January 27th, 2010
09:00 AM ET
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State of the Union speech unlikely to ease worries, analysts say

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/01/25/art.obama0120.gi.jpg caption="President Obama's State of the Union speech Wednesday will be a tough sell for millions of Americans struggling under the weight of an economic recession, political analysts said."]Washington (CNN) - President Obama's State of the Union speech Wednesday will be a tough sell for millions of Americans struggling under the weight of an economic recession, political analysts said.

"The president will respond as he always does to emergencies: with a speech. In this case, it's his State of the Union address," said David Frum, a CNN contributor and former speechwriter to President George W. Bush. "The Obama team always assumes the best remedy for any Obama difficulty is more Obama."

Frum said Obama's new populist tone, which he said emerged after the Democrats' surprising loss in the Massachusetts special Senate election, might work short-term if he uses it in Wednesday's speech, but it won't work over the long haul.

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  1. Mike

    nobama will only say what "he thinks" the citizens want to hear but it will only be lip service. He is working with pelosi and reid to still pass his health care deformity. He wants pelosi to get the senate version passed by her congress so he can sign it, then sneak back and make changes the demorats want. Glad Dick Morris told everyone about the shady deal, now the cock roaches are heading back into the dark after he turned the lights on.

    January 27, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  2. PJ

    Obama could give the Stae of the Union speech in two words...."It sucks!"

    January 27, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  3. LOL Obama

    Obama's surprise announcement that he was stepping down would ease worries. As long as he took Uncle Joe with him, the country would celebrate.

    January 27, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  4. Dale

    Ah, people with agendas against Obama are having tantrums over how this State of the Union address – which they haven't heard or read yet – will not be any good. Yeah, thanks for the tip there, CNN.

    January 27, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  5. sandy

    I don't think it matters what our President has to say or offer, the powers to be in Washington have only one thing on their agenda, and that is to make him fail. Funny, I thought our politicians were in Washington to work for the people. The sad part is, if he fails, this government fails, but do they care? Not on your life.

    January 27, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  6. ran

    President Obama's speech will ease worries. CNN I am a glass half full kind of person; maybe you should wait before reporting such negativity.

    Or are you like the the Republicans just want to see this President and country fail.

    How about reporting the news instead of making it up as you go to fit your needs much like the 5 supreme court judges did in their decision to sale our elections to the highest bidder.

    January 27, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  7. gt

    we need leadership and we need direction ,,, so far none or very little gas been provided...

    January 27, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  8. USN

    I don't want to hear More ( it's Bushes fault ) . Its been dem's from the 2006 elections. I don't want to here him talk about himself. I want to hear that the government is getting out of the way and forgeting about ALL the new spending. Not a token drop in the bucket. The NEW Obama??? Pleaaaassseee.

    January 27, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  9. AJ

    No kidding. We've heard enough talk from Obama to last a lifetime. What we're looking for now is meaningful action!
    While the SOTU is required, lets hope he keeps it mercifully short. The Presidents staff is wrong. The best antidote for Obama fatigue is NOT MORE OBAMA!!

    January 27, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  10. C Spurgeon

    Oh yes lets listen to the paid media analysts....Wow what is happening to this country..

    January 27, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    The State of the Union, is a mess. The bad news is, there seems to be no relief in sight.

    Even worse, Obama newest proposals are again, entitlement programs, that are wrong to solve the problems. In fact he is ignoring the fact that unemployment is running out for many Americans who still cannot find jobs, and he has to find a way to fund extending the benefits for those people.......so cutting taxes makes zero sense.

    It seems we have a spendthrift for a President.

    January 27, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  12. Ron in Wisconsin Dells

    I voted for this President but little did I know about this so called change agenda he promised.The one thing that really erks me is that the Government is not helping him one bit to make the serious changes that need to be done.To get things going in a better direction.In stead they are fighting him on everything and anything and thats including the few democrats that oppose his agenda.Which makes it very difficult to get any one thing done in any appropriate manner,As long as Democrats and Republicans alike continue down this path there will be no hope in a better future for low and middleclass people and the unemployment rate will change to a death rate of people taking there own lives because of no hope for a better future and these idiots in government could not be happier to see this happen.

    January 27, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  13. Steve in Kentucky

    Of course, CNN always casts doubts about Obama and tries to discourage anything positive about the president. I might as well turn to False News for my information.

    January 27, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  14. Julia - Native American from Idaho

    The problem with our country is not President Obama. The problem is the republican party. The people should understand that everything our President has tried to do to help our country as been totally destroyed by the republican facist party and the bought off blue dogs, like Walt Minnick. May God have mercy on their rotten souls. I know if Jesus Christ was proposing a healthcare plan for all Americans, the Republicans would vote NO! So enjoy your hypocritical little attendance at your local born-again nut case church this week, and explain how you can not care about the poor, the sick and the suffering. Oh I forgot republicans just considers the poor, the sick and the suffering, "Stray Animals." It will take a major revolution to turn this country around, it not Steven King will be writing a book about the result in about 2 years. Good Luck Hypocrits.

