White House on the offensive in final hours before State of the Union
President Barack Obama talks with Jon Favreau, Director of Speechwriting, in the Oval Office as they prepare the State of the Union address
January 24th, 2012
04:30 PM ET

White House on the offensive in final hours before State of the Union

WASHINGTON (CNN) –The White House is facing hostile fire from Republicans in the final hours leading up to the State of the Union address.

Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney accused the president of offering more “partisan planks for his election campaign.”

House Speaker John Boehner said the speech “sounds like we’re going to see a re-run of what we’ve heard over the last three years.”

Pushing back on the verbal attacks, a senior administration official told CNN the rhetoric from Republicans was “unfortunate and revealing.”

“After all, what is more political than criticizing a speech you haven’t even heard?” the official said.

Meanwhile the White House is pushing its own narrative, using a self produced all access video to show an engaged president and his team working on the speech and proposals aimed at helping middle class Americans.

“He really wanted us to focus on those types of economic policies that could have a tangible effect over these next few years,” said Director of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling, in the White House produced video.

It’s a rare glimpse into how a State of the Union address goes from the first key strokes on a computer to a teleprompter read by the president.

And it’s the kind of access those who cover the White House would never be granted.

What was allowed turned out to be the only public glimpse of the president Tuesday. A small group of reporters were gathered to capture a short walk from the Oval office along the colonnade and Rose Garden.

Responding to a shouted question about the status of his speech, the president said, “May have a few touch-ups left.”

Then he declared his nearly finished speech, “not bad.”


soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. Tired of republican lies

    Keep pushing Mr. President...a lot of us are behind you.

    January 24, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  2. Howard

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

    January 24, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • S.Positive

      Save up for the tissues Howard as you will need it for a while after President Obama is re-elected. Oh, I can hear you shout. That won't help so get your delusional hat off and get some sense before it is too late.

      Men, you're so screwed by the gop and teabagger's lies that you are this blind to reality...

      January 24, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
      • Howard

        OBAMA vs BUSH
        (Just the Facts)

        FOOD STAMPS
        Obama – 46.2 million : Bush – 28.2 million

        CREDIT RATING
        Bush AAA – Obama AA+

        GAS PRICES
        Bush – $1.65 a gallon (End of term) : Obama – $3.40 a gallon (Current)

        UNEMPLOYMENT
        Bush – 4.71% (Average) : Obama – 9.4% (Average) – 8.5% Current

        NATIONAL DEBT
        Bush – Increased 4 trillion (8 Years) : Obama – Will increase 18 trillion (8 years, according to OBAMAS budget)

        DEFICIT
        Bush – $0.5 Trillion per year : Obama – $1,8 Trillion per year

        JOBS
        Bush – GAINED 3 million jobs over 8 years : Obama – LOST 6 MILLION JOBS IN 3 YEARS

        INFLATION:
        Bush +0.1% (End of Term) : Obama +3.6% (Current)

        HOPE and CHANGE – We HOPED for BETTER, and got a CHANGE for WORSE

        January 24, 2012 at 8:46 pm |
      • CAWinMD

        Howard - you should recheck your facts. Bush added over $5 trillion in debt, not 4. Obama isn't on pace to have 18 trillion in debt in 8 years - that's over $2 trillion per year. Obama has never had a year with over $2 trillion in debt, and none of his budgets do either. The AA+ (not AA-) rating, if you read Standard and Poors report, is because S&P had no confidence that the Republicans in the House would allow revenue to rise, as it has to in order to seriously take on the deficit. There's more, but I think we can safely say that your facts are somewhat suspect...

        January 24, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
      • jean2009

        Howard -Fact Check.
        During George W. Bush's failed presidency 14.7 million people were on SNAP currently 14.2 million are on SNAP. Most of the people who are on the food assistance program are children, the elderly and the disabled. The GOP is jumping on its racist bandwagon of hate again.

        January 25, 2012 at 11:07 am |
      • ass09

        Can anybody help me with the definition of middle class that every body showing crocodile tears for middle class.If income is below 12,000 a year is poor and if income is 30,000 to 50,000 what class of this earning people.He is not middle class but what class is in i think lot of people are in this income and explain what class should be he

        January 25, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
    • jean2009

      Yeah, and Newt hung out with Freddie Mac and the Koch brothers, while Mitt hung out with Bain Capital in the Cayman Islands, and Nu Skin.

      January 24, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
      • Howard

        YEAH ... and Barack hung out with Bill Ayers, Jeremiah Wright, Louis Farakhan, and a lot of other America hating radicals ... obama even taught a Saul Alinsky 101 class. But, the most important indictment of obama, is how he has nearly destroyed America over the past 3 years.
        OBAMA vs BUSH
        (Just the Facts)

        FOOD STAMPS
        Obama – 46.2 million : Bush – 28.2 million

        CREDIT RATING
        Bush AAA – Obama AA+

        GAS PRICES
        Bush – $1.65 a gallon (End of term) : Obama – $3.40 a gallon (Current)

        UNEMPLOYMENT
        Bush – 4.71% (Average) : Obama – 9.4% (Average) – 8.5% Current

        NATIONAL DEBT
        Bush – Increased 4 trillion (8 Years) : Obama – Will increase 18 trillion (8 years, according to OBAMAS budget)

        DEFICIT
        Bush – $0.5 Trillion per year : Obama – $1,8 Trillion per year

        JOBS
        Bush – GAINED 3 million jobs over 8 years : Obama – LOST 6 MILLION JOBS IN 3 YEARS

        INFLATION:
        Bush +0.1% (End of Term) : Obama +3.6% (Current)

        HOPE and CHANGE – We HOPED for BETTER, and got a CHANGE for WORSE

        January 24, 2012 at 8:51 pm |
      • jean2009

        Howard can't deal with the truth. All his posts are lies that earn a "Pants on Fire' from the Truth O Meter.

        January 25, 2012 at 10:37 am |
    • SiriusVH

      Howard,

      We all know how stupid you are, no need to emphasize it on a regular basis. Most of your alleged facts are wrong or fabricated.

      I will bother only with your employment figure. If you cared to go to the BLS you would know that, over his ENTIRE tenure, Bush has created only 1.09 million jobs. Of course, that is in part due to the fact that, during the last 6 months of his presidency, he lost 4.4 million jobs.

      January 24, 2012 at 10:45 pm |
    • Research Required

      Dude, you sound like a typical Gingrich, putting out false information before getting the facts. You need to check the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition! It's called SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and not food stamps since 2008. They use plastic card called Electronic Benefit Transfer or EBT card which has been used since 2004. The USDA has facts that the Bush Administration had more people on SNAP than Obama. You fail to forget that American money was worth something to Europeans during the Clinton presidency. Bush inherited a surplus and while he was President the dollar to foreign countries wasn't worth the paper it was printed on. Not to mention two costly wars were he and Chaney made money off Haliburton. The President said something that common sense people have been saying," Everyone could learn from the military by following their example. No matter what race, gender or religion because it's about the mission. The President could find the cure for aids and you still will have people criticize him. How can he fix anything if you have the worst representatives in the history of the GOP which continue to block anything he does and is only concerned with making him a one term president. That tells me that they could care less about the military or the citizens of this country.

      January 25, 2012 at 12:39 am |
      • Howard

        Obama and his self serving propagandists have succeeded in poisoning the reputations of many, in their efforts to eliminate all who oppose him. They would be unable to succeed in their evil, ugly efforts, if not for the blind and stupid complicity of the biased main stream media, and stooges, like the bloggers here, who always demonize his detractors, no matter how true their accusations. Obama is a thin skinned egomaniac, who gets worse, with each measure of additional power he gains.
        The Liberals are scared to death of Newt Gingrich.
        Gingrich has the experience, smarts, and guts, to take the fight to the corrupt obama machine, and win.

        January 26, 2012 at 2:11 am |
    • jean2009

      Howard what are the Koch brothers, Chuck Norris, Jon Voight, Tom Selleck, and Kelly Clarkson? Have you considered going into the baloney business? You seem to have a load of it.

      January 25, 2012 at 10:59 am |
      • Howard

        Governor Daniels hit the nail on the head, with his response to Obama ...
        Obama's State of the Union address signaled that obama is still a dishonest hypocrite, who intends to saddle the American people with his failed policies for another 4 years, if they have the misfortune of having him as their President again !!!

        January 25, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
      • Howard

        IF CHARACTER MATTERS ??

        THEN WHY IS OBAMA PRESIDENT ??

        First President to refuse to show a valid Birth Certificate.

        First President to apply for college aid as a foreign student, then deny he was a foreigner

        First President to have a social security number from a state he's never lived in

        First President to Preside over a Cut to the Credit Rating of the United States Government

        First President to Violate the War Powers Act

        First President to Orchestrate the Sale of Murder Weapons to Mexican Drug Cartels

        First President to be Held in Contempt of Court for Illegally Obstructing Oil Drilling in the Gulf of Mexico

        First President to Defy a Federal Judge's Court Order to Cease Implementing the 'Health Care Reform' Law

        First President to Require All Americans to Purchase a Product From a Third Party

        First President to Spend a Trillion Dollars on 'Shovel-Ready' Jobs–
        and Later Admit There Was No Such Thing as Shovel-Ready Jobs

        First President to Abrogate Bankruptcy Law to Turn Over Control of Companies to His Union Supporters

        First President to Bypass Congress and Implement the DREAM Act Through Executive Fiat

        First President to "Order a Secret Amnesty Program that Stopped the
        Deportations of Illegal Immigrants Across the US , Including Those With
        Criminal Convictions"

        First President to Demand a Company Hand Over $20 Billion to One of His Political Appointees

        First President to Terminate America's Ability to Put a Man into Space

        First President to Encourage Racial Discrimination and Intimidation at Polling Places

        First President to Have a Law Signed By an 'Auto-pen' Without Being "Present"

        First President to Arbitrarily Declare an Existing Law Unconstitutional and Refuse to Enforce It

        First President to Threaten Insurance Companies if they Publicly Speak out on the Reasons for th eir Rate Increases

        First President to Tell a Major Manufacturing Company In Which State They Are Allowed to Locate a Factory

        First President to File Lawsuits Against the States He Swore an Oath to Protect (AZ, WI, OH, IN, etc)

        First President to Withdraw an Existing Coal Permit That Had Been Properly Issued Years Ago

        First President to Fire an Inspector General of Ameri-corps for Catching One of His Friends in a Corruption Case

        First President to Propose an Executive Order Demanding Companies
        Disclose Their Political Contributions to bid on Government Contracts

        First President to appoint 45 'czars' to replace elected officials in his office.

        First President to Golf 73 separate Times in His First Two-and-a-Half Years in Office

        First President to hide his medical, educational, and travel records

        First President to win a Nobel Peace Prize for doing NOTHING to earn it

        First President to coddle America's enemies while alienating America's a l lies

        First President to publicly bow to Americas enemies while refusing to salute the US flag

        First President to go on multiple Global apology tours.

        First President to go on 17 'vacations', including 'date nights' paid for by the taxpayer

        January 25, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
      • jean2009

        Daniels need to concentrate on cleaning up his corruption in Indiana.

        January 26, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
    • John

      S. Positive. Libs may not understand this but say what you will about the Tea Party Candidates. they were elected because of what they ran on and they kept their word. More and more of these candidates will be elected going forward. It would be smart for you libs to get on board with the real change these candidates have brought to Washington.

      January 25, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  3. Joi Gibson

    It was so nice not having to listen to all this foolishness while Congress was in recess. Now the GOP is back to their old tricks. We all know they are going to bash the President's State of the Union address, but at least show some intelligence (and class) and wait until after the address an do it in their rebuttal. Besides, what gall to say the President is rehashing his old polices, what have the Republicans been spewing – a rehash of old policies, i.e., tax breaks.

    January 24, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  4. OBAMA2012

    Howard is beyond delusional. The thing with the President hanging out with the mulitmillion million dollar elites is that, they have enough sense to know they should be paying higher taxes not evading them like the wealthy GOP and Teabaggers. No matter what this President does, all these old goats like Howard will never give him respect.

    January 24, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  5. Obayashi

    GOP/TParty is worst than babies. They cry and whine too much.

    January 24, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  6. Jai

    Democrats and liberal beyond delusional to think obama got their best interest and will believe every lies he spouts out. Yes,because it everybody fault but his for all his failures.

    Democrats and liberal clueless puppets that will follow obama not matter how much he screws up and will forever bush for their shortcomings.

    January 24, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
  7. Jai

    Democrats and liberal can't see that obama in the back pockets of the 1% and screwed justify his action. Yeah the rich really want to be tax with out special backroom deals from the president.

