SOTU LiveBlogging Tonight– Excerpts– It's Showtime — Let the Blame Game Begin …Update: A Good Solid F-
The Bush-bash is right around the corner.
Obama is expected to call for a reverse of Don’t Ask- Don’t Tell.
Senate Republicans previewed a list of priorities they hope the president will address:
Here’s a report on Obama’s record spending.
Between now and the beginning of the State of the Union address at 9 PM EST, you can either text “UNION” to 777218 or visit our Web site (www.nrcc.org) to sign up to participate in our first-ever mobile text chat room. The NRCC is providing a forum for all concerned Americans to discuss issues that are important to them, framed in the context of the President’s speech. Additionally, national figures such as Dana Perino, Grover Norquist of ATR, Former Senator Fred and Jeri Thompson, Former Congressman Tom Davis and Erick Erickson from Red State will be part of the discussion, providing their personal thoughts on the speech.
The Anchoress wonders if we’re in for a meltdown.
I will be liveblogging and CBS is posting my tweets as part of their coverage.
Story Balloon will livestream the address.
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Drudge posted excerpts from tonight’s speech:
EXCERPTS OF THE PRESIDENT’S STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS
Wed Jan 27 2010 19:13:14 ET
We face big and difficult challenges. And what the American people hope – what they deserve – is for all of us, Democrats and Republicans, to work through our differences; to overcome the numbing weight of our politics. For while the people who sent us here have different backgrounds and different stories and different beliefs, the anxieties they face are the same. The aspirations they hold are shared. A job that pays the bill. A chance to get ahead. Most of all, the ability to give their children a better life.
You know what else they share? They share a stubborn resilience in the face of adversity. After one of the most difficult years in our history, they remain busy building cars and teaching kids; starting businesses and going back to school. They are coaching little league and helping their neighbors. As one woman wrote to me, “We are strained but hopeful, struggling but encouraged.”
It is because of this spirit – this great decency and great strength – that I have never been more hopeful about America’s future than I am tonight. Despite our hardships, our union is strong. We do not give up. We do not quit. We don’t allow fear or division to break our spirit. In this new decade, it’s time the American people get a government that matches their decency; that embodies their strength. And tonight, I’d like to talk about how together, we can deliver on that promise.
By the time I’m finished speaking tonight, more Americans will have lost their health insurance. Millions will lose it this year. Our deficit will grow. Premiums will go up. Co-pays will go up. Patients will be denied the care they need. Small business owners will continue to drop coverage altogether. I will not walk away from these Americans. And neither should the people in this chamber.
Rather than fight the same tired battles that have dominated Washington for decades, it’s time for something new. Let’s try common sense. Let’s invest in our people without leaving them a mountain of debt. Let’s meet our responsibility to the people who sent us here.
To do that, we have to recognize that we face more than a deficit of dollars right now. We face a deficit of trust – deep and corrosive doubts about how Washington works that have been growing for years. To close that credibility gap we must take action on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue to end the outsized influence of lobbyists; to do our work openly; and to give our people the government they deserve.
That’s what I came to Washington to do. That’s why – for the first time in history – my Administration posts our White House visitors online. And that’s why we’ve excluded lobbyists from policy-making jobs or seats on federal boards and commissions.
But we cannot stop there. It’s time to require lobbyists to disclose each contact they make on behalf of a client with my Administration or Congress. And it’s time to put strict limits on the contributions that lobbyists give to candidates for federal office. Last week, the Supreme Court reversed a century of law to open the floodgates for special interests – including foreign companies – to spend without limit in our elections. Well I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests, and worse, by foreign entities. They should be decided by the American people, and that’s why I’m urging Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that helps to right this wrong.
I’m also calling on Congress to continue down the path of earmark reform. You have trimmed some of this spending and embraced some meaningful change. But restoring the public trust demands more. For example, some members of Congress post some earmark requests online. Tonight, I’m calling on Congress to publish all earmark requests on a single website before there’s a vote so that the American people can see how their money is being spent.
The Republican Response is posted here.
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The President was just introduced.
Sarah Palin weighs in- Slams Obama. Talks about Obama’s fundamental changing of America.
They just welcomed TOTUS.
Obama sounds nervous. Obama talks about Black Tuesday. We chose to move forward as one nation- one people. Obama says he saved us from Depression. This guy is unbelievable.
Obama blames Wall Street (drink).
The anxieties are the same. Obama says this was one of the most difficult years in our history. Agreed.
Obama says we all hated the bank bailout. I – I – I promised. We’ve recovered most of the money we’ve spent on the banks. (He can thank Bush for that) Pushed tax on banks- Dems jump out of their seats.
Obama we cut taxes. (and tripled the deficit)
Obama says 2 million created or saved line. (drink)
He says we’re on track to create another million and a half jobs- (Is that code for we’re going to lose another 4 million?) BO calls for another stimulus, er, jobs bill. He wants to re-spend TARP money that was paid back this year.
Obama calls for blowing more money on roads and high speed railroads. — Money pit. Haven’t we rebuilt all of the roads yet? Wasn’t that part of the stimulus? He wants to punish companies that move overseas.
Obama bashes and misrepresents Bush’s record. (drink)
Obama- I’m not interested in punishing banks. (Then why are you?) Blames lobbyists. (drink)
Obama brags about stimulus money for research- (Including half a million to junk scientist Michael Mann)
Cap and Tax (drink) It’s on.
Obama promises to double US exports. And government is going to help!
We still need health insurance reform… Here we go…. Obama defends Obamacare.
He took it on because he’s heard stories. Bashes insurance industry. (drink) It will reduce costs by One trillion dollars. I swear! People will keep their plans. YOU LIE! He wants everyone to take a look at Obamacare one more time. Obama wants democrats to drink the Kool-Aid and pass Obamacare.
Here comes the BIG LIE– He just blamed Bush for TRILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT! BOOOOOOOH! Shame on Republicans for allowing him to get away with that horrible lie!
Obama is a shameless liar. It is not by accident that he is the most divisive first year president ever.
The gall. Let’s not leave debt for are children.
Obama calls for earmark reform- after including 9,000 earmarks in 2009 Omnibus.
Now he calls for unity. The gall of this man…. Then attacks Republicans for voting no on everything.
Let’s put aside the schoolyard taunts. Let’s do what it takes to defend our nation… Agreed. Start by interrorgating the undie bomber.
I’m ready for this to get over. This is a horrible speech… I’m going to jump the gun– I’m giving BO a good solid F- for his horrible speech. (F- because of his lies)
Obama can’t admit that we won in Iraq only that this war is ending. Sad. The troops must love that… He forgot to say that he endorsed genocide.
Obama threatens the Iranian regime… for the umpteenth time. They must be having a good laugh about now.
Obama says he’s going to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. And pushes immigration reform.
We are so screwed.
Obama just bashed, bankers, lobbyists, CEO’s in one sentence. A record?
OK. Please tell me he’s wrapping this up.
Is Obama giving America a pep talk? Carry the dream forward… UGH. That was horrible.
UPDATE: Thanks to Darin for passing this on.
Vodkapundit– 7:12 PM: OK. Now I’m mad. That rat-f***** just claimed to support the protestors in Iran? He said maybe ONE thing since June of ‘08, and did nothing to actually help? I used to just disdain Obama. Now I hate him.