Live blog: 2012 State of the Union
January 24th, 2012
08:00 PM ET
11 years ago

Live blog: 2012 State of the Union

(CNN) - President Barack Obama delivers his annual State of the Union address Tuesday night in Washington. Check back here for updates from CNN reporters and producers on Capitol Hill and at the White House. Also tune into CNN for live coverage of the speech beginning at 8 p.m. ET, and afterward for a full wrap-up with reaction and analysis anchored by Anderson Cooper.

Read more here.

10:52 p.m. ET – GOP Rep. Flake on helping Rep. Giffords stand during Democratic applause lines during the president's address: "It was the least I could do."

10:50 p.m. ET – Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain delivers a tea party response to the State of the Union. Watch here.

10:44 p.m. ET
– Daniels ended by laying out a broad theme of the upcoming year for Republicans, who will be working to defeat President Obama and win seats in Congress.

"Republicans in 2012 welcome all our countrymen to a program of renewal that rebuilds the dream for all, and makes our ‘city on a hill’ shine once again.”

10:38 p.m. ET – Daniels struck a note common on the GOP campaign trail, suggesting President Obama pits 'haves' versus 'have nots.'

"No feature of the Obama Presidency has been sadder than its constant efforts to divide us, to curry favor with some Americans by castigating others."

10:37 p.m. ET@crowleycnn: Toughest gig in showbiz, um politics: respond to SOTU speech. POTUS in historic bldg w/ cheering vs You, by yourself w/ a coupla flags.

10:36 p.m. ET – Daniels touched on tax reform for wealthy Americans: "It’s absolutely so that everyone should contribute to our national recovery, including of course the most affluent among us. There are smart ways and dumb ways to do this: the dumb way is to raise rates in a broken, grossly complex tax system, choking off growth without bringing in the revenues we need to meet our debts."

10:34 p.m. ET – Daniels laid out GOP platform for economic growth: "“That means a dramatically simpler tax system of fewer loopholes and lower rates. A pause in the mindless piling on of expensive new regulations that devour dollars that otherwise could be used to hire somebody."

10:33 p.m. ET@LisaDCNN: WHERE THE PARTIES AGREE: Steve Jobs.

10:32 p.m. ET – Daniels issues a call to Republicans in this presidential election year: "An opposition that would earn its way back to leadership must offer not just criticism of failures that anyone can see, but a positive and credible plan to make life better, particularly for those aspiring to make a better life for themselves. Republicans accept this duty, gratefully."

10:30 p.m. ET – Daniels begans by praising the president, but quickly moved to criticism of Obama's record.

"The President did not cause the economic and fiscal crises that continue in America tonight. But he was elected on a promise to fix them, and he cannot claim that the last three years have made things anything but worse: the percentage of Americans with a job is at the lowest in decades. One in five men of prime working age, and nearly half of all persons under 30, did not go to work today."

10:27 p.m. ET – Mitch Daniels began the Republican response from Indianapolis, Indiana.

10:25 p.m. ET
@BryanMonroeCNN: How many times did Obama say: America or Americans (85); Tax (35); Jobs (41); Education (8); Rich (2); Poor (1); Middle class (3) #SOTU

10:23 p.m. ET – Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels will deliver the Republican response to the State of the Union momentarily.

10:22 p.m. ET – Obama exited House Chamber after greeting and signing autographs for members of Congress.

10:21 p.m. ET@crowleycnn: Don't touch that dial. Republican response upcoming.

10:19 p.m. ET
@CrowleyCNN: Good speechifying and good politics to open with reminder that Iraq war over & end with SEAL mission that killed OBL.

10:17 p.m. ET@RickSantorum: I'm not running for president to be the most powerful person in the world. I'm running for president to give power back to you. #SOTU

10:17 p.m. ET@dierdrewalshcnn: President and Gabby Giffords just fist bumped #SOTU

10:16 p.m. ET – Obama ended his address after more than an hour. He greeted members of his cabinet and members of Congress on his way out of the House Chamber.

10:16 p.m. ET – Obama: "As long as we’re joined in common purpose, as long as we maintain our common resolve, our journey moves forward, our future is hopeful, and the state of our Union will always be strong."

