January 27th, 2010
09:00 AM ET
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State of the Union speech unlikely to ease worries, analysts say

President Obama's State of the Union speech Wednesday will be a tough sell for millions of Americans struggling under the weight of an economic recession, political analysts said.
President Obama's State of the Union speech Wednesday will be a tough sell for millions of Americans struggling under the weight of an economic recession, political analysts said.

Washington (CNN) - President Obama's State of the Union speech Wednesday will be a tough sell for millions of Americans struggling under the weight of an economic recession, political analysts said.

"The president will respond as he always does to emergencies: with a speech. In this case, it's his State of the Union address," said David Frum, a CNN contributor and former speechwriter to President George W. Bush. "The Obama team always assumes the best remedy for any Obama difficulty is more Obama."

Frum said Obama's new populist tone, which he said emerged after the Democrats' surprising loss in the Massachusetts special Senate election, might work short-term if he uses it in Wednesday's speech, but it won't work over the long haul.

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  1. aliou

    President should attach job creation or retention to each person.
    An unemployed worker should have more stimulus attached to him/her than anyone employed. The longer the unemployment, the larger the stimulus. The lower the education level, the higher the stimulus. So this person can use that money to start their own business, create their own job, or go to school. This should be in the form of grant payable to employer, trainer, or employee/unemployed, with the ability to carry it to wherever they want to use it.

    January 27, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  2. Selma Crandall

    That speech is all a 'let's pretend' political speechifying thing for Obama and his crew. I won't even watch it, but I will watch the republican response. I will keep flipping between movies and news stations until that let's pretend thing is over.

    January 27, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  3. southerncousin

    The empty suit George Soros and the unions installed as our president lies constantly. The teleprompter will have all the right words based on focus groups, but it will all be words and doesn't mean a thing, based on his history of lying, corruption and contempt for the American taxpayer.

    January 27, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  4. Willy Brown

    I am going to put 1 dollar inmy kids bank everytime Barry says; I, me, I am and Bush's fault. my guess he'll be rich with in 45 minutes...

    January 27, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  5. aliou

    I also want the president talk about who is receiving the money. I also want cnn to publish those who are receiving the money from stimulus. Because those who know how to are getting the money, and you find those same persons telling everyone else that the stimulus is not working. It may be true, but it may also be that the people receiving the stimulus are not using it properly. Eg: Banks were supposed to keep help the economy by lending more, and hiring more. They did get the money alright, but they tightened the credit and charged new fees to get squeeze the economy and taxpayers further. That in fact shows that the stimulus to the banks didn't work.

    January 27, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  6. Common Sense Guy

    Is it just me, or has the White House just realized what the country has known for 2 years, THE ECONOMY IS BAD.

    January 27, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  7. Fitz in Texas

    Why would anyone think Obama's State of the Union address would ease worries. The only thing this President has done to this county in the last year is damage it and after his State of the Union he will continue to damage this county. Oh, 2012 can't get here fast enough!

    January 27, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  8. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    Maybe Fox spy network can do an Indiana Jones type television series called, "David Frum and the message of gloom and doom."

    January 27, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  9. Steve (the real one)

    Just to be fair, the purpose of this speech is to lay out a vison or a road map. Last time it was Healthcare, Healthcare, Healthcare. This time it has to be the economy. Not grandiose but a realistic, workable, bi-partisan plan directed towards the economy! This pain does not recognize party lines!

    January 27, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  10. Scott, Tucson

    What is worrying most Americans is that obama is still in charge for another three years. As for obama's speech tonight it would consist of Blah,blah,blah, it's Bush fault! Blah,blah,blah I love myself, Blah,blah,blah don't blame me.

    January 27, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  11. yen

    Obama has to tell the American people the truth.Whatever the downsize is. What is important is how to make it right for the future. Whatever happens the health care issue has to continue.

