What did you think of Obama’s State of the Union speech?

The text of the speech is here.

We watched it. What did you think?

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Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

6 thoughts on “What did you think of Obama’s State of the Union speech?”

  1. I thought it was a great speech. This was the Obama people voted for in November, 2009. He used the bully pulpit well. This is the President Obama who has been largely absent since the TPP handed him his lunch at the beginning of last summer.

    My favorite part of watching State of the Union speeches these days–and I’ve seen a few, my first one was Lyndon Johnson in 1965 when I was 7 years old (http://bit.ly/great-society)–is observing how the two sides of the aisle react to each pronouncement from the president.

    There were some closeups on Mitch McConnell tonight as he was reluctantly standing–he looked a bit like he was having his lunch handed to him. It will be very interesting to see what happens with the health care bill after this speech.

    If you bring up Google tonight, under the search field is the following: “President Obama is taking questions on YouTube. Vote for your favorites” I guess we now know on which side of the aisle Google stands! (As if we didn’t before 🙂

    When you click the Google link, this is where you end up: http://www.youtube.com/citizentube Yup, more social networking…Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, et al. We are racing toward a technological and social somewhere, though I’m not sure where that “where” actually is. Maybe I can find out by swiping my fingers around on my new iPad.
    (-;

  2. Thanks Michael. Anna seems to be persuasive in getting you to create “tiny” URLs (as she did with me). We all appreciate your thoughtful comments.

  3. I thought Obama’s State of the Union Speech was terrific. He continues to reach out to the Republican minority and include them in plans, although they have to date treated him like the invisible man. But that is how great our President is. He kept our economy from falling off a cliff. He has a tough job, and is doing it with the Can Do spirit which got him where he is. He is up against a lot, has made some mistakes, and is correcting them. As he says, he is no quitter. Obama is the best!

  4. I beg to differ . . . “He continues to reach out to the Republican minority and include them in plans.”

    No he has not; nor have members of the Congressional leadership. This is a joke, right? Obama promised a post-partisan presidency and has failed to deliver. Secret health care negotiations when he promised openness. He misled the voters in 2008, and they have reacted strongly in three state elections so far.

    He had the nerve to attack the Supreme Court . . . does that build bridges? Nope.

    There was never a serious effort to be inclusive. That is not leadership. This country is a center to center-right country; you can not govern from the left and be successful.

  5. Hey Chris, interesting you support your claim using the health care tack. Obama hasn’t reached out to Republicans. Not paying attention last summer?Republicans introduced more than 700 amendments in the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee (10 times what the Dems introduced), then voted against a bill with 160 GOP amendments (compared to far fewer the Dems introduced). Why? Stall tactics?
    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/07/after-accepting-scores-of-gop-amendments-senate-help-committee-moves-health-care-legislation-on-part.php

    Only a handful of GOP senators reached out from the get-go (Snowe, Voinivich, for example) until one-by-one they all disappeared. Why? That was the strategy, to delay, stall and slow down any bill that would make Obama look effective (and help real people, by the way).
    http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2009/12/10/politics/politicalhotsheet/entry5962642.shtml

    Remember that memo? The GOP distributed others. Republicans all got in line.

    Then came the misinformation. Remember “you won’t get to choose your doctor”? Remember those scary “DEATH PANELS!”?

    Chris, Obama reached out to Republicans. He did it again last night. But now, thankfully, there’s reason to believe this game isn’t without end.

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