10:15 p.m. ET – Obama: "One of my proudest possessions is the flag that the SEAL Team took with them on the mission to get bin Laden. On it are each of their names. Some may be Democrats. Some may be Republicans. But that doesn’t matter. Just like it didn’t matter that day in the Situation Room, when I sat next to Bob Gates – a man who was George Bush’s defense secretary; and Hillary Clinton, a woman who ran against me for president."

10:09 p.m. ET – Obama: "Anyone who tells you that America is in decline or that our influence has waned, doesn’t know what they’re talking about."

10:08 p.m. ET – Obama: "Let there be no doubt: America is determined to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, and I will take no options off the table to achieve that goal."

10:07 p.m. ET – Obama moves into foreign policy. "In Syria, I have no doubt that the Assad regime will soon discover that the forces of change can’t be reversed, and that human dignity can’t be denied."

10:03 p.m. ET – Obama: "A simple majority is no longer enough to get anything – even routine business – passed through the Senate. Neither party has been blameless in these tactics. Now both parties should put an end to it. For starters, I ask the Senate to pass a rule that all judicial and public service nominations receive a simple up or down vote within 90 days."

From CNN White House Producer Lesa Jansen:
A jab at Congress for many of his nominees for judicial appointments being stalled - and his nominee for the head of the new consumer bureau Richard Cordray’s nomination put in limbo by the Senate. POTUS appointed Cordray in a “recess” appointment. Cordray is a guest tonight in Michelle Obama’s box at the speech

10:03 p.m. ET – Obama: "I’m a Democrat. But I believe what Republican Abraham Lincoln believed: That Government should do for people only what they cannot do better by themselves, and no more."

Drew bipartisan applause.

10:00 p.m. ET – Obama: "Send me a bill that bans insider trading by Members of Congress, and I will sign it tomorrow."

Drew applause from members of both parties.

10:00 p.m. ET@eliselabottcnn: Is anyone counting how many bills Obama has asked Congress to send him? #SOTU

9:59 p.m. ET – Obama: “The greatest blow to confidence in our economy last year didn't come from events beyond our control. It came from a debate in Washington over whether the United States would pay its bills or not. Who benefited from that fiasco?"

"I've talked tonight about the deficit of trust between Main Street and Wall Street. But the divide between this city and the rest of the country is at least as bad – and it seems to get worse every year.”

From CNN White House Producer Lesa Jansen:
A shot at Congress and the partisan divide that the administration has characterized as “dysfunctional”

9:57 p.m. ET@LisaDCNN: FAIR: appears in the president's speech 9 times.

9:55 p.m. ET@DanaBashCNN: Payroll tax extension. McConnell applauds in slow motion

9:55 p.m. ET – Obama: "Right now, because of loopholes and shelters in the tax code, a quarter of all millionaires pay lower tax rates than millions of middle-class households. Right now, Warren Buffett pays a lower tax rate than his secretary… Tax reform should follow the Buffett rule: If you make more than $1 million a year, you should not pay less than 30 percent in taxes.”

From CNN White House Producer Lesa Jansen:
In fact Michelle Obama tonight is sitting with Warren Buffett’s secretary Debbie Bosanek in her box watching the president’s speech

9:54 p.m. ET – Obama: "People cannot afford losing $40 out of each paycheck this year. There are plenty of ways to get this done. So let's agree right here, right now: No side issues. No drama. Pass the payroll tax cut without delay”

From CNN White House Producer Lesa Jansen:
This is about the showdown between Congressional Republicans and Obama just before Christmas over the payroll tax cut. The compromise then was only to extend the tax cut until February, now just days away.

9:53 p.m. ET@JohnKingCNN: POTUS makes case for health care and financial regulation changes __ repealing both are major #gop2012 themes. #SOTU

9:52 p.m. ET – Obama: "We will also establish a Financial Crimes Unit of highly trained investigators to crack down on large-scale fraud and protect people's investments."

"I am asking my Attorney General to create a special unit of federal prosecutors and leading state attorneys general to expand our investigations into the abusive lending and packaging of risky mortgages that led to the housing crisis. This new unit will hold accountable those who broke the law, speed assistance to homeowners, and help turn the page on an era of recklessness that hurt so many Americans.”

