Weekly addresses preview State of the Union
January 21st, 2012
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Weekly addresses preview State of the Union

(CNN) – Three days before the State of the Union address, President Barack Obama and Texas Rep. Jeb Hensarling on Saturday offered what could be previews of their parties' messages next week.

In the GOP weekly address, Hensarling bashed the record of Obama's three-year administration, criticizing the state of unemployment, gas prices, and national debt under his watch.

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"Regardless of the president's good intentions, his policies have failed the American people," he said. "His policies haven't just failed to make the economy better – they have actually made it worse."

Hensarling pushed the "Republicans' Plan for America's Job Creators," a collection of reforms and projects unveiled last fall by the House GOP. Among those measures is the Keystone XL oil pipeline, the Canada-to-Gulf Coast conduit that the administration blocked this week, saying they needed more time to consider the environmental impact.

"The president rejected the project and buried 20,000 shovel ready jobs," Hensarling said.

In his weekly address, Obama did not mention the Keystone project but continued to place blame for inaction squarely upon Capitol Hill.

"Too often over the last few months, we've seen Congress drag its feet and refuse to take steps we know will help strengthen our economy," he said, listing his administration's action on education, government contracts, veteran employment, housing, loans and consumer protection.

He touted tourism reforms he announced at Disney World on Thursday, which the president said would make it easier for foreign visitors to travel to and spend money in the United States.

"And the more folks who visit America, the more Americans we get back to work," Obama said.

The president's annual State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress will take place Tuesday evening. Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana will deliver the Republican response, and one-time Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain will deliver a response sponsored by the Tea Party Express.

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Josaphat Daniels

    Mr. President just do what you do best, being presidential and don't let the haters get to you with their lies and deception. Come this november your getting a second therm whether the grand old poops like it or not.

    January 21, 2012 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  2. HenryB

    God, these Republicans are a bunch of whiners. Always complaining about everything. Their arguments are like old bread; first it turns stale and then it becomes moldy. Sheesh!

    January 21, 2012 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  3. alinegrady

    However, we should expect further worsening on joblessness in the country in the next quarter because of political anxieties in the Middle East, check out an article called High Speed Universities for relation between a degree and job and the pay rate.

    January 21, 2012 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  4. Steve-Illinois

    2012 State of The Union-

    My fellow Americans
    It's not my fault!
    Thank you
    Barack Obama

    January 21, 2012 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  5. Phil

    For those of you that think this President has been a failure, read the recent articule in Newsweek by Andrew Sullivan.

    January 21, 2012 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  6. Omari Dice

    Thank you President Obama for saving us from a near Great Depression. Thank you for getting Osama and countless other terrorists. Thank you for ending that costly Iraq war. Thank you for recognizing that desperate times call for desperate measures and despite the very un Christian like behavior of the GOP, making sure unemployment benefits are extended and America's children receive adequate nutrition through food stamps. Thank you for being the first President in 13 years to get America's dependence on foreign oil under 50% of total consumption, thank you Mr President for having a moral compass any GOP family values candidate would envy, it is a pleasure watching you adore your wife and children. Thank you for taking the high ground and always being willing to negotiate even with the Tea Party who does not know the meaning of the word. Thank you for believing in equality and the right of our citizens to pursue their happiness. Thank you for recognizing that men like Newt are the reason why women need a place to get treated for a STD. Thank you for spending your time trying to get your smart jobs bill passed instead of spending your time trying to make sure poor women have no access to family planning services. Thank you for fighting for tax breaks for the middle class and for educating America about inequality. We are well aware that the GOP wants higher taxes on the middle class but lower taxes for people like Romney who destroy jobs and hide their wealth in offshore accounts. Mr. President, your foreign policy successes have helped restore credibility to our Great Nation. We are finally starting to be respected and envied in the world again. It is truly a pleasure and honor to call you my President. I think GOD did tell Bachman, Perry and Gingrich, Santorum and Romney to run on the GOP ticket because he wants YOU to win!! Obama 2012!

    January 21, 2012 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  7. Franny

    I'm proud that President Obama delayed this project. Finally, he's taking charge, and using his usuall intelligence. Until it's researched carefully? I'm grateful to a thinking President. Compared to those in the GOP, and yes Tea party Members who take no responsibility for the mess they've gotten this Country into, and they continue with their hateful diatribe against President Obama. I'll continue supporting the best man for the job of running this Nation, and that will be President Obama. These other yahoos scare me to death!

    January 21, 2012 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  8. sensible

    I WISH it was that easy..... vote for lower gas prices! I guess it will fool the simple-minded, though. Why are republicans so easy to fool?

