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February 17, 2009 - David Letterman - Top Ten Things Hillary Clinton Wants To Accomplish On Her Trip Overseas

10 Exchange U.S. dollars for currency that's worth something

9 Win respect defeating Japan's top-ranked sumo wrestler

8 Shift world's perception of America from "hated" to "extremely disliked"

7 Personally thank all of her illegal campaign donors

6 Three words: stylish Indonesian pantsuits

5 Visit burial site of revered Chinese military leader, General Tso

4 Get drunk with that Japanese finance minister guy

3 Convince China to switch from lead-tainted products to mercury-tainted products

2 Catch Chinese screening of Benjamin Button entitled "The Strange Adventures of Freaky Grandpa Baby"

1 Pick up carton of duty-free smokes for Obama

February 16, 2009 - David Letterman - Top Ten Things Abraham lincoln Would Say If He Were Alive Today

10 "Sup?"

9 "I see Madonna's still a slut"

8 "Who's that handsome sumbitch on the five?"

7 "Is that free Grand Slam deal still going on at Denny's?"

6 "I just changed my Facebook status update to, Tthe 'ol rail splitter is chillaxing'"

5 "How do I get on 'Dancing with the Stars'?"

4 "Okay, Obama, you're from Illinois, too. We get it!"

3 "Hey Phelps, don't Bogart the weed!"

2 "What's the deal with Joaquin Phoenix?"

1 "A Broadway play? Uhhh, no thanks. I'm good."

January 28, 2009 - David Letterman - Top Ten Things Overheard at the Meeting Between Barack Obama and the Republicans

10 "I miss the Clinton administration when we'd meet at Hooters"

9 "Can we wrap this up? I've got tickets to the 4:30 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop"

8 "Smoke break!"

7 "You fellas really need to take it easy on the Old Spice"

6 "Mr. President: don't misunderestimate the Republicans"

5 "Another smoke break!"

4 "What was the deal with Aretha Franklin's hat?"

3 "About that tax the rich stuff -- you were joking, right?"

2 "Sir, it's refreshing to have a Chief Executive who speaks in complete sentences"

1 "Senator Craig's offering his stimulus package in the men's room"

January 27, 2009 - David Letterman - Top Ten Ways Rod Blagojevich Can Improve His Image

10 Star in new television series, "America's Funniest Haircuts"

9 Quit politics and become a fat, lovable mall cop

8 Start pronouncing last name with Jerry Lewis-like "BLAGOOOYYYJEVICH"

7 Offer a senate seat with no money down, zero percent interest

6 Team up with John Malkovich and Erin Brockovich for hot Malkovich-Brockovich-Blagojevich sex tape

5 Change his name to Barod Obamavich

4 Safely land an Airbus on the Hudson River

3 I don't know...how about showing up for his impeachment trial?

2 Wear sexy dresses, high heels and say, "You Betcha!"

1 Uhhh...resign?

January 16, 2000 - David Letterman - Top Ten Signs Obama's Getting Nervious

10 New slogan: "Yes we can... or maybe not, it's hard to say"

9 In moment of confusion, requested a $300 billion bailout from the bailout industry

8 He's up to not smoking three packs a day

7 Friends say he's looking frail, shaky and...no, that's McCain

6 He's so stressed, doctors say he's developing a Sanjay in his Gupta

5 Been walking around muttering, "What the hell have I gotten myself into?"

4 Offered Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, $100,000 to buy his old Senate seat back

3 Standing on White House roof screaming, "Save us, Superman!"

2 Sweating like Bill Clinton when Hillary comes home early

1 He demanded a recount

January 8, 2000 - David Letterman - Top Ten Barack Obama Plans To Fix The Economy

10 Encourage tourists to throw spare change in the Grand Canyon

9 End our dependence on foreign owls

8 Sell New Mexico to Mexico

7 Put a little of that bailout money on the Ravens plus 3 at Tennessee. Come on! It's a mortal lock!

6 Rent out the moon for weddings and Bar Mitzvahs

5 Lotto our way out of this son-of-a-bitch

4 Appear on "Deal or No Deal" and hope to choose the right briefcase

3 Bail out the adult film industry -- not sure how it helps, but it can't hurt

2 Release O.J. from prison, have him steal America's money from China

1 Stop talkin' and start Obama-natin'!

January 7, 2000 - David Letterman - Top Ten Things Overheard At The Presidents' Lunch

10 "Sorry, you're not on the list, Mr. Gore"

9 "If Hillary calls, I've been here since Monday"

8 "Laura! More Mountain Dew!"

7 "You guys wanna see, 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop'?"

6 "Call the nurse -- George swallowed a napkin ring!"

5 "Hey Barack, wanna go with us to Cabo in March? Oh that's right, you have to work!"

4 "Kissey kissey"

3 "Obama? I think he's downstairs smoking a butt"

2 "Did you ever see a monkey sneezing?"

1 "I hope Clinton's unbuckling his belt because he's full"

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State Of The Union Publicity Stunt Day

Update III: Maybe he should speak to his own hires first. According to John Heileman Obama has not spoken with half a dozen in the cabinet for two years now.

Uppity Woman is also playing Bingo with another set of cards provided by I Own The World.

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Update II: The full speech is HERE minus the fake adlibs no doubt already prepared by speechwriters.

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Update: PUMA PAC has the Obama BingO cards. Collect all four Obama Bingo cards and play along with tonight’s laughfest. This latest BingO game is not to be confused with Obama Apologist Bingo which we have played on earlier occasions.

As to tonight as “prom night” this is a “Don’t ask Don’t tell” we wholeheartedly support. What will be the ugliest/hypocritical coupling we see tonight? Will any of these prom dates be worst than THIS?

Other questions which will be answered tonight: Will Michelle Obama lecture Daniel Hernandez, the hero intern, on her diet theories and scowl as he rejects her anti-hero sandwiches diatribes? Who is more photogenic – Paul Ryan or Michelle Bachmann as they deliver the Republican Party and the Tea Party responses?

More updates as necessary.

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The only reason to watch tonight’s publicity stunt State Of The Union speech is to see if the “prom night” seating arrangement backfires. Now that they will not be divided by an aisle but rather sitting at close proximity it would “up” the entertainment value if Obama Dimocrats and Republicans start punching or biting each other when they disagree. We’ll watch and comment tonight, for this unlikely reason alone, fingers crossed.

Other than that potential for World Wrestling type entertainment there is not much reason to watch or listen tonight. We know that Michelle Obama will be told to leave the cocktail dress in the hamper and dress in something sensible that most Americans will not recoil at seeing.

The “no cocktail dress” strategy will be the big concession to political independents and the visually unimpaired. Michelle Obama will be forced to do her part to appear “middle of the road”. As part of that great reach out to sensible Americans we can almost guarantee that Michelle Obama will have one of her Cinderellas sew sleeves onto whatever frock is forced on her.

Seated next to M.O., expect someone like Congresswoman Gifford’s husband as an example of how “in touch” Michelle Obama and Barack Obama are. We will not be surprised if there is an additional “surprise” guest (maybe Daniel Hernandez the Gifford’s intern – he’s gay and Latino and young – a threefer publicity stunt plum).

As to Barack Obama, the big issue is whether or not he will wash the gray hairs away, once again, in order to appear young and vigorous – a la Justin Beiber – to his drifting away Obama Cult. Having been caught more than once with Miss Clairol the betting is that he will not try to ban the gray hairs in such a major public appearance. If he does go anti-gray, this will be an indication that Obama and his White House thugs believe Big Media will still protect him from even such low level scrutiny. If we do see gray, it is an indication that Obama believes Big Media is off the reservation and will indeed remark if the gray suddenly vanishes.

Our bet on this most “gray” issue is that Obama will vote “present”. Expect enough of a cover up that Big Media will feel able to ignore the lessened gray but enough gray will be covered up so that Obama’s head will not appear to be a moldy strawberry.

Another big concern for tonight will be whether to wear a red or a blue necktie. We’re betting he will wear blue in order to make the verbiage more palatable to Obama Dimocrats. However, the history of Obama’s neck-wear is that he will go with red because it makes him feel more manly.

The above sums up the totality of substance we can expect from tonight’s publicity stunt.

Big Media will concentrate on the silly and unimportant tonight. Big Media will count how much applause there is even though these days the applause count is settled on before the publicity stunt speech. Back in the days of JFK and before, the amount of applause was not carefully choreographed and itemized so it had some meaning. No longer. Ignore the applause counts.

Big Media will concentrate on the silly and unimportant tonight. Ignore the words and whatever Barack Obama says – Obama cannot be trusted by friends nor foes. Ignore what the Republicans say. Ignore what Barack Obama does. Ignore what the Republicans do. None of that will matter. It is a big publicity stunt tonight and has no correlation to the real state of the union.

While all State of the Union speeches are publicity stunts this one is particularly meaningless. Barack Obama will do or say whatever is good for himself at the moment and the filth which now passes as the American left will inject Hopium and cheer.

Republicans will pretend to listen but their strategy, along with goalposts, is set. Republican have to just not be scary in public thereby giving Obama an opening to shout “scary racists” and they will achieve their strategic aims.

The Tea Party activists will not get nearly as much as they want but they will get a whole lot more from Republicans than the fake Obama cheering filthy left will get:

“As the president touts spending austerity, deficit reduction and extension of the Bush-era tax cuts, some Democrats worry Obama will pivot too hard away from the party’s core principles and concede too much to the new House GOP majority that campaigned on destroying his agenda. [snip]

A labor official, who asked not to be identified in order to speak more candidly about the president’s political situation, noted that “the midterm elections freed” Obama to work independently and without regard to his party’s left.

“The left understands that the choice in 2012 will be Obama or somebody far worse,” the official said. “They will have no choice, no matter what Obama says in the State of the Union address. No matter how much we complain, he knows that at the end of the day, we will be supporting him in 2012 — and that affects what he can do now. The choice for us will be an administration that disappointed us or a Republican administration that will be out to destroy us.”’

Barack Obama has no strategy, such as Bill Clinton did, based on advancement of core Democratic values. For Barack Obama it is all about Barack Obama. The filth that pretends to be the American left is now only a cheering squad for Obama and not much else. The filthy left will ignore the old and no longer “operative” Obama promises on Guantanamo, FISA, lobbyists, rendition, transparency, etc., etc., ad nauseum.

Republicans will not be so stupid or filthy as what passes for the American left these days. Republicans will not be fooled by Obama spending “freezes”.

Someday the American left, a needed counterpoint to the needed voice of the American right will return as a chastened, honest, force. But that day will not be today. Today is a day for a big publicity stunt drenched with treachery and cowardice.

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441 comments to State Of The Union Publicity Stunt Day

  • BigCatLover

    I believe that Gifford’s husband has declined an invitation to attend the SOTU, but other will be there. Repeating comment from last thread:

    There will be emotional highlights as well, especially as many of those touched by the Tucson shootings will be sitting with first lady Michelle Obama in her gallery box in the House chamber. Daniel Hernandez, the intern who helped save Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ life, is expected, as are Dr. Peter Rhee and several other doctors who attended to the victims . The first lady has also invited members of the family of Christina Taylor Green, the 9-year-old killed in the attack. The president’s speech will no doubt feature another brief but moving tribute to those lost in the shooting and the heroism displayed that day. And that, no doubt, will again win applause from all.

    —Jane Sasseen is the editor-in-chief of politics and opinion at Yahoo! News.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_exclusive/20110125/pl_yblog_exclusive/a-viewers-guide-what-to-watch-for-during-obamas-state-of-the-union-speech

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  • Mrs. Smith

    ” We know that Michelle Obama will be told to leave the cocktail dress in the hamper and dress in something sensible that most Americans will not recoil at seeing.”

    “The “no cocktail dress” strategy will be the big concession to political independents and the visually unimpaired. Michelle Obama will be forced to do her part to appear “middle of the road”.
    _________________

    OSHKOSH OVERALLS, that is a huge sacrifice! :roll:

  • S

    from the last thread and ‘relevant’ here:

    pm317
    January 25th, 2011 at 10:11 am

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    pm317…I never really noticed but that definitely does look like a chin implant

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    Admin says:

    The “no cocktail dress” strategy will be the big concession to political independents and the visually unimpaired. Michelle Obama will be forced to do her part to appear “middle of the road”. As part of that great reach out to sensible Americans we can almost guarantee that Michelle Obama will have one of her Cinderellas sew sleeves onto whatever frock is forced on her.

    ********************************************************************

    so what’s it going to be??? bows or a belt?? or a combo bow/belt?

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    I heard that Giffords husband will not be present, he will be with Gabby, however intern/aide, Hernandez will be sitting next to MO…AND the 9 year old Christina’s parents will be with MO…

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    last year O’s SOTU lasted 69 minutes, inc applause…any bets on if he will break his record

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  • moononpluto

    so in otherwords, The Obama’s will parade a numerous amount of gunshot victims for poll points.

    Maybe he’ll get them up to dance to his latest Hollywood music video produced by his fawning stars, Will Babs Streisand pop out and do a rendition of We are the World.

    I can’t bear to watch it but i might just for morbid curiosity of his giveaway smirk that show he means none of it and his firebrand fingerwagging, you know he wont be able to resist.

  • jbstonesfan

    funny stuff admin!!!!

  • pm317

    @Admin “We know that Michelle Obama will be told to leave the cocktail dress in the hamper and dress in something sensible that most Americans will not recoil at seeing.”

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    Something like this? ;)

    http://lh3.ggpht.com/_DawJTCHuL3c/TT7Um8Ll0qI/AAAAAAAAKxA/maSnzwdyQrk/butt_thumb%5B9%5D.jpg?imgmax=800

  • pm317

    {From NQ Comments}
    guest
    Well, with one of Bill Clinton’s SOTUs we at least saw what a brilliant man he is when his teleprompter showed him the wrong speech and he gave the right speech nonetheless from memory. I am waiting for that to happen with this clown. Wouldn’t that be a circus worth our time to watch?
    Today, 3:01:54 PM

    yttik
    It would be kind of funny if Bill Clinton showed up to the SOTU address and Barky just walked away from the podium, claiming he really needed to go sit with Michelle.
    Today, 3:28:14 PM

    guest
    LOL yttik is the thread winner, yay!!
    Today, 3:36:25 PM

  • Mrs. Smith

    “I believe that Gifford’s husband has declined an invitation to attend the SOTU, but other will be there.”
    ________________________

    Well, at least someone has a mind of his own and isn’t in outer space somewhere enamored by the winner of the American Idol Presidency, Ivan the Terrible.

  • moononpluto

    Well considering that Michelle normally looks like a bomb thats gone off in a Laura Ashley store, when she tries to dress down like that she just looks like a prison governor, severe and scowling.

  • pm317

    S
    January 25th, 2011 at 3:27 pm
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    Remember the LA vacation? ;)

  • pm317

    moononpluto
    January 25th, 2011 at 3:43 pm
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    LOL, We can depend on you and rgb to come up with lines like that.

  • moononpluto

    PM317,

    Michelles dress sense is weird, its almost like, you know, she couldnt afford proper designer gear and instead ran the dress up herself from a picture from a catalogue with last years curtains.

    She is one of the only woman i know who could take could possibly take a Vivienne Westwood or big name designer outfit and make it look like she plucked it off the rack in Walmart.

  • HillaryforTexas

    The narrative is already set, and has had the groundwork for it laid all this week by the journolisters.

    Post-speech, the gushing media will proclaim him REAGAN REINCARNATE!!!

    Watch. Betcha I’m right. He’ll try his damnedest to channel the Gipper, and the media will immediately trumpet his success in doing so.

  • JanH

    Bravo, Admin! I wonder if they will sell popcorn and hotdogs?

  • JanH

    Secretary Clinton Delivers Remarks With Spanish Foreign Minister Jimenez



  • Shadowfax

    Yeeeeehaw, a new post!!!

    Off to read, thank you Admin.

  • JanH

    Obama’s Unsung Tech Hero: Hillary Clinton

    We’re two years into the Obama administration, and many are measuring how President Obama’s government has delivered on Candidate Obama’s campaign promises.

    Here’s a look at how he’s done on technology policy. Before you yawn and click away, bear in mind: these wonky decisions will fundamentally determine the future of everything you read, watch, and listen to, maybe for generations.

    On the campaign trail, Obama offered aggressive and lofty promises on technology policy — from net neutrality (the principle that enables you to go anywhere on the Internet without permission from your phone and cable company) to media diversity to broadband policy. And he was technologically one step ahead of everyone else as his campaign used new technology innovatively to organize new voters across the nation.

    These promises and innovative uses contributed to the overwhelming support Candidate Obama received from Silicon Valley, many “Net Roots” activists, and even among young voters who grew up with digital technologies.

    But his early report card on technology policy is a mixed bag, with some real surprises — both in the success column and certainly in the failure column. One of the biggest surprises is the low-profile successes of a high profile player.

    But first, the glaring failure named Julius Genachowski, the FCC Chairman. I (and others) have written previously about how he has broken the president’s promises and failed the public on network neutrality, broadband policies, media ownership, and public safety. He has even even broken these promises with impressive political incompetence. Many people are privately calling Genachowski the most disappointing failure in FCC history.

    But there are some often-ignored victories that must not be ignored: stimulus initiatives in broadband deployment, open government, online privacy, and smart grid.

    Here’s how the wins stack up:

    •The stimulus bill in 2009 ordered the Commerce and Agriculture Departments to implement, from scratch, a $7 billion grant program for broadband infrastructure. It’s too early to tell exactly how effectively the two agencies have implemented the program, and there are bound to be errors in any enormous, new project. But even with some potential mistakes, Congress and the administration deserve credit for recognizing the value of this investment. The nation will likely receive a tremendous return on these broadband networks, with benefits in the decades to come.

    •On open government, the White House has done a reasonable — albeit imperfect — job of delivering on its campaign promises. There is more yet to do, but the administration has gone further than previous administrations to provide the public access to government data. It has also initiated some successful experiments using technology to hear from the public, to catalyze potential solutions to major challenges in healthcare, education, and energy.

    •Over at the Federal Trade Commission, the Bureau of Consumer Protection has been both visionary and practical in addressing the new challenges raised by online privacy threats. While many naturally have differing opinions of the FTC’s actions, few can doubt that the FTC has brought a deep level of thought and consideration to what are very difficult issues, and has proposed some workable solutions.

    •Several agencies are working together to ensure our nation can transition to “smart grid” technologies, which are necessary both to plug renewables into our grid and to give consumers more control of their energy consumption. The Department of Energy has taken the lead, from implementing billion-dollar stimulus initiatives to thinking through the privacy implications of a connected electricity grid.

    The Secret Hero

    The most surprising and impressive successes on technology policy in this administration have come from perhaps the agency and the woman least expected to deliver them — the State Department and Hillary Clinton. In 2008, she was supposedly techno-challenged and out of touch… a creature of the 90s… a luddite who ignored Silicon Valley in the campaign and didn’t quite understand the Internet era.

    Remember that woman? (Remember 2008?)

    Today, in 2011, I’m giving Secretary Hillary Clinton the nod as the Obama Administration’s improbable MVP in the technology realm. While she has not magically downloaded world peace on every nation’s hard drive, she has been the smartest, most aggressive, and most successful senior member of the Obama Administration to attempt to harness all things digital to serve her department’s wide-ranging agenda. For that alone, she deserves credit. She has initiated several innovative technology-based diplomacy and development efforts as a means of re-imagining power relationships in a networked world, under the umbrella of a State-Department marketing slogan — “21st Century Statecraft.”

    So, while I have often noted Administration shortcomings (especially at the FCC), here I can give credit where due.

    From where I sit, it appears the State Department has become a hub of technology activity. The Department has been dreaming up imaginative ways to use technology and actually implementing them in particular communities, for the benefit of particular people, in ways that further American diplomatic and development goals.

    Here are some encouraging examples:

    •Clinton’s team facilitated more than $30 million in donations from Americans through text messages for earthquake relief in Haiti. This “people-to-people” diplomacy can be more immediate than “diplomat-to-diplomat” diplomacy, both to other nations’ citizens and to our own. It can win hearts and minds abroad and increase engagement here.

    •Clinton’s team has rethought the State Department’s approach to civil society with a program called Civil Society 2.0 that connects grassroots organizations with technologists. They have used multiple strategies based on mobile technologies in both the Afghanistan war zones and Mexican drug wars.

    •They have started initiatives that further economic and human development by promoting entrepreneurship in developing countries.

    •Clinton has also used technology to address the key development challenge of gender inequality, announcing, with Cheri Blair, an “MWomen” initiative aimed at slashing in half the gap between men and women who use mobile technology. She’s also sending a delegation of women techies to Liberia and Sierra Leone to explore how technology can increase opportunities for women and girls in those countries.

    •And they are injecting new ideas into the State Department while inspiring the next generation. For example, more than 100 college students now have internships in the “virtual student foreign service,” helping embassies understand how to use social media.

    But, more than even these initiatives, Clinton’s global Internet Freedom agenda has struck me as the most important Internet policy initiative of the Obama Administration. Of course, I have worked on open Internet, speech, and entrepreneurship issues for years; so this item is close to my heart.

    But Clinton has done something historic here.

    Almost exactly a year ago, she launched the initiative to place Internet Freedom at the center of our nation’s diplomacy and development agenda. While this initiative specifically challenged China and Iran in some ways, it’s more a broad directional commitment than a specific project.

    Putting Internet Freedom center stage in our diplomatic agenda is part of a long game. International relations, and even international “law,” turn largely on persuasion, on ideas, and on customs among nations. The long game is to change assumptions about, and actions concerning, technology, politics, and economics in the Internet age.

    Rather than being mere rhetoric, in international relations, demonstrating thought leadership and injecting ideas into international dialogue plays an important role in this long diplomatic dance. Governments, supporters, and critics already measure their views and actions on global Internet Freedom against the standard she set in that speech and subsequent actions.