From CNN White House Producer Lesa Jansen:
Wall Street reforms are important – it’s Wall Street misbehavior many blame for the risky loans that toppled the housing market.

9:50 p.m. ET – Obama: "We got rid of one rule from 40 years ago that could have forced some dairy farmers to spend $10,000 a year proving that they could contain a spill – because milk was somehow classified as an oil. With a rule like that, I guess it was worth crying over spilled milk."

Drew polite laughter and a few groans.

9:47 p.m. ET@yellincnn: In #SOTU Pres touts oil production & vows to grow natural gas industry...trying to inoculate against #Keystone attacks on campaign trail?

9:46 p.m. ET – Obama: “Take the money we're no longer spending at war, use half of it to pay down our debt, and use the rest to do some nation-building right here at home."

From CNN White House Producer Lesa Jansen:
This is the so-called peace dividend – use the money saved from ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to pay off the huge deficit and to put Americans to work building infrastructure projects.

Drew applause from Democrats.

9:45 p.m. ET@LisaDCNN: Halfway. (ish)

9:43 p.m. ET – Obama: "It’s time to end the taxpayer giveaways to an industry that’s rarely been more profitable, and double-down on a clean energy industry that’s never been more promising. Pass clean energy tax credits and create these jobs."

Applause from Democrats.

9:41 p.m. ET@diedrewalshcnn: Some loud cheers from GOPers when President mentions "all of the above" energy strategy- a contrast to smattering of applause on immigration

9:40 p.m. ET – Obama: “Tonight, I'm directing my Administration to open more than 75 percent of our potential offshore oil and gas resources."

"We have a supply of natural gas that can last America nearly one hundred years, and my Administration will take every possible action to safely develop this energy."

"The development of natural gas will create jobs and power trucks and factories that are cleaner and cheaper, proving that we don't have to choose between our environment and our economy.”

From CNN White House Producer Lesa Jansen:
This energy push comes just a week after the Obama administration nixed the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline

Obama's energy remarks drew loud applause from Democrats, and scattered cheers from Republicans.

9:36 p.m. ET
– "That means women should earn equal pay for equal work. It means we should support everyone who’s willing to work; and every risk-taker and entrepreneur who aspires to become the next Steve Jobs."

Jobs' widow is in the first lady's box tonight.

9:35 p.m. ET
– Obama: "I believe as strongly as ever that we should take on illegal immigration. That's why my Administration has put more boots on the border than ever before. That's why there are fewer illegal crossings than when I took office."

"The opponents of action are out of excuses. We should be working on comprehensive immigration reform right now. But if election-year politics keeps Congress from acting on a comprehensive plan, let's at least agree to stop expelling responsible young people who want to staff our labs, start new businesses, and defend this country. Send me a law that gives them the chance to earn their citizenship. I will sign it right away."

From CNN White House Producer Lesa Jansen:
POTUS is talking about the DREAM act, a bill that would allow undocumented students to become eligible for legal status. He announced his support for it earlier this year and is once again returning focus to immigration reform after being criticized by many in the Latino community for failing to push harder for reform.

9:34 p.m. ET – From CNN's Dana Bash: Interesting dynamic. Jeff Flake – a Republican – is sitting with Rep. Giffords. He's helping her get up when Dems get up for POTUS applause lines – even though he clearly wouldn't be standing on his own. Just saw him ask her if she wanted to stand for last one – she declined and smiled and clearly thanked him.

The irony is that had Giffords not been shot, the two of them may be running against each other for Kyl's Senate seat.

9:33 p.m. ET – Obama: "I call on every State to require that all students stay in high school until they graduate or turn eighteen."

9:31 p.m. ET – Obama praises the work of schoolteachers. "So instead of bashing them, or defending the status quo, let’s offer schools a deal. Give them the resources to keep good teachers on the job, and reward the best ones. In return, grant schools flexibility: To teach with creativity and passion; to stop teaching to the test; and to replace teachers who just aren’t helping kids learn."

9:29 p.m. ET@crowleycnn: While every one jumps up and down around them, The Supremes are sitting so still it looks like they are painted into the scene.

9:28 p.m. ET – Obama highlights Jackie Bray, a single mom from North Carolina who was laid off from her job as a mechanic. She is sitting in the first lady's box.

