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White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Late Payment to Mortgage-Fraud Victims

In his State of the Union address, many heard echoes of the Barack Obama of old, the presidential aspirant of 2007 and 2008.

Posted on Jan 25, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Charles Dharapak

Geithner Eyes the Exit

If you saw the broadcast of Tuesday’s State of the Union address, you might have caught Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner looking a little uneasy on his perch next to a solemn Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, which could have something to do with the state of his position at the White House.

Posted on Jan 25, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Saul Loeb

Obama Aims State of the Union Address at the Working Class

During his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama primed the electorate with a speech that cast him as a champion of the American middle class—a wise, albeit predictable move during a year in which he’ll seek re-election. In their response, Republicans timidly disagreed that the economy has improved under his watch.

Posted on Jan 25, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama: No Retreat, No Surrender

Obama’s community-minded worldview contrasts sharply with the highly individualistic and anti-government message that has been heard over and over from the Republicans seeking to replace him.

Posted on Jan 25, 2012 READ MORE


Governor Laser Beam

The man once known as Governor Moonbeam sounded more like Governor Laser Beam when it came to addressing California’s fiscal crisis.

Posted on Feb 2, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama Backs Down From Gun Control Showdown

Eighteen years ago, the late Betty Friedan called her friend Ann Reiss Lane, a prominent Los Angeles civic activist. She was angry about the gun industry’s latest outrage—high-fashion ads marketing guns with grips made for a woman’s hand.

Posted on Jan 31, 2011 READ MORE


Can Obama Make Sense of Government?

A cynic might be justified in seeing a call for a sweeping reorganization of the federal government as the last refuge of a politician who doesn’t want to ruffle any ideological feathers.

Posted on Jan 30, 2011 READ MORE


Michele Bachmann Proposes ‘Don’t Add, Don’t Spell’

In addition, Bachmann suggested slashing the federal budget by eliminating nine of the first 10 amendments to the Constitution. “I think you know which one I’d keep,” she chuckled.

Posted on Jan 30, 2011 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Egypt in Revolt, U.S. in Debt, SOTU

When “Left, Right & Center” aired Friday it was still unclear whether Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak would stay in power as mass protests persisted in the Mideast nation, but show regulars Robert Scheer and Tony Blankley ...

Posted on Jan 28, 2011 READ MORE


All Talk, No Action on Deficit

The president talks the talk about fiscal responsibility. But the evidence suggests he’s not willing to spend the political capital to translate that talk into action.

Posted on Jan 28, 2011 READ MORE


Obama Changes the Narrative

Complaints about President Obama’s State of the Union address on both sides of the political divide (which was obscured but not obliterated by the evening’s novel seating arrangements) seemed to miss its point and purpose.

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 READ MORE


Barack Obama: Paradoxical Whig

Be ready for the paradoxical phase of Barack Obama’s presidency. Many things will not be exactly as they appear.

Posted on Jan 26, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Office of Congresswoman Michele Bachmann

Bachmann Eyeing White House Run?

Here are two words that ought to strike fear into the hearts of many Americans: President Bachmann. Although it’s definitely a long shot, and she’d be up against none other than Sarah Palin, Rep. Michele Bachmann could have been positioning ...

Posted on Jan 26, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

9 Out of 10 Viewers Approve of Obama’s Proposals

If these CBS News poll numbers are to be believed, the president had a very big night. According to the network, “91 percent of those who watched the speech approved of the proposals Mr. Obama put forth during his remarks. Only nine percent disapproved.” (more)

Posted on Jan 26, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Chuck Kennedy

Hogwash, Mr. President

What is the state of the union? You certainly couldn’t tell from that platitudinous hogwash that the president dished out.

Posted on Jan 26, 2011 READ MORE


Watch the State of the Union Right Here

Fear not. If you missed the action live, you can get in on the speechifying right here.

Posted on Jan 25, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

How Obama Can Define Moderation

President Obama faces a choice in this week’s State of the Union message: Does he spend the next two years consolidating the gains he has made, or does he go into retreat?

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

Ryan to Respond to State of the Union

Responding to the State of the Union is an odd honor. You become the face of the opposition for 10 minutes but you have to immediately follow extraordinary rhetoricians at their chosen sport. House Budget Committee Chairperson Paul Ryan gets the job this year.

Posted on Jan 21, 2011 READ MORE


The GOP’s Dubious Populism

The most revealing moments in President Obama’s State of the Union address were not in his remarks, but the reaction to them by those listening on the Republican side of the aisle.

Posted on Feb 3, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The Hidden Issue of 2010

I asked Vice President Joe Biden if we will hear more on the America-as-No.-1 theme. What followed was a torrent, in red, white and blue.

Posted on Feb 3, 2010 READ MORE


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Posted on Jan 31, 2010 READ MORE


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White House / Pete Souza

Not So Fast, Chris Matthews

Many argue that Obama’s election to the presidency and status as global “supercelebrity” are signs that we have entered a post-racial moment in which everyone and everything are mixed. Among these believers is Chris Matthews of MSNBC.

Posted on Jan 29, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Whither Bipartisanship?

On this week’s “Left, Right & Center,” usual suspects Robert Scheer, Tony Blankley and Matt Miller (Arianna Huffington is in Davos for the World Economic Forum) weigh in about President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address and ponder the timely and, to some, troubling question: Is bipartisanship dead?

Posted on Jan 29, 2010 READ MORE


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White House / Pete Souza

Nice Speech. Now What?

Words won’t put people to work. Not even Obama’s eloquence—and he did reach that point on occasion—will be enough to inject courage into the gutless Democrats running from a mild heath care reform bill. Nor will words turn Republicans away from the unrelenting opposition they think will bring down the Democrats.

Posted on Jan 28, 2010 READ MORE



Welcome Back, da Vinci Edition

President Obama asked for a better health care plan, so here it is. Native people say “Avatar” is real, so there. But why are they digging up Leonardo da Vinci—and is there anything left? These stories and more on today’s list.

Posted on Jan 28, 2010 READ MORE


Why Obama Must Take On Wall Street

It has been more than a year since all hell broke loose on Wall Street, and even after the State of the Union, almost nothing has been done to prevent all hell from breaking loose again.

Posted on Jan 28, 2010 READ MORE


Outsider in Chief

President Obama’s first State of the Union address didn’t signal a political shift to the left or the right. It sounded more like a shrewd attempt to move from the inside to the outside.

Posted on Jan 28, 2010 READ MORE


The Man Who Fell to Earth

Chastened is not an adjective normally associated with Barack Obama, but that was the underlying theme of his State of the Union address.

Posted on Jan 28, 2010 READ MORE


State of the Union Math Test

There was an unexpected poignancy to the moment Wednesday evening, as President Obama sought to pass a political math test by solving several simultaneous equations.

Posted on Jan 28, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s First State of the Union—Full Remarks

It was his third address to a joint session of Congress in less than a year, and it had all the usual gestures toward bipartisanship, but Barack Obama’s big speech was not without sizzle. The president shamed Republicans for obstructing, Democrats for giving up and the Supreme Court for auctioning off our democracy.

Posted on Jan 27, 2010 READ MORE


State of the Union: Change Isn’t Easy

If you missed President Barack Obama’s first State of the Union address or you just can’t get enough, you can catch the whole thing right here.

Posted on Jan 27, 2010 READ MORE



Original: U.S. Navy / MCC Josh Thompson

Obama to Take a Stand on Gays in Military

President Obama has taken some heat for not moving more quickly to end discrimination against gays in uniform, as promised during the campaign. According to reports, Obama will use his State of the Union address to call for an end to “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

Posted on Jan 27, 2010 READ MORE


Barack Obama

Watch the State of the Union Live—Right Here

No need to leave your computer, you can get a live feed of Barack Obama’s first official State of the Union address right here.

Posted on Jan 27, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Alex Brandon

The Sorry State of the Union

The state of the union is just miserable, no matter how President Obama sugarcoats it. He will claim that progress has been made in stabilizing the markets, increasing national security and advancing toward meaningful health care reform, but he will be wrong on all three counts.

Posted on Jan 27, 2010 READ MORE


Democrats
thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com

Dems Upstage the Prez

Because he lacks a legacy—at least the good kind—no one expected much from President Bush’s final State of the Union address, which is probably why Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama managed to steal the spotlight. The Internet is buzzing over Monday’s sideshow.

Posted on Jan 29, 2008 READ MORE


Bush Goes Out With a Thud

George W. Bush, the president who lied America into a war that will end up costing trillions of dollars, scolded the Democratic-controlled Congress in his final State of the Union address on Monday for undermining “the people’s trust in their government” with too many pet projects. Now that’s chutzpah, coming from a man who never met a spending bill he didn’t like unless it had to do with stem cells and sick children.

