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Full Text And Word Cloud Of Obama's State Of The Union

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SOTU Post Mortem:

  • The best news possible: "Nothing will get done this year, or next year, or maybe even the year after that." Barack Hussein Obama
  • The worst news: Everything else.

 

 

Here is the text of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address as prepared for delivery at 9 p.m. ET.

"Jobs" 33 vs. "Fat Cats" 0

Rich 3 vs Poor 1

Hope 2 vs Unicorns 0

Change 9 vs Tooth-Fairy 0

Mortgages 5 vs Apple 0

Main Street 1 vs Wall Street 3

DEBT CEILING 0

 

Here is Obama's SOTU word cloud...

And here is the last SOTU by Dubya:

 

OBAMA: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans:
 
     Last month, I went to Andrews Air Force Base and welcomed home some of our last troops to serve in Iraq. Together, we offered a final, proud salute to the colors under which more than a million of our fellow citizens fought - and several thousand gave their lives.
 
     We gather tonight knowing that this generation of heroes has made the United States safer and more respected around the world. For the first time in nine years, there are no Americans fighting in Iraq. For the first time in two decades, Osama bin Laden is not a threat to this country. Most of al Qaeda's top lieutenants have been defeated. The Taliban's momentum has been broken, and some troops in Afghanistan have begun to come home.
 
     These achievements are a testament to the courage, selflessness, and teamwork of America's Armed Forces. At a time when too many of our institutions have let us down, they exceed all expectations. They're not consumed with personal ambition. They don't obsess over their differences. They focus on the mission at hand. They work together.
 
     Imagine what we could accomplish if we followed their example. Think about the America within our reach: A country that leads the world in educating its people. An America that attracts a new generation of high-tech manufacturing and high-paying jobs. A future where we're in control of our own energy, and our security and prosperity aren't so tied to unstable parts of the world. An economy built to last, where hard work pays off, and responsibility is rewarded.
 
     We can do this. I know we can, because we've done it before. At the end of World War II, when another generation of heroes returned home from combat, they built the strongest economy and middle class the world has ever known. My grandfather, a veteran of Patton's Army, got the chance to go to college on the GI Bill. My grandmother, who worked on a bomber assembly line, was part of a workforce that turned out the best products on Earth.
 
     The two of them shared the optimism of a Nation that had triumphed over a depression and fascism. They understood they were part of something larger; that they were contributing to a story of success that every American had a chance to share - the basic American promise that if you worked hard, you could do well enough to raise a family, own a home, send your kids to college, and put a little away for retirement.
 
     The defining issue of our time is how to keep that promise alive. No challenge is more urgent. No debate is more important. We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well, while a growing number of Americans barely get by. Or we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules. What's at stake are not Democratic values or Republican values, but American values. We have to reclaim them.
 
     Let's remember how we got here. Long before the recession, jobs and manufacturing began leaving our shores. Technology made businesses more efficient, but also made some jobs obsolete. Folks at the top saw their incomes rise like never before, but most hardworking Americans struggled with costs that were growing, paychecks that weren't, and personal debt that kept piling up.
 
     In 2008, the house of cards collapsed. We learned that mortgages had been sold to people who couldn't afford or understand them. Banks had made huge bets and bonuses with other people's money. Regulators had looked the other way, or didn't have the authority to stop the bad behavior.
 
     It was wrong. It was irresponsible. And it plunged our economy into a crisis that put millions out of work, saddled us with more debt, and left innocent, hard-working Americans holding the bag. In the six months before I took office, we lost nearly four million jobs. And we lost another four million before our policies were in full effect.
 
     Those are the facts. But so are these. In the last 22 months, businesses have created more than three million jobs. Last year, they created the most jobs since 2005. American manufacturers are hiring again, creating jobs for the first time since the late 1990s. Together, we've agreed to cut the deficit by more than $2 trillion. And we've put in place new rules to hold Wall Street accountable, so a crisis like that never happens again.
 
     The state of our Union is getting stronger. And we've come too far to turn back now. As long as I'm President, I will work with anyone in this chamber to build on this momentum. But I intend to fight obstruction with action, and I will oppose any effort to return to the very same policies that brought on this economic crisis in the first place.
 
     No, we will not go back to an economy weakened by outsourcing, bad debt, and phony financial profits. Tonight, I want to speak about how we move forward, and lay out a blueprint for an economy that's built to last - an economy built on American manufacturing, American energy, skills for American workers, and a renewal of American values.
 