    The Internet Freedom agenda has some vocal skeptics. And they make some good points, though many of these points seem to be criticizing some 1990s utopian hacker rather than Hillary Clinton.

    I don’t see much evidence that Clinton and her deputies are cyber-utopians overlooking the threats of digital technologies in the hands of autocrats. Clay Shirky has addressed this strawman. Do you really think Hillary Clinton, of all people, is an impractical utopian? Her point-man on these issues told the New York Times Magazine the obvious: Clinton “doesn’t believe you can sprinkle the Internet on something and everybody grows up to be healthy, wealthy and wise.” Even in her Internet Freedom speech a year ago, she noted the Internet’s double-edged sword-that technological disruption would bite the US in some ways, even while it fueled our economy and our own diplomatic initiatives.

    I also disagree with critics suggesting that the initiative hasn’t accomplished enough quickly enough. We cannot expect repressive autocrats suddenly to see the light of logic and freedom, within a year of any initiative. And we certainly should not abandon the initiative because Clinton’s Department has failed to bring world peace within a year of announcing a bold policy vision.

    We don’t abandon a challenge merely because it is difficult. We simply have to employ more innovative strategies to meet those challenges.

    That is why it is a good thing that these initiates may not be a flash in the pan. It appears they will become baked into the State Department. Clinton recently released a four-year strategic-policy review called, in the artful language of bureaucracy, the “Quadrennial Diplomatic and Development Review.” If enacted, pieces of it would institutionalize much of her technology-based activity.†In the difficult business of turning enormous bureaucracies in new directions, Clinton’s accomplishments in technology could be a signature piece of her legacy.

    The WikiLeaks Challenge

    One year in, the State Department has not yet met some of the biggest challenges to the 21st Century Statecraft agenda, particularly on Internet Freedom.

    Its toughest challenge to date appears to be WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks will force the leaders on Internet Freedom and open government (both at home and abroad) either to reaffirm their principles under fire or else explain how targeting WikiLeaks is consistent with those principles. If the Administration adopts over-the-top policies of domestic Internet surveillance or puts Julian Assange in the dock on modern-day sedition charges, it will be hard to convince the rest of the world that we still believe in Internet Freedom — as I’ve written elsewhere.

    The response at State and across the Obama administration was not encouraging at first. But we are still in early days.

    Clinton’s initiatives and articulated ideals give me some hope — at least her decisions will be based on reflection and a sensitivity to our ideals. When Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, declaring that all men were created equal, he owned slaves. Women couldn’t vote. But, throughout history, our abolitionists, suffragettes, and civil rights leaders called on our nation, in reality, to live up to the nation’s professed ideals in that Declaration. At least Clinton, like Jefferson, has declared as our goals in the 21st Century to be the highest ideals of freedom and equality. And many are calling on the U.S., once again, to live up to these ideals.

    As a result, as I watch the WikiLeaks become the latest flashpoint balancing liberty and security, I take some comfort that this flashpoint has happened now, with Clinton, Obama, and their lawyers at the helm — rather than a few years back in the days of Bush, Cheney, Addington, and John Yoo. The Bush-era ideals were better reflected in now-reversed legal memos than in initiatives for online privacy, energy innovation, and Internet Freedom.

    Through this challenge, and others, we’ll see if the State Department will maintain a strong, consistent record that will serve our nation in the long-term — or demonstrate the kind of lovable but myopic lack of courage and vision that will define FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski’s legacy on a range of issues.

    I expect some disagreement and know the biggest challenges await. But if you’re giving credit where due, and recognizing the best tech policy and leadership in this Administration’s first two years, you have to give credit to Secretary Clinton.

    Marvin Ammori is a law professor at the University of Nebraska, where he teaches domestic and international telecom law and cyberlaw. He is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marvin-ammori/two-years-in-obamas-tech-_b_813127.html

  • trixta

    This is definitely a rebranding month for BO. I think he is supposed to be the new Reagan.

    Admin: Thank you for all the great articles! (It’s like you read my thoughts only so much more eloquently than I ever could utter myself!!) Question: Is there any way you can add another link to comments right after the title of each of your articles? It would make it so much quicker to get to the comments after the initial read. Thanks again!!

  • admin

    What an honest state of the union speech would look like:

  • confloyd

    Admin, you out did yourself with this one. I will watch now just to see MO’s dress and see if any slapping, cursing or anything else happens with “Obama’s seating arrangements”.

    All fake, more fake, for the fake Potus!

  • Shadowfax

    Admin – What a talent you have with words.

    Loved this post and I might be watching tonight to see which couples come as Prom dates, how getting an elbow in the side will effect the claps and boos meter.

  • JanH

    Maybe Hillary and Gates sitting together?

  • Shadowfax

    JanH
    January 25th, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Bravo, Admin! I wonder if they will sell popcorn and hotdogs?

    ——–
    Along with leftover black t-shirts on every chair.

    Maybe a special ‘D’ pin with the ‘New and improved’ Dem. logo on it for every Prom couple.

  • holdthemaccountable

    This link names another who will sit with MO:

    snip Eighteen-year-old Brandon Ford was all smiles Monday as Philadelphia School District officials acknowledged that he has been invited to sit with First Lady Michelle Obama during State of the Union address. “They cordially invited me and it was an honor that I get to meet the President,” Ford told Action News.

    Ford had a first chance to meet the President last September when he and his West Philadelphia “Hybrid X” team were invited to the White House to be recognized for their work in producing an electric car that could travel the equivalent of 65 mpg. It is part of Progressive’s $10 million Automotive X Prize contest. The team of students competed against corporations, universities and other well-funded organizations from around the world. The team, poorly funded and with not the best of equipment, didn’t win. But they made it to the finals. To the President, that in and of itself was noteworthy. President Obama mentioned them in a speech: “What they had was a program that challenged them to solve problems and to work together, to learn to build and create and that’s the kind of spirit and ingenuity that we have to foster.” In the audience were all of the members of the West Philadelphia High School Hybrix X team except for Ford. He wasn’t allowed through White House Security because he forgot his ID card. snip
    http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/politics&id=7917101

  • JanH

    lol Shadowfax,

    Maybe they will have cheerleaders as well.

  • wbboei

    Other than that potential for World Wrestling type entertainment there is not much reason to watch or listen tonight.
    —————————
    LJ agrees:

    Tonight’s State of the Union is a waste of your time and public air. And I would say this even if Ronald Reagan was resurrected from the grave and was going to speak (though Reagan is a far more gifted orator). This event exists primarily as a gala for the cable news channels. Most people will not be watching. Just as well. Those who choose to tune in will hear carefully crafted Orwellian verbal pablum. We will be promised that Government spending will be frozen and that Barack Obama is going to INVEST in education. But in Government lingo the term, “INVEST” is just a clever way to do more spending. See? If you don’t call it “SPENDING” it is not “SPENDING.”

    What I find shocking is that all of the cable news channels–FOX, CNN and MSNBC–are acting like something of consequence is going to happen tonight. But this is scripted nonsense. Look at every State of the Union address going back to Ronald Reagan’s first whirl at the podium and I defy you to identify one thing that was said that ever made a difference.

    It would be one thing if the President was actually not able to speak to the American public. Hell, even Obama (who is kept inside a protective bubble by his Chicago aides) is out doing public speeches almost weekly. There is a strong case to be made that he is terribly over exposed. Getting his mug on the tube tonight will not slow the pace of home foreclosures or quicken a turnaround in the economy. Obama just wants to look competent, avoid gaffes and do the equivalent of kiss the cute baby. His only job tonight is to speak in soothing tones and try to ingratiate himself with the viewing audience.

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    Well, with one of Bill Clinton’s SOTUs we at least saw what a brilliant man he is when his teleprompter showed him the wrong speech and he gave the right speech nonetheless from memory. I am waiting for that to happen with this clown. Wouldn’t that be a circus worth our time to watch?

  • jbstonesfan

    Boehner may cry tonight having to stand up and “applaud the fraud” so many times…

  • Mrs. Smith

    JanH
    January 25th, 2011 at 4:39 pm
    lol Shadowfax,

    Maybe they will have cheerleaders as well.
    ____________________

    If not, canned applause for sure!

  • S

    JanH
    January 25th, 2011 at 4:39 pm
    lol Shadowfax,

    Maybe they will have cheerleaders as well.
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    yeah, probably an opening act to warm up the crowd…maybe a few rappers…

    …and then cue the band and chorus when O comes on…maybe one of his favs, herbie hancock on piano, etc…oh…and special appearance by Beyonce…for sure!

  • Shadowfax

    trixta

    Is there any way you can add another link to comments right after the title of each of your articles? It would make it so much quicker to get to the comments after the initial read. Thanks again!!

    ——-
    You can do what I do, hit the ‘End’ button on your keyboard, opposite of the ‘Home’ button. That will take you to the bottom of the thread.

  • pm317

    maybe a few rappers…
    ———–

    yeah, rapping ’99 problems and that bitch is not one of them..’ this time the bitch is Palin of course.

  • moononpluto

    Maybe Obama will have Michelle up dressed as Vanna White and she can spin the “win the future” wheel of Fortune from the podium, knowing Obama its likely to land on BUST or SUCKERS. Why not, we’ll probably have the whole circus freakshow performing and clapping from the performance seals.

  • S

    and full chorus of gospel singers…so when O starts in with quoting scripture…we get the ‘singing amens’

    oh, yes we can…amen…

  • Shadowfax

    I wonder if Nasty will do her Mary Poppins act tonight. Who is her prom date?

    Anyone have a seating arrangement link?

    Maybe Hillary will sit with Gates, McCain, Biden, Gillibrand, and all her friends? Can the Big Dawg go with Hillary?

  • S

    maybe they have redesigned the “stage” so O can rise up behind the podium…like the pop/rock star he is…

  • Mrs. Smith

    Hillary usually sits in the front row directly facing him to Obama’s left

  • Shadowfax

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Tuesday rebuffed Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R-Va.) invitation to sit together at the State of the Union address, informing the Republican lawmaker — via Twitter — that she had already accepted an invitation from another colleague from across the aisle, Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.).

    No prom kiss for Cantor!

  • S

    Pelosi spurns Cantor on seating
    By Russell Berman – 01/25/11 12:51 PM ET

    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) invited Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to sit next to him at the State of the Union address — but the former House Speaker says she’s already committed.

    “I thank @GOPLeader for his #SOTU offer, but I invited my friend Rep. [Roscoe] Bartlett from MD yesterday & am pleased he accepted,” Pelosi tweeted.

    The invitation from Cantor was made Monday evening through staffers for the two leaders, spokesman Brad Dayspring said.

    The pairing would have been among the more high-profile for an event that has in recent days been compared to a school dance, as lawmakers scurry to find cross-party seatmates for the president’s annual address. Instead of the traditional party-line seating arrangement, dozens of members have planned to sit with lawmakers from the other party as a symbol of renewed civility.

    *********************************

    what? they couldn’t make it a threesome?

  • Shadowfax

    Some men prefer taking men to the Prom…

    “I think if Coburn and Schumer can sit next to each other, then probably just about everybody can,” Schumer told the CBS program “Face the Nation,” adding: “It’s true it’s symbolic, but let’s not forget (that) oftentimes in history, symbols influence reality.”

    Another conservative Republican, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, told the same program he would be sitting with Democratic Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico, a longtime friend. And Republican Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa tweeted Sunday that his “date” for the speech will be Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon.

    The idea of Democrats and Republicans sitting together for the speech, instead of being segregated on different sides of the House chamber, was first raised by Colorado Sen. Mark Udall, a Democrat and the cousin of New Mexico’s Udall.

    Now more than 20 legislators have said they will break tradition by sitting next to members of the other party.

    McCain called it “a good idea,” but also said it was “a bit overblown.” One benefit he hoped for was fewer of the automatic standing ovations by Democrats for a Democratic president, or Republicans for any right-leaning proposal Obama might endorse in the speech.

    “I frankly think the cheerleading side of it has detracted from the ability of any president, Republican or Democrat, to speak continuously to the American people without so many interruptions,” McCain said. “I think there will be plenty of interruptions, and it doesn’t matter where you sit, but it might be nice to have a few less.”

    Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, the second-ranking Democrat in the chamber, told “FOX News Sunday” that he and newly elected Republican Sen. Mark Kirk from his home state would sit together on Tuesday.

    “I’m bringing the popcorn; he’s bringing a Coke with two straws,” Durbin said. “Just kidding, of course.”

    Others are not so enthusiastic. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said on FOX that he would sit in his usual Senate seat.

    “If people want to mix it up, we don’t have seating assignments,” McConnell said. “The American people are more interested in actual accomplishments … than seating arrangements for the State of the Union.”

    For any paparazzi photographers, one of the pairings provides all the necessary elements to set tongues wagging. Two of the most photogenic senators — Republican John Thune of South Dakota and Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand of New York — say they will sit together.

    http://articles.cnn.com/2011-01-23/politics/congress.date.night_1_president-barack-obama-s-state-schumer-new-mexico-s-udall?_s=PM:POLITICS

  • admin

    Nobody thinks “prom night” will last. We used the following video in a different context but it is appropriate tonight:

    http://www.hillaryis44.org/2008/06/28/untied-for-change/

    “Not since Michael Jackson kissed Lisa-Marie Presley has there been a more tortured embrace.

    Michael Jackson/Lisa-Marie legally united for publicity – they untied themselves soon thereafter.”

  • Shadowfax

    Prom Night will turn into one night stands?

  • moononpluto

    You could not make up the incompetence……….seriously wtf? Does no-one check anything these days.

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/crime-scene/from-the-courthouse/md-man-accused-of-faking-count.html

    William Hillar’s impressive resume suggested he’d have plenty of first-hand knowledge for anyone who wanted to learn about counter-terrorism. The Maryland man billed himself as a retired U.S. Special Forces colonel who had served in Asia, the Middle East and Central and South America. He said he was trained in tactical counter-terrorism, psychological warfare and emergency medicine.

    Federal authorities in Maryland say it was a lie.

    On Tuesday, Hillar, 66. of Millersville, was charged in U.S. District Court in Baltimore with mail fraud. According to court records, Hillar has given speeches and taught workshops at institutions, including the California-based Monterey Institute for International Studies, for the past decade.

    “The complaint alleges that William G. Hillar was living a lie and basing his entire career on experience he did not have and credentials that he did not earn,” U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein said in a statement. “He was never a colonel, never served in the U.S. Army, never was deployed to exotic locales and never received training in counter-terrorism and psychological warfare while in the armed forces.”

    Officials said that over the course of the scheme Hillar has been paid more than $100,000 by public and private institutions, including law enforcement agencies.

  • admin

    Wbboei, good for Larry Johnson. However there is one additional, fairly recent, instance in which a state of the union address mattered. Recall, Bill Clinton versus Newt Gingrich and Bill said “Save Social Security First”. That one line crumpled the Republican congress. And Bill got rid of the deficit and paying down the debt while advancing our agenda:

  • moononpluto

    In GOP speech tonight, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan vows Repbulicans “will cut spending…create jobs…prosperity & reform govt pgms.”

    In advance excerpt, Ryan will say American skepticism in both political parties “is justified…especially when it comes to spending.”

    Ryan calls it an “unprecedented failure” that Congress failed to pass a budget a federal budget for the current year.

  • moononpluto

    Reid rips proposed earmark ban: “It’s only giving the president more power. He’s got enough power already.”

    Yeah Reid and you wont get your bribes for votes scheme funds.

  • moononpluto

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/41252294

    Jobless Rise in 20 States as Workers Still Laid Off

    The Labor Department says the unemployment rate rose in 20 states and fell in 15. It was unchanged in another 15 states. That’s nearly the same as in November, when the rate rose in 21 states, fell in 15 and was the same in 14.

    The report is evidence that the job market is barely improving even as the economy grows. Most economists expect hiring to pick up this year, although the unemployment rate will likely remain high.

    Employers in most states didn’t add any net new jobs last month. The number of jobs on employer payrolls fell in 35 states in December, the department said. Only 15 states reported gains. Layoffs have slowed dramatically in the past year, but hiring has yet to pick up.

    Texas and South Carolina reported the biggest net job gains in December. Texas added 20,000 positions; South Carolina gained 9,000.

    Nevada, still suffering from a massive housing bust, posted the nation’s highest unemployment rate at 14.5 percent. That’s up from 14.3 percent the previous month and the state’s highest on records dating from 1976. California reported the second-highest rate, at 12.5 percent, followed by Florida at 12 percent.

    North Dakota’s unemployment rate of 3.8 percent was the nation’s lowest. It’s followed by Nebraska and South Dakota, with 4.4 percent and 4.6 percent, respectively.

  • moononpluto

    Now this picture says a million things about Obama’s respect for things, can you spot what i mean? Bonus points if you do? I certainly would’nt do it.

    http://twitpic.com/3td29m

    POTUS fine tuning tonight’s State of the Union w/speechwriter Jon Favreau.

  • confloyd

    Shadowfax,
    Maybe Pelosi is the real “refrigerator”,LOL! She sure don’t like Reid touching her. She definitely is not one of those “feely, touchy people”! I am unfortunately, well not unfortunately, afterall I’m a healthcare worker…I have to be warm hearted.

    Nasty is prolly a cold hearted witch, although she had a million kids, but of coarse it was expected, she’s Catholic!

  • confloyd

    R we liveblogging the speech tonight??

  • moononpluto

    In speech tonight, Pres Obama will tell Dems & GOPs: “We will move forward together, or not at all…”

    ……..

    Oh yeah that’ll fly, thats very threatening language.

  • Shadowfax

    Now this picture says a million things about Obama’s respect for things, can you spot what i mean?

    —–
    Feet and shoes on the table, close to a bowl of food.
    Hair dyed for tonight, balding spot sprayed to cover molded strawberries.
    Small piece of paper for notes when he will droll on for an hour or so.

  • BigCatLover

    Washington, DC
    Tuesday, January 25, 2011

    The House has passed H.Res. 38, which will block further discretionary government spending and pull back the budget to levels before the stimulus bill was enacted in 2008.

    The legislation allows Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R- WI) to have the authority to set spending limits on non-security discretionary items within the federal budget. These legislative items are part of the Republican plan to cut back federal spending and reduce the deficit. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) has stated that the GOP will bring at least one bill per week for debate that fulfills this standard.

    On Wednesday, the House plans to debate and vote on one of the “You Cut” GOP proposals. One of the items is to solicit input from citizens on where to cut the budget. The first item on the list is H.R. 359, a bill to reduce federal spending and the deficit by terminating taxpayer financing of presidential election campaigns and party conventions.
    http://www.c-span.org/Events/House-Votes-to-Cut-Spending-to-2008-Levels/10737419131/

  • moononpluto

    I prefer to call this the State of the Unicorn speech where we hear rainbows and unicorns and fluffy bunnys and all the Kumbayah seating.

  • moononpluto

    Shadow, got it in 1, shoes, feet on the table, practically on the apples….nasty. My Mom would have killed me had i done that.

  • moononpluto

    Obama tonight: “This is our generation’s Sputnik moment.”

    and half the country goes, what the hell is he on about…..

  • Mrs. Smith

    The brotherhood sitting together tonight is supposed to demonstrate the perception of bi-partisanship. When in reality, the sitting together demonstrates they are a Party of ONE-

    All the deals between the two parties have been stuck before-hand with Obama writing X-ecutive Orders faster than a one-armed paperhanger.

    The whole bloody thing is a sham for public consumption. Doing what Obama does BEST. Giving People FALSE HOPE things will CHANGE when No such thing will ever happen. Things are going to get worse NOT better.

    Obama should work for Revlon. He is a Pro at putting Lipstick on Pigs.

  • Mrs. Smith

    stuck=struck

    (sometimes spell check- not a “good ting”)

  • moononpluto

    A Presidential Misfire: Obama’s failure to mention gun control in his State of the Union Address is so telling….

    Apparently not one word of it in the speech.

  • Carol

    I will not be watching as I am not interested in ANYTHING the jackass has to say. However, I do appreciate those here with the stomach to watch the farce and fraud and I will enjoy reading your comments after.

    Off to watch a good video….

  • Shadowfax

    pm317
    January 25th, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    wow, look at Jill Biden’s face! LOL
    —-

    Looks like a three-way, except the male is Barry. :lol:

  • pm317

    Yeah, MO’s expression is creepy to say the least — does she have her tongue out?

  • JanH

    and while obama fiddles…Rome burns…

    Iran Takes Over Lebanon: Bloodless coup brings Hezbollah PM to power

    January 25, 2011

    Angry protesters took to the streets of Lebanon Tuesday after a Hezbollah-backed prime minister was chosen to form the new government.

    The Iran-backed terror group prompted a parliamentary crisis in Lebanon after withdrawing from the government earlier this month. That move came after the government of Saad Hariri continued to cooperate with an international tribunal investigating the death of Saad’s father, former prime minister Rafik Hariri. Hezbollah has been widely implicated in his assassination.

    Lebanon’s new prime minister is Najib Miqati, a Sunni Muslim who won the support of 68 members of Lebanon’s 128-member parliament.

    Rafik Hariri called the Hezbollah takeover a “coup d’etat,” according to The New York Times.

    “What has happened is virtually a coup d’etat, a political coup d’etat,” Mr. Hariri said in an interview at his home near the seat of government that he and his team left only days before. “Me and my allies, we will represent the opposition.” He blamed former allies and said he was filled with “lots of feelings of betrayal.”

    Israel has so far shrugged off the change in government, though the army is keeping a close watch on developments at the northern border.

