Live blog from State of the Union address
January 25th, 2011
08:20 PM ET
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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. Sam from CT

    Great job Obama! Michelle Bachmann is hot but her speech was meaningless. On looks, she has Palin beat hands down.

    January 25, 2011 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  2. firedale

    Can't you all see that the tea party is the third party of America? wake up Americans

    January 25, 2011 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  3. Helen

    President Obama was great tonight. He gave us hope and showed us a way and now Bachman is blaming Obama for the mess that Bush left us all with. She is such a downer that I cannot listen to her. We need positive leadership while understanding that we do have a tough road to hoe. We could have done without her and gone to bed with what Obama left us with instead.

    January 25, 2011 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  4. Darren

    Wow, Bachman is perfect for the tea party, the democrats should hope she stays with that party, first she is talking to god knows how, and what she is saying is completely false and I am not even American. what a joke for a leader of a party,

    January 25, 2011 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  5. davverizon.netey

    bachmann is a joke ,refers to the 1944 war as americans comming together, it was 1776...and the tea party that followed, she should take a history class and remember what "tea party " means

    January 25, 2011 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  6. louise foster

    The tea party retort from the President's State of the Union: She called the statue....GI's....they are Marines.

    January 25, 2011 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  7. jean brown

    The rep for the tea party was out of her mind. How did the country get into this mess. it was the 8 years of the bush administration. the president is now dealing with that mess. How does she propose , she could clean it up. dealing with all those ego's and power hungry .

    January 25, 2011 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  8. Kathleen Frankeny

    Why is it that a response came from a "tea party" voice? I thought that a Libertarian, Green Party or even Peace and Freedom would speak.

    January 25, 2011 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  9. Anne Batzer

    President Barack Obama showed true statesmanship in his speech when he repeatedly pointed out areas of agreement between Democrats and Republicans. I'm disappointed that the Republican response focused only on areas of disagreement. The tea party response was obvioulsy written before Obama spoke. It pointed out some differences that don't exist. For example, Obama called for medical malpractice reform and Michelle Bachman did too, but suggested this is a difference between the two. It would have been better for her to mention that this is an area of agreement between Obama and tea partiers.

    January 25, 2011 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  10. cassandrajackson

    only if we can really have unity in this country oh how god would be so pleased!

    January 25, 2011 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  11. ebs

    As a Canadian watching the State of the Union Address is mostly an interesting political exercise. However, watching the response by Rep Bachman was a little intriguing. I have to ask, wo gave her such a platform? I do not believe that the American people can be fooled by such a person. Her delivery was condescending and paternalistic. And at the risk of appearing petty, if she is unable to have the teleprompter placed so that she is actually looking at the camera, can America really expect that she is capable of runninga government?

    January 25, 2011 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  12. rudie l.

    when is someone going to demand an answer with some facts . the one thing the tea party and republicans need to own up to is all our economic problems started under bush and for two years of his term with a republican controlled congress

    January 25, 2011 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  13. American

    President Obama spoke in unifying terms, using inspiration to challenge a shared responsibility to work together.

    Rep. Ryan started on a good note but decided to revert back to the same old partisan "business as usual." He spoke of so-called limited government yet failed to accept his own responsibility for massive expansions he hypocritically supported.

    Ryan claimed "equal opportunity" even though he opposed repeal of DADT. He spoke of deficits yet failed to accept the fact that his symbolic repeal of our health care would actually increase deficits by $230 Billion, not decrease.

    By comparison, President Obama showed leadership for all Americans going forward.

    January 25, 2011 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  14. Tawanda

    Could you imagine how you would feel if people sat in a room and polled you while you worked or conducted a meeting at your job....Why.....we are such a critical people.

    January 25, 2011 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  15. Sam

    After 8 years of president Bush mistakes specially last years, now republicans blame Obama for Bush's fiasco. This was very smart planed from people who put this country in this situation.

    January 25, 2011 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  16. croberts

    Are you kidding? All of sudden this great debt we've incurred is Obama's fault. This is a leftover from Bush. Has everyone forgotten the condition he left our country in? yes, in debt.. and somehow it's Obama's fault. WAKE UP!!

    January 25, 2011 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  17. William Wegner

    As a person from Minnesota, I really wish you would provide equal time to the majority of Minnesotan's who both disagree with Michelle Bachmann and who find her lack of knowledge about the facts, something very disappointing.
    As she shows her ignorance, it would be nice to show that she is not representing the state's populace.

