state of the union, part 3

Front row, from left are, Jackie Bray, First Lady Michelle Obama, retired Capt. Mark Kelly, Jill Biden, Sgt. Ashleigh Berg, Bryan Ritterby, Richard Cordray, and Sara Ferguson. Second row, from left are, Eric Schneiderman, Juan Jose Redin, Debbie Bosanek, Laurene Powell Jobs, Alicia Boler-Davis, and Col. Ginger Wallace.

232 Responses to “state of the union, part 3”

  1. 1 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 24, 2012 at 10:39 pm


  2. 4 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 24, 2012 at 10:39 pm


  3. January 24, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    This was an amazing SOTU, and the last 5 minutes were really stirring.any Independent, really any American watching that speech had to be shamed into the ugly partisan that is in Congress today!

    • 14 FiredUpInCA
      January 24, 2012 at 10:53 pm

      The last five minutes, where he said we could learn from the Navy Seals, should shame voters too. The crowd that booed a serviceman at the debates and is pushing Newt to be frontrunner while claiming to be pious social conservatives are just being out of control partisans. They’ve lost perspective on we all contribute to this country and we’re better off as partners than mortal enemies.

      • 15 jacquelineoboomer
        January 24, 2012 at 11:16 pm

        When the President mentioned the flag and the stars and stripes, I finally lost it. Just cried for a few minutes, but he represents what really is America … that others have forgotten.

    • January 24, 2012 at 11:37 pm

      I went to a Watch Party tonight////

      everyone there rose to their feet and applauded out great President

  4. January 24, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Daniels is a lightweight……he’s so dumb. 🙄

  5. January 24, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Gov. Daniels did not listen to the 2012 SOTU! His rebuttal was not IMO a rebuttal to the speech I heard.

    • January 24, 2012 at 10:42 pm

      They write the “rebuttals” ahead of time — they’re not true responses, just an opposing mini-address. Add the lack of charisma on the part of the GOP and you have one dull, irrelevant speech.

      • January 24, 2012 at 10:53 pm

        Yep! Totally irrelevant, untrue portrayal of their actions to date, and really dumb. Actually, i can easily add ‘insulting’ because it denies the fact that we the people have seen the nothing they have been up to!

    • 29 Pamela
      January 24, 2012 at 10:44 pm

      Looks like three of us are fourth! Boy, that is hard to say fast! Try it! More fun than watching a rebuttal from a fool.

  6. January 24, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    That’s MY President! Willard who? Leroy who?

  7. January 24, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Tweety loves Daniels’ speech……it was responsible……nice……very midwestern and honest…….hm. 🙄 what a dumbass.

  8. January 24, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    What the hell is Tweety on??

  9. 46 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 24, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Yes We Can … DO More TOGETHER – We Must #LandslideOBAMA2012 #OutPerform1936

  10. January 24, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Wow. Holy moly Wow. What a great speech! There was so much goodness in it I can’t take it all in. What really struck me was how this Presidency has seasoned him. He’s come up with some amazing new solutions that really should be backed by both parties. Amazing speech.

  11. 48 Pamela
    January 24, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    I love President Obama!

  12. 51 57andFemale
    January 24, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    I have a question for Daniels: why is the XL pipeline the ONLY jobs program you jackasses will support? Is it because it REALLY doesn’t create any jobs, unless they’re tax accountants for Mitt Romney?

    • 52 Cathy from MN
      January 24, 2012 at 10:48 pm

      You tell it!

    • January 24, 2012 at 11:04 pm

      Yeah, why? I thought that was such an inappropriate inclusion. Obviously he has not considered the very important point that the ROUTE OF THE PIPELINE HAS NOT YET BEEN RESEARCHED THOROUGHLY. Of course this is another indication that they really care little about the average American’s health. Sigh! Same old, same old …..

    • 54 smoothscotch
      January 24, 2012 at 11:30 pm


    • 55 anniebella
      January 25, 2012 at 4:59 am

      Great question 57andFemale. What is wrong with putting teachers, fire fighters, policemen, and construction workers back to work. Pass the President jobs bill.

  13. 56 GGail
    January 24, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    When Gabby placed her head on his shoulder brought a well of tears up!

  14. 63 Pamela
    January 24, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    How many times did he say “Send me a bill and I will sign it TODAY!” He has tried to teach them how to do their job, but he can’t teach them to listenl

      January 24, 2012 at 10:52 pm


  15. 66 donna dem 4 obama
    January 24, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    I’m accepting $3.00 donations for the Presidents re-election in honor of our great Presidents SOTU address.


