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. As Government Executive reports, at one point the president said:
“We need to set our sights higher than just making sure government doesn’t screw things up.”
One wonders just how many millions of Americans would settle for that. And appreciate being informed when Washington gets there.
This, by the way, in the same speech where the president devoted one of his tiresome brags to the matter of how well his administration managing the … Veterans Affairs.
One also wonders just how many veterans would have felt blessed to be caught up in a bureaucracy that didn’t “screw things up.”
Before raising the bar, Washington, the administration, and government should work on clearing the low one of routine competence and honesty.
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.
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."
Feb 10, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 21 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
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.
2:36 PM, Jan 29, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The GOP dismisses President Obama's State of the Union Address with this online video, showing the president repeated lines from previous addresses:
11:37 AM, Jan 29, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
House majority leader Eric Cantor applauded President Obama's push for so-called immigration reform in last night's State of the Union Address:
1:16 AM, Jan 29, 2014 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
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.
10:39 PM, Jan 28, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
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."
10:32 PM, Jan 28, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
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.