state of the union

Attorney General Eric Holder, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

“Don’t cry – again.”

A seat sits empty for recovering Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

…with John, Dallas and Roxanna Green, family of the late Christina Taylor Green of Tucson

…with Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK)

with Rep. Danny K. Davis, D-Ill, right, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., center, and Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa

Read the text of the address here

President Obama’s arrival:

The official White House video:

Here’s the C-Span version:

Enhanced White House version:

158 Responses to “state of the union”

  1. 1 BARBARA
    January 24, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    I’m relatively new here, but I do not understand the “Stickey” concept.
    Can you help me to understand who or what that is please?

    • January 24, 2011 at 11:52 pm

      Hi Barbara, a sticky post is one that is ‘stuck’ to the top of the blog, above every other post, until it’s un-stickied! It’s usually done on sites to highlight a post that will be updated frequently, like this one for tomorrow’s State of the Union address.

    • 3 Dorothy Rissman
      January 25, 2011 at 2:20 pm

      Welcome Barbara. We all love this diary. Chipsticks is a hero.

  2. 4 Tulips
    January 25, 2011 at 12:04 am

    Hi chipstick! i will make sure a stop by you and BWD tomarrow. Welcome Barbara great group of people.

  3. 5 Tulips
    January 25, 2011 at 12:04 am

    tomorrow. Lol!

  4. 6 Theo67
    January 25, 2011 at 12:32 am

    I’m so excited to see the SOTU tomorrow. Great guests coming as the First Lady’s guests. Will have to watch my speed driving home to catch this on time… 😆

  5. 7 NewCenturyWoman
    January 25, 2011 at 1:16 am

    I love the look of the pic above. It gives such majestic qualities to such a historic building. I, too, am looking forward to the SOTU address.

  6. 8 collegekay
    January 25, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Looking forward to tonight. I have all my snacks ready 🙂

  7. 9 CarolineAnna
    January 25, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Snacks is a good idea….I have my energy drink already placed next to the TV, because I have to wait until 3 am to see it. Won’t miss it though! Really looking forward to it.

  8. 10 Temp
    January 25, 2011 at 9:03 am

    I was channel surfing last night and I slowed down while going past the cable news channel. Of course they were discussing what Obama should say and Paul Begala was basically criticizing the speech before he actually hears it. He said, ‘I want to hear these words and if I hear the word ‘competitiveness’ I’m going to throw up’ – OH SHUT UP! Then saw a few seconds of Ed Schultz yapping about giving away stuff before you start negotiating – ALSO, Please SHUT IT! Obama has proven enough times that he is more competent than the paid pundits.

    I really hate these “what he should say” articles. It sets up expectations and then people focus less on what was actually said and instead grade the speech on the guidelines they set beforehand. They also forget that Obama is speaking to America not the pundits.

    • 11 Lovepolitics2008
      January 25, 2011 at 11:36 am

      What in the world Paul Begala is doing ? I’ve liked him in the past. He usually provides interesting commentary with good humor and he’s good at pushing back on the republican talking points. But can somebody tell me what he’s doing stabbing a democratic president in the back ?? What the HELL is going on inside the democratic party if one of its most known figures on tv can’t even have the president’s back ???!!!!!

      Oh and I totally agree with the setting up of expectations and grading the speech based on it. Inevitable unfortunately. Not easy for the WH to control the narrative here.

      • 12 EDP4BHO
        January 25, 2011 at 12:03 pm

        Reading these posts, I can’t help but get my sensitivities all in a knot. To be blunt, these asses, still, are treating this president like a servant……there, I’ve said it. Chris Matthews treats him like one who must pass the “white president test”…constantly comparing him to Reagan and Clinton. President Obama is neither; he is who he is. If you look back on any of his old clips, as Chipsticks has so wonderfully done here, you hear the same messages then as we do now. He is a fabulous president in his own right, and no one tells him what to say, so as these assholes continue their diatribes on what the “negro” man should say, we need to send them a clear message of no tolerance in the minimizing of President Obama’s capabilities. The fight has been on since November 2, 2010. I can’t remember any of them presuming what other presidents needed to say to the American public. Why is President Obama still the “other”?