    “We are concerned about Iranian domination of Lebanon through its proxy, Hezbollah,” said an Israeli official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the situation in Beirut was not yet clear. The idea of a Hezbollah-backed government raised all sorts of questions, he added, including that of Lebanon’s commitment to United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701, which ended Israel’s 2006 war against Hezbollah and underpins the four-year-old cease-fire.

    http://www.worldjewishdaily.com/abbas-return.php

  • moononpluto

    Looks like Egypt is collapsing………..the middle east is falling to shit before our eyes. I have heard real murmurs of deep widespread rebellion going on all over the middle east.

    An Italian news publication has just announced that Gamal Mubarak, Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak’s son who is widely tipped as his successor, has fled to London with his family, Arabic website Akhbar al-Arab said on Tuesday, January 24, 2011.

    Gamal Mubarak is seen as Hosni Mubarak’s successor. The report is unconfirmed, but goes on to say that the family and 97 pieces of luggage on board left for London on Tuesday from an airport in western Cairo.

    The day has seen a revolutionary uprising of Egyptians against the regime of Hosni Mubarak asking for his resignation. Police and protesters clashed, and an anti-riot police officer was killed in Central Cairo.

    Taking part in the protest were supporters of former UN nuclear watchdog chief Mohammed El Baradei, the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, the opposition al-Ghad party, the al-Wafd party and supporters of the ’6 April’ movement.

  • moononpluto

    Something is seriously going on in the middle east, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, the others countries are beginning to fall apart.

  • moononpluto

    What is going on

    They killed a couple of protester’s in Egypt and riots are also breaking out in Yemen and Algeria.

    ADEN, Yemen (AP) — Drawing inspiration from the revolt in Tunisia, thousands of Yemenis fed up with their president’s 32-year rule demanded his ouster Saturday in a noisy demonstration that appeared to be the first large-scale public challenge to the strongman.

    Clashes also broke out Saturday in Algeria, as opposition activists there tried to copy the tactics of their Tunisian neighbors, who forced their longtime leader to flee the country more than a week ago.

    The protests in Yemen appeared to be the first of their kind. The nation’s 23 million citizens have many grievances: they are the poorest people in the Arab world, the government is widely seen as corrupt and is reviled for its alliance with the United States in fighting al-Qaida, there are few political freedoms and the country is rapidly running out of water.

    Still, calling for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down had been a red line that few dissenters dared to test.

    In a reflection of the tight grip Saleh’s government and its forces have in the capital — outside the city, that control thins dramatically — Saturday’s demonstration did not take place in the streets, but was confined to the grounds of the University of Sanaa.

    Around 2,500 students, activists and opposition groups gathered there and chanted slogans against the president, comparing him to Tunisia’s ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, whose people were similarly enraged by economic woes and government corruption.

    “Get out get out, Ali. Join your friend Ben Ali,” the crowds chanted.

    One of the organizers, Fouad Dahaba, said the demonstration was only a beginning and they will not stop until their demands are met.

    “We will march the streets of Sanaa, to the heart of Sanaa and to the presidential palace. The coming days will witness an escalation,” said Dahaba, an Islamist lawmaker and head of the teachers’ union.

    …………………

    Algeria

    In Algeria, meanwhile, helmeted riot police armed with batons and shields clashed with rock- and chair-throwing protesters who tried to march in the capital in defiance of a ban on public gatherings.

    At least 19 people were injured, the government said, but an opposition party official put the figure at more than 40.

    Protest organizers at the democratic opposition party RCD draped a Tunisian flag next to the Algerian flag on a balcony of the party headquarters where the march was to begin in the capital, Algiers.

    Riot police, backed by a helicopter and crowd-control trucks, ringed the exit to ensure marchers couldn’t leave the building — and striking those who tried to come out to take part. Outside, some young men waved the national flag and chanted “Assassin Power!”

    “I am a prisoner in the party’s headquarters,” said Said Sadi, a former presidential candidate who leads the Rally for Culture and Democracy party, said through a megaphone from a balcony window.

  • JanH

    moon,

    Can all out war be far behind? How can all this be taking place at once?

  • moononpluto

    Janh, the only thing i am worried about, is in this chaos in middle eastern countries, you can bet the islamists will move in and we will have a major headache on our hands.

    This kind of unilateral rebellion on multiple fronts there is not making me sleep very easily tonight.

  • confloyd

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110125/ap_on_go_ot/us_gingrich_iowa

    Do you trust this guy revamping the EPA, LOL! If you do you should be on Red State permanently! LOL!

  • JanH

    moononpluto
    January 25th, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    ——————-

    I agree completely.

  • confloyd

    pm317,
    Looks like Jill has got it for Potus….VP better watch out! LOL! She is definitely looking at those purple lips! YUK!

    Biden is alot older than his trophy wife isn’t he???

    It just keeps getting sicker and sicker in D.C. THe insider has come out against talking about the BC, apparently he’s been threatened! WTH is wrong here???

  • confloyd

    pm317,
    Did you happen to look at Potus’s neck in that pic you posted….looks like it has a scare too! I’ve got it, he’s really Frankenstein!

  • pm317

    Yuk, indeed. That is one weird photo.

  • JanH

    Rahm and Braun are supposed to be debating this week. Should be a bloodbath.

  • pm317

    Yeah, other NQ commenters are talking about the scar going all the way to his neck. What can it be?

  • confloyd

    Looks like he has got a whole new head, can they do that yet??? He was prolly hatched, that’s why there is no birth certificate.

    Weird scar and I’ve seen lots of them….bet he’s had cancer of the throat from all that smoking.

  • admin

    An update to the article:

    Update: PUMA PAC has the Obama BingO cards. Collect all four Obama Bingo cards and play along with tonight’s laughfest. This latest BingO game is not to be confused with Obama Apologist Bingo which we have played on earlier occasions.

    As to tonight as “prom night” this is a “Don’t ask Don’t tell” we wholeheartedly support. What will be the ugliest/hypocritical coupling we see tonight? Will any of these prom dates be worst than THIS?

    Other questions which will be answered tonight: Will Michelle Obama lecture Daniel Hernandez, the hero intern, on her diet theories and scowl as he rejects her anti-hero sandwiches diatribes? Who is more photogenic – Paul Ryan or Michelle Bachmann as they deliver the Republican Party and the Tea Party responses?

    More updates as necessary.

  • confloyd

    Moon,
    Pls stay safe…

  • pm317

    admin, MO asked a teenager who had his hat backwards if he was staying out of trouble (what was she thinking?) and he said no. This was when she ambushed the WH visitors in the Blue room. I posted that video couple of days ago.

  • confloyd

    Are we taking bets on the tie color and MO dress color?

    HEY FOLKS WE ARE FORGETTING ONE GOOD THING ABOUT TONIGHT!!

    Nasty in the box will not be popping up and down and swooning over the “Won” tonight! Yea! It will be nice to not see her sitting next to Biden behind the Potus!

  • alcina

    “This is our generation’s Sputnik moment”.

    i read where he is actually thinking of saying this tonight.

  • admin

    This is what Obama will say (minus the fake adlibs) according to National Journal:

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/whitehouse/exclusive-obama-to-declare-the-rules-have-changed–20110125?print=true

    In his State of the Union speech, President Obama is to make a plea for bipartisan effort to move forward if America is to triumph over the new challeges of the global economy.

    “The rules have changed,” says a draft of the president’s speech, obtained this evening by the National Journal.

    Declaring “we do big things…That’s how we win the future,” Obama extolled compromise and American exceptionalism while offering an agenda aimed at restoring the nation’s economic competitiveness.

    Among the proposals Obama offered was tax simplification, eliminating taxpayer subsidies for oil companies and extending wireless coverage to 98 percent of Americans.

    Touting unity to a diverse nation, Obama said: “We may have different backgrounds, but we believe in the same dream that says this is a country where anything’s possible. No matter who you are. No matter where you come from.”

    Obama referenced the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona and the political soul-searching it prompted, saying the tragedy brought Americans together. “What comes of this moment is up to us. What comes of this moment will be determined not by whether we can sit together tonight, but whether we can work together tomorrow,” Obama said.

    Here is the full text of the speech draft, obtained by National Journal: from a Democratic insider who who declined to be identified because the source would be violating the White House’s embargo:

    Tonight I want to begin by congratulating the men and women of the 112th Congress, as well as your new Speaker, John Boehner. And as we mark this occasion, we are also mindful of the empty chair in this Chamber, and pray for the health of our colleague – and our friend – Gabby Giffords.

    It’s no secret that those of us here tonight have had our differences over the last two years. The debates have been contentious; we have fought fiercely for our beliefs. And that’s a good thing. That’s what a robust democracy demands. That’s what helps set us apart as a nation.

    But there’s a reason the tragedy in Tucson gave us pause. Amid all the noise and passions and rancor of our public debate, Tucson reminded us that no matter who we are or where we come from, each of us is a part of something greater – something more consequential than party or political preference.

    We are part of the American family. We believe that in a country where every race and faith and point of view can be found, we are still bound together as one people; that we share common hopes and a common creed; that the dreams of a little girl in Tucson are not so different than those of our own children, and that they all deserve the chance to be fulfilled.

    That, too, is what sets us apart as a nation.

    Now, by itself, this simple recognition won’t usher in a new era of cooperation. What comes of this moment is up to us. What comes of this moment will be determined not by whether we can sit together tonight, but whether we can work together tomorrow.

    I believe we can. I believe we must. That’s what the people who sent us here expect of us. With their votes, they’ve determined that governing will now be a shared responsibility between parties. New laws will only pass with support from Democrats and Republicans. We will move forward together, or not at all – for the challenges we face are bigger than party, and bigger than politics.

    At stake right now is not who wins the next election – after all, we just had an election. At stake is whether new jobs and industries take root in this country, or somewhere else. It’s whether the hard work and industry of our people is rewarded. It’s whether we sustain the leadership that has made America not just a place on a map, but a light to the world.

    We are poised for progress. Two years after the worst recession most of us have ever known, the stock market has come roaring back. Corporate profits are up. The economy is growing again.

    But we have never measured progress by these yardsticks alone. We measure progress by the success of our people. By the jobs they can find and the quality of life those jobs offer. By the prospects of a small business owner who dreams of turning a good idea into a thriving enterprise. By the opportunities for a better life that we pass on to our children.

    That’s the project the American people want us to work on. Together.

    We did that in December. Thanks to the tax cuts we passed, Americans’ paychecks are a little bigger today. Every business can write off the full cost of the new investments they make this year. These steps, taken by Democrats and Republicans, will grow the economy and add to the more than one million private sector jobs created last year.

    But we have more work to do. The steps we’ve taken over the last two years may have broken the back of this recession – but to win the future, we’ll need to take on challenges that have been decades in the making.

    Many people watching tonight can probably remember a time when finding a good job meant showing up at a nearby factory or a business downtown. You didn’t always need a degree, and your competition was pretty much limited to your neighbors. If you worked hard, chances are you’d have a job for life, with a decent paycheck, good benefits, and the occasional promotion. Maybe you’d even have the pride of seeing your kids work at the same company.

    That world has changed. And for many, the change has been painful. I’ve seen it in the shuttered windows of once booming factories, and the vacant storefronts of once busy Main Streets. I’ve heard it in the frustrations of Americans who’ve seen their paychecks dwindle or their jobs disappear – proud men and women who feel like the rules have been changed in the middle of the game.

    They’re right. The rules have changed. In a single generation, revolutions in technology have transformed the way we live, work and do business. Steel mills that once needed 1,000 workers can now do the same work with 100. Today, just about any company can set up shop, hire workers, and sell their products wherever there’s an internet connection.

    Meanwhile, nations like China and India realized that with some changes of their own, they could compete in this new world. And so they started educating their children earlier and longer, with greater emphasis on math and science. They’re investing in research and new technologies. Just recently, China became home to the world’s largest private solar research facility, and the world’s fastest computer.

    So yes, the world has changed. The competition for jobs is real. But this shouldn’t discourage us. It should challenge us. Remember – for all the hits we’ve taken these last few years, for all the naysayers predicting our decline, America still has the largest, most prosperous economy in the world. No workers are more productive than ours. No country has more successful companies, or grants more patents to inventors and entrepreneurs. We are home to the world’s best colleges and universities, where more students come to study than any other place on Earth.

    What’s more, we are the first nation to be founded for the sake of an idea – the idea that each of us deserves the chance to shape our own destiny. That is why centuries of pioneers and immigrants have risked everything to come here. It’s why our students don’t just memorize equations, but answer questions like “What do you think of that idea? What would you change about the world? What do you want to be when you grow up?”

    The future is ours to win. But to get there, we can’t just stand still. As Robert Kennedy told us, “The future is not a gift. It is an achievement.” Sustaining the American Dream has never been about standing pat. It has required each generation to sacrifice, and struggle, and meet the demands of a new age.

    Now it’s our turn. We know what it takes to compete for the jobs and industries of our time. We need to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world. We have to make America the best place on Earth to do business. We need to take responsibility for our deficit, and reform our government. That’s how our people will prosper. That’s how we’ll win the future. And tonight, I’d like to talk about how we get there.

    The first step in winning the future is encouraging American innovation.

    None of us can predict with certainty what the next big industry will be, or where the new jobs will come from. Thirty years ago, we couldn’t know that something called the Internet would lead to an economic revolution. What we can do – what America does better than anyone – is spark the creativity and imagination of our people. We are the nation that put cars in driveways and computers in offices; the nation of Edison and the Wright brothers; of Google and Facebook. In America, innovation doesn’t just change our lives. It’s how we make a living.

    Our free enterprise system is what drives innovation. But because it’s not always profitable for companies to invest in basic research, throughout history our government has provided cutting-edge scientists and inventors with the support that they need. That’s what planted the seeds for the Internet. That’s what helped make possible things like computer chips and GPS.

    Just think of all the good jobs – from manufacturing to retail – that have come from those breakthroughs.

    Half a century ago, when the Soviets beat us into space with the launch of a satellite called Sputnik¸ we had no idea how we’d beat them to the moon. The science wasn’t there yet. NASA didn’t even exist. But after investing in better research and education, we didn’t just surpass the Soviets; we unleashed a wave of innovation that created new industries and millions of new jobs.

    This is our generation’s Sputnik moment. Two years ago, I said that we needed to reach a level of research and development we haven’t seen since the height of the Space Race. In a few weeks, I will be sending a budget to Congress that helps us meet that goal. We’ll invest in biomedical research, information technology, and especially clean energy technology – an investment that will strengthen our security, protect our planet, and create countless new jobs for our people.

    Already, we are seeing the promise of renewable energy. Robert and Gary Allen are brothers who run a small Michigan roofing company. After September 11th, they volunteered their best roofers to help repair the Pentagon. But half of their factory went unused, and the recession hit them hard.
    Today, with the help of a government loan, that empty space is being used to manufacture solar shingles that are being sold all across the country. In Robert’s words, “We reinvented ourselves.”

    That’s what Americans have done for over two hundred years: reinvented ourselves. And to spur on more success stories like the Allen Brothers, we’ve begun to reinvent our energy policy. We’re not just handing out money. We’re issuing a challenge. We’re telling America’s scientists and engineers that if they assemble teams of the best minds in their fields, and focus on the hardest problems in clean energy, we’ll fund the Apollo Projects of our time.

    At the California Institute of Technology, they’re developing a way to turn sunlight and water into fuel for our cars. At Oak Ridge National Laboratory, they’re using supercomputers to get a lot more power out of our nuclear facilities. With more research and incentives, we can break our dependence on oil with biofuels, and become the first country to have 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015.

    We need to get behind this innovation. And to help pay for it, I’m asking Congress to eliminate the billions in taxpayer dollars we currently give to oil companies. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but they’re doing just fine on their own. So instead of subsidizing yesterday’s energy, let’s invest in tomorrow’s.

    Now, clean energy breakthroughs will only translate into clean energy jobs if businesses know there will be a market for what they’re selling. So tonight, I challenge you to join me in setting a new goal: by 2035, 80% of America’s electricity will come from clean energy sources. Some folks want wind and solar. Others want nuclear, clean coal, and natural gas. To meet this goal, we will need them all – and I urge Democrats and Republicans to work together to make it happen.

    Maintaining our leadership in research and technology is crucial to America’s success. But if we want to win the future – if we want innovation to produce jobs in America and not overseas – then we also have to win the race to educate our kids.

    Think about it. Over the next ten years, nearly half of all new jobs will require education that goes beyond a high school degree. And yet, as many as a quarter of our students aren’t even finishing high school. The quality of our math and science education lags behind many other nations. America has fallen to 9th in the proportion of young people with a college degree. And so the question is whether all of us – as citizens, and as parents – are willing to do what’s necessary to give every child a chance to succeed.

    That responsibility begins not in our classrooms, but in our homes and communities. It’s family that first instills the love of learning in a child. Only parents can make sure the TV is turned off and homework gets done. We need to teach our kids that it’s not just the winner of the Super Bowl who deserves to be celebrated, but the winner of the science fair; that success is not a function of fame or PR, but of hard work and discipline.

    Our schools share this responsibility. When a child walks into a classroom, it should be a place of high expectations and high performance. But too many schools don’t meet this test. That’s why instead of just pouring money into a system that’s not working, we launched a competition called Race to the Top. To all fifty states, we said, “If you show us the most innovative plans to improve teacher quality and student achievement, we’ll show you the money.”

    Race to the Top is the most meaningful reform of our public schools in a generation. For less than one percent of what we spend on education each year, it has led over 40 states to raise their standards for teaching and learning. These standards were developed, not by Washington, but by Republican and Democratic governors throughout the country. And Race to the Top should be the approach we follow this year as we replace No Child Left Behind with a law that is more flexible and focused on what’s best for our kids.

    You see, we know what’s possible for our children when reform isn’t just a top-down mandate, but the work of local teachers and principals; school boards and communities.

    Take a school like Bruce Randolph in Denver. Three years ago, it was rated one of the worst schools in Colorado; located on turf between two rival gangs. But last May, 97% of the seniors received their diploma. Most will be the first in their family to go to college. And after the first year of the school’s transformation, the principal who made it possible wiped away tears when a student said “Thank you, Mrs. Waters, for showing… that we are smart and we can make it.”

    Let’s also remember that after parents, the biggest impact on a child’s success comes from the man or woman at the front of the classroom. In South Korea, teachers are known as “nation builders.” Here in America, it’s time we treated the people who educate our children with the same level of respect. We want to reward good teachers and stop making excuses for bad ones. And over the next ten years, with so many Baby Boomers retiring from our classrooms, we want to prepare 100,000 new teachers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.

    In fact, to every young person listening tonight who’s contemplating their career choice: If you want to make a difference in the life of our nation; if you want to make a difference in the life of a child – become a teacher. Your country needs you.

    Of course, the education race doesn’t end with a high school diploma. To compete, higher education must be within reach of every American. That’s why we’ve ended the unwarranted taxpayer subsidies that went to banks, and used the savings to make college affordable for millions of students. And this year, I ask Congress to go further, and make permanent our tuition tax credit – worth $10,000 for four years of college.

    Because people need to be able to train for new jobs and careers in today’s fast-changing economy, we are also revitalizing America’s community colleges. Last month, I saw the promise of these schools at Forsyth Tech in North Carolina. Many of the students there used to work in the surrounding factories that have since left town. One mother of two, a woman named Kathy Proctor, had worked in the furniture industry since she was 18 years old. And she told me she’s earning her degree in biotechnology now, at 55 years old, not just because the furniture jobs are gone, but because she wants to inspire her children to pursue their dreams too. As Kathy said, “I hope it tells them to never give up.”
    If we take these steps – if we raise expectations for every child, and give them the best possible chance at an education, from the day they’re born until the last job they take – we will reach the goal I set two years ago: by the end of the decade, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.

    One last point about education. Today, there are hundreds of thousands of students excelling in our schools who are not American citizens. Some are the children of undocumented workers, who had nothing to do with the actions of their parents. They grew up as Americans and pledge allegiance to our flag, and yet live every day with the threat of deportation. Others come here from abroad to study in our colleges and universities. But as soon as they obtain advanced degrees, we send them back home to compete against us. It makes no sense.

    Now, I strongly believe that we should take on, once and for all, the issue of illegal immigration. I am prepared to work with Republicans and Democrats to protect our borders, enforce our laws and address the millions of undocumented workers who are now living in the shadows. I know that debate will be difficult and take time. But tonight, let’s agree to make that effort. And let’s stop expelling talented, responsible young people who can staff our research labs, start new businesses, and further enrich this nation.

    The third step in winning the future is rebuilding America. To attract new businesses to our shores, we need the fastest, most reliable ways to move people, goods, and information – from high-speed rail to high-speed internet.

    Our infrastructure used to be the best – but our lead has slipped. South Korean homes now have greater internet access than we do. Countries in Europe and Russia invest more in their roads and railways than we do. China is building faster trains and newer airports. Meanwhile, when our own engineers graded our nation’s infrastructure, they gave us a “D.”

    We have to do better. America is the nation that built the transcontinental railroad, brought electricity to rural communities, and constructed the interstate highway system. The jobs created by these projects didn’t just come from laying down tracks or pavement. They came from businesses that opened near a town’s new train station or the new off-ramp.

    Over the last two years, we have begun rebuilding for the 21st century, a project that has meant thousands of good jobs for the hard-hit construction industry. Tonight, I’m proposing that we redouble these efforts.

    We will put more Americans to work repairing crumbling roads and bridges. We will make sure this is fully paid for, attract private investment, and pick projects based on what’s best for the economy, not politicians.

    Within 25 years, our goal is to give 80% of Americans access to high-speed rail, which could allow you go places in half the time it takes to travel by car. For some trips, it will be faster than flying – without the pat-down. As we speak, routes in California and the Midwest are already underway.

    Within the next five years, we will make it possible for business to deploy the next generation of high-speed wireless coverage to 98% of all Americans. This isn’t just about a faster internet and fewer dropped calls. It’s about connecting every part of America to the digital age. It’s about a rural community in Iowa or Alabama where farmers and small business owners will be able to sell their products all over the world. It’s about a firefighter who can download the design of a burning building onto a handheld device; a student who can take classes with a digital textbook; or a patient who can have face-to-face video chats with her doctor.

