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  • Transcript: GOP Response From Gov. Mitch Daniels

    01/24/2012 7:58:22 PM PST · by Brown Deer · 212 replies
    NPR ^ | January 24, 2012 | Mitch Daniels
    Following is the full text of Gov. Mitch Daniels' Republican Address to the Nation, as prepared for delivery:"The status of 'loyal opposition' imposes on those out of power some serious responsibilities: to show respect for the Presidency and its occupant, to express agreement where it exists. Republicans tonight salute our President, for instance, for his aggressive pursuit of the murderers of 9/11, and for bravely backing long overdue changes in public education. I personally would add to that list admiration for the strong family commitment that he and the First Lady have displayed to a nation sorely needing such examples."On...
  • FACT CHECK: Obama's 2012 State of the Union

    01/24/2012 7:50:33 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Fox ^ | 1/24/12 | ap
    WASHINGTON – It was a wish list, not a to-do list. President Obama's array of plans in his State of the Union speech was light on a key piece of context -- namely, that his hands are so tied until after the election that it is doubtful many if any of them can be done in the remainder of his term. There can be little more than wishful thinking behind his call to end oil industry subsidies -- something he could not get through a Democratic Congress, much less today's divided Congress, much less in this election year. A look...
  • Buffett secretary to attend State of the Union (Buffett's secretary should show us her tax returns)

    01/24/2012 3:23:21 PM PST · by tobyhill · 5 replies
    cbs ^ | 1/24/2012 | ap
    The secretary for one of the world's wealthiest men and the wife of late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs are among those invited by the White House to attend the State of the Union address. The State of the Union guest list has become an annual rite, with the first lady's box taking on the sort of gravitas shown at the Academy Awards' Red Carpet ceremony. The guests often have ties to a proposal or initiative the president will outline in the address. Among this year's guests are Debbie Bosanek, the longtime secretary for billionaire Warren Buffett. Obama frequently cites Buffett's...
  • FREEP CNN POLL: How do you rate President Obama's State of the Union speech?

    01/24/2012 8:36:54 PM PST · by DCBryan1 · 71 replies
    CNN ^ | 24 JAN 12
    How do you rate President Obama's State of the Union speech?
  • Is It Me - Or Did Anyone Else Hear A Deafening Silence AT The SOTU?

    01/24/2012 8:17:52 PM PST · by Lmo56 · 50 replies
    1/24/12 | self
    I SWEAR I heard a deafening SILENCE when Obama said he wanted Congressmen and Senators to be prohibited from owning stock in companies that they have legislative influence over ... Or am I on drugz ???
  • TRANSCRIPT: Obama's 2012 State of the Union

    01/24/2012 7:43:16 PM PST · by iowamark · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | 01/24/2012 | B.H. Obama
    Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans: Last month, I went to Andrews Air Force Base and welcomed home some of our last troops to serve in Iraq. Together, we offered a final, proud salute to the colors under which more than a million of our fellow citizens fought - and several thousand gave their lives. We gather tonight knowing that this generation of heroes has made the United States safer and more respected around the world. For the first time in nine years, there are no Americans fighting in Iraq. For the first...
  • Watch Herman Cain deliver the Tea Party State of the Union Response [TPX]

    01/24/2012 7:34:58 PM PST · by Syncro · 31 replies
    PBS Newshour ^ | January 24, 2012 | Herman Cain
    Dear Friends, Tonight, Herman Cain will be joining the Tea Party Express in Washington, D.C. to deliver the Tea Party response to the State of the Union!  Herman Cain has been a steadfast advocate for Tea Party values and has consistently proposed practical solutions to the fiscal issues facing our nation. Watch it live online at TeaPartyExpress.orgWe are fed up with the Washington politics that fail to address America’s dire fiscal problem. What we need is straight talk and honest solutions, and Herman Cain will deliver a pro-growth message strongly and clearly.   By following President’s State of the Union...
  • Under Obama, Price of Gas Has Jumped 83 Percent, Ground Beef 24 Percent, Bacon 22 Percent

    01/24/2012 4:25:59 PM PST · by OPS4 · 41 replies
    CNS news ^ | 1/24/12 | Christopher Goins
    So far, during the presidency of Barack Obama, the price of a gallon of gasoline has jumped 83 percent, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (AP Photo) During the same period, the price of ground beef has gone up 24 percent and price of bacon has gone up 22 percent. When Obama entered the White House in January 2009, the city average price for one gallon of regular unleaded gasoline was $1.79, according to the BLS. (The figures are in nominal dollars: not adjusted for inflation.) Five months later in June, unleaded gasoline was $2.26 per gallon,...
  • Live Thread: Uncle Sham Wow SOTU Address

