A Prepared President


@WhiteHouse: “I think the tone is right. I think the framework is right.” — President Obama on his #SOTU

179 Responses to “A Prepared President”

  1. 1 jacquelineoboomer
    January 28, 2014 at 4:24 pm


  2. January 28, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Thank yooooooooooou Nerdy!!!

  3. 3 carla4obama
    January 28, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    I am sure the tone is right Mr. President, but I feel so many of the right are tone deaf.

  4. January 28, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    I hope I find sometime tomorrow CET to listen to it – after I have contacted ESTA about my travel to the 203rd meeting of the Fortran Standardization Committee meeting in Las Vegas 🙂

  5. 7 Roberta in Mn
    January 28, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Congrats on 1st JB, I will be watching from a sleep clinic room tonight. when I scheduled I forgot it was the SOTU really glad they have TV’s in the rooms with cable. Probably watch on C-Span. Better coverage. Will check with my iPhone later tonight.

    • 8 jacquelineoboomer
      January 28, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      Oh, yes, you had mentioned your sleep clinic appointment – best of luck with that. Enjoy the show (if you’re not sleeping!).

      • 9 Roberta in Mn
        January 28, 2014 at 4:32 pm

        My problem JB is I won’t have anyone to talk to or make a comment and no SHOUTING “YAAA, that’s it President.” Can’t disturb the other sleepers. 🙂

  6. 11 jacquelineoboomer
    January 28, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Can you imagine all the words’ flying around in the President’s brain today? Or maybe he’s the type that calls it done, and then goes and has some pie. Love him.

  7. 12 Roberta in Mn
    January 28, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Thanks for the coverage NW, Cips. Haven’t caught up yet, but maybe tomorrow I can. 🙂

  8. 13 Roberta in Mn
    January 28, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    You know JB, I think when it is right, it is done. He may go off script , but it would have to be really important to do so. The media is just nuts trying to figure out what he is going to say tonight. I loved Jay’s comments from yesterday’s Press Briefing. The jackals were nuts.

  9. 15 idon
    January 28, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    The President is the center of everyone’s universe and the media cannot handle it. Lovin’ it so.hard. 🙂

  10. January 28, 2014 at 4:36 pm


    Good luck on your surgery tomorrow. Please allow yourself plenty of time to rest and completely recover. Forward to a great 2014.

  11. 20 JER
    January 28, 2014 at 4:37 pm

  12. 21 donna dem 4 obama
    January 28, 2014 at 4:37 pm

  13. 22 yardarm756
    January 28, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    A tail-end charlie repost.

  14. January 28, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Looking forward to a kick-ass 2014 SOTU. Excitement is building.

    Over the weekend, the light bulb turned on in my head, which is this 2014 truth:

    The MSM is scared to death that the outcome of 2014 Congressional races go the way they did in 2006 (landslide Dems).

    They will fight tooth and nail and will say and publish any and all lies necessary to make sure this does not happen.

    Despite their Koch-backed views, the MSM are not blind. They know that the two men (and their families) who lead this country are men with integrity, character and conviction who are motivated by deep personal empathy for all people. Compare to the previous administration: Bush’s reckless shallow bluster and Cheney’s cruel greed.

    I am so appreciative of TODville where we Obots can vent our frustration at the unscrupulous MSM without the mindless soul-sapping personal attacks from trolls.

    But the truth is that the MSM will not change and will only ramp up their efforts to see that Congress is 100% obstructionist after Nov 2014. Why, you could say, the stories write themselves! (Thought bubble over MSM talking head – guaranteed two more years of not working, just showing up after reading e-mails from Clintonistas, emoPutins and the GOP – sweeeet!). Aside: more of the “I’ve got mine, Jack” mentality that we suffered through with the Obamacare rollout.

    This means the burden to get Dems elected in Congress and the Senate rests with us, the grassroots. The MSM will throw hurdles in our way at every step, every single day.

    The best remedy is to focus on the positive results that local Dems have made to society. For instance, in deep-red Arizona and Utah, the Dem mayors of Phoenix and Salt Lake City have ended homelessness for vets. The SLC mayor took immediate and forceful action to extend marriage equality in December when he could (since muddled up by the court system).

    These mayors are bucking the tide and improving their constituents’ lives. They are the examples we need to promote when people respond that it doesn’t make a difference who their Congresscritter or Senator is.

    As the old saying goes, “forewarned is forearmed.”

    Please keep this in mind as the MSM led by the odious upChuck continue this narrative until Nov. 4, 2014.

    • 24 jackiegrumbacher
      January 28, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      Arapaho, you’re right that everything we hear from the media this year will be about discouraging Dems and depressing 2014 turnout. The only countervailing media is us.

      • 25 Vicki
        January 28, 2014 at 5:58 pm

        I think the 30 Million ACA covered people can be enlisted to help us.
        Wasn’t there a plan to join voter registration and Obamacare enrollment?

  15. 26 donna dem 4 obama
    January 28, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Layla this ones for you

  16. January 28, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    “We lived with her the first semester, but I had severe asthma and the weather there wasn’t good for me. My parents made a decision for my sister and me to stay in Texas while my mom kept going to school. But that doesn’t mean she wasn’t there for us. She traveled back and forth all the time, missing so many classes so that she could be with us. Her friends were such a big help. Especially her third year, when she would only go to school two weeks out of the month and her friends would share class notes so she could try to keep up while she was home with us in Fort Worth……..”

    “My mother had me when she was very young, a kid herself. And although she was married for a short period of time, parenthood was her sole responsibility. Yes, we lived in a trailer. Does it matter how long? Not to me. Even though some people have tried to question my own memories; I do remember the trailer, as well as the apartments that we lived in during the years that followed. I know that I was my mother’s first priority and that she wanted a better life for me than the one she was living. She worked 2 jobs and went to community college at night. She refused to repeat the life her family struggled in growing up……”

    • 28 jackiegrumbacher
      January 28, 2014 at 5:22 pm

      LP, Wendy Davis obviously has wonderful daughters who love her very much. But they should not have to be put through the stress of having to “defend” her from vicious political enemies who are threatened by her strength. Her daughters are learning a lot about Texas Republicans. I hope the lesson sticks with them and they become leaders like their mom.

  17. January 28, 2014 at 4:42 pm

  18. 31 Nerdy Wonka
    January 28, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Great piece by Jon Favreau.

    • 32 HZ
      January 28, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      I love Jon’s respect and admiration for President Obama. Jon has always been one with that like spirit of POB. May Jon continue to be blessed in his career. What a beautiful ride he has taken humbly, yet brilliantly for our nation’s history. Thank you Jon.HZ

    • 33 GGail
      January 28, 2014 at 5:27 pm

      This article is awesome! I got teary reading this…

      “every president has had the privilege of publicly recognizing such inspiration throughout his address”. “This is President Obama’s favorite part, too—particularly the story that’s often told to conclude the speech. My old boss is a sucker for good endings, and he would send us far and wide to find just the right anecdote. In 2011, a worker from a Pennsylvania firm whose drilling technology helped save the Chilean miners said, “We proved that Center Rock is a little company, but we do big things.” The President loved the quote, and turned it into an entire ending about American greatness and aspiration. In 2012, I remember the tears in his eyes as he told us that his proudest possession was the American flag that the SEAL team took with them on the Osama bin Laden mission, and later gave to the president as a gift. He turned that story into an ending about the unity and teamwork that defines America at its best.”

  19. 34 dotster3
    January 28, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    They will be missed. Just kidding—-the 3 most detestable will not be in attendance, which is actually cheerful news.

    • 35 hopefruit2
      January 28, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      Good news, but what about Sotomayor?

      • 36 jacquelineoboomer
        January 28, 2014 at 4:58 pm

        Embarrassed to say I forgot all about her, and forgot there were 9 of ’em! You should tweet old Lukie back on that miss!

    • 37 jacquelineoboomer
      January 28, 2014 at 4:55 pm

      Yes, and I know I couldn’t have had dinner tonight without this count from Little Lukie! He’s become NBC’s Mark Knoller with all that countin’. Probably the only “news” he could get in advance, from a roster he saw in the hallway.

    • 39 99ts
      January 28, 2014 at 7:13 pm

      The ignorance of the latter shows through with their disgusting behavior – talk about highlighting the fact that the SCOTUS is political beyond any doubt.

      Probably worse than the media carrying water for the GOP is the fact that the GOP and Corporations have bought the Supreme Court.

  20. 40 Linda
    January 28, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    January 2014 was not a month to remember for CNN.

    The network is in rebuilding mode, trying to push away from its traditional reliance on breaking news. So it’s perhaps not surprising that its ratings are not at their most robust. Even so, the numbers are stinging: as the Hollywood Reporter and TVNewser noted, it was CNN’s third-worst ratings month in its history. CNN lost 39% of its total primetime audience from the same month in 2013, and 35% of its primetime audience in the coveted A25-54 demo.

    Arch-rival MSNBC also saw its ratings fall from 2013, but not nearly as much as CNN did. (It dropped just 2% in the primetime demo, for instance.) It landed in second place in all categories in both total day and primetime. Fox News, meanwhile, saw its ratings grow from January 2013, though they fell by 1% in the primetime demo category. As ever, it retained its comfortable first place lead.

