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 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 " 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 - 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 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. Hiram Rodriguez

    We do have to improve , but now we have this REPUBLICANS
    so call TEA PARTY that wants to rule and make the AMERICAN people belive that the DEMOCRATS are the ones who took this Country to the bottom. Be real , tell them how Mr. BUSH letf this mess. He did like BIN LADEN himself , left the WHITE HOUSE into his caves , never to be seen or heard from him again...!!! Now the blame falls into OBAMAS hands..!!!

    January 25, 2011 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  2. travis Broesche

    Gergin: what has happened to you? "Bachmann reinforced Ryan's remarks and 'added facts'"? since when does using bogus charts that show only the top 90 or so percent of the vertical scale counts as a fact? In a court of law - what our country is based upon and depends upon for its "exceptionalism" - this tripe is inadmissable because it is a complete misrepresentation. welcome to the world of careful pundentry where you don't want to offend anyone.

    You may agree or disagree with Ryan or Obama. But, call a spade a spade. Bachmann is a complete idiot - unless you believe the world was created a few thousand years ago.

    You have "served" both parties, but I always thought you had basic integrity in your remarks until tonight.

    January 25, 2011 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  3. David

    I guess it takes courage to broadcast a response to a Presidential address from a self-proclaimed movement (not a political party) like the Tea Party. Could we hear from a larger group of Americans, like maybe Deadheads, Parrotheads, plumbers, electricians or teachers? Seriously!

    January 25, 2011 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  4. Robert - NYC

    For the past hour, I've heard many responses from the public and quite frankly it's pathetic to watch people complain. Focus groups on Fox, blogs all over the internet. Let me say this about 60-70 percent of this country doesn't know what is going on in the country or who their elected officials are. They wake every morning, go to work, pay the bills, pay the rent go home and vote on hearsay. As Election Day approaches people go to booths and vote for "hhmm Mr Jake Smith, Senator." "Okay, his name sounds great, I'll vote for him". Then this Jake Smith goes to Washington and decides to participate in cutting a program that same person who voted for him out of the budget and have audacity after to complain! Well why did you vote for him? My take on politics is simple, if none of the policies the president effect me negatively at home for my family, then quite frankly I don't care. As with the rest of the nation, it appears to be the same approach or "his or her name sounds nice on the ballot" I voted for President Barack Obama and yes there have been many legislative accomplishments that he has and I can assure you I will vote for him again in 2012.

    January 25, 2011 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  5. Elisabeth

    Maybe a new beginning for the future! It's about time. After the setback of the wars, he inherited. What is it about opening colleges for the military. Contradict, sending more kids to college.

    January 25, 2011 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  6. D Simon

    I find it hard to listen to your commentators, not b/c of ideology buy their lack of understanding of how unsustainable our fiscal situation is. My goodness people, what better time for bipartisanship that literally slashes government! How many government employees lost their jobs over the last 2 years. And don't try to compare to Bush, you're just lowering the bar and embarrassing yourselves. You actual make me turn the channel to Fox.

    January 25, 2011 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  7. Margie

    I would like to ask the president (and the republicans) just how we are supposed to out-do the rest of the world and put ahead. After all we hear from every republican going that we will have to do away with the Department of Education. And every day they are cutting teachers, going to charter schools, who are mostly going either bankrupt of stealing the money. We will never be able to compete in the world until they get back to the business of funding schools, improving our classrooms and cutting out all this charter school crap. Republicans are so interested in giving money to their buddies in the private sector they don't give a good darn about whether out children get a good education or not. that is not on the national level yet, all the red states are slashing education funds like crazy. Just look at Christie in NJ the first thing he did when he took office was give the rich 800 billion dollars in tax cuts which he offset by slashing education by that same amount. SEE WHAT I MEAN.

    January 25, 2011 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  8. John

    When americans born here cannot find jobs legalize thoose take take jobs away from us smart move Obama.

    January 25, 2011 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  9. Guillermo Santonio

    All the feigned civility made for the most boring State of the Union speeches and coverage since Dwight Eisenhower proposed the Interstate highway system. As dry as that was, at least it gave Americans a vision and some progress to look forward to.

    January 25, 2011 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  10. Steve Van Allen

    I was happy to hear the President mention the re-instatement of the ROTC at our Universities. It's part of our fabric. I think the President is maturing. Hopefully it continues.

    January 25, 2011 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  11. Peter s

    What a sobering speech!! full of specific and delivered by a humble president!! Bravo Mr. President and may all what you wish come to pass!!!

    January 25, 2011 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  12. bigkitt

    thought speech was very Jesse Jacksonish, plenty of hope if not for the 9.4% non employed, who are worried about surviving until next week; but for my kids 10 or 15 years from now. I like when POTUS in so many words told america, this is not your grandparents america any more, and we had better get over it and move on; or become the new third world country.