        • 13 Ladyhawke
          January 25, 2011 at 1:11 pm

          I agree with every word of your comment. They talk about President Obama as if he is still campaigning back in 2008. Remember, even back then he was the only one acting presidential during the financial crisis. For the last two years, he has been cleaning up the wreckage of the Bush administration plus dealing with crisis after crisis and he has handled himself with aplomb. He has consistently displayed steady, pragmatic, intelligent leadership. He is the epitome of class and grace. I can’t imagine anyone else leading this country right now.

          The question the talking heads should be asking themselves is how would Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gingrich, John McCain, Mitt Romney or any of the other unhinged GOP presidential candidates have handled things the last two years. Where would we be now???

          President Obama runs rings around all of them and there in lies the problem. The media, the Republicans and yes some on the left just don’t want to give this man is due. For the media, they want to set the narrative, the GOP just wants him to fail at all costs, and the frustrati on the left want him to dance to their tune or else.

        • 14 Sue in Minnesota
          January 25, 2011 at 2:02 pm

          At the very core, because he is African American, and the fact that everyday he establishes a new precedent for excellence in leadership. Pity the poor soul that follows him, as he is redefining Presidental standards. Everyday he is in office the tides of Change are turning, and the grip of the status quo is increasingly weakening.

          When my 82 year old uncle and 74 year old aunt, good, decent hardworking people that have lived their lives in rural communties, and essentially have lived culturally segregated lives, recognize in aghast, the unfairness and disrespect layered on this President by our media…..my own instincts are confirmed. What makes me really sad is that I don’t believe for the most part it is,overtly intentional, making our national issues of racism and inequality more insidious and systemic, easier to ignore and harder to change. And yet I do believe that there are those who wield the levers of power and influence that are fully aware of these dynamics and are subversively using them to their advantage. In light of what I believe to be President Obama’s outstanding leadership, when you consider fully, the depth of our problems as a country, and those who at every turn are trying to undermine him, I essentially consider him a miracle worker. He may not be our last, but at this time he is our best Hope.

          I am so excited about this evenings STOU, I absolutely trust that our President will deliver. And I will remind myself that his foes, although eager to stir up the “shit” will only, in the end, end up “wearing” it. So to our President and all who love and support him, like this wonderful community, Live Long and Stay Strong. Because Yes We Can.

        • 15 Dorothy Rissman
          January 25, 2011 at 2:05 pm

          Great comment. I feel the same. No matter how much the President accomplishes, it is never enough. It is as if the demands keep escalating. He gets something done, everyone, well,not everyone, says great, but now you to do something ever better to qualify as a good president.

          The ever escalating demands put upon this President are ridiculous. I totally agree with you on the statement that PBO is treated like a servant. It is very difficult not to look at it in terms of race.

          • 16 VC prezOfan2
            January 25, 2011 at 7:24 pm

            Actually, their general up-the-ante reaction tie in with what Blacks have noted is the reality – Blacks have to be BETTER at any given activity in order to be considered seriously. And even when they win the position their performance is constantly being graded unfairly/unfavourably. This President is showing that ‘reality’ to the world. Even pundits , activists, politicians supposedly on his side can’t seem to help themselves. You have no idea how many times liberal like Rep. Wiener and Rachel Maddow have ticked me off. I have never been as aware of a president’s commitment in my lifetime as I am of this one’s, and I find it hard to accept that the majority cannot, or have not, seen this. It’s hard to think of any current politician, liberal or democratic, who can do a better job in the circumstances. I wonder if they’ll apologize in retrospect (after 2016) when they realize that the next President doesn’t measure up?