    January 21, 2012 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  9. sensible

    Romney says the economy IS BETTER!
    Look it up!

    January 21, 2012 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  10. sensible

    The republicans are sabotaging the economy to gain political points. How un-American! They care nothing for the people's suffering.
    They only want power!

    January 21, 2012 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  11. diridi

    I am voting for this dude. Listen, the regulations are making hard as one guy said, it is not true, because of these Stocks did not go down the drain, like 2008 September, 777 points, and entire stock market drowned. I am glad, we saved Big Auto Industries, and focusing on Green Energy. California, Texas, etc, is pumping lot of Electric Cars. Health care passed. when they passed Social Security, they cried the same way. To day, we are all better. Time decides appreciation of this president. Obama2012.

    January 21, 2012 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  12. Sue

    Funny how Mr. Hensarling has said that President Obama has made things worse. In talking to several friends (both Democrats and Republicans) we all agreed that our portfolios were looking much better, the housing industry is showing marked improvement, jobless claims are down, etc. etc. Unfortunately, republicans just can't admit that things may be improving. No great surprise there. It seems to me that it would be foolhardy to "change captains in midstream" by electing one of the incompetent, nasty, immoral choices that the republican party has put out there.

    January 21, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  13. KatR

    It's incomprehensible to me why the GOP continues to spread lies about Obama's policies. At the end of his first year in office unemployment was over 10%. 3 years later it's down to 8.6% and we've had 22 consecutive months of job growth in the private sector. Bin Laden is dead. We're out of Iraq. We finally have a strategy in Afghanistan. Millions of Americans are no longer prohibited from purchasing health insurance in the free market. And financial reform legislation will, hopefully, prevent another financial meltdown. GOP governing policies got us into this economic mess. And the GOP expects us to believe that the economy is worse now? I guess what's even more incomprehensible is that there are some Americans who agree with the GOP propaganda machine. Reminds me of the electorate that supported Hitler in the 1930s. Of course...they had an excuse as book burnings kept the truth from the common man. But in this information soaked age there is no explanation.

    January 21, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  14. Indy

    In the GOP weekly address, Hensarling bashed the record of Obama's three-year administration, criticizing the state of unemployment, gas prices, and national debt under his watch.

    20,000 shovel ready jobs is an ouright lie and is so far fetched it's not even funny anymore, those numbers are more then double of the real possible short term job numbers. It always amazes me that anyone still falls for the Republican lie about gas prices. The President has very little to do with the worldwide price of fuel and in fact the US pays less for gas then Canadians and Canada is where most of the oil comes from that is turned into gas. Republicans just can't stand the fact that Obama has worked hard and made improvements and we should be thankful everyday that there is not a Republcan in the Whitehouse these days

    January 21, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  15. LegendRx

    The republican party are a bunch of sleazy, slimy good for nothings who believes if you keep repeating a lie over and over and over again, it will become true. Like the lie about Obama's failed policies and not turning the economy around. How about the edge of treason perpetrated by the republican leadership. Thats right, the republican saboteurs, trying to tank america, yeah, the old and true, reek havoc and chaos and then come to its rescue. Not this time, America has awakened from its slumber. Obama 2012!

    January 21, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  16. FIELD1stSGT

    The State of the Union is in ill repair under this numbskull and will only continue to destroy itself if Obama is reelected.

    January 21, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  17. Bessy

    Hensarling is just another dummy from Texas. Before he opens his mouth he should Fact Check. The president has nothing to do with the price of gas and the Keystone Project would never have provided 20,000 jobs.

    January 21, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  18. samuel

    Herman Cain ! He should be ashamed of himself. And I thought he backed out because of hiw wife wishes. How do he see himeself as someone America wants to hear from.

    I just dont know what the GOP has to offer. Newt, Herman and now Newt & Palin ! What a joke. This is the best we have to offer. And I forgot about Romney. This guys talks about the streets like her lived them. When ? He is not sincere, Just be who you are and stop attempting to play the average middle class Americans. Oh. I forgot....we have envy for you and the very rich ! Go...GOP. A sad state of affairs...sorry Newt !

    January 21, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  19. Scottish Mama

    So those of you that said he has not tried anything, he has they all have been squashed by congress. They do not want him to get anything passed. For all you tea partiers who put Bachmann and friends in there, she decided to go right to the presidency, she devoted most of her time running for president, not putting something that would help the foreclosures, not something that helps the middle class, just to promote herself. Any lessons learned?

    January 21, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |