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Obama Girds for State of the Union Address. His Republican Opponents Do Too.


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: obama, media, government, congress, State of the Union Address, usa, news, politics )

Cal
- 675 days ago - csmonitor.com
President Obama will face a tough crowd of Republicans during his State of the Union address Tuesday night. They probably won't like what they hear about taxes and spending.



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Past Member (0)
Monday February 11, 2013, 3:28 am
I imagine they will be used to hearing him say it.
 

Carol H. (229)
Monday February 11, 2013, 5:06 am
noted, thank you Cal
 

ellen m. (222)
Monday February 11, 2013, 5:39 am
I sure hope those of us that put him there get some good news..
He can throw the GOP some kibble, but we damn well better get a five course meal from him!
 

Past Member (0)
Monday February 11, 2013, 6:09 am
I pray that he stands strong and gives them hell. I would imagine there will be some "screamers" from the audience and I hope if and when anyone does that, that they drag them out by their ear. Thanks Cal
 

pam w. (191)
Monday February 11, 2013, 8:08 am
Of COURSE there will be screamers, deniers, detractors and all the usual claque of Republicans who, without any positive ideas or workable plans to help us recover from their last administration....will just behave as usual....angry toddlers tossing tantrums.
 

Sheila D. (26)
Monday February 11, 2013, 10:15 am
I wouldn't expect the Right to agree with anything President Obama says, whether it's in a nationalized speech, or not.
 

Billie C. (2)
Monday February 11, 2013, 1:43 pm
more bull arriving soon from dc. can't wait i'll have my hip boots on.
 

Susanne R. (249)
Monday February 11, 2013, 2:01 pm
The article states: "Meanwhile, Sen. John McCain – Hagel’s chief inquisitor during the Pentagon nominee’s Senate Armed Services Committee hearing – criticized what he sees as the administration’s failure to intervene on behalf of rebels in Syria, calling it "one of the most shameful chapters in American history” on “Fox News Sunday.”

The Obama administration was focused on convincing Syrian ally Russia to pressure Assad and was concerned about where U.S. weapons intended for insurgents might end up. Let's face it: the rebel fighters require training, and if weapons were sent and ended up in the wrong hands, they could be used against the rebels, the Syrian civilians or to support terrorism in other areas.

Was Senator McCain comatose during the Bush years? Maybe he should give some thought to the war in Iraq. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, et al, should have been charged with treason for their many sins! There's a big difference between "proceeding with caution" and starting an unjustified war that ended up killing well over a hundred thousand people.

I used to have a great deal of respect for John McCain. Of late, he's been turning into a bitter old man, and Fox News is exploiting him to the fullest. Wait until we see what Fox News does to the President after his State of the Union message...
 

Diane O. (167)
Monday February 11, 2013, 3:50 pm
Obama's first four years were filled with epic failures....Cash for Clunkers, $860 billion failed stimulus, realigned mortgages....the list goes on and on. Meanwhile, he ignored the job engine in our country where millions and millions of middle and lower middle class Americans work. Instead, he went full speed ahead to his "legacy" heathcare bill which is dying on the vine and isn't worth the 2,200 pages it was written on. So, what will Obama say during his State of the Union Address? He, will, of course, talk about creating jobs because his high unemployment numbers are dismal. Obama failed during his first four years and now he'll preach from his bully pulpit that he wants to create jobs. The government doesn't create private sector jobs. How do we know? Well, let's look at Obama and his many handpicked private sector green companies that all went belly up....bankrupt. The few jobs he created cost the taxpayers over $350,000 per job and now those jobs are in the toilet. Talk about a blatant waste of hard earned taxpayer money....this would be the example! But, the liberals don't want to read about Obama's failures. They don't want to focus on the enormous debt that Obama has brought to our children and grandchildren. They only want to focus on same sex marriage for a small percentage of Americans, abortion, late term abortion that Obama promotes, immigration/amnesty and we wonder who the jobs are going to and why social security and medicare and medicaid are overrun with illegal immigrants getting "free" healthcare and why the rich Americans who put in billions of tax dollars aren't willing to put in more and now, of course, we have the second amendment.

So, what can Obama say to resurrect himself? My guess is that even Obama won't know until he reads his teleprompter.

47% of Americans did not vote for Obama. Think about it.
 

