After election victory, Obama hearts Romney in SOTU
February 12th, 2013
11:31 PM ET
9 years ago

After election victory, Obama hearts Romney in SOTU

Washington (CNN) – At two distinct points during Tuesday's State of the Union address, President Barack Obama mentioned his 2012 presidential opponent, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

When Obama announced "a non-partisan commission to improve the voting experience in America," the president said he would appoint a top attorney from his campaign as well as one from "Governor Romney's campaign."

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Earlier in the speech, when Obama supported pegging the minimum wage to the cost of living, the president noted that Romney supported the change.

"Here's an idea that Governor Romney and I actually agreed on last year: let's tie the minimum wage to the cost of living, so that it finally becomes a wage you can live on," Obama said.

A president mentioning the man he recently defeated in a State of the Union address is extremely unique.

Obama didn't mention Republican Sen. John McCain in his 2009 State of the Union address – a speech given just a few months after handily defeating him at the ballot box.

In 2005, after President George W. Bush defeated Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, the president never mentioned Kerry by name. The trend held in 2001, too. After defeating former Vice President Al Gore, Bush never mentioned the man he defeated.

In 1997, after defeating Sen. Bob Dole in the 1996 election, President Bill Clinton didn't mention his opponent either.

Clinton did, however, mention Dole in his 1996 State of the Union.

"We owe thanks especially to our veterans of World War II," Clinton said. "I would like to say to Senator Bob Dole and to all others in this Chamber who fought in World War II, and to all others on both sides of the aisle who have fought bravely in all our conflicts since: I salute your service, and so do the American people."

The reason Obama chose to mention Romney, according to Maria Cardona, a Democratic strategist and CNN contributor, is more for the American people and less for the members of Congress in attendance.

"The reason he is mentioning Romney now is to continues to bolster his case to the American people that was he is proposing are not left, socialist programs, that they are actually programs that have historically been supported and advocated by Republicans, including his opponent in the last election, Mitt Romney," Cardona said after the speech.

While, according to Cardona, Romney doesn't have much clout with Republicans in the House and Senate, he does have a lot of name recognition among American voters.

"It is aimed at the American people, in order to continue to make the case to the American people that he is trying," Cardona concluded.

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soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. Byron Kelly

    Hitler was elected? My bad. I thought von Hindenburg appointed him Chancellor.

    February 13, 2013 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    @The Real Tom Paine


    Rudy NYC – – look it up – – see whose idea sequestration actually was – and how it came about
    Please enlighten us, and tell us the source of your information, in its entirety. I doubt you can.
    You keep proving that you are too stupid to use 'google.' Thus, irrelevant and a waste of the oxygen you consume.

    February 13, 2013 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  3. Gurgyl

    Make that "to." I hate typos.

    February 13, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama


    Make that "to." I hate typos.
    Actually, fake Gurgyl, you used the correct word ("too") in your post, there was no need for correction.
    The word is "too" as in "You just proved that you're TOO stupid to know the difference between "to" and "too".
    Maybe YOU should stop using 'Google' and pick up a BOOK once and in a while. Oh, and don't forget to read it.

    February 13, 2013 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Is Wilson really Four and the door?
    I thought Four had forfeited his citizenship when President Obama won four more?
    Will wonders never cease?!

    February 13, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  6. OrganicManLives_N_anOraganicUNiverSE

    "A president mentioning the man he recently defeated in a State of the Union address is extremely unique."
    Obama is a unique man among men, and those of us who recognize this are thrilled to have him back.

    February 13, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  7. SC

    I thought the President 's State of the Union speech was on point. I thought Boehner was so disrespectful not to stand for Ms.Victor last night. He should have because of her age. You show respect to your elders. He is Speaker of the house without class.

    February 13, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  8. Dorkus Maximus

    I think Pres. Obama mentioned Romney deliberately to remind everyone that the Republicans made him their candidate. Obama should refer to the Republicans as "the Party of Romney" just for fun; or at least refer to Romney as the Republican standard bearer for awhile.

    February 13, 2013 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  9. Tom

    John Boehner simply wanted the whole occasion to come to an end so he could go have a cigarette.

    February 13, 2013 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  10. Dr. Cool


    February 13, 2013 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  11. cbr

    There is no doubt that people continually tell "lies" about candidates. One side does not outdo the other. They both need to change the way they do business. They need to have leaders who are willing to step forward and tell their colleagues that there will be a change in the way they talk about candidates. Some in the media took liberties. This happened with both sides but Fox did a pretty good job with propaganda. They embarrassed themselves many times.

    That being said, we need to put a stop to this. We need to call candidates and others out when they tell their stories; We need to be the truth squad if we want the truth told. We need to push Congress to be more bi-partisan and more willing to cooperate and compromise. In one breath they want to strengthen the middle class and in the other they do not want to pay people fairly and raise the minimum wage so that people can afford to live on their paychecks. I sure would like to see members of Congress living on minimum wage instead of the salaries they are receiving plus all the perks they receive. Let them try it for a month.

    February 13, 2013 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  12. MDDD

    I totally agree that Boehner was disrespectful.

    February 13, 2013 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  13. Hogan's Goat

    Oh, the troll is perfectly correct, for what that's worth. Hitler was the law and order candidate, who wanted to save the True Christians from those awful Jews.

    February 14, 2013 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
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