  16. January 24, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Hope you guys remembered to put #SOTU on your tweets during the delivery. The C-Span moderator just mentioned it. I couldn’t even think of checking Twitter while trying to follow POTUS and making a comment or two here . I wasn’t even able to read all the comments here so I now have to go back and read them. 😉

  17. January 24, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Some of you are talking about Daniel’s rebuttal. I just read an interesting article about the GOP rebuttals telling why the previous ones were chosen and and why Mitch Daniels was chosen this year. One reason is because they really, really wanted him to run for President and the other below:


    ….Beginning in 2009, when the Obama administration reached the White House, we have been blessed with three GOP spokespersons in the appropriate category of “deemed worthy” to present this annual rebuttal. Bobby Jindal, the governor of Louisiana, was so bad in 2009 that there are seven pages of videos featuring commentary and parodies on YouTube; only three videos are of the actual speech.

    In 2010, the GOP trotted out newly inaugurated Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia. Having learned a hard lesson with Jindal, it is easy to assume that McDonnell was told to keep it dull, which he certainly accomplished…..Americans were subjected to the economic astuteness of House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin in 2011, he who penned the controversial GOP budget which would, among other anti-middle-American actions, reform entitlements that include transforming Medicare into a premium-support system; read: privatize this government program…..

    ….Like every other governor in the Midwest who last year received “the memo” from the Koch Brothers on how to run their states, Daniels decided that things were so bad in Indiana that one action that would solve the problems was to slash union rights. So intense has been the reaction from right-to-work advocates and opposing union leaders that the legislature has been in a state of turmoil for more than a year.

    The issue is so divisive that Republican union leaders are fighting back. Just last week, a group calling itself Lunch Pail Republicans PAC has sent a letter to all Indiana House Republicans promising to support them in their fight against the bill to slash union rights….

  18. 80 iamwomanofcolor
    January 24, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    every single word…I need to sigh deeply…we are so incredibly fortunate…and they know it…just wont accept it…thus, they fear it..us..him… Go President Obama and continue to fight the good fight with us warriors and warriettes standing at your side… thank you Chipsticks…I needed a safe haven to get that out…

  19. January 24, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    President Obama ROCKS!!!! thank you Chipsticks for my favorite blog The Obama Diary.

  20. 83 Canuck Joyce
    January 24, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Chips darling, I can’t keep up with you! You’re on fire like POTUS 😀

  21. 84 Oxfarm
    January 24, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Herman Cain speaking now, Tea Party response. It reminds me of when I would have to catch something on AM radio after the rich tones of FM (no static at all).

  22. 85 CTGirl
    January 24, 2012 at 10:52 pm

  23. 88 Ceb
    January 24, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Good night everyone. It was good to share this remarkable event with you.

    Have to go through they notes and download the full text of the speech to get ready for my students tomorrow.

  24. 90 cookemom
    January 24, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Herman Cain just gave the teabaggers rebuttal, Dominos and Pizza Hut to follow shortly

  25. 94 Ceb
    January 24, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    That should be “my notes.” Maybe I should go to bed instead.

  26. 96 ProgressiveTechie
    January 24, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    What an awesome speech, makes me want to vote for him right now! Well, I guess the next best thing is to help donate to the reelection campaign! Seriously, we cannot afford to not re-elect this wonderful president! It might never happen again in our lifetimes (I hope I am wrong).

  27. January 24, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Andrew Sullivan’s live blogging was …………. 🙄 He went on what I presume is a rant about what he expected……( I stopped reading after the first 6 words…….

  28. 105 AnitaW
    January 24, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    I think Twitter is on overload. I’m finished struggling with it for the night. President was great. And, Mitch Daniel was average, no better or worse than other GOP rebuttals. They will of course try and prop him up tomorrow. I understand Romney is already out claiming President Obama stole his ideas. What a douche. Seriously.

  29. 106 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 24, 2012 at 11:01 pm


  30. January 24, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Chips, please post your fundraising page for us tonight.

  31. 109 CTGirl
    January 24, 2012 at 11:04 pm

  32. January 24, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Just sort of an early reaction and a comment about Sully’s reaction to the whole thing. (THat will be at the end.)

    I thought it was an excellent speech, though not a great one. But that is not the fault of the President but rather the situation. It is difficult to do a really great speech when you are also trying to enumerate things and scold at the same time.