    All these investments – in innovation, education, and infrastructure – will make America a better place to do business and create jobs. But to help our companies compete, we also have to knock down barriers that stand in the way of their success.

    Over the years, a parade of lobbyists has rigged the tax code to benefit particular companies and industries. Those with accountants or lawyers to work the system can end up paying no taxes at all. But all the rest are hit with one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world. It makes no sense, and it has to change.

    So tonight, I’m asking Democrats and Republicans to simplify the system. Get rid of the loopholes. Level the playing field. And use the savings to lower the corporate tax rate for the first time in 25 years – without adding to our deficit.

    To help businesses sell more products abroad, we set a goal of doubling our exports by 2014 – because the more we export, the more jobs we create at home. Already, our exports are up. Recently, we signed agreements with India and China that will support more than 250,000 jobs in the United States. And last month, we finalized a trade agreement with South Korea that will support at least 70,000 American jobs. This agreement has unprecedented support from business and labor; Democrats and Republicans, and I ask this Congress to pass it as soon as possible.

    Before I took office, I made it clear that we would enforce our trade agreements, and that I would only sign deals that keep faith with American workers, and promote American jobs. That’s what we did with Korea, and that’s what I intend to do as we pursue agreements with Panama and Colombia, and continue our Asia Pacific and global trade talks.

    To reduce barriers to growth and investment, I’ve ordered a review of government regulations. When we find rules that put an unnecessary burden on businesses, we will fix them. But I will not hesitate to create or enforce commonsense safeguards to protect the American people. That’s what we’ve done in this country for more than a century. It’s why our food is safe to eat, our water is safe to drink, and our air is safe to breathe. It’s why we have speed limits and child labor laws. It’s why last year, we put in place consumer protections against hidden fees and penalties by credit card companies, and new rules to prevent another financial crisis. And it’s why we passed reform that finally prevents the health insurance industry from exploiting patients.

    Now, I’ve heard rumors that a few of you have some concerns about the new health care law. So let me be the first to say that anything can be improved. If you have ideas about how to improve this law by making care better or more affordable, I am eager to work with you. We can start right now by correcting a flaw in the legislation that has placed an unnecessary bookkeeping burden on small businesses.

    What I’m not willing to do is go back to the days when insurance companies could deny someone coverage because of a pre-existing condition. I’m not willing to tell James Howard, a brain cancer patient from Texas, that his treatment might not be covered. I’m not willing to tell Jim Houser, a small business owner from Oregon, that he has to go back to paying $5,000 more to cover his employees. As we speak, this law is making prescription drugs cheaper for seniors and giving uninsured students a chance to stay on their parents’ coverage. So instead of re-fighting the battles of the last two years, let’s fix what needs fixing and move forward.

    Now, the final step – a critical step – in winning the future is to make sure we aren’t buried under a mountain of debt.

    We are living with a legacy of deficit-spending that began almost a decade ago. And in the wake of the financial crisis, some of that was necessary to keep credit flowing, save jobs, and put money in people’s pockets.

    But now that the worst of the recession is over, we have to confront the fact that our government spends more than it takes in. That is not sustainable. Every day, families sacrifice to live within their means. They deserve a government that does the same.

    So tonight, I am proposing that starting this year, we freeze annual domestic spending for the next five years. This would reduce the deficit by more than $400 billion over the next decade, and will bring discretionary spending to the lowest share of our economy since Dwight Eisenhower was president.

    This freeze will require painful cuts. Already, we have frozen the salaries of hardworking federal employees for the next two years. I’ve proposed cuts to things I care deeply about, like community action programs. The Secretary of Defense has also agreed to cut tens of billions of dollars in spending that he and his generals believe our military can do without.

    I recognize that some in this Chamber have already proposed deeper cuts, and I’m willing to eliminate whatever we can honestly afford to do without. But let’s make sure that we’re not doing it on the backs of our most vulnerable citizens. And let’s make sure what we’re cutting is really excess weight. Cutting the deficit by gutting our investments in innovation and education is like lightening an overloaded airplane by removing its engine. It may feel like you’re flying high at first, but it won’t take long before you’ll feel the impact.

    Now, most of the cuts and savings I’ve proposed only address annual domestic spending, which represents a little more than 12% of our budget. To make further progress, we have to stop pretending that cutting this kind of spending alone will be enough. It won’t.

    The bipartisan Fiscal Commission I created last year made this crystal clear. I don’t agree with all their proposals, but they made important progress. And their conclusion is that the only way to tackle our deficit is to cut excessive spending wherever we find it – in domestic spending, defense spending, health care spending, and spending through tax breaks and loopholes.

    This means further reducing health care costs, including programs like Medicare and Medicaid, which are the single biggest contributor to our long-term deficit. Health insurance reform will slow these rising costs, which is part of why nonpartisan economists have said that repealing the health care law would add a quarter of a trillion dollars to our deficit. Still, I’m willing to look at other ideas to bring down costs, including one that Republicans suggested last year: medical malpractice reform to rein in frivolous lawsuits.

    To put us on solid ground, we should also find a bipartisan solution to strengthen Social Security for future generations. And we must do it without putting at risk current retirees, the most vulnerable, or people with disabilities; without slashing benefits for future generations; and without subjecting Americans’ guaranteed retirement income to the whims of the stock market.

    And if we truly care about our deficit, we simply cannot afford a permanent extension of the tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% of Americans. Before we take money away from our schools, or scholarships away from our students, we should ask millionaires to give up their tax break.

    It’s not a matter of punishing their success. It’s about promoting America’s success.

    In fact, the best thing we could do on taxes for all Americans is to simplify the individual tax code. This will be a tough job, but members of both parties have expressed interest in doing this, and I am prepared to join them.

    So now is the time to act. Now is the time for both sides and both houses of Congress – Democrats and Republicans – to forge a principled compromise that gets the job done. If we make the hard choices now to rein in our deficits, we can make the investments we need to win the future.

    Let me take this one step further. We shouldn’t just give our people a government that’s more affordable. We should give them a government that’s more competent and efficient. We cannot win the future with a government of the past.

    We live and do business in the information age, but the last major reorganization of the government happened in the age of black and white TV. There are twelve different agencies that deal with exports. There are at least five different entities that deal with housing policy. Then there’s my favorite example: the Interior Department is in charge of salmon while they’re in fresh water, but the Commerce Department handles them in when they’re in saltwater. And I hear it gets even more complicated once they’re smoked.

    Now, we have made great strides over the last two years in using technology and getting rid of waste. Veterans can now download their electronic medical records with a click of the mouse. We’re selling acres of federal office space that hasn’t been used in years, and we will cut through red tape to get rid of more. But we need to think bigger. In the coming months, my administration will develop a proposal to merge, consolidate, and reorganize the federal government in a way that best serves the goal of a more competitive America. I will submit that proposal to Congress for a vote – and we will push to get it passed.

    In the coming year, we will also work to rebuild people’s faith in the institution of government. Because you deserve to know exactly how and where your tax dollars are being spent, you will be able to go to a website and get that information for the very first time in history. Because you deserve to know when your elected officials are meeting with lobbyists, I ask Congress to do what the White House has already done: put that information online. And because the American people deserve to know that special interests aren’t larding up legislation with pet projects, both parties in Congress should know this: if a bill comes to my desk with earmarks inside, I will veto it.

    A 21st century government that’s open and competent. A government that lives within its means. An economy that’s driven by new skills and ideas. Our success in this new and changing world will require reform, responsibility, and innovation. It will also require us to approach that world with a new level of engagement in our foreign affairs.

    Just as jobs and businesses can now race across borders, so can new threats and new challenges. No single wall separates East and West; no one rival superpower is aligned against us.

    And so we must defeat determined enemies wherever they are, and build coalitions that cut across lines of region and race and religion. America’s moral example must always shine for all who yearn for freedom, justice, and dignity. And because we have begun this work, tonight we can say that American leadership has been renewed and America’s standing has been restored.

    Look to Iraq, where nearly 100,000 of our brave men and women have left with their heads held high; where American combat patrols have ended; violence has come down; and a new government has been formed. This year, our civilians will forge a lasting partnership with the Iraqi people, while we finish the job of bringing our troops out of Iraq. America’s commitment has been kept; the Iraq War is coming to an end.

    Of course, as we speak, al Qaeda and their affiliates continue to plan attacks against us. Thanks to our intelligence and law enforcement professionals, we are disrupting plots and securing our cities and skies. And as extremists try to inspire acts of violence within our borders, we are responding with the strength of our communities, with respect for the rule of law, and with the conviction that American Muslims are a part of our American family.

    We have also taken the fight to al Qaeda and their allies abroad. In Afghanistan, our troops have taken Taliban strongholds and trained Afghan Security Forces. Our purpose is clear – by preventing the Taliban from reestablishing a stranglehold over the Afghan people, we will deny al Qaeda the safe-haven that served as a launching pad for 9/11.

    Thanks to our heroic troops and civilians, fewer Afghans are under the control of the insurgency. There will be tough fighting ahead, and the Afghan government will need to deliver better governance. But we are strengthening the capacity of the Afghan people and building an enduring partnership with them. This year, we will work with nearly 50 countries to begin a transition to an Afghan lead. And this July, we will begin to bring our troops home.

    In Pakistan, al Qaeda’s leadership is under more pressure than at any point since 2001. Their leaders and operatives are being removed from the battlefield. Their safe-havens are shrinking. And we have sent a message from the Afghan border to the Arabian Peninsula to all parts of the globe: we will not relent, we will not waver, and we will defeat you.

    American leadership can also be seen in the effort to secure the worst weapons of war. Because Republicans and Democrats approved the New START Treaty, far fewer nuclear weapons and launchers will be deployed. Because we rallied the world, nuclear materials are being locked down on every continent so they never fall into the hands of terrorists.

    Because of a diplomatic effort to insist that Iran meet its obligations, the Iranian government now faces tougher and tighter sanctions than ever before. And on the Korean peninsula, we stand with our ally South Korea, and insist that North Korea keeps its commitment to abandon nuclear weapons.

    This is just a part of how we are shaping a world that favors peace and prosperity. With our European allies, we revitalized NATO, and increased our cooperation on everything from counter-terrorism to missile defense. We have reset our relationship with Russia, strengthened Asian alliances, and built new partnerships with nations like India. This March, I will travel to Brazil, Chile, and El Salvador to forge new alliances for progress in the Americas. Around the globe, we are standing with those who take responsibility – helping farmers grow more food; supporting doctors who care for the sick; and combating the corruption that can rot a society and rob people of opportunity.

    Recent events have shown us that what sets us apart must not just be our power – it must be the purpose behind it. In South Sudan – with our assistance – the people were finally able to vote for independence after years of war. Thousands lined up before dawn. People danced in the streets. One man who lost four of his brothers at war summed up the scene around him: “This was a battlefield for most of my life. Now we want to be free.”

    We saw that same desire to be free in Tunisia, where the will of the people proved more powerful than the writ of a dictator. And tonight, let us be clear: the United States of America stands with the people of Tunisia, and supports the democratic aspirations of all people.

    We must never forget that the things we’ve struggled for, and fought for, live in the hearts of people everywhere. And we must always remember that the Americans who have borne the greatest burden in this struggle are the men and women who serve our country.

    Tonight, let us speak with one voice in reaffirming that our nation is united in support of our troops and their families. Let us serve them as well as they have served us – by giving them the equipment they need; by providing them with the care and benefits they have earned; and by enlisting our veterans in the great task of building our own nation.

    Our troops come from every corner of this country – they are black, white, Latino, Asian and Native American. They are Christian and Hindu, Jewish and Muslim. And, yes, we know that some of them are gay. Starting this year, no American will be forbidden from serving the country they love because of who they love. And with that change, I call on all of our college campuses to open their doors to our military recruiters and the ROTC. It is time to leave behind the divisive battles of the past. It is time to move forward as one nation.

    We should have no illusions about the work ahead of us. Reforming our schools; changing the way we use energy; reducing our deficit – none of this is easy. All of it will take time. And it will be harder because we will argue about everything. The cost. The details. The letter of every law.

    Of course, some countries don’t have this problem. If the central government wants a railroad, they get a railroad – no matter how many homes are bulldozed. If they don’t want a bad story in the newspaper, it doesn’t get written.

    And yet, as contentious and frustrating and messy as our democracy can sometimes be, I know there isn’t a person here who would trade places with any other nation on Earth.

    We may have differences in policy, but we all believe in the rights enshrined in our Constitution. We may have different opinions, but we believe in the same promise that says this is a place where you can make it if you try. We may have different backgrounds, but we believe in the same dream that says this is a country where anything’s possible. No matter who you are. No matter where you come from.

    That dream is why I can stand here before you tonight. That dream is why a working class kid from Scranton can stand behind me. That dream is why someone who began by sweeping the floors of his father’s Cincinnati bar can preside as Speaker of the House in the greatest nation on Earth.

    That dream – that American Dream – is what drove the Allen Brothers to reinvent their roofing company for a new era. It’s what drove those students at Forsyth Tech to learn a new skill and work towards the future. And that dream is the story of a small business owner named Brandon Fisher.

    Brandon started a company in Berlin, Pennsylvania that specializes in a new kind of drilling technology. One day last summer, he saw the news that halfway across the world, 33 men were trapped in a Chilean mine, and no one knew how to save them.

    But Brandon thought his company could help. And so he designed a rescue that would come to be known as Plan B. His employees worked around the clock to manufacture the necessary drilling equipment. And Brandon left for Chile.

    Along with others, he began drilling a 2,000 foot hole into the ground, working three or four days at a time with no sleep. Thirty-seven days later, Plan B succeeded, and the miners were rescued. But because he didn’t want all of the attention, Brandon wasn’t there when the miners emerged. He had already gone home, back to work on his next project.

    Later, one of his employees said of the rescue, “We proved that Center Rock is a little company, but we do big things.”

    We do big things.

    From the earliest days of our founding, America has been the story of ordinary people who dare to dream. That’s how we win the future.

    We are a nation that says, “I might not have a lot of money, but I have this great idea for a new company. I might not come from a family of college graduates, but I will be the first to get my degree. I might not know those people in trouble, but I think I can help them, and I need to try.

    I’m not sure how we’ll reach that better place beyond the horizon, but I know we’ll get there. I know we will.”

    We do big things.

    The idea of America endures. Our destiny remains our choice. And tonight, more than two centuries later, it is because of our people that our future is hopeful, our journey goes forward, and the state of our union is strong.

    Thank you, God Bless You, and may God Bless the United States of America.

    The following is the full text of the speech draft given to National Journal:

    Tonight I want to begin by congratulating the men and women of the 112th Congress, as well as your new Speaker, John Boehner. And as we mark this occasion, we are also mindful of the empty chair in this Chamber, and pray for the health of our colleague – and our friend – Gabby Giffords.

    It’s no secret that those of us here tonight have had our differences over the last two years. The debates have been contentious; we have fought fiercely for our beliefs. And that’s a good thing. That’s what a robust democracy demands. That’s what helps set us apart as a nation.

    But there’s a reason the tragedy in Tucson gave us pause. Amid all the noise and passions and rancor of our public debate, Tucson reminded us that no matter who we are or where we come from, each of us is a part of something greater – something more consequential than party or political preference.

    We are part of the American family. We believe that in a country where every race and faith and point of view can be found, we are still bound together as one people; that we share common hopes and a common creed; that the dreams of a little girl in Tucson are not so different than those of our own children, and that they all deserve the chance to be fulfilled.

    That, too, is what sets us apart as a nation.

    Now, by itself, this simple recognition won’t usher in a new era of cooperation. What comes of this moment is up to us. What comes of this moment will be determined not by whether we can sit together tonight, but whether we can work together tomorrow.

    I believe we can. I believe we must. That’s what the people who sent us here expect of us. With their votes, they’ve determined that governing will now be a shared responsibility between parties. New laws will only pass with support from Democrats and Republicans. We will move forward together, or not at all – for the challenges we face are bigger than party, and bigger than politics.

    At stake right now is not who wins the next election – after all, we just had an election. At stake is whether new jobs and industries take root in this country, or somewhere else. It’s whether the hard work and industry of our people is rewarded. It’s whether we sustain the leadership that has made America not just a place on a map, but a light to the world.

    We are poised for progress. Two years after the worst recession most of us have ever known, the stock market has come roaring back. Corporate profits are up. The economy is growing again.

    But we have never measured progress by these yardsticks alone. We measure progress by the success of our people. By the jobs they can find and the quality of life those jobs offer. By the prospects of a small business owner who dreams of turning a good idea into a thriving enterprise. By the opportunities for a better life that we pass on to our children.

    That’s the project the American people want us to work on. Together.

    We did that in December. Thanks to the tax cuts we passed, Americans’ paychecks are a little bigger today. Every business can write off the full cost of the new investments they make this year. These steps, taken by Democrats and Republicans, will grow the economy and add to the more than one million private sector jobs created last year.

    But we have more work to do. The steps we’ve taken over the last two years may have broken the back of this recession – but to win the future, we’ll need to take on challenges that have been decades in the making.

    Many people watching tonight can probably remember a time when finding a good job meant showing up at a nearby factory or a business downtown. You didn’t always need a degree, and your competition was pretty much limited to your neighbors. If you worked hard, chances are you’d have a job for life, with a decent paycheck, good benefits, and the occasional promotion. Maybe you’d even have the pride of seeing your kids work at the same company.

    That world has changed. And for many, the change has been painful. I’ve seen it in the shuttered windows of once booming factories, and the vacant storefronts of once busy Main Streets. I’ve heard it in the frustrations of Americans who’ve seen their paychecks dwindle or their jobs disappear – proud men and women who feel like the rules have been changed in the middle of the game.

    They’re right. The rules have changed. In a single generation, revolutions in technology have transformed the way we live, work and do business. Steel mills that once needed 1,000 workers can now do the same work with 100. Today, just about any company can set up shop, hire workers, and sell their products wherever there’s an internet connection.

    Meanwhile, nations like China and India realized that with some changes of their own, they could compete in this new world. And so they started educating their children earlier and longer, with greater emphasis on math and science. They’re investing in research and new technologies. Just recently, China became home to the world’s largest private solar research facility, and the world’s fastest computer.

    So yes, the world has changed. The competition for jobs is real. But this shouldn’t discourage us. It should challenge us. Remember – for all the hits we’ve taken these last few years, for all the naysayers predicting our decline, America still has the largest, most prosperous economy in the world. No workers are more productive than ours. No country has more successful companies, or grants more patents to inventors and entrepreneurs. We are home to the world’s best colleges and universities, where more students come to study than any other place on Earth.

    What’s more, we are the first nation to be founded for the sake of an idea – the idea that each of us deserves the chance to shape our own destiny. That is why centuries of pioneers and immigrants have risked everything to come here. It’s why our students don’t just memorize equations, but answer questions like “What do you think of that idea? What would you change about the world? What do you want to be when you grow up?”

    The future is ours to win. But to get there, we can’t just stand still. As Robert Kennedy told us, “The future is not a gift. It is an achievement.” Sustaining the American Dream has never been about standing pat. It has required each generation to sacrifice, and struggle, and meet the demands of a new age.

    Now it’s our turn. We know what it takes to compete for the jobs and industries of our time. We need to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world. We have to make America the best place on Earth to do business. We need to take responsibility for our deficit, and reform our government. That’s how our people will prosper. That’s how we’ll win the future. And tonight, I’d like to talk about how we get there.

    The first step in winning the future is encouraging American innovation.

    None of us can predict with certainty what the next big industry will be, or where the new jobs will come from. Thirty years ago, we couldn’t know that something called the Internet would lead to an economic revolution. What we can do – what America does better than anyone – is spark the creativity and imagination of our people. We are the nation that put cars in driveways and computers in offices; the nation of Edison and the Wright brothers; of Google and Facebook. In America, innovation doesn’t just change our lives. It’s how we make a living.

    Our free enterprise system is what drives innovation. But because it’s not always profitable for companies to invest in basic research, throughout history our government has provided cutting-edge scientists and inventors with the support that they need. That’s what planted the seeds for the Internet. That’s what helped make possible things like computer chips and GPS.

    Just think of all the good jobs – from manufacturing to retail – that have come from those breakthroughs.

    Half a century ago, when the Soviets beat us into space with the launch of a satellite called Sputnik¸ we had no idea how we’d beat them to the moon. The science wasn’t there yet. NASA didn’t even exist. But after investing in better research and education, we didn’t just surpass the Soviets; we unleashed a wave of innovation that created new industries and millions of new jobs.

    This is our generation’s Sputnik moment. Two years ago, I said that we needed to reach a level of research and development we haven’t seen since the height of the Space Race. In a few weeks, I will be sending a budget to Congress that helps us meet that goal. We’ll invest in biomedical research, information technology, and especially clean energy technology – an investment that will strengthen our security, protect our planet, and create countless new jobs for our people.

    Already, we are seeing the promise of renewable energy. Robert and Gary Allen are brothers who run a small Michigan roofing company. After September 11th, they volunteered their best roofers to help repair the Pentagon. But half of their factory went unused, and the recession hit them hard.
    Today, with the help of a government loan, that empty space is being used to manufacture solar shingles that are being sold all across the country. In Robert’s words, “We reinvented ourselves.”

    That’s what Americans have done for over two hundred years: reinvented ourselves. And to spur on more success stories like the Allen Brothers, we’ve begun to reinvent our energy policy. We’re not just handing out money. We’re issuing a challenge. We’re telling America’s scientists and engineers that if they assemble teams of the best minds in their fields, and focus on the hardest problems in clean energy, we’ll fund the Apollo Projects of our time.

