Countdown to State of the Union
January 21st, 2012
12:40 PM ET

Countdown to State of the Union

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama is "very engaged" in preparing his Tuesday State of the Union address, but "not at a stage yet where he's practicing," according to White House spokesman Jay Carney.

Carney told reporters Friday that the president continued to work with his chief speechwriter, Jon Favreau, on his remarks.

The Constitution requires the president "…shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union…"  Traditionally, presidents have used the speech as a platform to lay out their priorities for the year ahead.

In a video emailed to supporters Saturday, Obama said the remarks were still a work in progress, noting "I'm actually not done writing it yet so there might be a few late nights between now and then."

Looking to draw in viewers beyond the traditional television networks, the White House is touting an interactive live-streamed "enhanced version of the speech" on its website .

Senior administration officials plan to take part in a post-address discussion that will include a live audience and questions from Twitter, Facebook and Google, Carney said.

Less than 24 hours after delivering his address, the president will hit the road to promote his policies with a three-day, five-state tour that will include stops in Cedar Rapids, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Denver and Detroit.

The trip is already coming under fire from some Republicans, like House Speaker John Boehner, who said it was politically motivated.  "If the president wasn't campaigning, why next week after he gives his address to a joint session of Congress is he traveling to five battleground states?"

Boehner added, "Now I might have been born at night, but it wasn't last night."

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  1. Howard

    Obama will talk about jobs and the economy .. TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE !!!

    January 21, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
    • Trace

      hey...Love hearing the reality / facts impaired crowd on this one. How about we plug in a couple of facts...I know you and your crowd hate those things but let's give it go anyway shall we?

      Which administration lost 8 million jobs?....Buehler, Buehler Howard...anyone? That would be the Bush Administration
      Which administration had 16 consecutive months of private sector job growth ? Buehler, Buehler Howard...anyone? That would be the Obama Administration.
      Ok for extra credit,
      Which administration oversaw the 1st increase of manufacturing sector jobs since the '80s....That would be the Obama industry.

      Great, the Obama administration...adds jobs, the GOP/Tea Potty non-thinkers, can't even figure out the facts. You lose Howey...Now go lay down somewhere, take your meds, but give it a rest so you don't further embarass yourself with non-fact based spew

      January 21, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
      • _______________

        State of the Union: people have given up looking for jobs, a gallon of gas is $4 bucks, zero economic growth, people splayed out on sidewalks and defecating to make a political point - at the encouragement of the President of the United States?

        You can keep the change. I'm voting for the Republican in November. And I don't care what his ex-wife says about him or if he's a Mormon - or whatever the liberal idiot media says about him.

        Liberals don't create wealth. The only thing they create is economic malaise, which sums up the state of the union.

        January 22, 2012 at 7:23 am |
      • insight iowa


        January 22, 2012 at 11:39 am |
      • Howard


        1) by expanding gov. 5 times including debt
        2) increased cost of healthcare to unsustainable llevels despite claiming obamacare would reduce costs
        3) Increased food stamp roles to record levels
        4) Expanded gov. control over private industries
        5) Pulled out of Iraq despite generals on the ground warnings causing thousands of civil war deaths, posturing with Navy, war with Iran
        6) Despite needing approval has had Marines fighting and dying in Lybia prior to the ouster of Gadafi, under thhe guise of peacekeeping non military force (you better check your facts on Lybia).
        7) No work for the women on the keystone pipeline
        8) HaHaHaHaHa-can't even respond to this stupidity–just look to Arizona for this Presiden't border policy.
        9) Check your facts, the gulf states were severely restricted by the gov. interference to clean up the mess, and when it was all over the administration says we are not sure where all the oil went. BP and the racists cleaned it up not gov.
        10) Why is it so hard to find ones birth record.

        All this with a majority in both houses of congress until Americans woke up during the mid-terms and the brakes were put on the food stamp president. A majority of Americans wanted and voted for tea party candidates to not only say no but hell no!!

        January 22, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
      • ddblah

        Howard: shouldn't it be the right thing to ask BP to clean up rather than spending tax money??

        You think government should clean up for BP?? Why??

        January 22, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
      • ddblah

        Howard, have you noticed that no GOP presidential candidate has shown his/her birth certificate. Why? Because they look like "Americans"? Racist!

        January 22, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
      • obamamnesty

        You do realize that we are in the 21 Century...Global Economy....out and in sourcing of foreign visas handed out more today than every before....Bill Gate's Microsoft supports Obama but hires thousands for high tech foreign workers.
        The real issues for America is in the Here And Now....No one cares what Bush, Reagan or any other past prez did or did not do over past 5 years, no one except the dems. I live in the Here and Now and Obama is IN the White House now! He is a failure to many of us.

        January 22, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
      • Purush

        It is clear there is a turmoil of thoughts in every GOP's followers mind. They know the traditional hard core Republican game is not the need of the hour (that is why the fizz of Tea party is over and Sarah Palin is hiding away only to surface here or there with bit pieces trying to be relevant). They know Mit Romney is right but then he is by and large on the same path as Obama so they perceive a conflict and consider him unelectable. They know Obama has been able to pull out things from an almost bottonless pit to which Bush administration has driven and that he (Obama) is now ready to drive the final nail in GOP coffin as he surges along. So what to do.
        If I were you mate, I would swtch from GOP to Dem. This is no time to stand on false egos. I would back Obama in rejuvenating America and rearchitecting it (major architectural repairs). This would set America to be a leader for another half century or so.

        January 22, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
      • jean2009

        Trace you forgot to point out which administration has overseen the lowest rate of health care cost increase in a decade......actually the lowest rate of increase since 1997......Obama administration.
        Which obviously means the health care legislation savings are already beginning to kick in.

        January 23, 2012 at 11:40 am |
    • Donna

      Some of you people are just so stupied !! I would rather see Obama in office , the one that has the common sense then those clowns they have in there for the republicans. can you imagine Rommney or Newt as president? IILLLLLL.,,,just remember when Scott Walker took Gov of Wisconsin,, that will be a Republican as President. they will grind you all to the ground because you idiots just cant seem to see that THEY WORK FOR THE GREEDY RICH ! your lucky to have Obama fighting for us ,, the working class. open your eyes you bunch of blinded fools !!!

      January 21, 2012 at 9:47 pm |
    • Brent Pittman

      Is IN Gov Mitch Daniels the best response to President Obama's State of the Union?

      August 24, 2010
      Letter to the Editor Aug. 25, 2010

      To the Editor:

      Rich Lowry's and Brian Howey's commentaries in the Aug. 11 Hendricks County Flyer were a great PR job for Gov. Mitch Daniels. However, the recent Indiana unemployment drop from 10.5 percent to 9.8 percent was probably the result of the Bush and Obama bailout of GM and Chrysler, discouraged job applicants dropping out of the labor force (100,000 manufacturing jobs were eliminated since Daniels' election and prior to the financial/banking crises in 2008), imported cheap foreign labor (some who are illegal), and the Obama stimulus ($11 million in Hendricks County instead of collecting impact fees on new development) including energy grants and tax cuts for the middle class.

      WTHR TV 13 of Indianapolis investigated Daniels' jobs claims and has found inaccurate numbers. Eli Lilly was given a $700 million tax cut a few years ago to create good paying jobs; since that time, they have eliminated thousands of jobs. The $8,701 tax incentive per new job that Daniels claims has saved Indiana taxpayers money includes retaining existing jobs and does not include local tax abatements, TIF, tax-free bonds, and new business infrastructure paid by taxpayers. The overwhelming majority of jobs created in Hendricks County are poverty wage jobs in warehousing and retail (good paying manufacturing jobs have been exported to foreign countries as the result of U.S. taxpayer incentives and bad trade deals) that are eligible for EITC ($5,700/family), Medicaid, and many other subsidies paid by taxpayers or added to the federal debt.

      The Indiana budget surplus is due to Daniels owing the federal taxpayers billions of dollars for unemployment and Medicaid; and the Obama bailout of states including Indiana. Business development costs and property taxes were shifted to wheel taxes and residential property owners. When those taxes increased by 700 to 800 percent in some cases, Daniels raised sales taxes from 40 to 80 percent (restaurant and bar food and drinks) to buy down these excessive increases by raising the homestead tax credit which has since decreased by 80 percent in 2009 and another 45 percent in 2010.

      Stagnant home prices due to Bush's housing bust have contributed to lower property tax increases. Teachers, police, fire, and other public employees are losing their jobs; if not for the Obama stimulus funding earmarked to keep these jobs and to maintain school class sizes. Tolls on the Indiana toll road sold by Daniels have doubled for infrequent drivers, fees have increased up to 300 percent (e.g. state drivers license), Indianapolis water and sewer rates will skyrocket due to corporate ownership, and my fixed wire phone basic rate has increased 22 percent since Daniels deregulated.

      Obama and Democrats are wrong by basing their job creating strategy on "borrowing and spending" and bailing out states like Indiana. Good paying American jobs would be created that pay employee health/medical insurance costs with no bailouts/incentives to banks and corporations and no $13 trillion debt, if Democrats and Republicans would do the following: First, repeal all sales taxes and replace the lost revenue with an import tax/tariff on imported labor and manufactured goods. Second, repeal all local tax incentives that shift business costs to taxpayers and that create poverty wage jobs; or change these incentives to pay a living wage, minimum wage of $14 per hour (parent with one child).

      Where are the Tea Party endorsements for these strategies?

      Brent Pittman

      Brownsburg, IN

      January 22, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
    • ddblah

      I see. You'd rather want a president who lost jobs, like GWB, Hoover?

      BTW, do you know Reagan lost a lot of jobs too? Do you know in Reagan's time, the jobless rate was the highest since WWII??

      January 22, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
      • jean2009

        I know I lived Reagan....worst president of my 76 years.

        January 23, 2012 at 11:41 am |
  2. NOvember 2012

    this photo makes obama look whiter than the two in the back ground...hahaha I'm going to be doing my hair when he gives his miserable state of the union sales pitch...seen enough already....he is done!

    January 21, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
    • Trace

      @NOBrain 2012, what different does it make that the president is whiter than anybody in any picture....unless you are a closet racist / bigot. Althought fortunately for you, This President is even working to help the mentally/intellectually deficient, such as you. So go ahead and do your hair, as this President will be speaking plain english, so you probably won't understand it anyway. I would imagine you long for Obama's predecessor, Dubya, in that you would rather have a president that has the inability to formulate a proper sentence ...i.e. where proper english is a 2nd language. ...and this pleases you? Its obvious intellect is divisive for people of your ilk...Best Episodes of the Larry Springer shows for you – right?

      January 21, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
      • jean2009

        Thanks Trace for pointing out Nobama's real reason.

        January 23, 2012 at 11:30 am |
  3. Joey

    Blah, blah, fairness, blah, blah, jobs, blah, blah, high speed rail, blah, blah, it's not my fault, blah, blah, stimulus. There will be enough hot air produced by Obama to launch a thousand balloons. Get ready for some serious lies.

    January 21, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
    • ddblah

      Well, the economy has turned the corner, thanks to his stimulus that reduce tax for middle class and small business.

      Yes, the stimulus WORKED beautifully!

      January 22, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
      • Joey

        If this new blueprint is so good, why wasn't it done 3 years ago?

        January 23, 2012 at 4:08 am |
  4. Larry in Houston

    he will end up governing from the middle now – once they get IN – they govern from whatever their party is – ( either far left, or far right ) whichever or whatever the party is, so they can cater to their base -that's the way politics is . BUT – when they are running for "re-election" then it's all a different ball game -that's the way it is – been that way for years, no matter who's in office. Obama will end up governing towards the middle , or even a little to the right, so he can appease everybody. ( sorry to be a bearer of bad tidings to everyone )

    January 21, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
    • jean2009

      You have that backwards, when they are running they talk to their base...once they are elected they move to the center to govern.

      January 23, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  5. Steve-illinois


    My fellow Americans, it's not my fault! Good Evening.

    Barack Obama

    January 22, 2012 at 1:45 am |
    • Howard

      BARACK OBMA ... "It's George Bush's fault that my dog ate my homework".

      January 22, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
  6. _______________

    State of the Union: people have given up looking for a job, a gallon of gas is $4.00, zero economic growth, people splayed out on sidewalks and defecating to make a political point - at the encouragement of the President of the United States?

    You can keep the change. I'm voting for the Republican in November. And I don't care what his ex-wife says about him or if he's a Mormon - or whatever the liberal idiot media says about him.

    Liberals don't create wealth. The only thing they create is economic malaise, which sums up the state of the union.

    January 22, 2012 at 7:22 am |
    • _______________

      Screw you and your moderator.

      January 22, 2012 at 7:24 am |
  7. AMERICA 1st

    I wonder what kind of governmental propaganda will be spewed out this year!

    January 22, 2012 at 8:16 am |
    • ddblah

      Like getting people to work, like stopping tax shelters in Cayman Islands, like stopping making money by destroying companies, ...

      January 22, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  8. AMERICA 1st

    Lets hope the American public isnt as stupid this election cycle like it was the last time around!

    January 22, 2012 at 8:20 am |
    • Trace

      @America Dead Last in education / intelligence

      Are you serious? You want thinking americans to look at the GOP/ Tea Clown Brigade of candidates for President as an alternative to Obama? Ok...You must be one of those that voted for Bush I right...HA HA. This country, that you say you put first, would be destroyed in no time flat.

      Puh-Leeaze. I can't tell you how silly that sounds. President Obama has spent the 1st 3 years of his administration CLEANING UP THE MESS LEFT BY THE LAST GOP/ PRESIDENT,,,Dubya! He took over with the economy on the brink of a 2nd depression.....Oh wait, I know I know, the Knuckle Dragging, cretins from the GOP/Tea Potty brainless misfacts squad would say that never happened.

      Where do you people come up with such idiocy. If just once, Just Once, you guys acknowledged the mess that Obama inherited, you might make a shred of sense. But you guys wouldn't even admit the sun comes up in the east, let alone acknowledge that this President has accomplished a great deal during THE MOST DIFFICULT TIMES OF THIS COUNTRY SINCE 1940. Now, argue against what I said intelligently...I'd bet you can't

      January 22, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  9. dreamer96

    Obama should push for NASA to go to work on creating and developing reliable effective renewable energy forms for use right here in the U.S. that will get us off Solar, Heat flow electric generators, Algae production..generating pure hydrogen..blending pure hydrogen with CO2 from our Natural Gas and Coal power plants...these could be used in some way on long space trips or on the Moon or Mars..Put those scientist back to work helping solve real problems for our country, and that also would help in future space missions..

    January 22, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  10. dreamer96

    Obama should just read from the FBI files and start telling the World all the dirt they have on our wonderful Congress reading from Newt's ethics investigation...who had been with D.C. hookers and which members of Congress have ties to organized crime lords..I mean the Big Oil boys and Wall Street Hedge Funds...

    January 22, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  11. Trace

    Hey GOP-Pee R's ! I couldn't resist "cutting and pasting" from one of my other posts. I really like it. What do you think? ...can I get a response....Buehler, Buehler, anyone , anyone???? LOL

    Wondering where are you on the appeasement drivel from the GOP/Tea Potty spin? This president has wiped out more terrorists than all of his predecessors. I laugh so hard at your idiot party trying to discount this president's record of protecting this country...while singing himself right into history as this country's best president.

    I can guarantee you, this president is doing his job...ask Osama or Ghaddafi, as they line up to receive their quotient of virgins in the hereafter. Don't hate Obama, just speak to the facts in the sphere of reality and you won't sound like a troll that lives in a basement under a huge rock.

    January 22, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
    • Tired of republican lies

      I love your responses Trace...keep up the good work 🙂

      January 22, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
  12. NOvember 2012

    ANOTHER SNOW JOB from the fraud in chief... I'll be washing my hair!

    January 22, 2012 at 9:11 pm |
    • Trace

      Do you think washing your hair will help you think and see reality for a change, or is it a lost cause? Not sure all the shampoo in the world will help YOU at this point. Maybe try some de-conditioner this time to get all the Faux News Bumper sticker out of your head – LMAO

      January 23, 2012 at 1:11 am |
      • JWR

        Thanks Trace for sharing the real facts and reality. President Obama has accomplished much despite the opposition. Some folks forget that the anti-Obama radio and TV personalities get paid for bashing him and don't share the truth. Many people in this country would consistently bash their parents for 40 Million dollars!

        January 23, 2012 at 10:49 am |
    • tim12

      yes watching somebody campaigning when they should be trying to do their job is hard to bear.

      January 23, 2012 at 1:34 am |
      • jean2009

        The State of the Union address is the President's job. Read the Constitution: Article II, Section 3, Clause 1 it is constitutionally mandated that he give an address.
        Educate yourself.

        January 24, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
  13. tim12

    i wish it was a state of the union. it is just somebody campaigning. somebody that is watching closely the republicans campaign an is getting scared. at the very least he is watching and hopefully will learn something.

    January 23, 2012 at 1:32 am |
  14. jean2009

    To Tom Clement and others: According to the Vancouver Sun for 1/19/12 Trans Canada is planning to build the first phase of the Keystone pipeline by starting at the Valero Refinery, Port Aurthur, Texas (international tax-free zone) and go north to Cushing, Oklahoma from there it would connect with the next stage pipeline coming south.
    The whole idea is to transport Canadian tar-sands oil to the gulf to sell it U.S. tax free to the highest bidder.Which will be China.
    Frankly, I don't think the Vancouver Sun is making where the final destination of the pipeline will be.

    January 23, 2012 at 11:56 am |
  15. rosalynneus

    Mr. President what did you do the last three years? You have accomplished nothing. You made a priority your own family and close friends and provided them with everything that their hearts desired. You forgot the people that voted for you and the promisses of a better life and country. We are unemployed, live under a tight budget, hardly making it day by day, millions are homeless, the middle class fanmilies are almost exterminated, you have increased the national bedt almost 5 trillios in three years so what is your excuse now? Are you going to blame the prior administration still? You became a politician who are enjoying the good life and your wife is still not proud to be an american. You are the only president who do nbot salute the American Flag after three years of being athe poresident. Give us a break!

    January 24, 2012 at 11:38 am |
  16. jean2009

    Try reading the Constitution before posting. The President is required to give an annual address.
    Article 11, Section 3, Clause 1 of the Constitution. "The President shall from time to time giver to the Congress information on the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient."
    From 1790 to 1934 it was known as the Annual Address
    From 1942 to 1946 it was informally called the State of the Union.
    From 1947 to today it has been called the State of the Union address.

    January 24, 2012 at 12:29 pm |