    One big winner for the month: Chris Matthews, whose move to 7 PM netted him his best-ever ratings in the demo.

    • 41 dotster3
      January 28, 2014 at 5:06 pm

      It’s always distressing to see FOX with the highest ratings. FOX has done as much as any other entity to damage this country—–spreading lies, hate, anger—–as they take advantage of the uninformed and unenlightened for ratings.

  21. 42 donna dem 4 obama
    January 28, 2014 at 4:53 pm

  22. 43 MightyPamela
    January 28, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    My, my, my. PBO is the utterly most photogenic man in the world, even from the back. My, my, my.

  23. 55 Linda
    January 28, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    WASHINGTON — In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Barack Obama will announce plans to sign an executive order to raise the minimum wage for workers under federal contracts to $10.10 per hour. Obama’s strategy is to do what he can toward his goal of increasing pay for workers, while simultaneously pressing Congress to pass legislation to raise the minimum wage nationally.

    Yet Obama has for years resisted this strategy when it comes to barring workplace discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. LGBT rights groups have repeatedly pressed him to sign an executive order to bar discrimination by federal contractors based on sexual orientation or gender identity. But Obama has refused, saying he would instead like to see Congress pass the more comprehensive Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which has cleared the Senate but doesn’t appear to be going anywhere in the GOP-controlled House. As recently as November, Obama argued that executive orders “basically nullify Congress.”

    “There is no reason why the President could not have issued a federal contractor executive order years ago,” said Human Rights Campaign spokesman Michael Cole-Schwartz. “With the newly publicized commitment of the administration to take action where Congress has left off, prohibiting discrimination by contractors is a tailor-made solution to the President’s expressed aims. Our frustration at the lack of movement by the White House on addressing anti-LGBT discrimination is growing every day.”


    WahWahWah………….go complain to your BFF Bill Clinton

    • 56 jackiegrumbacher
      January 28, 2014 at 5:34 pm

      Linda, how come they never say, “our frustration is the lack of movement by the Republican led House and Senate Rs.” Even I know that any Executive Order can be reversed by the next president and PBO wants discrimination issues to be codified in law to prevent that. Just a little common sense and they would get it, too, but it’s easier to complain.

      • 57 Vicki
        January 28, 2014 at 6:01 pm

        exactly, jackie. Isn’t it amazing how much we have all learned about the political process because we have a President we admire and who inspires our learning and involvement?

  24. 58 Layla
    January 28, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    23,499,626 hits prior to PBO speech

  25. 59 susanne
    January 28, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    aloha chips and tods!
    checking in from rainy, chilly hawaii (honest–it’s only about 70 deg today, and i’m wrapped in a blanket). just looked in on the white house site for streaming the sotu, and they were showing this video. it made me laugh and i thought you might enjoy the memory too.

  26. January 28, 2014 at 5:15 pm

  27. 64 Linda
    January 28, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    State of the Union viewer numbers for every year starting with Clinton. Bush is the highest in 2003 when he was taking us in to another war of choice.

    Click to access stateoftheunion-nielsenratings.pdf

    • 65 jackiegrumbacher
      January 28, 2014 at 5:38 pm

      These figures don’t take in C-span, which is the only way I watch, Nor does it take in the vast numbers that go to the WH website for the enhanced version, which has probably become more popular in recent years.

    • 67 Nena20409
      January 28, 2014 at 6:00 pm

      PBS, AJAM, Fusion, FBN, Radio is Never factored in.

      The information is there, but they Media is very selective on what they actually post publicly.

  28. 68 dotster3
    January 28, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    What in the world? Saw the House was voting on this today. They’re crazy. I mean, really crazy.

  29. 79 donna dem 4 obama
    January 28, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    So PBO had the Jackals over for lunch today. He is a better person than I am. 🙄

    • 80 donna dem 4 obama
      January 28, 2014 at 5:28 pm

      Sorry, that’s the wrong tweet.

      • 81 Layla
        January 28, 2014 at 5:30 pm

        Moocher! Who paid for his meal!!! lol

      • 82 Linda
        January 28, 2014 at 5:37 pm

        He sat next to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, but said, “I’m not allowed to talk about what CNN people say. I don’t know why. I got a memo on it.” Smith was, however, allowed to discuss how Blitzer separated his vegetables on his plate.

        hahahahaha…how pathetic

  30. January 28, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Howdy Buds!!! 😀

    Can’t wait to see our brilliant President knock it out of the park tonight!

  31. 137 JER
    January 28, 2014 at 5:46 pm

  32. 138 Linda
    January 28, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Another one chimes in.

