Live blog from State of the Union address
January 25th, 2011
08:20 PM ET
4 years ago

Live blog from State of the Union address

Read the full prepared remarks here and the CNN Wire report on the speech here.

Note: Please continually refresh this page for the latest updates (CTRL-R).

10:53 p.m. ET - @JohnKingCNN: GOP's Ryan suggests Obama past suggests not credible on deficit. He promises big cuts, but not many specifics.

10:53 p.m. ET - @DanaBashCNN: Raul Labrador, new GOP congressman from idaho just told me Obama "sounded like a republican"

10:41 p.m. ET - Rep. Bachmann: "Instead of a leaner, smarter government, we bought a bureaucracy that tells us which light bulbs to buy, and which will put 16,500 IRS agents in charge of policing President Obama’s health care bill."

10:49 p.m. ET - Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann is now delivering her own response to the president's address. Read the full remarks here.

10:46 p.m. ET - Rep. Bachmann, who is delivering her own response to the president's State of the Union address is running late because she was stuck in traffic. CNN Political Producer Shannon Travis was told she was "barely moving" in her car. She was at the Capitol for the address and will deliver her remarks from the National Press Club.

10:37 p.m. ET - The president's motorcade departed the Capitol en route to the White House.

10:35 p.m. ET - Paul Begala summing up the president's address: He was plain-spoken, not professorial. He was specific, not airy-fairy. He was patriotic and positive and practical.

10:34 p.m. ET - CNN National Political Correspondent Jessica Yellin: Talked to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell who said spending freeze is not enough. Senators Tim Scott, Alan West and Jeff Sessions said the same. They like idea of corporate tax reform. Senators Klobuchar and Sessions were dates and said they had a good time together and it felt better than sitting along party lines.

10:33 p.m. ET - Rep. Ryan: "Speaking candidly, as one citizen to another: We still have time… but not much time. If we continue down our current path, we know what our future will be. Just take a look at what’s happening to Greece, Ireland, the United Kingdom and other nations in Europe. They didn’t act soon enough; and now their governments have been forced to impose painful austerity measures: large benefit cuts to seniors and huge tax increases on everybody. Their day of reckoning has arrived. Ours is around the corner. That is why we must act now."

10:32 p.m. ET - Rep. Ryan: "It’s no coincidence that trust in government is at an all-time low now that the size of government is at an all-time high... The President and the Democratic Leadership have shown, by their actions, that they believe government needs to increase its size and its reach, its price tag and its power. Whether sold as “stimulus” or repackaged as “investment,” their actions show they want a federal government that controls too much; taxes too much; and spends too much in order to do too much."

10:25 p.m. ET - Rep. Paul Ryan begins his Republican response. Read the full remarks here.

10:23 p.m. ET - @DanaBashCNN: Hillary Clinton among the last here mingling. Making a point to shake hands with young senate pages

10:19 p.m. ET - @JohnKingCNN: GOP reax: strong "where's the beef" theme - gopers in house and senate say potus too vague on cuts/deficits.

10:18 p.m. ET - @DanaBashCNN: Republican Jean Schmidt, no Obama fan politically, kept him for a while on way out getting his autograph

10: 17 p.m. ET - Ruben Navarrette Jr: The best line: "That dream is why I can stand here before you tonight. That dream is why a working class kid from Scranton can stand behind me. That dream is why someone who began by sweeping the floors of his father's Cincinnati bar can preside as Speaker of the House in the greatest nation on Earth."

What a great line, and a wonderful tribute to a magnificent country. On that point, there is unanimity. Nice job, Mr. President.

10:15 p.m. ET - Candy Crowley: "....the state of our union is strong. ". And so it ends

10:15 p.m. ET - Julian E. Zelizer, a regular columnist for CNN.com and professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University, provided this analysis of the speech: With the State of the Union Address, President Obama has attempted to shift the conversation away from the economic recession and toward economic revitalization. The aim of his message is a call to arms to join in a bipartisan project to improve the competitive position of the nation through innovation and smart investment.

