(CNN) - Sounding like Joe Friday, President Obama said "just the facts" on the deficit.
And he laid blame for the deficit squarely where it belongs: at the feet of the Republican Congress and the Republican president who squandered the massive Clinton surpluses and created the massive Republican deficits. Thank goodness.
At the beginning of the speech he described the recession as "a storm," which I hated. But later he made it clear it was not a natural disaster, it was a man-made disaster, caused by Republican tax cuts for the rich, Republican wars with no way to pay for them, and a Republican prescription drug plan that went straight on the national credit card.
(CNN) - In his State of the Union address Wednesday night, President Barack Obama picked up on the health care theme with a bleak prediction, saying: "By the time I'm finished speaking tonight, more Americans will have lost their health insurance. Millions will lose it this year."
Will millions of Americans lose health insurance in 2010?
The CNN Fact Check Desk found that the answer may depend on how much higher the unemployment rate goes.
(CNN) - The president campaigned on a return to fiscal responsibility. Independents broke with him on the unprecedented spending that came out of Congress amid the financial crisis last year. The executive order to create a bipartisan deficit panel – that the Senate cynically voted down yesterday – is a step in the right direction. But there's a lot more work to do to seriously restore credibility on this front.
(CNN) - "From some on the right, I expect we'll hear a different argument – that if we just make fewer investments in our people, extend tax cuts for wealthier Americans, eliminate more regulations and maintain the status quo on health care, our deficits will go away. The problem is that's what we did for eight years. That's what helped lead us into this crisis. It's what helped lead to these deficits. And we cannot do it again."
(CNN) - "China's not waiting to revamp its economy," President Obama said Wednesday night. "Germany's not waiting. India's not waiting. These nations aren't standing still. They are making serious investments in clean energy because they want those jobs."
What was that? China's economy is growing because of its investments in "clean energy"? Really?
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama calls on Congress to post all earmark requests online in an effort to gain public trust.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama calls on lobbyists to disclose their contacts, and proposes strict limits on their contributions to candidates for federal office.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Wednesday night in his first State of the Union address that Washington is facing a "deficit of trust," and he called for action on "both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue" to restore credibility.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama announces he will establish a bipartisan deficit reduction commission by executive order.