    January 24, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
  8. Justinstl

    So Tired of Repubs slamming Obama. They have and show no respect to The president. Why do they think that they could do better for the economy...they wont...they do not consider ALL Americans...they only care about the wealthy. The wealthy have ruines this country The Republicans want to cut out entitlements and help to the people who need it so they can put more into their own bulging pockets.The reason why the governments spend so much on entitlements and welfare is because the wealthy have dropped the ball in doing what is right. They do not give enough or anything to the needy and they keep the less fortunate down by hording and making more money....The government wouldn't have to spend so much money helping people if the wealthy would keep cost down and lower their profit margins largely and stop paying themselves and their employees like entertainers....they only care about profit. Why is a gallon of milk 4 or 5 bucks but minimum wage only near 7 dollars. It should be ....minimum wage has to be at least 5 times the cost of a gallon of milk! They want to only create jobs for people that have higher education and have no regard to the regular physical laborer worker who ARE the backbone of this nation. The wealthy and Republican prosper at the expense of the less fortunate peoples well being. The wealthy do not want the little guy to prosper at all....this is apparent! They show is by making it so expensive to even EAT! You GO Mr OBAMA. America is behind you 100%! I do not agree with everything that Obama has done ...but I do no that he does do the right thing for EVERYONE.....Something that NO REPUBLICAN or wealthy man is willing to do. The days of everyman for himself , free market and Capitalism only economy have to stop or we will be just like Egypt and the other countries heading to all out revolution! We need an all out depression...a crash so severe that the dollar means nothing ....it wont hurt the less fortunate much because it will just be more of the same ...like any other day....but it will force the wealthy and money mongers to jump to their "its about time deaths" like theu did when wall street collapsed in the 20's!

    January 24, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
    • John

      BO is one of the rich you are talking about. Mitt paid 6 mil and donated another 6 mil – Joe Biden donated 300 dollars. Who is doing the right thing?

      January 25, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • John

      I thought I would never see the day where socialist writings would be supported in this country. Apparently, looking at your comments, I was wrong. Socialism has failed every time. It will kill America as we know it. Maybe this is what you libs want.

      January 25, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
  9. george of the jungle

    Mitt Newt and Bobner are already bashing a speach not yet given . Thats how repos work. Going off half cocked is what put us in the last war and will get us into another if the repos have their way. Obama Biden 2012

    January 24, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
    • John

      Everyone, except you apparently, knew what was in the speech a day before it was given because the WH released it. Great liberal argument though.

      January 25, 2012 at 7:51 am |
      • Cruz

        The rosaen that Obama rates so high on the crybaby scale is attributable to one important difference between liberals and conservatives: conservatives think the liberals are wrong but liberals think convervatives are evil. Because they occupy the hallowed ground of moral superiority (in their own minds), liberals can't reisist any opportunity to snipe at conservatives, for their evil, craven positions on the issues.There's plenty of crybabyness on the right and the center (it is politics, you know) but it will never compare to that of the left.Like most conservatives, I don't think Obama, Reid and Pelose are evil they're just wrong in their policies and objectives. I object to what they do and what they believe in, but I don't question their motives or their integrity; they probably do believe that they are working for the good of the country. (They're wrong and they're going to find out how wrong in a couple of weeks) but I don't equate their stance with morality.Whether it's on the environment or health care or income redistribution or any of the other socialist views, the leftists continue to believe not only that they are right but that they are god-like in their movement to advance their agenda and destroy conservatives. Until they learn that conservative positions have value, that conservative goals deserve to be respected and considered, you will continue to see this behavior. Like many religious whackos, liberals believe they must attack evil whenever they see it even if it's just makes them a crybaby.

        March 1, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
  10. kayla

    let the games begin, cry babies

    January 24, 2012 at 7:53 pm |
    • John

      Did you mean to post this? It seems out of place or not complete or something. I guess if you are talking about BO and how he blames everything on everyone else it makes sense.

      January 25, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
  11. wilson

    An impressive list of accomplishments!

    First President to apply for college aid as a foreign student, then deny he was a foreigner.

    First President to have a social security number from a state he has never lived in.

    First President to preside over a cut to the credit-rating of the United States.

    First President to violate the War Powers Act.

    First President to be held in contempt of court for illegally obstructing oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

    First President to defy a Federal Judge’s court order to cease implementing the Health Care Reform Law.

    First President to require all Americans to purchase a product from a third party.

    First President to spend a trillion dollars on ‘shovel-ready’ jobs when there was no such thing as ‘shovel-ready’ jobs.

    First President to abrogate bankruptcy law and turn over control of major companies to his union supporters.