    At the California Institute of Technology, they’re developing a way to turn sunlight and water into fuel for our cars. At Oak Ridge National Laboratory, they’re using supercomputers to get a lot more power out of our nuclear facilities. With more research and incentives, we can break our dependence on oil with biofuels, and become the first country to have 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015.

    We need to get behind this innovation. And to help pay for it, I’m asking Congress to eliminate the billions in taxpayer dollars we currently give to oil companies. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but they’re doing just fine on their own. So instead of subsidizing yesterday’s energy, let’s invest in tomorrow’s.

    Now, clean energy breakthroughs will only translate into clean energy jobs if businesses know there will be a market for what they’re selling. So tonight, I challenge you to join me in setting a new goal: by 2035, 80% of America’s electricity will come from clean energy sources. Some folks want wind and solar. Others want nuclear, clean coal, and natural gas. To meet this goal, we will need them all – and I urge Democrats and Republicans to work together to make it happen.

    Maintaining our leadership in research and technology is crucial to America’s success. But if we want to win the future – if we want innovation to produce jobs in America and not overseas – then we also have to win the race to educate our kids.

    Think about it. Over the next ten years, nearly half of all new jobs will require education that goes beyond a high school degree. And yet, as many as a quarter of our students aren’t even finishing high school. The quality of our math and science education lags behind many other nations. America has fallen to 9th in the proportion of young people with a college degree. And so the question is whether all of us – as citizens, and as parents – are willing to do what’s necessary to give every child a chance to succeed.

    That responsibility begins not in our classrooms, but in our homes and communities. It’s family that first instills the love of learning in a child. Only parents can make sure the TV is turned off and homework gets done. We need to teach our kids that it’s not just the winner of the Super Bowl who deserves to be celebrated, but the winner of the science fair; that success is not a function of fame or PR, but of hard work and discipline.

    Our schools share this responsibility. When a child walks into a classroom, it should be a place of high expectations and high performance. But too many schools don’t meet this test. That’s why instead of just pouring money into a system that’s not working, we launched a competition called Race to the Top. To all fifty states, we said, “If you show us the most innovative plans to improve teacher quality and student achievement, we’ll show you the money.”

    Race to the Top is the most meaningful reform of our public schools in a generation. For less than one percent of what we spend on education each year, it has led over 40 states to raise their standards for teaching and learning. These standards were developed, not by Washington, but by Republican and Democratic governors throughout the country. And Race to the Top should be the approach we follow this year as we replace No Child Left Behind with a law that is more flexible and focused on what’s best for our kids.

    You see, we know what’s possible for our children when reform isn’t just a top-down mandate, but the work of local teachers and principals; school boards and communities.

    Take a school like Bruce Randolph in Denver. Three years ago, it was rated one of the worst schools in Colorado; located on turf between two rival gangs. But last May, 97% of the seniors received their diploma. Most will be the first in their family to go to college. And after the first year of the school’s transformation, the principal who made it possible wiped away tears when a student said “Thank you, Mrs. Waters, for showing… that we are smart and we can make it.”

    Let’s also remember that after parents, the biggest impact on a child’s success comes from the man or woman at the front of the classroom. In South Korea, teachers are known as “nation builders.” Here in America, it’s time we treated the people who educate our children with the same level of respect. We want to reward good teachers and stop making excuses for bad ones. And over the next ten years, with so many Baby Boomers retiring from our classrooms, we want to prepare 100,000 new teachers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.

    In fact, to every young person listening tonight who’s contemplating their career choice: If you want to make a difference in the life of our nation; if you want to make a difference in the life of a child – become a teacher. Your country needs you.

    Of course, the education race doesn’t end with a high school diploma. To compete, higher education must be within reach of every American. That’s why we’ve ended the unwarranted taxpayer subsidies that went to banks, and used the savings to make college affordable for millions of students. And this year, I ask Congress to go further, and make permanent our tuition tax credit – worth $10,000 for four years of college.

    Because people need to be able to train for new jobs and careers in today’s fast-changing economy, we are also revitalizing America’s community colleges. Last month, I saw the promise of these schools at Forsyth Tech in North Carolina. Many of the students there used to work in the surrounding factories that have since left town. One mother of two, a woman named Kathy Proctor, had worked in the furniture industry since she was 18 years old. And she told me she’s earning her degree in biotechnology now, at 55 years old, not just because the furniture jobs are gone, but because she wants to inspire her children to pursue their dreams too. As Kathy said, “I hope it tells them to never give up.”
    If we take these steps – if we raise expectations for every child, and give them the best possible chance at an education, from the day they’re born until the last job they take – we will reach the goal I set two years ago: by the end of the decade, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.

    One last point about education. Today, there are hundreds of thousands of students excelling in our schools who are not American citizens. Some are the children of undocumented workers, who had nothing to do with the actions of their parents. They grew up as Americans and pledge allegiance to our flag, and yet live every day with the threat of deportation. Others come here from abroad to study in our colleges and universities. But as soon as they obtain advanced degrees, we send them back home to compete against us. It makes no sense.

    Now, I strongly believe that we should take on, once and for all, the issue of illegal immigration. I am prepared to work with Republicans and Democrats to protect our borders, enforce our laws and address the millions of undocumented workers who are now living in the shadows. I know that debate will be difficult and take time. But tonight, let’s agree to make that effort. And let’s stop expelling talented, responsible young people who can staff our research labs, start new businesses, and further enrich this nation.

    The third step in winning the future is rebuilding America. To attract new businesses to our shores, we need the fastest, most reliable ways to move people, goods, and information – from high-speed rail to high-speed internet.

    Our infrastructure used to be the best – but our lead has slipped. South Korean homes now have greater internet access than we do. Countries in Europe and Russia invest more in their roads and railways than we do. China is building faster trains and newer airports. Meanwhile, when our own engineers graded our nation’s infrastructure, they gave us a “D.”

    We have to do better. America is the nation that built the transcontinental railroad, brought electricity to rural communities, and constructed the interstate highway system. The jobs created by these projects didn’t just come from laying down tracks or pavement. They came from businesses that opened near a town’s new train station or the new off-ramp.

    Over the last two years, we have begun rebuilding for the 21st century, a project that has meant thousands of good jobs for the hard-hit construction industry. Tonight, I’m proposing that we redouble these efforts.

    We will put more Americans to work repairing crumbling roads and bridges. We will make sure this is fully paid for, attract private investment, and pick projects based on what’s best for the economy, not politicians.

    Within 25 years, our goal is to give 80% of Americans access to high-speed rail, which could allow you go places in half the time it takes to travel by car. For some trips, it will be faster than flying – without the pat-down. As we speak, routes in California and the Midwest are already underway.

    Within the next five years, we will make it possible for business to deploy the next generation of high-speed wireless coverage to 98% of all Americans. This isn’t just about a faster internet and fewer dropped calls. It’s about connecting every part of America to the digital age. It’s about a rural community in Iowa or Alabama where farmers and small business owners will be able to sell their products all over the world. It’s about a firefighter who can download the design of a burning building onto a handheld device; a student who can take classes with a digital textbook; or a patient who can have face-to-face video chats with her doctor.

    All these investments – in innovation, education, and infrastructure – will make America a better place to do business and create jobs. But to help our companies compete, we also have to knock down barriers that stand in the way of their success.

    Over the years, a parade of lobbyists has rigged the tax code to benefit particular companies and industries. Those with accountants or lawyers to work the system can end up paying no taxes at all. But all the rest are hit with one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world. It makes no sense, and it has to change.

    So tonight, I’m asking Democrats and Republicans to simplify the system. Get rid of the loopholes. Level the playing field. And use the savings to lower the corporate tax rate for the first time in 25 years – without adding to our deficit.

    To help businesses sell more products abroad, we set a goal of doubling our exports by 2014 – because the more we export, the more jobs we create at home. Already, our exports are up.

    The speech is longer than the excerpt above but it appears to cut off at this point.

  • moononpluto

    Yup no doubt, Obama’s campaign slogans will be “winning the future” (total utter crap) and that “together we thrive”.

    i just get the feeling this speech is just going to go over everyones head, its too over over peoples heads, it does not explain how he is gonna put food on the table. Its pie in the sky, hopey changey bullcrap again.

  • gonzotx

    “The left understands that the choice in 2012 will be Obama or somebody far worse,” the official said. “They will have no choice, no matter what Obama says in the State of the Union address. No matter how much we complain, he knows that at the end of the day, we will be supporting him in 2012 — and that affects what he can do now. The choice for us will be an administration that disappointed us or a Republican administration that will be out to destroy us.”’
    ***********

    Sadly, this is the truth

  • moononpluto

    lol.

    Obama to say “We cannot win the future with a government of the past.” What fortune cookie did he pull that shit out of.

  • BigCatLover

    OMG that is a long speech!

  • gonzotx

    BORN IN THE USA?

    Game-changer! Arizona to pass 2012 eligibility law
    Obama will have to produce birth certificate to run again
    Posted: January 25, 2011

    7:42 pm Eastern

    By Bob Unruh
    © 2011 WorldNetDaily

    It could be a game-changer.

    A plan in Arizona to require presidential candidates to prove their eligibility to occupy the Oval Office is approaching critical mass, even though it has just been introduced.

    The proposal from state Rep. Judy Burges, who carried a similar plan that fell short last year only because of political maneuvering, was introduced yesterday with 16 members of the state Senate as co-sponsors.

    It needs only 16 votes in the Senate to pass.

    In the House, there are 25 co-sponsors, with the need for only 31 votes for passage, and Burges told WND that there were several chamber members who confirmed they support the plan and will vote for it, but simply didn’t wish to be listed as co-sponsors.

    Get the free, in-depth special report on eligibility that could bring an end to Obama’s presidency

    The proposal, which also is being taken up in a number of other states, is highly specific and directly addresses the questions that have been raised by Barack Obama’s occupancy of the White House. It says:

    Within ten days after submittal of the names of the candidates, the national political party committee shall submit an affidavit of the presidential candidate in which the presidential candidate states the candidate’s citizenship and age and shall append to the affidavit documents that prove that the candidate is a natural born citizen, prove the candidate’s age and prove that the candidate meets the residency requirements for President of the United States as prescribed in article II, section 1, Constitution of the United States.
    The critical phrases are “natural born citizen” and the requirements of “article II, section 1, Constitution of the United States,” which imposes on the president a requirement not demanded of other state and federal officeholders.

    At the time the Constitution was written, many analysts agree, a “natural born citizen” was considered to be a citizen born of two citizen parents. If that indeed is correct, Obama never would have been qualified to be president, as he himself has confirmed his father was a Kenyan subject to the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom, making Obama a dual citizen with Kenyan and American parentage at his birth.

    Other definitions have called for a “natural born citizen” to be born of citizen parents inside the nation.

    There have been dozens of lawsuits and challenges over the fact that Obama’s “natural born citizen” status never has been documented. The “Certification of Live Birth” his campaign posted online is a document that Hawaii has made available to those not born in the state.

    The controversy stems from the Constitution, Article 2, Section 1, which states, “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President.”

    The challenges to Obama’s eligibility allege he does not qualify because he was not born in Hawaii in 1961 as he claims, or that he fails to qualify because he was a dual citizen, through his father, of the U.S. and the United Kingdom’s Kenyan terroritory when he was born and the framers of the Constitution specifically excluded dual citizens from eligibility.

    There are several cases still pending before the courts over Obama’s eligibility. Those cases, however, almost all have been facing hurdles created by the courts’ interpretation of “standing,” meaning someone who is being or could be harmed by the situation. The courts have decided almost unanimously that an individual taxpayer faces no damages different from other taxpayers, therefore doesn’t have standing. Judges even have ruled that other presidential candidates are in that position.

    The result is that none of the court cases to date has reached the level of discovery, through which Obama’s birth documentation could be brought into court.

    Obama even continued to withhold the information during a court-martial of a military officer, Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin, who challenged his deployment orders on the grounds Obama may not be a legitimate president. Lakin was convicted and sent to prison.

    Burges told WND she’s asked the proposal to be assigned to the Government Committee.

    “I think every American should consider it of prime importance to ensure that all candidates for the highest elected position in our nation meet all constitutional requirements,” she told WND. “We do not accept the federal government’s unconstitutional treatment of states as one of their extended branches.”

    The Arizona bill also requires attachments, “which shall be sworn to under penalty of perjury,” including “an original long form birth certificate that includes the date and place of birth, the names of the hospital and the attending physician and signatures of the witnesses in attendance.”

    It also requires testimony that the candidate “has not held dual or multiple citizenship and that the candidate’s allegiance is solely to the United States of America.”

    “If both the candidate and the national political party committee for that candidate fail to submit and swear to the documents prescribed in this section, the secretary of state shall not place that presidential candidate’s name on the ballot in this state,” the state plan explains.

    The governor’s office is occupied by Republican Jan Brewer, who has had no difficulty in bringing direct challenges to Washington, such as a year ago when lawmakers adopted provisions that allowed state law enforcement officers to enforce federal immigration law. The state’s move prompted an immediate court challenge by Washington.

    WND also has reported that similar efforts are under way in Montana, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Texas:
    ***

    more at link

    Read more: Game-changer! Arizona to pass 2012 eligibility law http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=255489#ixzz1C6DDWQHx

  • JanH

    So can we condense his speech into one sentence?

    “I love me and so you do”

    What a waste of airtime.

  • BigCatLover

    CNN already comparing Obama’s comeback to Ronald Reagan’s and Cancy Crowley says Independents are drifting back to Obama according to the polls. Now CNN saying O will borrow from Bill Clinton. That about covers the pre-speech spin.

  • BigCatLover

    gonzotx
    January 25th, 2011 at 8:08 pm
    BORN IN THE USA?

    Game-changer! Arizona to pass 2012 eligibility law
    Obama will have to produce birth certificate to run again
    *************************
    someone in the US Congress should propose a new law requiring all current and future members of the 3 branches of govt produce documentation proving they are eligible to serve.

  • moononpluto

    As i thought, this speech is going to be full of complete claptrap, its going to go over peoples head, its too techy and elite wordy and too damn long that many will just be put to sleep.

    I predict disaster.

  • BigCatLover

    The speech may be disaster but the spin after the speech will sound like it was wonderful.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Condense it by saying:

    How can we WIN the FUTURE?

    When YOU can WIN the Present?

  • moononpluto

    Obama’s SOTU “Our infrastructure used to be the best – but our lead has slipped. South Korean homes now have greater internet access than we do. Countries in Europe and Russia invest more in their roads and railways than we do. China is building faster trains and newer airports. Meanwhile, when our own engineers graded our nation’s infrastructure, they gave us a “D.”

    What next in the speech….”we’re crap, its all your fault, I am here to save you”

    Americans do not like being told their country is crap Obama, you have been warned.

  • Mrs. Smith

    can=can’t

  • gonzotx

    BigCatLover
    January 25th, 2011 at 8:10 pm
    ********88

    I don’t believe the polls. They are selling lies. I don’t trust them

  • Mrs. Smith

    I’m too disgusted to play BINGO… sorry folks.

    GoodLuck to you All-

    ME blowing up- fagetaboutit!

  • moononpluto

    On govt spending: Pres Obama will say that families sacrifice to live within their means and “deserve a government that does the same.”

    please tell me he is not going to say that with a straight face with their holidays and expenditure………

  • moononpluto

    Pres Obama will say we should stop expelling “talented” undocumented workers who can “further enrich this nation.”

    that’ll go down like a sack of crap off a roof.

  • BigCatLover

    Obama’s SOTU “Our infrastructure used to be the best – but our lead has slipped. South Korean homes now have greater internet access than we do. Countries in Europe and Russia invest more in their roads and railways than we do. China is building faster trains and newer airports. Meanwhile, when our own engineers graded our nation’s infrastructure, they gave us a “D.”
    ************************
    This sounds like he’s propoing more spending to correct this, else why mention it. If he’s got no plan to correct it, that’s pretty short sighted.

  • Mrs. Smith

    “This sounds like he’s propoing more spending to correct this, else why mention it. If he’s got no plan to correct it, that’s pretty short sighted.”
    ______________________

    Oh, he’s got a plan to correct it- it will be called something like a “Renewal Tax” and will be a privatized venture by a political crony making Billions getting the Federal Contract. Of course,a piece of it will go into a Swiss Bank somewhere.

  • BigCatLover

    Senate is filing into the House chambers now. How will they find their partners?

  • confloyd

    Mrs.Smith,
    You don’t think Obama should put some money back for his retirement in a Swiss Bank??? Well I’m sure he already has, LOL! I thought I heard they’ve lost 34 billion somewhere and they can’t find it….how about looking under Soro’s mattress???

  • BigCatLover

    MO has a white dress with a grey jacket (or sweater) over it. c-span is showing MO and BO leaving the WH>

  • Mrs. Smith

    If anyone wants to know how Obama will accomplish the goal he sets for us tonight. Just watch consecutive episodes of the Sopranos and the similarities will resonate.

  • BigCatLover

    I see HRC on the House floor in the front. Looks like a black suit.

  • BigCatLover

    c-span is reporting that the speech says ‘jobs’ 31 times.

  • Mrs. Smith

    I was just going to ask if anyone has seen Hillary yet.

  • tim

    ” I’ve ordered a review of government regulations. When we find rules that put an unnecessary burden on businesses, we will fix them. ”

    What a fking joke. Put the foot of regulations of Obamacare on the neck of American businesses and then be surprised that the businesses cannot breath and grow.
    One of my collegues distributors for their business has reluctantly now been ordering their products from China and Brazil, they don’t have a choice, its too expensive to do business in America.

  • BigCatLover

    Looks like all the Supremes are there except Scalia.

  • BigCatLover

    Michele is entering the visitors galllery with just a off white or greyish white wool dress.

  • BigCatLover

    HRC’s suit is dark blue or purple.

  • admin

    The perfect pre-rebuttal:

  • Mrs. Smith

    Just spotted Hillary.

    Royal Blue suit with a white and blue shoulder ribbon.

  • tim

    I cannot watch this nonsense, especially when I see Hillary there and what was stolen from her and from America.

  • pm317

    BigCatLover
    January 25th, 2011 at 8:58 pm
    —————–
    Does it have sleeves is the burning question..;) for those of us who are not in front of a TV.

  • Mrs. Smith

    You beat me to it, Big Cat! :lol:

  • BigCatLover

    3/4 length sleeves pm317.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Hillary sitting in the first row in the aisle seat next to Timmy Geithner.

  • BigCatLover

    The ribbons are in honor of Gabby Gifford but I can’t tell if they are white and blue or white and purple.

  • pm317

    I love 3/4 length sleeves.

  • Mrs. Smith

    BO wearing a blue tie- hmm

  • moononpluto

    and here comes the shuckster used car sales man.

  • BigCatLover

    Boehner’s ribbon is crooked already.

  • admin

    Perfect. It’s not a blue or red tie. It’s bureaucrat gray to match the touched up hair without the gray. :)

    As predicted Michelle Obama appears to have a sensible dress on but we need a good look before a definitive statement.

  • confloyd

    Hillary wearing blue and McCaskill red…WTH happened to her anyway, has she been eating with the NJ Governor Christy or what???

  • moononpluto

    God, only got CNN tonight, CNN is laying the crap on thick, they’ll need a dumptruck soon.

  • admin

    Correction: we were correct the first time – it’s a blue tie! That’s as much as the Dimocrats will get tonight.

  • confloyd

    Lets suck a little sympathy from Giffords!

  • moononpluto

    and he said that with all the sincerety of a man at a pinata.

  • confloyd

    One good thing we don’t see Nancy Pelosi back there like a “jack in the box” toy!

  • confloyd

    Maybe Boner will cry for us, just to keep us interested, LOL!

  • AmericanGal

    I can bear to listen tonight–just watching the visuals.

    Obama’s face looks gaunt to me…

  • moononpluto

    sit down you idiots, we have not got time for this shit, his speech is like 12 hrs long already.

  • JanH

    I tried. I really tried to watch this egotistical idiot. Can’t do it.

    Off to read a good book.

  • Southern Born

    BO looks old and tired tonight. Maybe gray hair and blue ties are not his best colors.

  • BigCatLover

    Obama – blue/gray tie; Biden, blue striped tie; Boehner – purple tie, thunk.

  • tim

    JanH
    January 25th, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    good idea, I’m doing my taxes instead.

  • moononpluto

    Its already hopey changey preachy, god, enough already.

  • confloyd

    Paychecks are a little bigger, lOL! The ones that have a freaking job…dumbass!

  • moononpluto

    Obama’s metric of progress: “Corporate profits are up.”…gee thanks.

  • AmericanGal

    Biden so far doesn’t look enthused..

  • admin

    “The rules have changed.” It was CHANGE for the worse.

  • confloyd

    He just said paychecks were bigger and then says paychecks have dwindled, which is it…does he know??

  • tim

    LOL.

    marc faber is a very well known international investor. Check out his latest interview and his assessment of Waffles

    http://www.zerohedge.com/article/marc-fabers-most-provocative-interview-ever-compares-obama-prostitute-goes-long-treasurys

    “When asked, in advance of the SOTU address, what he thinks of the president, Faber, who appears to have had enough with all the bullshit, propaganda, and lies, replies: “I think he’s done a horrible job and I think that will continue, I think he is a dishonest person, and nothing has changed… Some politicians are more honest than others. I don’t think that I have a very high regard for politicians, I have a high regard for businessmen and for people who work, and not for people who abuse the system continuously. And in comparison to other politicians, I think he came in on a platform as a president that would want to change the government in Washington, and actually he’s made it worse… We foreigners, we just laugh at someone like Mr. Obama. I was very critical of Mr. Bush, but at least he had one line and he stuck to that line, and at least he set out to do a thing and he was relatively straight on the thing that he did. He may have been wrong, but at least he didn’t change his mind continuously, and didn’t prostitute himself.” If nothing else, how many other people do you know who will compare, in front of a live Bloomberg audience, the president of the formerly greatest country in the world to a whore?”

