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  • Shhh. The president is sleeping

    02/02/2014 7:37:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 31, 2014 | Keith Koffler
    President Barack Obama is out of gas. Pooped out. Gone fishing. Or rather, golfing. He’s just not that into it anymore. The republic is safe from any further vast left-wing legislative prescriptions for our ills. But Obama’s increasing job fatigue is, paradoxically, cause for serious concern. While he sits back, aides in the White House and in the agencies are busy enacting a stealth agenda of rules and regulations. And on the world stage, Washington’s withdrawal threatens national security. The president on display at Tuesday’s State of the Union is one who has shrunk from the pretension of becoming a...
  • Obama’s power play (Deeper and broader than you think)

    01/31/2014 11:57:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Politico ^ | January 31, 2014 | Stephanie Simon
    In an FDA office building in suburban Maryland, the bureaucrats gather over coffee to draft rules meant to squeeze the trans fat out of snack foods. Four blocks from the White House, in an EPA conference room: more bureaucrats, more meetings, more drafting of rules, these aimed at forcing industrialists to spend billions cutting carbon to fend off global warming. Congress? Who needs Congress? Americans heard President Barack Obama declare this week that he intends to bypass the gridlocked Hill to get things done on his own. What they didn’t hear: just how far he’s actually pushing his executive authority....
  • Obama’s Free-Trade Conundrum

    01/30/2014 1:12:01 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 29, 2014 | DAVID E. BONIOR
    WASHINGTON — IN his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Obama focused on reversing the growth of economic inequality in the United States and restoring the American dream. At the same time, he also announced his support for fast track authority that would limit Congress’s role in determining the content of trade agreements. The president’s call follows on legislation introduced earlier this month to grant him fast-track authority as a way of forcing Congress to speed up its consideration of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation pact with Latin American and Asian nations. But Mr. Obama’s desire for fast-track...
  • Response to the SOTU address: Efforts to cap CO2 emissions are adverse to human health and welfare

    02/02/2014 9:15:32 AM PST · by rktman · 9 replies
    What's up with that? ^ | 1/30/2014 | Craig D. Idso, Ph.D
    In his State of the Union address, President Obama advocated an energy policy aimed at reducing emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), which he claims are causing catastrophic changes to the earth’s climate and “harming western communities.” In his policy prescription, the president advocates a combination of increased regulation of the energy and transportation industries and more government spending on research designed to bring low-carbon-emitting sources of energy, i.e., so-called renewables, to market. He considers those actions to be the only viable options “leading to a cleaner, safer planet.” But the president’s concerns for the planet are based upon flawed and...
  • Obama Stumbles Over Latest Promise: “If You Like Your Retirement…”

    02/02/2014 6:51:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 2, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Our imperially inclined President is already acting on the promise he made during his State of the Union to take unilateral “action” outside of the normal legislative process. And at the top of his non-legislative agenda is the reformation of American retirement. Utilizing his oratory prowess and an executive memorandum, the President is promising to give Americans a new way of saving for retirement… Or something like that. Maybe “oratory prowess” was a bit of an overstatement. It turns out that his teleprompter was never taught about avoiding double negatives – let alone triple and quadruple negatives: Obama: 'I'm Not...
  • Black activists unload! Obama ‘more hurtful to the black race’ than helpful; ‘Just quit!’ [VIDEO]

    01/31/2014 2:34:12 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 28 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 1/31/14 | Brendan Bordelon
    Black activists from Chicago — perhaps the president’s most obvious supporters — savaged President Obama after his State of the Union Tuesday, expressing abject frustration at an administration that “doesn’t care” and “ain’t never done anything for the community.” Rebel Pundit interviewed the small group of black community organizers moments after the conclusion of the president’s address on Tuesday. The activists universally panned the speech, which one referred to as “the same old, same old. A bunch of talk. A bunch of talk and rhetoric to give faith to a dying economy in America.” A young woman claimed the State...
  • The Man Who Would Be King