      • 17 Eleroy
        January 25, 2011 at 8:12 pm

        Paul Begala and James Carville have really been the biggest saboteurs and undermining agents working against President Obama!!!

        They have both been a huge reason why I detest the Clintons and will never trust them, because I know that Begala and Carville work for them. The Clintons could very easily rein them both in and the fact that they won’t is very telling!!!

        I’m logged on to Whitehouse.gov waiting for the President’s SOTU speech and how thrilling to see the recap of activities of this phenomenal President and White House!!!

        • 18 Sue in Minnesota
          January 25, 2011 at 8:54 pm

          Hi Eleroy, I’m logged in too, anxious, my stomach is in a knot…..I wish I could relax, but will soon enough as the President always has a calming/inspiring effect on me. Despite my nerves, I know he will do us proud.

    • 20 majii
      January 25, 2011 at 12:17 pm

      Begala, Schultz, and the others have the luxury of making statements and not having to deal with the fallout. They’ll keep on talking about what the president “should” do without fully considering the political climate in the country at the present time. Should the president take their advice and receive a lot of negative feedback, they’ll join with his critics to condemn him, too. They have already proven themselves to be very, very, very fickle, so I don’t pay any attention to their suggestions. I think the president will focus on things that bind us together instead of attacking the republicans for what they haven’t done. For our country to be prosperous in the future, we have to prepare now, and one way to do it is to invest in education to bolster our competitiveness. It seems as if neither Begala nor Schultz have thought about the fact that very few products are manufactured in America any more. PBO wants to develop policies that re-ignite the drive to begin manufacturing products in America again. IMHO, it’s a better strategy because it focuses on his vision for the country and provides little red meat for Ryan, Pox, and rw media to chew on and use to further divide the country.

    • 21 Theo67
      January 25, 2011 at 3:55 pm

      Paul Begala is an idiot if the word “competitiveness” makes him ill – especially when America is falling behind developing countries in terms of preparedness and test scores, the Rpublicans want to shut down the Department of Education, and people don’t understand the connection between trade agreements with India and China and creating jobs here in the US.

      • 22 Proud of Obama
        January 25, 2011 at 5:29 pm

        They are all idiots!!! President Obama proves over and over he’s smarter than any pundit or other politician and they just can’t stand it. So they just keep pushing “their” idiotic standards on him. Matthews had the nerve to say that unemployment has to be 8 percent in order for PBO to be re-elected. Says who, idiot?

        Meanwhile, they let the republicans lie, present no plans, obstruct at every turn, be racists, be stupid (Bachmann’s crazy comments about slavery made me barf.) and they don’t call themout.

        I can’t stand them.

        And tonight, again, the president will make all the loud mouth know-it-alls look like fools.

        • 23 Theo67
          January 25, 2011 at 8:49 pm

          That’s what I keep asking. If the economy isn’t at 8% – or whatever measure they decide is the new bar, and President Obama isn’t re-elected, then which wizard of the economy do they plan to bring forward to solve this unsolvable problem? If there was someone else with good ideas out there who wasn’t being listened to, then I could undertand that “if, then” logic, but as it is, the best person is already in the job. If he can’t make the economy recover faster, then it’s unlikely that anyone else can. I’d rather stick with President Obama, who appears to be the smartest guy in the room.

          • 24 LOL
            January 25, 2011 at 9:20 pm

            After the speech in Tucson, Gergen and Begala started crying about how this is not a game changer and it was long and blah blah, yet there goes the polls ….northbound

            • 25 Theo67
              January 25, 2011 at 9:32 pm

              I discounted CNN a long time ago, especially Gergen and Begala, because they spend their days talking and not doing.

  9. 26 Esther
    January 25, 2011 at 10:07 am

    I’m with you Temp.And then the talking heads have to tell us what he said as if we can’t figure it out for ourselves. I’m not going to watch either the pre or post gabbers!