  • Southern Born

    Boehner’s tie looks pink on our TV but you are right, maybe that is a purple/blue tie on BO…does it match his lips?

  • confloyd

    How much do we pay this idiot to read this speech off the teleprompter??? Shit I want the freaking job…I can read and throw my head back and forth too!

  • moononpluto

    This is becoming a speech of contradictions.

  • moononpluto

    what the fuck does that mean “the future is ours to win” its bullshit, you don’t win the future, you work for a better one.

  • confloyd

    Moon, He and his speech writer must of been doing a few lines while they wrote this thing!

  • BigCatLover

    does Obama look pasty on the channels you are watching?

  • pm317

    confloyd, and you don’t even have to meet with your cabinet, ever.

  • moononpluto

    Confloyd…no shit, they must have been high.

  • confloyd

    Well Hell, I miss that freaking spring that was in Nasty’s chair, it was hilarious watching her bob up and down. Now there’s nothing to keep us watching this thing!

  • moononpluto

    3/4s of the country just went…wtf is sputnik, who the fuck is the soviets?

    This is just stupid, sputnik, soviets, its far far too over peoples head, most will not understand the half of this.

  • confloyd

    BigCatLover,
    I thought Obama’s makeup job was crap…they are covering up his sickness…whatever that is?

  • admin

    Hasn’t stolen Bill’s “save Social Security first” line – yet.

  • Southern Born

    BO must have been doing something or he’s got the flu. His eyes look red, he looks pasty, he looks gray, and he has new wrinkles around his eyes.

  • moononpluto

    That black woman on front row screen just woke up with a jump, lol.

  • confloyd

    He’s no Bill Clinton, no not even close!

  • BigCatLover

    Americans have been reinventing ourselves for over 200 years…

  • AmericanGal

    Easy to talk about being an innovative nation (which we already are) and the wonders of the future…a lot harder to talk about unprecedented deficits, people losing homes and vast unemployment and what we need to do to solve it.

  • moononpluto

    this energy section is falling flat on its face.

  • gonzotx

    confloyd
    January 25th, 2011 at 9:22 pm
    Moon, He and his speech writer must of been doing a few lines while they wrote this thing!
    *********
    Funny

  • confloyd

    Fox has NOT shown one pic of Hillary…and she is the only one I want to see, although I’d like to see if Nancy is jumping up and down out there in no man’s land!

  • admin

    Fox news camera shot: TeleprompTer, Biden, Obama, Boehner, TeleprompTer.

    Wicked.

  • moononpluto

    i keep expecting Nan to crawl around the floor and her head to just Bob up in front of Boehners tie.

  • Shadowfax

    Oh gosh darn, I missed the first 30 minutes of the Bingo Game speechathon.
    I have heard so many spunik’s, I thought I was one of the money’s in space.

    Prom night, I see the clap and boo meter is way down in response…guess the jabbing elbows in the sides are working on prom night.

    Anyone seen Hillary?

  • confloyd

    Ok, he says were inovative, but then knocks us for our education…doing some maryjane or something with Faveau.

  • moononpluto

    I really don’t think the reps and senators are really that impressed with this.

    its actually worse than i thought.

  • confloyd

    Wheres the camera…its not going on Hillary….this damn Fox…partison SOB’s!

  • Shadowfax

    moononpluto

    i keep expecting Nan to crawl around the floor and her head to just Bob up in front of Boehners tie.

    ———-
    :lol:

  • jbstonesfan

    Pretty boring so far……his speech making skills have been highly exaggerated imo.

  • Southern Born

    Thank God they had those last years Jack-in-Box springs taken out of the chairs. Nancy’s was all worn out no doubt.

  • admin

    No platitude, no cliche left behind.

  • moononpluto

    This is all well and good but i have no idea what the hell he is going on about, its all flying over my head, its soundbites and like a sandwich thats 2 slices and nothing inside it.

  • BigCatLover

    HRC is sitting in the first row right on the aisle in a dark blue suit, next to Geithner.

  • confloyd

    Moon,
    Nan is prolly under Boner’s desk, LOL! She prolly trying to get a hold of that huge gavel! LOL!

  • Shadowfax

    Oh sit down you idiots!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • pm317

    confloyd, what are you drinking? :)

  • gonzotx

    Would have been funny if Hillary could have brought SP as a guest…

  • confloyd

    I thought I saw Boxer on the front row, huh! Where’s old Nan, I want to know what color she’s wearing!

  • moononpluto

    They made a big mistake, this mixed seating looks bloody dreadful on screen and killing the Dems applause, it looks dumb.

  • admin

    MoonOnPluto, you are not the only one who is confused as to message here. It’s “unity” or something and teachers are now nation builders. Maids are “domestic engineers”. Bankers must be dream givers. :)

  • gonzotx

    confloyd
    January 25th, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    now now, how do you know?

  • BigCatLover

    boring and pointless so far. Dems are trying to save it for him by ratcheting up the applause and doing standing ovations.

  • moononpluto

    Biden really has a look of “jesus can you shut up already”

  • Shadowfax

    confloyd

    Ok, he says were inovative, but then knocks us for our education…doing some maryjane or something with Faveau.

    ———-
    Not MJ, he likes blow with his shave ice. ;-)

  • confloyd

    pm317,
    Diet Pepsi, but I can have just as much fun without any alcohol! LOL!

  • gonzotx

    Maids are “domestic engineers”…ha ha that’s what they use to say wifes were!

  • admin

    We were just emailed this comment: “Is he running for student council?”

  • BigCatLover

    Pelosi is in red and should be easy to spot.

  • gonzotx

    BigCatLover
    January 25th, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    are the Repubs standing too?

  • Southern Born

    Who’s sitting on each side of ME-chelle..obviously not the intern.

  • Shadowfax

    Biden really has a look of “jesus can you shut up already”

    —–
    I thought Joe was going to nod off a minute ago…[snort]

    ……………here it comes, AMNESTY!

  • moononpluto

    OOOOh she’s scowling, did you see, that half assed boredom look from Michelle. She really cant be assed to be there.

    and her dress is really Blanche Devereaux from Golden Girls.

  • admin

    M.O.’s dress is sensible. The color is too cocktail hour but at least there is no bizarre belt, little girl sweater borrowed from the kids or an outlandish bow.

  • BigCatLover

    McCain is applauding for undocumented workers??

  • Southern Born

    Nancy has on a red pants suit.

  • confloyd

    Why is he talking about schools when our country is bankrupt, there’s no jobs and the whole thing is about collapse??

    He had to have a snort to get up there and give us this happy speech when the US is about to go bankrupt!

  • Shadowfax

    are the Repubs standing too?

    I don’t think so…

  • confloyd

    Ok, she and the idiot from Kansas….they are on the same side so is Claire!

  • moononpluto

    lol, he’s saying we’re crap now, worse than South Korea, sure go on, say we’re useless next.

  • BigCatLover

    transcontinental railroad?? Young people, he has ditched you.

  • Shadowfax

    No PepBoys accessories for MO, Admin? :lol:

  • admin

    He continues to say how great every other country is. According to him the U.S. is falling apart.

  • Shadowfax

    Who’s that old geezer sitting next to Nasty?

  • confloyd

    OMG! I just saw NAN….she is overdosed on xanex! She is either drunk or just totally zoned out!

  • moononpluto

    THESE THINGS COST MONEY…..where the fuck is it coming from.

  • pm317

    Alright, alright, I bring you good tidings.. first picture of the FLOTUS:

    http://js-kit.com/blob/6sd802dKBywWj9MxAwEQb7.jpg

  • Shadowfax

    Where the Hell is he going to get the money for all his ‘new’ plans?
    Rob social security?

  • moononpluto

    Lobbyists, Obama’s favourite friends….you hypocrite.

  • BigCatLover

    LOL, Biden looks like he is sucking a lemon and Boehner is half asleep.

  • gonzotx

    Who’s that old geezer sitting next to Nasty?
    *******

    Jack La Lane (sp?)

  • moononpluto

    Yup she’s wearing a potato sack, as i thought.

  • gonzotx

    Sorry, I really liked Jack

  • BigCatLover

    Women and boy beside MO I think are the family of Christine, one of the Tucson shooting victims.

  • confloyd

    Gonzotx,
    He lived a long and healthy life…I liked him too! Did you see Nan…didn’t she looked drugged??

  • moononpluto

    lol, unecessary rules on business………………………lol Obamacare for gods sake.

  • admin

    What about all the great stuff like health care? Isn’t he proud of his greatest achievement? If he thinks his health scam is so great why no focus on that?

  • admin

    Here comes health care.

  • Shadowfax

    Boner isn’t clapping…

  • moononpluto

    well that healthcare law joke fell flat on its ass. Fuckwit, you passed it without reading it. WTF, ridiculous.

  • moononpluto

    What a crock of bullshit about healthcare, absolute crock.

  • admin

    “Let’s fix what needs fixing” – the Republican battle cry.

  • confloyd

    I do feel sorry for Hillary have to stand up and clap for this asshole!

  • gonzotx

    Confloyd, I can’t watch it. I really get crazy when I see or hear his voice

  • Shadowfax

    “Let’s fix what needs fixing, and let’s move forward.”

    Where do we start, how about the 2008 primary!

    The worst of the recession is over????????????????????? WTF?

  • moononpluto

    he said that with a straight face…”living within their means”…ooh stop michelle spending and stop having dates out on AF1.

    This speech is really hit and miss with Dems on screen.

  • confloyd

    I see the teaparty girls wore black…they are the only ones dressed correctly!

  • turndownobama

    THe insider has come out against talking about the BC, apparently he’s been threatened! WTH is wrong here???

    ===================

    If anything were really found and about to come out, that ‘Insider’ would keep quiet for fear of having a prediction proved wrong.

  • confloyd

    I propose ellimination of “date nights” for MO and vacations for 30 of her closest friends.

  • gonzotx

    The worst of the recession is over?????????????????????
    ****

    Jobless Rise in 20 States as Workers Still Laid Off
    Published: Tuesday, 25 Jan 2011 | 11:10 AM ET Text Size
    By: Associated Press

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    The unemployment rate rose in 20 states last month as employers in most states shed jobs.

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    The Labor Department says the unemployment rate rose in 20 states and fell in 15. It was unchanged in another 15 states. That’s nearly the same as in November, when the rate rose in 21 states, fell in 15 and was the same in 14.

  • Shadowfax

    That airplane analogy bombed so badly it’s almost a Bush joke.

  • admin

    Boehner needs a drink. Coffee. The whole chamber feels like they need some caffeine or less legal powdery stimulants.

  • Southern Born

    Holy Cow, look at Kathleen Seiblus. She has no lipstick just deep red lip liner!!

  • BigCatLover

    so he’s giving frivolous lawsuits to the repubs. In exchange for what.

  • confloyd

    He must of told them NO camera on Hillary!

  • pm317

    I guess the dress is sensible but what the hell is it?

  • confloyd

    oooh, I just saw Schuler…he looks horrid!

  • moononpluto

    This seriously is bombing with this lot. Scattered applause barely.

  • Shadowfax

    BigCatLover

    so he’s giving frivolous lawsuits to the repubs. In exchange for what.
    ———–
    Single payer healthcare…….?

  • BigCatLover

    Now he’s talking about black and white tv. Nostalgia speech.

  • Southern Born

    Don’t you know that ME-chelle is mad as can be having to wear that boring old long sleeved white dress. Bet she got dressed kicking and screaming!

  • confloyd

    This man can lie with the best of them…I’ve never seen anything like it!

  • moononpluto

    lol, veto on earmarks from mr earmark himself when he was barely in Congress…idiot.

  • BigCatLover

    I think all the dem guys have blue ties and the repubs have red.

  • moononpluto

    every bill has earmarks in it….so he’s gonna sign nothing then.

  • admin

    Is he kidding with the lobbyist and earmarks talk? Kind of late for that now.

  • confloyd

    Schumer I think!

  • Southern Born

    How come almost everyone has on one of those white and black ribbons except bor BO even if Boehner’s looks like it’s had it.

  • gonzotx

    Now he’s talking about black and white tv. Nostalgia speech.
    *********

    With all this 50′s,60′s talk, examples, is he trying to talk to the boomer’s? Tea party? In some warped Coen brothers movie script?

  • Shadowfax

    Joe just coughed up a hairball.

  • Shadowfax

    Darn it, where is Hillary??

  • tim

    How stupid does this “man” think we are? Does he realise youtube exists?

  • BigCatLover

    Shadowfax
    January 25th, 2011 at 9:59 pm
    Joe just coughed up a hairball.
    **********************
    :lol: At least it was something productive.

  • confloyd

    I had to put the TV on MSNBC to get a pic of Hillary!

  • Shadowfax

    There she is, she didn’t have any smile on her face. He has run her ragged.

  • BigCatLover

    Fox just showed Hillary, shaking her head yes. Knock it off HRC. I didn’t hear what BO was saying then, maybe it was good foreign policy.

  • confloyd

    Yeah, Hillary knows this guy is FOS….which means full of shit….its a medical term..not kidding!

  • moononpluto

    This really is barely getting any applause.

    They hate this speech. Patty Murray looked like stonefaced there. Gritted teeth.

  • admin

    How much more “inspiration” can the nation tolerate?

  • AmericanGal

    Obama doesn’t look all that enthused about this speech himself…

  • confloyd

    They purposely waited to get a pic of her saying yes so they can use it against her. LOL! Fox is sneaky!

    NBC is watching her clap out of some perverse sense of misogny!

  • Shadowfax

    Tonight, let us speak with one voice.

    GET THE HELL OUT OF OUR WHITEHOUSE!

  • pm317

    AmericanGal
    January 25th, 2011 at 10:04 pm
    ————–
    may be because his audience is not responding..

  • confloyd

    Where’s the beef? This speech has none…we are all out of work…we know he is going to freak us out of our social security, but he’s talking inspiration….gimme a break!

  • BigCatLover

    Uh oh, he’s calling on colleges to allow military recruitment. What has his policy on this been in the past?

  • pm317

    where are all the students cheerleaders? no free beer in the capitol

  • confloyd

    Shadowfax,
    I almost choked on my tangerine with that comment…pls. be careful ROTFLMAO!

  • Shadowfax

    Good line, everyone standing.

  • confloyd

    No matter where you come from….he let the cat out of the bag with that one….

  • confloyd

    Boner is going to cry…I knew it!

  • Shadowfax

    Damn it man, don’t freakin’ cry!

  • BigCatLover

    Supreme Court Justice is asleep in front.

  • confloyd

    Now the damn Miners, this man has no shame!

  • gonzotx

    Shadowfax
    January 25th, 2011 at 10:08 pm
    Good line, everyone standing.

    what line

  • moononpluto

    Here come the celstial choirs and the heavens opening and angels descending…..ffs.

  • admin

    That “Reaganesque” deep whisper is getting tiresome.

    Better to be in a caved in Chilean coal mine than listening to this “inspiration”.

  • Shadowfax

    We do BIG things.

    We might be broke, we might be out of work…………but damn it, we do big things.

  • moononpluto

    what a load of old shit.

  • confloyd

    You all think he bring up the oil spill, well he brought up the chilean miners. It was a nothing speech,….no meat at all!

  • admin

    62 minutes of torment.

  • Southern Born

    God Bless you BO for ending this..IT’S OVER!

  • jbstonesfan

    That was pretty bad…..

  • moononpluto

    Jon King CNN : “not a very exciting speech”.

  • gonzotx

    Was his hair black or grey

  • Shadowfax

    confloyd

    You all think he bring up the oil spill

    ———-
    Maybe that’s what he meant by, “We do BIG things!”????

  • confloyd

    He sure didn’t spend anytime with Hillary…the SOB has kept her running her legs off without as much as a thankyou!

  • gonzotx

    62 minutes is a looog time to say nothing

  • moononpluto

    DeMint: SOTU “should have been called a State of the Stimulus, and the President should have admitted that it failed”

  • Shadowfax

    Gray hair

  • Southern Born

    Krauthammer said this was one of BO’s weakest speeches.

  • tim

    moononpluto
    January 25th, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    HA ha, ok that was pretty funny from De-Mint.

  • admin

    Charles Krauthammer: “One of his weakest speeches.”

  • confloyd

    I had to go back to FOx, Chrissy Mathews was pissing down his leg already….

  • BigCatLover

    krauthammer saying this not a particulary good speech on fox and lots of negative comments.

  • tim

    I’m betting Waffles probably just wants to be left alone and go golfing, and then pose for various magazines, after all this is what he is best at.

  • Southern Born

    This is the second time tonight that BO has ignored Sheila Jackson Lee as hard as she has tried to get him to talk with her.

  • moononpluto

    CNN trying to hold this up but i think it bombed. Gloria Borger “not a transformational speech”

    CNN pundits thinks it bombed.

  • gonzotx

    I’m surprised, Krauth has been drinking some of the kool-aid recently

  • moononpluto

    CNN says he avoided many things especially on deficits.

  • confloyd

    Hair was grey….its the grecian formula….the one he uses quiet regularly…it goes with his greek pillars.

  • Southern Born

    Juan Williams says he really liked the speech…guess ol’ Juan has lost credibility.

  • BigCatLover

    Signing autographs at a SOTU sppech – celebutician. Oh, guess what, Juan Williams liked the speech.

  • moononpluto

    Told you, the seating bombed badly, CNN said seating was a disaster for Dems.

  • BigCatLover

    fox is showing HRC chatting with some man I don’t recognize.

  • moononpluto

    Fat Roland…of course he liked it, that man should not even be on tv.

  • tim

    “CNN said seating was a disaster for Dems”

    how so?

    Juan sure is spreading it thick. Working overtime to save face for Waffles.

  • confloyd

    Who was that with Hillary anyway…who was the black man? Well she at least looked like she was talking about something important….we heard from the head cheerleader and he said nothing…just like Bush….never said a damn thing.

  • gonzotx

    Southern Born
    January 25th, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Black is thicker than anything

  • moononpluto

    it made the DEms look silly by the fact the repubs did not feel they had to get up and clap.

  • tim

    who is giving the repub response? Paul Ryan? I am looking forward to his speech, I have heard him speak, I get the sense of a honest competent person from him, I like listening to him.

  • confloyd

    Roland and Juan….Obama’s personal cheerleaders…sick!

  • moononpluto

    hmm Paul Ryan : now there is a good looking man….just my type looks wise.

  • tim

    very good setting for Paul Ryan, from the budget committee room. very good.

  • admin

    Paul Ryan is wearing a leftover wedding tie. Lots of “Gabby” (why don’t they call her by her name. “Gabby” reminds us of Gabby Hayes) in his introductory remarks.

    The speech thus far at least is more substantive than B.O.s “inspirational” talk.

  • BigCatLover

    Ryan speaking a little too formally. He needs to be more conversational, IMO.

  • moononpluto

    i like this no bullshit, just the facts type speech.

  • admin

    Was Carol Mosely Braun in the audience? We were emailed that Obama snubbed her as she tried to get a handshake.

  • gonzotx

    I hear he will be giving a lot of specifics…Ryan

  • Southern Born

    Yes, indeed, Gonzotx, 10:24 you got that right.

    And credibility is going, going and gone with us.

  • tim

    “i like this no bullshit, just the facts type speech.”

    Me too. I like this more, specifics, no “we do big things” nebulous nonsense.

  • Southern Born

    Admin, it was Sheila Jackson Lee that BO snubbed mostly.

  • BigCatLover

    Ryan is getting better as he goes along. I’m actually listening to what he says even though I don’t really trust him when it comes to the budget.

  • admin

    “Patient centered reform” says Ryan. This speech is solid as it proceeds. This Ryan speech has a clear and direct narrative whether you agree with the substance or not.

  • moononpluto

    Watch this guy in 2012 for the VP slot. Seriously.

  • admin

    “whether sold as stimulus or repackaged as investment” – tough line from Ryan.

  • Southern Born

    Endless borrowing is not a strategy…YES!

  • tim

    I agree with admin, the speech is getting better as it proceeds, my guess he was nervous at the beginning. I think no appaulse is a good thing, no interruptions.

  • confloyd

    He did say something about not raising the debt limit.

  • moononpluto

    I’m telling you, republicans watching Ryan do this, will propel him up the republican ranks very quickly, republican voters will be impressed, most had not seen him before but they will like him, he’s young, likeable, comes over well, may be what republican voters were looking for in new blood.

  • confloyd

    I agree with Moon, he is easy on the eyes!

  • AmericanGal

    Geez, this guy is way more believable than O…

  • BigCatLover

    Now the tea party response with Michele Bachman.

  • tim

    watched it, believed it, and liked it.

    short and done. 10 minutes period.

  • Mrs. Smith

    confloyd
    January 25th, 2011 at 10:24 pm
    Who was that with Hillary anyway…who was the black man? Well she at least looked like she was talking about something important….we heard from the head cheerleader and he said nothing…just like Bush….never said a damn thing.
    _______________

    It looked like the Dean of Diplomacy (diplomats) named something Jabutto… He was one of the first guests to walk into the House.

  • gonzotx

    AmericanGal
    January 25th, 2011 at 10:35 pm
    Geez, this guy is way more believable than O…
    *****

    That’s because he actually believes what he is saying and probably wrote it himself.

    Unlike the Narcissistic one.

  • admin

    Ryan’s speech:

    http://budget.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=221249

    Good evening. I’m Congressman Paul Ryan from Janesville, Wisconsin – and Chairman here at the House Budget Committee.

    President Obama just addressed a Congressional chamber filled with many new faces. One face we did not see tonight was that of our friend and colleague, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona. We all miss Gabby and her cheerful spirit; and we are praying for her return to the House Chamber.

