11:01 PM, Jan 20, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama knocked "constant fundraising" in his State of the Union address delivered tonight from Washington:
I’ve served in Congress with many of you. I know many of you well. There are a lot of good people here, on both sides of the aisle. And many of you have told me that this isn’t what you signed up for – arguing past each other on cable shows, the constant fundraising, always looking over your shoulder at how the base will react to every decision.
Imagine if we broke out of these tired old patterns. Imagine if we did something different.
10:45 PM, Jan 20, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama taunted Republicans with an off the cuff remark:
"I have no more campaigns to run," Obama said. "My only agenda--"
After hearing a smattering of applause, Obama turned, "I know because I won both of them."
10:23 PM, Jan 20, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg appeared to fall asleep during President Obama's lenghty State of the Union address:
10:16 PM, Jan 20, 2015 • By JAY COST
President Obama talked about spending a lot of money tonight -- on preschool care, community college, new infrastructure, and a variety of tax preferences for middle- and lower-income earners. All financed by new taxes, primarily on the wealthy.
Put simply, in the face of the most Republican Congress since the 1920s, President Obama has offered a defiantly liberal agenda. It has precisely zero chance of passage.
9:28 PM, Jan 20, 2015 • By JERYL BIER
Just before his election in 2008, candidate Barack Obama declared that "we are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America." From the closing lines of Tuesday's State of the Union address, it appears that a little more than six years later, now President Obama thinks he's gone a
9:10 PM, Jan 20, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
The office of House speaker John Boehner has posted the full text of the Republican response to the State of the Union (breaking its own self-imposed embargo), to be delivered by Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa:
8:15 PM, Jan 20, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama won't claim victory of the Islamic State. But in tonight's State of the Union he will say that he (or "American leadership") is "stopping" its "advance."
Only 17% think the president should focus on new spending programs.5:33 PM, Jan 20, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Washington and the political class are as excited as Hollywood on Oscar night. It’s the … State of the Union. Which is to say … another partisan political speech, only longer.
Unsurprisingly, the public isn’t buying what the speech will be selling and probably won’t be watching anyway.
2:26 PM, Jan 20, 2015 • By JERYL BIER
Capitalizing once again on Vice President Joe Biden's infamous hot-mic gaffe from 2010, a White House video promoting President Obama's
9:10 AM, Jan 20, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Under President Obama, $7.5 trillion has been added to the national debt. The number is being highlighted by the Republican National Committee ahead of President Obama's State of the Union address, which will be delivered tonight from Washington.
6:10 AM, Jan 20, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer said over the weekend that President Obama's entire State of the Union plan would "absolutely not" be passed by Congress. Now the Associated Press is saying that speech's goal is to influence the 2016 presidential election debate.
4:31 PM, Jan 19, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Barack Obama and his disciples began worrying about his legacy even before he took office. He would not be satisfied to be judged competent or good. He was going to be a transformative president.
11:07 AM, Jan 19, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The president is proposing more higher education (at the community college level) as a cure for our economic woes. Along with some substantial tax increases, of course. But is more college the answer?
12:40 PM, Jan 18, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
The White House knows President Obama's plan, which he'll lay out this week in the State of the Union Address, is unrealistic. Dan Pfeiffer, a top White House adviser, said so earlier today on CBS:
10:34 AM, Jan 18, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Associated Press White House correspondent, Julie Pace, described President Obama's trip to India later this week as an entrance into the "lame duck" part of his presidency:
"President Obama crosses into one of the indisputable stages of a lame duck presidency this week. That is the non-essential foreign travel stage," Pace said on CNN. "He's going to India basically for a parade and a visit to the Taj Mahal.