Hi. I caught the highlights. The hug with Rep. Gillford was really nice. It showed Obama's strength about being a personable human being who genuinely seemed happy and Rep. Gillford did seem touch by the gesture. Seem to set the night off on a better tone than someone shouting "You lied" at the top of their lungs.
The rest is the re-election mode. He came out fighting for an equal share for the tax code which after Romney's tax records is going to be a slam dunk for him. Painting the GOP as obstructionists is putting them in a corner. Even the response was a little more timid from Mark Rubio who says Obama has some good ideas on the economy. I think the GOP realizes they can only say No for so long until people realize they have desire to govern and then the game is up and to me, people realized after the tax fight in December. You will be seeing the GOP in public saying they want to work more with Obama since the poll numbers for Congress are the worst ever. Obama seemed fired up as well. Which is the same Obama we saw run, so yeah the entire thing was laying the foundation for his re-election run and with a 8.5% unemployment down from the 9%, he looks like he can make a case thiat his plans have helped the economy. I'd like to see that number down to 8%, but its better than 9%.
The real problem with the State of the Union address is that no one really cares. Its not a big deal anymore especially when Obama does the weekly Youtube address, 24/7 news and so on. Its not like it was back in the day when this was THE event for the President due to how very little we got to see or hear him. Now, you can watch his campaign speeches the moment he hits the podium in Ames, Iowa.
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Twitter: @realjoecarfley its a bit more toned down there. A bit.
If you look back in the history of our country, most State of the Union addresses were delivered "hard copy" and not given as a speech. Modern media changed that.
And the President was center stage, in that for much of the last month, the race for the Republican nomination was front and center. this gave the President his evening and the next day on the 24 hour news cycle.
Finally as for the speech itself, I chuckled to see whether or not the Speaker would politely clap or ignore the bullet points that he agreed with.
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Originally posted by lotjxPlease don't. I don't want to hear how we have a secret Socialist Muslim President who minus the fact that he killed probably the most recognizable Muslim terrorist out there.
Yeah, good thing there's no one here who would qualify as the left counterpart to him. Whew.
Originally posted by lotjxHi. I caught the highlights. The hug with Rep. Gillford was really nice. It showed Obama's strength about being a personable human being who genuinely seemed happy and Rep. Gillford did seem touch by the gesture. Seem to set the night off on a better tone than someone shouting "You lied" at the top of their lungs.
Oh God you have to be doing this on purpose. Her name is Gabrielle Giffords.
As for the address, I'm not sure anything there was news to anyone more than casual observers of the news. Hit the high spots and retake some of the news cycle.
You wanted the best, you got... the Out of Context Quote of the Week.
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Originally posted by DrDirt Finally as for the speech itself, I chuckled to see whether or not the Speaker would politely clap or ignore the bullet points that he agreed with.
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I absolutely despise that Congress has decided that they need to act like immature children during these State of the Union speeches and make their feelings known on every single little point of the speech, whether it is through facial expressions or applause (which I particularly hate because it takes twice as long to deliver the speech than it should).
It would be nice if Congress would stay politely quiet and just let the President deliver the speech without interruption. But since that's not going to happen, I just can't watch it live and always just read a transcript of the speech later.
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Originally posted by DrDirtAnd the President was center stage, in that for much of the last month, the race for the Republican nomination was front and center. this gave the President his evening and the next day on the 24 hour news cycle.
The speech in my opinion not only flipped focus back to Obama, but also flipped the current Republican strategem on itself. Santorum, Romney, and Gengrich love to point out how unlike Obama they are then get surrounded with so much mudslinging and bad press from their own party that it's almost become "Vote for Obama, he's not like those guys", which is kinda weird for an incumbent in a shaky economy.
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Responding to some of the more doom and gloom posts... This table (http://www.census.gov/hhes/poverty/histpov/rdp05.html) shows the current poverty rate is pretty low compared to where it has been since 1980.