    There were two points where he kind of almost lost me. The one is where he talked about the problems in the Senate getting majority passage of things. I think he could have been more forceful. Yes both sides do it,, but there is no doubt one side is doing it to an extreme degree.

    The second was when he talked about the state’s requiring HS graduation. First, because the Federal government ahs no ability todo anything about it, and secondly, the states aren’t going to do it because it is totally unmanageable.

    The rest was quite good and should have effectively shut up many on the left who complain about his not being liberal. And, because I know that there will be some cmpalining about the “iron-clad” support of Israel, he specifically mentiit in terms of their security, not other behaviors.

    Sully had a sad on because of the liberal overtones of the speech and b0 the ending because government shouldn’t be like a military unit. And I actually agree wiht him on the latter. But he totally misunderstood the whole purpose of this speech. The first, of course is to lay out an agenda, which the President did. The second, and perhaps most important this year, iwas to create a definite deviding line between the Dems and the Reps. This was a campaign speech not for the Presidency, but also for all the Dems in Congress. It told them to be proud of what they did and not shirk away from accomplishments, but also, to show the country who really isn’t willing to work on the country’s behalf. That ending pretty much put the Republicans in a shut up or put up situation. Either work with me or really look like little children to the country. Yes, he gave them an out. Send me some bills (and he picks those that quite honestly are very popular with the country as a whole, and I will sign them.

    Either the Republicans send those bills through or they become viewed even more as the problem. This was a dramatic anti Republican Party speech without ever saying anything specifically against the Republicans, which, in my mind, was a real part of its genius.

    • 118 vero804
      January 24, 2012 at 11:19 pm

      Fair analysis.

    • 119 Betsey
      January 24, 2012 at 11:26 pm

      I agree with you, Japa, about the kind of speech it was, and what it aimed for. I, too, thought it excellent but not great, but I really don’t expect that from SOTUs. In general they’re to-do lists, and it takes a lot to make a to-do list into a deeply moving speech. However, we all credit him with playing a long game, and I assume he had plenty of good reasons for everything he did tonight. For example, I liked the idea of pushing for kids to remain in high school until they have a diploma and assume he’s seeing it would do two things in a creative society — help kids who are going to be left out of the job market, and force schools to come up with ways to educate better.

      If he had made it one of his grand slam speeches, the complaint would be that he was campaigning.

      I’m bringing this over from the previous thread, where I posted it and then found Chips’ pointer to this one: Andrew’s an old fashioned fiscal, as small a government as possible, trust people to take care of themselves conservative. He wants a radical restructuring of the tax code, certainly one that makes it simpler and more egalitarian. (I’m with him on that.) It’s a very liberal idea to use the tax code to structure society the way you want it — like rewarding companies for creating jobs here. He just hates that kind of thing. Remember the fit he had over the 2010 budget because it wasn’t the radical restructuring he’d like to see? Same kind of thing. Like many people, he wants PBO to use his formidable talents to further his (Andrew’s) own cause.

    • 120 Alycée (@jazziz2)
      January 24, 2012 at 11:28 pm

      Fed is NOT requiring HS grad – he’s encouraging. Direct quote “So tonight, I call on every State to require that all students stay in high school until they graduate or turn eighteen.”

      • January 24, 2012 at 11:34 pm

        I know that he didn’t talk about the Fed requiring it and pointed to the states. I just thought that it was a step too far. It did not, r, ruin the speech for me.

    • 122 halo
      January 24, 2012 at 11:35 pm

      It was good, but I don’t think it was as well structured as it could have been. Somethinga bout it, for me, seemed very informal if you compare to past SOTU from other presidents. If you read JFK’s speeches there is a rhythm to how the words are arranged. No extraneous words or syllables, delivered a certain way.

      His eocnomic message got muddled a little because he talked about so many things. Maybe thats just hte way SOTU’s are supposed to be. I really wish he would use more memorable lines for his agenda, not just one-liners, and not do BAD JOKES! WHO PUT THAT IN THERE?! Daniels did fine.

      PBO knows nothing will get done this year, but the speech shows he’s still out there TRYING. He highllighted his successes And thats’ what counts, at least right now. Overall, I agree with you.

      • 123 anniebella
        January 24, 2012 at 11:48 pm

        Me, I found no fault with POTUS speech. Didn’t listen to Daniels, so I don’t know how it was.

        • 124 miss pat
          January 25, 2012 at 10:02 am

          I too found no fault with the speech. I understand that everything this President does he does for a reason. He plays chess while the others play dominoes. As for the Daniel guy I put his speech on mute and watched his mouth running. Halo is always giving the President praise and then taking it back. He is doing his best and when men on earth have done their best, angels in heaven could not have done better.

      • January 25, 2012 at 1:42 am

        Halo, you seem to be negative from the start,

        • 126 Chi
          January 25, 2012 at 3:34 am

          Halo is so full of it…

          I love Chips and only my deepest respect for her hard work in building and maintaining this site prevents me from writing exactly what and where I think this Halo person can do with and put her never ending b.s…

          No amount of sly packaging will ever through off those of us who are onto this person…

          This sort of ‘support’ we absolutely could do without…

          Frankly, I’d rather lose than have Halo on my ‘side’…

      • 129 Betsy
        January 25, 2012 at 2:04 am

        I just can’t agree. I thought it was mesmerizing, passionate and to the point. I loved it and thought it was a great SOTU.

      • 130 jeff
        January 25, 2012 at 3:07 am

        do not agree with anything you said. Daniels was as boring as the Mr. Rogers impressionist as far as I’m concerned.

        • 131 nospin
          January 25, 2012 at 6:20 am

          I fell asleep watching Daniels and woke up to see the repeat of the speech before crawling into bed. lol

          He was Mr. Rogers boring. You are right on that.

      • 132 anniebella
        January 25, 2012 at 5:25 am

        A question for you guys, what was so wrong with requiring kids to stay in high school till they are 18? From what I can tell in my state if a kid want to quit high school they can’t do it till they are 16, so what’s wrong with saying you can’t quit till you are 18? We have to do all we can to keep our kids in school. I see to many young boys hanging on the streets with their pants hanging down with no future. As far as memorable lines, give me a memorable line of Bush or Clinton, or Reagen SOTU speech? I believe that was President Obama up there giving the speech, not JFK. I admit I didn’t listen to Daniels because I didn’t want to hear the Republicans B.S. So I don’t know how he did and don’t care, he is pushing the Republicans agenda regardless. He is broil in a mess right now in Indiana trying to take unions rights away. Just like the Republican Governors of Ohio, Wisconsin. By the way, there was nothing wrong with that joke, that’s my opinion.

    • 133 majii
      January 24, 2012 at 11:44 pm

      I took a different take on the military reference. I interpreted it as a proposal for the dems and repubs to work together for the good of the nation, not as a proposal to use the military as a blueprint for the way the government should operate. I thought of cooperation, compromise, and putting the needs of the nation and its citizens before partisan/personal desires/wants.

      • 134 PurpleShoesLA
        January 25, 2012 at 1:13 am

        Exactly! That was my takeaway as well. Because right before that he spoke about how that very divisiveness, and rigid adherence only ideology over the needs of the nation led to the debaucle of the so called debt-ceilng crisis. And as PBO said “who benefited from that fiasco?” I thought it was an effective use of “compare and contrast”– when people WORK together irrespective of labels and ideologies, towards a common goal, the impossible/insurmountable was possible namely, the elimination of OBL; when people don’t work together and don’t find common ground, chaos/stupidity/hostility happens and nothing gets accomplished.

      • 135 Betsy
        January 25, 2012 at 2:05 am

        I thought this too.

      • 136 anniebella
        January 25, 2012 at 5:36 am

        majii, that’s exactly what I feel he meant. Put all this partisanship aside and do what is best for the country, that is what he meant. President Obama have said many times there are some things they will not agree on, but the things they do agree on why not work together, why say NO to everything, why block, filibuster, obstruct. Why not say this economy is struggling, people are suffering and we need to do what we can to make things better? This President have tried working with these Republicans over and over again. Only to get slap in the face. What the President was saying if the military work like the Republicans do, our military wouldn’t be the best.

      • 138 nospin
        January 25, 2012 at 6:21 am

        that is what I got from the reference.

  33. January 24, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    CHIPS, loved your tweet to Sully

  34. 140 xtine
    January 24, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    “Tyranny is not match for liberty.” Hello GOP, were you paying attention?

    “America is back!” Hello, again!

    “Anyone who tells you it’s in decline doesn’t know what they’re talking about!” Damn, here’s another hello!

