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Obama's State of the Union Address: Are You Standing Up or Sitting Down?

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President Obama has been taking a backseat to the GOP primary in the media lately, but Tuesday night it was his chance to shine. His third (and possibly final) State of the Union Address was more than an hour long, and focused largely on the economy, job creation, and other domestic policies while Vice President Joe Biden and Speaker of the House John Boehner engaged in a battle of facial expressions on either side of the President.

The speech was optimistic, as the SOTU tends to be, and created a stark contrast to the more ominous rhetoric of the Republican debates. Because it's his first major public appearence of the election year, some analysts expect the speech to set the tone for Obama's campaign; others are writing it off as a boring, predictable formality. The Republican response, delivered by Gov. Mitch Daniels, countered his optimism with a call for drastic improvement.

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  • kmay 2012/01/25 14:22:19 (edited)
    Sitting down
    kmay
    +36
    Filled with inconsistensies and contradictions throughout.

    This young man says it welll:

    President Obama began Tuesday night's State of the Union address by celebrating the end of a war that he fought to extend. Reveling in the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq, Obama neglected to mention that thousands of private military contractors are still stationed there. In 2007, private contractors proved that that they are relatively apt at recruiting anti-American terrorists when they shot seven civilians in Nisour Square.

    This was the first of many contradictions in a speech rife with inconsistency. The president went on to defend the bailouts that marked the beginning of his term - arguing that letting businesses fail would have cost American jobs - but promised to "hold Wall Street accountable." Using taxpayer money to prop up failed corporations does the opposite – it perpetuates failure.

    The president advocated prohibiting students from dropping out of high school. Forcing bad students to attend a school is not going to help that school produce results that will save it from failure. Students will be required to attend high school - or what? Will they be better off as criminals than dropouts?

    Obama's claim that he's "put more boots on the border than ever before"...



    Filled with inconsistensies and contradictions throughout.

    This young man says it welll:

    President Obama began Tuesday night's State of the Union address by celebrating the end of a war that he fought to extend. Reveling in the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq, Obama neglected to mention that thousands of private military contractors are still stationed there. In 2007, private contractors proved that that they are relatively apt at recruiting anti-American terrorists when they shot seven civilians in Nisour Square.

    This was the first of many contradictions in a speech rife with inconsistency. The president went on to defend the bailouts that marked the beginning of his term - arguing that letting businesses fail would have cost American jobs - but promised to "hold Wall Street accountable." Using taxpayer money to prop up failed corporations does the opposite – it perpetuates failure.

    The president advocated prohibiting students from dropping out of high school. Forcing bad students to attend a school is not going to help that school produce results that will save it from failure. Students will be required to attend high school - or what? Will they be better off as criminals than dropouts?

    Obama's claim that he's "put more boots on the border than ever before" doesn't add up with his administration's Dec. 20 announcement that it intends to cut the number of troops along our border with Mexico from 1,200 to 300. By contrast, there are 28,500 American troops guarding South Korea's border with North Korea.

    At the close of the address, our political class disturbingly applauded the notion of a potential war with Iran. Einstein said that insanity is "doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results." Have our politicians forgotten Iraq already - or are they insane?

    Ian Huyett is a junior in political science and anthropology. Kansas State University.
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  • ConLibF... aguster 2012/01/27 20:28:38
    ConLibFraud
    :)
  • ehrhornp 2012/01/27 00:17:08
    Standing up
    ehrhornp
    +1
    For the most part. There were a couple of things I didn't particularly liked like drilling for oil but on the whole I liked it. Republicans should be just a bit nervous as now Obama is going on the attack.
  • TheTailor ehrhornp 2012/01/27 03:41:33
  • EDWARD G 2012/01/27 00:15:42
    Sitting down
    EDWARD G
    +4
    and dozing. Same ole tired BS
  • "Shooter" ™ 2012/01/27 00:14:15
    Sitting down
    "Shooter" ™
    +4
    Boring boring boring it was like watching a movie for the 50th time.