    • 27 Asher in Boston
      January 25, 2011 at 12:15 pm

      Cant wait either. Esther, you made me lol at the pre or post gabbers, thats exactly who they are. And the nerve of them also trying to tell or interprete for us what he said like we are too damn to figure it out ourselves. Yikes, these talking heads are soo full of themselves. Oh, pleeeze, shut up already.

  10. 28 Hachikō
    January 25, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Cool! It’s a date then. 🙂 Can’t wait. Wouldn’t want to watch this with anybody but you guys. You’re all the best. 🙂

  11. 29 Kelly
    January 25, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    I love the White House interactive SOTU page. Good job. http://www.whitehouse.gov/state-of-the-union-2011

  12. 30 Kelly
    January 25, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Oh and this little clip about the making of the SOTU speech is interesting too. I had no idea the speaker of the house has to send a invite to potus to make the speech.

  13. January 25, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    I love the look of the interactive page at whitehouse.gov. I went through some of the pre-address material, but am (embarrassingly) confused as to how to get the address itself. I’m sure it will become apparent when the time comes!

  14. 32 CTGirl
    January 25, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    I am excited! I don’t mind the senseless chatter because our president will show them up tonight!

  15. 33 Me4obama
    January 25, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Okeyyyyyy I took off work today to host a aparty for tonight’s SOTU. I invited 8 republicans,7 independents and 4 truly PBO’s supporters. Wish me luck,i will update you on if I converted One republican and one independent to our side. In the gift bag I wrote a note thanking them for attending tonight and at the end I put chipsticks blog’s link and BWD blog too. Hope they come on here and check it out. Let’s go change the world.

  16. 39 barb
    January 25, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    I agree CTGirl. Since when have these endless chatters out smarted the President. What will be telling is if they own up to their misspoken words tomorrow. I doubt it.

  17. 40 barb
    January 25, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Me4obama…..How exciting. Can’t wait to hear your opinion after the party. Great…we need to spread Chipsticks and BWD around the country. We have to come here to see the truth……will never get it on TV.

  18. January 25, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Hi Chipsticks,

    I’m not sure what’s going on with the bandwidth. On my computer the bandwidth of this site is condensed and the banner at the top is just red.


    • January 25, 2011 at 6:02 pm

      Yikes!!! No problems at my end, is anyone else having the same trouble??

      • 43 barb
        January 25, 2011 at 6:21 pm

        No problems here Chipsticks. donna, try turning off your computer and restarting it. When I have a problem, that often helps me.

        • January 25, 2011 at 6:24 pm

          Thanks Barb. Donna, now that I think of it I had a problem like that last week, the blog looked pretty much as you described. I had to restart my browser a few times before it came right, I hope that does the trick for you too.

          • January 25, 2011 at 7:10 pm

            I’ve tried restarting the browser to no avail.

            And it’s weird because it’s only happening with this site.

            I hope it comes back to normal for me eventually.

            At least I can still see the videos and pictures and read the comments.

            Enjoy the speech everyone!

            • January 25, 2011 at 7:30 pm

              Sorry you’re having trouble Donna, I’m just not clued-up enough about these techy things to be able to help, but if the problem continues I’ll definitely get in touch with WordPress support to see if they can figure it out for me. So long as you can see and hear the President tonight, that’s the main thing 😉

      • 47 Hachikō
        January 25, 2011 at 6:23 pm

        None here, but sometimes the site does take a while to load.

        • January 25, 2011 at 6:34 pm

          Thanks Hachikō, it takes a while to load for me sometimes too, I’m guessing it’s because of all those photos. Sometimes it’s fine, though – a very, very moody blog!

  19. January 25, 2011 at 7:20 pm


    Prior to the STOU the white house is featuring videos from the past two years.