    Zing, double-zing, triple-zing! [being polite here, express your zings any which way]

  35. January 24, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    hey here’s a link to telling PBO what you thought of the SOTU – I filled out a response and gave a little something to the campaign.

  36. January 24, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Pundits talking about PBO’s jab at congress about insider trading.

  37. 145 symmetry11
    January 24, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    State of the Union 2012: Michelle Obama Wears Barbara TFank | Styleite

  38. 147 pinkbunny
    January 24, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    My Twitter is working again 🙂

  39. 148 EDP4BHO
    January 24, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Good night TOD. And just think……what will we do, come 2017, with the labels PBO, FLOTUS, VPJB, SLOTUS ? Guess it will be back to presidents, first ladies, and vps. Ho hum boring !

  40. January 24, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Ed and Tweety taking credit for PBO talking bout manufacturing and insourcing…….hmmmmm.

  41. 152 CTGirl
    January 24, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    • 153 Cha
      January 24, 2012 at 11:51 pm

      THanks for that link, BWD. The comments under there were praising PBO’s speech and were disgusted with mitch daniels’.

  42. 154 FiredUpInCA
    January 24, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    What an oasis this President is compared to what we’ve been exposed to in politics these last few months. The crew that’s currently jockeying to run the government they hate, have exposed the country to sniping and insults and talking point toxins so it is a relief to hear what a statesman sounds like. He thinks deeply and polishes every sentence to perfection and weaves together a story about America that leaves no one out. He is a practical optimist and it is a refreshing voice to hear in modern American politics.

    President Obama is a great statesman. I am grateful to be here to see it.

  43. January 24, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Our Beloved President, was brilliant as usual, It was loaded with Wisdom, and common sense. Great speech, he looked great. He not only was a LEADER, but Is LEADING, Inspite of their views and opinions. My favorite line Is: “If anybody tells you that America Is In decline, doesn’t know what they’re talking about” That was a loaded statement. A positive statement. A factual statement. I liked It, made me chuckle 🙂

    Our First Lady looked so pretty In her Royal blue, and her pretty smile, supporting her Husband

    Of course Gabby Gifford looked so good, I was happy to see her :-).

  44. 158 Renegade522/AuntSis
    January 24, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    OK, my email to Mitch Daniels was fired up and ready to go. Boy, was his rebuttal pathetic and I took in a couple of winks too boot. Goodness gracious, did he even read the President’s speech at all? I tell you, they spit out those talking points without thinking or questioning validity. What robots these republican are! I am going to send my email pointing out his lies anyway.

    BTW, I volunteered for Willard’s campaign in South Florida. You know, those bastards haven’t called or email me as of yet. I will find another way to get those numbers and give his folks a piece of my mind…Operation Mayhem will continue.

  45. January 24, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Okey dokey, gonna get some zzzzzzzzzzzzzzs now, later~~~~~~

  46. 161 Cha
    January 24, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Here’s Jason Easley of Politicususa’s response..

    Obama Uses His State Of The Union To Obliterate Everything The GOP Stands For

    “President Obama’s fourth State Of The Union address revealed a more mature president who understands his powers and his voice. All first term presidents have to find their voice. The good presidents grow into the job and are in step with public opinion. Bad presidents never seem to get it, and are always out of step with the nation that they lead.

    Obama’s address laid out his plan and vision for the future of America. While his potential Republican opponent bash and smear, this president charted a course for the future. Nothing on his agenda was radical. Much of it was downright practical. This was a very moderate State Of The Union address. As the Republican Party continues its trek right into oblivion President Obama is not only occupying the middle, he owns it. New polling has revealed that the president has regained his popularity with moderates and Independents, and this SOTU made it easy to see why”.


    Jason gets it!

    • 162 Cathy from MN
      January 24, 2012 at 11:28 pm

      Go Jason!

    • 163 Pamela
      January 24, 2012 at 11:33 pm

      After I draped my dinner napkin over the half of the screen around Boner and his indigestion, I felt much more relaxed… PBO nailed it, and there is no explanation for Andrew Sullivan, unless his life has been threatened after is Nwsweek article came out.

    • 164 Pamela
      January 24, 2012 at 11:34 pm

      I think it was his 3rd SOTU. He did not give one in 2009, as he had just been sworn in on 1/20. Right?

  47. 165 Julie
    January 24, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Loved all the comments, posts, pics, videos, everything! The TOD family is awesome! Loved the speech. The President brought the pain for the Rethugs. Rock on Mr. President!


  48. 166 CTGirl
    January 24, 2012 at 11:23 pm

  49. January 24, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Bernie Sanders throwing cold water on the speech.
    Does Ed love him, or what?

    I thought the speech rocked, but CNN ficus group said that republicans and indes did not like it. But, the democrats in that group, loved it.


    • 171 anniebella
      January 24, 2012 at 11:32 pm

      Jovie, “F” Bernie Sanders and Republicans. And how do they know that the Indes didn’t like it, did they have a poll?

    • January 24, 2012 at 11:32 pm

      I placed my tv on mute when Bernie Sanders came on. Just how many indies was in that focus group? They don’t speak for all indies.

    • 176 vero804
      January 24, 2012 at 11:37 pm

      Indies are gonna be a tough group for us. That’s why I’m leaning toward rooting for Newt being the nominee.

      • 177 hopefruit2
        January 24, 2012 at 11:47 pm

        “Indies” are closeted Republicans. Period.

        • 178 Chi
          January 25, 2012 at 3:57 am

          Thank you…

          I now identify as ‘independent’ but have always voted Democrat…

          And I’m as diehard as they come…

          So are most of these republicans hiding behind the ‘indie’ label…

          Most are too ashamed or too pissed off with their republican party, but most of their ideology and biases staunchly remain…

        • 179 nospin
          January 25, 2012 at 6:27 am

          actually no. I am an independent.

      • January 24, 2012 at 11:49 pm

        Older indes are going to be tough for us, More specifically, older white Males!

    • 181 desertflower
      January 24, 2012 at 11:54 pm

      Funny. I saw him standing and applauding the President’s speech. Must have really hated it, because that’s what we do when we hate something. Stand and applaud.

      • 182 Chi
        January 25, 2012 at 4:04 am

        Bernie has bought into his own hype and is longer an honest broker…

        He’ll do and say anything to keep the PL ‘s applauding and tossing his name around as ‘presidential’ material…

        Bernie’s never had more airtime and name mentions…

        Watch out Bernie, notice how suddenly Kucinich’s not mentioned any longer…

        It gets old and the PL is a fickle bunch besides lacking good judgement or discernment…

    • January 25, 2012 at 12:08 am

      True Independents only make up 10% of the electorate. The rest are closet partisans who will run home to either Dem or Repub party come election time. Any Indie that didn’t like that speech leans Republican.

  50. 184 pinkbunny
    January 24, 2012 at 11:23 pm

  51. January 24, 2012 at 11:25 pm


    (nitey nite TOD)

  52. January 24, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    Sully seems to have wanted POTUS to re-litigate heath care reform. I’m absolutely glad he did not. TURN THE PAGE.

  53. 187 LOL
    January 24, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    Testing. The Prez has the Repubs confused. Here is what Mittens had to say.

    In interview with NBC’s Brian Williams, GOP frontrunner compliments the President “on adopting a whole series of ideas [Romney has] been speaking about for a couple of years” in his State of the Union.

    And/but doubt Obama will follow through on many of his proposals.

    Read more: http://thepage.time.com/#ixzz1kRNQrOn5

    • 188 africa
      January 24, 2012 at 11:33 pm

      Just like PBO stole his idea to let Detriot go bankrupt. Mitt is coreless!!!!

    • January 24, 2012 at 11:42 pm

      I’m sure BriWi just sat there and let him say all that ridiculous crap.

    • 190 FiredUpInCA
      January 24, 2012 at 11:47 pm

      SwissMitt takes credit for GM’s turnaround too. He says, ‘Frankly I was right. I said they should have done a managed bankruptcy.’

      But then Mitt Romney is a proven, shameless, pathological liar, so what else is new.

      I went to the Time link you provided and got two laughs 1) Halperin, who routinely gives an A+ to Romney for breathing and walking at the same time without any assistance from a valet, gave this brilliant State of the Union a ‘B’ Screw Halperin. He is a cosmic dumbass.

      The other laugh I got was 2) “A more relaxed Romney then gives clearer answer on taxes/personal wealth…”

      I cannot tell you how many times I have seen the media push the “more relaxed Romney” meme.

      Apparently not wearing a tie and letting a tendril of hair be askew is “a more relaxed Romney” I want to hear him sing Let’s Stay Together on key without accompaniment in front of Reverend Al Green, then get back to me about how chill SwissMitt is.