10:15 p.m. - @ROLANDSMARTIN: Interesting. No mention of the poor or even middle class in President Obama's SOTU speech

10:14 p.m. ET - @DanaBashCNN: Supreme court justices, who don't applaud by tradition during speech, clapped hard at the end

10:12 p.m. ET - Candy Crowley: Best applause line yet " ...as contentious and frustrating and messy as our democracy can sometimes be, I know there isn't a person here who would trade places with any other nation on Earth." Big standing O

10:10 p.m. ET - @edhenrycnn: President just had to go there with the whole "someone who began by sweeping the floors of his father's Cincinnati bar" can become Speaker

10:09 p.m. ET - @edhenrycnn: Boehner crying! whoa

10:08 p.m. ET - @DanaBashCNN: Watching Elena Kagan to see if she even flinches when he talks about recruiters on college campuses vis a vis gay rights. Nada. Poker face

10:07 p.m. ET - @edhenrycnn: President reveals next foreign trip will be in March, his first-ever trip to South America (Brazil, Chile) plus El Salvador too

10:07 p.m. ET - President Obama: "Our troops come from every corner of this country – they are black, white, Latino, Asian and Native American. They are Christian and Hindu, Jewish and Muslim. And, yes, we know that some of them are gay. Starting this year, no American will be forbidden from serving the country they love because of who they love. And with that change, I call on all of our college campuses to open their doors to our military recruiters and the ROTC. It is time to leave behind the divisive battles of the past. It is time to move forward as one nation."

10:07 p.m. ET - Medal of Honor recipient Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta is seated in the first lady's box.

10:02 p.m. ET - @edhenrycnn: My fave part was few minutes ago: POTUS urged Congress to follow him by posting meetings w/lobbyists online; didn't hear single D or R clap

10:01 p.m. ET - @DanaBashCNN: Odd moment when Obama said American Muslims are a part of American family, big applause except Sen. GOP leadership

10:00 p.m. ET - @edhenrycnn: It's feeling like there was less on "jobs" than expected

10:00 p.m. ET - Candy Crowley: One thing about the mixed seating arrangement...used to be lawmakers didn't really have to listen . They just jumped up and down with their side of the room. Now that they are scattered about, they have to listen to see how to react.

9:58 p.m. ET - @edhenrycnn: Just in: That's not ashtray in front of Boehner. I’m told it's an ink well holder. Historical item, dating back to 1819, according to aide

9:57 p.m. ET - Dana Bash: First applause line reid didn't clap for: a promise to veto bills w earmarks. But McCain, behind him, jumped up enthusiastically.

9:57 p.m. ET - White House producer Shawna Shepherd: I guess the salmon “smoked” line came from White House speechwriter Jon Lovett. After all, he recently won Washington’s annual “Funniest Celebrity” competition.

9:56 p.m. ET – President Obama jokes: We live and do business in the information age, but the last major reorganization of the government happened in the age of black and white TV. There are twelve different agencies that deal with exports. There are at least five different entities that deal with housing policy. Then there’s my favorite example: the Interior Department is in charge of salmon while they’re in fresh water, but the Commerce Department handles them in when they’re in saltwater. And I hear it gets even more complicated once they’re smoked.

@edhenrycnn: Obama smoked salmon joke gets laughs all around but in that way that you laugh at your uncle's joke at Thanksgiving

9:53 p.m. ET @edhenrycnn: President says US can't afford "permanent" extension of tax cuts for the rich. That appeared to be a half-sigh from Boehner

9:52 p.m. ET - @DanaBashCNN: Now there's an odd couple: al franken and marco rubio are sitting together

9:52 p.m. ET - Candy Crowley: Aside from references to Tucson at the start, POTUS delivers most effective, succinct line so far re: health care "...instead of re-fighting the battles of the last two years,, let's fix what needs fixing and move forward."

9:50 p.m. ET @JohnKingCNN: Maybe you believe him, maybe not, but POTUS political goal here is to sell self as reasonable, center in the spending debate.

9:48 p.m. ET – Obama calls for five year spending freeze. Last year Obama proposed a 3 year spending freeze on all discretionary spending except Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and national security. So he is adding a few years.

9:47 p.m. ET - @edhenrycnn: Key Obama moment on health care: "So instead of re-fighting the battles of the last two years, let's fix what needs fixing & move forward."