    01/31/2014 1:02:39 PM PST · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 31, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    Other than his fundamental dishonesty about certain conditions in America, what he stands for, his record, his failure to accept responsibility for his actions, his demonization, his divisive rhetoric, his arrogant promise to double down on his unconstitutional unilateral executive actions, his calls for yet more government instead of less, his foreign policy distortions and his diminution of the presidential office, President Obama's State of the Union address was pretty good. President Obama remains on his high horse about minimum wage, but he conveniently ignores that only 1 percent of the people in the U.S. labor force earn minimum wage,...
  • The MyRA Propaganda Begins: "A Start To A Secure Retirement" Promises Treasury Secretary

    01/30/2014 1:59:09 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 53 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 01/30/2014 | Tyler Durden
    You didn't think the US could at first slowly, and then all of a sudden, expropriate retirement accounts and invest them in the "no risk, guaranteed return" MyRA Ponzi scheme introduced by Obama during the State of the Union address without lots of behavior-modifying indoctrination in the "friendly press" first now did you? Sure enough, here is the first major propaganda salvo, coming from none other than the US Treasury Secretary, Jack Lew, which will be published tomorrow across the McClatchy media empire. * * * Just out from the US Treasury Department, "In an op-ed to be published in...
  • Huge See, I Told You So from 2008: Democrats Try To Take Your 401(k)

    01/30/2014 5:00:06 AM PST · by EBH · 63 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 11/1/2010 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Well, now, that's fascinating you mention that, because that's the next item up in my Stack of Stuff and I talked about this weeks ago, maybe even months ago when Tom "Dung Heap" Harken proposed this. Now, before you condition Alicia, let me refer to what she's talking about. It's Mark Hemingway in the Washington Examiner: " Will the government outlaw your 401(k) plan? It seems like an absurd possibility, yet earlier this month two Democratic senators, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., held a hearing on Capitol Hill exploring the possibility of doing exactly that....
  • Obama pitches retirement savings options at U.S. Steel's Irvin Plant

    01/30/2014 2:57:38 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | January 29, 2014 | Mike Wereschagin
    ".......... After the tour and speech, he signed an executive order directing Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew to establish the savings bonds. Named and modeled after existing Individual Retirement Accounts or IRAs, the bonds offer tax benefits that regular savings accounts do not, don't lose value and can be withdrawn tax-free any time. “It's safe. These balances will never go down in value,” Obama said. Lew, whose agency will set up the bonds, accompanied the president, whose directive is one in a series of executive orders Obama said he's using to circumvent a divided Congress that's on pace to be the...
  • This Made Me Jump Off the Couch

    01/29/2014 6:31:02 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | January 29, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: This is the one that almost made me come out of the couch. OBAMA: In the coming months, let's see where else we can make progress together. Let's make this a year of action! That's what most Americans want: For all of us, in this chamber, to focus on their lives, their hopes, their aspirations. What I believe unites the people of this nation -- regardless of race or region or party, young or old, rich or poor -- is the simple, profound belief in opportunity for all, the notion that if you work hard and take...
  • WATCH People React To Obama’s SOTU Before It Happened!

    01/29/2014 3:51:49 PM PST · by lowbridge · 11 replies
    http://www.laughright.com ^ | january 29, 2014
    Obama’s State of The Union speech had not yet taken place when “Jimmy Kimmel Live” asked these people what they thought of it, but that didn’t stop them from weighing in.
  • State of the Union draws 33.3 million viewers, lowest since 2000

    01/29/2014 3:28:14 PM PST · by Libloather · 40 replies
    LA Times ^ | 1/29/14 | Ryan Faughnder
    **SNIP** Total viewership for the address, which aired live from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. PST on 13 networks and tape delayed on Univision, was down slightly from last year's. The 2013 State of the Union was watched by about 33.5 million people. The speech was covered live by CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, Azteca, Fox Business, Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Al Jazeera America, Galavision and Mun2. Among cable outlets, the Fox News Channel beat its rivals, as usual, with 4.7 million viewers.
  • IRA Confiscation: It's Happening

