9:09 PM, Jan 25, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Speaker of the House John Boehner told CBS's 60 Minutes that he's "interested in working with" President Barack Obama:
"Listen, the president and I talk, and I know Mitch [McConnell] talks to the president. Wnd we had a meeting at the White House last week. It was all very cordial, it was all very straightforward. I don't think that's the issue," said Boehner in response to a question about whether Republicans and Democrats can work together.
"You know, the president could have, at the State of the Union, just put out an olive branch, could've taken just a little bit different tone that would've indicated to us that there's some interest in working with us. I can tell you, we're interested in working with him."
Five insights into Obama, none of them flattering.Feb 2, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 20 • By FRED BARNES
If you skipped President Obama’s State of the Union address on TV last week, you missed something. It was long (61 minutes) and uninspiring. Yet as the Obama presidency enters its seventh year, the speech was revealing. Here are a few things we learned about Obama’s thinking.
How the State of the Union address would have sounded if I’d been the president’s speechwriter.Feb 2, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 20 • By P. J. O’ROURKE
Sorry I’m a little late. The National Association of Police Chiefs was being given a tour of the White House just when I was showing Joe Biden my new backswing—HANDS UP. They must have fired 600 rounds. The Blue Room—we’re renaming it the “Swiss Cheese Room.” Good thing they all made lousy shots.
2:50 PM, Jan 21, 2015 • By IKE BRANNON
Republicans have been tripping over one another to slag President Obama’s tax proposal, made in his State of the Union address, to repeal the step-up in basis on inherited wealth and use the revenue it would generate to increase the child tax credit and pay for free community college. While it’s almost Pavlovian for Republicans to attack any Obama tax proposal, this one actually contains the seeds for a radical tax reform that would be much more conducive to economic growth than anything currently on Paul Ryan’s desk.
Hosted by Michael Graham.1:15 PM, Jan 21, 2015 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with executive editor Fred Barnes on President Obama's State of the Union address.
12:31 PM, Jan 21, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
There were lots of what they call “takeaways” in the speech. That’s the way that crack speechwriters craft them and the way crack correspondents report them. Most of those lines just roll over the rest of us. But there was one, last night, that jumped out at you.
11:42 PM, Jan 20, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
MNSBC's Andrea Mitchell knocked President Obama's description of the world in the State of the Union address as "not close reality":
"I think that on foreign policy, his projection of success against terrorism and against ISIS, in particular, as I said, is not close to reality," said Mitchell.
Hosted by Michael Graham.11:20 PM, Jan 20, 2015 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with Bill Kristol on President Obama's State of the Union address:
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:
Won't Mention 'Al Qaeda'
9:02 PM, Jan 20, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama will talk about ISIS in tonight's State of the Union Address. He'll talk about Iran. And he'll talk about North Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan. (He won't mention "al Qaeda.")
But what's the biggest threat to "future generations"? Climate change, according to Obama.
"[N]o challenge – no challenge – poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change," Obama will say, according to the prepared text of the president's speech.