let me be clear..." "Let me be clear..." "Let me be clear..." "Let me be clear..." "Let me be clear..." "Let me be clear..."

"Blame Bush..." "Blame Bush..." "Blame Bush..." "Blame Bush..." "Blame Bush..."

let's forget that congress has been owned by the Demoncrats for three years.

Just like the school teacher in the "Charlie Brown" comic strip, "Wah... Wah... Wah..."

Take a look at the metrics-
7 complete out of 25 promises for the first year. Valerie Jarrett stated that King Obummer would be "... ready to rule, Day 1."

Well, the King Obummer's batting average is .280, going up against "soft targets."

No completion, no credit. This isn't linear calculus, where you get partial credit for work in progress. It's a zero-one operation.

A grade of B+, my @ss!

Rep. Joe Wilson, of south Carolina is right: King Obummer, "You Lie!!!"

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | January 27, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

..."Givem hell Mr. President, Republicans RECORD/MESS/CRIMINAL/FACT...Hammer them over it."

I'd like to see the President come out swinging at Republicans, swinging at the media, and swinging at the American people who still don't get it!

"Still don't get who put them in this MESS, still don't get it, that it was the Republicans who lost 8 MILLION JOBS! Remind them again who still don't get it was Republicans who left office with the lowest job approval rating in the history of the United States Presidency, 20%!

American's still don't get it, this MESS We are in is a Republican record/MESS they left, as well as leaving you/America a record debt of $1.5 Trillion dollars, I remind them all the way through the speech, as American's still don't get it!

America I say must be told, that you can't turn a Republican MESS AROUND IN ONE YEAR WHAT TOOK EIGHT YEARS TO CREATE!

That's what I'd like to see, then hear what he has to say about laying out his agenda,goals for this year!

I'd also like to see President Barack answer Joe Wilson by telling him in front of all the people "HE LIED" before President leaves the podium..."Point directly to JOE WILSON and Say/YOU...LIED...and the record is proof of the MESS he's trying to clean up, then I'd love to see him leave...

As a registered Voter/VET USAF, I'd hammer the Republicans while reminding the American people who it was that made the MESS and explain to them you can't create 8 MILLION JOBS in one year what took the Republicans eight years to lose!

Sincerely, Tommy Birchfield, Graduate Student, Masters Program,
East Tennessee State University/Class,
2010.

Posted by: ztcb41 | January 27, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

No.

Posted by: JakeD | January 27, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

JakeD, can the birther crap you ignorant fool.

Posted by: JRM2 | January 27, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

I'll be watching, just like I watched Bush, Clinton, Bush 1, Reagan etc.

Anybody using their hatred of our President for whatever reason to not watch are not real Americans and only care for their warped ideology.

Posted by: JRM2 | January 27, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

I'll take Obama's responsibility-accepting first person singular over Reagan's responsibility-deflecting passive voice any day.

"Mistakes were made." (spits)

Posted by: Noacoler | January 27, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

"This could be one long speech if BO starts introducing the czars and czarinas.

Posted by: leapin |"
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You do realize that there is no one in his administration with the title of "Czar" and that it is a fabrication of the media to refer to officials with the title such as "Special Envoy" etc.

No, of course you don't, because your a Fuggin idiot.

Posted by: JRM2 | January 27, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

411 speeches and 158 interviews in one year = Obama comes on TV screen, TV is turned off, room is vacated.

Posted by: inmanorj | January 27, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

What a load this article is, you'd think it was a football game, or something. Oh, a speaking of games, here's a better article on what and how to look for stuff during the SOTU speech:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/26/state-of-the-union-drinki_n_436932.html

Posted by: whizkidz1 | January 27, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Every time Obama says,"I" or "me" let every one in America take a drink. We will all be drunk in the first five minutes! But remember it is "Not about me." Not at all Mr. President, not at all.

Posted by: cpameetingbook | January 27, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Obama’s First Two Years Will Boast Two Biggest Deficits Since World War II, Says CBO

Posted by: fury60 | January 27, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

.......Kick the Bums Out....................