"I want every American looking for work to have the same opportunity as Jackie did. Join me in a national commitment to train two million Americans with skills that will lead directly to a job."

9:27 p.m. ET – Obama: "I'm announcing the creation of a Trade Enforcement Unit that will be charged with investigating unfair trade practices in countries like China. There will be more inspections to prevent counterfeit or unsafe goods from crossing our borders."

From CNN White House Producer Lesa Jansen:
When POTUS visited the Pacific Rim late last year he talked about how China must "play by the rules".

9:26 p.m. ET@danabashcnn: Repubs sit on tax reform / ship jobs overseas line. Stone cold #sotu

9:25 p.m. ET – Obama: "My message is simple. It’s time to stop rewarding businesses that ship jobs overseas, and start rewarding companies that create jobs right here in America. Send me these tax reforms, and I’ll sign them right away."

Applause from Democrats; camera shows a stony-faced Rep. Eric Cantor.

9:23 p.m. ET – Obama: "We should start with our tax code. Right now, companies get tax breaks for moving jobs and profits overseas. Meanwhile, companies that choose to stay in America get hit with one of the highest tax rates in the world. It makes no sense, and everyone knows it. So let's change it. First, if you're a business that wants to outsource jobs, you shouldn't get a tax deduction for doing it."

From CNN White House Producer Lesa Jansen:
This is the first time we've heard the administration talk about countering companies outsourcing jobs by taking away some of their tax breaks if they do so.

9:21 p.m. ET – Obama lauds success of American auto industry. "We bet on American workers. We bet on American ingenuity. And tonight, the American auto industry is back."

Applause, but no standing ovation.

9:19 p.m. ET – Obama: "The state of our Union is getting stronger. And we’ve come too far to turn back now. As long as I’m President, I will work with anyone in this chamber to build on this momentum. But I intend to fight obstruction with action, and I will oppose any effort to return to the very same policies that brought on this economic crisis in the first place."

Received applause from Democrats.

9:18 p.m. ET – Obama: "In the six months before I took office, we lost nearly four million jobs. And we lost another four million before our policies were in full effect. Those are the facts."

9:17 p.m. ET@JohnKingCNN: POTUS uses post 9-11 troops and his WW2 generation grandparents to frame top of speech "american values" litany. #SOTU #cnn

9:14 p.m. ET – Obama pushes for "An economy built to last, where hard work pays off, and responsibility is rewarded."

9:13 p.m. ET
– Obama: "For the first time in two decades, Osama bin Laden is not a threat to this country."
Both sides applaud.

9:11 p.m. ET – Obama hailed the end of the war in Iraq. "This generation of heroes has made the United States safer and more respected around the world."

Sustained applause from both sides of aisle.

9:11 p.m. ET – Speaker Boehner introduced President Obama to the joint session

9:09 p.m. ET – President Obama hugged Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

9:08 p.m. ET – President Obama greeted members of Congress, Supreme Court justices, and members of his cabinet on his walk up the aisle. Obama told members of his cabinet "Good job tonight."

9:05 p.m. ET – House Sergeant of Arms Paul Irving announced President Obama into the House Chamber.

9:05 p.m. ET@crowleyCNN: Pop the popcorn or get out the hummus and carrots. POTUS is in The House. It's State of the Union time.

9:03 p.m. ET@JohnKingCNN: GOP appointees Chief Justice Roberts, Justice Kennedy attend #SOTU but not Justices Scalia, Thomas & Alito. Breyer, Ginsburg, Kagan there.

8:59 p.m. ET – Members of the president's cabinet entered the chamber, led by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

8:58 p.m. ET@DanaBashCNN: Sometimes – many times in congress applause is forced. For gabby giffords the whole chamber stood w/ genuine applause #sotu

8:57 p.m. ET – Chief Justice John Roberts, along with associate justices, entered the chamber.

8:55 p.m. ET – Rep. Gabrielle Giffords entered the House Chamber to a standing ovation.

8:53 p.m. ET – Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, is shown entering the first lady's box.

8:51 p.m. ET – House Speaker John Boehner called the joint session to order.

8:47 p.m.@DanaBashCNN: Old fashioned schmoozing going on in the house chamber as they wait for potus

8:44 p.m. ET – The president's motorcade arrived at the United States Capitol.