      • 191 PurpleShoesLA
        January 25, 2012 at 12:54 am

        “Apparently not wearing a tie and letting a tendril of hair be askew is “a more relaxed Romney” I want to hear him sing Let’s Stay Together on key without accompaniment in front of Reverend Al Green, then get back to me about how chill SwissMitt is.”

        THIS x 1,000,000!. 🙂 Once again, I am ‘weepin’ as Chips says and my monitor and keyboard are not happy campers… 😆 😆 Tendril of hair askew indeed!

      • 192 Chi
        January 25, 2012 at 4:07 am

        So spot on and funny…

    • 193 Lorraine
      January 24, 2012 at 11:48 pm

      He has no core and is morally bankrupt. I agree with Senator Schumer’s comments about Willard and Newton Leory, atleast Newton though subject to blow a gasket has some sense of a core.

  54. 194 carolyn
    January 24, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    I, also, am grateful to be here in the Age of Obama, and get to listen to him speak…filled with substance, clarity, compassion, realism, and hope and pride in our country. I shudder to think where we would be if McCain/Palin had won….I know…embroiled in at least two more wars, and not our of Iraq, and no plans made for getting out of Afghanistan. As a lifelong educator, I was grateful for his praise of teachers. We need all we can get, and yes, teachers do put their own money into classrooms to take care of children who have very little or nothing. I hope people heard that. I sure did and thank him for it.

  55. 195 jacquelineoboomer
    January 24, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Nice to see the President’s SOTU address covered on BBC TV.

  56. January 24, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Ha! Halperin gave the President a straight B!

    Afterall those A+ he gave to Robney for his debate performance, and all the other A he gave to the other wackos…

  57. 197 Ladyhawke
    January 24, 2012 at 11:34 pm


    President Obama, SOTU 1/24/12

    In 2008, the house of cards collapsed. We learned that mortgages had been sold to people who couldn’t afford or understand them. Banks had made huge bets and bonuses with other people’s money. Regulators had looked the other way, or didn’t have the authority to stop the bad behavior.

    It was wrong. It was irresponsible. And it plunged our economy into a crisis that put millions out of work, saddled us with more debt, and left innocent, hard-working Americans holding the bag. 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. But so are these. In the last 22 months, businesses have created more than three million jobs. Last year, they created the most jobs since 2005. American manufacturers are hiring again, creating jobs for the first time since the late 1990s. Together, we’ve agreed to cut the deficit by more than $2 trillion. And we’ve put in place new rules to hold Wall Street accountable, so a crisis like that never happens again.

    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.

  58. 198 anniebella
    January 24, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Well good night folks. Proud of POTUS tonight. Look forward to his trip coming up.

  59. 201 dotster3
    January 24, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    “Hopelessly gross and vile” is how children’s author, Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are) described Gingrich on Colbert. After calling him “an idiot”.

  60. January 24, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    This SOTU address was a re-introduction of PBO to the American people. He was re-writing his image sans repug demagoguery and media bullshit. This address was PBO’s verision of :”my name is Barack H. Obama, this is who I am, this is what I stand for.” it was great….it was less idealist (like these things usually are) and more a review of the state of our union, our congress people and our president. He aired dirty laundry and took Dems and Repugs to task. It was his chance to tell his truth and he did it, no holds barred. He was honest, forthright and he showed us who he is, he identified his stupid opposition and told Americans: “I’m gonna fight for you inspite of these mofos.” This is PBO gearing up for a fight. This is how PBO is going into 2012. Boo-yah!! Suck it, mofos! Your ass is grass! 😈

  61. 204 GGail
    January 24, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    Chipsticks – thank you from the bottom of my Obama heart for the great job you did tonight giving us the space to share the SOTU together.
    Bless you and good night. And good night TOD family.
    I will go to sleep with the vision of Gabby laying her head on POTUS’ shoulder.

  62. 207 Alycée (@jazziz2)
    January 24, 2012 at 11:41 pm


  63. 208 desertflower
    January 24, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    I have to share:) Totally O/T but my daughter just asked me if I was going to be able to see PBO tomorrow. I told her that we wouldn’t because he was going to be speaking at Intel, and that it was closed to the public.
    So, spunky little cutie that she is says, “Intel? In Arizona? Isn’t that an oxymoron?” She has a wicked good sense of humor!

  64. January 24, 2012 at 11:43 pm


  65. 212 Lorraine
    January 24, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    Ms. Cecilla Munzo the new Domestic Policy Director was fabulous! Also, Ms. Sara Ferguson, the teacher from Pennsylvania GO STEELERS was great too. She told Ed her being there was because of him, you know he was excited to here that from her. She was great.

