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Declaring the American dream under siege, President Barack Obama delivered a populist challenge Tuesday night to shrink the gap between rich and poor, promising to tax the wealthy more and help jobless Americans get work and hang onto their homes. Seeking re-election and needing results, the president invited Republicans to join him but warned, “I intend to fight.” In an emphatic State of the Union address, Obama said ensuring a fair shot for all Americans is “the defining issue of our time.” He said the economy is finally recovering from a deep and painful recession and he will fight any effort to return to policies that brought it low. “We've come too far to turn back now,” he declared/Ben Feller, Twin Falls Times-News. More here. (AP photo)
Question: Do you believe the American dream is in peril?
President Barack Obama greets retiring Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz. on Capiotl Hill in Washington, Tuesday, prior to delivering his State of the Union address. Story here. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Question: Have you been inspired by Gabby Giffords fight to overcome her grievous wound from a would-be assassin's bullet?
Tonight’s speech was different than President Obama’s previous three versions with him now clearly switching to campaign mode. He talked about the exceptionalism of the American people and how they are the key to our country’s greatness. I agree, and I also agree with many of the ideas he set forth in his speech. Unfortunately, his words tonight did not match the policies he has put forth over the past three years when we have seen record debt, unemployment and layers of new regulation/U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, via Kevin Richert/Idaho Statesman. More here. (AP photo: President Barack Obama with Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner, right, in background)
Question: What did you think of the president's State of the Union speech?
U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, vice chair of the House Republican Conference, gave Fox News a preview of the GOP's rebuttle to tonight's expected themes in President Obama's State of the Union address. The congresswoman from Spokane took repeated shots at Obama's rejection of the Keystone pipeline, saying America needs the private sector jobs.
“At a time when we need to be putting Americans back to work, the President, unfortunately, is saying ‘no’ to American energy and ‘no’ to American jobs,” McMorris Rodgers told Fox News commentator Bill Hemmer. “That’s the wrong answer.
Here's a clip of the TV appearance:
The president is scheduled to deliver his State of the Union address at 6 p.m. PT tonight, and is expected to call for higher tax rates on America's millionaires.
Sen. Mike Crapo is the only member of the Idaho delegation so far to sign on to an effort for members of Congress to sit with a lawmaker from the opposite party during the president’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night. There’s no word on which Democrat that Crapo will be sitting with and, unlike many members of Congress, he’s kept it low key. Congresspeople from other states have been sending out press releases touting their participation in the bipartisan seating arrangement, a sign that the partisan atmosphere in Congress has become so poisonous that it’s reached the point where it’s considered a big deal where people sit. Alaska Sen. Murkowski is the main Republican championing the bipartisan date idea in the Senate, while Colorado Democratic Sen. Mark Udall is doing so in his party/Sean Cockerham, Idaho Statesman. More here.
Question: Do you like the idea of Democrats and Republicans sitting together tonight to here President Obama's State of the Union speech?
Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., delivers her response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday. Bachmann founded the congressional Tea Party caucus. You write the cutline. Story here. (AP Photo)
- 1. Michelle BACHMANN, who some in the Tea Party think is a real head-TURNER discusses why government spending has to be shifted out of OVERDRIVE. Said Bachmann, the Republicans are “Taking Care of Business”, and if President Obama can't “Take it Like a Man”, then he can “Roll on Down the Highway” — Eddie Torreal.
- 2. After becoming aware of fundamental misunderstanding of basic American government and the constitution, Republicans in congress tapped Michelle Bachman to translate the president's SOTU into teabonics for their constituents. Unfortunately they exhausted their supply of Nazi and Marxist analogies — Sisyphus.
- 3. Tired of being relegated to a “fantasy football widow” each Sunday, Michelle unveils the first ever “fantasy politicians league” to rave reviews. She scored the neat charts from Ross Perot on E-bay — Formerly Sandpoint.
- HM: Otis G
For two years, Barack Obama has been talking about lifting the U.S. out of a financial hole. In his second State of the Union, buoyed by recent legislative successes, his successful speech in Tucson and a brightening economic forecast, he began charting a path forward. That's not to say the address harked back to the soaring oratory of his campaign speeches, or even the Tucson address. It was light on applause lines and suffused with a grim subtext: our competitors are gaining on us. Obama's task was to acknowledge the status anxiety sweeping across the U.S., identify the problems causing it, and map out a plan to solidify America's place in the world/Alex Altman, Time. More here.
Question: In baseball terms, how would you rank Obama's State of the Union Tuesday night — strikeout, single, double, triple, or home run? Why?
President Barack Obama strides from the Oval Office along the Colonnade at the White House in Washington earlier today, after being prepped for his State of the Union speech, which will begin at 6 p.m. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
DFO: Feel free to use this post to share your thoughts about tonight's State of the Union speech.
There's been a lot of talk on the political TV channels today about the change in seating arrangements for tonight's State of the Union Address. Rs and Ds will mingle rather than divide into partisan blocs in the House chamber. Or, as Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, one of the proponents of the scheme, put it, they'll “get out of our conventional skins. ”
Everyone agrees it's a symbolic gesture, but coming after last fall's election (not to mention last year's “You lie!”), I'm betting most Americans welcome it. It will be interesting to see how it affects the applause patterns or (Murkowski's words again) the “theatrics.”
Wonder what to believe among all the things you heard before, during and after President Barack Obama’s “State of the Union” speech?
PolitiFact.com breaks down some of the comments of both sides. Click here to see who was lying and who was truthing.
And as a bonus, here’s a clip of Obama’s speech when he jabs the Supreme Court for its recent ruling on campaign finance. Can you spot any Washington State politicians in it?
Good morning, Netizens…
Here we have cartoonist David Horsey’s State of the Union summation. Granted, while it is not truly a speech, but I submit its contents speaks volumes about the true State of the Union as it exists today. Although there were several different points of view mentioned in a previous discussion of banks and corporations being allowed to contribute directly to elections, I still have misgivings about it, much the same as I have profound misgivings about the huge bank bonuses being paid to their employees in a time when most working-class people are struggling to survive.
As Horsey’s character says, “If this isn’t economic recovery, I don’t know what is.”
What is too unfortunate, and thus perhaps David Horsey’s message is, the economic recovery as it stands, appears to be one-sided in favor of corporations and banks. Employment has dropped yet again, the number of people dependent upon assistance to pay their bills and feed their families has continued to increase and all while the health insurance crisis continues unabated.
However, tonight President Obama has an opportunity to give his version of the State of the Union. Perhaps he can stop this juggernaut economic bandwagon as it appears to hurdle down the hill.
Your thoughts, of course, may differ.