    01/24/2012 5:19:25 PM PST · by John W · 1,734 replies
    Uncle Sham | January 24, 2012 | John W
  • Ask President Obama about being baby daddy (SOTU)

    01/24/2012 5:37:49 PM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 14 replies
    youtube ^ | 01/24/2012 | youtube
    There is a phone at the top of youtube to "ask president Obama" I don't know if this is just for the state of the union, but google/youtube should have to bill Obama's campaign for the value of the advertising. Anyway, this mistake I found is really funny. Go to the link and mouse over the phone. Leave your cursor there until the tool tip to comes up.
  • "Built to Last"=SOTU theme=last Grateful Dead album w/ House of Cards on cover[vanity]

    01/24/2012 4:59:44 PM PST · by matt1234 · 14 replies
    me ^ | 1/24/2012 | me
    "Built to Last" is a (perhaps "the") major theme of tonight's State of the Union speech. "Built to Last" is also the name of the Grateful Dead's 13th and final studio album. The album cover shows a house of cards being built by the band members. Is this a coincidence, prophecy, tweak or what? I find it very strange. FReepers, please discuss.

    01/24/2012 4:53:59 PM PST · by Free_SJersey · 9 replies
    self ^ | 1/24/2011 | self
    A preview of the State of the Union Address SOTU Preview .
  • State of the Union? More Like State of the Campaign (0bama SOTU teleprompter fest)

    01/24/2012 3:48:33 PM PST · by Islander7 · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | Jan 24, 2012 | By JOHN HARWOOD
    Republicans have good reason to believe that when President Obama delivers the State of the Union address on Tuesday night, his goals are more partisan than presidential. Where Republicans stand on shakier ground is in their assessment of Mr. Obama’s ultimate destination. On the principal conflict between the two parties this past year — over paring long-term debt and deficits — the president can still stake a stronger claim to the political center than his Republican antagonists.
  • To know what the president plans to say tonight, take a look at the guest list

    01/24/2012 2:20:36 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/24/2012 | Tina Korbe
    All we need to know to know that tax reform will be a prominent part of the president’s speech tonight is that Warren Buffett’s secretary, Debbie Bosanek, will be in a box with the First Lady. Bosanek says she couldn’t sleep last night because she’s so excited — even though she knows she’ll have to wake up in time for a dawn flight tomorrow morning to be sure to report to work on time.Bosanek isn’t the only interesting guest on the list, though. The First Lady has also extended invitations to: Steve Jobs’ widow, Laurene Powell Jobs; outgoing Rep. Gabby...
  • President Obama has invited Steve Jobs’ wife Laurene to State of the Union address [TechnoBarf]

    01/24/2012 1:27:14 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 28 replies
    The Next Web ^ | 24th January 2012 | Matthew Panzarino
    President Obama has exercised a tradition of honoring national heroes by inviting the late Steve Jobs’ wife Laurene Powell Jobs, to the State of the Union address on Tuesday, reports Vanguard News. The visionary executive’s widow will join First Lady Michelle Obama in her box in the House of Representatives, according to a release from the White House. Powell will be joined by Warren Buffet’s secretary Debbi Bosanek as a nod to the billionaire’s complaint about the level of taxes paid by his employees being higher than his own, Mark Kelly, the husband of Gabrielle Giffords, a representative who was...
  • Red Telephone Icon on YouTube

    01/24/2012 12:59:29 PM PST · by Chuckster · 10 replies
    me ^ | 1/24/12 | chuckster
    I was just editing my YT channel an noticed something new: A red telephone icon in the upper left corner of the screen next to the YT logo. I clicked it and found it links to "YOUR INTERVIEW WITH THE PRESIDENT A post SOTU conversation" Where questions can be posted, ostensibly for Fearless Reader himself to answer. Shall we have some fun?
  • Tickerguy's State Of The Union Address

    01/24/2012 11:24:14 AM PST · by An.American.Expatriate · 2 replies · 1+ views
    My fellow Americans;Four years ago, on this day in 2008, Bear Stearns stood on the edge of collapse.  We did not know this, of course, as other than their two hedge funds' failure their internal condition was hidden -- by the company and by the regulators who were charged with keeping our financial system safe.Over the next six months we came close to losing America.Today, we're not in much better shape.We have failed to address the first, and only, reason we find ourselves mired in an economic situation where we cannot grow and we cannot prosper.  Where The Senate has...
  • Obama’s prime-time chance to honor Giffords (Gun Control)

    01/24/2012 4:20:39 AM PST · by Second Amendment First · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 23, 2012
    IT TOOK A MATTER of seconds during a gathering with constituents at a Tucson shopping center for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’s (D-Ariz.) life to be profoundly transformed. Ms. Giffords was one of 19 people wounded or killed there last year, allegedly by a deranged young man who inflicted unspeakable damage with the help of a semi-automatic weapon and an extended magazine clip. The bullet that pierced Ms. Giffords’s head left her clinging to life; hers has been a remarkable rehabilitation over the past 12 months, during which she has learned to walk and speak again. * Ms. Giffords did not refer...
  • State of the Union: Promises, promises (Obama to promise more freebies at the expense of the "1%")

    01/24/2012 8:34:23 AM PST · by tobyhill · 7 replies
    CBS ^ | 1/24/2012 | By Jonathan Bernstein .
    Even with the major distraction of a Republican presidential primary, tonight’s State of the Union speech will guaranteed to, however briefly, capture the undivided attention of all political junkies. They’re not wrong: The annual tradition does matter. And yet the conventional wisdom about the importance of the speech tends to be almost exactly backwards. You can see the typical press approach in the New York Times preview of the speech earlier this week. The piece is almost entirely focused on Barack Obama’s strategies to win the American public to his side; we’re told that he’s expected to “dra[w] a stark...
  • ATR Presents Obama/State of the Union BINGO!

    01/24/2012 8:20:57 AM PST · by 92nina · 2 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-01-23 | [Staff]
    Americans for Tax Reform once again presents these handy Bingo cards which you may use to check off terms and phrases likely to be used during President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday. As a bonus, print out the different versions of the card and watch the speech with your friends or family. There are five different versions! How to Play: 1) Make sure you "like" ATR on Facebook and follow ATR on Twitter. 2) Print out as many of the Obama Bingo cards listed below as you'd like. 3) Watch the ATR Facebook page and Twitter account...
  • Ask Obama about Gunwalker

    01/24/2012 7:49:00 AM PST · by 2nd amendment mama · 6 replies ^ | 1/24/2012 | David Codrea
    "What would you ask President Obama?" a January 23 email from The White House begins: Tomorrow, President Obama will deliver his State of the Union address at 9:00 p.m. ET. During that speech, he’ll lay out his vision for an America where hard work and responsibility are rewarded, where everyone does their fair share, and where everyone is held accountable for what they do. There is a range of ways to get involved with this year’s State of the Union address. Immediately following the President’s speech on Tuesday, be sure to stay tuned to for a live panel featuring...
  • The Annual State of the Union Drinking Game (Vanity)

    01/24/2012 5:53:16 AM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 75 replies
    Teleprompter Of The United States | January 24, 2012 | TOTUS
    OK, gang, it's time for our annual SOTU drinking game. When the Teleprompter of the United States says WHICH words or phrases, will we drink up? For instance: "my" "the middle-class" "working men and women" "Gabby" "American hero" "my" "the recovery" "We've made great progress." "Let's finish the job." "Let's put Americans back to work." "creating jobs" "lowered taxes" "the wealthiest among us" "bipartisanship" "my" Go for it! Let's hear your predictions.
  • Google pimping Obama SOTU speech

    01/24/2012 12:12:07 AM PST · by libh8er · 12 replies
    Google ^ | 1.24.2012 | Me
    The Obama campaign got Google to add a link to tomorrow night's campaign speech on their home page. This is not a standard Google ad. This is on prime real estate. It's in your face standing out from the white background and will be seen by gazillions of people.
  • Republican House Member to Boycott Obama Speech [Doug Lamborn, R-CO]

    01/23/2012 9:10:51 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 29 replies
    National Journal ^ | Updated: January 23, 2012 | 11:04 p.m. | Billy House
    Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., said on Monday he is boycotting President Obama’s State of the Union address. In a tersely worded statement released by his office, Lamborn said he decided instead “to pass” on attending the speech on Tuesday night, though he will watch it on television. “Congressman Lamborn does not support the policies of Barack Obama,” the statement said. A spokeswoman said Lamborn was about to board a flight and was not immediately available to elaborate. But his office has already prepared a further explanation for constituents if they want to know more about his decision. That explanation states...
  • 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...
  • Rival parties to mix it up – nicely – at State of the Union (will sit together again!)