9:46 p.m. ET - @edhenrycnn: But President also offered slight olive branch by saying, "If you have ideas about how to improve this law ... I am eager to work w/you"

9:46 p.m. ET - @DanaBashCNN: Ok that line was the first I saw to get jon kyl up – suggestion they change a h care law flaw that hurts small biz

9:46 p.m. ET - @edhenrycnn: We finally get a laugh from Boehner. Obama: "I've heard rumors that a few of you still have concerns about our new health care law"

9:45 p.m. ET - @DanaBashCNN: Now there's a line that separates the bipartisan crowd – h care law

9:44 p.m. ET - Candy Crowley: POTUS connects with a wisecrack on pitch for high speed rail funding. "For some trips, it will be faster than flying- without the pat-down. " Now THAT'S feeling our pain.

9:43 p.m. ET - CNN.com columnist Ruben Navarrette Jr: Obama said, "Now, I strongly believe that we should take on, once and for all, the issue of illegal immigration. I am prepared to work with Republicans and Democrats to protect our borders, enforce our laws and address the millions of undocumented workers who are now living in the shadows."

A passing reference. Glad it was in there, but this is a complicated issue not suited to sound bites – or one paragraph in a 10,000-word speech. Obama has to convince his own party to stop thwarting immigration reform to please organized labor.

9:43 p.m. ET - President Obama said: “We signed agreements with India and China the will support more then 250,000 jobs in the United States.” Obama traveled to India and South Korea last November

9:41 p.m. ET - @edhenrycnn: Second best cutaway: Sen. Grassley putting hand over mouth - was that a yawn under there?

9:40 p.m. ET - @edhenrycnn: Best cutaway so far: POTUS makes joke about pat downs, camera spies Pelosi getting the joke and giving that half laugh of hers

President Obama: "Within 25 years, our goal is to give 80% of Americans access to high-speed rail, which could allow you go places in half the time it takes to travel by car. For some trips, it will be faster than flying – without the pat-downs. As we speak, routes in California and the Midwest are already underway."

9:40 p.m. ET - @edhenrycnn: Not sure if it's the seating change, or deliberate POTUS attempt to have less applause lines with less policy proposals, but crowd v subdued

9:40 p.m. ET - @DanaBashCNN: Wow are republicans stone cold in non response to new investments...here we go

9:38 p.m. ET - @edhenrycnn: Interesting to see 2 ex-presidential nominees (Kerry & McCain) next to each other. They were friends for years, seemed to drift, now back

9:38 p.m. ET - “Repairing crumbling roads and bridges, We will make sure this project is fully paid for”. But so far no mention how it will be paid for.

9:37 p.m. ET - @edhenrycnn: great human moment: President mentions 55-year-old woman from NC earning degree at night; Kathy Proctor tells guy next to her, "that's me"

9:33 p.m. ET - Education… It sounds like Obama is going to make another push for the Dream Act with other education reform. The Dream Act failed to pass last December during the lame duck session.

9:32 p.m. ET - @edhenrycnn: POTUS talking about school principal wiping away tears - now speech aimed at Boehner? Hmm

9:30 p.m. ET - @edhenrycnn: Innovation, education, help your kids with the homework: Speech aimed right at independent voters, soccer moms

9:28 p.m. ET - CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash:: Noticed Sen. Murkowski was not with Sen. Mikulski as planned. Turns out she was in the house chamber and just prior to the speech when she got word that her youngest son was scheduled for an appendectomy tonight, so she headed straight for GWU hospital.

9:25 p.m. ET - CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash: Michele Bachmann not sitting w any Dems. Sitting between Republican Jean Schmidt and GOP freshman Jaime Herrera.

9:25 p.m. ET - President Obama mentions the Allen brothers who are in the first lady’s box. They received $500,000 from the recovery act to start making solar shingles.

9:24 p.m. ET
- @edhenrycnn: Obama: "we are the nation that put cars in driveways and computers in offices; the nation of Edison & the Wright Bros; of Google & Facebook"

9:24 p.m. ET - President Obama: "This is our generation's Sputnik moment. Two years ago, I said that we needed to reach a level of research and development we haven't seen since the height of the Space Race. In a few weeks, I will be sending a budget to Congress that helps us meet that goal."

