Obama calls for nation wide wireless plan
February 10th, 2011
08:08 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama calls for nation wide wireless plan

WASHINGTON (CNN) - In his State of the Union address, President Obama said the path to "winning the future" must include better access to hi-speed internet.

"Within the next five years, we'll make it possible for businesses to deploy the next generation of high-speed wireless coverage to 98 percent of all Americans," said Mr. Obama. "This isn't about faster Internet or fewer dropped calls. It's about connecting every part of America to the digital age."

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Obama gets tongue-tied in YouTube interview
January 27th, 2011
05:35 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama gets tongue-tied in YouTube interview

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama experienced a rare speaking stumble Thursday, mixing up Iraq and Afghanistan when responding in a YouTube interview to questions challenging the wars in those countries.

The president twice referred to Afghanistan when clearly talking about the situation in Iraq.

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Borger: Why Obama punted on slashing deficit
January 27th, 2011
04:57 PM ET
4 years ago

Borger: Why Obama punted on slashing deficit

Washington (CNN) - It's easy to see why any politician would want to avoid making huge promises on the deficit. After all, it's out of control, unpredictable and chances are you'll fail anyway.

That's because any pollster will tell you that while people always say they want the deficit fixed, they never believe they're part of the problem. So they won't hear of reducing Medicare and Social Security, which amount to nearly a third of the domestic budget. That kinda rules out any serious discussion.

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Obama to take YouTube questions on State of the Union speech
January 26th, 2011
08:47 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama to take YouTube questions on State of the Union speech

Washington (CNN) - As part of a White House offensive in support of this week's State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama will hold a YouTube interview Thursday to answer questions submitted by viewers.

The interview on YouTube at 2:30 p.m. ET is part of a series of events in which top administration officials are talking directly to Americans about administration policies set out in Tuesday's address to a joint session of Congress. It remains unclear how the submitted questions will be chosen however.

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Podcast: Responding to the State of the Union
January 26th, 2011
03:21 PM ET
4 years ago

Podcast: Responding to the State of the Union

Washington (CNN) - Just about every member of Congress and a whole lot of other politicians issued statements Tuesday responding to the State of the Union address.

Listen to CNN Senior Political Editor Mark Preston and CNN's Bob Costantini discuss the dual responses:

That's standard procedure. But for the first time in memory, two responses by the opposition party to the State of the Union generated national attention. House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin delivered the official Republican response, while Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann offered her own rebuttal to President Obama's address on behalf of the grassroots tea party movement.
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Bachmann delivers Tea Party response to State of the Union
January 26th, 2011
12:25 AM ET
4 years ago

Bachmann delivers Tea Party response to State of the Union

Washington (CNN) - Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann, chair of the Tea Party Caucus in Congress, delivered a Tea Party-style, red-meat conservative rebuttal sharply criticizing President Barack Obama's State of the Union Tuesday.

Bachmann's remarks followed the official Republican response to the president by Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, but the Minnesota Republican told CNN after the address that the Tea Party Express invited her to give a response the State of the Union last month, and denied that her response was meant to compete with Ryan's.
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CNN Poll: More than half of speech watchers have very positive reaction
January 25th, 2011
11:38 PM ET
4 years ago

CNN Poll: More than half of speech watchers have very positive reaction

Washington (CNN) - A majority of Americans who watched President Obama's State of the Union address said they had a very positive reaction to his speech, according to a poll of people who viewed Tuesday night's address.

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A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey indicated that 52 percent of speech watchers had a very positive reaction, with 32 percent saying they had a somewhat positive response and 15 percent with a negative response.
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Filed under: CNN poll • Polls • President Obama • SOTU 2011
CNN Fact Check: Paying for that 'Sputnik moment'
January 25th, 2011
11:36 PM ET
4 years ago

CNN Fact Check: Paying for that 'Sputnik moment'

(CNN) - President Barack Obama urged Americans to "win the future" Tuesday night, holding out a vision of a federal government fostering advances in science and technology like it did during the days of the space race.

But the kind of "Sputnik moment" that Obama proposed costs money at a time when the Republicans who control the House of Representatives are clamoring for spending cuts. So in his State of the Union address, the president suggested getting rid of tax breaks for the oil industry to pay for it.

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Defining a 'Sputnik' moment
January 25th, 2011
11:08 PM ET
4 years ago

Defining a 'Sputnik' moment

(CNN) – This generation's "Sputnik moment" has arrived, President Barack Obama declared in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, referring to the United States' need to invest in research and development to
revive the economy and ensure future stability.

He was talking about investment in areas such as biomedical research and clean energy technology, but what did he mean by "Sputnik moment," exactly? Precise definitions vary, but in general, it refers to the realization, triggered perhaps by a threat or a challenge, of a need to do something different, setting a course in a new direction.

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Obama calls for united effort to secure future of American prosperity
January 25th, 2011
10:47 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama calls for united effort to secure future of American prosperity

WASHINGTON (CNN) – America is heading in the right direction and now needs to reshape some priorities to ensure future strength and stability, President Barack Obama told the nation Tuesday in his second State of the Union address.

Sounding themes of optimism and pragmatism in his 61-minute speech, Obama called for increasing investments in key areas such as education and clean energy while freezing some government spending for five years in an attempt to address simultaneous needs for economic growth and fiscal balance.

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