    01/29/2014 1:04:11 PM PST · by Kartographer · 46 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 1/29/14 | Simon Black
    I have an old acquaintance named Sam who has a hell of a deal for you. Sam is actually a pretty famous guy with a big reputation. Unfortunately he has been a bit down and out on his luck lately… but he’s trying to make a comeback. And Sam is prepared to float you a really great investment opportunity. Here’s the deal he’s offering: you give Sam your hard-earned retirement savings. Sam will invest your funds, and pay you a rate of return. Granted, the rate of return he’s promising doesn’t quite keep up with inflation. So you will be...
  • Meet myRA: Obama offers IRA plan details

    01/29/2014 12:46:58 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 141 replies
    CNNMoney ^ | 29 Jan 2014 | Jennifer Liberto
    President Obama on Tuesday offered up a new kind of "starter" retirement accounts aimed at employees of companies that don't offer such plans. Obama is calling them the "MyRA" and said he would, by executive order, direct the Treasury Department to create them. Details were scarce Tuesday night, but employees will be able to contribute part of their wages to the savings accounts, which would be backed by the U.S. government.
  • Treasury to pick manager for Obama myRA retirement program

    01/29/2014 1:30:10 PM PST · by Jean S · 59 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/29/14 | Patrick Temple-West and Ross Kerber
    WASHINGTON/BOSTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's new "myRA" retirement savings program will be run by a private-sector money management firm chosen by the U.S. Treasury Department from a field of up to 30 firms, a senior administration official said on Wednesday. In a competitive bidding process to begin in the next few weeks, the Treasury Department will select a firm with experience in handling Roth individual retirement accounts (IRAs), the official said on a conference call with reporters. The time frame was not clear, with the official saying only that selection would take place in months ahead. With millions of...
  • Former Bush Speechwriter: Obama Plagiarized Bush’s 2007 SOTU Speech

    01/29/2014 10:08:37 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1-29-14
    Following President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, former George W. Bush speechwriter Mark Thiessen told Fox News Channel’s “The Kelly File” host Megyn Kelly that Obama’s speech plagiarized lines from Bush’s 2007 speech, for which he said he was the lead speechwriter. “It was eerily familiar,” Thiessen said. “There were lines like, ‘Our job is to help Americans build a future of hope and opportunity. A future of hope and opportunity begins with a growing economy. A future of hope and opportunity requires our citizens have affordable and available health care.’ ‘Extending opportunity and hope depends...
  • Palin: SOTU address ‘alarming’

    01/29/2014 10:03:12 AM PST · by Nachum · 48 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/29/14 | Tal Kopan
    Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin said her impression of the State of the Union, gathered by listening on her truck radio and reading on her phone from kids’ ball games, is that the president’s “hubris” and “naivete” is “alarming.” Palin said she avoided watching the annual speech because it’s all been said before in a Facebook post Wednesday. “If you skipped huddling around the TV last night for the State of the Union address because you’ve heard it all before, plus you were just busy with life, well… so did I,” Palin wrote. “Putting the real world on hold
  • Governor Palin’s Response to the SOTU

    01/29/2014 9:39:56 AM PST · by palin45potus · 15 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | 1-29-14 | Sarah Palin
    Governor Palin via Facebook: If you skipped huddling around the TV last night for the State of the Union address because you’ve heard it all before, plus you were just busy with life, well… so did I. Putting the real world on hold to watch the fantasy declaration of “utopia’s-on-it’s-way” just isn’t efficient. My truck radio was tuned in though. And driving kids to and from ball games with me negotiating control of the dial allowed me hear what I’d forebodingly anticipated. Later, reading the President’s remarks on my cell phone made sitting on sticky steel bleachers (that exacerbate parents’...
  • The State of the Union: The Self-Congratulatory Blowout of the Governing Class