    Earlier this month, President Obama spoke movingly at a memorial event for the six people who died on that violent morning in Tucson. Still, there are no words that can lift the sorrow that now engulfs the families and friends of the fallen.

    What we can do is assure them that the nation is praying for them; that, in the words of the Psalmist, the Lord heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds; and that over time grace will replace grief.

    *****

    As Gabby continues to make encouraging progress, we must keep her and the others in our thoughts as we attend to the work now before us.

    Tonight, the President focused a lot of attention on our economy in general – and on our deficit and debt in particular.

    He was right to do so, and some of his words were reassuring. As Chairman of the House Budget Committee, I assure you that we want to work with the President to restrain federal spending.

    In one of our first acts in the new majority, House Republicans voted to cut Congress’s own budget. And just today, the House voted to restore the spending discipline that Washington sorely needs.

    The reason is simple.

    A few years ago, reducing spending was important. Today, it’s imperative. Here’s why.

    We face a crushing burden of debt. The debt will soon eclipse our entire economy, and grow to catastrophic levels in the years ahead.

    On this current path, when my three children – who are now 6, 7, and 8 years old – are raising their own children, the Federal government will double in size, and so will the taxes they pay.

    No economy can sustain such high levels of debt and taxation. The next generation will inherit a stagnant economy and a diminished country.

    Frankly, it’s one of my greatest concerns as a parent – and I know many of you feel the same way.

    *****

    Our debt is the product of acts by many presidents and many Congresses over many years. No one person or party is responsible for it.

    There is no doubt the President came into office facing a severe fiscal and economic situation.

    Unfortunately, instead of restoring the fundamentals of economic growth, he engaged in a stimulus spending spree that not only failed to deliver on its promise to create jobs, but also plunged us even deeper into debt.

    The facts are clear: Since taking office, President Obama has signed into law spending increases of nearly 25% for domestic government agencies – an 84% increase when you include the failed stimulus.

    All of this new government spending was sold as “investment.” Yet after two years, the unemployment rate remains above 9% and government has added over $3 trillion to our debt.

    Then the President and his party made matters even worse, by creating a new open-ended health care entitlement.

    What we already know about the President’s health care law is this: Costs are going up, premiums are rising, and millions of people will lose the coverage they currently have. Job creation is being stifled by all of its taxes, penalties, mandates and fees.

    Businesses and unions from around the country are asking the Obama Administration for waivers from the mandates. Washington should not be in the business of picking winners and losers. The President mentioned the need for regulatory reform to ease the burden on American businesses. We agree – and we think his health care law would be a great place to start.

    Last week, House Republicans voted for a full repeal of this law, as we pledged to do, and we will work to replace it with fiscally responsible, patient-centered reforms that actually reduce costs and expand coverage.

    Health care spending is driving the explosive growth of our debt. And the President’s law is accelerating our country toward bankruptcy.

    Our debt is out of control. What was a fiscal challenge is now a fiscal crisis.

    We cannot deny it; instead we must, as Americans, confront it responsibly.

    *****

    And that is exactly what Republicans pledge to do.

    Americans are skeptical of both political parties, and that skepticism is justified – especially when it comes to spending. So hold all of us accountable.

    In this very room, the House will produce, debate, and advance a budget. Last year – in an unprecedented failure – Congress chose not to pass, or even propose a budget. The spending spree continued unchecked.

    *****

    We owe you a better choice and a different vision.

    Our forthcoming budget is our obligation to you – to show you how we intend to do things differently … how we will cut spending to get the debt down… help create jobs and prosperity … and reform government programs. If we act soon, and if we act responsibly, people in and near retirement will be protected.

    These budget debates are not just about the programs of government; they’re also about the purpose of government.

    So I’d like to share with you the principles that guide us. They are anchored in the wisdom of the founders; in the spirit of the Declaration of Independence; and in the words of the American Constitution.

    They have to do with the importance of limited government; and with the blessing of self-government.­­

    *****

    We believe government’s role is both vital and limited – to defend the nation from attack and provide for the common defense … to secure our borders… to protect innocent life… to uphold our laws and Constitutional rights … to ensure domestic tranquility and equal opportunity … and to help provide a safety net for those who cannot provide for themselves.

    We believe that the government has an important role to create the conditions that promote entrepreneurship, upward mobility, and individual responsibility.

    We believe, as our founders did, that “the pursuit of happiness” depends upon individual liberty; and individual liberty requires limited government.

    ­­*****

    Limited government also means effective government. When government takes on too many tasks, it usually doesn’t do any of them very well. It’s no coincidence that trust in government is at an all-time low now that the size of government is at an all-time high.

    The President and the Democratic Leadership have shown, by their actions, that they believe government needs to increase its size and its reach, its price tag and its power.

    ­­*****

    Whether sold as “stimulus” or repackaged as “investment,” their actions show they want a Federal government that controls too much; taxes too much; and spends too much in order to do too much.

    And during the last two years, that is exactly what we have gotten – along with record deficits and debt – to the point where the President is now urging Congress to increase the debt limit.

    We believe the days of business as usual must come to an end. We hold to a couple of simple convictions: Endless borrowing is not a strategy; spending cuts have to come first.­­­­

    *****

    Our nation is approaching a tipping point.

    We are at a moment, where if government’s growth is left unchecked and unchallenged, America’s best century will be considered our past century. This is a future in which we will transform our social safety net into a hammock, which lulls able-bodied people into lives of complacency and dependency.

    Depending on bureaucracy to foster innovation, competitiveness, and wise consumer choices has never worked – and it won’t work now.

    We need to chart a new course.

    ­­*****

    Speaking candidly, as one citizen to another: We still have time… but not much time. If we continue down our current path, we know what our future will be.

    Just take a look at what’s happening to Greece, Ireland, the United Kingdom and other nations in Europe. They didn’t act soon enough; and now their governments have been forced to impose painful austerity measures: large benefit cuts to seniors and huge tax increases on everybody.

    Their day of reckoning has arrived. Ours is around the corner. That is why we must act now.

    ­­­­*****

    Some people will back away from this challenge. But I see this challenge as an opportunity to rebuild what Lincoln called the “central ideas” of the Republic.

    We believe a renewed commitment to limited government will unshackle our economy and create millions of new jobs and opportunities for all people, of every background, to succeed and prosper. Under this approach, the spirit of initiative – not political clout – determines who succeeds.

    Millions of families have fallen on hard times not because of our ideals of free enterprise – but because our leaders failed to live up to those ideals; because of poor decisions made in Washington and Wall Street that caused a financial crisis, squandered our savings, broke our trust, and crippled our economy.

    Today, a similar kind of irresponsibility threatens not only our livelihoods but our way of life.­­

    *****

    We need to reclaim our American system of limited government, low taxes, reasonable regulations, and sound money, which has blessed us with unprecedented prosperity. And it has done more to help the poor than any other economic system ever designed. That’s the real secret to job creation – not borrowing and spending more money in Washington.

    Limited government and free enterprise have helped make America the greatest nation on earth.­­

    *****

    These are not easy times, but America is an exceptional nation. In all the chapters of human history, there has never been anything quite like America. The American story has been cherished, advanced, and defended over the centuries.

    And it now falls to this generation to pass on to our children a nation that is stronger, more vibrant, more decent, and better than the one we inherited.

    Thank you and good night.

  • BigCatLover

    CNN will show Bachman’s speech, but not Fox apparently.

  • Southern Born

    Juan still licking the stick. He says that Ryan’s speech was short on detail.

  • Kay

    If it was a weak speech that may be related to him having a hand in it. The same thing happened with his Inauguration Speech; another anti-climax. It has been noted that things he wrote in the time before and after his two (ghost-written) books were of very poor quality. He is probably a poor writer, which may explain his lack of articles for the Law review – too hard to research, too tough to write tight prose, and unable to fill the gaps with platitudes

  • Shadowfax

    Ryan…walked out of the room when he started talking, didn’t hold my interest.

  • HillaryforTexas

    Obama’s speech was a retreaded old and tired campaign speech.

    He has zero magic left. None. His most dedicated sycophants are trying hard, but they can’t polish this turd.

    Ryan was good. A bit stiff, but came across as concerned, sensible, speaking hard truths to adults.

  • moononpluto

    Candy Crowley CNN : “Ryan did a lot of good for republicans tonight, the optics mattered”

  • moononpluto

    The difference was Ryan came across as believable, like he had conviction in what he was saying, reminded me of Jack Kemp a bit actually..obama was like snake oil.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Is a copy of the T Party speech out yet…

  • Southern Born

    Hannity says “yes we can” magic is gone. The speech fell flat. President did not have a sense of urgency…trying to sell the same old policies.

  • Southern Born

    Frank Lunz focus group all but two said speech fell short.

  • tim

    “Obama: ‘The Future Is Ours to Win’”

    I’ve never heard it put this way before, I’ve heard “the future is ours”, etc, I’ve never heard about “future is ours to win”, very weird wording.

  • Southern Born

    Blacks in focus group defending BO.

  • Southern Born

    Blacks in focus group…”It’s the Rep’s fault.”

  • BigCatLover

    Bachman speaking on CNN. good flow but unfortunately the camera is off to the side so she is not looking directly at the audience.

  • Shadowfax

    Candy Crowley

    Why does that editing Queen still have a job?

  • Shadowfax

    Ooops sorry, I just remembered who Candy is, I was thinking of that other woman that tore down Sarah.

  • admin

    Why was the speech such a total dud?

    Possibly because as you think back on it the one thing that most sticks out is all the inspirational claptrap. It was reported that the word “jobs” appeared more than 30 times in the text but thinking back on it the word “jobs” does not jump at you.

    If the speech had been well written we should have been saying “jobs” as the main message. Instead what we recall is a smoky cloud of words and more words sandwiched between more words. The message should have been “jobs, jobs, jobs”.

  • admin

    Krauthammer:

  • BigCatLover

    CNN has a pundit from RedState on their panel. wow, are they trying to be fair and balanced.

  • Southern Born

    Okay, forget CNN. They are attacking the Tea Party response.

    YUCK! I can’t watch this panel!

  • AmericanGal

    Black guy on Luntz panel (who voted for Obama in 08) says he doesn’t believe Obama will cut spending because everything Obama has said hasn’t been true..

    Whole Luntz panel except for a couple people are unhappy with Obama (most voted for him in 08)..

  • gonzotx

    Southern Born
    January 25th, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Of course… But, Woodson of the Packers came out very strong against the fraud after he went national, like the fool he is, and dissed the Packers. I watched the locker room video after the game and they were mad. They were talking about it on all the national sports radio shows I think there are many in Wisconsin that see what we have been seeing all along . He doesn’t realize he is the President for all of us and can’t be pitting us against each other regardless of his personal views. Though Black is a bond like no other, I loved seeing this because you could see the passion in Woodsons eyes, he understood.
    http://netjonez.com/2011/01/25/green-bay-packers-woodson-has-a-message-for-obama-video/

  • Shadowfax

    Greta is fair and balanced, had tea party now Nasty.

  • AmericanGal

    Lol Admin, Pelosi on Fox with Greta saying Obama’s message was “jobs, jobs, jobs…”

  • tim

    frankly I don’t understand why Bachmann is even giving this speech, it uncuts Ryan’s speech, his was very good, hers was not so good.

    oh my word, pelosi is on with Greta, guess she found out millions more watch Fox than the other footsoldiers in the media.

  • BigCatLover

    CNN polls of the speech showing some really questionable numbers with a positive reaction to the speech.

  • tim

    pelosi is just spouting all the dem’s talking points, she must think people can’t independently think for themselves.

  • BigCatLover

    A** James Clyburn was on fox today again. Guess the dems know when they are beaten.

  • tim

    LOL, must be part of the repackaging Spielburg gave Pelosi tips on, go on Fox News. LOL.

  • gonzotx

    tim
    January 25th, 2011 at 11:03 pm
    frankly I don’t understand why Bachmann
    ********
    I think she wants to be a player.

    Again, I don’t believe the polls

  • BigCatLover

    Pelosi spinning like crazy about the speech. Says it was all about jobs and vision.

  • Southern Born

    American Gal, I watched the first part of Luntz group and the blacks were defending BO. I switched to CNN because to see what they were saying. I’m no big fan of Luntz.

  • Southern Born

    Pelosi has a new hair color.

  • tim

    LOL. “marketplace of ideas”, looks like Pelosi sure has the lingo down, Greta has not been as tough on her as she has on others.

  • Southern Born

    Pelosi said that her date Rosco Bartlett had brought candy for her and his other date sitting on the other side of him.

  • gonzotx

    January 21, 2011
    Bachmann: Planting the Seeds of 2012 in Iowa?
    Minnesota congresswoman addresses presidential run rumors, ‘Obamacare’ as she visits Iowa

  • JanH

    and while obama drinks from a shoe of champagne, I bet Hillary is rushing back to the State Department to monitor what is happening in the Middle East.

  • Mrs. Smith

    JanH
    January 25th, 2011 at 11:20 pm
    ________________

    With the middle east in a state of chaos, it sounds like Rice and Power have bent BO’s ear using their suggested strategy. Hillary looks removed from the situation.

  • confloyd

    Michelle Bachman’s speech was the best out of all three. Of coarse the networks did not cover her speech. I found hers to be the best! I hope she runs, if Hillary doesn’t, I will vote for her!

  • Southern Born

    Susan Estrich..was she a Hillary supporter? She is certainly taking up for BO on Gretta and putting down Michelle Bachman for “screaming” that it was all BO’s fault.

  • confloyd

    That candy had to be laced with some maryjane! Nasty was doped up for the SOTU.

  • JanH

    Mrs. Smith,

    If Rice and Power are in the mix, there could be terrifying results.

  • HillaryforTexas

    Ryan came across very well. Serious, thoughtful, not crazy. Sometimes just calm “let me talk to you like adults” works well when contrasted with an egomaniac reaching for his trademark soaring rhetoric and falling flat.

    Let’s put it this way: Obama did not do the dems any favors tonight, and ryan didn’t hurt the R’s at all. He was pretty helpful, in truth. Regardless of whether I agree with policy, Ryan seemed very adult, very competent, very work-horsish

    Obama shot himself in the foot by reaching for lost sparkly campaign magic rather than being president in charge with a plan. Trains?? I mean, come on, that’s all you’ve got? TRAINS??? Vaguely dreaming of a better tomorrow doesn’t fly so well when you’ve been da man for two years.

    Accountability. Expectations of doing your job. Things he has never dealt with before, and has no clue how to respond to.

  • Southern Born

    LOL, Confloyd. MJ laced for sure.

  • confloyd

    Well I think Bachman was better than Ryan….I just believe the woman over the man…sorry but I don’t trust men! Now you know that about me, LOL!

  • admin

    The Frank Luntz focus group:

  • confloyd

    Susan Estrich is just a dumbass democrat…can’t think for herself and if she does she doesn’t say it on TV.

  • admin

    BigCatLover, you’re right – the attack on Fox has backfired. It was surprising to see all the Obama Dimocrats on the Fox programs.

  • confloyd

    Rice and Power running the middle east….well expect some bombs shortly to land in Israel….they both hate Israel.

    Looked to me like Bo gave Hillary the brush off and she noticed it….well its not nice to play with mother nature…she needs to kick his ass.

  • confloyd

    Goodnight all! There’s still no one better than Hillary and Bill, they all hope to achieve what they did with ease!

  • admin

    Bachmann’s speech:

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/01/25/bachmanns-response-to-state-of-the-union/

    Good evening, my name is Congresswoman Michele Bachmann from Minnesota’s 6th District.

    Two years ago, when Barack Obama became our President, unemployment was 7.8 percent and our national debt stood at what seemed like a staggering $10.6 trillion dollars.

    We wondered whether the President would cut spending, reduce the deficit and implement real job-creating policies.

    Unfortunately, the President’s strategy for recovery was to spend a trillion dollars on a failed stimulus program, fueled by borrowed money.

    The White House promised us that all the spending would keep unemployment under 8 percent.

    Not only did that plan fail to deliver, but within three months the national jobless rate spiked to 9.4 percent. And sadly, it hasn’t been lower for 20 straight months. While the government grew, we lost more than 2 million jobs.

    Let me show you a chart. [CHART]

    Here are unemployment rates over the past ten years. In October 2001, our national unemployment rate was at 5.3 percent. In 2008 it was at 6.6 percent. But, just eight months after President Obama promised lower unemployment, that rate spiked to a staggering 10.1 percent.

    Today, unemployment is at 9.4 percent with about 400,000 new claims every week.

    After the $700 billion bailout, the trillion-dollar stimulus, and the $410 billion spending bill with over 9,000 earmarks, many of you implored Washington to please stop spending money we don’t have.

    But, instead of cutting, we saw an unprecedented explosion of government spending and debt, unlike anything we have seen in the history of our country.

    [CHART]

    Deficits were unacceptably high under President Bush, but they exploded under President Obama’s direction, growing the national debt by an astounding $3.1 trillion-dollars.

    What did we buy?

    Instead of a leaner, smarter government, we bought a bureaucracy that tells us which light bulbs to buy, and which will put 16,500 IRS agents in charge of policing President Obama’s healthcare bill.

    ObamaCare mandates and penalties will force many job creators to stop offering health insurance altogether, unless yours is one of the more-than-222 privileged companies or unions that has received a government waiver.

    In the end, unless we fully repeal ObamaCare, a nation that currently enjoys the world’s best healthcare may be forced to rely on government-run coverage that will have a devastating impact on our national debt for generations to come.

    For two years President Obama made promises just like the ones we heard him make tonight. Yet still we have high unemployment, devalued housing prices and the cost of gasoline is skyrocketing.

    Here are a few suggestions for fixing our economy:

    The President could stop the EPA from imposing a job-destroying cap-and-trade system.

    The President could support a Balanced Budget Amendment.

    The President could agree to an energy policy that increases American energy production and reduces our dependence on foreign oil.

    The President could also turn back some of the 132 regulations put in place in the last two years, many of which will cost our economy $100 million or more.

    And, the President should repeal ObamaCare and support free market solutions like medical malpractice reform and allow all Americans to buy any healthcare policy they like anywhere in the United States.

    We need to start making things again in this country, and we can do that by reducing the tax and regulatory burdens on job creators.

    America will have the highest corporate tax rate in the world. Look no further to see why jobs are moving overseas.

    But, thanks to you, there’s reason to hope that real spending cuts are coming. Last November you went to the polls and voted out big-spending politicians and you put in their place men and women with a commitment to follow the Constitution and cut the size of government.

    I believe that we are in the early days of a history-making turn.

    Please know how important your calls, visits, and letters are to the maintenance of our liberties. Because of you, Congress responded and we are starting to undo the damage that’s been done.

    We believe in lower taxes, a limited view of government and the exceptionalism of America. And I believe America is the indispensible nation.

    Just the creation of this nation was a miracle. Who’s to say that we can’t see a miracle again?

    The perilous battle that was fought in the pacific, at Iwo Jima, was a battle against all odds, and yet the image of the young G.I.s in the incursion against the Japanese immortalizes their victory. These six young men raising the flag came to symbolize all of America coming together to beat back a totalitarian aggressor.

    Our current debt crisis we face today is different, but we still need all of us to pull together. We can do this.

    And that’s the hope we hold tonight as Americans. We will push forward to reclaim the greatness of our country and to proclaim the liberty upon which we were founded.

    And we will do so because we the people will never give up on this great nation.

    God bless you, and God bless America.

  • Mrs. Smith

    JanH
    January 25th, 2011 at 11:39 pm
    Mrs. Smith,

    If Rice and Power are in the mix, there could be terrifying results.
    ______________________

    For Hillary not to be in the thick of it or putting out press releases about the tumult, it has to be BO’s listening to Rice and Power thinking if she is going to leave(?) turn it over to them and see what happens.

    I think it was confloyd or gonzo that said BO wasn’t very cordial to Hillary. Could be the Rahm thing with Bill(?) can’t be more specific yet. BO wants Rahm out and Bill wants Rahm in, so there has to be some friction there.

  • S

    wow…could not watch the whole thing…cannot take O’s condescending, lecturing, arrogant delivery…very grating…checked in and out…

    Moon…’state of the unicorn’…a good line…

    pm317…that photo of Jill and O gazing into each other’s eyes with MO towering over them glaring…priceless…

    MO’s dress…at least it was tailored, however it did not fit her…and she always has to choose something that makes her stand out like a sore thumb…here I am, MO, FLOTUS…as if we cannot see her…

    candy crowley calling the speech “low key’…

    consensus seems to be that O keeps saying the same things in his speeches and has no plan…

    CNN staying that the speech alientated the independents the most…

    I think Gergen hit it on point when he said…the republican response was a
    ‘one-two punch’

    imho, Ryan comes across very earnest, and he is photogentic and has youth on his side…he is likeable…and smart…these are all plusses for the repubs

    one thing can be said, the repubs have a lot of new, attractive young people in the mix…you put ryan, backmann and throw in Krist Noem from SD for good measure, and the repubs have a good looking up and coming bench in the house…

  • JanH

    Mrs. Smith,

    Hillary had this to say earlier at a press conference

    25.01.11

    Clinton warns Hezbollah-backed government may alter U.S. ties with Lebanon

    White House accuses Hezbollah of using ‘coercion, intimidation, threats of violence’ to achieve its political goals, after its candidate was tapped as Lebanon’s new PM-designate.

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday that a Hezbollah-dominated government in Lebanon would affect the country’s relations with the United States, which regards Hezbollah as a terrorist group.

    Hezbollah is on the official U.S. blacklist of terrorist groups, a designation that carries various financial and travel restrictions.

    “A Hezbollah-controlled government would clearly have an impact on our bilateral relationship with Lebanon,” Clinton told reporters in an appearance with Spain’s visiting foreign minister.