  20. 51 Me4obama
    January 25, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    My dear friends I would like to update u on how my SOTU watch party is going. First of all we exchanged political gifts. I gave away obama’s children’s book to all my invitees since some of them have young children, nieces and nephews. And in return I god all kinds of Obama merchandise to add on my hugely obsessive collection as my family calls it. Then came the shock of my life. Pleaseeee some of u might have a heart attack so sit down becoz I almost did. One of my republican guest gave me a copy of Palin’s book and another one gave me bill oreilly and glen beck books. U should have seen a look on my face. So I need your advise I have a rule I don’t burn books nor throw them away. But I can’t bring my self letting them land in any human being hand to read them sorry they are Toxic. And then we where talking and one actually said he just became a fan of PBO after the tuscon speech before he would turn off the TV every time PBO came on. Imagine how I felt. But tonight he is looking forward to listening to the speech. I think change takes long but tonight it’s going to happen because am preaching the facts to these people and some of them are hearing them for the first time becoz some get their news from FAUX

    • January 25, 2011 at 8:47 pm

      GREAT update Me4Obama! Not sure what you should do with the Palin and Beck books? Maybe if you’re ever short of toilet paper they could come in handy? Great to hear the Tucson speech had such an impact on previously deaf ears. Thanks Me4Obama 😉

    • 54 Sue in Minnesota
      January 25, 2011 at 9:07 pm

      If you’r artistically inclined, use them as base for altered book….fill them with writings, momentos, paint, collage, hand made art inspired by the energy and hope that President Obama instills in us. Then return them to the individuals that gifted you with them at next years SOTU.

    • 56 VC prezOfan2
      January 25, 2011 at 9:53 pm

      A good start, Me4Obama!
      I’d say keep the books, then read one chapter (the first, maybe, or one in the middle) where you’ll no doubt find one or two points [;)] that you can rebut with facts. Those points could be stepping stones to more meaningful conversation. IMO this will show them that you are …a)open-minded enough to check out their side, and b)that you are not just blindly partisan. ALSO, don’t forget that your attempting to read their stuff opens the door for you to offer them reading material on Prez O, THAT YOU WOULD THEN EXPECT THEM TO READ! Don’t know who said ‘Knowledge is power’, but your willingness to show that you ‘read’ their offering might just give you the basis to expand their knowledge of the Prez. After all, our community here believes that to know the President (and his accomplishments) is to love him. Showing your willingness to ‘respect’ their dialogue might make them truly listen to you with more openness, and then you can ‘preach the facts’ – like the President did in Tuscon. I know my answer is long and seems kind of ‘preachy’, but after opening your door to the discussion, IMO it would be counterproductive to throw away the books, especially if the givers happen to ask you your opinion later.

  21. 57 Obaman
    January 25, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    30 minutes to go! I cant wait to hear the President! Good luck PODUS.

  22. 58 Tulips
    January 25, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Hey everyone, im so anxious. Chris Matthews just revealed that he will do a special address on Gun Control.

  23. 59 Kasai
    January 25, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Are You Fired Up???

    Are you Ready to Go????

  24. 61 Asher in Boston
    January 25, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Ewwwwww, it had completely skipped my mind that VP Biden is going to be seated next to cry baby Boehner. When I saw him I completed did a doble take, WTF?

  25. 63 Kasai
    January 25, 2011 at 8:59 pm


    Oh Michelle looks so Elegant

  26. 64 LOL
    January 25, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Michelle looks FABOLOUS.

  27. 68 Hachikō
    January 25, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Hey guys! Woke up just in time. 🙂

  28. 70 Kasai
    January 25, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    I hope Biden has some tissue on hand to give Boehner…heheheh

  29. 73 Hachikō
    January 25, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Ugh! Why does Mitch McConnell and Eric Cantor have to be behind him?

  30. 76 Kasai
    January 25, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Loving his slight purple tie 🙂

    Looking Good Mr. President…Looking good

    Go G’them

  31. 78 LOL
    January 25, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Aww Coburn hearts Obama

  32. January 25, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Three women Supreme Court Justices, how sweet is that? Love the way Justice Ginsberg hugs him.