    01/28/2014 6:52:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The National Review's The Corner ^ | January 28, 2014 | Jim Geraghty
    Yes! The State of the Union Address feels like a national ritual that is stuck on autopilot, lumbering along year by indistinguishable year, immune to reform or adaptation or updating, usually instantly forgotten and increasingly irrelevant… and yet unstoppable. Even the speech text is pretty much the same every year, regardless of the actual condition of the country. National Journal’s Matt Vasilogambros points out how often the opening statement must include the cliché, “the State of our Union is strong!” (It’s become a catch phrase. The audience expects it like the bar crowd shouting “NORM!” on Cheers, or Kramer exploding...
  • Obama flexes executive power [Obama de facto suspends Constitution]

    01/28/2014 6:45:02 PM PST · by markomalley · 46 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/28/2014 | Amie Parnes and Justin Sink
    President Obama on Tuesday unleashed a torrent of new executive actions, using his State of the Union address to underline his willingness to govern without Congress.Obama promised a dozen actions in the next year —including the creation of new “starter” savings accounts and a hike in the minimum wage for federal contractors — intended to embolden Democrats ahead of this year’s midterm elections.The prime time speech from the podium of the House immediately drew Republican condemnation as an effort to create an imperial presidency, but was staunchly defended by Democrats as a legitimate and necessary use of executive authority in the...
  • WARNING: Tea Party Response by Sen Mike Lee to SOTU could cause conservative reawakening

    01/28/2014 4:56:07 PM PST · by Syncro · 52 replies
    Tea Party Express ^ | January 24, 2014 | Donlyn Turnbull
    WARNING: Tea Party Response by Senator Mike Lee to State of the Union could cause conservative reawakening By Donlyn TurnbullTea Party Express enthusiastically announced Tuesday that Senator Mike Lee of Utah will be offering the 4th Annual Tea Party response to the President Obama’s upcoming State of the Union address, immediately following the Republican response. Mike Lee, who was elected to the Senate during the Tea Party wave of success in 2010, has proven to be an effective leader within the Senate, offering tangible solutions in the face of Obama’s empty rhetoric. As we enter into another significant election year,...
  • Bush speechwriter: Obama plagiarized GWB’s 2007 SOTU

    01/29/2014 8:21:13 AM PST · by Theo · 49 replies
    Liberty Unyielding ^ | January 29, 2014 | Howard Portnoy
    As dark clouds continue to gather over 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, all but the most diehard Obama worshipers grudgingly concede that his presidency has entered its lame duck phase. Some analysts have drawn comparisons between the second term of the current occupant of the White House and that of his immediate predecessor. Bruce Drake, writing at Pew Research Center’s Fact Tank, notes: Barack Obama and George Bush have at least one thing in common when it comes to the second terms they won — the first year of their encores have been downers when it came to their public images. Both...
  • Obama offers his policies as the cure for the Obama economy

    01/28/2014 7:39:10 PM PST · by markomalley · 24 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 1/28/2014 | Neil Munro
    President Barack Obama is offering himself as the miracle cure for his own failed policies, even though his polls remain at dangerously low levels, the economy has stalled, and the public’s 2008 hopes have changed into near-80 percent pessimism.“Average wages have barely budged. Inequality has deepened. Upward mobility has stalled,” he declared.“The cold, hard fact is that even in the midst of recovery, too many Americans are working more than ever just to get by — let alone get ahead. And too many still aren’t working at all. Our job is to reverse these trends,” he declared.“Let’s make this a year...
  • MARK LEVIN EXPLODES ON GOP ESTABLISHMENT, URGES HOUSE TO PASS RESOLUTION TO REIN IN OBAMA

    01/28/2014 5:57:48 PM PST · by Lazamataz · 66 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jan 28, 2014
    Conservative radio host Mark Levin exploded with fury on Tuesday as he spoke of the “constitutional crisis” in the United States and the “impotent” GOP establishment, which he says won’t put up a real fight. He also suggested a way for House Republicans to “get back in the game” and reassert its authority. Mark Levin Explodes With Fury Over ‘Impotent’ GOP Establishment Mark Levin. Photo Credit: MarkLevin.com “I know it’s hard to believe we’ve come to this point, particularly when we have mainstream media commentators who act like this is no big deal — in fact, think this is justified...
  • Obama Vows To Bypass Congress on Guns

