Buffett’s secretary, young cancer survivor among State of the Union guests
January 24th, 2012
10:52 AM ET

Buffett’s secretary, young cancer survivor among State of the Union guests

Washington (CNN) – Warren Buffett’s symbolically famous secretary and a young cancer survivor who has benefited from the new health care law are among the guests First Lady Michelle Obama will host at the State of the Union Tuesday night.

Debbie Bosanek, Buffett’s secretary for over 20 years who has become a symbol for proponents of tax reform, is among those who will get a primetime hat tip from the president, according to White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer.

Though not a household name, Obama has repeatedly trumpeted Bosanek as an example of tax inequality: though making significantly less money than her billionaire boss, she pays a higher percentage of taxes because her wages are derived from a salary while the majority of Buffett’s come from investments. Currently, investment income is taxed at 15 percent while ordinary income can be taxed as high as 35 percent. (CNNMoney: The economics behind the Buffett Rule)

Buffett himself has said this is unfair and the president will re-propose what the White House has called the “Buffett Rule” – a proposal that would raise taxes on certain wealthy individuals who derive their yearly income from capital gains and thus pay a far lower rate than many middle class workers. Obama first proposed the plan last fall but did not provide details on exactly how the tax code should be restructured to achieve his proposal.

Update: Full list of guests after the jump

Also in the first lady’s box will be 23 year-old Adam Rapp of Illinois who was diagnosed with testicular cancer last April. Rapp was able to take advantage of the new health care law’s allowance for young adults to remain on their parent’s plan until age 26 and is now cancer free after undergoing chemotherapy.

Also on hand Tuesday night will be astronaut Mark Kelly, the husband of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

In modern history, the First Lady’s box at the State of the Union is routinely used to host Americans with historic achievements over the past year or those who help illustrate a point the president wants to make..

The White House is expected to release the full guest list this afternoon.

Guest List for the First Lady’s Box

State of the Union Address

JANUARY 24, 2012

First Lady Michelle Obama

Dr. Jill Biden

Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President

The following individuals will be seated in the box with the First Lady and Dr. Biden at the State of the Union Address:

SGT Ashleigh Berg, USA

Malibu, California

SGT Ashleigh Berg is from Malibu, California, and joined the United States Army in July of 2004. SGT Berg has been stationed in South Korea and Germany, and has served two tours of duty in Iraq. Her husband, SGT Matthew Berg, USA is currently deployed to Afghanistan on his 3rd combat tour. SGT Berg is currently assigned to the 94th Army Missile Defense Command in Fort Shafter Hawaii, and is serving a three year tour as the Commanding General’s Executive Administrative assistant.

Alicia Boler-Davis

Plant Manager, General Motors Orion Assembly

Detroit, Michigan

Alicia Boler-Davis lives in Detroit with her husband, Fitzgerald, and their two young sons. She is the plant manager at General Motors Orion Assembly and Pontiac Stamping, and is responsible for overseeing the production of the first new small car program from General Motors to be manufactured in the United States. Last October, Ms. Boler-Davis led President Obama and President Lee of South Korea on a tour of the General Motors Orion Assembly and Pontiac Stamping. President Obama and President Lee traveled to the GM plant to highlight the free trade agreements and the resurgence of the American auto industry.

Debbie Bosanek

Assistant, Berkshire Hathaway

Bellevue, Nebraska

A Nebraska native, Debbie Bosanek has worked for Berkshire Hathaway for 37 years and has been Warren Buffett’s secretary for almost two decades. Last September, the President proposed the “Buffett Rule” as part of comprehensive tax reform, and is working to build an economy that works for everyone, including Americans like Ms. Bosanek, not just a wealthy few. Ms. Bosanek lives in Bellevue, Nebraska with her husband of 23 years and their son, and spends most of her time and energy trying to keep up with her boss.