     This blueprint begins with American manufacturing.
 
     On the day I took office, our auto industry was on the verge of collapse. Some even said we should let it die. With a million jobs at stake, I refused to let that happen. In exchange for help, we demanded responsibility. We got workers and automakers to settle their differences. We got the industry to retool and restructure. Today, General Motors is back on top as the world's number one automaker. Chrysler has grown faster in the U.S. than any major car company. Ford is investing billions in U.S. plants and factories. And together, the entire industry added nearly 160,000 jobs.
 
     We bet on American workers. We bet on American ingenuity. And tonight, the American auto industry is back.
 
     What's happening in Detroit can happen in other industries. It can happen in Cleveland and Pittsburgh and Raleigh. We can't bring back every job that's left our shores. But right now, it's getting more expensive to do business in places like China. Meanwhile, America is more productive. A few weeks ago, the CEO of Master Lock told me that it now makes business sense for him to bring jobs back home. Today, for the first time in fifteen years, Master Lock's unionized plant in Milwaukee is running at full capacity.
 
     So we have a huge opportunity, at this moment, to bring manufacturing back. But we have to seize it. Tonight, my message to business leaders is simple: Ask yourselves what you can do to bring jobs back to your country, and your country will do everything we can to help you succeed.
 
     We should start with our tax code. Right now, companies get tax breaks for moving jobs and profits overseas. Meanwhile, companies that choose to stay in America get hit with one of the highest tax rates in the world. It makes no sense, and everyone knows it.
 
     So let's change it. First, if you're a business that wants to outsource jobs, you shouldn't get a tax deduction for doing it. That money should be used to cover moving expenses for companies like Master Lock that decide to bring jobs home.
 
     Second, no American company should be able to avoid paying its fair share of taxes by moving jobs and profits overseas. From now on, every multinational company should have to pay a basic minimum tax. And every penny should go towards lowering taxes for companies that choose to stay here and hire here.
 
     Third, if you're an American manufacturer, you should get a bigger tax cut. If you're a high-tech manufacturer, we should double the tax deduction you get for making products here. And if you want to relocate in a community that was hit hard when a factory left town, you should get help financing a new plant, equipment, or training for new workers.
 
     My message is simple. It's time to stop rewarding businesses that ship jobs overseas, and start rewarding companies that create jobs right here in America. Send me these tax reforms, and I'll sign them right away.
 
     We're also making it easier for American businesses to sell products all over the world. Two years ago, I set a goal of doubling U.S. exports over five years. With the bipartisan trade agreements I signed into law, we are on track to meet that goal - ahead of schedule. Soon, there will be millions of new customers for American goods in Panama, Colombia, and South Korea. Soon, there will be new cars on the streets of Seoul imported from Detroit, and Toledo, and Chicago.
 
     I will go anywhere in the world to open new markets for American products. And I will not stand by when our competitors don't play by the rules. We've brought trade cases against China at nearly twice the rate as the last administration - and it's made a difference. Over a thousand Americans are working today because we stopped a surge in Chinese tires. But we need to do more. It's not right when another country lets our movies, music, and software be pirated. It's not fair when foreign manufacturers have a leg up on ours only because they're heavily subsidized.
 
     Tonight, I'm announcing the creation of a Trade Enforcement Unit that will be charged with investigating unfair trade practices in countries like China. There will be more inspections to prevent counterfeit or unsafe goods from crossing our borders. And this Congress should make sure that no foreign company has an advantage over American manufacturing when it comes to accessing finance or new markets like Russia. Our workers are the most productive on Earth, and if the playing field is level, I promise you - America will always win.
 
     I also hear from many business leaders who want to hire in the United States but can't find workers with the right skills. Growing industries in science and technology have twice as many openings as we have workers who can do the job. Think about that - openings at a time when millions of Americans are looking for work.
 
     That's inexcusable. And we know how to fix it.
 
     Jackie Bray is a single mom from North Carolina who was laid off from her job as a mechanic. Then Siemens opened a gas turbine factory in Charlotte, and formed a partnership with Central Piedmont Community College. The company helped the college design courses in laser and robotics training. It paid Jackie's tuition, then hired her to help operate their plant.
 