    01/28/2014 7:06:19 PM PST · by kristinn · 50 replies
    The White House via Twitter ^ | Tuesday, January 28, 2014 | Barack Obama
    Obama on guns: "I intend to keep trying, with or without Congress" #ActForOurKids
  • Andrea Mitchell Claims Iran an 'American Ally' Before Bush Gave 'Axis of Evil' Speech

    01/28/2014 4:08:17 PM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | January 28, 2014 | Kyle Drennan
    In a shocking declaration on her 1 p.m. ET hour MSNBC show Tuesday, host Andrea Mitchell asserted that one of America's fiercest enemies was actually a friend to the U.S. before George W. Bush came along: "Up until that moment, Iran was cooperating with the United States on the border of Afghanistan, it was post-9/11, Iran was more or less an American ally. By being included in the Axis of Evil, it turned the Iranian government in a completely different direction." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump] The topic came up when The Washington Post's...
  • Live Thread: President Obama's State of the Union Address 9 p.m. EST

    01/28/2014 4:09:11 PM PST · by kristinn · 1,252 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | Tuesday, January 28, 2014
    Tuesday night live on C-SPAN, President Obama outlines his agenda for the coming year when he delivers his fifth State of the Union Address before a Joint Session of Congress. Leading up to the President's speech, C-SPAN sets the scene from the White House and Capitol Hill with perspectives from Former Speechwriter to President Obama Jon Lovett, Senate Historian Don Ritchie, and Gallup Editor in Chief Frank Newport. Following the State of the Union, House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) delivers the Republican response. McMorris Rodgers is in her fifth term representing Washington’s Fifth District. C-SPAN's live coverage...
  • State of the Union guests: ‘Duck Dynasty’ star Willie Robertson

    01/28/2014 11:55:48 AM PST · by Second Amendment First · 32 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/28/14 | MACKENZIE WEINGER
    Rep. Vance McAllister is bringing “Duck Dynasty” reality TV star Willie Robertson as his guest to the State of the Union address, the Louisiana Republican announced Tuesday.  I’m happy to announce that my friend, constituent & small business owner @williebosshog will be attending tonight’s #SOTU as my guest.— Vance McAllister (@RepMcAllister) January 28, 2014   During the closing days of McAllister’s 2013 special election campaign, Robertson starred in a TV ad supporting the Louisiana Republican, who he called his “good buddy.” Robertson’s name had been briefly mentioned as a potential candidate for the open seat when Rep. Rodney Alexander resigned in...
  • Common Core advocates beg Obama not to mention them in State of the Union address

    01/28/2014 8:53:30 AM PST · by don-o · 31 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 28, 2014 | Sean Higgins
    Getting a plug in the annual State of the Union address is a big deal for lobbyists and activists in Washington. It is a clear public sign that the White House is backing their agenda. But one group would rather President Obama not mention them: advocates of the education reform called Common Core. Common Core is attempt to create a standard national curriculum for kindergarten through high school. It's an idea whose supporters and detractors cut across party and ideological lines. One of the supporters is Obama, who touted it in his two previous addresses. That appears to have done...
  • Pres. Obama headed to Milwaukee after State of Union address

    01/28/2014 6:33:41 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 21 replies
    Fox6Now ^ | Jan 26, 2014 | Mike Lowe
    Pres. Obama headed to Milwaukee after State of Union address January 26, 2014, by Mike Lowe, Pres. Obama headed to Milwaukee after State of Union address MILWAUKEE (WITI) — President Barack Obama is set to deliver his State of the Union address this week. According to the White House, the speech will be optimistic and focus on the middle class. After the speech, President Obama will take his message on the road to four places — one of which is Milwaukee. This is not the first time President Obama has used his big speech to put the spotlight on Wisconsin....
  • Obama’s Puzzle: Economy Rarely Better, Approval Rarely Worse (NY Times barf alert)