Jackie Bray

Process Operator at the Siemens Charlotte Energy Hub

King's Mountain, North Carolina

Jackie Bray is a single mother from King’s Mountain, North Carolina. Last January she was laid off from her job as a high speed packaging mechanic. That is when she enrolled in Central Piedmont Community College to prepare for Siemens pre-hiring test. After finishing the course and passing the test, Ms. Bray was hired by Siemens in August of 2011. This type of partnership between businesses and community colleges is exactly what President Obama hopes to strengthen to maximize workforce development strategies, job training programs, and job placements. Ms. Bray now works as a process operator, combining her machinist background with new skills she has been trained on since working at Siemens: laser training, robotics training, penetrant inspection training, and product orientation.

Mayor Julián Castro
San Antonio, Texas

Mayor Castro was first elected mayor of San Antonio in 2009 and at 37 years old is the youngest mayor of a top 50 American city. He is a former city councilman and founder of a law firm. He graduated from Stanford University and earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2000. During his Administration, the Milken Institute ranked San Antonio as the best-performing city in the nation in 2011. In January 2012, Mayor Castro announced that CPS Energy, a municipally-owned utility, has entered negotiations to bring at least 800 jobs and $100 million in capital investment to San Antonio. This is expected to be one of the nation’s largest solar projects resulting in 400 megawatts of zero-emissions solar energy.

Bruce Cochrane

President and CEO of Lincolnton Furniture

Lincolnton, North Carolina

Bruce Cochrane comes from a family that has manufactured furniture in North Carolina for decades, but when Cochrane Furniture was sold in 1997, the new owners moved manufacturing to China. Two years ago, Mr. Cochrane decided the time had come to start his own furniture company back in his home state. In January 2012, production began at Lincolnton Furniture in the same plant his family once ran. Lincolnton Furniture is expected to add 130 new jobs to the area. Mr. Cochrane attended President Obama’s Insourcing American Jobs Forum earlier this month.

Sara Ferguson

Teacher, Columbus Elementary
Parkside, Pennsylvania

Sara Ferguson teaches literacy and math at Columbus Elementary, and has worked for the Chester Upland School District for 20 years. She is a third generation educator in Chester Upland, and a proud product of that district. When the Chester Upland School District faced bankruptcy earlier this year in light of severe state budget cuts, Ms. Ferguson vowed to continue teaching even without being paid, saying “we are adults; we will make a way. The students don’t have any contingency plan. They need to be educated, so we intend to be on the job.”

Dr. Hiroyuki Fujita

Founder, President and CEO Quality Electrodynamics

Cleveland, Ohio

Dr. Hiroyuki Fujita is founder, president and chief executive officer of Quality Electrodynamics (QED), in Cleveland, Ohio. Coming to America from Japan in 1988 and after receiving his Ph.D. in physics from Case Western Reserve University in 1998, Dr. Fujita chose to continue his professional training in America. In 2006 he started his own company, QED, which is a developer and manufacturer of highly proprietary state-of-the-art MRI radiofrequency antennas. QED is now one of the world’s largest suppliers of these products and ships throughout the globe. In 2010, Dr. Fujita founded his second company, eQED, a solar energy-related electronics development and manufacturing company. With the founding of both QED and eQED, today Dr. Fujita is creating high tech, advanced manufacturing jobs in the healthcare and energy sectors in the United States.

Mahala Greer

Student

Denver, Colorado

Mahala Greer grew up in Paonia, a small town in rural Colorado. She is currently a student at the University of Colorado Denver majoring in Spanish, and has just been accepted into Teach for America as a Bilingual Education Corps Member. In May she will graduate with more than $35,000 in student loans. Last October, Ms. Greer introduced President Obama when he spoke to students at CU Denver about how his Administration is working to make college more affordable and reduce student loan debt.

Adrienne Howard

San Diego, California

Adrienne Howard is a military spouse from Lynchburg, Virginia, and currently lives in San Diego, California with her three children. Her husband, Commander Colby Howard, USN, is currently on a seven month deployment. Mrs. Howard has moved 14 times during her husband's career, and their oldest child has attended 9 different schools along the way. For nearly 20 years, she has been heavily involved as a volunteer in family readiness groups and Navy spouse organizations. This past September, Mrs. Howard was inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden's Joining Forces initiative to reach out to her community, and the response was overwhelming. Mrs. Howard shared her story of rallying her community to 'adopt' a Sailor on the Joining Forces Blog.