JL A. (276)
Monday February 11, 2013, 8:43 pm
Economists say if Congress had accepted his proposed stimulus/jobs package the economy might well be fully recovered now (instead of the GOP insisting on scaling it back and insisting on deficit reduction to increase the economic woes and problems of the job market). Hopefully he will stand firm on sound economic policies and fight the GOP to right this country instead of destroying it with austerity measures like those killing Europe that have been acknowledged to have a huge mistake which made things worse.
 

Susanne R. (249)
Monday February 11, 2013, 11:45 pm
You cannot currently send a star to J.L. because you have done so within the last week.

Thank you, J.L. A., for reiterating what our country's most respected economists are saying! Everyone has the right to their own opinion; unfortunately, for many of them it comes exclusively from a very personal source: their net worth and how it might be affected.
 

Robert O. (12)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 12:28 am
Thanks Cal.
 

Diane O. (167)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 2:52 am
I don't agree that the larger stimulus package would've made a difference. It was chock full of green companies and $350,000 per employee green jobs and they all went belly up. That $860 billion stimulus was dead on arrival because it was sold to the American people as a "Job's Bill." It was never a job's bill. What is did was deliver a great deal of pork to the democratic states that voted for Obama in 2008,,,payback if you will.

You are accepting liberal economist's opinions based on selective information. We never needed a stimulus package in the first place. That was the problem. All Obama had to do was lift up our small businesses and the economy would have soared because it would've delivered a great deal of certainty to the job engines in our country. That "certainty" would have translated into having the confidence to keep their employees, grow their businesses and add MORE employes. Obama let them die on the vine.

What is clear to me is the lack of competence in our White House when it comes to understanding growth. Liberals believe government knows best and should create the jobs. They could not be more wrong. It's the private sector that dictates our economy. Obama's lack of leadership in that area is well known after four years. Now that ObamaCare has created a tsunami across the country in layoffs and reduced hours in the workplace we'll see unemployment rise to a new level. It never had to be this way but it is and that is directly attributed to Obama's lack of business knowledge. Or, he planned to break the economy and if that is the case then he certainly accomplished his goal.
 

Care member (1)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 3:45 am
Noted
 

Robin T. (14)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 4:26 am
I find American politics fascinating. First you elect a Democrat as President, then you give him a Republican cabinet. Next step is obvious. The President is useless because he can't carry out his promises with the cabinet you elected opposing him at every step.
Then I read in sites like this one how everyone thinks he is useless after only a few months in the White House and I wonder, Why did they elect him if he is so useless?
After reading the above contributions I wonder why some of you are not in Parliament, you seem to have a far better grasp of things than the politicians.
 

Ro H. (0)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 5:31 am
ty
 

John Gregoire (262)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 5:39 am
Robin, Hagel is tame and although a Republican he will be used by the Democratic President to denude our military. the blame will then fall on that "renegade republican". Machiavelli would be proud of Obama.
 

Arielle S. (317)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 6:39 am
Another star to J.L. and to Susanne - some people would complain if they were hung with a new rope. Others see the problems and work for solutions. I hear fanatic, crazy person Ted Nugent will be there tonight grandstanding for gun rights - a clear example of why we need gun safety improvements.
Anyone not showing respect for the office should be tossed out - I guess that would be 90% of the GOP?
But then we did so very well under the Republican presidency....
 

donald Baumgartner (6)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 1:29 pm
Heard Ted Nugent will be there as a " Honary Guest" to the Repugs, BRING ON THE POP & POPCORN!!!!
 

Birgit W. (152)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 3:45 pm
Noted
 

Diane O. (167)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 3:56 pm
Robin, what you should know is that Obama didn't win by a landslide in either election. The American people in November 2010 voted and gave us a republican House. My hope is that they will do it again in 2014 and give us a republican congress.

We have been a very divided country going on 5 years now.
 

Lois Jordan (58)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 4:12 pm
So, it will be apparent just how divided the GOP is tonight. They will have not less than 2 rebuttals. Bohner can't keep his house in order. I'll be happy when these obstructionists are finally booted from Congress in the next election. Maybe some could go before then and make things a bit easier to pass in the House. The VAWA has now been passed by the Senate and moves to the House....we'll see how the GOP handles this one.
 
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