  66. 213 carolyn
    January 24, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    A few words about style, and comparison to JFK. When JFK was in office, he did only two SOTUS, and in those days they were not a large spectator event. His SOTUS were probably pragmatic and workmanlike, not poetic. He weas a very pragmatic and political person. The speech of his we always think of is his one inauguration speech.
    The President HAD to cover a lot of territory tonight. He has had potshots taken at him for months, and it was his turn to speak up. Perhaps it wasn’t rhetorically “balanced and perfect” it was clear and necessary. That is what it needed to be. I taught rhetoric and public speaking for years. The first consideration is the audience, and getting the message across to that audience. He knew his audience, and this was his chance to speak to ALL Americans without the filter of self-proclaimed pundits. He has built his reputation through three years as someone who gets things done, and also showed he has still more ideas to get accomplished. Obviously the president did his speech job, people listened for the entire time.

  67. January 24, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    I have been at a SOTU party given by someone in my area of Charlotte. What an amazing experience for both my husband and me.There were at least 15 in our hostess’ home. She had fixed a wonderful selection of food and most knew each other. I am so touched by the love and support of our President by all the people present. All were older and all African American. We are white. I was honored to be able to share this speech with all of them. It was great!

  68. 217 Little Lulu
    January 24, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    Our president just knocked it out of the park! He is absolutely the most tremendous, powerful, inspiring orator in the history of this country. A statesman. A scholar. A champion of the middle class. A teacher. An innovator. A masterful leader. Best. President. Ever.

    No wonder no decent leader in the GOP (is that an oxymoron?) would throw their hat into the ring with this guy who’s ready to fight to keep his job. I pity the fool who gets that nomination. I sure as hell wouldn’t attempt to debate this man. He’s a collosus.

    Thank God he’s willing to run for another four years to deal with these tools of Big Oil, Big Pharma and the military industrial complex.

    Oh and can you say landslide victory in November for PBO? I sure can and he’ll get the House and keep the Senate, too.

  69. 219 Alycée (@jazziz2)
    January 24, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    Ax is in the “take no *hit” mode

  70. January 24, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    I think everyone who is saying the speech was “good” but not excellent should read the entire transcript or listen to it again. I thought it was the best SOTU address I can remember hearing from any President. Daniels was lame and merely gave Republican talking points and signed on to Ryan’s kill Medicare plan.

    • January 25, 2012 at 12:18 am

      It was a great speech, PERIOD. And my favorite part was when he talked about how our soldiers are willing to put country ahead of their differences and fight. Congress needs to do the same. He’s done this before and I thought it was brilliant. Glad he did it again.

      I think some folks wanted more flowery rhetoric.

    • 222 PurpleShoesLA
      January 25, 2012 at 1:22 am

      Agreed. Whitehouse.gov ran PBO’s SOTU a second time in its entirety after the Q&A period, so I got to watch it again, this time on the Enhanced version tab and saw all of the graphs and charts and diagrams that accompanied the Prez’s remarks. Extremely powerful.

    • 223 anniebella
      January 25, 2012 at 5:52 am

      But halo said Daniels did a good job, or was it fine? Anyone who want to destroy Medicare is worth sh*t in my opinion. These Republicans want to attack, destroy the middle class, but protect the rich.

  71. 227 Pamela
    January 24, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Made a couple of donations and placed the order for my Team 2012 official teeshirt…… It all made so much sense!

  72. 228 vitaminlover
    January 24, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    President Obama commands respect. I watched it on C-SPAN so I could avoid any assinine commentary.

  73. January 24, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    New England Patriot Chad Ochocinco gets into the SOTU
    By DONOVAN SLACK | 1/24/12 11:33 PM EST
    The Patriots may be headed to the Superbowl, but star player Chad Ochocinco said it was the State of the Union address that rocked his world tonight, POLITICO’s Caitlin McDevitt reports.

    During a seemingly spontaneous live-Tweeting of the speech, he pronounced it “awesome” and at one point wondered how the president memorized so much material. 

    When a Twitter follower posited “i feel like this is @ochocinco ‘s first time experiencing politics,” he offered a surprising response, saying it was “like losing virginity all over again.”

  74. 232 pinkbunny
    January 25, 2012 at 12:10 am

    So True !!!

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