    January 25, 2011 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  13. geoform

    Loved the speech. Each party has been so intent on the other's failure they both forgot why any of them are in Washington. I was thrilled to hear energy and infrastructure make it into the light of day, and glad gun control didn't given the circumstances. I even thought the Republican response was given in a mature way so at least I could appreciate their point of view. Now they just need to go that final step and explain how taking in less money will result in deficit reduction.

    I understand Michele Bachmann and the Tea Party have garnered a lot of attention during, and since the last election, but I'm confused why if there was to be a 2nd response, it wasn't given by the Independent Party who might add something new besides cut taxes to save the country?

    January 25, 2011 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  14. Frank-Texas

    PRESIDENT OBAMA did a great job tonight. Excellent speech!! He spoke to everyone about doing there part, from being a parents to being more informed citizens. He laid his cards on the table showing us the hard work and tough decisions awaiting us. Told us to grow up and except that we will have to sacrifice. Sacrifice less now or sacrifice even more later. But reminded us, we're AMERICANS and we can do it.

    January 25, 2011 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  15. Malcom Charles

    The buttom line all of us american we need to stick together inorder to move foward as one nation

    January 25, 2011 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  16. Andre Brewer

    I find it very refreshing to witness another truly great American President speaking sincerely and directly to our nation both individuallyand collectively. While the republican and tea party speakers continually spout the same rhetoric which simply reveals the fact that their agenda really has nothing to do with the health and wellbeing of the nation, but has everything to do with a quest for power. President Obama is a visionary who happens to be a politician. Many of the opposition leaders are simply politicians who pose as visionaries. Many of them have proven their willingness to go even to the length of attempting to sabotage our president's efforts at the risk of further damaging the nation and the very people they are sworn to represent. Mainly because of the inefficiencies of the previous administration under a president who blatanly and repeatedly lied to accomplish his own agenda and drove us into a virtual swamp, Mr. Obama's administration as well as the congress and senate are firefighters trying to put out a forest fire. I wish that more of our leaders were as sincere as our president. If that were the case, our nation would be in a much better shape on all fronts.

    January 26, 2011 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  17. Shaw

    CNN obviously have a republican and T party agenda. What is most disturbing is that most Americans are not able to identify your intentions. It is a waste to even address this here. I can't believed that all this time I believed you to be fair and balanced. I wanted balance so bad and from CNN but I see that this will not happened at here. You are suppose to be credible. You are suppose to be honorable, on our side..The peoples side. fair and balance. My God!!

    January 26, 2011 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  18. John Hanley

    Paul Ryan is an idiot. How many times can the American public watch one party(Obama) give speeches of optimism, followed by clowns from the other side(Ryan) immediately follow up with attacks? What did, both the debt, and size of government, do under Reagan and Bush? Look it up. They have NO credibility. It's sad how many low information voters, vote against their own self interests. If the tax breaks for the top 2% are the answer to all of our countries economic woes, than why did our economy fall completely off a cliff, WITH THOSE TAX BREAKS IN PLACE? Also, corporations are making record profits, but keeping them in the bank, while not hiring. Anyone with a clue can figure out that giving those same corporations tax breaks, is only going to help the rich get richer, not help the unemployment rate. They are despicable.

    January 26, 2011 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  19. cnnvscnn

    Old Japanese soldiers enjoyed watching kill, burn, pillage & rape Executing these war criminals 10,000 times would not atone for their sins. In fact many Japanese nowadays still honour them as their national heroes. Until they acknowledge the war crimes of these criminals as the Germans did, the gulf between Japan & China can never be bridged!

    January 26, 2011 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  20. cnnvscnn

    Old Japanese soldiers enjoyed watching kill, burn, pillage & rape Executing these war criminals 10,000 times would not atone for their sins. In fact many Japanese nowadays still honour them as their national heroes. Until they acknowledge the war crimes of these criminals as the Germans did, the gulf between Japan & China can never be bridged!!!

    January 26, 2011 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  21. spudmick

    A wake-up call with examples of how US has been lagging behind the nations he mentioned; otherwise the great OB razzamatazz.

    January 26, 2011 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  22. diridi

    talk is wonderful, and i rate is "Excellent". Implementation is than ever before in here, USA!!!!!!!! Stringent immigration is needed here who hires, raid, and northern Virginia, and Washington dc areas too...apart from Texas state...and NC state too....

    January 26, 2011 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  23. Name Kathryn Elizabeth

    Funny that he asks us to become teachers yet most states are cutting education budgets and laying teachers off, so get an education you can't get a job in and won't be able to pay back all those student loans since the cost of that education is so high no one can get out of pocket!

    January 26, 2011 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
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