CNN Poll: More than half of speech watchers have very positive reaction
January 25th, 2011
11:38 PM ET
4 years ago

CNN Poll: More than half of speech watchers have very positive reaction

Washington (CNN) - A majority of Americans who watched President Obama's State of the Union address said they had a very positive reaction to his speech, according to a poll of people who viewed Tuesday night's address.

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A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey indicated that 52 percent of speech watchers had a very positive reaction, with 32 percent saying they had a somewhat positive response and 15 percent with a negative response.
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CNN Fact Check: Paying for that 'Sputnik moment'
January 25th, 2011
11:36 PM ET
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CNN Fact Check: Paying for that 'Sputnik moment'

(CNN) - President Barack Obama urged Americans to "win the future" Tuesday night, holding out a vision of a federal government fostering advances in science and technology like it did during the days of the space race.

But the kind of "Sputnik moment" that Obama proposed costs money at a time when the Republicans who control the House of Representatives are clamoring for spending cuts. So in his State of the Union address, the president suggested getting rid of tax breaks for the oil industry to pay for it.

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Defining a 'Sputnik' moment
January 25th, 2011
11:08 PM ET
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Defining a 'Sputnik' moment

(CNN) – This generation's "Sputnik moment" has arrived, President Barack Obama declared in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, referring to the United States' need to invest in research and development to
revive the economy and ensure future stability.

He was talking about investment in areas such as biomedical research and clean energy technology, but what did he mean by "Sputnik moment," exactly? Precise definitions vary, but in general, it refers to the realization, triggered perhaps by a threat or a challenge, of a need to do something different, setting a course in a new direction.

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Obama calls for united effort to secure future of American prosperity
January 25th, 2011
10:47 PM ET
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Obama calls for united effort to secure future of American prosperity

WASHINGTON (CNN) – America is heading in the right direction and now needs to reshape some priorities to ensure future strength and stability, President Barack Obama told the nation Tuesday in his second State of the Union address.

Sounding themes of optimism and pragmatism in his 61-minute speech, Obama called for increasing investments in key areas such as education and clean energy while freezing some government spending for five years in an attempt to address simultaneous needs for economic growth and fiscal balance.

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Bachmann's Response to State of the Union
January 25th, 2011
10:10 PM ET
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Bachmann's Response to State of the Union

As prepared for delivery:

Good evening, my name is Congresswoman Michele Bachmann from Minnesota’s 6th District.

Two years ago, when Barack Obama became our President, unemployment was 7.8 percent and our national debt stood at what seemed like a staggering $10.6 trillion dollars.
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Obama SOTU: Education
January 25th, 2011
09:41 PM ET
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Obama SOTU: Education

(CNN)– Saying nearly half of all new jobs in the next decade will require a post-high school education, "yet, as many as a quarter of our students aren't even finishing high school," President Obama called for improvements in and new emphasis on American education.

"In fact, to every young person listening tonight who's contemplating their career choice, if you want to make a difference in the life of our nation, if you want to make a difference in the life of a child, become a teacher. Your nation needs you," Obama said in his State of the Union address.


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Official GOP State of the Union response by Rep. Paul Ryan
January 25th, 2011
09:16 PM ET
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Official GOP State of the Union response by Rep. Paul Ryan

As prepared for delivery:

Good evening. I’m Congressman Paul Ryan from Janesville, Wisconsin – and Chairman here at the House Budget Committee.

President Obama just addressed a Congressional chamber filled with many new faces. One face we did not see tonight was that of our friend and colleague, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona. We all miss Gabby and her cheerful spirit; and we are praying for her return to the House Chamber.
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Obama SOTU: Tax Reform
January 25th, 2011
09:00 PM ET
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Obama SOTU: Tax Reform

(CNN)– President Obama called on Republicans and Democrats in Congress to work together to reform corporate tax laws "to simplify the system."

"Get rid of the loopholes. Level the playing field. And use the savings to lower the corporate tax rate for the first time in 25 years - without adding to our deficit," Obama said in remarks prepared for delivery in his State of the Union address.


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Obama SOTU: Immigration
January 25th, 2011
08:56 PM ET
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Obama SOTU: Immigration

(CNN)– Congress should "take on, once and for all, the issue of illegal immigration,"President Barack Obama said Tuesday in remarks prepared for delivery in his State of the Union address.

"I know that debate will be difficult and take time. But tonight, let's agree to make that effort. And let's stop expelling talented, responsible young people who can staff our research labs, start new businesses and further
enrich this nation," Obama said in his prepared remarks.


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Obama SOTU: Clean Energy
January 25th, 2011
08:53 PM ET
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Obama SOTU: Clean Energy

(CNN)– President Barack Obama said Tuesday that by 2035, 80% of the nation's electricity should come from clean energy sources.

"I challenge you to join me in setting a new goal," Obama said in remarks prepared for delivery in his State of the Union address. "Some folks want wind and solar. Others want nuclear, clean coal, and natural gas. To meet this goal, we will need them all - and I urge Democrats and Republicans to work together to make it happen."


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