    January 27, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  12. Tina

    Why don't you dummies wait until he actually gives the speech to give your opinion on it and what it might actually do? Typical mainstream media, determine your meme ahead of time, beat that meme into the ground and then continue to stick to it in spite of what really occurs. Here's a tip: Try engaging in old-fashioned, real journalism for once.

    January 27, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  13. Sheena

    Don't even know why I bother to post, because CNN is a Bias Network and only posts what they want that will benefit the Democrats, which is total bull.

    Whatever Obama says in his State of the Union address will be a bunch of lies Again, just like always, he only says what people that work for him tells him to say, trying to keep him popular, but in reality, People are wise to his Elogant Speeches, which mean absolutely NOTHING, Business as Usual.
    He is done, period, after a year of lies and trying to overtake this country heart and soul, the people finally are being heard, and Obama with all his Crooked Cronies are a Big Bunch Of Liars.....

    January 27, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  14. Vivian McRae

    He hasn't even given the speach yet, and your analyzing already?, are you a fortune teller?

    January 27, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  15. proud mother and sister of soldiers

    Any intelligent person would know and see that he changed his strategy since the Mass election. His speech will be filled with meaningless words that we have learned cannot be believed. This speach will be all about saving his and every dems political careers.

    January 27, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  16. Joan

    Of couse David Frum is going to be negative about the President's State of the Union speech. The Republicans probably have their negative, critical, vicious speeches already written. It doesn't matter what he says, they will cut it up. They have been up to their "fear and smear" tactics all year so why should they change now?

    January 27, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  17. Puddin

    "The Obama team always assumes the best remedy for any Obama difficulty is more Obama." It's either this or "Obama doesn't speak up soon enough on problems that arise" with most Republicans. Critisism, critisism, critisism is all they know. In the words of wisdom of Barbara Bush to George H. W. when he lost the second term election....."Get over it, you lost!" If this would happen and the Democrats began working together, something actually good might happen for all Americans. Instead, all this does is drag down the country more. IT IS DISGUSTING!!!!

    January 27, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  18. Personal responsibility, please.

    Until Obama stops his reckless policies, the State of the Union address will mean nothing.

    Government needs to do what most Americans are already doing, cutting back on spending–especially on pet projects and inefficient agencies (the department of energy,...), stop trying to grow government (healthcare,...) and stop imposing stupid taxes on everything (banking...). Let the free market work (less silly regulations).

    In short, let Americans take some personal responsibility.

    January 27, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  19. David

    Why should the administration and the president even believe a "speech" will ease our worries?! Are we all stupid??!! Do the president and the administration believe like elite Europeans that Americans are stupid?!
    Fooled me once, shame on you.... twice?– we will see !!!!!

    January 27, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  20. AXH

    Who's going to fall for a whole lot a empty lies from Obama, the 1st year in office speaks for itself; a big ZERO! He and Congress are all about spend, spend and spend more $$$ that we don't have!!

    VOTE them all out!!

    January 27, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  21. JES

    Obama and his staff just don't have a clue what they are doing.

    You need a person in office that can lead and listen to what the people are saying.

    January 27, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  22. katiec

    What else would you expect coming from CNN's so called analysts??
    They most certainly are not going report anything positive about our president.
    They have become Fox II, while trying to hide behind their claim of fairness.
    The problem is no head honchos at CNN ever read the blogs, so they do no realize how fed up the people are getting with their bias, but, probably they do not care. They have their agenda of promoting, supporting the party of NOthing and will not let facts, truth get in
    their way.

    January 27, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  23. Four and The Door

    "The rhetoric from the White House has to match up with reality," he said.
    _____________________________________________________
    Interesting problem. It seems like with the overload of rhetoric the Obama Administration has been hurling at America, this is not a great time to make another speech. People are probably getting the impression that this administration is all bark and no bite. Is he going to regain credibility tonight or just lose more ( as if there is any left )?

    January 27, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  24. TCM

    Obama's unbelievable....I mean, truly, you cannot believe a word out of his mouth....

    January 27, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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