SOTU Articles

Unabated Hostility

Jan 25, 2016

Early last Wednesday, Iran released the ten American sailors it had detained to coincide with President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night. The administration understood clearly that the Iranians were both trying to ruin Obama's victory lap and sending a message—on the eve of implementing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action—that Tehran will be calling the shots. So Obama made no mention of Iran's capturing 10 Americans during his speech: No way were the Iranians going to get a rise out of him on his day.

The administration would prefer to forget the incident entirely—along with a series of other hostile acts by Iran since the nuclear deal was signed in July.

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After Promising 'Something Different,' Obama Delivers More of the Same

Hosted by Michael Graham.
11:54 PM, Jan 12, 2016
The WEEKLY STANDARD Podcast with senior writer Stephen F. Hayes, breaking down President Obama's final State of the Union Address. Read more

GOP Responds to Obama With Ad Focusing on National Security

'The State Of Our Union Is Less Safe'
11:01 PM, Jan 12, 2016

The Republican National Committee is responding to Barack Obama's final State of the Union Address by releasing this video, focusing on national security failures:

The web ad is titled, "The State Of Our Union Is Less Safe."

“After seven years under President Obama, America has become less prosperous, less safe, and less free," the chairman of the RNC, Reince Priebus, says in a statement. "Americans are reminded daily of this president's failures and broken promises, whether it's higher costs under ObamaCare, the continued decline of the middle class, or the increased threat posed by ISIS and radical Islamic terrorists.

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Obama Preps for Final State of the Union

'I've got 12 months left to squeeze every ounce of change I can while I'm still in office. And that's what I intend to do.'
10:08 AM, Dec 27, 2015

Barack Obama is preparing for his final State of the Union Address, which he'll deliver January 12. And the president is not looking to slow down as the end of his presidency nears.

"I've got 12 months left to squeeze every ounce of change I can while I'm still in office. And that's what I intend to do," Obama writes in an email to supporters.

We've done a lot of remarkable things together this year, and it's because of committed citizens like you that this country keeps moving forward. You keep proving the cynics wrong.

On January 12, I'll be giving my last State of the Union address. I want you to watch, and say you're ready to keep up the fight in 2016 -- because your voice matters just as

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SOTU: Let’s Us Know When You Get There

12:31 PM, Jan 21, 2015

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.

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Andrea Mitchell: Obama’s Foreign Policy 'Not Close to Reality'

11:42 PM, Jan 20, 2015

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.

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Obama Knocks 'Constant Fundraising,' Then Immediately Asks for Donations

11:01 PM, Jan 20, 2015

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.

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Video: Obama Taunts Republicans: 'I Know Because I Won Both of Them'

10:45 PM, Jan 20, 2015

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."

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Appears to Fall Asleep During State of the Union

10:23 PM, Jan 20, 2015

Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg appeared to fall asleep during President Obama's lenghty State of the Union address:


I give Ruth Bader Ginsburg 5 minutes…

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Obama’s Defiant Speech

10:16 PM, Jan 20, 2015

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.

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Obama on 'Remaking America': 'We’ve Laid a New Foundation'

9:28 PM, Jan 20, 2015

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

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Full Text of Republican Response to State of the Union

9:10 PM, Jan 20, 2015

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:

“Good evening.

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Obama: I'm 'Stopping' Islamic States 'Advance'

8:15 PM, Jan 20, 2015

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."

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The State of the State of the Union

Feb 10, 2014

Where you stand on President Obama’s State of the Union address last week depends, to some degree, on where you sit. Liberals thought the president was feisty, determined, basking in the glow of historic achievements, throwing down the gauntlet at obstructive Republicans. Conservatives thought the president seemed decidedly out of steam, listless, defensive, excessively partisan, willfully ignorant of dangerous problems, threatening to govern by executive fiat.

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'Same Old Story'

2:36 PM, Jan 29, 2014

The GOP dismisses President Obama's State of the Union Address with this online video, showing the president repeated lines from previous addresses:

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Cantor Applauds Obama's Immigration Push

11:37 AM, Jan 29, 2014

House majority leader Eric Cantor applauded President Obama's push for so-called immigration reform in last night's State of the Union Address:

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A Small, Incoherent State of the Union Address

1:16 AM, Jan 29, 2014

President Barack Obama delivered a State of the Union Address on Tuesday that was important less for what he said than for what it says about him.

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Biden Asks for $3 After State of the Union

10:39 PM, Jan 28, 2014

Almost immediately after tonight's State of the Union Address, Vice President Joe Biden sent an email to supporters of the Democratic party asking for money.

"Friend," Biden wrote, "I am so proud to stand with Barack tonight. If you are too, chip in $3 or more to support Democrats, and let's go follow through."

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Text of Republican Response to State of the Union

10:32 PM, Jan 28, 2014

The text of the Republican response to the State of the Union Address, delivered by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state:

WASHINGTON, DC – Following is the full text of the Republican Address to the Nation by House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), as prepared for delivery:

What an honor it is for me to be with you after the President’s State of the Union.

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Text of the State of the Union Address

9:15 PM, Jan 28, 2014

President Obama's State of the Union Address, as prepared for delivery:

Remarks of President Barack Obama – As Prepared for Delivery

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Gibbs: Obama 'Stopped Trying' to Change Washington Long Ago

8:17 AM, Jan 28, 2014

Former press secretary Robert Gibbs said today on TV that President Obama and his White House "long ago" gave up on "trying" to change Washington:

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Obama to Partner With Google for 'First-Ever Presidential Hangout Road Trip'

11:00 AM, Jan 23, 2014

President Obama will partner with Google for the "first-ever Presidential Hangout Road Trip," Google announced today.

"Next Tuesday, at 9pm EST, President Obama will deliver his annual State of the Union address to Congress. Later that week, you'll have the chance to connect with the President and speak about his administration’s plan in the first-ever Presidential Hangout Road Trip," claims Google in a blog post.

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The Obama Scorecard

Every government program is a winner.
Feb 25, 2013



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Barnes Podcast: Obama Thinks He's the New FDR

Hosted by Michael Graham.
4:05 PM, Feb 15, 2013

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with Fred Barnes, hosted by Michael Graham:

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There He Goes Again

2:30 AM, Feb 13, 2013

Did I miss something? Or was the State of the Union Address delivered by President Obama last night unusually pedestrian, packed to the gills with clichés, promises, gimmicks, and endless talk of partnerships, goals, challenges, and commissions for which Washington is famous?

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Text: The Republican Response

10:24 PM, Feb 12, 2013

The Republican response to the State of the Union Address, which will be delivered by Marco Rubio, as prepared for delivery:

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'Lipstick Wiped' from Obama's Face

10:22 PM, Feb 12, 2013

The AP put out this photo on the wire:

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Obama: Raise Minimum Wage to $9 Per Hour

9:21 PM, Feb 12, 2013

In tonight's State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama calls for minimum wage to be raised to $9 per hour.

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Obama Proposes Cap and Trade

9:17 PM, Feb 12, 2013

In his State of the Union Address this evening, President Barack Obama will encourage Congress to adapt a cap and trade plan to deal with climate change. Energy, climate, and taxes are a sizable portion of Obama's speech.

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