Text of the address here
9:35: The President departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews
11:0: First Lady Michelle Obama Hosts an Interactive Student Workshop with the Cast and Crew of the Film Beasts of the Southern Wild
11:10: The President arrives Asheville, North Carolina
11:35: Tours Linamar North Carolina Factory
12:0: Delivers remarks
1:25: Departs Asheville
2:55: Arrives the White House
Steve Benen: Every State of the Union address carries its own contextual significance. President Obama’s 2011 speech was the first after his party lost the House, and observers were eager to see how he’d adapt to a changed landscape. His 2012 address came against a backdrop of his re-election campaign.
But last night was the first SOTU of Obama’s second term, and it offered the president an opportunity to present a new way forward. The address also served as something of a book-end speech – Obama delivered an ambitious inaugural address just three weeks ago, articulating a broad vision of collective action, and last night was a chance to start filling in the principled gaps with policy specifics.
So what did we learn? That the president with arguably the most consequential first term in generations doesn’t intend to rest on his laurels….
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Greg Sargent: Obama’s Inaugural Address laid out an expansive progressive agenda that was focused heavily on civil rights and rooted in the founding values of the country. His State of the Union speech was Chapter Two of this story. It laid out a progressive economic blueprint that was focused heavily on nuts-and-bolts policy ideas and rooted in a much more basic call for economic fairness, shared sacrifice in bringing down the deficit, and aggressive government action to help struggling Americans gain access to the middle class.
Obama — having been lifted to reelection by an ascendant majority coalition of minorities, young voters, and college educated whites, mostly women — gave very little ideological ground to his opponents. His speech built on the Inaugural address in the sense that it continued to reshape the conversation around the priorities of these core groups — only with a more direct focus on the economy.
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A word from DonnaDem4Obama
After watching that fascinating State of the Union Address last night I am more inspired than ever to help push President Obama’s agenda through this Congress.
Our very own superstar TODer CollegeKay had the honor of being at the White House last night for the WH Chat. How incredible is that???
There is so much talent on display here at TOD each and everyday. You have no idea how far your reach is to people who never post but they watch and they learn. PBO has decided with great confidence to put his faith in us. He is counting on the coalition that was built in the 2012 election to make it happen. It’s going to be up to us to pressure this congress into “having a vote” on his policies. And not just in making a phone call to Congress (although it starts with that) but by also using the social skills that each of you exhibit here everyday to spread the word and to get our friends, family and Internet associates engaged in doing the same.
Do you remember the excitement and passion you felt about voting for PBO? You couldn’t wait to share with family and friends that you were being a part of history. That same excitement will be needed in order to pass his policies. It does no good for the public to complain about the economy, jobs, climate change, gun control and immigration if they plan to sit on their hands and just “hope” that PBO and Congress get it done.
Consider picking a topic that you feel passionate about and drive it home. Beat us over the head with it each and everyday. Your leadership on the topic will influence others to become engaged and before you know it you will have an army of supporters out there helping you to push the topic. You have more power than you can imagine. Join OFA and then take it to twitter, facebook and the blogs and Lets. Get. It. Done!
Have a great O’Day Everyone!!
Ted Widmer (NYT): The bright blue tie worn by President Obama to his State of the Union address on Tuesday evening was an accurate barometer of the weather. This was the most Democratic State of the Union in some time, not just in the range of government initiatives he proposed — the annual speech is usually a long laundry list — but because it set a new tone.
….. While there were words about compromise at the front of the speech, a gauntlet was thrown down by the president — newly empowered by his victory and an electorate that daily tilts in his direction. He was right to abandon a strategy of outreach to Republicans that was not working. Four years after he took office, the Republican party appears to finally accept that Mr. Obama is the president. So now we can get down to the real business of fighting for America’s future, one bill at a time.
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Deaniac (The People’s View): You know what a liberal firebrand sounds like? You know what a liberal firebrand sounds like, if you heard tonight’s State of the Union address by the President. Wow, what a speech! He didn’t let Congress breathe for a second, and John Boehner looked ready to begin crying. Let’s just go through a quick list of the president’s newly invigorated agenda:
This line cracked me up: “Let me be clear: if there is such a thing as libgasm, and you didn’t have one during this State of the Union address, you aren’t a liberal.”
@jamisonfoser (Thank you Mary!)
ThinkProgress: 6 Game-Changing Ideas In The State Of The Union
On Tuesday night, President Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union and laid out an aggressive agenda that could set the nation on a more progressive course. Below are 6 of his most ambitious and far reaching proposals:
1) Executive action on climate change. 2) Investing in infrastructure and creating jobs. 3) Universal preschool. 4) A pathway to citizenship. 5) A livable wage. 6) Enhancing gun safety.
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