I would suggest to the Speaker that she have the Sergeant at Arms and an extra security contingent at the ready for the SOTU. Unruly and uncivilized members of the Teabagger Party should be unceremoniously dragged from their seats, booted from the Chamber and tossed to the curb like common drunks or guttersnipe.

Posted by: heycoachb | January 27, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

This president I voted for makes me sick with him courting republicans. They will just scream NO in his face and he will continue to smile and court them.

Posted by: truth1 | January 27, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand how the populist tone and the domestic program freeze will work together. Populism has often served to help define why more help is needed. Maybe they plan populist rhetoric as lip service in lieu of actual help.

Posted by: blasmaic | January 27, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Wonder how often will Obama refer to his three favorite subjects: me, myself, and I.

His average is every thirteen seconds.

Posted by: Jerzy | January 27, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Obama needs to learn a lesson. Innovation and economic growth comes from the private sector. Get the government out of the way and watch what happens.

==

simply astounding that anyone still buys this snake oil.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 27, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

I just find it amazing that there are Republican Senators going on tv interviews telling Obama to adhere to his campaign promise to be bipartisan.

TO BE FAIR: When did health care for the democrats start being something they were going to pound over the heads of the Republicans at election time - and cease to be actually caring about the people affected ????

This is the original sin of the democrats -

If Obama and the democrats really cared about the health care of the people, they would take the 80% deal that McConnell and McCain are talking about.

Instead, Obama and the democrats are obsessed with creating an entitlements programs which gives them an electoral advantage - that is all they want - THIS CENTRAL REALITY OF THE DEMOCRATS HAS BEEN LAID BARE.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 27, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

I heard Obama will have a big lottery style "Bingo" cage with the name of every unemployed person in it. In the middle of the speech, he will choose one ping pong ball with the name of a person who will immediately get a job on the White House staff. Then he will tout that he is lowering the unemployment rate even as he speaks.

"Joe the Plumber, come on down!"

Posted by: InTheMiddle | January 27, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

First, why do we need a viewer's guide? Can we no longer think for ourselves? Is it too time consuming, too complicated? Secondly, when will we start taking responsibility for ourselves instead of constantly blaming government? We want the federal government to provide jobs, security, health care, schools, highways and bridges, and much, much more (and we want it NOW), but we don't want to pay for them, we don't want to work for them or wait one minute for them - we just want a scapegoat. Yeesh. And of course we won't get our health system overhauled - if we were discussing public schools and public libraries today, we'd probably be against them too, because we are so very perfect, we demand perfection in all our systems. We want, we want, we want; we grumble, we grumble, we grumble. We don’t listen, we won’t discuss; then we turn on our TV sets, computers, iPods etc. to find "reality."

Posted by: jujones1 | January 27, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

The Hell with bi-partisanship-we've had enough of this pandering to the obstructionists. Obama has to do what he was voted in to do, not to get in bed with Republicans. We need to get the Health care bill passed and a job stimulus program for our infrastructure using TARP money instead of giving it to the Banks. This bill has been proposed by the Democratic Representative from Illinois-Hare.

Posted by: lionelroger | January 27, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Curiously, the language in the current Presidential Succession Act is less clear than that of the 1886 Act with respect to Senate confirmation below Cabinet level. The 1886 Act refers to "such officers as shall have been appointed by the advice and consent of the Senate to the office therein named ..." The current act merely refers to "officers appointed, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate." Read literally, this means that the current act allows for acting secretaries to be in the line of succession as long as they are confirmed by the Senate for any post (even for example, the second or third in command within a department). It is not uncommon for a second in command to become acting secretary when the secretary leaves office (or is killed?). Though there is some dispute over this provision, the language clearly permits an argument that acting secretaries to be placed in the line of succession. The whole dispute about "czars" is that the Senate has NOT been allowed to "consent" to their appointments.

Posted by: JakeD | January 27, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Does anything Hopey says matter?

I'll be helping my kid finish his homework, instead of watching Barry make excuses on national TV.

Posted by: greg3 | January 27, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

I would like to hear him say, "I have not been honest with the American people and have lied on many issues. So, to spare further embarrassment to the country and my family I hereby resign as president of the United States. Thank you and good night."

