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Posted on 01/25/2011 1:53:50 PM PST by TriGirl

My husband and I are being interviewed for our local news station in about 1 hour as a "regular families" opinion and expectations of the Presidents speech tonight.

Any good talking points or comments to throw out there? I know you all can help me with some good ones!


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1 posted on 01/25/2011 1:53:53 PM PST by TriGirl
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To: TriGirl

You need “talking points” to talk about yourselves?
You might want to check-in for a 72 hour observation.


2 posted on 01/25/2011 1:56:23 PM PST by wilco200 (11/4/08 - The Day America Jumped the Shark)
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To: TriGirl

Here’s one that will get your interview on the cutting room floor: Where’s the birth certificate?

Just kidding (about you saying that not that it would get deleted).


3 posted on 01/25/2011 1:56:23 PM PST by Truth is a Weapon (If I weren't afraid of the feds, I would refer to Obama as our "undocumented POTUS")
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To: TriGirl

Expectation are low as he has promised it all before and not carried through. No Job growth, spending our of control, etc.


4 posted on 01/25/2011 1:56:23 PM PST by w1andsodidwe (How can you tell when the President is lying? When his lips move, of course.)
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To: TriGirl

Ask how come the Gov. of Hawaii couldn’t find Obama’s birth certificate.


5 posted on 01/25/2011 1:57:16 PM PST by Lachisula
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To: TriGirl

I expect him to say investment every time he means government spending.


6 posted on 01/25/2011 1:57:40 PM PST by Brookhaven (Moderates = non-thinkers)
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To: TriGirl

Co-opting the Tea Party’s message is nice and all, but talk is one thing and action is another. His talk does not match his walk.

Everything this president has done has made things worse not better. He has enriched unions and Wall Street Fat cats with bailouts and payoffs.... the walk this man has been taking is NOT what he has been saying. Why shoud we trust a known liar now?

Oh, and where is the long form Birth Certificate? Why isn’t congress demanding that from him? We have zero assurances the man even has the the legal authority according to the constitution for even giving a state of the Union address. He isn’t a Natural Born Citizen.


7 posted on 01/25/2011 1:58:01 PM PST by Danae (Anailnathrach ortha bhais is beatha do cheal deanaimha)
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To: TriGirl

“after last years “Summer of recovery”, I will be surprised if Obama pledges to cut spending and create jobs, since he announced he had accomplished that mission last spring.”


8 posted on 01/25/2011 1:58:16 PM PST by swamprebel ("spending our childrens future faster than they can print ")
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To: TriGirl
Ask why Obama has suddenly "discovered" fiscal discipline, after spending money like a drunken sailor for the past two years.
9 posted on 01/25/2011 1:58:33 PM PST by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good WOMAN (Sgt. Kimberly Munley) with a gun)
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To: TriGirl

How to tell he’s lying; lips move.


10 posted on 01/25/2011 1:59:00 PM PST by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: TriGirl

Mention concerns for economy, debt spending and Obamacare. DO NOT disrespect the politicians (stick to issues). DO NOT use cuss/swear words.

When the interviewer asks you a question that seems odd (like, do you think the Republicans are obstructing Obama’s attempt to fix the economy?), then do not answer the question! But answer the question that you would have liked to have been asked (example: Is Obama obstructing efforts to fix the economy?).


11 posted on 01/25/2011 1:59:18 PM PST by VRW Conspirator (If raising taxes on an activity reduces such an activity, let's tax liberalism to death.)
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To: TriGirl

They’re putting lipstick on the pig again by trying to make people believe that he’s a moderate now.


12 posted on 01/25/2011 1:59:32 PM PST by oneolcop (Lead, Follow or Get the Hell Out of the Way!)
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To: TriGirl

Since Obama is now quoting Reagan, mention that you are waiting for him to say “government isn’t the answer to the problem - government is the problem!”


13 posted on 01/25/2011 1:59:32 PM PST by JD91
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To: TriGirl

His rhetoric never seems to match his actions, especially on the transparency issue. Big disappointment.


14 posted on 01/25/2011 1:59:48 PM PST by Excellence (Buy Progresso, take off the label, write "not halal," mail to Campbell's soup company.)
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To: VRW Conspirator

Oh great advise. If asked a horrible question, rephrase it with what SHOULD have been asked.


15 posted on 01/25/2011 2:00:30 PM PST by Danae (Anailnathrach ortha bhais is beatha do cheal deanaimha)
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To: TriGirl

I expect him to ignore and deny the 14 Trillion debt he has created for the last two years.