    01/21/2012 9:09:32 PM PST · by Innovative · 47 replies
    LA Times ^ | jan 21, 2012 | Kathleen Hennessey
    Reporting from Washington - Like an estranged married couple trying to reignite the spark, lawmakers again will pair off in bipartisan couplets at the president's State of the Union speech on Tuesday - making another show of goodwill after a year of bad blood. As of Friday more than 160 members of Congress had agreed to mix it up in the House chamber for the Tuesday speech, eschewing the traditional seating chart: Democrats to the left of the rostrum, Republicans on the right. The spectacle of bipartisan co-mingling at last year's speech was striking. Gone was the visual of half...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rumor: Obama Will Endorse Same-Sex Marriage In Tuesday’s State Of The Union

    01/20/2012 10:02:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies · 2+ views
    The League of Ordinary Gentlemen ^ | January 20, 2012 | Elias Isquith
    From Washington Blade: White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said on Friday he wouldn’t rule “in or out” the possibility of President Obama endorsing same-sex marriage in the upcoming State of the Union address. Carney made the remarks on whether Obama would announce support for marriage equality during the State of the Union address, which is set to take place Tuesday before a joint session of Congress, in response to a question from the Washington Blade. “I will not rule anything in or out,” Carney said. “I’m just not going to talk about — beyond pointing at his words —...
  • Obama's State of the Union Address to Mark 1,000 Days Without a Democrat Budget

    01/12/2012 10:16:59 AM PST · by 92nina · 18 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-01-12 | Mattie Duppler
    When President Barack Obama offers his Jan. 24 State of the Union address, it will mark exactly 1,000 days since the Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate has passed a budget. The Senate has not bothered to pass a budget since April 29, 2009. “The Republican-led House of Representatives passed the Paul Ryan budget that reduced Obama’s spending levels by six trillion dollars over the next decade. The Democrat-controlled Senate has not passed a budget in three years," said Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist. "When President Obama tries to blame a ‘do nothing’ congress for his problems….he is half right. The...
  • Palin's Emails Written at Almost the Same Level as Obama's 2010 SOTU Speech.

    06/15/2011 11:07:07 AM PDT · by unseen1 · 26 replies
    06/15/11 | unseen1
    The writing score of Palin's everyday emails 8.5 compares with Obama's 2010 SOTU speech which clocked in at 8.8. In President Obama's case, his Flesch-Kincaid grade level score was 8.8 for his first State of the Union Address Got that? Palin's everyday emails are written at the same level as one of the most important Presidential speeches given by a President. You know the speech that has several professional speech writers working for months on? Yeah that speech. Palin's emails also score close to MLK Jr.'s "I have a Dream" speech (8.8) and the Gettysburg Address (9.1). Although it's like...
  • Mubarak's ultimatum

    12/26/2005 3:56:20 PM PST · by SJackson · 3 replies · 238+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12-26-05
    Throughout the Middle East, reformers have been driven away by autocratic rulers. We Westerners are desperate to see the political systems in the Middle East evolve from authoritarian theocratic or oligarchical models to some variation of representative government. That desire suffered another setback on Saturday when former Egyptian presidential candidate Ayman Nour, 41, was sentenced to five years in prison for (what outside observers insist are trumped-up charges of) forgery. Up and down the region - Syria, Iran, Iraq, Egypt and the Palestinian Authority - the Western pluralist model of representative democracy has failed because broadminded, Western-oriented reformers have been...
  • Michael Barone: Obama’s Antique Vision of Technological Progress (subdued, but scathing critique)

    02/03/2011 10:36:57 AM PST · by neverdem · 22 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | February 3, 2011 | Michael Barone
    Obama's Antique Vision of Technological ProgressHis vision is of a dynamic economy. His result will be a static one. Barack Obama, like all American politicians, likes to portray himself as future-oriented and open to technological progress. Yet the vision he set out in his State of the Union address is oddly antique and disturbingly static. “This is our generation’s Sputnik moment,” he said. But Sputnik and America’s supposedly less advanced rocket programs of 1957 were government projects, at a time when government defense spending, like the Manhattan Project that developed the atomic bomb, drove technology. But today, as Obama noted...
  • Rachel Maddow lash out at Bachmann backfires

