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. L.Soileau louisiana

    REP. Paul RYan stated that the repulicans voted to take a pay cut. my question is did they pass it & will they post it.

    January 25, 2011 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  2. jane k

    Brilliant speech. Makes me proud, once again, to be an American.

    January 25, 2011 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  3. tgaz

    Obama gave a great extremely vague speech full of emotional gotchas! I feel a little sad tonight. We need a revolutionary leader like FDR or Teddy Roosevelt, Obama is neither...

    January 25, 2011 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  4. NameDavid Rock

    The Republican response was very negative and very disappointing.vI think the US 2 party system does not work . Your congress , Senate and Executive branches are perfect but the polarization of a 2 party system in this media age iis destructive! Want to fix your system , tax your gas, liquor and cigarettes to the level of Canada and use that to fund your health care and your roads. Too have a huge impact on Canada and we need you to succeed !!!

    January 25, 2011 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  5. JEH

    Obama may have just sent gas prices spiraling. He/ We should immediately nationalize oil in the name of national security. Biofuels work and the income from nationalized oil should finance the new fuel production and automobile transition. The Bushes are going to load up while we convert over if we don't. So are the Arabic nations and our brothers the terrorists.

    January 25, 2011 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  6. Donna Donato

    The government is in debt because of their spending. Why do they look to the American People for help and to raise taxes. They need to look at where the problem starts, and that is in the government all those politicians that make the poor decisions on our behalf. Talking to us via television about all theses problems is useless considering we can't do anything about. They all have let us down.

    January 25, 2011 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  7. Cheryl

    Yes ... let's hear AGAIN from Pearse, a guy who is not even a citizen of this country and AGAIN ignore Candy Crowley!!!

    January 25, 2011 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  8. Bernie B

    I'm happy that Obama really played down all the 'IN YOUR FACE' moments to reach out. The Republican response was still "PARTY OF NO" but still. He was real classy. NOW TO SEE ACTION!

    January 25, 2011 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  9. Rick

    It is interesting to me that they are planning to cut spending by freezing government employe pay for possibly 4 years. This is for every branch of the government excluding Congress. Congress make more money than than most government employees, why are they exempt.,,

    January 25, 2011 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  10. yfzracer

    Hi What Did Obama mean when he said there was one flaw in the health care bill that needed to be changed he was talking about the small business bookkeeping burden,was he talking about changing the new small business irs reporting law like where ebay and paypal has to report all payment people recieve

    January 25, 2011 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    the speech was very detailed and not vague. This is not a time for too much rhetoric. I felt that the republican response was talking down to the american people. A lot of us americans are following what is going on in the government. Talk about health care, start it over is ridiculous. While republican wants to repeal, each are receiving full health coverage paid my tax dollars while I don't have any. Continuing tax cuts for the wealthy will be outrageous.

    January 25, 2011 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  12. Carol-Ann Wodehouse

    plain-spoken, not professorial., do you think you could have done a better job. He is the President of your United States of American that is a disgusting comment but I am am Canada and we are rude. I think he did a great job for what he was given to speak about the people (or some of them) in USA

    January 25, 2011 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  13. John Terrones

    When Kennedy said " ask not what your country could do for you, but ask what you can do for your country," I would imagine he meant to keep the budget balanced among other things. I guess the Republicans didn`t listen when another Democrat, Bill Clinton, balanced the budget and gave us a surplus, which the Republicans shot to hell. Now all thats left for them to do is screw up social security, medicare , education and other benefits that working class stiffs have worked hard to achieve.

    January 25, 2011 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  14. Esther Kolber

    the republicans have done it again, and we listen. Rep. Ryan in his speech speaks of responsible spending and taxation.

    Yet he and ALL the republicans voted to extend the tax cuts to the 2% of the wealthiest in our country. There was found money and many of these citizens felt the government was justified in the tax cuts not being extended. Imagine that they had it as law and that they extendted it. It was never intended to go further than these 2 years. And the wealthiet in our country saw record profits while the middle class and the poorest were hard hit.
    I don't get it.

    January 25, 2011 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  15. Ryan

    Great speech! He was being fair and patriotic.

    January 25, 2011 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  16. Nadeem

    I thought it was a good speech. He clearly reached across the isle in both style and substance. His references to congradulte the new speaker, refer to specifc GOP policy ideas and to personally reach out to the speaker in a very personal was positive.

    It was a speech aimed at centrist republicans and independants.

    Liberals will probalby come away disapointed, although his commitment to socail security will be wlecome by them.

    There was no class warfare, but warfare of the competitive sense. That we are in a competitive war with India and China and we need to 'do big things' to win the future.

    It was a thinking persons speech, lower on inspiration than i expected, but higher in substance.

    The President talked about beating India and China. Ryan talked about loosing to Greece and Ireland – quite the contrast.

    January 25, 2011 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  17. Esther Kolber

    What about the tax cuts to the wealthy, if the government is so desperate, why did all (100%) of the republicans vote to extend?????

    January 25, 2011 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  18. ellen

    moving speech but sounds like he wants a lot of control.I did notice that he failed to recognize Secretary of State Clinton.Shame on him.

    January 25, 2011 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  19. Alan Braslow

    Bachman "response" on CNN was a total waste of time and totally uncalled for. Why not a panel response from a group made up of the far right, the far left, and any other person that feels like getting his/her 5 minutes of fame.

    January 25, 2011 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  20. randy Stevenson

    Giving legitimacy to fringe movements is exactly the kind of thing that will make longtime viewers like me switch networks. Airing the "tea party" response was a big mistake.

    January 25, 2011 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  21. Laura

    Bachman was moving "barley" you say? I mean, if I had to debate every single point Obama states no matter what they are, I'd want to knock a few back too, but not very professional...

    January 25, 2011 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  22. patty Biller

    Great job, Obama. I voted for you, and you haven't disappointed me yet!!! Love ya!

    January 25, 2011 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  23. Pketh

    Nice speech from the President, but nothing to cheer about for middle class ie jobs and home. Republican and Tea Party speeches was mute with pointing out the problems we already know, but no real solutions. Very sad overall.

    January 25, 2011 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  24. jpg

    I am a bit disappointed in the president not Mentioning the forclosure crisis or the middle class.

    January 25, 2011 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  25. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    The President presented as the Commander In Chief.
    I think he hit it out of the park.
    Calling to stop giving tax money to PROFITABLE Big Oil was an excellent start. I hope he goes on to take back all subsidies, grants and tax breaks to any and all profitable businesses.
    Not only THAT, but I hope he will champion a transition from this kind of GIFT to Big Business to real business deals, partnerships where loaning money to businesses gets a return, just like banks – BUSINESS
    I await the empty headed misrepresentations by the "Right" Wing.

    January 25, 2011 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
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