Mike Krieger

Co-founder Instagram

San Francisco, California

Mike Krieger is the co-founder of Instagram, the fastest growing social mobile startup in the U.S. today, with over 15 million registered users. Mike was born in São Paulo, Brazil, and moved to California in 2004 to attend Stanford University, where he studied computer science and cognitive science. In 2010, he joined up with Kevin Systrom to co-found Instagram, and now employs a talented, growing team of designers and engineers. After graduation, Mr. Krieger worked for a year on his student F-1 visa, later applying for and receiving an H-1B visa as a high-skill worker. Mr. Krieger wants to permanently stay in the U.S. and has applied for a green card.

Captain Mark Kelly, USN, Ret.

Mark Kelly is an American astronaut, retired US Navy Captain, best-selling author, and an experienced naval aviator who flew combat missions during the Gulf War. The winner of many awards, including the Legion of Merit, two Defense Superior Service Medals and two Distinguished Flying Crosses, Kelly was selected as an astronaut in 1996. He flew his first of four missions in 2001 aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour, the same space shuttle that he commanded on its final flight in May 2011. He has also commanded Space Shuttle Discovery and is one of only two individuals who have visited the International Space Station on four different occasions.

Already a celebrated American, Kelly became the center of international attention after the January 2011 assassination attempt on his wife, US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. In their best-selling memoir, Gabby, the couple shares their story of hope and resilience with the world.

Lorelei Kilker

Analytical Chemist

Brighton, Colorado

Lorelei Kilker is an analytical chemist for an environmental laboratory, and lives in Brighton, Colorado with her domestic partner and their two children. In October of 2011, Ms. Kilker was one of a class of women who benefitted from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) investigation of alleged systematic sex discrimination at her former employer that resulted in the award of back wages and significant remedial relief, arrangements that were achieved through a cooperative process between the employer and EEOC. Since the creation of the President’s Equal Pay Task Force in January 2010, EEOC obtained almost $50 million in monetary relief through administrative enforcement for victims of sex-based wage discrimination, obtained changes to workplace practices that benefit over one quarter of a million workers, and filed five cases including sex-based wage discrimination claims.

Admiral William McRaven, USN

Admiral McRaven assumed command of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) on June 13, 2008. Prior to assuming command, he served from June 2006 to March 2008 as commander, Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR). In addition to his duties as COMSOCEUR, he was designated as the first director of the NATO Special Operations Forces Coordination Centre (NSCC), where he was charged with enhancing the capabilities and inter-operability of all NATO Special Operations Forces.

Adm. McRaven has commanded at every level within the special operations community, including assignments as deputy commanding general for operations at JSOC, commodore of Naval Special Warfare Group 1, commander of SEAL Team 3, task group commander in the CENTCOM area of responsibility, task unit commander during Desert Storm and Desert Shield, squadron commander at Naval Special Warfare Development Group, and SEAL platoon commander at Underwater Demolition Team 21/SEAL Team 4.

Adm. McRaven’s diverse staff and interagency experience includes assignments as the director for Strategic Planning in the Office of Combating Terrorism on the National Security Council Staff, assessment director at U.S. Special Operations Command, on the Staff of the Chief of Naval Operations and the chief of staff at Naval Special Warfare Group 1.

Adm. McRaven’s professional education includes assignment to the Naval Postgraduate School, where he helped establish and was the first graduate from the Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict curriculum.

Joan Milligan

Orlando, Florida

As deep rooted Orlando, Florida, residents, Joan Milligan and her husband Bill share a strong commitment to their community and volunteering. Faced with losing their home, President Obama’s Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) allowed Joan and her husband to refinance their existing loan when other means of refinancing were not open to them. As Mrs. Milligan has said, “I can’t believe how easy the process was. The bank bent over backwards to accommodate us”. The Milligans will celebrate 50 years of marriage in October 2012.