    01/27/2014 7:38:24 PM PST · by kristinn · 27 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Monday, January 27, 2014 | Jackie Calmes
    — President Obama will pronounce on the state of the union for the fifth time on Tuesday, and never during his time in office has the state of the economy been better — yet rarely has he gotten such low marks from the public for his handling of it. Not only have economic indicators shown progress toward pre-recession health, but many forecasters are predicting what one called “a breakout year” for growth. A new study from a Federal Reserve economist even put a more benign spin on a negative trend, the shrinking labor force, by attributing the decline not to...
  • Obama to Assert Unilateral Agenda (Unprecedented Constitutional Challenge Looming)

    01/27/2014 4:11:48 AM PST · by lbryce · 115 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 27, 2014 | Carol E. Lee and Damian Paletta
    President to Seek to Use State of the Union Address to Shift Souring View of Leadership President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night will seek to shift the public's souring view of his leadership, a challenge the White House sees as critical to shaping the nation's policy direction over the next three years. Mr. Obama will emphasize his intention to use unilateral presidential authority—bypassing Congress when necessary—to an extent not seen in his previous State of the Union speeches, White House officials said.
  • Noonan: The Sleepiness of a Hollow Legend (Pres. Sham-Wow SOU speech)

    01/25/2014 6:56:59 PM PST · by dynachrome · 38 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 1-24-14 | Peggy Noonan
    Because when I imagine Barack Obama's State of the Union, I see a handsome, dignified man standing at the podium and behind him Joe Biden, sleeping. And next to him John Boehner, snoring. And arrayed before the president the members, napping. No one's really listening to the president now. He has been for five years a nonstop windup talk machine. Most of it has been facile, bland, the same rounded words and rounded sentiments, the same soft accusations and excuses. I see him enjoying the sound of his voice as the network newsman leans forward eagerly, intently, nodding at the...
  • AS STATE OF THE UNION APPROACHES, AMERICANS ARE DEEPLY PESSIMISTIC ABOUT THE STATE OF THE UNION

    01/26/2014 8:37:12 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 20 replies
    Powerline ^ | January 25, 2014 | JOHN HINDERAKER
    Before you talk about poll responses, you have to be sure you know what the question was. Harris’s first question was: “At the end of the month, President Barack Obama will give his State of the Union to the American people. How would you rate the current state of the country?” The results: Excellent: 3% Good: 17% Fair: 44% Poor: 36% These results are dismal: 20% positive, and 80% negative. That is grim; Americans think the country in terrible shape. So, does that mean that people will be tuning in to Obama’s State of the Union speech in search of...
  • Obama to travel to four states after SOTU (show)

    01/26/2014 4:04:26 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/25/14 | Justin Sink
    President Obama will travel to four states in the week following the State of the Union to drum up support for proposals he will outline in his annual address, according to the White House. “With some action on all our parts, we can help more jobseekers find work, and more working Americans find the economic security they deserve,” White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer said in an email to supporters Saturday. “That's why, in the week following the speech, President Obama will travel to communities across the country — including Prince George’s County Maryland, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, and Nashville, before returning...
  • State of the Union Preview: "President Obama Wanted You to Know This"

    01/25/2014 3:38:49 PM PST · by Innovative · 71 replies
    The White House official website ^ | Jan 25, 2014 | Dan Pfeiffer
    Ed. Note: Earlier today, Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer sent this message out to the White House email list. If you didn't get it, make sure you sign up for email updates. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Every year it's the same: In the days leading up to the State of the Union, the phone rings off the hook with everyone trying to figure out what will be in the President's address. We're now just four days out -- and the President wanted you to get the first preview of what this speech is all about. As always, he'll be working on it right up...
  • Obama’s Rough 2013 Prompts a New Blueprint (Podesta: Need to remember Harry Reid's not president)