    First President to by-pass Congress and implement the Dream Act through executive fiat.

    First President to order a secret amnesty program that stopped the deportation of illegal immigrants across the U.S., including those with criminal convictions.

    First President to demand a company hand-over $20 billion to one of his political appointees.

    First President to terminate America’s ability to put a man in space.

    First President to have a law signed by an auto-pen without being present.

    First President to arbitrarily usurp congress, declare an existing law unconstitutional and refuse to enforce it.

    First President to threaten insurance companies if they publicly spoke-out on the reasons for their rate increases.

    First President to tell a major manufacturing company in which State they are allowed to locate a factory.

    First President to join with a foreign country and file lawsuits against the states he swore an oath to protect (AZ, WI, OH, IN).

    First President to fire an inspector general of Ameri-corps for catching one of his friends in a corruption case.

    First President to appoint 45 czars to replace elected officials in his office.

    First President to golf 73 separate times in his first two and a half years in office.

    First President to hide his medical, educational and travel records.

    First President to win a Nobel Peace Prize for doing NOTHING to earn it.

    First President to go on multiple global ‘apology tours’.

    First President to go on 17 lavish vacations, including date nights and Wednesday evening White House parties for his friends; paid for by the taxpayer.

    First President to have 22 personal servants (taxpayer funded) for his wife.

    First President to keep a dog trainer on retainer for $102,000 a year at taxpayer expense.

    First President to repeat the Holy Qur'an and tell us the Islamic call to worship is the most beautiful sound on earth.

    First President able to break all these laws, be openly corrupt and get by with treason,
    simply because he is black

    http://www.thomhartmann.com/forum/2012/01/impressive-list-accomplishment

    January 24, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
    • jean2009

      Wilson is Howard other alias. Same factually devoid Pants On Fire rants.

      January 25, 2012 at 10:41 am |
  12. Jane

    Don't worry Mr. President, you will get reelected. And then you can continue on with the tireless work you are doing. Keep it up and we are behind you!

    January 24, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
    • John

      Does it matter? He will do 100 rounds of golf if he is elected or if he is not elected.

      January 25, 2012 at 7:52 am |
    • Doroteia

      Looks like the Obama admin. is rather p'd off now (finally) after Mubarak/Suleiman hit us with the b.s. act they did today (Thurs. Feb 10 the day ederybovy was certain Mubarak was gonna resign then made everyone wait til 10:30 so he could say how he loves his flock of sheep and is going to meet their just demands by completely defying their just demands). I could see Bush having simply supported Mubarak, saying he's a close friend and ally and that the protesters are a bunch of Iranian-Hezbollah-Hamas-Al Qaeda-Evil-Terrorists as Fox News and other outlets give us the not-so-subtle spectre of the Muslim Brotherhood as closet radical Islamist terrorists bent on destroying Israel and America as soon as they hijack the revolution like the Evil Khomeini did in 1979.Of course Obama is being his usual coward self but I'm not sure Egyptians would've gotten even an empty gesture of support from Bush although it's possible your true believer scenario has some validity. Doubt it though. More likely he woulda said Mubarak's our boy and we're sticking with him, screw the people like he said screw the Haitians when they kidnapped Aristide, like he said screw the Venezuelans when they tried to oust Chavez, like he said screw Afghans, Iraqis, the American Worker and every other people's movement on planet Earth.

      March 2, 2012 at 10:18 am |
  13. Curt Shuler

    Based on his failures of 'change' promised by Obama from 2007 to now, why should we give any credibility to his newest speech! His bloated entitlements are astronomical – his arrogance higher than the stratosphere – his manipulations are Michavalean – his actions so anti Constitutional – his objectives so socialististic/Marxist ! ! ! Now is the time for all US Citizens to reject his lies. We must remove him and his cancerous administration before it kills our country (not his because he has never been supportive of its principals and laws).

    January 24, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
  14. Curt Shuler

    You rejected my detailed negative comments about Obama by claiming I had previosly submitted them. You are so biased for Obama – that you cannot accept the truth about his horrific failures that are the opposite of his promises for 'change/. This is my first (and last) post. You are so in bed with Obama that you wont allow sensible negative comments. OK now I know how you play. Let the games continue!

    January 24, 2012 at 8:33 pm |
  15. MaryM

    President Obama wants to give insentives (tax breaks) to American companies to bring back jobs from overseas to the U.S. . Sounds good to me.