And to tell us he wants to “invest” (spend) more to create jobs.


16 posted on 01/25/2011 2:00:59 PM PST by roses of sharon (I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13)
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To: TriGirl

This president talks the talk but doesn’t walk the walk.

All this talk about jobs is just a deflection from all the dead bodies coming home from Afghanistan.

His proposed new investments sound like a risky spending scheme.

No country ever deficit spent itself into prosperity.

I thought the speech contained some hateful partisan rhetoric.


17 posted on 01/25/2011 2:01:05 PM PST by JPJones (There are no conservative Democrats. Just ones scared of re-election.)
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To: TriGirl
It NEVER matters what the President says. It matters what he does. Now, I dare you to show that unedited.

Regards,

TS

18 posted on 01/25/2011 2:01:42 PM PST by The Shrew (www.wintersoldier.com; www.tstrs.com; The Truth Shall Set You Free!)
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To: TriGirl

Relax, take a deep breath, and speak your (own) mind. You’ll do just fine. Unless you’re a libtard (you’re not, I’ll presume) you don’t need a ‘teleprompter’ - or other people to tell you what to say.


19 posted on 01/25/2011 2:01:47 PM PST by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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To: TriGirl

I don’t think you need talking points, just be honest. Do you know people who are out of work? Do you know people whose houses are being foreclosed upon? Do you know people who are worried about whether inflation is going to be eating away the cost of what little savings they have left? If so, ask how tonight’s speech is going to help them.

When Washington gets serious about our debt, our unemployment rate, our inflation and our security, maybe we will pay more attention to them but, for now, I don’t see many people in Washington listening to us - from either party.

I got an e-mail today from my Republican congressman and he wants a pat on the back for introducing a bill to stop earmarks named after members of congress. It’s well and good but it’s not going nearly far enough. We need members of congress who care more about this country than their own vanity and there are but a rare few in Washington that have the right priorities.

BTW, good luck and have a DVR rolling.


20 posted on 01/25/2011 2:02:18 PM PST by OrangeHoof (Washington, we Texans want a divorce!)
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To: TriGirl

Will you be allowed to say that you expect the President to say one thing and as usual do another.

IOW, talk about cutting the deficit and then spend more money we don’t have.


21 posted on 01/25/2011 2:02:39 PM PST by Carley (IDEOLOGY TRUMPS FACTS IN THE LEFT'S QUEST FOR POWER)
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To: JD91

Why is he punishing AZ. when it is being ravaged by illegal aliens who are taking away jobs from Americans?


22 posted on 01/25/2011 2:02:48 PM PST by magna carta
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To: TriGirl

the man has passed bills which have not been popular with the middle and now he has them passed he thinks he can move to the middle and have us all think that he’s a moderate.

When he says investment he means yet again spend.

Obama can read a speech which has been written for him but the fact remains he says one thing and then does another, for instance for two years he has said jobs and now he complains that the GOP are looking at health care when that is all he did .

Just because he can read a speech I see no reason why I should believe him when his actions have been proven to be very out of the mainstream


23 posted on 01/25/2011 2:03:15 PM PST by manc (Shame on all who voted for the repeal of DADT, who supported it or never tried to stop it. Traitors)
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To: TriGirl
You know that “targeted investments’ are just another way of saying more deficit spending. We want real specific and tangible spending cuts. Ask the question should the Federal government be in a specific business? Regardless of how good it sounds, if it is not a Constitutional government activity, cut it. Terminate whole programs, don't just trim around the edges.

Also, stop setting up new agencies and governmental functions. For example,
Obama proposes to establish a new drug development center because the private sector isn't investing enough and bringing drugs to market quickly enough. This is a problem caused by the FDA approval process. Reform the FDA. Don't create another government agency to deal with the problems caused by the first government agency.

STOP THE DEFICIT SPENDING.

24 posted on 01/25/2011 2:04:35 PM PST by Truth29
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To: TriGirl

Given the expectations he set for in 2010 versus the results we’ve seen, we would expect a speech that:

1. Includes an apology for his first 2 years.
2. Acknowledges that his jobs ideas were utter failures and should be scrapped.
3. Recognizes that the recent election was a message that he has to do business completely differently.
4. Promises to listen to the American people, starting with signing a repeal of the healthcare plan.
5. Promises to reduce the spending to at least the levels of 2010 - not just freezing the budget where we are today.

Of course this won’t happen, but they’re asking what you’d expect to see... not predicting what we will see.