    01/25/2014 3:22:45 PM PST · by kristinn · 25 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Saturday, January 25, 2014 | Scott Wilson with Karen Tumulty
    An internal White House assessment concludes that President Obama must distance himself from a recalcitrant Congress after being badly damaged last year by legislative failures, a government shutdown and his own missteps. Obama has said that his fraught relationship with Congress, especially after Republicans won the House in 2010, complicated his ability to promote his agenda. But for the first time, following what many allies view as a lost year, the White House is reorganizing itself to support a more executive-focused presidency and inviting the rest of the government to help. The new approach comes after weeks of internal White...
  • Obama to outline new plans for jobless next week

    01/25/2014 2:50:02 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 54 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 1/25/14 | Roberta Rampton - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will announce a new plan next week to help Americans who continue to struggle to find jobs even as the economy recovers from recession, his senior adviser, Dan Pfeiffer, said on Saturday. Obama's efforts to help the long-term unemployed are part of an economic strategy he will lay out in his annual State of the Union address on Tuesday and expound upon during a four-state tour, Pfeiffer said in a mass email from the White House. "With some action on all our parts, we can help more job seekers find work, and more working...
  • Ted Cruz previews Obama SOTU speech

    01/24/2014 12:33:48 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 18 replies
    Politico ^ | 01/23/14 1:53 PM EST | TAL KOPAN
    Sen. Ted Cruz said Thursday the annual State of the Union address is nothing but a performance, and he’s getting flashes of the circus.“I’m having visions of going to the circus and seeing clowns juggling things on fire,” Cruz said on Glenn Beck’s radio show on Thursday, according to a show transcript.Beck agreed, saying both parties know what to expect and that the annual speech by President Barack Obama to Congress is “nothing real.”“Particularly with this president,” Cruz said. “This president consistently is not addressing the challenges facing this country. I mean, we know what’s going to come next week....
  • Five Questions: The President should hold his Administration accountable to the American people

    01/22/2014 2:00:27 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 3 replies
    http://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=815 ^ | January 22, 2014 | Senator Ted Crruz
    Will the President announce meaningful action on the IRS, NSA, economy, Benghazi, and Obamacare in his State of the Union address? WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today presented five questions Americans deserve to have answered by President Obama in next week’s State of the Union address. “Americans all over the nation are asking questions about the economy, Obamacare, the IRS, Benghazi, and the NSA that aren’t being answered. However, as the President prepares his State of the Union address, he has signaled he has no intention of clearing the air,” Sen. Cruz said. “The lack of accountability...
  • Senator Mike Lee to deliver Tea Party response to President Obama's State of the Union

    01/22/2014 12:48:03 PM PST · by Syncro · 77 replies
    Tea Party Express ^ | Jan 22, 2014 | Staff
    Senator Mike Lee to deliver Tea Party response to President Obama's State of the Union We have some great news to share with you!  Tea Party Express, the nation's largest Tea Party political action committee, will host the official Tea Party response to President Obama's State of the Union Address directly following the Republican response. Senator Mike Lee will deliver the Tea Party response at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. and will focus on issues that are important and unique to you and me. Senator Mike Lee to deliver the official Tea Party response to the State...
  • President Obama's Blueprint For Expanding Government Power (Just Read his SOTU Speech)

    01/31/2012 4:57:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Forbes ^ | 01/31/2012 | Charles Kadlec
    For all of his talk about jobs and the economy, President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech was not an economic policy blueprint. This was a speech about power — about increasing the scale and scope of government and the power of those who govern over the American people. If this claim seems over the top, consider the following: The President begins his speech by lauding the “courage, selflessness, and teamwork of America’s armed forces…They’re not consumed with personal ambition. They don’t obsess over their differences. They focus on the mission at hand. They work together. “Imagine what we...
  • State of the Union registers at 8th grade reading level

    01/30/2012 7:29:57 PM PST · by Iam1ru1-2 · 20 replies
    Politico.com ^ | Jay Westcott
    President Obama's 2012 State of the Union address again rated at an 8th grade comprehension level on the Flesch-Kincaid readability test — the third lowest score of any State of the Union address since 1934. The University of Minnesota's Smart Politics conducted an analysis on the last 70 State of the Union addresses and found that President Obama's three addresses have the lowest grade average of any modern president. "Obama's average grade-level score of 8.4 is more than two grades lower than the 10.7 grade average for the other 67 addresses written by his 12 predecessors," they conclude. "The Flesch-Kincaid...
  • Obama’s State Of The Union Speech To Focus On ‘Return To American Values’ ["Great Society" Again?]