    January 24, 2012 at 8:39 pm |
    • NOvember 2012

      business knows it is a sucker punch... only one in seven new jobs created by American owned business are domiciled in the US... and these Corporations have trillions in overseas banks that will not be repatriated while obama is in office.

      If you want jobs you better get rid of this bum from chicago...he is bad news.

      January 24, 2012 at 9:21 pm |
      • chas

        I didn't see much job creation during the bush years and some of it was w/ a republican controlled congress? 8 years of the economy sliding and all he kept pushing was the trickle up theory and war with people who didn't even threaten the U.S.

        January 26, 2012 at 12:11 am |
      • Trace

        ....yeah, and all the multi-national CEO's are telling you this information...You are Pathetic and Delusion....Take your meds and lay down. Besides, how do you explain that during Obama's administration (the past three years), private sector manufacturing jobs has seen the 1st increase in some 20 years? Granted everybody knows some of the 8million jobs lost under Bush Wacked, will never come back, due to innovation and technology, but this president seeks an education surge. Yeah its too late for petulent, lost in fantasy land pessimists like you, but there are others that could fill new position in new industries.

        So, in the meantime, return to that basement, pull in your favorite rock over the top of you and call it a day....leave the thinking to those that can actually do that.

        January 26, 2012 at 10:48 am |
    • Steveo

      It does sound good but for the most part it won't happen.

      1. The global economy is here to stay and the U.S. is a rather large part of that
      2. Companies are in business to make profits and many are finding the cost of doing business is far cheaper outside the U.S. rather than in the U.S. . Several major reasons, Labor costs, taxes, and environmental restrictions
      3. GE is moving a entire division from Wisconsin to Bejing, China. GE is CEO'd by Jeff Immelt , the U.S. jobs Czar! If the president cannot get GE (CEO'd by HIS own jobs Czar) to keep that plant here, why would anybody else listen?

      January 26, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
    • Steveo

      It does sound good but for the most part it won't happen.

      1. The global economy is here to stay and the U.S. is a rather large part of that
      2. Companies are in business to make profits and many are finding the cost of doing business is far cheaper outside the U.S. rather than in the U.S. . Several major reasons, Labor costs, taxes, and environmental restrictions
      3. GE is moving a entire division from Wisconsin to Bejing, China. GE is CEO'd by Jeff Immelt , the U.S. jobs Czar! If the president cannot get GE (CEO'd by HIS own jobs Czar) to keep that plant here, why would anybody else listen?

      January 26, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
      • C-Lo

        Steveo with another BINGO.

        Obama's SOTU speech was long on platitudes, and interestingly filled with a lot of Republican ideas. I don't fault him for not giving specifics during the speech, too little time for too much detail, but I kinda doubt he has much detail on what he "proposed." Now he can campaign for the next 10 months on being business friendly while continuing to blame the GOP for obstructing. Any bill that comes close to what he "proposed" will be shot down/held up in the Senate.

        January 26, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  16. Risky

    ATTENTION REPUBLICAN VOTERS: I am a democratic insider, and i know obama's weakness. It's Rick Santorum!! To save our country you must nominate Santorum!! He's like kryptonite to Obama. Trust me, the president is terrified of Santorum and his ban p0rn policy.

    January 24, 2012 at 9:33 pm |
    • Howard

      The democrats are petrified of New Gingrich ... If Pelosi had enough dirt on Newt to get him bail out, she'd use it !!!

      January 25, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  17. FiELD1stSGT

    Obama is offensive. I have no ideal where the media comes up with the Democrats and the White House is on the offensive. They only offend every one especially the ones who does not believe him. Jus drop Obama and I don't care how. We don't need your kind anymore.

    January 24, 2012 at 9:58 pm |
  18. Dontbow

    The white house can't get any more offensive.

    January 24, 2012 at 10:44 pm |
  19. AMERICA 1st

    Yo America, brace yourselves for massive amounts of nobama propaganda! A friendly warning!