Posted by: PalmSpringsGirl | January 27, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Why is the governement building a rail system? Is the cost such there is no $ to be made? A constant throw out the window of tax dollars in a bottomless bucket.
Posted by: billisnice
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A rail system serves the same purpose as an out of control government run healthcare system or cap and tax. It’s a bottomless tax pit that drains the resources of the public so they are dependent on government and vote the big D.

Posted by: leapin | January 27, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

leapin:

It has to be a "natural-born" Cabinet member. My guess is Vilsack. Gates, Holder, and Chu have already been used.

Posted by: JakeD | January 27, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

If you need someone to tell you what to watch for, why bother to watch at all? Tomorrow scores of pundits will tell you what he said. By accepting either, you've already agreed to accept another's bias, much of which will have nothing to do with reality. Which then leads me to ask, how will you ever get to the truth?

Posted by: infuse | January 27, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Because Acting President Biden likes to ride trains.

Posted by: JakeD | January 27, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

I can't stand to see him on TV. I switch it immediately. The man is an empty suit, elevated by an Affirmative Action agenda and an ability to read teleprompters well. Hopefully his Reparations agenda has been stopped. After all, he didn't listen to his preacher scream "God DAMN White America!" for nothing the last dozen years...

Posted by: tjhall1 | January 27, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

What I want to know is who tonight's "Designated Survivor" is?

Posted by: JakeD
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Well it won't be Van Jones. Can we guess from official cabinet members only or do the czars count now?

Posted by: leapin | January 27, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Why is the governement building a rail system? Is the cost such there is no $ to be made? A constant throw out the window of tax dollars in a bottomless bucket.

Posted by: billisnice | January 27, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

I'm hoping for a teleprompter malfunction.

Posted by: VirginiaLonghorn | January 27, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to count the number of times he says "I". The over/under is about 450 times.

Posted by: johnfchick1 | January 27, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

It's Bush's fault.

Posted by: Fred38 | January 27, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

What I want to know is who tonight's "Designated Survivor" is?

Posted by: JakeD | January 27, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Overall themes-

"I'm a populist fighter!"

"You're mad. I'm mad. See, we're on the same team!"

Wasn't McCain ridiculed for this kind of posture in '08?

Posted by: WiseRick | January 27, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Look for a willingness to give up the Cold War logic of war as a solution and arms racing as an economic engine along with population growth and to give up the capitalist/socialist ideological rhetoric and get on with the 21st century of learning how to live within the means of our planet before we make ourselves extinct! And a sense of world interdependence that requires everyone to have a basic standard of living in order for everyone to be able to thrive and be safe individually and collectively.

Posted by: Wildthing1 | January 27, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

ModerateVoter:

Okay, so what do you think that Obama has done?

Posted by: JakeD | January 27, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

What to watch for? How about the usual bogus PR line, "The stink of the onion...is STRONG!"

Posted by: gce1356 | January 27, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

ModerateVoter:

While he was just sworn in as Governor, I'm not sure you can get away with saying he's done "nothing" as a family man, a former lieutenant colonel in the United States Army, intern in Congress, and lawyer who served in the Virginia House of Delegates and as your Attorney General : )

Posted by: JakeD | January 27, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

As the Gov :)

@37thand0street

On the posts at 37thand0street | January 27, 2010 1:27 PM and the 37thand0street | January 27, 2010 1:12 PM

I am about 80% in agreement with you on them. :)

Posted by: ModerateVoter | January 27, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

"I'd like to give a shout out to Sal Alinsky for the idea to polarize the independents from the conservatives and up in the gallery a big shout out to Bill Ayers in the red tie"

Posted by: leapin | January 27, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

ModerateVoter:

While he was just sworn in as Governor, I'm not sure you can get away with saying he's done "nothing" as a family man, a former lieutenant colonel in the United States Army, intern in Congress, and lawyer who served in the Virginia House of Delegates and as your Attorney General : )

Posted by: JakeD | January 27, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

This could be one long speech if BO starts introducing the czars and czarinas.