8:43 p.m. ET – One final excerpt from tonight's address, with analysis below from CNN White House Producer Lesa Jansen.

"Let's never forget: Millions of Americans who work hard and play by the rules every day deserve a government and a financial system that does the same. It's time to apply the same rules from top to bottom: No bailouts, no handouts, and no copouts. An America built to last insists on responsibility from everybody."

A swipe at what the administration considers the forces protecting the wealthy - read Wall Street and special interests.

8:38 p.m.@deirdrewalshcnn : Back from campaign trail, Rep Michele Bachmann spotted on House floor chatting up TX Rep Louie Gohmert #SOTU

8:38 p.m.@yellincnn : Admin official: Only FLOTUS in motorcade w President on ride to #SOTU, White House finished speech few hours ago.

8:38 p.m. ET – Senators filed into the House Chamber. Senators walk through Statuary Hall on their way into the chamber.

8:36 p.m. ET – The president left the White House en route to the United States Capitol.

8:35 p.m. ET – Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will not attend tonight's State of the Union. One member of the president's cabinet does not attend the speech to maintain government continuity in the event of a catastrophe.

8:34 p.m. ET – CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash reports some "old fashioned schmoozing" taking place in the House Chamber.

8:32 p.m. ET – Thune mentions two things he'd like to hear in Obama's address: a plan for producing American energy and substantive plan for jobs.

8:31 p.m. ET – South Dakota Republican Sen. John Thune tells CNN's Kate Bolduan: Obama will distract and shift the blame for a poor economy. "Obama record has been a failed one for American workers."

8:28 p.m.@arifleischer : I wonder if there will be an empty chair in the POTUS box for all the workers who didn't get a job building Keystone.

8:26 p.m. ET – Here's another excerpt from tonight's State of the Union, with analysis from CNN White House Producer Lesa Jansen.

"...we will not go back to an economy weakened by outsourcing, bad debt, and phony financial profits. Tonight, I want to speak about how we move forward, and lay out a blueprint for an economy that's built to last – an economy built on American manufacturing, American energy, skills for American workers, and a renewal of American values."

You heard POTUS argue for "in-sourcing" while he was in Detroit earlier this month, touting how his auto bailout saved American jobs.

8:24 p.m. ET @JohnBoehner: House Republicans' focus over the course of the year ahead will remain on getting things done #4jobs. #stateofjobs

8:22 p.m. ET – Tonight's State of the Union will feature a new House Sergeant at Arms. The Sergeant at Arms announces the president into the House Chamber at the beginning of the speech. Paul Irving officially took over the role January 17. He replaced Bill Livingood, who held the position for seventeen years.

8:21 p.m.@samfeistcnn: A #sotu first! @JohnKingCNN has brought his #magicwall to Capitol Hill tonight.

8:17 p.m. ET – Another excerpt from tonight's speech, with analysis from CNN White House producer Lesa Jansen below.

"As long as I'm President, I will work with anyone in this chamber to build on this momentum. But I intend to fight obstruction with action, and I will oppose any effort to return to the very same policies that brought on this economic crisis in the first place."

A warning for the GOP in Congress and a continuation of Obama's "We Can't Wait" tact, where the administration circumvents Congress and pushes forward initiatives that can be achieved through executive action. Obama's recess appointment of consumer chief Richard Cordray is an example of this – Cordray, by the way, is a guest in the first lady's box at tonight's speech.

8:13 p.m. ET – Tom Foreman looks at how well Obama has achieved goals made in 2011's State of the Union. Read more here.

8:10 p.m. ET@DanaBashCNN: Just ran into joe "you lie" wilson in hallway. "No yelling tonight, right?" I asked. "No, I'm fully restrained," he said with a smile.

8:08 p.m. ET – Members of Congress have been staking out their spots for tonight's address since early Tuesday morning. Read who got the best seats here.

8:04 p.m. ET – One excerpt from tonight's address, with analysis from CNN White House Producer Lesa Jansen below.

"We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well, while a growing number of Americans barely get by. Or we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules. What's at stake are not Democratic values or Republican values, but American values. We have to reclaim them."