Paul Begala: Interesting: Pres. Obama's reference to this being our "Sputnik moment" did not draw any applause, even though it had been hyped in advance. But when he called for more investment in clean energy, he got hearty applause. People want specifics, and Pres. Obama is giving it to them. This is not a time for abstractions and distant analogies; it's a time for specifics. This is a very specific speech. The professorial types looking for a "visionary speech" won't like it, but I think the American people will love it.

@ewerickson: Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, etc. didn't wait for govt investment to invent.

9:23 p.m. ET - @DanaBashCNN: So far repub sen jon kyl wins award for repub least likely to clap.

9:23 p.m. ET - Candy Crowley: POTUS Walks that line, reaching out to those in pain because of struggling economy while reassuring people "future is ours to win."

9:22 p.m. ET@edhenrycnn: interesting we're several mins into speech and have not heard one policy proposal, President is serious about not making this laundry list

9:17 p.m. ET - @DanaBashCNN: They may be sitting together, but still clear when repubs reluctantly getting up 2 clap. Like on obama ? Can they "work together tomorrow"

9:16 p.m. ET - @edhenrycnn: President talking Tucson but will not mention gun control. But interesting Robert Gibbs suggested he may make speech on it later this year


9:16 p.m. ET
- The parents of Christina Green, the nine year old killed in Tucson are in the first lady’s box, so is Dr Peter Rhee who took care of Rep Giffords. President Obama spoke of the Tucson shooting but no mention of gun control or mental health care.

9:15 p.m. ET
- President Obama: "At stake right now is not who wins the next election – after all, we just had an election. At stake is whether new jobs and industries take root in this country, or somewhere else."

9:14 p.m. ET - President Obama: "What comes of this moment will be determined not by whether we can sit together tonight, but whether we can work together tomorrow."

9:11 p.m. - President Obama acknowledges the seat left empty in honor of Rep. Giffords. He receives a standing ovation from the entire chamber.

9:10 p.m. ET - @DanaBashCNN: Pelosi is greeting supreme court. First time in 4 years not next to vp behind potus. She's making rounds tho.

9:05 p.m. ET - President Obama has entered the House chamber. He's making his way through the chamber, pausing to shake hands and talk to House members, Supreme Court justices and Cabinet secretaries.

9:03 p.m. ET @DanaBashCNN: Hillary Clinton making rounds and greeting former colleagues

9:02 p.m. ET - New White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley is walking into the House chamber.

8:59 p.m. ET - @DanaBashCNN: Dem gillibrand also sitting with new gop sen rand paul

8:59 p.m. ET - President Obama's cabinet secretaries are walking onto the House floor now, all of whom are wearing the ribbons to honor the victims of the Virginia shootings.

8:58 p.m. ET - First lady Michelle Obama just walked into her box above the House floor, wearing the ribbon to honor the victims of the Virginia shootings.

8:55 p.m. ET - @DanaBashCNN: See kirsten gillibrand sitting with john thune on gop side. She told me she asked him bc she worked w/ him on 9/11 responders & other things

8:52 p.m. - House Speaker John Boehner and Vice President Joe Biden are announcing the names of the House and Senate members who will escort President Obama into the chamber.

8:51 p.m. ET - President's motorcade has arrived at the Capitol.

8:48 p.m. ET - CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash: Democratic Sen. Mark Udall, who came up with this idea, said he was keeping his GOP date a surprise. I see him with Jim DeMint. He promised it would be someone quite conservative. He was right.

8:47 p.m.
- @JohnKingCNN: Potus in motorcade on way. #sotu always a big night, more so w/new DC balance of power.

8:46 p.m. ET
@DanaBashCNN: See repub jeff sessions and dem amy klobuchar walking down the aisle. She was joking abt getting flowers. Don't see any!

8:44 p.m. ET - President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama just left the White House to make their way to the Capitol.

8:40 p.m. ET - @DanaBashCNN: Joe wilson, who famously screamed "you lie" at prez obama, now sitting with democrats. See him talking to susan davis of california now.

8:40 p.m. ET - Vice President Joe Biden, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, among others, enter the House chamber.