    January 25, 2012 at 2:53 am |
  20. eunice a

    GO AHEAD FOOLS PUT NEWT, MITT OR RICK IN OFFICE AND IF YOU DO YOU DESERVE EVERYTHING THEY WILL DO TO YOU - THESE FOOLS HAVE WAGE A ALL OUT WAR ON WOMEN WHY BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOTHING ELSE TO WAGE WAR ON -- THIS ECONOMY WAS ALREADY GOING DOWN HILL IT JUST SO HAPPENS IT BUST ON PRESIDENT OBAMA'S WATCH -- AND NO HE IS NOT THE BLAME FOR THIS MESS AMERICA IS IN YOU WHITE PEOPLE KNOW IT - GO AHEAD LISTEN TO THOSE REPUBLICAN FOOLS AND THE DAMN TEA PARTY PEOPLE- SO STOP PRETENDING LIKE IT'S ALL PRESIDENT OBAMA FAULT IT IS NOT -– GO AHEAD PEOPLE JUST MAYBE THE RICH MONEY WILL TRICKLE DOWN AND GIVE YOU A JOB -- OH THAT'S RIGHT THE REPUBLICANS DON'T US THE LIE ANYMORE HAVE YOU NOTICE

    January 25, 2012 at 7:16 am |
    • jean2009

      Actually, the economy busted on the GOP watch....they just don't want to admit to the truth of that, but no matter how much the GOP lies they can't change calendar dates. History starting with Harding has proven beyond a doubt that trickle down does not work. It proved it under Hoover, Reagan, and Bush all incidents that proves the only people benefited by the trickle are those in the top 1%. The GOP knows that they just know if they shout their lies long enough and loud enough that uneducated idiots on the bottom will buy that swill. They haul out their bible and the flag and force feed that racial hate.

      Eunice I hate to tell you honey....but your caps lock key is stuck on shout.

      January 25, 2012 at 10:51 am |
      • Howard

        Jean ... you condescending _ich ... people have to shout, in order for delusional, brain dead, obama stooges, like you to hear the truth about your empty suit messiah.

        January 25, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
      • chas

        I think it should be called the "Trickle Up" theory... As the poor get poorer the money trickles up to the rich. But then because their investments don'tl pan out they get more tax breaks and bail outs to cover their losses.

        January 26, 2012 at 12:00 am |
      • Steveo

        You hate you GOP and that is your choice! I would say this, The DEMS are just as guilty in the decay of this nation as the GOP is. The housing bubble started under Clinton. The GLB act was signed by him. "As far as trickle down" goes, not one Dem administration attempted to change it. Yes Dems benefitted from "trickle down" as well (that is why they did not attemp to change it). But this is not my primary reason to respond to you. Your remarks about the Bible is.

        You think God is a magic man in the sky, so I don't expect you to understand but the Bible has nothing to do with hate! Anybody who uses it as such is wrong! HOWEVER, if the Bible offends that is NOT hate! All that means is humans disregard God! Obama states he is a Christian and if that is true, guess what he reads?

        The TRUTH is both parties are filled with the selfish and the greedy! I do want to repeat what I said about Rep. Giffords. She stopped down and that was an unselfish act unlike others from both sides who stayed in power until their dying breath. BOTH sides can learn a lot from what she did! By stepping down she acted more like a public servant than a public master! Kudos and all the best to her!

        January 26, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
      • Steveo

        The ecomony may have broken under the GOP but what you are leaving out is the foundation for failure started under Clinton (he signed Graham, Leach, Billey). As far as Trickle down goes, it was and STILL is embraced by folks all across the political spectrum: Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Warren Buffet, all lean left and ALL got rich under trickle down.

        Kerry, Pelosi, Kennedy, all from the left leaning, all rich from the same trickle down system! No Dem attempted to change it! Not one! Members from BOTH parties got rich and richer under trickle down. INOBODY(left or right) wanted to see it change and there has been no attempts to do so, not even from the left! In fact, Obama made millions on his books and made that under trickle down!

        On one hand the left keeps saying trickle down does not work but at the same time uses Obama a THE example of one who came from nothing and got rich. Exactly what economic system allowed him to get rich? Trickle down under capitlism!

        My true purpose for writing is to ask you about your statement about the Bible. You realize it is the same Bible that Christians on the left use, right? Since you believe that God is a "sky fairy" (your words), I don't expect you to understand but it is not a book of hate, rather God's love. Yes know that there are those (BOTH SIDES) who have used it to express hate and they are all wrong and it does not matter what side of the political spectrum they are from!

        January 26, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
      • jean2009

        @ Howard you can't spell correctly even with lines. FYI if you will check closely eunice a and I agree.

        January 26, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
      • jean2009

        @Steveo.....Gramm,Leach, Bliley are Rethugliklans – Phil Gramm (R-Texas, James Leach(R-Iowa and Tom Bliley (R-Virginia) all three ultra-right wing conservatives.