The president seeks to frame the debate in this election year, drawing a clear contrast between Democrats' and Republicans' views of the country's future and the role government will play.

8:01 p.m. ET
– Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' husband Mark Kelly and Steve Jobs' widow Laurene Powell Jobs are among the guests in this year's first lady's box. Read the full guest list here.

7:58 p.m. ET@MittRomney: What is critical is that we make today Barack Obama’s last State of the Union #1000Days

7:53 p.m. ET – CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin provides a look at tonight's speech.

7:43 p.m. ET – Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is slated to give the Republican response to the State of the Union. Read excerpts from his address here.

7:41 p.m. ET – The White House released early excerpts of tonight's speech. Read a preview here.

4:36 p.m.@johnkingcnn: mini #magicwall at Capitol for CNN #SOTU coverage. This one is 27". Normal version is 82". #cnn

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soundoff (163 Responses)
  1. weeknow

    Mann,Obama 2012, Mr. President OBAMA ,Houston, Texas here please don't forget us WE love you here well at least the Afro-Americans do. Please please don't forget us down here! WE LOVE YOU AND FIRST LADY SO MUCH,,,period

    January 24, 2012 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  2. rich

    the problem the President has not accomplished what he stated he was going to do. Where doesthe buck stop?

    January 24, 2012 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  3. Tess

    "Re-employment" perspective from President Obama...

    January 24, 2012 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  4. AZpatriot

    @ Marcus: you are wasting your time trying to talk sense
    to people like Hangar13, DM and Dean0. they don't want to
    hear facts. they just want to hate the president.

    January 24, 2012 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  5. A Southern Lady

    President Obama is a good and decent man. Since taking office he has worked to try to restore the county after eight years of the Bush disaster. The R's have fought him at every turn as they can not stomach a black Democrat who is educated and intelligent. This is race warfare big-time. I can only imagine the disaster this country would be if John McCane and Palin were sitting in the Oval Office. The best hope for the country is for the once-proud Republican party to again elect statesmen and not the tea party crazies. For many years I voted Republicana but that will never happen again. Obama in 2012.

    January 24, 2012 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  6. Sad American

    It's very sad that the Republicans cannot stand or applaud anything at all. Are they against re-educating people that are drawing unemployment checks? They're against keeping student loan rates for college from doubling? They're against "not" rewarding companies that take our jobs overseas? They're against cracking down on China and their violations? Who in the world are they representing? It's very telling I think.

    They'll never take the White House this year-and I used to be a proud Republican...

    January 24, 2012 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  7. Baba-Hooey

    There is a huge myth that we don't have enough math and science grads to "staff our labs" such that we have to hand out H-1 Viisas like candy. I was replaced in a lab by foreign nationals. The economic downtrun is affecting American citizens at all educational levels, I have colleagues who are Ph.D.s (American) who are being replaced. Our federal research dollars and being used to replace our own people. And what happens? The foreign nationals are brought in and paid at a much lower wage and worked longer hours..... modern-day organized slavery that benefits nobody. Stop this nonsense Obama, and the Republicans candidates too. Do not hand out visas to foreign nationals just because they are studying math and science. You are the ones who are undermining the ingenuinity of this country by cheating your own American scientists and mathematicians out of gainful employment. That's the real reason why Americans aren't pursuing study in these areas anymore.

    January 24, 2012 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  8. AED

    If folks stop looking at the issues based on their political affilation, they can get past all the BS. Repubs stone faced, Dems happy. "USA We Have A Problem". I'm sad for this country.

    January 24, 2012 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  9. Joymar

    I hate politics because of politicians like John Boehner and Eric Cantor. It is obvious from their facial expressions (especially Cantor's) that they have no intention of working with the President.

    January 24, 2012 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  10. ms lulu

    It's such a shame that a country as great as ours cannot come up with new clean energy ideas. We have so many natural resources right at our disposal that we are not utilizing. The sun alone could power more than half of America if it was channelled the right way. We are just idiots if we don't start coming up with ways to funnel our natural resources to make our power. Also, bullet trains.. why are we the only country almost now that DOES NOT have bullet trains. If they made a train that travelled from the East Coast to the West Coast alone, do you realize how many people would use that? It would pay for itself in no time. The only thing that's holding us back is old idealogies.. and I'm sorry I think the Republicans are much to blame for this.