Posted by: leapin | January 27, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Give it up ddawd, there is no difference between "the bill" and the "provisions of the bill". O is just a Marxist, he believes in "from each according to his ability to each according to his need". It's just the way he is. That's why he supports people like Chavez and prosecutes his own CIA while abetting terrorists at Gitmo. The man believes the world is better off with a weak America.

Posted by: jhr1 | January 27, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Obama's dilemma is that he has laid bare the limits of democratic policy ideas.


Health care has always had so many practical and financial problems that it was always much better as a talking point for the democrats than a real program.

Now Obama has spent so much money, that he is at the practical end of spending as well.

Obama has no where else to go - he is at the end of democratic policies - and he has shown the nation how bankrupt those policies are.

Obama really has no where to go - and the country is certainly not in the mood for a pack of lies and a lack of bipartisanship from this guy. The country is done with the unrealistic selling of things that Obama can never deliver.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 27, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Not going to watch…
Waiting for results not rhetoric...
Could be a long wait :)

Hope the GOP are respectful.

As for McDonnell, I would have preferred someone that has done something. As a northern Va resident, I am watching him on education and roads.

Posted by: ModerateVoter | January 27, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Yes, DDAWD, just like "polling of individual provisions" such as Mussolini making the trains run on time.

Posted by: JakeD | January 27, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Watch for these clever phrases tonight:

Let me be perfectly clear

Pulled back from the brink

saved or created

Inherited crisis

unproductive efforts

fight fight fight

they have no actual meaning, they just poll tested well.

Posted by: drivl | January 27, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Senator McConnell and Senator McCain both say that the Republicans will agree to 80% of the health care bill - which will probably center on regulation of the health insurance companies to curb the worst abuses.

Obama has to be thinking about that.

Why not take that deal? This health care bill would be better than no health care bill.


Obama has to realize now that the new taxes and the new spending in the massive health care bills would simply be horrible for the economy.

The country just may have been saved by the voters of Massachusetts.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 27, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

"ddawd, the health care bill is "very popular"? Man, as Barney (BJ) Frank would say, "on what planet do you spend most of your time"?

Posted by: jhr1"

I didn't say the health care bill is popular. I said the provisions of the bill are popular. If you poll the individual things the bill accomplishes, these items poll well.

However, polling also shows that people don't really know what's in the bill. One of the more notable examples is a small business tax credit. Another is the insurance exchange. Some things are less popular, such as the individual mandate, but this is necessary to prevent premium increase if you are going to have the popular provision that insurers can't discriminate based on pre-existing conditions. People are also unaware that the bill will lower the deficit according to the CBO.

If Democrats could get out their message as well as the Republicans, the bill would be quite a bit more popular today.

Posted by: DDAWD | January 27, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Chill everyone. Almost no State of the Union Address has a shelf life of more than one news cycle.

Posted by: tobetv | January 27, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Obama, the other red meat.

Posted by: jhr1 | January 27, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

There developed a significant amount of lies last year coming from Obama.


Anyone could see it happening - the liberals wanted one set of things in the health care bill


But then the White House focus grouped a bunch of things - they came up with some buzz words and assurances to the American People - the only problem was the bill did not do what those buzz words said and the assurances were not in the bill either.


Obama went with the cover story anyway.


That is deception - or lying whichever you would like to call it.

Now we have a similar story with the freeze.


Obama jacks up the deficit - increases spending by 12 % at the agencies - and now he wants a freeze - why doesn't he roll back his own increases and then call for AN IMMEDIATE FREEZE, that would be meaningful.


Posted by: 37thand0street | January 27, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

The recent foray into faux populism by the President of the United States reflects an administration in the midst of unraveling, its magical mantras of hope and change irretrievably tarnished, and its gauzy promises of a new golden age of bi-partisan cooperation looking more and more like a sour joke. President Obama understands that he needs to project a fresh start on health care, terrorism, spending, deficits, the economy, energy policy and more, but he prefers to experiment with an ill-fitting image adjustment, based on the success of one of his embattled predecessors. He may make vain attempts to impersonate Harry Truman, but the combination of mindless big government policies and feckless, self-righteous leadership increasingly bring to mind his deeper resemblance to Jimmy Carter.