  33. 81 Hachikō
    January 25, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    I think the seating arrangement will benefit the President. I also think the presence of the victims of the Tucson shooting will ensure there aren’t “You Lie!” outbursts.

  34. 87 Hachikō
    January 25, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    I’m dying to earn a paycheck again, POTUS, so, I too, can be getting some tax credits. 🙂 Jobs. Jobs. Jobs. Jobs. Please.

  35. 88 LOL
    January 25, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    No, I was posting a comment on Mrs.O…got caught up in the pres speech (he is on fire) and I posted it here by mistake. More proof that I can’t do two things at once.LOL

  36. 93 Hachikō
    January 25, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Boehner is not for eliminating billions of taxpayer subsidies to oil companies. “Instead of subsidizing tomorrow’s energy, let’s invest in tomorrow’s.”

  37. 95 CTGirl
    January 25, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    It must be difficult for such a smart person, our president, to be surrounded by a bunch of dummies! Why can they not see that we are way behind China when it comes to alternative energy. SMH!

    • 96 Hachikō
      January 25, 2011 at 9:41 pm

      Dummies like teaparty darling, Michele Bachmann. Chris Matthews ripped her a new one on his show tonight.

      • 97 CTGirl
        January 25, 2011 at 9:59 pm

        She left me speechless with her revisionist history! Unbelievable!

      • 100 Sue in Minnesota
        January 25, 2011 at 10:26 pm

        I am a Minnesotan, she definitely shames the good people of this state. I call her office in D.C. with some frequency….calling her out on her absurd allegations. They don’t really think she answers to me because I don’t live in her district……I’ll keep calling and insisting otherwise. She is a religous zealot…and like Palin (who I think is a pretend Christian and frankly evil) she is a puppet for much larger masters.

  38. January 25, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Education, education, education – yes, yes, yes!

    The Republicans didn’t applaud that too much, they know they’ll be out of business if their voters get an education 😉

  39. January 25, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Kathy: “That’s me.” Sweet 🙂

  40. 103 A.L.Zymers
    January 25, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Jesus, I feel like he’s talking to a room half-filled with neanderthals! Maybe I’m just nervous, but some of these folks are not only braindead, but want to foster that condition! Boehner belches as the President talks about education! Look at Cathy Procter’s pride.

  41. 107 Audrey
    January 25, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    I’m watching the President’s magnificent speech with a large OFA group. Wow! There has to be at least 500 of us here. It’s so exciting and now I know that there are so many more of us fired up and ready to go! Yea!

  42. 109 Hachikō
    January 25, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Rumors. LOL. Repubs don’t want to improve it POTUS. They want to eliminate it.

  43. January 25, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    “I am not willing to go back.”

    Love him.

  44. 111 LOL
    January 25, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Why am I scared some a hole will yell out something….oh the expectations of congresscritters are so low, its depressing

    • January 25, 2011 at 9:58 pm

      You’re right to have low expectations, that crowd has never failed to let the country down. I doubt they’ll be ‘brave’ enough tonight, though – the mood has turned against them.

  45. 113 Audrey
    January 25, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    It’s a great, attentive, and diverse crowd here at our OFA SOTU party: old, young, straight, gay, white, black, asian, hispanic, other.
    Men, women and even a few young ones.
    It is so gratifying to be here. Looks just like America!

    But you guys I’ve just got to say:

    Wow, what a brilliant President, what a communicator! We did good in electing this President! Woo hoo!!

  46. January 25, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    “American Muslims ARE a part of our American family.”

    Adore this man.

  47. 118 CTGirl
    January 25, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Excellent job Mr. President! No brainer … invest in our kids, improve our infrastructure and by dang, have an innovation agenda. Come on now! How can we claim “exceptionalism” and be behind everyone else in every way? SMH!

  48. 120 Asher in Boston
    January 25, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    Dear lawd, why do the republicans hate education with a passion? Boehner, seemed disinterested when potus mentioned it.