Posted on Jan 29, 2008 READ MORE


Sorry State of the Union

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Posted on Jan 28, 2008 READ MORE


Economy Takes Priority in Bush’s Last State of the Union Speech

Sometimes it’s useful to let a story’s own lead speak for itself. Take, for example, the doozy of a question that opens Sheryl Gay Stolberg’s New York Times article about Bush’s economic focus in Monday’s State of the Union address: “Will George W. Bush be remembered as the president who lost the economy while trying to win a war?”

Posted on Jan 27, 2008 READ MORE


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cnn.com

Follow the 16 Words

The Washington Post continues to investigate the now infamous 16 words the president used to help make his case for war. It’s not surprising to read that the Niger uranium claim was bogus, but it is disconcerting to learn just how many people in the intelligence community knew it all along.

Posted on Apr 3, 2007 READ MORE


George W. Bush
AP / Charles Dharapak

The Said and the Unsaid

The most instructive way to interpret Bush’s State of the Union speech is to focus on what he didn’t say.

Posted on Feb 12, 2007 READ MORE


State of the Union satire

State of the Union Satire

James Adomian returns with another dead-on sendup of Bush’s address. Watch it. Don’t miss the Democratic response at the end. (Also, watch Adomian’s 2006 version)

Posted on Jan 29, 2007 READ MORE


Willie Nelson
AP Photo / Denis Poroy

Annie Nelson on the ‘Fuel That Doesn’t Kill Us’

Annie Nelson, wife of Willie Nelson and co-chairperson of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, speaks to Truthdig about stomaching the State of the Union and the myth that alternative fuels are years away.

Posted on Jan 28, 2007 READ MORE


Robert Scheer

Podcast: Alternative Energy, the State of the Union and More

Robert Scheer joins Truthdig contributors James Harris and Joshua Scheer for a conversation on the State of the Union, alternative energy, Nancy Pelosi, Iraq and more.

Posted on Jan 26, 2007 READ MORE


Even Republicans Resist Bush Appeal

Despite his State of the Union plea to give the Iraq war another chance, the president is suffering defections from his own party, including a number of GOP senators who have emboldened Democrats in their fight against Bush’s planned escalation of the war.

Posted on Jan 24, 2007 READ MORE


George W. Bush
AP Photo / Charles Dharapak

The World Agrees: Stop Him

Stop him before he kills again. That is the judgment of the American people, and indeed of the entire world, as to the performance of our president, and no State of the Union address can erase that dismal verdict.

Posted on Jan 23, 2007 READ MORE


Jim Webb

Democrats’ Response to State of the Union: ‘We Will Be Showing Him the Way’

During his response to President Bush’s State of the Union address, Sen. Jim Webb (shown above with congressional leaders Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Nancy Pelosi) referred to the crises of division and war faced by two of history’s better Republican presidents, Teddy Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower, and then issued an ultimatum to the current occupant of the White House. Watch it.

Posted on Jan 23, 2007 READ MORE


Powell: State of the Union

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Posted on Jan 23, 2007 READ MORE


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BradBlog.com

Brad Friedman: Stop Whining and Start Leading

If Congress wants to be treated like a coequal branch of government, it has to act like one, and Bush’s State of the Union address is the perfect time to start.  Pictured above, Sen. Jim Webb, who will deliver the Democratic response to the president’s speech.

Posted on Jan 20, 2007 READ MORE


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From crooksandliars.com

Olbermann: Who does Bush ‘think he’s F’n kidding?’

The MSNBC anchor uses a clip from Bush’s own State of the Union address to contradict the president’s claim on Monday that he never made a direct connection between 9/11 and Saddam Hussein.
Olbermann then says: “Who does the president think he’s F’n kidding?”
Hats off to Olbermann for showing the backbone that is so often absent in media coverage of the president’s claims.

Posted on Mar 21, 2006 READ MORE



From crooksandliars.com

Bush Sneaks Social Security Privatization Into Budget

The president put in the $700-billion proposal without announcement or fanfare. | story
Perhaps he thought no one would notice? Maybe he missed the standing ovation Democrats gave the sinking of that scheme during his State of the Union speech? | video 

Posted on Feb 9, 2006 READ MORE


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