Amber Morris

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Amber Morris, a Virginia Beach resident, responded to the White House’s call in December asking Americans “What does 40 mean to you?” saying, “Forty dollars a pay check means that I'll be able to pay my bills, but most months it'll be a tight squeeze. It means that I'll have no spending money which means I can't do my part in encouraging my local economy. Forty dollars a paycheck may not seem a lot, but it could mean a steady job for me and my coworkers or unemployment.” Ms. Morris graduated from Northeastern Law School in 2008 and found herself unable to find a job in her field. She was working for a non-profit in Boston, but after they lost funding she found herself unemployed in 2009 and forced to move back home with her parents. She’s since found work as a waitress in a local restaurant and although it’s less than ideal, she feels “lucky to have paycheck” to help pay student loans and help save up for the Virginia bar exam.

Laurene Powell Jobs

Founder and Chair of Emerson Collective

Palo Alto, California

Ms. Laurene Powell Jobs is founder and chair of Emerson Collective, an organization focused on harnessing the potential of individuals from underserved communities to help them build a better life.

Ms. Powell Jobs also serves as president of the board of College Track, an after-school program she founded in 1997 to prepare underserved high school students for success in college. Started in East Palo Alto, College Track has expanded to serve students in Oakland, San Francisco, New Orleans and Aurora, Colorado. The program’s intensive academic and extracurricular program is designed to ensure admittance to and graduation from college. All of the program's graduates have completed their secondary education and gone on to college.

In addition to her work with the Emerson Collective and College Track, she serves on the boards of directors of NewSchools Venture Fund, New America Foundation and Conservation International. She also serves as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Ms. Powell Jobs holds a BA and a BSE from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Earlier in her career, she spent several years working in investment banking and later co-founded a natural foods company in California.

Adam Rapp

Fall Creek Township, Illinois

Adam Rapp lives in Fall Creek Township, Illinois, and is the only child of Stephen and Lisa Rapp. On his 23rd birthday, he was diagnosed with cancer, and without the Affordable Care Act he would have lost health insurance coverage the same day. Adam’s mother wrote President Obama a letter last May thanking him for passing the health reform law so that her son could remain on their health insurance policy. After undergoing treatment, Mr. Rapp is now cancer-free and engaged to be married to Adrienne Mast of Quincy, Illinois.

Juan Jose Redín

Attorney

North Hollywood, California

Juan Jose Redín was born in Ixtapan de la Sal, Mexico before coming with his mother and younger sister to the United States at the age of 10. After enduring many challenges throughout his journey to achieve his dream of higher education. Juan benefited from California's Assembly Bill 540 and was able to enroll, and excel, in his studies at UCLA. He received both his undergraduate (with honors) and law degrees from UCLA. Now a US citizen and a practicing attorney, Juan is as passionate as ever about ensuring educational access to all.

Bryan Ritterby

Lab Technician

Holland, Michigan

Bryan Ritterby had been in the furniture manufacturing industry for more than 25 years working on the manufacturing floor, in the quality department and as a field service representative, but was laid off in February of 2009. Mr. Ritterby then went through the Grand Rapids Community College Composite Technician Training Program in conjunction with a new start-up company, Energetx Composites. Upon completion of the program, Mr. Ritterby was hired by Energetx Composites as a composite technician in April of 2010. Today, Mr. Ritterby is a Lab Technician for Energetx Composites conducting material tests in the company’s laboratory verifying materials to be used in wind turbine blades, as well as working on blade validation tests for all of the community scale wind blades Energetx is manufacturing.

Colonel Ginger Wallace, USAF

McLean, Virginia

Colonel Ginger Wallace is an Air Force intelligence officer who has led airlift and intelligence operations during Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, PROVIDE RELIEF, UPHOLD DEMOCRACY, ALLIED FORCE, ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM. She currently lives in McLean, Virginia with her partner of over a decade, Kathy Knopf. In December, Ms. Knopf attended Col. Wallace’s promotion ceremony and participated in the “pinning on” of Col. Wallace’s rank, marking the first such event reported following the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell.” Col. Wallace is currently training to deploy to Afghanistan in the Spring 2012 through the Afghanistan-Pakistan Hands program.

Full guest list provided by the White House:

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soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. John

    The first line says she "benefited from the new health care law". Maybe the writer of the article could have told us how?

