State Of The Union Articles

Obama Meets the Press—for Lunch

5:41 PM, Feb 12, 2013

President Barack Obama had lunch today with members of the press. But we likely won't find out what was discussed: The entire luncheon was off the record.

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Not On the Agenda

1:05 PM, Feb 12, 2013

Tonight, the President will deliver the usual boring laundry list of promises about jobs, prosperity, affordable education, wide roads, and a blissful future.  And in the morning, millions of Americans will take a harder hit when they buy gasoline, which is, for most of them, not a discretionary purchase.  

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GOP Mocks Obama: 'When In Doubt, Raise Taxes'

8:03 AM, Feb 12, 2013

In a short web ad released today, ahead of Barack Obama's State of the Union Address, the Republican party mocks the president for always wanting to raise taxes:

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Rubio Previews SOTU Response: Says He'll Push Contrast on Policy, Tone

He’ll be broad, upbeat—and preview the coming disaster.
7:00 AM, Feb 12, 2013

From the earliest days of Marco Rubio’s plucky campaign for the U.S. Senate, his diehard supporters spoke of the day that their man would have an opportunity to challenge Barack Obama – his policies, his vision, his rhetoric. They were certain that Rubio was so gifted an orator and possessed such a unique set of political skills that he would be able to make immediate and improbable leaps that most politicians could not execute.

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Presidential Pivot

11:55 AM, Feb 11, 2013

The headline on Ron Fournier's National Journal story warns us to be alert for a "pivot" by the president in his State of the Union address.  It seems that regarding the president's Inaugural Address “the perception remains that Obama lost focus on the economy -- the top issue in the minds of most voters. So look for an address Tuesday tilted heavily toward policies pledging action on joblessness, growing the economy and expanding the middle class, White House officials said Friday.”

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Marco Rubio to Give GOP Address Following Obama State of the Union

3:49 PM, Feb 06, 2013

Marco Rubio, the Florida Republican senator elected in 2010, will give the Republican response to Barack Obama's state of the union address next week. From a joint statement from House speaker John Boehner and Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell:

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Obama to Deliver State of the Union on Lincoln's Birthday

11:12 AM, Jan 11, 2013

President Barack Obama will deliver this year's State of the Union Address on February 12, which is the same day as Abraham Lincoln's birthday.

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Yes, We Can...

Feb 06, 2012

These days one can sense a palpable fear among Republicans that the 2012 presidential election is slipping through their fingers. Their constellation of concerns includes the (perceived) weaknesses of the two frontrunners, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich; the increasing ferocity of their clash; the public’s antipathy toward Congress (including the GOP-controlled House); and a slight uptick in the economy (including a drop in the unemployment rate), which is redounding to the benefit of the incumbent. Barack Obama may be a lousy president, the argument goes, but he’s a very good campaigner.

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...But It Won’t Be Easy

Feb 06, 2012

On January 23, 1980, Jimmy Carter gave what turned out to be his final State of the Union address. Ronald Reagan’s victory over Carter that November spared us any more of them. Will Barack Obama’s appearance before Congress on January 24, 2012, be his swan song? 

’Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished. 

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The Great Tuition Pander

Obama versus the bursars.
Feb 06, 2012

To the long list of constituencies at whom President Obama is righteously cheesed off​—​millionaires, billionaires, international terrorists, those sorts of people​—​we may now add the bursars of America’s colleges and universities. He devoted a passage of his State of the Union address last week to the problem of unaffordable college tuition. His face took on that no-nonsense, determined look when he spotted the subject rolling up his teleprompter.

“We can’t just keep subsidizing

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Schumer on State of the Union: 'We Think We Are in Great Shape'

2:24 PM, Jan 25, 2012

New York senator Chuck Schumer commented on Mitch Daniels's Republican response to the State of the Union Address at a press conference today on Capitol Hill. "The Republican speaker last night, Mitch Daniels, talked about Americans must talk about the state of the union as grave," Schumer said. "So, we think we are in great shape. We are in good shape."

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Obama and the Military

9:23 AM, Jan 25, 2012

The boss noted President Obama's praise for the military in last night's State of the Union address—praise, that is, designed to advance his own liberal agenda. President Obama is “using the prestige of the military to justify the nanny state,” as the boss wrote last night. Still, Obama seemed genuinely to care about our troops.

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An Utterly Unremarkable Address

12:50 AM, Jan 25, 2012

There were some nice patriotic touches, a passel of small proposals, and old ideas like soaking the rich in President Obama’s State of the Union Address. But mostly the speech consisted of an effort to make a big deal out of not much.

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Haven't We Heard this Before?

11:46 PM, Jan 24, 2012

The Republican National Committee has compiled this video comparing lines President Obama used tonight in his State of the Union Address with lines he used in previous addresses before Congress:

Obama 2010: "It's time for colleges and universities to get serious about cutting their own costs.

Obama 2012: "Colleges and universities have to do their part by working to keep costs down."

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What Obama Didn't Say in the State of the Union

11:01 PM, Jan 24, 2012

Obama's State of the Union might be most notable for what was not said. There were 44 words dedicated to health care reform. There was no mention of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, aka stimulus bill.

That is rather telling, considering that these are Obama's two largest policy achivements, and they remain political kryptonite even years later.

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Text of the State of the Union Address

9:11 PM, Jan 24, 2012

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

Remarks of President Barack Obama – As Prepared for Delivery
State of the Union Address

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Draft of Mitch Daniels’s Response to State of the Union!?
1:19 PM, Jan 19, 2012

This morning, the Republican leadership on the Hill announced that Indiana governor Mitch Daniels would deliver the GOP response Tuesday night to President Obama’s State of the Union Address.

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