    02/02/2011 5:16:48 AM PST · by Alaphiah123 · 20 replies
    Creating Orwellian Worldview ^ | 2/2/11 | Alaphiah
    What is Democrat and Liberal sycophant Rachel Maddow’s recent concern with the integrity of the Republican Party? It seems that since Rep. Michelle Bachmann’s CNN appearance, which Bachmann gave an outstanding Tea Parties response to the President’s State of the Union Address (which eclipsed the president) Maddow and others have been looking for the slightest peculiarities in attempts to discredit the core message of Rep. Bachmann. Congresswoman Bachmann pointed out via visual aids what the “official Republican” response failed to show. President Barry Hussein Soetoro’s administration has don’t far worse than the previous administration and has in fact exacerbated America’s...
  • The real state of the union... by the numbers (Herman Cain)

    01/31/2011 7:29:40 AM PST · by justsaynomore · 10 replies
    The North Star National ^ | 1/30/11 | Herman Cain
    Now that the mainstream media is hopefully done swooning over President Obama’s State of the Union Speech, some of us are more concerned about the real State of the Union, by the numbers. It’s not what he said or did not say, nor is it how he said it. It should be about our national security and our national economic health. The day after the president’s State of the Union speech, an appliance installation and repair man was installing some new appliances in our home. Unsolicited, he said he had a hard time sleeping last night after hearing the president’s...
  • Did CNN Sabotage Rep. Bachmann’s SOTU Response?

    01/29/2011 9:46:32 PM PST · by GVnana · 72 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | 1/28/2011
    So, what was really up with the televised feed of Rep. Bachmann's State of the Union response? Our sources tell us that CNN had originally agreed to use the live feed set up by Tea Party Express, which had a teleprompter running on the lens in which Rep. Bachmann was delivering her speech. But, when Rep. Bachmann left the camera set-up and sat in the House chamber to hear Pres. Obama's speech, CNN set up a camera of their own, just off to the side of the main, tele-prompter/camera. Thus, when CNN provided their network feed it ended up skewed...
  • Obama's SOTU Success: Making Democrats the Party of Optimism (Mega Barf Alert)

    01/30/2011 6:57:43 AM PST · by mandaladon · 31 replies
    TIME ^ | 27 Jan 2011 | Joe Klein
    We never really came up with a catchy name for the past decade — the Awful Oughts? The Total Zeros? Whatever it was, the decadus horribilis is officially over. Barack Obama's 2011 State of the Union was the first such address this century that wasn't overwhelmed by war or financial collapse. It was the beginning of a new era, a return to business as usual. Indeed, it was a return to many of the issues that plagued the country in the 1990s: budget deficits, international competitiveness, the need to reinvent government, health care, education. In terms of content, it was...
  • Obama wraps liberal ideology in GOP sheepskin (by Cal Thomas)

    01/29/2011 11:34:03 PM PST · by Innovative · 1 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | Jan 30, 2011 | Cal Thomas
    In his State of the Union address, President Obama at times sounded like he was channeling Ronald Reagan: cutting the deficit, hailing private enterprise and individual initiative, talking about the future. But for all his eloquence, the president wrapped his liberal ideology in conservative sheep's clothing. On the surface, the president said many things with which conservatives might agree, but words can mean something, or they can mask true intentions. There was no indication the president plans to retreat on his far-left agenda of the last two years. Why should he? That would require denying who he is.
  • Frank Rich: The Tea Party Wags the Dog (Condescension for us & worship for Zero's SOTU)

    01/29/2011 2:24:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 29, 2011 | Frank Rich
    ANY lingering doubts about Barack Obama’s determination to appropriate Ronald Reagan’s political spirit evaporated just before the State of the Union. No American brand is more associated with Reagan than General Electric, and it was that corporation’s chief executive, Jeffrey Immelt, who popped up as the president’s new wingman when the White House rolled out its latest jobs initiative on Jan. 21. Obama’s speech on Tuesday, with its celebration of the nation’s can-do capitalist ingenuity, moved him still closer to Reagan’s sweet spot as a national cheerleader. The president even offered a remix of the old Reagan-era G.E. jingle “We...
  • School Hailed by Obama Succeeded by Firing Teachers, Bucking Union

    01/28/2011 3:46:37 PM PST · by mandaladon · 8 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 26 Jan 2011 | MICHAEL WARREN
    President Obama spoke last night about the need to “win the race to educate our kids” and asked if we as Americans are “willing to do what’s necessary to give every child a chance to succeed.” He highlighted one school in particular—Bruce Randolph School in Denver. “Three years ago, it was rated one of the worst schools in Colorado; located on turf between two rival gangs,” Obama said. “But last May, 97 percent of the seniors received their diploma. Most will be the first in their family to go to college.” What Obama failed to mention is how Bruce Randolph...
  • Sarah Palin Schools the Washington Post on History