    January 24, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  11. rich

    once again; blame Bush. very disappointed in the President

    January 24, 2012 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  12. The GOP opens mouth and inserts foot

    YES! President Obama is the first president we've had since Clinton with common sense!

    He gets my vote.

    Obama/Biden 2012!

    January 24, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  13. Reeiping it Real

    T'sah From Virginia "If I'm not mistaken, we were in a "depression" when President Obama took office.."

    Yes, you are mistaken

    January 24, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  14. Sad American

    ms Lulu–I guess we don't have bullet trains because the oil companies can't hold them hostage!

    January 24, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  15. mrs b

    If only some of the Republicans would work with him to get some of these ideas to materialize! I was a Republican voter primarily, they have been too focused on destoying the other side. We need good legislators to work with Obama to solve problems.

    January 24, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  16. SB

    Go Obama! It is about time the know nothing, do nothing career minded politicians get off their NO clapping behinds and get voted out in the next election!!!!!!!!!!

    January 24, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  17. the beginning of the end

    This President is LOST! This speech proves experience is critical for the next President.

    January 24, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  18. tess

    this 'state of the union speech' will go down as one of the worst ever – just like the man giving it!!!!

    January 24, 2012 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  19. Craig Davis

    How can Obama say protect people from mercury poisoning when we are mandated to use fluorescent bulbs that contain mercury and we have no way to dispose of them.

    January 24, 2012 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  20. John VanLanen

    Just another case of Obama paying off the special interest groups. For example, he wants teachers to be paid more, yet he wants them to no longer teach to the test. Translation, he wants to pay them more while relieving them of any accountability.
    He also wants to make citizenship easy for illegal ailiens, who the U.S. just provided a free eduaction including college to.
    Looks like more payoffs to the groups he wants to get votes from.

    January 24, 2012 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  21. petemg

    Why doesn't he care about the legal young people we have here who have to borrow money big time to get an education. We have people here who are unemployed and educated who can do many of the jobs that are left. Obama is calling us Americans stupid because he says they are unqualified to perform. Many of these people who are educated to do the jobs cannot get jobs. Why did Obama give the contracts for building windmills to China. Why did he give the contract of building electric cars to Finland.
    It bothers me that so many people have heard and seen what Obama has done to our country and yet they forget and think of him as a hero. We must all open our hearts, eyes and ears to what he has said and done and remember. If we cannot remember what stupid thigs he has said and done and look up the facts. These things are in the archives. This person with his lies and deceits reminds me of what Hitler did. I was not alive then but then but the facts are in history ready to be found and realized.

    January 24, 2012 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  22. Mac

    You can tell the disdain Boehner has every time Obama says something he doesn't like. He licks and curls his lips in. Must be tough sitting behind the opposing party on national tv and keeping an unbiased face.

    January 24, 2012 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  23. AED

    People....What if we could elect a president that was verifiably independent. That person proposed the following
    Cut the military spending
    Cut entitlements
    Fair tax rate for all (eliminate rich peoples loopholes and shelters)
    Address illegal immigration once and for all

    Who do you think is the best person for the job today?

    January 24, 2012 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  24. Sad American

    Reeiping it Real-Let's see, as I remember it, the two candidates, Obama and McCain were still campaigning when the Bush treasury dept. came "at the zero hour" and said-"Everything is going to collapse if we don't do something-as in billions of dollars of bailout money!!" How soon we forget.... The thing is they didn't give it to us straight because they knew the amount they asked for was "not enough" and they would just let the next administration pick it up...that would be Obama.

    Yeah, let's keep it real. I once believed in the Republican party but they went out of their way to get us downgraded with their shinanagans and they lost my respect right there. They really have become the party of the rich and affluent. They left me behind a few years ago.

    January 24, 2012 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  25. The GOP opens mouth and inserts foot

    Why can't we have good SOTU addresses like this all the time? Common sense, pro-America, Obama's definitely proven he cares about this country. He'll be our president for another four years, thank goodness. This country can't stand anyone in the GOP getting in there. Given what's trying to crawl into the White House, it'd be worse than the 8 Bush disastrous years.

    January 24, 2012 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
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