    Ron Paul will join the chorus of conservatives responding to President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday by live tweeting the “REAL State of the Union.”

    “What useless rhetoric will we hear from President Obama this year?” he asked on his website.

    “Far too often, our ‘leaders’ fail to provide the American people with the truth. What’s most telling about the State of the Union is less about what Obama says and more about what he withholds or ignores,” he said. “Where do we really stand as a nation?”

  33. 141 jacquelineoboomer
    January 28, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    For Bobfr – ICYMI:

  34. 143 donna dem 4 obama
    January 28, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    It would be great to have 50 candles lit by 9 tonight.


  35. 151 Linda
    January 28, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    The plot thickens.

    Fort Lee Development Linked To State Pension Funds


    • 152 Nena20409
      January 28, 2014 at 6:12 pm

      Drip. Drip. Drip.

      Then the River flows 😉

    • 153 jacquelineoboomer
      January 28, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      I can’t bring myself to read that … but last I looked, there was a huge state employee union presence in New Jersey, understandably very concerned about state employee pensions and benefits. Oops. #MessingWithTheWrongGroup

  36. 158 Dudette
    January 28, 2014 at 6:12 pm

  37. 161 donna dem 4 obama
    January 28, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    • January 28, 2014 at 6:22 pm

      You’re on fire on the Twitter machine Donna!

    • 167 jacquelineoboomer
      January 28, 2014 at 6:24 pm

      Federal workers have never all been paid comparable wages to those in the private sector, as a rule (although locality pay kicked in decades ago for those who work in high-cost areas). There’s been a Pay Comparability Act to rectify that, which – as far back as I go – was always waived for the exigencies of the government.

      So, this is doubly disgusting to me. With all of the government contract dollars allotted to private-sector companies, you mean to tell me that some government contractors are paid the current minimum wage? We’re not talking wages earned at a mom ‘n’ pop store, here. And secondly, Republicans are MAD that the hourly pay of government contractor workers is being raised to a living wage? Grrr …

  38. 168 Linda
    January 28, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    On Tuesday, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) criticized President Obama’s plan to raise the minimum wage for government contractors, citing it as a dangerous example of government takeover.

    “The President thinks that is the way to be president and sign executive orders on his own? And decide how small business and veteran-owned business and contractors with the federal government are supposed to run the business?” Blunt said on Fox News. Comparing a $10 minimum wage to the Affordable Care Act, Blunt lamented that the government has now taken “over how federal contractors run their business as well.”

    Roughly 560,000 people are hourly wage workers through federal contracts. Even though government contracts are responsible for nearly 2 million low-paid jobs, Obama’s order would only affect new contracts, mostly in the low-paying service industry. The workers affected are janitors, technicians, and fast food workers who work for companies with contracts in federal buildings and museums.

    Low-wage service employees have held a series of walkouts to protest their treatment. A report from the Government Accountability Office agreed that abuse is rampant — the 25 worst wage violators receive active federal contracts. Meanwhile, the CEOs of these companies are paid a total $24 billion a year, according to Demos.


  39. 169 donna dem 4 obama
    January 28, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    • 170 jacquelineoboomer
      January 28, 2014 at 6:45 pm

      I can’t bring myself to read that, with Bill’s face on it … guessing he has something to say, or Pres. Obama’s idea is being compared to his non-ideas, as usual.

      • 171 99ts
        January 28, 2014 at 8:00 pm

        My world – main thing we heard about the Clinton years
        1. Hillary failed on health care
        2. impeachment & Monica

        But now the media loves him – and note how they are starting to love Bush II – same media, same stupid

  40. 172 hopefruit2
    January 28, 2014 at 6:25 pm

  41. 176 donna dem 4 obama
    January 28, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Okay I’m heading home. You all keep lighting those candles. We are up to 35. We only need 15 more to reach our goal of 50 before the SOTU.


  42. 178 dotster3
    January 28, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    News you can use 🙂 Chicago shelter pups will be participants in the Puppy Bowl with FL Michelle Obama. Their names are Sharpie and Toewser (pronounced Tazer) named after Chgo Blackhawks hockey players Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp, in case you’re writing this all down. 🙂 The good news for Sharpie and Toeser is that all the doggies that have been featured in the Puppy Bowl end up being adopted.

  43. 179 JER
    January 28, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    ‘Duck Dynasty’ stars attending the State of the Union…

    Louisiana Republican Rep. Vance McAllister announced… that he’s bringing Willie Robertson…

    South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham announced … that he had given a guest ticket to Robertson’s wife, Korie. … http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/duck-dynasty-state-of-the-union

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