What you might not know about the State of Union
January 25th, 2011
02:09 PM ET
4 years ago

What you might not know about the State of Union

Washington (CNN) - Here are a few facts about the president's annual address to Congress that probably won't show up in the headlines:

Honey, which tie should I wear?

2010: Red with white stripes (President Obama)

2009: Red with white stripes (Obama)

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Pelosi not sitting with Cantor, despite his invitation
January 25th, 2011
01:38 PM ET
4 years ago

Pelosi not sitting with Cantor, despite his invitation

Washington (CNN) – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday she plans to sit with Republican Congressman Roscoe Bartlett of Maryland during the State of the Union address, not House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, who had invited her to sit with him.

Cantor will instead sit with a Democratic colleague from Virginia, according to spokesman Brad Dayspring.
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Obama to call for five year spending freeze
January 25th, 2011
01:35 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama to call for five year spending freeze

Washington (CNN) – In a move aimed at tackling the bulging federal deficit, a senior administration official said President Obama will call for a "five-year freeze on non-security discretionary spending," during his State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Mr. Obama also plans to look for other areas to cut and make the government more efficient, the official said.
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Tea Party and GOP on the same page?
January 25th, 2011
08:37 AM ET
4 years ago

Tea Party and GOP on the same page?

Washington (CNN) - Does the Republican Party speak for the Tea Party? Or is the Tea Party message to the GOP: "You don't speak for me"?

On Tuesday night, after President Obama delivers the State of the Union address, Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin – the House Budget Committee Chairman – will deliver the opposition response.

Then something strange, and apparently unheard of, will happen.
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Inside the first lady’s State of the Union box
January 24th, 2011
09:22 PM ET
4 years ago

Inside the first lady’s State of the Union box

(CNN)–The first lady will host 24 guests in her viewing box for Tuesday night’s State of the Union address delivered by President Barack Obama.

Among them are the second lady, Dr. Jill Biden, small business owners and corporate leaders; young inventors; persons who’ve benefited from the Recovery Act or the Affordable Care Act, heroes of the tragedy in Arizona, and soldiers of distinction: one has achieved the Medal of Honor, one is recovering at Walter Reed, and one has returned from two deployments in Iraq.

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Christie turns down chance at State of Union spotlight
January 24th, 2011
05:58 PM ET
4 years ago

Christie turns down chance at State of Union spotlight

Washington (CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who denies any interest in a presidential run at every turn, has turned down the coveted nationwide opportunity to deliver the Republican response to the State of the Union, a source close to Christie confirmed to CNN.

The source said Christie was offered the chance to give the Republican response following President Obama's address, but declined the invitation. Scheduling difficulties were part of the reason, but the source said "we would have made it work if he had wanted to do it."
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Is Obama as good as his word?
January 24th, 2011
03:08 PM ET
4 years ago

Is Obama as good as his word?

Washington (CNN) - President Obama makes his second State of the Union address Tuesday night, which will be his fourth address to Congress.

How did Obama's deeds measure up against his words in last year's address? Here are 10 key statements Obama made in his 2010 address and how events played out over the year.

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Congressman who shouted 'You lie!' at Obama will sit with Democrats
January 24th, 2011
03:02 PM ET
4 years ago

Congressman who shouted 'You lie!' at Obama will sit with Democrats

Washington (CNN) - A Republican congressman who unexpectedly participated in President Obama's health care speech in 2009 by heckling the chief executive says he will be flanked by two Democrats on Tuesday night to show his willingness to work with the opposition party.

Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina shouted "You lie!" during the president's address on health care in September 2009. The chief executive had just denied that illegal immigrants were covered in his proposed health care plan.

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Filed under: Congress • Joe Wilson • SOTU 2011
After 2010 State of the Union jab, how many justices will attend?
January 24th, 2011
08:45 AM ET
4 years ago

After 2010 State of the Union jab, how many justices will attend?

Washington (CNN) - Tuesday's State of the Union address will be watched closely not only for what is said, but also for who will there in person to hear it - especially the black-robed members of the U.S. Supreme Court.

At least one member of the bench, Justice Samuel Alito, has publicly stated he will not attend after the dramatic criticism leveled at a court ruling by President Barack Obama.

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Legislators pairing off for bipartisan seating at Obama speech
January 23rd, 2011
01:36 PM ET
4 years ago

Legislators pairing off for bipartisan seating at Obama speech

Washington (CNN) - Will Tuesday be "Date Night" in Congress for President Barack Obama's State of the Union address?

Democratic and Republican legislators are pairing off to sit together for the annual speech in a symbolic gesture of bipartisanship, and some of the combinations so far are intriguing.

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