    “Our bottom lines remain as they always have been,” Clinton said. “We believe that justice must be pursued and impunity for murder ended. We believe in Lebanon’s sovereignty and an end to outside interference.”

    The White House on Tuesday accused the Shi’ite Muslim group of using “coercion, intimidation and threats of violence” to achieve its political goals and said the country’s new government must abide by the Lebanese constitution and renounce violence.

    Clinton said Washington was monitoring moves to form a new government in Lebanon, where Hezbollah-backed politician Najib Mikati has been named prime minister in a move that shifts the balance of power in the country toward Iran and Syria.

    “As we see what this new government does, we will judge it accordingly,” Clinton said.

    Hezbollah’s enhanced political strength appears likely to alarm Israel, Washington’s chief ally in the region, which in 2006 fought a five-week war in a failed effort to destroy the Iran-backed movement’s formidable military capacity.

    U.S. officials said earlier this month that Lebanon’s political turmoil would not trigger an immediate cut in U.S. aid to the Lebanese Armed Forces, but suggested that the ties would come under speedy review.

    Clinton has accused Hezbollah, whose decision to pull out of a coalition toppled the government of former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, with attempting to subvert justice before expected indictments against the group over the February 2005 killing of his father, Rafik.

    U.S. officials have also accused the movement of seeking to advance the interests of Iran.

    “It is hard to imagine any government that is truly representative of all of Lebanon would abandon the effort to end the era of impunity for assassinations in the country. In the meantime, we call on all parties to maintain calm,” White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said in a statement.

    The United States ramped up assistance to Lebanon’s military after the 2006 war with Israel and has given the Lebanese Armed Forces an estimated e650 million to pay for such things as helicopter maintenance, weapons and ammunition, night-vision goggles and anti-tank missiles.

    In a country with a long history of sectarian militias, the United States also hoped to help professionalize the army, reinforce the concept of civilian control of the military and, diminish the influence of Hezbollah’s forces — all goals that look harder to achieve following the latest political crisis.

    Republicans, who following November elections have taken control of the House of Representatives, have already pledged to examine U.S. aid for Lebanon more closely.

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/international/clinton-warns-hezbollah-backed-government-may-alter-u-s-ties-with-lebanon-1.339180

  • Shadowfax

    I thought Bachmann’s speech, although she brought out all the spending Bush and Barry have made..it was an over the top polite rant, wrapped in the flag …sickening.

    When Nasty spoke to Greta, I caught her saying that Barry has always been in the center and seemed to be toned down from the way she supported him in the past.

    I detect less enthusiasm towards Barry in her conversation. How did he buy her off?

    I bet he offered her VP in 2012 if she helps him win and sells her soul to him and not discuss his dirty tricks.

  • JanH

    She also had this to say about Egypt…

    US urges restraint in Egypt, says government stable

    Tue Jan 25, 2011

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Tuesday urged all sides in Egypt to refrain from violence following clashes between security forces and demonstrators inspired by the revolt that toppled Tunisia’s president this month.

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also said that the United States believed that the government of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, in power for three decades, was stable and looking for ways to meet the Egyptian people’s aspirations.

    “We support the fundamental right of expression and assembly for all people and we urge that all parties exercise restraint and refrain from violence,” Clinton told reporters in response to a question at a news conference.

    “Our assessment is that the Egyptian government is stable and is looking for ways to respond to the legitimate needs and interests of the Egyptian people,” she added.

    “Down, down, Hosni Mubarak,” chanted protesters in Cairo, where police fired teargas and used water cannon, and protesters hurled bottles and rocks at them. Some protesters chased police down side streets and Reuters TV footage showed one policeman joining the demonstrators.

    http://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFJOE70O0KF20110125?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews

    ————————

    But given her tough speech a few weeks ago in the Middle East about countries like Egypt, Syria, etc… regressing in human rights, I think her support of Mubarak is just the party…er…obama line.

  • S

    is anyone else really annoyed by Cornell Belcher, the very partisan pundit CNN is using…he is one the most partisan and negative of the whole bunch

    …also Laurence O’Donnell really working the ‘race card’ over at msnbc just prior to speech…all this BS about Bill Clinton got credit for his achievements but O as a black man can’t get credit for his…and not one black person nominated for an oscar…friends, MSNBC is really pushing that kind of stuff…it is unbelievable the things they choose to bring up and make an issue out of…really unbelievable how low they go…

  • Shadowfax

    Anyone see BO kiss Hillary on the cheek? Gack!

    Poor Hillary!

  • Shadowfax

    Hillary walking around, seems to be sticking close to Gates.

  • Mrs. Smith

    JanH
    January 25th, 2011 at 11:56 pm
    Mrs. Smith,

    Hillary had this to say earlier at a press conference
    _____________________

    Thanks for the repost of both articles. I meant to read them earlier but was sidetracked with other pressing appointments.

    I’ll read the article re: Egypt now…

  • Mrs. Smith

    Thanks, Admin for posting Bachmanns speech…

  • admin

    Obama lover Mark McKinnon:

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2011-01-25/president-obama-ducked-tough-issues-in-state-of-the-union-speech/

    The seating was bipartisan, the tone was collegial, the president struck some centrist, even conservative notes. But in the end, the speech was lacking in emotional connection, coherent architecture, and anything approaching bold ideas for addressing our fiscal crisis.

  • HillaryforTexas

    A sharp operator on the Hill points out to me that the total cost of the Apollo program — America’s long-form response to Sputnik — was $25 billion, or $113 billion in inflation-adjusted dollars. Also known as one seventh of the stimulus bill.

    Don’t like that? Okay, how about this: the entire NASA budget from 1958 to 1970 was about $38.5 billion, or about $150 billion in inflation-adjusted dollars.

    Moral: It’s not how much money you spend, it’s what you do with it.

  • admin

    The New York Times tries it’s best to make Obama’s words make sense, but ends up with this:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/26/us/politics/26assess.html?hp

    In some ways his warning was reminiscent of the Obama style circa 2008. As a candidate, he prided himself on ignoring the passions of the moment, not letting hyperventilation on cable television or predictions of impending political doom drive his tactics, much less his strategy. His coolness, his detachment, seemed a political virtue after eight years of an intensely ideological presidency.

    But this is a different moment, and it is far from clear that the formula that worked so well two years ago retains much potency today. As several of his own aides concede — especially those who have left the White House or are preparing to — Mr. Obama failed to rally the country behind his strategy for combating the most marked economic crisis since the Great Depression. His health care victory came at a tremendous cost. Foreclosures and a jobless rate of just under 10 percent seemed a symptom of national drift, downward.

    Only with his speech in Tucson two weeks ago, in response to the actions of a gunman who shot a congresswoman in the head and caused a nation to question the proper limits of political divisiveness, did he begin to turn the narrative back in his direction.

    Now his challenge is to win the argument against those who say that when government intervenes in the economy, it is usually for the worse. While directly hailing the wonders of free enterprise — an effort to beat back his opponents’ charge that he is a socialist in capitalist clothing — he made the case that at moments, government intervention has been inspired. [snip]

    But that is an argument that President Bill Clinton could have made, and often did, 15 years ago. What Mr. Obama stepped around is the reality of American competition today — that innovation, education and infrastructure are necessary ingredients for global competitive success, but no guarantee. Many of the technologies on which Mr. Obama is depending are the product of joint ventures that combine American ideas, European design and Asian manufacturing. That is something few in this Congress may want to hear, much less finance, given that many of the jobs those innovations create do not go to Americans.

  • wbboei

    Ryan comes across very earnest, and he is photogentic and has youth on his side…he is likeable…and smart…these are all plusses for the repubs
    ———————-
    He is the real deal–for now.

  • wbboei

    I missed the golden opportunity to partake of the great speech by the greatest man to ever occupy the White House. I sure it would gag a maggot.

  • wbboei

    What Mr. Obama stepped around is the reality of American competition today — that innovation, education and infrastructure are necessary ingredients for global competitive success, but no guarantee. Many of the technologies on which Mr. Obama is depending are the product of joint ventures that combine American ideas, European design and Asian manufacturing. That is something few in this Congress may want to hear, much less finance, given that many of the jobs those innovations create do not go to Americans.
    ————————————————
    The antithesis of leadership–not feeling the problem, not understanding the solution. But oh I am sure he was so Kennedysque that Ezra Klein will hit the high Cs over it tomorrow. Take that little prick’s job away from him, and David Sirotas too and they would be singing a different tune. There a thousands of people who could do better journalism that those two ideologues, and many of them are unemployed/

  • wbboei

    This talk about socialism and government intervention is a red herring. The problem here is crony capitalism–with cronies like Immelt and Soros. If the right and left ever woke up to that simple fact, and who Obama really is he would be run out of town on the rails. At a time like this the last thing we need to be doing is debating the merits of socialism and the limits of government regulation. What we need to do instead is follow the money, and then it will be obvious why Obama is there. But it won’t happen because the elites set up a false conflict which diverts our attention and protects them from the real issue which is abandonment of the middle class.

  • wbboei

    I was at the nursing home when the SOTU came on at that was my que to go home and get away from the television. But I did get a quick glimpse of some of our so called leaders milling around and kissing eachothers assess. Dark suits to convey the seriousness of this event. And I thought to myself how much as a country we have been victimized by bad leadership. At the end of World War II the United States straddled the world as the single economic collossus, and look at where we are today. The elites have squandered competitive advantage, destroyed our safety nets and mortagaged our future to the Chinese. We are cursed with corrupt leadership, and that is the largest problem. Obama is the grand climeratic of a terrible long term trend.

  • wbboei

    The seating was bipartisan, the tone was collegial, the president struck some centrist, even conservative notes. But in the end, the speech was lacking in emotional connection, coherent architecture, and anything approaching bold ideas for addressing our fiscal crisis.
    ——————————
    How can that be. Obamalover Peggy Noonan predicted it would be a big powerful speech that would galvanize the nation.

  • wbboei

    Bachman’s speech is superb. Far better than Obama’s verbal diarrhea. But he sure knows how to strike those Kennedy poses and that is all most people seem to be interested in. Yes, as they said in 2008, he is an intelligent man and will surround himself with good advisors so not to worry. We can now see the results.

  • turndownobama

    From elsewheere:
    On May 1961, President Kennedy committed to the Apollo program and committed to put a man on the moon before the end of the decade. Government set the priority, funded the proposal ($24B) and got out of the way. According to the NASA Langley Research Center, the Apollo program at its peak employed 400,000 and required the support of over 20,000 industrial firms and universities. The stimulus package could have funded 32 Apollo programs.

  • tim

    thank you for posting the text of the bachmann speech, the text is very good, not sure why it threw me off when I was listening to her give that speech, I think maybe it was her not looking directly at the camera when she was speaking. But the text is excellent, to the point and short.

  • holdthemaccountable

    CNN’s home page used this POTUS SOTU quote: “We need to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world.”
    ——————
    Now he is inventing words in the ‘style’ of GWB.

  • pm317

    Bachmann’s video, really weird, why isn’t she looking at the camera?



  • admin

    Pm317, there were two cameras. Bachmann was looking at the Tea Party Express camera instead of the pool TV camera.

  • pm317

    Thanks, admin. The embed is not working right for me, I see only the bottom half of the videos. Is it just me? Last time it happened, refresh corrected it but it is not now.

  • pm317

    holdthemaccountable
    January 26th, 2011 at 7:07 am
    ——————–

    He is talking to the hip youth of the country.

  • moononpluto

    So SOTu was rehash of stuff he said before, stole stuff from Gingrich and completely ripped of Granholm.

    SOTU: President Channels Failed Michigan Governor

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/258030/sotu-president-channels-failed-michigan-governor-henry-payne

  • pm317

    moononpluto
    January 26th, 2011 at 8:59 am
    ————

    not much of a surprise.

    When you lack principles and convictions, when you don’t work on finding solutions, when you don’t even meet with your cabinet hires, presumed experts in their field to hear what they have to say, how do you put together a speech? It will be some vague presumably feel good hopey changey thing cobbled together from other sources. His speechwriter is not a policy wonk, he is a 20+ year old who plagiarizes others work. Vision comes from hard thinking on diagnosing the problems of the day and an intuition on how to go about it. He lacks on all fronts. Hell, he is not even a good writer.

  • rgb44hrc

    gonzotx
    January 25th, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    BORN IN THE USA?

    Game-changer! Arizona to pass 2012 eligibility law
    Obama will have to produce birth certificate to run again
    &&&&&

    Just like the state by state legal challenges to the health scare law started slowly, maybe more states will enact this too.

    Then what will Obama’s electoral map look like???

    BTW, I wonder when government officials in Hawaii are going to develop “Sudden Death Syndrome”? Too many people there know too much, they will have to be sacrificed to keep Golden Boy in the Oval Office.

  • rgb44hrc

    #
    BigCatLover
    January 25th, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    c-span is reporting that the speech says ‘jobs’ 31 times.
    &&&&&

    Obama has said the word “jobs” thousands of times as president, but they remain just empty words.

    Even when there was attempt to put words into action (the Stimulus bill), it was poorly executed.

    If my wife asks me to cut the grass, and I said, “Look, I bought a goat, and he’s out there grazing as we speak”, she still would be right in pointing out that the lawn still needs to be cut.

    Obama has never been about results, just appearances. He is a useless piece of shit. His lack of concern and lack of will and political inexperience continue to hur the country, and the Democratic Party is taking it on the chin as his ineffectiveness is representative of the party, whether that is fair or not.

    It is fair to a great extent: you bums helped install him to power. You broke it, you bought it. Shit heads.

  • confloyd

    pm317,

    I love that pic of Hillary….I bet it really pisses off her master that she is so HAPPY! I bet it really pisses him off that she is widely loved by all the President’s men….WTF is Holder doing….he looks like he is in LA..LA..LAND!

    GREAT FIND!

  • confloyd

    The SOTU sucks and so did the “won’s” speech. He’d of done better had he got up there and said those 3 words. The SOTU sucks…we all know it does….why didn’t he just say that! He could have said that then said it was going to hurt to fix it and the walk off the stage….I’d of liked him then…because I would of known he was telling the freaking truth.

    I’m sick of all the lying, pimping bast*&^%’s.

  • moononpluto

    Interestingly every story Obama told about an everyday American last night was rooted in a battleground state, apparently success stories dont happen in republican states.

  • moononpluto

    Looks like he’s started, as expected, he’s ditched the job after 2 years and is off campaigning.

    President, Vice President and cabinet to tour the country to highlight vision

    The White House sent News 2 the following press release on their plans…

    ___PRESS RELEASE BELOW___

    President Obama, Vice President Biden, Members of the Cabinet Fan Out Across the Country, Highlight Vision for Winning the Future WASHINGTON – This week, President Obama, Vice President Biden, and members of the President’s Cabinet will travel across the country to highlight the President’s plan for winning the future and creating jobs by out-innovating, out-educating and out-building the rest of the world. In tonight’s State of the Union Address, the President will speak directly to the American people about the contest we face today – not a contest between Democrats and Republicans, but one between America and our competitors across the globe for the jobs and industries of our time. In travel on Wednesday, the President and Vice President will hold “White House to Main Street Tours” in Wisconsin and Indiana to visit companies that have shown that we can win that contest, hiring workers and investing in industries of the future. Details about their travel, along with information on cabinet members traveling this week, are below.

    http://www2.counton2.com/member-center/share-this/print/?content=ar1384270

    ……………………….

    so no doubt now, this is the campaign slogan i guess..winning the future aka (deposit your cash with Obama for a spin on the Obama slots,get 3 big O’s and you get to the bonus round of Spend Spend Spend).

  • moononpluto

    fuck me, he’s turning the future of america into a Govt version of the amazing race.

  • moononpluto

    Its american idol 2.0. they’ll be putting numbers up on screen next to vote off the weakest team member.

  • S

    …thought I would give you a good laugh to get the day going…

    snip

    MSNBC vp primetime programming Bill Wolff maintains that his network covers Palin because she’s newsworthy. Period. End of story.

    “She’s powerful and important, even if all you measure her by is her ability to raise money,” he says. “She matters. Her blessing and her endorsement mean something.’

    Wolff called it “nonsense” that MSNBC is driven by politics or even profits when it comes to how much airtime it devotes to Palin.

    (ready…here it comes…)

    “MSNBC does not have a political agenda. The idea that we’re beholden to one side or the other is ridiculous,” he says. “And if Sarah Palin is so good for business, why would we want to destroy her? We tell the truth. We hold up a mirror and say, ‘This is what’s going on.’ We’re not so crass to think that she’s good for business, therefore we’ll talk about her.”

    Wolff is also executive producer of The Rachel Maddow Show, which ran 90 segments on Palin in 2009 and 99 in 2010, according to LexisNexis.

    Wolff says the uptick isn’t a trend but is based on the fact that Palin was more newsworthy last year than she was the year before (must be that reality show again).

    hollywoodreporter.com/news/msnbcs-sarah-palin-sickness-75184

    snip

    the article is a little long but interesting…gives the numbers on how many times who mentions SP and who tries to drive the story…

    *************************

    my two cents…the writer at The Hollywood Reporter did a good job…however they should have also included the info re: when Hillary was running during the primaries…if the writer had done that he would have seen the direct correlation of msnbc and cnn towards the stories…negative stories…they drove about Hillary…

  • nomobama

    Ok, no interest in the State of the Union address from me, so no watchie last night. I could care less what that derelict in the White House has to say.

    I came here this morning to get the Admin’s take on all of it. I had a good laugh with the description of Øbama’s “moldy strawberry” head. Now that was FUNNY!

  • nomobama

    wbboei
    January 26th, 2011 at 1:17 am
    ==============================

    That’s an interesting comment. I never thought of Soros as a crony capitalist, but when you consider his worth, no self-respecting socialist would want to live a life like he does, in my opinion.

  • JanH

    pm317
    January 26th, 2011 at 8:40 am

    ————
    Great picture of Hillary. And if obama snubbed her, it was probably meme’s doing.

  • admin

    NEW ARTICLE IS UP.

  • JanH

    Sundance Report: ‘Missrepresentation’ Explores Treatment of Sarah Palin, Hillary Clinton by Mainstream Media

    Published January 26, 2011

    The documentary “Missrepresentation,” directed by Lieutenant Governor of California Gavin Newsom’s wife Jennifer Siebel Newsom, explores how mainstream media undermines American women in influential positions, and the impact this makes on young girls.

    It also challenges what it says is the media’s often disparaging portrayal of women. In particular, “Missrepresentation” devotes quite a bit of time to how Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton were covered by mainstream media in the 2008 presidential elections.

    “The idea for the film came to me as I watched the 2008 presidential campaign and saw this sexism and double standard that was directed towards Hilary Clinton and Sarah Palin, and some of the wives whose husbands were running for office. It really upset and affected me,” Siebel Newsom told FOX411′s Pop Tarts at the premiere in Park City, Utah over the weekend. “I knew I wanted to have children someday (she now has a two-year-old daughter and is pregnant with a son) and I was worried about raising a daughter in a world that objectifies women to such an extreme.”

    Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom concurred, saying Palin was treated abominably.

    “We need a greater sensitivity to the way we portray women particularly in the news media. To watch the way Sarah Palin was treated — to discuss whether an elected official or former elected official has breast implants — is pretty demeaning, and it would never happen to a guy,” Newsom said. “We need to disassociate ourselves from this party ideology. It is not a Republican vs. Democrat issue. This happens all around and puts so much pressure on young girls.”

    The documentary notes that while women make up 51 percent of our population, their presence in Congress is only 17 percent, ranking the United States 90th in the world when it comes to percentage of women in office.

    Former “Melrose Place” star Daphne Zuniga, interviewed in the film, said Hollywood is also to blame, as it promotes and fixates on unrealistic physical standards for women.

    “As someone who has been in Hollywood for 25 years I can only speak from personal experience, and I do think in some ways we are moving backwards with the treatment of women,” Zuniga told Pop Tarts. “This issue has nothing to do with politics. It is an issue that impacts everyone.”

    “Missrepresentation” criticizes Hollywood for promoting Angelina Jolie and Madonna as exemplars of “empowered women” when they too are most often hypersexualized. Prominent feminist and writer Gloria Steinem, interviewed in the film, told Pop Tarts that the treatment of women has become so ingrained in society that we barely even recognize it.

    “It’s so common that it is hard to notice,” she said. “One thing we can always remember is to lead by example. Every time you or I go past a mirror and say ‘I’m too fat’ remember a girl is watching.”

    “Missrepresentation” interviews an array of high-profile women including actresses Geena Davis, Rosario Dawson and Jane Fonda, comedian Margaret Cho, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and CBS news anchor Katie Couric.

    And while Couric is against women in television being required to look overly sexy, she feels guilty that she may have contributed to the “showing of the legs” shot so prevalent in newscasts today.

    “It is something I do worry about, that I started the thing with the legs. I look back at some of my ‘Today’ interviews and my skirt was way too short,” Couric said in the film.

    So what is the film’s solution to the media’s problematic portrayal of women?

    “It is extremely important that we champion good media and in some cases boycott bad media. Women hold more than 86 percent of America’s purchasing power, and we have to use our power as consumers. We have to write our corporate media leaders to encourage socially responsible business practices,” Siebel Newsom said. “We need to connect the dots for our political leaders so they might advocate for better policies for women and improved media. We have to build community among individual women and girls. It comes down to the fact that we have to be the change we wish to see in the world.”

    http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2011/01/26/sundance-report-missrepresentation-explores-treatment-sarah-palin-hillary/?test=faces

  • trixta

    Ryans preternatural eyes are scary. As Begala argues, Ryan’s response gave no details (i.e. privatizing Social Security, slashing Medicare by 70%, etc.). As they say, the devil is in the details.

  • trixta

    Thanks for the “Misrepresentation” info and link.

    F@#$$K Couric! I hope this documentary looks into woman on woman misogyny and sexism.