8:37 p.m. ET - CNN National Political Correspondent Jessica Yellin: Supreme Court justices just walked by:
Sotomayor, Roberts, Kagen, Ginsberg, Souter, Kennedy.

8:36 p.m. ET - CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash: See lots of new members settling in and chatting with new colleagues. 96 new house members. 16 new senators. Boy are they getting a different experience.

8:32 p.m. ET - @DanaBashCNN: See members of the bipartisan womens softball team sitting together (nevermind we reporters beat them in our game last year!)

8:30 p.m. ET - @DanaBashCNN: Funny to see chris van hollen, dem who was in charge of elected dems in 2010, on the gop side. Sitting w/ marrieds connie mack and mary bono

8:29 p.m. ET - @DanaBashCNN: My seat is above what is traditionally the house gop side of the chamber. Its now filled with democrats too. Mingling together.

8:27 p.m. ET - @DanaBashCNN: I'm inside the house chamber – birds eye view of the sotu. Been in here many years. Vibe already so different

8:12 p.m. ET - @edhenrycnn: Missing Cabinet secretary tonight will be Interior Secretary Salazar – he will stay away from State of the Union in case of catastrophe.

7:34 p.m. ET - Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham will not be at the State of the Union address. He is returning from nine days of Air Force Reserve duty in Afghanistan.

6:39 p.m. ET - When approached by CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, who is delivering the GOP response Tuesday night, laughingly put his hands over his ears and said he's not allowed to talk to the media.

6:39 p.m. ET - Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida, entered the Capitol with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' doctors from Arizona.

6:28 p.m. ET - Rep. Eliot Engel, D-New York, and his GOP seat buddy Rep. Jean Schmidt, R-Ohio, were among the first to take their seats on the House floor.


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soundoff (198 Responses)
  1. Bobby Cox

    Michelle Bachman does not represent the Tea Party (patriots). The Tea Party which consists of 3 basic groups Tea Party Express & Tea Party Nation (Republican affiliates). However Tea Party Patriots has thousands of groups in all 50 states all Non-partisan. Judson Philips "Tea Party Nation" has fewer groups 455 than Texas and California's Tea Party Patriots. And fewer Members than most of the individual 50 states. Tea Party Patriots is made up of Republicans, Independents & Blue dog Democrats.

    January 25, 2011 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  2. jacque

    I certainly hope that this panel you have (incl Candy Crowley and David Gergen) are capable of reading and listening to the State of the Union Address and responding with some level of realism and intelligence. I have not in the past been impressed with the obviously partisan and nonsensical utterances especially coming from Candy or David. I will consider viewing C-Span to see if the response borders on reason and truth.

    January 25, 2011 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  3. Emily vander Pauwert

    We continue to hear about small business and how the economy would be better if small busineses would grow. We NEVER hear from either party about the jobs that have gone overseas. I am from Silicon valley and have watched as the high-tech companies have sent most of our work overseas. Almost all of the products that were built here are now being built in Asia, India, Europe, and Mexico with cheap labor.

    We also have many non-Americans working in these companies from China and India as Engineers while American Engineers areout of work; this is growing other countries economies while ours' tank. We can't call a help line without being connected to someone outside our borders. Our comics make jokes about it but our goverment never talks about it. I am not sure if they don't want to make the other countries mad or upset the people that contribute to their campaigns. If we want full employment, if we want to be the leader again, if we want to get out of debt;

    THEN TAKE OUR JOBS BACK! That is the answer.

    There is nothing wrong with companies building their products to make a profit, but why don't we put a super tax on these products. Let's give our big businesses an incentive to bring our jobs home.

    January 25, 2011 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  4. Patriots Salute the Flag! Traitors don't!!!

    OH this will be so great. The mighty Obama speaks. Not to this American he doesn't. I planting potatoes now getting prepared for the fall of the American empire.

    January 25, 2011 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  5. matt ashe

    The Ambassador of Djibouti was introduced. The importance of his country can’t be understated as an ally in Persian Gulf.

    January 25, 2011 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  6. Barb

    Great to see our nation's leaders sitting next to each other. FINALLY! What a great example they can now be to our children and those that want to learn what true leaders can look like. Thank you President Obama!