    January 25, 2011 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  18. Unite Oppose

    Why in any situation does a tea party movement speaker merit a formal response to a state of the union i guess i should start writing my formal response and CNN can air that on national television also. I am not against or for the movement but hey where is the Green Party official response? I guess we are advocating what sells and not what is pertinent. Do me a favor CNN make my viewing worth my time.........

    January 25, 2011 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  19. C.HILLS

    I truely believe that no matter what President Obama does or says, the Republicans and the Tea Party will be against him. I just want to know where all of these people were when Bush was spending all of the US money to re-build Iraq after her destroyed. Tell me out of all the money spent during the Bush era, how much of that was spent on the US citizens? Obama did not bring down the Stock Market or the housing problems or the loss of jobs, Bush did and now the Tea Parties and the Republicans are upset because Obama could not fix Bush's mess in two years. Congress get a life you were in control during the Bush mess up, and you want people to think this is all Obama. At least he is trying to do something for the Citizens of the US.

    January 25, 2011 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  20. A Garcia

    Why would CNN give Rep. Michele Bachmann (R.) air time to rewrite history, continue to misguide the public. I am glad that no other media outlet is giving her free airtime to continue her divisiveness and venemous vitrolicness. Shup her up by not giving her free airtime to spread her viciousness and hateful rethoric. My suggestion, for CNN, is to call her on the carpet as she misleads the country every chance she is given; that would be reporting and making sure that the public is aware of her antics.

    January 25, 2011 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  21. Kristin

    Okay – I really respect David Gergen – always felt he saw both side of the arguments but tonight he states that he likes Bauchman's "facts" and analysis in her comments. Has he "fact checked" anything she said tonight?!? Her charts are filled with inaccuracies and she is notorious for her revisionist history (aka "the founding fathers were trying to end slavery") and many other distorted views – how could he stand behind her?

    January 25, 2011 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  22. Hiram Rodriguez

    I was listening to the speach of the TEA PARTY , I couldn't help laugh loud about her statement. She say's that Obama is the one who has Job's and unemployment high , cause of him unemployment is the way it is. What Mrs.Michelle Bachmann why don't you talk about what Bush left Obama with , the mess of 2 diferent WARS , TROOPS deplyed all over the place , dosen't that cost money , especially TAX PAYERS money? Two WARS , can u iven think of how much money a day thos WARS are costing AMERICAN's? I am not saying that Obama hasn't done the greatest JOB in the history of presidents , but for all that is worth say the truth , tell the AMERICAN people how our TAX DOLLARS are been spend on wortless WARS..!!! We didn't iven got Osama Bin Laden the suposeley mastermind of SEPT. 11. , he and his possie are sitting drinking margarritas somewhere wile we struggle everyday and tell our children everyday why we had to go to a WAR that don't make any sence.... Now the Country is in trouble , is exactly what The Arab's , The Muslims and the rest of the World wanted.... USA , broken , bleading , hurt and sacared...Be reralistic tell them how OBAMA EARN all of it...!!!!

    January 25, 2011 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  23. ed bailey

    The difference between the two main political parties has never been clearer.one party cares, the other cares about the rich.one party cares what happens to our earth. The other party thinks mother earth is a money pit and nothing more.one party has social agenda as a necessity, the other party thinks social programs are a communist plot. Personally,I will never vote for a republican candidate even IF I like them. I also won't vote for a democrate if I think they might be two faced or immoral. No tea party thoughts, just WE need to be much more cautious about who is in office,and I stated which I will give SOME faith in!

    January 25, 2011 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  24. John

    The Republican has forgotten so quickly that Bush Admin was the one who got us inot th great recession we are in right now. Obama has done a great job to prevent this country to go thru another great depression by spending. Republican just don't get it! We're on the right track and we CANNOT let Republican to ruin this country again!

    January 25, 2011 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  25. Chris

    Did the tea party representative dared to defend Bush's administration???? Can at least, look sincere and look at camera? Most of us work at McDonalds, or competitors, Wallmart, or others. We do not make $40,000 a year, but we are majority. Just because you make more money than me doesn't give you the right for a better health care!!!!
    And by the way, we are AMERICANS, we don't drink tea...we drink coffee!!

    January 25, 2011 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
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