    What a loser.
  • Huntclan 2012/01/26 23:43:54
    Sitting down
    Huntclan
    +4
    He really is a punk!
  • ed 2012/01/26 23:14:14
    Sitting down
    ed
    +3
    I feel like it just might be time to put a hold on these little chit chats and as far as obama shining ,I have my two pairs of dress shoes out and have them ready. obama not shinning
  • dallas 2012/01/26 23:05:13
  • jere.ch... dallas 2012/01/26 23:08:34
    jere.chievres
    +4
    Not likely bozo.
  • dallas jere.ch... 2012/01/26 23:43:52
  • DavidK dallas 2012/01/27 01:31:11
    DavidK
    +3
    no, he's in the blac.... I mean white house!!!

    vcbcvb

    hjmhjmh
  • dallas DavidK 2012/01/27 02:25:53
  • DavidK dallas 2012/01/27 02:29:06
    DavidK
    +2
    Nope! Here is the REAL Bozo!

    gffgh
  • bettyboop jere.ch... 2012/01/27 12:41:42
    bettyboop
    +1
    I could not have said it better jere.
  • without... dallas 2012/01/26 23:28:51
    withouthate
    +4
    I can see that your education is lacking in the area of the constitution and morals. No freedom loving American that has studied the Constitution can call the garbage that spews from the mouth of this man a great speech. I like to respect your opinion but with this type of opinion you are a danger to me, my family, and my friends freedom. I have posted the result of evidence presented in a court of law under oath for you to judge on where this man is a legal president or not. Read it please.
  • dallas without... 2012/01/26 23:50:46 (edited)
  • DavidK dallas 2012/01/27 01:32:06
    DavidK
    +3
    you are a total moron.....
  • Tombo dallas 2012/01/27 02:20:30
    Tombo
    +2
    ...and you are a shallow thinker.
  • TheTailor dallas 2012/01/27 03:44:16
    TheTailor
    +2
    The tea party is against "progressive bankruptcy" being imposed, and a Balanced Budget Amendment is going to end it.
  • dallas TheTailor 2012/01/27 03:52:44
  • TheTailor dallas 2012/01/27 04:17:39
    TheTailor
    +2
    Prepare for the death of the "progressives", when you doubled the national debt you woke the sleeping giant. There won't be any buying of votes with public dole for your wants at the expense of our children and grandchildren.
  • dallas TheTailor 2012/01/27 05:09:34
  • TheTailor dallas 2012/01/28 22:26:30
    TheTailor
    You the "progressives", sorry I wasn't more descriptive, I see you have trouble following, I'll try to keep it simple for you. I don't believe in subsidies or most foreign aid, and if there is aid, I want it repaid. Good allies can use help if it's in the interest of our nation, we'll do it. As I said, "progressives" (people like you, you allow the bankrupting of the nation), woke the sleeping giant, expect a BBA. (Balanced Budget Amendment).
  • dallas TheTailor 2012/01/29 01:49:01 (edited)
  • TheTailor dallas 2012/01/30 05:44:45
    TheTailor
    I don't know of nor have I ever seen a lazy farmer, that doesn't change the fact that they should never be subsidized.
  • dallas TheTailor 2012/01/30 05:47:03
  • TheTailor dallas 2012/01/30 13:54:35
    TheTailor
    Those generally aren't farmers they are farms owned by corporations, no subsidies! Wtf, pay people with taxpayer funds to NOT produce, what an ass backward concept.
  • DavidK dallas 2012/01/27 01:26:43
    DavidK
    +2
    thats what uninformed naive libtards do!
  • dallas DavidK 2012/01/27 03:53:52
  • TheTailor dallas 2012/01/27 03:42:19
    TheTailor
    LOL
  • dallas TheTailor 2012/01/27 03:53:15
  • BUD LITE dallas 2012/01/27 04:02:14
    BUD LITE
    +1
    You better quit smoking that crack !
  • dallas BUD LITE 2012/01/27 05:10:48
  • BUD LITE dallas 2012/01/27 19:58:34
    BUD LITE
    Well I guess the vote is in....you get the loser of the week award !! Sorry but I voted twice. HaHa!
  • dallas BUD LITE 2012/01/28 02:08:39
  • BUD LITE dallas 2012/01/28 09:50:19
    BUD LITE
    Thanks, I like awards....when can I pick it up ? HaHa!
  • nolibsp... dallas 2012/01/27 15:40:07
    nolibsperiod
    +1
    ...and end up being a loser like dallas above.
  • dallas nolibsp... 2012/01/28 02:09:22
  • Mr. Smith 2012/01/26 22:54:33
    Sitting down
    Mr. Smith
    +4
    It was a rerun of his 2011 SOTU speech. According to the President, our future growth is dependent on more progressive policies of further expansion of government, more class warfare disguised in "fairness," and a continuation of massive tax and spending increases. Obama’s policies run contrary to the very meaning of the American Dream. Economic "fairness" is the polar opposite of economic "freedom".
  • Marek 2012/01/26 22:34:46 (edited)
    Sitting down
    Marek
    +4
    There is nothing other than "I resign" this marxist agitator in chief can say that would make me applaud. He did not say anything new. The same old marxist phrases about being for the people and blaming those "evil corporations" and President Bush for his own shortcomings.

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