  49. 121 VC prezOfan2
    January 25, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    I’m a little hesitant to say this, but the Prez doesn’t seem to have hit his stride yet in this speech. My thermometer – my internal resonance hasn’t started yet, that part of me that just vibrates when he speaks from his heart.

    Oh ho – here comes the Boehner tears – the President mentioned his childhood personally!

  50. 122 VC prezOfan2
    January 25, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    I seem to be a bit lost as to where to comment.

  51. 123 Asher in Boston
    January 25, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    Yeeepy, our Prez did great. Now the talking heads cant wait to spin away, Urrrgh.

  52. 125 VC prezOfan2
    January 25, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    It’s over? I’m just settling in.

  53. 126 Hachikō
    January 25, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Thanks for hosting us, Chip! You’re the best!

  54. January 25, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Magnificent speech – calm, reassuring, positive, beautiful. What a President.

  55. 129 Theo67
    January 25, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Excellent, excellent speech. So positive. So focused on what’s important. So gracious in reaching out to Republicans who only have plans to destroy. It was full of thought and vision and insight and challenge. Absolutely loved it.

  56. 131 VC prezOfan2
    January 25, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Chipstick, thank you for a place to hang out as I watched. This is the first time I actually tried to watch at the OFA site while commenting on another (your) site, and while I couldn’t always keep up, I liked the experience. I must say I appreciated the warmth you shared in opening your ‘home’. 🙂 Merci beaucoup, mon amie!

  57. 133 CTGirl
    January 25, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Thanks Chipsticks! It is just so wonderful to have this place!!

    I will now go get a cup of tea to deal with this republican response. SMH!

  58. 135 Asher in Boston
    January 25, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Lovely pictures CS, Thanks. As usual our Potus looked stunning. And thank you Chipsticks for hosting us tonight.

  59. January 25, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Why do I even listen to the talking heads on CNN.

    They’re making me sick to my stomach.

    The way some of them just put down President Obama makes me just want to reach into the TV and give them all a slap!

    Anyway President Obama did excellent tonight. You guys should be very proud of your president.

    • January 25, 2011 at 10:41 pm

      Just heard them too Donna, utterly predictable – in fact, I’d guess they had their comments prepared before they even heard the speech. The only one who’s making any sense is Piers Morgan …. and I can’t stand him! Ignore them, just look at the polls, people are beginning to make their own minds up and ignore the MSM crap.

      • 139 LOL
        January 25, 2011 at 10:48 pm

        Exactly. Bergen and Begala were ripping the pres after the Tucson speech saying it won’t move polls and blah blah…yeah how did that work for you? Oh lawd, it’s BACHman on now.

  60. 141 feelin the love
    January 25, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Hello guys. Just finished watching the President and just a snipit of the repug response. I had to mute it and listen to some music. I thought I would vomit. Anywho, I agree with Sue in Minnesota about the comment she made at 10:26 pm. That Sarah Palin is evil. I for one plan to keep voting because I do believe that if the repugs get too much control we will have a socialist state who will not only change history to their own liking but even Christianity so that they can control us all. I would like to end by saying I am a Christian and a lot of those repugs are just fakes, including that horriable Glenn Beck.

  61. 142 LOL
    January 25, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Just wanted to inform you that Cspan has real people on…and the majority said the President did he was supposed to do. Just goes to show you that the pundits get paid to be divisive.

    • 143 Asher in Boston
      January 25, 2011 at 11:13 pm

      Jeeez, what a downer that Bergen guy on CNN is. Spining for the RW thought he had some sense.

      • 144 Audrey
        January 25, 2011 at 11:43 pm

        Gergen is a right-wing operative who keeps been described as non-partisan because he advised Clinton after working for several republican presidents. It’s all a hoax!

        I’ll never forget when he moderated that debate for the candidates running for Ted Kennedy’s senate seat in Massachussets and did that whole staged and rehearsed dog whistle thing with Scott Brown.
        Gergen (eyes blinking and sly): Are you saying that you are going to vote against healthcare reform from Ted Kennedy’s seat?