Posted by: drivl | January 27, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

lol@Democrats blaming Obama for the political environment. If they would have shouldered some of the responsibility for fighting back against Republican lies, then the political environment might be a lot different now. Instead, they allowed Republicans to say whatever the hell they wanted without challenge and as a result, Dems are looking bad.
Posted by: DDAWD | January 27, 2010 12:37 PM

You are correct. The DEMOCRATS are just a bunch of wimps.

Posted by: Hembo | January 27, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

ddawd, the health care bill is "very popular"? Man, as Barney (BJ) Frank would say, "on what planet do you spend most of your time"?

Posted by: jhr1 | January 27, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

socialism, death panels, spiraling costs, and increased deficits.


aka facts.

Posted by: drivl | January 27, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

lol@Democrats blaming Obama for the political environment. If they would have shouldered some of the responsibility for fighting back against Republican lies, then the political environment might be a lot different now. Instead, they allowed Republicans to say whatever the hell they wanted without challenge and as a result, Dems are looking bad. The provisions of the current health care bill are very popular. It's just that Dems have done an absolutely horrible job of educating the public, so they have no idea what's in it. Republicans have been spouting their lies of socialism, death panels, spiraling costs, and increased deficits.

If they would stop running scared every time an unfavorable poll comes out, they wouldn't be in this mess. Obama has a day job. He can't constantly campaign on their behalf. They need to put in the work.

Posted by: DDAWD | January 27, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Oh, God. Really? The "change" I voted for had nothing to do with throwing more money at problems (such as education). That's old school, Mr. President. We already spend more per pupil than almost any other nation on the planet, yet have declining results.

As with most of your performance over the past year, I am quite disappointed.

How about some "freebies" that won't get us all more in debt? Repeal "Don't Ask/Don't Tell." Repeal DOMA. Cut foreign aid *substantially.* Trash the Department of Education and the IRS. See your support skyrocket.

Posted by: phil825 | January 27, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Regarding tone: I sure hope he doesn't use that Negro dialect liberals are so afraid of.

will he pound the podium and twitch his head back and forth to read both teleprompters while gazing skyward toward his only peer? Like Mussolini and hitler? Are all tryrannical despots cut from the same cloth?

will he promise to fix the economy by vilifying corporations and banks?

will he move toward victory overseas by surrender, retreat and apology?

will he take responsibility and actually stop the Buck by increased spending and continually blaming bush?

Posted by: drivl | January 27, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

"In as much as I have lied to you since I set foot on the campaign trail, and in acknoweledgement of the fact that I am a CIA-prosecuting, Terrorist-coddling Marxist who thinks the world is better off with a weak America, I hereby resign in disgrace". Yeah, that'll work.

Posted by: jhr1 | January 27, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

He needs to start his speech like Ronald Wilson Reagan (666) the anti-Christ used to start his speeches... "I AM HERE BECAUSE OF THE FAILED ECONOMIC POLICIES OF CONSERVATIVE-ISM" (obviously the Anti-Christ used to say Liberalism... but it worked--over time). Then he needs to drag out a box of 20 Mule Team Borax...

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Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | January 27, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

I hope it's a DEMOCRAT this time who has the courage to call out Obama on his lies.

Posted by: JakeD | January 27, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

..."POUR IT ON....President Barack, hammer Republicans for the MESS/RECORD they left you and the American people in! "Pour it on..."IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO!

Posted by: ztcb41 | January 27, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Agreed, kenpasadena. Considering the fact that we don't know whether Obama was even born in the U.S., and therefore is legally President, I think that his "State of the Union" will be a pretty lame speech.

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

Steve Jobs announcement this morning will create more positive impact on the economy. Obama needs to learn a lesson. Innovation and economic growth comes from the private sector. Get the government out of the way and watch what happens. Oh wait, that's Reagan's message not Obamas. Like Groundhog Day, the State of the Union Obama style means we have to suffer three more years of high unemployment and a bad economy.

Posted by: kenpasadena | January 27, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

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