    January 24, 2012 at 11:29 am |
    • JR

      Wow, this article is only eight short paragraphs long and you still missed it:

      "Also in the first lady’s box will be 23 year-old Adam Rapp of Illinois who was diagnosed with testicular cancer last April. Rapp was able to take advantage of the new health care law’s allowance for young adults to remain on their parent’s plan until age 26 and is now cancer free after undergoing chemotherapy."

      January 24, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
    • JDM

      They did. It was in the rest of the sentence:

      "Rapp was able to take advantage of the new health care law’s allowance for young adults to remain on their parent’s plan until age 26 and is now cancer free after undergoing chemotherapy."

      January 24, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
    • DC2003

      Read it again ... the word "She" is not in the first sentence.

      It states "and a young cancer survivor who has benefited from the new health care law ...".

      Then read the fifth paragraph and you'll get your answer!

      January 24, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
      • jean2009

        "She" is not in the sentence because Adam Rapp is a male who had testicular cancer.

        January 24, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
      • John

        I assumed "Debbie" was a female.

        January 24, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
    • Howard

      EVERYONE ALREADY KNOWS THE STATE OF THE UNION ... IT SUCKS !!!
      Thanks to obama, America has been run into the ground over the past 3 years
      ... don't give him another 4 years, to destroy this country beyond repair !!!

      January 24, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
    • John

      Debbie Bosanek – Buffet's secratary for over 20 years – is the person I am talking about. Not Adam ???

      January 24, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
    • John

      "Warren Buffett’s symbolically famous secretary and a young cancer survivor who has benefited from the new health care law"

      January 24, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
      • jean2009

        John finish the complete sentence which is the total first paragraph.

        "Warren Buffet's symbolically famous secretary and a young cancer survivor who has benefited from the new health care law are among the guests First Lady Michelle Obama will host at the State of the Union Tuesday night."

        "are among the guests.....
        "are" denotes there is more than one person being discussed in that paragraph....otherwise it would have stated
        "is among the guests"....

        January 24, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
      • jean2009

        And the writer would have eliminated the word "and" in the sentence and state only "a young cancer survivor"

        January 25, 2012 at 9:55 am |
  2. george of the jungle

    Well this should get the repos all fired up . Lets see how long befor they start make stupid hateful remarks. Poor mrs Gifford was bashed by them yesterday. They are desperate to complaine against the predident. Even trashing SOU before it has been delivered. This is tradition that people are given good steating or invited to come. He is not the only president to do this . Any example that health care is working will drive them crazy. They would rather have a adulter and his mistress in the oval office . Family values right out the window . This is a great gesture .

    January 24, 2012 at 11:32 am |
    • steveo

      George,

      This is my take on Rep Giffords. For her to step down is most unusual and it is unusual because it is unselfish! Unselfishness is a rare trait in DC anymore! She needs to focus on getting better and she realizes that unlike some very recent examples from BOTH sides who decided to hang onto power until their dying breath!

      January 24, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
    • steveo

      I forgot to add something. While you are gleefully attacking the GOP, don't forget to add Clinton and Kennedy to your list! I am not defending the GOP but fair is fair, right?

      January 24, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  3. jean2009

    Yeah,,,take that Mitt he has been belly up to the banquet table of American good fortune, and he only tips the server of that banquet 13.9% for the excellent service.

    January 24, 2012 at 11:46 am |
    • Howard

      Romney EARNED this money, pursuing opportunities available to ALL Americans. The taxes he paid will be used to buy food stamps for thousands of Americans who are dependent on obama's socialist policies ... and will also help pay for Obama's (over paid) salary.

      January 24, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
      • steveo

        Howard,

        I am good with him earning his money and as i said earlier the law requires only a 15% tax rate for investment income. If Congress doesn't like 15% they could have changed it at any time but they didn't! I don't see any weallthy GOP or Dem Congressional member voting to increase it although they "care for and understand the middle class". I consider all this chatter nothing more than smoke and mirrors!