        Brown (sheepish and rehearsed): with all due respect, it is not Ted Kennedy’s seat, it is the people’s seat.

        Lol. Gergen is a right wing tool period.

  62. 145 stylishgurl
    January 25, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    That was AWESOME & INSPIRING….however, After Ryan’s YAWN inducing response, Bachmann come to the rescue with a BatShitCrazy Talk…LOL

    GOP shouldNOT give responses after POTUS…it is a suicide mission of credibily.

  63. 147 Asher in Boston
    January 25, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    What the hell is going on with this ODonnell guy on msnbc? He is ripping the Prez’s speech apart, asking Boxer abt prez not specifically mentioning the environment, yada yada. I guess his new gig has gone to his head.

  64. 148 CEB
    January 25, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Watched the enhanced SOTU from whitehouse.gov. Really liked the graphics and the pictures that illustrated the speech. It was wonderful to just watch the speech without the awful, intrusive and unnecessary comments by the pundits et al.The best experience I have ever had watching and listening the speech.

  65. January 25, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Home run. Let the pundits talk, this wasn’t a speech for the pundits, it was a speech for the average American. Filed with quotes that will resonate with them. Great sound bytes. Loved the live feed from the web and then the discussion after.

    • January 25, 2011 at 11:43 pm

      Extraordinary stuff from the pundits on CNN, especially Gergen. Constant references to the ‘failure’ of the Stimulus – good grief, do they really forget the state of the economy when President Obama took over, are they really unaware of how many jobs even independent observers agree the Stimulus saved, why are they ignoring ALL the positive news about economic growth, etc, etc. Their needle is stuck where they want the tune to stay, they are bitter broken records. And liars too. Incredible.

  66. 151 mariele
    January 25, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    From the Republican Response and the Republican Tea Party Response, I realize now that there is such a limitation of the breath and depth of their thinking for potential solutions. I believe that they want him to fail miserably. But what I know for sure from the SOTU is that President Obama wants us to grow up and get to th business of making this country great.

    • January 25, 2011 at 11:45 pm

      That’s the greatest irony about them Mariele, they call themselves the true patriots but they want nothing more than for the country to fail under President Obama.

  67. 153 Rita
    January 25, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    There were so many good points in President Obama’s speech. But the main point he always stresses is that we all want to see this country and it’s people succeed. How we go about it is where we differ. While the Democrats and the President want to include the underprivileged and the section of our society who are most at risk, the Republicans want to succeed without lifting up that same section of our society. How can the country succeed if ALL of it’s people don’t?

    I admire the President for his long view of where our country and it’s people should be. His courage and character has defined his presidency, while his opponents repeatedly come of the worse for wear. I’m glad he’s at the helm and I hope we all work towards keeping him in the office for a second term.

  68. 154 Asher in Boston
    January 25, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    I dont give a damn what the pundits spin. I know what I heard and I loved all I heard. So to hell with their know it all attitude. Gergen on cnn and ODonell on msnbc are really hating on the speech.

    • 155 stylishgurl
      January 26, 2011 at 12:03 am

      EXACTLY RIGHT! Pundits are wrong…like all the time & Everyone can now see how truly pathetic this so called “experts” are lol. Apparently CBS quick poll showed 92% of the viewers liking what they heard. Enough Said.

  69. January 26, 2011 at 12:54 am

    Thanks everyone for your company on a wonderful night, see you tomorrow 😉

  70. 157 P
    January 26, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    WOW 156 comments!! My input..he did well, he kept his calm as usual. The only time he seemed a lil fed up was when those people were pushing papers at him to sign gosh i hate that. I do not envy the president in that regard lol! but maybe if i was there i would have done the same once in a lifetime moment

  71. 158 Dee
    January 27, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Thanks Chipsticks for all that you do. These pics are wonderful from the SOTU.

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