    January 25, 2011 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  7. Brasil1958

    Rather than a Sputnik moment, its more like an Apollo 13 moment with the crew preoccupied keeping the ship going rather than where its headed. That's the reality.

    January 25, 2011 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  8. kyle

    he needs to resign, that would be the best thing for the union

    January 25, 2011 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  9. jimmy23

    sputnik? that wimpy basketball wrapped in foil with a couple peices of rebar rammed thru it? From Russia no less... corrupt and broken. What is wrong with this president?... what is wrong with the voting population of this country? "change"... bet u didn't realize you were voting for the govnmt to slowly take over your life... but then again, maybe you did. Either way, scary.

    January 25, 2011 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  10. Felix

    Am I the only who doesn't get it? Why is Piers Morgan part of the political panel?? I've ben watching/listening for the past half hour and I'm really confused what he has to contribute to American Politics. He really sticks out like a sore thumb. What is CNN thinking?

    January 25, 2011 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  11. Dodie

    Creating jobs will be very complicated in the US. If we start building TVs and other consumer products, we cannot compete with price. If a TV is made in the US, it will cost 200% more than in China due to the differences in currency value and wages

    January 25, 2011 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  12. Tom

    So far, this is not a "State of the Union" but a lecture and a demand as to what to do for the future.

    January 25, 2011 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  13. dumbocrat

    I totally believe everything he says!!!!!!!!! Please join with me all those who believe that their wildest dreams are going to come true!!!

    January 25, 2011 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  14. Ted

    What comes of this moment is up to us???? Quit using situations fresh ion Americans hearts to your advantage. We dont care about the shootings in our daily lives....tell us what you are going to do for people as a whole! Not what is going to get you a sympathy vote. PATHETIC.....change isnt about current events its about being a president and planning...SHOW US...enough with the rhetoric Mr. Obama!

    January 25, 2011 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    While, President Obama stated that we needed to out educate the world, why then has he taken away the ability to get private school loans???

    January 25, 2011 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  16. Jackie

    Should not the many companies that shipped all those jobs to Mexico and China and India etc take a lot of the blame for jobs lost in the US?? I never hear anyone talk about that. American companies robbing Americans of jobs in America – that is simply wrong.

    January 25, 2011 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  17. Name tina

    did you see the speaker of the house roll his eyes? I think he might be AD bc he can not be still.

    January 25, 2011 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  18. Sarah

    The speech so far is great.... I am glad he is sharing a vision for the future without pining for days gone by. The era of the blue collar worker is coming to a close in America... It is time to move forward, America.

    January 25, 2011 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  19. annw813@yahoo.com

    I am so proud of our presiden and all the hard work he does for us.

    January 25, 2011 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  20. theties

    If you don't stand for that comment then you shouldn't be in government "only parents can teach that its not just the winner of the Super Bowl that matters, but the Science fair too"

    January 25, 2011 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  21. Tom Jones

    He can't 'sell it' anymore. The Dept. of Education has done NOTHING since Carter opened it (as a blatant payoff to teachers' unions) to improve scores.

    January 25, 2011 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  22. Cassandra

    While I love President Obama, and I voted for him, and will vote for him again, I am puzzled how he is stating how we need to focus on education. I am a teacher for the Dallas Independent School District. The state of Texas is getting ready to cut 28.6 billion, that's right billion, dollars from the education budget. Just think of how many teachers will lose their jobs. Oh yeah....and about educating the kids.....Really!

    January 25, 2011 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  23. antowine harris

    We cant just talk about together,when we don't work together. I careless if they work together but we must somehow have the same goal for the future...We must hold everyone to the expectations of the future..

    January 25, 2011 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  24. Woody

    When I was studying robotics almost thirty years ago we were already talking about fiber optics and computers. We were already talking about america going from an industrial to service based society. The reality is service pays less than the industrial jobs did. Less pay equals less tax money for the government. Poor people find it difficult if not impossible to send their children to college on a hamburger flipper salary . The rich have there own little world that they live in.

    January 25, 2011 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  25. cc

    absolutely no substance everything he says is to divert from to terrible job he has done to date.

    January 25, 2011 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
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