        What bothers me is the off shore accounts! I am not concerned about Bain (that is what business men do). Although I am enjoying the phoney outrage!

        January 24, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
      • jean2009

        Maybe I should have stated a "fortunate son" and placed the truth on the fact that the majority of people's sons do not have the same opportunities cast in their way, like those placed in the way of those "fortunate sons".

        January 24, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
    • John

      49% pay nothing. Mitt pays over 6 mil. So the 49 percent who pay nothing think 6 million is not enough? Even though I know libs think this way it continues to surprise me.

      January 24, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • NOvember 2012

      Isn't it horrible when a person works hard in America and becomes wealthy? Just horrible! We should not allow this. We should support all those community organizers who live off the taxpayers money and the collectivists too...whaaaa!

      January 24, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
    • C-Lo

      Yes, Jean, you can "fault" the "fortunate sons" of business, but what about the "fotunate sons and daughters" of entertainment? How many "dynasties" are there in the entertainment realm. Also, many of "fortunate sons" in business were born into families of created wealth going back only one or two generations as opposed to what I would term royal wealth. Yes you have your Carnegies, Rockefellers...but these days it is more about those who have created their family wealth through hard work and entrepreneurship–think of your Sam Waltons, Steve Jobs, Warren Buffetts...even the hated Koch Brothers, Romnney, Cain, etc came from "new money." What about the beloved Kennedys?

      There is a lot the average joe can learn from the stories of these "fortunate sons" like if you put your mind to an idea and work to carry it out, you can create nearly unlimited wealth for yourself in this country with little fear of the gov't legislating you out of business, though it seems those times are-a changin. Yes, the new Republicans are as much to blame as the Dems by creating mountains of legislation that prevent many small businesses from ever getting their feet under them due to regulations and taxes. Obama addressed this specifically last night, and I hope it wasn't just lip service.

      January 25, 2012 at 9:40 am |
      • jean2009

        I think if you do your research you will find that Mitt Romney, the Koch Brothers, and the Walton family all derived their wealth from inheritance. Plus many of the Walton children and grandchildren married inherited wealth. To be honest, I don't think I did a pick and chose of who could be defined as a favorite son/daughter, or in which industries, or in which party they are found..

        My only criteria is about the people who are focused on "it is all about me."

        January 25, 2012 at 10:18 am |
      • C-Lo

        Yes Jean, I was pointing out that each was in someway a benefactor of "inherited wealth," what I was saying is that that inheritance only goes back a generation or two to parents who created that weath through good ol' American ingenuity during a time of smaller, less intrusive gov't. Their parents derived that wealth with opportunities I wish today's not so fortunate sons had. There are still today's "new money" from the likes of Cain, Jobs, all of the technology new wealth and on and on. Romney may be a fortunate son, but he inherited a work ethic as much as he inherited money, i.e. he isn't a trust fund kid who squandered his opportunities (read Paris Hilton?). You may not like his approach, but you cannot argue that he hasn't worked for most of what he has.

        I know you didn't pick and choose specifically, but your slant made your implications bright as day, I only called them out.

        January 25, 2012 at 10:53 am |
  4. steveo

    A 15% investment tax rate is the law. The law did not change under a Pelosi led house. Nor did it change under the GOP! Niether party has done anything about it yet the fingers point as usual! Let's see how the wealthy from BOTH sides react to this. I still have a question that perplexs me. Has anybody started writing checks yet, or are they still awaiting the Congress to act?

    I'm bettin' the dems will stand and wildy clap their hands when all this time they have been sitting on those same hands! Don't get me wrong though, the GOP has not addressed this tax issue either!

    January 24, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
    • CGeek2k

      Both parties are the parties of Money. Money rules all, simple as that. Regardless of what they may say in public, none of them have any intention of taking more money from the rich. The middle class that can't lobby for massive breaks however.....

      January 24, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
      • steveo

        No argument here, agreed 100%! yet folks will fuss, fight, and argue trying to defend one party over another! I recogize there are good people in DC (ON BOTH SIDES) but they are being ignored and drowned out by those who care for their own enrichment (ON BOTH SIDES).

