Skip to comments.Obama's Running For Another First Term
Posted on 01/21/2012 9:58:41 AM PST by CaroleL
On Tuesday night, President Barack Obama will deliver his fourth State of the Union Address. Traditionally the unofficial kickoff of an incumbent president's re-election campaign, he cannot be faulted for using this Constitutionally mandated speech as a political opportunity (though one could argue he's been campaigning more than governing for years). But in a video released this morning to millions of his supporters, he previewed an address designed to win a first term for an untested candidate, not a second term for a president that has already failed.
In the video, Mr. Obama says he will concentrate on four areas designed to restore economic security for the long term: manufacturing, energy, education, job training and a "return to American values." As he has many times during his first three years in office, he is promising to concentrate or focus on the economy as if he's seeing the problems (and potential solutions) for the first time.
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I don’t even want to hear a whisper about the GOP sitting next to the Dems this time around. The GOP needs to sit with their hands firmly planted in their laps. The whole SCOTUS should boycott.
A friend of mine told me his parents still blame Bush. And he hung his head in shame. He’s been trying to break thru to them his entire adult life.
You must be including the requested and granted statements to a joint session of Congress in your count of four State of the Union addresses. Am I being too technical here?
Yes, I'm including his February, 2009 address. Though you're right that it wassn't officially a "State of the Union Address," Reagan, both Bushes, Clinton and now Obama have been giving a pseudo SOTU a month or two into their first year in office.
Nothing prevents Obama from giving a State of the Union address once a month from now until the election (other than fear of low ratings). They are all campaign speeches which he doesn't have to pay for.
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