        January 26, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
      • Steveo

        Jean2009 I know who they are. The question is WHO SIGNED THAT BILL INTO LAW? You might want to research to see how much Dem support that bill had!

        This is from wikipedia:

        On November 4, the final bill resolving the differences was passed by the Senate 90-8 and by the House 362-57. The legislation was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on November 12, 1999.

        Once again, CLINTON signed the bill and if it was such the failure, Clinton and EVERY DEM that supported GLB are EQUALLY at fault, just as the GOP is for damaging the economy of this country.

        January 26, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
      • C-Lo

        You know Jean, it's easy to try to make direct correlations (i.e. the economy was great under Clinton). Have you stopped to consider that his success was in part due to the downstream impact of trickle down? It's not called flood down economics...consider this–
        Reagan received a horrendous hand from Carter, lowered taxes and reduced gov't to get the economy rolling again, after which taxes were increased and money supply re-tightened to slow inflation. Heavy military spending to bring an end to the cold war which ushered in a general time of piece (other than Bush 41's day's long push of Iraq out of Kuwait).
        Clinton was able to divert the military spending due to the peace dividends, and was also a beneficiary of the "trickle down" that ushered in the tech boom.
        Bush 43 received a delapidated military and intelegence community (CIA) from Clinton's cuts and consequently we were hit with 9/11, an event, may I remind you, that basically brought economic activity to a halt in the US for 2 weeks. Much of the "intelegence" we had on Iraq came from the UK (since Clinton cut so much), that's why they were such staunch supporters throughout the first years–Tony Blair had just as much responsiblity for that information.
        Bush's big issues hit with the retirement of Greenspan and the emergence of Bernanke and Paulson (both kept on by Obama) and were compounded by his "compassionate conservativism" (i.e. liberal policies) and a Democratic controlled congress, and yes, the wars.

        Was Obama handed a bag? Yes, but it as much by his own party in congress as it was by Bush, and further, he has not delivered the "hope and change" he campaigned on. The economy is just now starting to show signs of improvement, dare I say it, under a Republican controlled House.

        January 26, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  21. Mak

    I believe we should have Navy Seal free us from being hostage to Obama politics.

    January 25, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
  22. jerrylax

    Daniels gave a wonderful speech...he was honest, direct, and relaxed, this was refreshing after watching obama's stiff hard eyed no expression 1 1/2 hour diatribe of marxist propaganda.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  23. NOvember 2012

    I noticed Gov Brewer of AZ took obama apart today...in his arrogant face. She put the jacka$$ in his place....the dismantling of bo begins!

    January 26, 2012 at 12:02 am |
    • jean2009

      Oh you mean the rude b_ t _h who has ties to private Arizona prisons...it is no doubt certain her immigration law if not repealed will be put down by SCOTUS.

      January 26, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
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  25. Aditya

    , 'Hey, there may be something wrong here. Let's hold til until it can be ufrther confirmed.I just wanted to add a it about how a wire service works. Its clients are of all different political persuasions and it is understood to play things down the middle.Did the reporter lie? Maybe, but I doubt it. It takes years to get to the AP, and if he had a habit of spining yarns he would have seen his career plummet before he ever got that high.I haven't seen any credit given to the AP for amending its story. It reacted to claims of bias relatively quickly.I don't believe the Drudge recording. He is a political partisan and is the lease likely to refrain from editing an audiotape. I'd prefer to see televised covrage of the speech by a major news outlet, and that must exist.Finally, if I had to chose between the Drudge report and the AP for unbiased reporting I wouldn't pick Drudge. He has an Axe to grind, I'll avoid that source and go with the one that doesn't. In my decade at UPI I was never pressured to tilt a story in any direction.America's biggest complaint about the meia should be the "iof it bleeds it ledes" syndrom. That takes away the info we need to play our part in a democracy and replaces it with entertainment.Read carefully. I didn't say this reporter was not guilty of falsifying something. I suspect he heard boos in his section of the crowd and became indignant.I an just tying to explain how wie services work, since I've been there. I'll discuss this with anyone who wants to talk ufrther. But if you're just going to call me names... well, I just want people to write who really want to communicate. I have a special account at 2175@mytrashmail.com.A lot of times, having a good idea how the media operates can chane minds – both ways.Bernie

    March 2, 2012 at 12:02 pm |