     I want every American looking for work to have the same opportunity as Jackie did. Join me in a national commitment to train two million Americans with skills that will lead directly to a job. My Administration has already lined up  more companies that want to help. Model partnerships between businesses like Siemens and community colleges in places like Charlotte, Orlando, and Louisville are up and running. Now you need to give more community colleges the resources they need to become community career centers - places that teach people skills that local businesses are looking for right now, from data management to high-tech manufacturing.

     And I want to cut through the maze of confusing training programs, so that from now on, people like Jackie have one program, one website, and one place to go for all the information and help they need. It's time to turn our unemployment system into a reemployment system that puts people to work.
 
     These reforms will help people get jobs that are open today. But to prepare for the jobs of tomorrow, our commitment to skills and education has to start earlier.
 
     For less than one percent of what our Nation spends on education each year, we've convinced nearly every State in the country to raise their standards for teaching and learning - the first time that's happened in a generation.
 
     But challenges remain. And we know how to solve them.
 
     At a time when other countries are doubling down on education, tight budgets have forced States to lay off thousands of teachers. We know a good teacher can increase the lifetime income of a classroom by over $250,000. A great teacher can offer an escape from poverty to the child who dreams beyond his circumstance. Every person in this chamber can point to a teacher who changed the trajectory of their lives. Most teachers work tirelessly, with modest pay, sometimes digging into their own pocket for school supplies - just to make a difference.
 
     Teachers matter. So instead of bashing them, or defending the status quo, let's offer schools a deal. Give them the resources to keep good teachers on the job, and reward the best ones. In return, grant schools flexibility: To teach with creativity and passion; to stop teaching to the test; and to replace teachers who just aren't helping kids learn.

      We also know that when students aren't allowed to walk away from their education, more of them walk the stage to get their diploma. So tonight, I call on every State to require that all students stay in high school until they graduate or turn eighteen.
 
     When kids do graduate, the most daunting challenge can be the cost of college. At a time when Americans owe more in tuition debt than credit card debt, this Congress needs to stop the interest rates on student loans from doubling in July. Extend the tuition tax credit we started that saves middle-class families thousands of dollars. And give more young people the chance to earn their way through college by doubling the number of work-study jobs in the next five years.
 
     Of course, it's not enough for us to increase student aid. We can't just keep subsidizing skyrocketing tuition; we'll run out of money. States also need to do their part, by making higher education a higher priority in their budgets. And colleges and universities have to do their part by working to keep costs down. Recently, I spoke with a group of college presidents who've done just that. Some schools re-design courses to help students finish more quickly. Some use better technology. The point is, it's possible. So let me put colleges and universities on notice: If you can't stop tuition from going up, the funding you get from taxpayers will go down. Higher education can't be a luxury - it's an economic imperative that every family in America should be able to afford.
 
     Let's also remember that hundreds of thousands of talented, hardworking students in this country face another challenge: The fact that they aren't yet American citizens. Many were brought here as small children, are American through and through, yet they live every day with the threat of deportation. Others came more recently, to study business and science and engineering, but as soon as they get their degree, we send them home to invent new products and create new jobs somewhere else.
 
     That doesn't make sense.
 
     I believe as strongly as ever that we should take on illegal immigration. That's why my Administration has put more boots on the border than ever before. That's why there are fewer illegal crossings than when I took office.
 
     The opponents of action are out of excuses. We should be working on comprehensive immigration reform right now. But if election-year politics keeps Congress from acting on a comprehensive plan, let's at least agree to stop expelling responsible young people who want to staff our labs, start new businesses, and defend this country. Send me a law that gives them the chance to earn their citizenship. I will sign it right away.
 
     You see, an economy built to last is one where we encourage the talent and ingenuity of every person in this country. That means women should earn equal pay for equal work. It means we should support everyone who's willing to work; and every risk-taker and entrepreneur who aspires to become the next Steve Jobs.
 
     After all, innovation is what America has always been about. Most new jobs are created in start-ups and small businesses. So let's pass an agenda that helps them succeed. Tear down regulations that prevent aspiring entrepreneurs from getting the financing to grow. Expand tax relief to small businesses that are raising wages and creating good jobs. Both parties agree on these ideas. So put them in a bill, and get it on my desk this year.
 
     Innovation also demands basic research. Today, the discoveries taking place in our federally-financed labs and universities could lead to new treatments that kill cancer cells but leave healthy ones untouched. New lightweight vests for cops and soldiers that can stop any bullet. Don't gut these investments in our budget. Don't let other countries win the race for the future. Support the same kind of research and innovation that led to the computer chip and the Internet; to new American jobs and new American industries.
 
