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.Read more
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.Read more
The first lady of the United States will be sitting with a Syrian refugee at this week's State of the Union Address. The refugee's name is Refaai Hamo.
"Growing up in Syria, Refaai Hamo lived what seemed to be the kind of life associated with the American Dream – the son of a farmer and housewife, he worked construction at night to pay his way through college on his way to a PhD, married his college sweetheart and built a family together. This life and happiness changed forever when a Syrian government anti-personnel missile tore through the complex Refaai designed and where his family lived; in total seven of his family members died, including his wife and one daughter," the White House explains in an announcement.Read more
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
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with executive editor Fred Barnes on President Obama's State of the Union address.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with Bill Kristol on President Obama's State of the Union address:Read more
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.Read more
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."Read more
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.Read more
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 aRead more
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.Read more
Obama: 'No Challenge – No Challenge – Poses a Greater Threat to Future Generations Than Climate Change'
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.Read more
Throughout his presidency, Barack Obama has repeatedly said he isn't set on just implementing his own agenda -- if other people have ideas, he wants to hear them.Read more
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:Read more
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.Read more
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