    01/22/2012 9:38:36 AM PST · by Steelfish · 43 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 21, 2012 | David Nakamura
    Obama’s State Of The Union Speech To Focus On ‘Return To American Values’ By David Nakamura President Obama will use his State of the Union address on Tuesday to deliver an election-year message focused on economic fairness for the middle class and what he calls “a return to American values.” In a video distributed to campaign supporters Saturday morning, the president said his speech before Congress should be viewed as his “blueprint for an American economy that’s built to last,” a slogan designed to evoke blue-collar imagery and draw contrasts with his Republican rivals. Among the new initiatives Obama is...
  • Boehner: SOTU sounds 'pathetic'

    01/22/2012 10:37:30 AM PST · by ColdOne · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | 1/22/12 | POLITICO Staff
    House Speaker John Boehner has already given his review of President Barack Obama's forthcoming State of the Union address -- and it's not pretty. "I've read a lot about what the president is going to talk about Tuesday night, and it sounds to me like the same old policies that we've seen: More spending, higher taxes, more regulation," Boehner said on "Fox News Sunday." "If that's what the president is going to talk about Tuesday night, I think that's pathetic."
  • Obama to Offer Economic Blueprint

    01/21/2012 5:53:32 PM PST · by mdittmar · 41 replies
    The Street ^ | 1/21/12 | BEN FELLER The Associated Press
    Vilified by the Republicans who want his job, President Barack Obama will stand before the nation Tuesday night determined to frame the election-year debate on his terms, using his State of the Union address to outline a lasting economic recovery that will "work for everyone, not just a wealthy few." As his most powerful chance to make a case for a second term, the prime-time speech carries enormous political stakes for the Democratic incumbent who presides over a country divided about his performance and pessimistic about the nation’s direction. He will try to offer a stark contrast with his opponents...
  • SOTU on Ground Hog Day

    01/21/2012 11:02:04 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 7 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 1-20-2012 | guest
    GROUNDHOG DAY 2012 In the coming New Year, 2012, both Groundhog Day and the State of the Union address will occur on the same day. This is an ironic juxtaposition of events. One involves a meaningless ritual in which we look to an insignificant creature of little intelligence for prognostication. The other involves a groundhog.
  • Obama to Draw an Economic Line in State of Union (activist role for gov, more taxes and spending)

    01/21/2012 11:34:23 AM PST · by Innovative · 35 replies
    NY Times ^ | Jan 21, 2012 | JACKIE CALMES
    President Obama will use his election-year State of the Union address on Tuesday to define an activist role for government in promoting a prosperous and equitable society, hoping to draw a stark contrast between the parties in a time of deep economic uncertainty. ...Mr. Obama will call for changing the corporate and individual income-tax codes so the wealthy pay more, both to finance government investments and to alleviate the rise in income inequality in recent years. Republican presidential candidates have countered that government should get out of the way.
  • Krauthammer: "I Hope Next Year There Are 9 Empty Seats at the State of the Union Address" (Video)

    03/11/2010 8:52:52 AM PST · by Talkradio03 · 30 replies · 1,322+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 3/11/10 | HAP
    Krauthammer reacts to Chief Justice Roberts response to Obama going after the Supreme Court as they sat in front of him at the State of the Union, "It was a break of protocol and decorum, and it was an insult. You sit there and you don't expect to be attacked as the court was...I hope that next year there are nine empty seats at the State of the Union Address, that would be the appropriate