     Nowhere is the promise of innovation greater than in American- made energy. Over the last three years, we've opened millions of new acres for oil and gas exploration, and tonight, I'm directing my Administration to open more than 75 percent of our potential offshore oil and gas resources. Right now, American oil production is the highest that it's been in eight years. That's right - eight years. Not only that - last year, we relied less on foreign oil than in any of the past sixteen years.
 
     But with only 2 percent of the world's oil reserves, oil isn't enough. This country needs an all-out, all-of-the-above strategy that develops every available source of American energy - a strategy that's cleaner, cheaper, and full of new jobs.
 
     We have a supply of natural gas that can last America nearly one hundred years, and my Administration will take every possible action to safely develop this energy. Experts believe this will support more than 600,000 jobs by the end of the decade. And I'm requiring all companies that drill for gas on public lands to disclose the chemicals they use. America will develop this resource without putting the health and safety of our citizens at risk.
 
     The development of natural gas will create jobs and power trucks and factories that are cleaner and cheaper, proving that we don't have to choose between our environment and our economy. And by the way, it was public research dollars, over the course of thirty years, that helped develop the technologies to extract all this natural gas out of shale rock - reminding us that Government support is critical in helping businesses get new energy ideas off the ground.
 
     What's true for natural gas is true for clean energy. In three years, our partnership with the private sector has already positioned America to be the world's leading manufacturer of high-tech batteries. Because of federal investments, renewable energy use has nearly doubled. And thousands of Americans have jobs because of it.
 
     When Bryan Ritterby was laid off from his job making furniture, he said he worried that at 55, no one would give him a second chance. But he found work at Energetx, a wind turbine manufacturer in Michigan. Before the recession, the factory only made luxury yachts. Today, it's hiring workers like Bryan, who said, "I'm proud to be working in the industry of the future."
 
     Our experience with shale gas shows us that the payoffs on these public investments don't always come right away. Some technologies don't pan out; some companies fail. But I will not walk away from the promise of clean energy. I will not walk away from workers like Bryan. I will not cede the wind or solar or battery industry to China or Germany because we refuse to make the same commitment here. We have subsidized oil companies for a century. That's long enough. It's time to end the taxpayer giveaways to an industry that's rarely been more profitable, and double-down on a clean energy industry that's never been more promising. Pass clean energy tax credits and create these jobs.
 
     We can also spur energy innovation with new incentives. The differences in this chamber may be too deep right now to pass a comprehensive plan to fight climate change. But there's no reason why Congress shouldn't at least set a clean energy standard that creates a market for innovation. So far, you haven't acted. Well tonight, I will. I'm directing my Administration to allow the development of clean energy on enough public land to power three million homes. And I'm proud to announce that the Department of Defense, the world's largest consumer of energy, will make one of the largest commitments to clean energy in history - with the Navy purchasing enough capacity to power a quarter of a million homes a year.
 
     Of course, the easiest way to save money is to waste less energy. So here's another proposal: Help manufacturers eliminate energy waste in their factories and give businesses incentives to upgrade their buildings. Their energy bills will be $100 billion lower over the next decade, and America will have less pollution, more manufacturing, and more jobs for construction workers who need them. Send me a bill that creates these jobs.
 
     Building this new energy future should be just one part of a broader agenda to repair America's infrastructure. So much of America needs to be rebuilt. We've got crumbling roads and bridges. A power grid that wastes too much energy. An incomplete high-speed broadband network that prevents a small business owner in rural America from selling her products all over the world.

     During the Great Depression, America built the Hoover Dam and the Golden Gate Bridge. After World War II, we connected our States with a system of highways. Democratic and Republican administrations invested in great projects that benefited everybody, from the workers who  built them to the businesses that still use them today.
 
     In the next few weeks, I will sign an Executive Order clearing away the red tape that slows down too many construction projects. But you need to fund these projects. Take the money we're no longer spending at war, use half of it to pay down our debt, and use the rest to do some nation-building right here at home.
 
     There's never been a better time to build, especially since the construction industry was one of the hardest-hit when the housing bubble burst. Of course, construction workers weren't the only ones hurt. So were millions of innocent Americans who've seen their home values  decline. And while Government can't fix the problem on its own, responsible homeowners shouldn't have to sit and wait for the housing market to hit bottom to get some relief.
 
     That's why I'm sending this Congress a plan that gives every responsible homeowner the chance to save about $3,000 a year on their mortgage, by refinancing at historically low interest rates. No more red tape. No more runaround from the banks. A small fee on the largest financial institutions will ensure that it won't add to the deficit, and will give banks that were rescued by taxpayers a chance to repay a deficit of trust.
 
     Let's never forget: Millions of Americans who work hard and play by the rules every day deserve a Government and a financial system that do the same. It's time to apply the same rules from top to bottom: No bailouts, no handouts, and no copouts. An America built to last insists on responsibility from everybody.
 
     We've all paid the price for lenders who sold mortgages to people who couldn't afford them, and buyers who knew they couldn't afford them. That's why we need smart regulations to prevent irresponsible behavior. Rules to prevent financial fraud, or toxic dumping, or faulty medical devices, don't destroy the free market. They make the free market work better.
 
     There is no question that some regulations are outdated, unnecessary, or too costly. In fact, I've approved fewer regulations in the first three years of my presidency than my Republican predecessor did in his. I've ordered every federal agency to eliminate rules that don't make sense. We've already announced over 500 reforms, and just a fraction of them will save business and citizens more than $10 billion over the next five years. We got rid of one rule from 40 years ago that could have forced some dairy farmers to spend $10,000 a year proving that they could contain a spill - because milk was somehow classified as an oil. With a rule like that, I guess it was worth crying over spilled milk.

     I'm confident a farmer can contain a milk spill without a federal agency looking over his shoulder. But I will not back down from making sure an oil company can contain the kind of oil spill we saw in the Gulf two years ago. I will not back down from protecting our kids from mercury pollution, or making sure that our food is safe and our water is clean. I will not go back to the days when health insurance companies had unchecked power to cancel your policy, deny you coverage, or charge women differently from men.
 
     And I will not go back to the days when Wall Street was allowed to play by its own set of rules. The new rules we passed restore what should be any financial system's core purpose: Getting funding to entrepreneurs with the best ideas, and getting loans to responsible families who want to buy a home, start a business, or send a kid to college.
 
     So if you're a big bank or financial institution, you are no longer allowed to make risky bets with your customers' deposits. You're required to write out a "living will" that details exactly how you'll pay the bills if you fail - because the rest of us aren't bailing you out ever again. And if you're a mortgage lender or a payday lender or a credit card company, the days of signing people up for products they can't afford with confusing forms and deceptive practices are over. Today, American consumers finally have a watchdog in Richard Cordray with one job: To look out for them.
 
     We will also establish a Financial Crimes Unit of highly trained investigators to crack down on large-scale fraud and protect people's investments. Some financial firms violate major anti-fraud laws because there's no real penalty for being a repeat offender. That's bad for consumers, and it's bad for the vast majority of bankers and financial service professionals who do the right thing. So pass legislation that makes the penalties for fraud count.
 
     And tonight, I am asking my Attorney General to create a special unit of federal prosecutors and leading state attorneys general to expand our investigations into the abusive lending and packaging of risky mortgages that led to the housing crisis. This new unit will hold accountable those who broke the law, speed assistance to homeowners, and help turn the page on an era of recklessness that hurt so many Americans.
 
     A return to the American values of fair play and shared responsibility will help us protect our people and our economy. But it should also guide us as we look to pay down our debt and invest in our future.
 
     Right now, our most immediate priority is stopping a tax hike on 160 million working Americans while the recovery is still fragile. People cannot afford losing $40 out of each paycheck this year. There are plenty of ways to get this done. So let's agree right here, right now: No side issues. No drama. Pass the payroll tax cut without delay.
 
     When it comes to the deficit, we've already agreed to more than $2 trillion in cuts and savings. But we need to do more, and that means making choices. Right now, we're poised to spend nearly $1 trillion more on what was supposed to be a temporary tax break for the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans. Right now, because of loopholes and shelters in the tax code, a quarter of all millionaires pay lower tax rates than millions of middle-class households. Right now, Warren Buffett pays a lower tax rate than his secretary.
 
     Do we want to keep these tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans? Or do we want to keep our investments in everything else - like education and medical research; a strong military and care for our veterans? Because if we're serious about paying down our debt, we can't do both. 

     The American people know what the right choice is. So do I. As I told the Speaker this summer, I'm prepared to make more reforms that rein in the long term costs of Medicare and Medicaid, and strengthen Social Security, so long as those programs remain a guarantee of security for seniors.
 
     But in return, we need to change our tax code so that people like me, and an awful lot of Members of Congress, pay our fair share of taxes. Tax reform should follow the Buffett rule: If you make more than $1 million a year, you should not pay less than 30 percent in taxes. And my Republican friend Tom Coburn is right: Washington should stop subsidizing millionaires. In fact, if you're earning a million dollars a year, you shouldn't get special tax subsidies or deductions. On the other hand, if you make under $250,000 a year, like 98 percent of American families, your taxes shouldn't go up. You're the ones struggling with rising costs and stagnant wages. You're the ones who need relief.
 
     Now, you can call this class warfare all you want. But asking a billionaire to pay at least as much as his secretary in taxes? Most Americans would call that common sense.
 
     We don't begrudge financial success in this country. We admire it. When Americans talk about folks like me paying my fair share of taxes, it's not because they envy the rich. It's because they understand that when I get tax breaks I don't need and the country can't afford, it either  dds to the deficit, or somebody else has to make up the difference - like a senior on a fixed income; or a student trying to get through school; or a family trying to make ends meet. That's not right. Americans know it's not right. They know that this generation's success is only possible because past generations felt a responsibility to each other, and to their country's future, and they know our way of life will only endure if we feel that same sense of shared responsibility.  That's how we'll reduce our deficit. That's an America built to last.
 
     I recognize that people watching tonight have differing views about taxes and debt; energy and health care. But no matter what party they belong to, I bet most Americans are thinking the same thing right now: Nothing will get done this year, or next year, or maybe even the year after that, because Washington is broken.
 
     Can you blame them for feeling a little cynical?
 
     The greatest blow to confidence in our economy last year didn't come from events beyond our control. It came from a debate in Washington over whether the United States would pay its bills or not. Who benefited from that fiasco?
 
     I've talked tonight about the deficit of trust between Main Street and Wall Street. But the divide between this city and the rest of the country is at least as bad - and it seems to get worse every year.
 
     Some of this has to do with the corrosive influence of money in politics. So together, let's take some steps to fix that. Send me a bill that bans insider trading by Members of Congress, and I will sign it tomorrow. Let's limit any elected official from owning stocks in industries they impact. Let's make sure people who bundle campaign contributions for Congress can't lobby Congress, and vice versa - an idea that has bipartisan support, at least outside of Washington.
 
     Some of what's broken has to do with the way Congress does its business these days. A simple majority is no longer enough to get anything - even routine business - passed through the Senate. Neither party has been blameless in these tactics. Now both parties should put an end to it. For starters, I ask the Senate to pass a rule that all judicial and public service nominations receive a simple up or down vote within 90 days.
 
     The executive branch also needs to change. Too often, it's inefficient, outdated and remote. That's why I've asked this Congress to grant me the authority to consolidate the federal bureaucracy so that our Government is leaner, quicker, and more responsive to the needs of the American people.
 
     Finally, none of these reforms can happen unless we also lower the temperature in this town. We need to end the notion that the two parties must be locked in a perpetual campaign of mutual destruction; that politics is about clinging to rigid ideologies instead of building consensus around common sense ideas.
 
     I'm a Democrat. But I believe what Republican Abraham Lincoln believed: That Government should do for people only what they cannot do better by themselves, and no more. That's why my education reform offers more competition, and more control for schools and States. That's why we're getting rid of regulations that don't work. That's why our health care law relies on a reformed private market, not a Government program.
 
     On the other hand, even my Republican friends who complain the most about Government spending have supported federally-financed roads, and clean energy projects, and federal offices for the folks back home.
 
     The point is, we should all want a smarter, more effective Government. And while we may not be able to bridge our biggest philosophical differences this year, we can make real progress. With or without this Congress, I will keep taking actions that help the economy grow. But I can do a whole lot more with your help. Because when we act together, there is nothing the United States of America can't achieve.
 
     That is the lesson we've learned from our actions abroad over the last few years.
 
     Ending the Iraq war has allowed us to strike decisive blows against our enemies. From Pakistan to Yemen, the al Qaeda operatives who remain are scrambling, knowing that they can't escape the reach of the United States of America.

     From this position of strength, we've begun to wind down the war in Afghanistan. Ten thousand of our troops have come home. Twenty- three thousand more will leave by the end of this summer. This transition to Afghan lead will continue, and we will build an enduring partnership with Afghanistan, so that it is never again a source of attacks against America.
 