25 posted on 01/25/2011 2:04:35 PM PST by alancarp
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To: TriGirl

Ask why Obama wants to freeze spending at record levels instead of cutting spending like the majority of Americans favor.


26 posted on 01/25/2011 2:04:38 PM PST by AmusedBystander (Republicans may have helped drive the economy into the ditch, but Obama is driving it off the cliff.)
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To: TriGirl

You might as well decline the interview since the tone and message is entirely set by the video editor, not you.


27 posted on 01/25/2011 2:05:12 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: TriGirl

Obama can NOT spend 2 years imposing regulations by his czars and then expect us to believe him when he says he’s going to cut regulations that get in the way of job creation.
His policies and entire agenda ARE the problem, NOT the solution!


28 posted on 01/25/2011 2:05:16 PM PST by G Larry
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To: TriGirl

A few:

- Why is he going to talk about freezing discretionary spending when he has more than doubled it in two years?

- Why is he suddenly a economic conservative when he has just spent more than all previous presidents . . . combined?

- Does he realize that the government cannot create private sector jobs, which are the only jobs that fuel our economy - the government can only create (or not create) an atmosphere that fosters job growth.


29 posted on 01/25/2011 2:05:29 PM PST by jda
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To: TriGirl

There are some good responses here (love the Birth Certificate ones)....but you probably want something that will have you on TV.

Some ideas:

Where are the Jobs?? Like his predecessor...Obama claimed he was going to create jobs. Where are the jobs?? Instead of having the Chinese premier at the White House...how about bringing the jobs back from China...

Govt Spending: We have spent trillions on bank bailouts and business bailouts...yet our economy is stillstagnating. Are we going to spend more tax dollars to bail out failed businesses?

Our state and local governments are raising our taxes on everything. Will there be relief on the Federal level to offset the increases in taxes state and locally?


30 posted on 01/25/2011 2:06:48 PM PST by UCFRoadWarrior (NAFTA, WTO, UN, IMF, USAID, World Bank, are all Statist organizations)
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To: VRW Conspirator

“Do you think the Republicans are obstructing Obama’s attempts to fix the economy?”

Answer: They haven’t had a chance to do that - they only came into power 3 weeks ago. The Democrats have had free reign to do whatever “fixing” they wanted to do... and by my reckoning, they have utterly failed to improve anything.


31 posted on 01/25/2011 2:08:10 PM PST by alancarp
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To: TriGirl

Tell them you expect to hear him tell us how he’s going to spend us into prosperity, while cutting government waste and fraud. Again.


32 posted on 01/25/2011 2:08:34 PM PST by tacticalogic
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To: TriGirl

Ask him if Nashville has recovered from the flood yet.


33 posted on 01/25/2011 2:09:00 PM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: TriGirl

I would focus on how Obama’s lousy ecomomy has impacted your family.

How Obama’s multi-billion dollar vacations have got to stop.

And how - in his SOTU speech tonight - you hope he will own up to the change that voters made clear last November, and that how Obama should make the drastic changes that America demands. That he should concede his tax and spend strategies are and were wrong. And that he should listen to the majority of States who DO NOT WANT Obamacare.

For starters...


34 posted on 01/25/2011 2:09:14 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (Yes, as a matter of fact, what you do in your bedroom IS my business.)
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How often does he use the word “investment” in order to make the US “competitive”?

“Investment” equals “New Government Spending”


35 posted on 01/25/2011 2:09:52 PM PST by karl_from_wylie
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The only transparency we are getting from this administration comes when you try to board an airplane.


36 posted on 01/25/2011 2:09:56 PM PST by OrangeHoof (Washington, we Texans want a divorce!)
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To: TriGirl
Can you ask him how often Soros has to open that weird scare on his head to update him?
37 posted on 01/25/2011 2:10:49 PM PST by ladyvet ( I would rather have Incitatus then the asses that are in congress today.)
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To: ladyvet

Opps, scar.


38 posted on 01/25/2011 2:11:31 PM PST by ladyvet ( I would rather have Incitatus then the asses that are in congress today.)
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To: TriGirl

With all the talk about government investing in America, I have to ask why should we get behind that with the government’s record at picking winners and losers?

Will we be going to go into business as the world’s supplier of $5,000 dollar toilet seats?

How does it help our global competitiveness to make sure that GE has enough in tax breaks, incentives, and regulations so that no small business can possibly compete with it?

Even social security is providing a negative return for many people.

The kind of investments they are talking about makes all of us less free and as a result less competitive.