        January 24, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
  5. @STEVEO

    YOU ARE SO RIGHT, BOTH SIDES ARE TO BLAME FOR THIS, FIRE THEM ALL THEY ARE MORE INTO 2012 ELECTION RATHER THAN DOING THEIR JOB

    January 24, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
  6. Jilli

    I wonder how many of the millions of cancer survivors are eager to repeal "Obamacare"? Seriously?

    January 24, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • Joey

      It's nice to wonder but unfortunately you have no data to make a definitive statement do you?

      January 24, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
    • jean2009

      None except for those who are rich enough to buy hospital wings.

      January 24, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    The State of the Union has become a political tool, for the President, to campaign for his misguided agenda, that divdes our country, rather than bringing it together.

    Obama is a subversive, who would destroy America, from within.

    January 24, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
    • CGeek2k

      Just the same as every other politician. Every one of them would do anything up to and including destroying the entire country just to hang onto their power. Hundreds of them, all guilty of treason.

      January 24, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  8. NOvember 2012

    hey obama hnow about putting some handicapped children up there...a few starving kids to boot! We are tired of your phoney media games... I certainly won't be watching this circus...don't care to taste the vomit in my mouth.

    January 24, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • Howard

      HYPOCRITE !!!
      Obama demonizes the rich, while hanging out with Buffett, Immelt, Soros, multimilion dollar actors, atheletes, and celebrities.

      January 24, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  9. Joey

    These people are just props to Obama. Romney gave 15% to charity, Obama 1%. It's clear to see that Obama is only generous with other people's money. If you're in need of hot air, tune into Obama tonight and you'll have a surplus.

    January 24, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
    • jean2009

      I think you missed the $1.4 million Nobel Prize money he gave to 10 charities in 2010. Plus, if you go to Charitable Navigator you will find the President gave 14% of his own income to charity in 2010 to 36 charities.

      Learn facts before posting nonsense.

      January 24, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
      • jean2009

        This is posted at the Charity Navigator blog for April 19, 2011 – Obama's 2010 Giving – How Do You Compare?

        January 24, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
    • NOvember 2012

      a nobel prise hé did not earn in any way...and he knows it. Money is not obamas thing...it is power! He has a mental disorder(personality disorder)..narcissism...power!!! Me me!!!

      January 24, 2012 at 9:24 pm |
      • jean2009

        You are pitiful, and wouldn't know the truth if it jumped on you.

        January 25, 2012 at 10:21 am |
  10. rosalynneus

    Is there any unemployed amerixcan invited to this event and sitting next to the First Lady?

    January 24, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
  11. Jane B

    How much does Mr. Buffet pay his secretary of 20 years? What does she pay in taxes and what is her effective rate. I assume an administrative assistant to a successful and busy executive such as Warren Buffett would earn a substantial salary and also be compensated beyond her salary with bonuses and other rewards. Also find it interesting that after 20 years with Buffet as an employer she would require insurance assistance besyond that provided by her employer.

    January 24, 2012 at 9:14 pm |
    • Jane B

      My bad on above- mixed up story/headline. Just wonder what WB's secretary/admin makes and pays in taxes.

      January 24, 2012 at 9:22 pm |
  12. Slinky

    NOt a word about the Keystone Pipeline? He panders to his base before the country like all of them do. What did "hope and change mean?' No one knew yet they voted for him. Get what you deserve. Gas prices, food prices, wait till you start paying your electric bill. Really helps the middle class. "Fairness" means redistribution of wealth, a "code word." That cracks me up when they say that on MSNBC. I can't believe people actually believe this crap.

    January 24, 2012 at 10:44 pm |
  13. NOvember 2012

    Daniels tore obama up. He said it all in his short speech with a clear, strong, soft, and honest gaze...refreshing for a change. The contrast is remarkable. Why is obama trying to tear this country apart?

    January 24, 2012 at 11:04 pm |
    • jean2009

      Maybe before speaking Gov. Daniels should put his own house in Indiana in order. I listened to his speech and wondered if George Washington had to put up with some idiot doing a rebuttal of his State of the Union message.

      January 25, 2012 at 10:31 am |
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