February 11th, 2013
07:28 AM ET
5 years ago

Obama's second act: Why State of Union speech may do little to fix Washington

Washington (CNN) - It is the second big speech of his presidency's second act, but there is little or nothing to suggest President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address offers any hope of a new beginning or a new spirit in divided Washington.

Consider the vast partisan differences in expectations.


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  1. plain&simple

    When one holds public office...its only right the public should get a report as to what is expected and how these elected officials are doing. The leader of all public officials gives us,the people that report Tuesday. Let the chips fall wear they my. If people don't like the president calling them out...get something done. It's crunch time and the public wants action!!!!

    February 11, 2013 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    For as long as we continue to have too much money in politics and dishonest politicians who are never called out for their misleading statements, the problems will only get worse.

    For example, Rep. Eric Cantor appeared on MTP with David Gregory yesterday They were discussing the upcoming sequestration. Before continuing, Cantor emphasized his assertion that the sequestration bill was President Obama's idea. No, that is simply false. Nothing could be further from the truth. The bill itself had originated in the House.

    Pres. Obama and Spkr Boehner had worked out a "grand bargain" and the Tea Party led House rejected it in favor of their own idea, the sequestration bill. It was part of an failed plan. Deep cuts to entitlements were legislated into law, along with defense cuts. Republicans had figured that they would win in 2012 and would then be able to rewrite the cuts more to their liking.

    February 11, 2013 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    Obama will do nothing but divide.......as he has done from day one.

    February 11, 2013 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  4. Sorensen

    Nothing will ever fix Washington. Capitalism gone wild, corruption, lobbyists, etc. have now guaranteed, that the USA
    will become (is) a banana republic. Guns and religion of course makes it much worse.

    February 11, 2013 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  5. Gurgyl

    All false concepts of GOP in congress. Nothing we achieve till we get rid off congress in 2014.

    February 11, 2013 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  6. Reality

    Simply stated, democratic policies/agenda are bad for America. The results, i.e. lack thereof, clearly reflect that. Please look at the facts, oipen your minds rather than toting the party line – we dont have a spending problem! This leadership from Pelosi, Reid et al is dysfuntional and out of touch. The senate has a house passed proposal, it is their job to bring it to the floor and if they dont like to amend with proposed changes and send back to the house. Reids refusal to even look at illustrate where the obstruction is.

    February 11, 2013 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Rick McDaniel observed:

    Obama will do nothing but divide.......as he has done from day one.
    I agree. The election of Barack Obama in 2008 presaged a divisive civil war within the Republican Party. Meanwhile, outside the mental confines of the right wing media machine, life is lookng much better than it did in late 2008 and continues to improve.

    February 11, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  8. Ancient Texan

    Obama's deliberate decision to split the nation into 2 separate camps in order to win re-election has not helped the possibility of any bipartisan agreements that are in the nation's best interest. Class warfare was a terrible tool and will probably backfire on him.

    February 11, 2013 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  9. Gurgyl

    Make sure all the call-center jobs are back into USA in this hyper unemployment. They are going to India and Phillipenes.

    February 11, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Way to augur doom and gloom CNN.
    I'll tell you a couple of things the President CANNOT be expected to fix: The President cannot fix stupid. Make of that what you will. Secondly, the President cannot fix hatred and lack of patriotism both of which are crucial elements in getting our country further along the road to recovery.
    But I will tell you who CAN fix it: us, the voters, by voting out of office everyone that has steadfastly for nefarious reason, and reasons of personal greed and gain refused to work with the President, refused to work towards helping put the country back to rights.
    Anybody brazen enough to yell out "You lie!" needs their walking papers and 'get to stepping'. Enough is enough.

    February 11, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  11. Rudy NYC


    Simply stated, democratic policies/agenda are bad for America. The results, i.e. lack thereof, clearly reflect that. Please look at the facts, oipen your minds rather than toting the party line – we dont have a spending problem!
    Most Americans have looked at the facts. After 12 years of Republicans controlling the House and Senate, the last six of which saw a Republican in the White House, the nation's economy began to decline finally crashing in late 2008. Those are the facts.

    George W. Bush promised "economic growth and prospertiy", which he delivered....to the wealthy. Voters have noticed that he never promised middle class jobs. Here's another set of facts for you. Between 2001 and 2009, the Bush-43 years, the total number of manufacturing jobs in this country declined from 19 miilion to 11 million as more than 50,000 manfucturing plants and factories shut down across the U.S.

    February 11, 2013 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  12. Ray E. (Georgia)

    With vast amounts of debt over the last 4 years by the Obama Adminstration and vast amounts of debt over tha last 75 plus years, with Social Programs put in place, (Sorry Guys) all by democrats and the majority voting to continue the debt it appears no one wants to fix it. The Monotary problems facing the country of which all those Social Programs were glaring failures by the Liberals have to be paid by the people woo voted for them. Those that are still living, that is. Better wise up people because you are paying the bill.

    February 11, 2013 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  13. rs

    The problem is that whatever the President of the United States announces as a possible agenda or policy directive will instantly be oppossed by the nutjobs in the GOP (well, all of then really). We've seen this time and again. Mr. Obama can proposed a policy/regulation law that the GOP supports, and sudden;y they're against it. Mr. McConnell even filibustered a bill he introduced because the President supported it.

    No, until such time the GOP/TP grows up or is erradicated from office, our whole nation will be held hostage by this highly ideological, non-function pack of anti-Americans.

    February 11, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  14. rs

    Ray E. (Georgia)
    For Pete's sake, give it up already with the "75 year" nonsense. Did you care when Reagan trippled the debt? Did you make a peep when Bush the first doubled it? How about when Junior did something unique in economic history- start two wars and cut taxes? Nope, I thought not.
    The world is way more civilized now, much to your regret. Taking care of the poor, the sick, the elderly- and even our children is the norm in all civilized nations of the world rather than having them starve in the street or die of preventable illness.The Republican Party has shown itself for what it is: the party of the richest 1%, and screw all the rest. If that is the lifestyle and government you seek, please consider move to Somalia or Mali-they're both right up your alley. Who knows-you might get to enact the exact and heartless policy you parrot here daily. Either that, or you'll discover how valueless life is in that little world you've cooked up.

    February 11, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |