State of the Union Address Live Blogging.
10:25 OK, final impression: Obama could have a SOTU Address every day before Congress and there's no way the Republicans are going to go to work tomorrow willing to work with him. Bob McDonnell is spewing his corporately-funded rube-uttal and propaganda, Rush will hope again that he fails and nothing will change. Cynical, you say? No, realistic. I've been covering the fucking GOP for years if there's anything I have learned about them, it's this: There's no such thing as a moderate Republican and they, too, never give up.
Good night, America, and good luck. You'll need it.
10:22 A minimum of GOP boos, no Ted Kennedy, no Joe Lieberman getting tongue. Man, this is going to take some getting used to.
10;20: "God Bless The United States of America!" (To the exclusion of all others, restrictions may apply outside the continental US.)
10:15 Uh, Mr. President? Your own Treasury Secretary pooh-poohed the very notion of caps on executive pay. That's why we're so cynical about corporations and gov't.
10:14 But Obama never said he was going to end DADT. Remember that.
10:13 "I have a Civil Rights Division that's once again prosecuting civil rights violations." Another upper cut!
10:11 Good on Obama for reacting so swiftly after the Haiti earthquake. But you're not doing shit for Iran or its protesters, Mr. President.
10:10 Securing and limiting nukes is a good start. But remember, Iran doesn't have a single one while Israel has many.
10:08 Joe Biden's head is cut off at the nose. Obama looks like he's speaking in front of the Cheshire Cat.
10:07 The last of our troops aren't going to be home by the end of August. Who's he kidding? There's a big difference between ending wars and escalating them. More does not necessarily equate with a faster finish.
10:06 "Reward (Afghani) governates" as in bribes to not kill us?
10:04 You're also, unfortunately, not interested in litigating war crimes and the criminals who'd carried them out.
10:02 It's about time he reminded the wet-legged Dems have the largest majority in history and that we're counting on them for solutions. "Just saying no is ... is short term politics." How true.
10:01 You want to know why there's so much obstructionism, Mr. President? Because you keep caving in to Republicans!!! Witness Errol Southers.
10:00 Obama never thought his presidency would usher in a "post-partisan era"???
9:59 Of course, Obama took more money from oil and gas than all but 2 Democratic presidential candidates and the second most from banks. So where's all this moral authority coming from?
9:58 And more body shots at the SCOTUS's right wingers!!!
9:57 You've had more than a year to make government more open and transparent on both sides of Pennsylvania Ave., pal.
9:55 And Obama lands another body shot to the shining Bush legacy!
9:54 "Pay as You Go" is a good idea. I agree.
9:52 Here we go with the 3 year spending freeze. Why are you listening to Evan Bayh? Are we gonna freeze spending by not outsourcing jobs at NASA, by not signing on so many war profiteers?
9:50 $200 billion in surplus at the start of the decade, 1 trillion deficit last year. "Just stating the facts." You go, man!! Republican booing is music to my ears!
9:49 "Come together?" These are the same assclowns who are painting you as a Nazi. When will you stop with the bipartisanship crap???
9:48 Here's a cheaper alternative: Expand Medicare to everyone!!!!!
9:47 "The lobbying and the horse trading" done by the administration, you mean? You may not walk away from us but you walked away from a public option.
9:45 Not the Senate version, Mr. President. That does next to nothing to provide security to middle class Americans.
9:43 Health insurance reform. here we go...
9:41 OK, props to the Prez for revamping the education that Bush never really did. Increasing Pell grants is a damned good start.
9:40 You forgot China.
9:39 We can only export twice as much goods if we actually made shit. Who's going to make these unspecified goods? What are we gonna export?
9:38 Republicans booing about climate change. Actually, all the boos came from James Inhofe.
9:36 "Nuclear power plants???" "Offshore developments for gas and oil development???" "Clean coal???" There's no such thing!!!
9:32 China and Germany aren't waiting for progress because they don't have to deal with obstructionist Republicans, Mr. President.
9:31 "Put things on hold." Like the health care bill after Scott Brown's victory?
9:28 No more tax breaks for overseas US companies sounds good but he's been promising to do that for over a year.
9:27 Oh, the GOP collectively creamed its pants at the sound of no capital gains taxes on small businesses!
9:26 30 billion to community banks? Sounds good.
9:25 I'd sooo love to believe him when he says he'll help get me a job.
9:23 To be fair, ARRA did add 1.6 million jobs in the last year. Don't listen to Bob McDonnell when he lies about that later on.
9:22 "Not a single dime" of money on higher taxes, including the rich you promised to hike taxes on.
9:20 The banks have paid back a fraction of TARP not most. The middle class is too big to fail, not the banks.
9:19 You didn't hate the bailout as much as we did, asshole. We're the ones who bailed out those sharks.
9:17 A guy making $400,000 a year is hopeful for our future. Oh goodie.
9:15 Why is Wall St. rewarded and hard work on Main St. not? Send Tim to explain that one to the kids.
9:13 "The worst of the storm has passed???" The unemployment rate is still @ 10%, unofficially at 17% and our deficit is 1.35 trillion.
9:07 As the Joker said, "Here. We. Go!"
9:06 Nice to know we have a president who still thinks it's cool to be fashionably late in a work night.
9:03 So who's going to heckle Obama this time around? My money's on an encore by Joe Wilson. That would net him a coupla million more and this time the SCOTUS would let him accept money from anyone.
8:59 Here comes the Cabinet, led by Eraserhead Geithner.
8:58 The First Lady in sleeves. Hm.
8:55 Yeah, let's applaud the Corporate Five, why don't we? Listen to those Republican asshats applauding them.
8:54 It's strange seeing a Senate without Teddy kennedy. He was in the Senate for almost 90% of my life.
8:50 Pelosi, there simply aren't that many gentlemen on Capitol Hill.
If you, for some reason, don't have a TV (like me) this is the official link to a live feed of the President's State of the Union Address at 9 EST. I'll be liveblogging it tonight. Just follow the updates.