39 posted on 01/25/2011 2:11:37 PM PST by frithguild (The Democrat Party Brand - Big Government protecting Entrenched Interests from Competition)
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To: TriGirl

I would say that I really didn’t expect much, just more rhetoric about change and hope, more political promises as he kicks off his re-election campaign, when for the last two years, the change has been bad, and taken away our hopes. Unemployment is at record highs; spending and the deficiet are at record highs, and with the raising of the debt ceiling, and printing of money, inflation is going to rise as well; Obama doesn’t seem to stay in DC for very long to address these concerns, and seems to care more about the state of other countries than the state of our union! That is what I would say.


40 posted on 01/25/2011 2:15:36 PM PST by tuckrdout ( A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back. Prov.29:11)
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To: AmusedBystander
Freezing non-security spending will not make any real significant impact on the budget. Half of the budget is consumed by the entitlement programs and debt servicing costs. Once you remove the almost $1 trillion for all national security costs, there is very little left to make any siginficant savings.

Here is a clever little video that provides some perspective on the size of our problem and the symbolic, but meaningless, gestures to do something about it.

41 posted on 01/25/2011 2:15:40 PM PST by kabar
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To: TriGirl

Have a couple of barf bags prominently displayed.


42 posted on 01/25/2011 2:17:20 PM PST by JPG (Work for conservative change like your country depended on it.)
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To: All



Have YOU Donated To FR Yet?
Less Than $6.5k To Go!!


43 posted on 01/25/2011 2:19:07 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: TriGirl
News reports from analysts with advance knowledge of the text of the speech are saying that obama will call for a spending freeze on all discretionary spending (except natonal security.) But that's what he said 2 years ago in his last SOTU...and we all know how that worked out. So, you expect the substance to be the same. We'll hear a lot about spending that isn't "really" spending. Instead, there will be much talk about "investments" in jobs, and technology and education and health and the environment etc. There will be a whole boatload of euphemisms for...spending.

Lots of talk about fiscal responsibility and belt tightening....with no specifics on what would actually *be* cut. But a long litany of things that the administration WANTS to spend money on. That they WILL spend on. Errrr...Invest in.

44 posted on 01/25/2011 2:22:40 PM PST by Eroteme
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To: TriGirl

Just please say “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?”


45 posted on 01/25/2011 2:23:27 PM PST by IllumiNaughtyByNature (3(0|\|0/\/\1($ 101: (4P174L1$/\/\ R3QU1r3$ (4P174L. Could it be any more simple?)
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To: The Shrew

Damn! That’s a winner!


46 posted on 01/25/2011 2:24:42 PM PST by IllumiNaughtyByNature (3(0|\|0/\/\1($ 101: (4P174L1$/\/\ R3QU1r3$ (4P174L. Could it be any more simple?)
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To: justlurking
Ask why Obama has suddenly "discovered" fiscal discipline, after spending money like a drunken sailor for the past two years.

At least drunken sailors are spending money they earned themselves, doing honest labor, which is more than can be said for Zero.

47 posted on 01/25/2011 2:24:55 PM PST by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: TriGirl

Tell them that we are adding to our debt to the tune of 4 BILLION dollars per day if spending is simply frozen*. This is with record low interest rates, btw. Spending must be CUT.

* source: Neil Cavuto & Gerri Willis (Fox Business) less than 30 minutes ago


48 posted on 01/25/2011 2:26:56 PM PST by Daisyjane69 (Michael Reagan: "Welcome back, Dad, even if you're wearing a dress and bearing children this time)
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To: TriGirl

Tell them Obama was shown to be a serial liar when it came to health reform:
1. It will not bend down the cost curve, according to the government’s own figures;
2. It will not reduce the federal deficit unless you believe in all the smoke and mirrors required to make it look that way;
3. Many millions of Americans will NOT be able to keep their current health plan even if they love it;
4. Taxes will go up for virtually all Americans to help pay for this even though Obama promised that taxes for “non-rich” families would not go up by even a dime. A great list of those taxes is here: http://www.atr.org/obamacare-taxes-final-tab-a4744#

In light of this string of lies, assert matter-of-factly that you have no particular reason to believe any of Obama’s SOTU promises.


49 posted on 01/25/2011 2:27:41 PM PST by DrC
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If they keep blaming conditions on Bush and on how bad things were when they came into power, there are some appropriate lyrics in the song by Brian Burns called “The car was upside down when I got here”.


50 posted on 01/25/2011 2:28:37 PM PST by Anima Mundi (If you try to fail and you succeed , what have you just done?)
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