    01/28/2011 5:48:53 AM PST · by radioone · 29 replies
    Andrew Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | 1-28-11 | Peter Schweizer
    The Washington Post, which never passes up an opportunity to attack Sarah Palin, has gone after her for criticizing President Barack Obama’s “Sputnik” reference in the State of the Union Address. Palin noted accurately that what Obama was calling for was “big government” as the solution to our problems. She further pointed out big government socialistic solutions are what in part did the Soviet empire in. Those comments sent Steve Stromberg at the Washington Post into a hyperbolic fit, declaring that her analysis is “weird.” But his response indicates that he knows as little about the Soviet Union and Sputnik...
  • On Sputnik vs. Spudnut

    01/28/2011 11:54:01 AM PST · by misharu · 16 replies
    Facebook ^ | 01/28/2011 | Sarah Palin
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  • The State of the Union Is Leaderless

    01/28/2011 6:30:31 AM PST · by Obadiah · 7 replies
    RealClear Politics ^ | 1/28/2011 | Ruth Marcus
    The state of the union is ... leaderless. Sounds harsh, but when it comes to digging America out from what President Obama calls its "mountain of debt," I'm becoming increasingly worried that this assessment is accurate. The president talks the talk about fiscal responsibility. But the evidence suggests he's not willing to spend the political capital to translate that talk into action. Judge Obama by his own standards. "We have to signal seriousness in this," he told The Washington Post just before the inauguration, "by making sure that some of the hard decisions are made under my watch and not...

    01/28/2011 4:16:36 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 79 replies
    I talked to a psychic about what the future holds and I've got good news and bad news about it. The good news is Obama isn't president after 2012. The bad news.... The Top 10 Misconceptions About the 2011 State of the Union10. Obama was actually giving a "pre-action" to Paul Ryan's speech on the state of the union.9. Biden laughed when Obama said he would veto earmarks because he thought it would be silly to ban place holders for audio books.8. While praising the ratification of START Obama forgot to mention that piece of paper was his idea of...
  • SOTU: Couric Crushed Obama Didn't Raise Gun Control

    01/28/2011 3:47:39 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 27 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Given the chance to interview Katie Couric, I wouldn't ask her what newspapers she reads. I'd want to know how she understands her role as anchor, and why she thinks it's appropriate to express opinions on controversial issues of the day. For that's just what she's done on the subject of gun control, expressing disappointment that Pres. Obama didn't raise it in his SOTU. Describing her dissatisfaction in her "Notebook" yesterday, Couric asserted that PBO's failure to raise gun control put a "cloud" over the SOTU. View video after the jump.
  • Laura Ingraham: Meghan McCain Is A "Poor Man's Ron Reagan" (video)

    01/27/2011 6:49:46 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 78 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 27, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    Syndicated radio talk show host Laura Ingraham responds to Meghan McCain calling Rep. Michele Bachmann a "poor man's Sarah Palin."
  • Obama Recycles Waxman-Markey Utility Sector Target - Neglects to Inform Congress, Public (SOTU)

    01/27/2011 8:33:12 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies ^ | January 26, 2011 @ 5:01 pm | Marlo Lewis
    Last night’s State of the Union Address shows that President Obama learned only one lesson from the failure that was Copenhagen, the farce that was Cancun, the death of cap-and-trade, and the “slaughter” of House Democrats who voted for Waxman-Markey. Namely, dissemble, repackage Kyotoism in new verbiage, and press on with an agenda that voters rejected in November. Anyone paying attention to Obama EPA’s campaign to ‘legislate’ climate policy through the regulatory backdoor would expect as much. But — true confession — I was surprised when Obama proposed to restructure the U.S. electric power sector along the lines contemplated by H.R. 2454, the American Clean...
  • Bush Beats Obama in Speech Viewership

    01/27/2011 6:35:50 PM PST · by goods · 7 replies ^ | 1/26/2011 | Yossi Gestetner
    it may seem strange to learn that George W. Bush – the one who is so despised by voters – actually had more people who watched his State of the Union (SOTU) Addresses than the amount of people who watch the speeches of President Obama. Consider the numbers from Nielson: ü Obama’s current SOTU address was viewed by 42.7 million people. The Bush speech given in the same time, early the third year in office (2003) was viewed by 62.0 million people. ü Bush’s 2003 speech was given shortly before the start of Iraq War, which likely drove up viewership....