Live blog from State of the Union address
January 25th, 2011
08:20 PM ET
3 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. Vicente Antornio

    Great speech, I thought it was splendid.

    January 25, 2011 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  2. dude

    I think its just words. He hasn't delivered any of his campaign promises. I wish we allow more of the free market and not government to try to control markets. communism doesn't work. We should close down the federal reserve and print money debt free. As we done in the past. Every dollar spent is a dollar owed with interest so it is impossible to pay back if you only print 100 dollars and you owe 106 dollars where will you get the 6 dollars to pay back. you will need to borrow it again in a never ending cycle. We could do money ourselves and not borrow it to payback.

    January 25, 2011 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  3. pardonme123

    Mr. President;

    I just finished watching your State of the Nation speech, and as an independent, hispanic-American, I need (regrettably) to inform you that YOU HAVE LOST MY VOTE ON 2012. The moment that you voiced your approval for ilegal aliens, was a confirmation that you did not understand the election of November and the message that we (The American Citizens) had sent to you. Sir, you were sent to the white house, to be the President of the United States of America, and not the United States of Mexico. And you were elected to fight on behalf of the American Citizens, instead of foreigners whom don't even have the Legal right to be in this country. Your fight on behalf of ilegal aliens and their undocumented children, WILL COST YOU, A SECOND TERM. And that sir, will truly be a shame but it'd be one of your own making.

    January 25, 2011 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  4. NameJennifer Burnell

    I feel that president did a good job with his speech,and that republican has a negative respond because they want the rich to get richer and poor to stay poor. But know that God is in control.

    January 25, 2011 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  5. valwayne

    What a bad speech. I truly expected Obama would do better. So now that the Republicans have ended earmarks he's going to veto any that get to his desk? Didn't he promise that in 2008 only to sign tens of thousands of corrupt earmarks into law for Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid? Obama is pretty lame at keeping promises. Also he wants to freeze spending for 5 years, but he also wants to spend tens of billions on infrastructure? Things like high speed trains? Isn't that exactly what he told us with the corrupt stimulous bill that wasted a trillion dollars. Where's all the infrastructure? And is a high speed train from Los Angles to the Casinos in Las Vegas that was in the stimiulous bill really the key to our future? Oh yes, and Obama wants to shovel more trillions and the teacher's unions? Do we really want to borrow more trillions so Obama can shovel the money at the unions so they'll help him win reelection. Did he shovel enough money at them already? This speech tells us that the extreme left wing agenda is alive and well! A really bad speech!

    January 25, 2011 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  6. Scott from NH

    Paul Ryan is right, debt is out of control, and he should know, his party caused it.

    January 25, 2011 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  7. Bob Evans

    In one sentence, Obama aliented all of the countries in the world against the USA. Isolationism didn't work before World War I, it won't work now. What the world needs now is for all countries to work together. This isn't a ballgame, Obama.

    January 25, 2011 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  8. M. Norfolk, VA

    The State of the Union address was powerful. It was inspiring, uplifting and conciliatory. It brought tears of hope and joy to my eyes.

    M.
    Norfolk, VA

    January 25, 2011 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  9. Kay Bridger-Riley

    This guys is so negative, critical and just destroyed that great feeling I had as I was watching the Congress sitting and standing together.

    January 25, 2011 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  10. Steve

    Where were these folks during the Bush years when the debt grew and grew- this all did not happen in the past 2 years.

    January 25, 2011 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  11. German,IrishAmerican

    This has got to be a downer for the libs. They were expecting a knockout speech, but what they got was an unispiring teleprompter speech that even the great orator couldn't deliver. Nothing really new, you could tell Obama's attempted reach to the middle was very uncomfortable for him, like he didn't really believe what he was reading. All in all a C- for a grade.

    January 25, 2011 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  12. Thomas

    I believe CNN is doing itself a disservice by airing the Tea Party response. Why not a Libertarian? Independant? or Democrate response?

    January 25, 2011 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  13. Dee

    Amazing speech.. enough said.

    January 25, 2011 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  14. Soo Leewho is her best president

    I just LOVE the way Obama speaks for himself.I think he is the most wonderful president since I was ten years old,which was in 1979 because I was born in the year 1969.My child,Eugene is very interested in all the stuff about presidents,election,and all the other stuff.Whenever I ask about what president she likes the most,she says,"Of course I like all the presidents,but I think president Obama is the great so far."I think I have the same idea with my daughter too.Actually,my whole family agree's with me.

    January 25, 2011 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  15. Chris

    Do any of the tea party or republican leaders speaking have any economic training to say for sure what is going to happen definitely or is politics all just gibberish opinions

    January 25, 2011 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  16. Julia Baten

    I think that Obama tackles the hard point that nobody wanted to hear in the congress. I am positive that investing in technology, clean air and futuristics ideas will get us up to the world economy and will create jobs. He talked about cut silly things like too many agencies for one department and too many people outside fighting a war, he talked about stop giving tax breaks to millionaires when our children need money for their schools to succeed. I think he is talking in a positive and vision forward way to create a better future.

    January 25, 2011 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  17. DJ

    Why? Why do the Republican's keep harking on Obama Care? Isn't Medicaid ran by the goverment?

    January 25, 2011 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  18. Cheryl

    I am OFFENDED by Wolf Blitzer and his continuous need to hear himself talk while completely ignoring Candy Crowley whose IQ out stretches his by an order of magnitude. If CNN wants to appeal to professional women who care about decent journalism – get RID of WolfD!!!!

    January 25, 2011 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Addess the illegals by sending them back where they came from. You won't let undocumented people in this country without a backround check legally, why would you let people breaking our first law continue in this country without knowing their backround? Start putting more people to work by sending them to the borders. Hire more americans to ICE especially in Chicago and Las Angelas! So you want to cut the programs for the elders, but you'll continue to support the illegals! The rest of your speech, I really didn't listen! Blah Blah Blah

    January 25, 2011 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  20. DEBORAH LOVE

    Like Oprah, the president failed to acknowledge anyone in the audience that looks like me. I am an African American. I did not hear him mention the poor nor the middle class. My vote will not be automatic in 2012.

    January 25, 2011 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  21. ctwardo

    Why are the democrats optimistic and the republicans so doom-and-gloom.

    It is hopeful to listen to President Obama but life ending to listen to the republicans

    January 25, 2011 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  22. Trish

    How sad that the press is jumping on the President's speech as "flat" and "boring" because he acted like a true leader and did not incite inflammatory rhetoric; but, chose instead to act in the role of a responsible problem solver, who appears less interested in the polarization of party platforms than actually moving forward as one nation.

    January 25, 2011 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  23. Bibi5

    I would like to thank Rep Paul Ryan for saying everything he could to make me feel really crappy about the country. And, what's with that guy's eyes? The guy needs some Visine or something.

    January 25, 2011 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  24. Ferne

    Spend less and save more by stopping the war on drugs. Less people in prison, less needed enforcement, and revenues from taxes.

    January 25, 2011 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  25. Cliff

    Rolland Martin,
    You are wrong! the president talked about the POOR. He did when he admonished that although we ought to embark on some austerity measures now, we should endeavor not to do it on the backs of the "most vulnerable." I'm sure you know who that is??? Thanks
    Cliff

    January 25, 2011 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
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