    January 27, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  15. Julia - Native American from Idaho

    The problem with our country is not President Obama. The problem is the republican party. The people should understand that everything our President has tried to do to help our country as been totally destroyed by the republican facist party and the bought off blue dogs, like Walt Minnick. May God have mercy on their rotten souls. I know if Jesus Christ was proposing a healthcare plan for all Americans, the Republicans would vote NO! So enjoy your hypocritical little attendance at your local born-again nut case church this week, and explain how you can not care about the poor, the sick and the suffering. Oh I forgot republicans just considers the poor, the sick and the suffering, "Stray Animals." it will take a major revolution to turn this country around, if not Steven King will be writing a book about the result in about 2 years. Good Luck Hypocrits.

    January 27, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  16. IndyVoter

    Of course it won't. When someone decides that they are going to sit around and pout and to listen to nay-saying negativism all day and feel sorry for themselves there is nothing that you can do about it. I am flabbergasted at the level of sheer ignorance and "bandwagonning" that is going on. NOTHING that is happening is any different that what the President said it would be! He said it would be hard and that we wouldn't see more jobs or significant growth until 2010! Are you deaf or are you purposefully forgetting? He said the issue like Health Care and energy reform would be hard because lobbyist and good-old-boys and girls who are prospering off of high energy prices and our dependence on oil would fight it to the death. Are you deaf or are you purposefully forgetting? America wake up! Stop listening to the Republicans whispering in your ear trying to make you forget that they started all of this mess AND that they have done NOTHING in decades to make it any better. The very ones that are not for your best interest you are empowering!

    January 27, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  17. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Unfortunately for the tactic that "the best remedy for any Obama difficulty is more Obama," Americans have already had way too much Obama! The man doesn't deliver on most of what he says–fortunately, the only good thing about his failure to back up his words with deeds is that most of what he says is a socialist assault on two centuries of American tradition.

    January 27, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  18. Tony

    I'm gonna tune in to listen to Obama's lies. I'll probably DVR it so I can fast forward every time Pelosi jumps out of her seat with a creepy botoxed smile slapping her fins together like a trained seal.

    January 27, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  19. Terry

    $4 billion more for education? Where is that money coming from? It is all going to minority schools. Is it going to Toledo where just the other day a black highschool student held a pair of scissors to a white woman's throat in broad daylight on the street and raped her? Do these people deserve everybody else's tax dollars? Does this person also get free health care ( subsidies) under Obamacare? I can garauntee you this, there will never be another black president in the United States.

    January 27, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  20. About time

    it will work, if he his speech is followed by measurable actions:

    1. make the bailed out bank fees a reality (quickly)
    2. roll out middle class job initiatives (quickly)
    3. pass health care by mid Feb (pass senate bill, then reconcilliation to work out disagrfeement between house and senate)
    4. reapeal DADT by June – this will fire up the lib base, his poll #'s will increase immediately by 2 points
    5. take control of messages and narratives EARLY and FORCEFULLY
    6. get surrogates on cable news oftern to rebutt (FORCEFULLY) republicans distortioans of reality, remind the public what they did in office for 8 years and highlight they have NO SOLUTIONS.

    just a few things to kick thins off.

    January 27, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  21. Peter Rosenbaum

    Looks like we have elected another Jimmy Carter except he never admitted his mistakes so I wonder are we better off, first he bail out wall strreet and the bank by putting the clowns who were responsible for the whole mess in charge, than a year later he remembers the middle class is in trouble, what next are we going to support the medical community and the pharmas' as another pay off why was the help to Haiti so screwed up, if it was Bush I can just imagin the headlines, I thought you were fair and balanced

    January 27, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  22. haren

    We do have brain and I would not listen to all this analyst they are doing nothing but working for corporation to brain wash people.

    January 27, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  23. T'SAH from Virginia

    WHAT about what the PEOPLE SAY???? Every ANALYST says something different so who is RIGHT??????

    Why don't you WAIT until AFTER the State of the UNION and then ANALYST the results – ANALYSTS and STRATEGISTS are getting boring because ALL OF YOU cannot be right and ALL OF YOU say something DIFFERENT!!! Jeez – it's a wonder the American people are CONFUSED and UNDECIDED!!!

    January 27, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  24. Dar

    This should be interesting tonight to see who he throws under the bus.
    Of course it can never be Odumbo's fault for being an idiot in charge.
    He will in some form or fashion blame Bush, he has to, he cant stand not to say bad things about GW, it's in his blood.
    I love when Odumbo say's; This is on my shoulders, sure it is big boy, your just doing what the groups that you have formed tell you to do because your not smart enough to know how to run this country your self. What a retard.

    2010/2012 REAL Change is coming

    January 27, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  25. Right Leaning Independent

    Obama's actions never back up his rhetoric! This guy has broken nearly every promise he made on the campaign trail and since.. You would have to be a kool air drinking supporter to believe anything that comes out of this mouth!

    January 27, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
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