The 2011 State of the Union Address. Full Text (SotU 2011) The White House released the full remarks of President Obama’s State of the Union Address as delivered: Mr.
Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans: Continue Reading Tonight I want to begin by congratulating the men and women of the 112th Congress, as well as your new Speaker, John Boehner. It’s no secret that those of us here tonight have had our differences over the last two years. But there’s a reason the tragedy in Tucson gave us pause. We are part of the American family.
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. I believe we can. At stake right now is not who wins the next election -– after all, we just had an election. We are poised for progress. But we have never measured progress by these yardsticks alone. HIghlights. FactCheck. Summary President Obama peppered his State of the Union address to Congress and the nation with facts, which were mostly right but sometimes cherry-picked, strained or otherwise misleading.
He said “there are about 2 million Americans working right now” because of last year’s stimulus bill. But his own economic advisers say the total could be as little as 1.5 million, and independent estimates range down to as low as 800,000.He quoted the Congressional Budget Office as saying health care legislation could “bring down the deficit by as much as $1 trillion” over the next 20 years.
But CBO has made clear that’s a soft and uncertain estimate.He said that when he took office, the deficit already was projected to total $8 trillion over the next 10 years. But the estimate is from his own Office of Management and Budget; the CBO put the figure at trillions less.He said he believes a Supreme Court decision will allow foreign corporations to spend in U.S. elections.
Analysis How Many Jobs? In bipartisan tones, Barack Obama challenges GOP. It sounded conciliatory, even friendly, brimming with the outward trappings of a shift to the center, but President Barack Obama’s 2011 State of the Union speech was, at its core, an unmistakably partisan challenge to congressional Republicans.
Obama, facing a chamber full of Democrats and Republicans mingling together in a show of bipartisan comity, began by telling the new GOP majority in the House that “we will move forward together or not at all.” Continue Reading VIDEO: Republican response There were concessions aplenty as well — free-trade deals, a simplification of the corporate tax code, an earmark ban he once ridiculed and a push to get colleges to accept the ROTC on their campuses. Plus, he mostly avoided mentioning a host of issues that would offend them — comprehensive climate change legislation and gun control, to name two. “The Republicans basically think the election was a mandate just to slash — even in areas like education that are tied to jobs. "Win the future" Obama plays up technology's value.
The promise of technology heavily underpinned President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday, as he emphasized the importance of clean tech, broadband and science education in achieving his goal to “out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world.”
It is not often that Google and Facebook are described as paragons of American innovation in the annual address the President delivers to Congress. Our Sputnik Moment. Obama: 'This is Our Sputnik Moment' President Barack Obama says "This is our generation's Sputnik moment" during Tuesday's State of the Union address. 1:27 Up Next Syria’s New $40 Million Amusement Park ISIS Victim Alan Henning Worked to Help Syrians.
"We Are a Nation of Google and Facebook" GOP's State Of The Union Response. Rep.
Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) stepped up to the plate on Tuesday night to deliver the official Republican response to President Barack Obama's' State of the Union speech. Ryan will be the point man in the new House GOP majority's drive to rein in spending and bring the budget closer to balance. Tuesday's speech was the highest profile assignment yet for a wonky former congressional staff aide who has evolved into one of his party's brightest stars. Ryan is best known for a controversial budget plan brimming with politically unpopular ideas like gradually turning Medicare into a voucher program, curbing Social Security benefits and allowing younger workers to divert Social Security taxes into private accounts.
He says such tough steps are needed, given intractable budget deficits that threaten America's prosperity. The Best They Got? Paul Ryan delivered a heck of a rebuttal tonight, especially if you wanted to make one of those "Sarah Palin breathing" videos.
But as far as the facts -- on taxes, stimulus, and health care reform -- go, a lot of Ryan's rebuttal came rebutted-back in advance of its delivery. Ryan: Not Exactly A Budget-Busting Genius. The work begins today.