     As the tide of war recedes, a wave of change has washed across the Middle East and North Africa, from Tunis to Cairo; from Sana'a to Tripoli. A year ago, Qadhafi was one of the world's longest-serving dictators - a murderer with American blood on his hands. Today, he is gone. And in Syria, I have no doubt that the Assad regime will soon discover that the forces of change can't be reversed, and that human dignity can't be denied.
 
     How this incredible transformation will end remains uncertain. But we have a huge stake in the outcome. And while it is ultimately up to the people of the region to decide their fate, we will advocate for those values that have served our own country so well. We will stand against violence and intimidation. We will stand for the rights and dignity of all human beings - men and women; Christians, Muslims, and Jews. We will support policies that lead to strong and stable democracies and open markets, because tyranny is no match for liberty.
 
     And we will safeguard America's own security against those who threaten our citizens, our friends, and our interests. Look at Iran. Through the power of our diplomacy, a world that was once divided about how to deal with Iran's nuclear program now stands as one. The regime is more isolated than ever before; its leaders are faced with crippling sanctions, and as long as they shirk their responsibilities, this pressure will not relent. Let there be no doubt: America is determined to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, and I will take no options off the table to achieve that goal. But a peaceful resolution of this issue is still possible, and far better, and if Iran changes course and meets its obligations, it can rejoin the community of nations.
 
     The renewal of American leadership can be felt across the globe. Our oldest alliances in Europe and Asia are stronger than ever. Our ties to the Americas are deeper. Our iron-clad commitment to Israel's security has meant the closest military cooperation between our two countries in history. We've made it clear that America is a Pacific power, and a new beginning in Burma has lit a new hope. From the coalitions we've built to secure nuclear materials, to the missions we've led against hunger and disease; from the blows we've dealt to our enemies; to the enduring power of our moral example, America is back.
 
     Anyone who tells you otherwise, anyone who tells you that America is in decline or that our influence has waned, doesn't know what they're talking about. That's not the message we get from leaders around the world, all of whom are eager to work with us. That's not how people feel from Tokyo to Berlin; from Cape Town to Rio; where opinions of America  are higher than they've been in years. Yes, the world is changing; no, we can't control every event. But America remains the one indispensable nation in world affairs - and as long as I'm President, I intend to keep it that way.
 
     That's why, working with our military leaders, I have proposed a new defense strategy that ensures we maintain the finest military in the world, while saving nearly half a trillion dollars in our budget. To stay one step ahead of our adversaries, I have already sent this Congress legislation that will secure our country from the growing danger of cyber-threats.
 
     Above all, our freedom endures because of the men and women in uniform who defend it. As they come home, we must serve them as well as they served us. That includes giving them the care and benefits they have earned - which is why we've increased annual VA spending every year I've been President. And it means enlisting our veterans in the work of rebuilding our Nation.
 
     With the bipartisan support of this Congress, we are providing new tax credits to companies that hire vets. Michelle and Jill Biden have worked with American businesses to secure a pledge of 135,000 jobs for veterans and their families. And tonight, I'm proposing a Veterans Job Corps that will help our communities hire veterans as cops and firefighters, so that America is as strong as those who defend her.
 
     Which brings me back to where I began. Those of us who've been sent here to serve can learn from the service of our troops. When you put on that uniform, it doesn't matter if you're black or white; Asian or Latino; conservative or liberal; rich or poor; gay or straight. When you're marching into battle, you look out for the person next to you, or the mission fails. When you're in the thick of the fight, you rise or fall as one unit, serving one Nation, leaving no one behind.
 
     One of my proudest possessions is the flag that the SEAL Team took with them on the mission to get bin Laden. On it are each of their names. Some may be Democrats. Some may be Republicans. But that doesn't matter. Just like it didn't matter that day in the Situation Room, when I sat next to Bob Gates - a man who was George Bush's defense secretary; and Hillary Clinton, a woman who ran against me for president.

 

All that mattered that day was the mission. No one thought about politics. No one thought about themselves. One of the young men involved in the raid later told me that he didn't deserve credit for the mission. It only succeeded, he said, because every single member of that unit did their job - the pilot who landed the helicopter that spun out of control; the translator who kept others from entering the compound; the troops who separated the women and children from the fight; the SEALs who charged up the stairs. More than that, the mission only succeeded because every member of that unit trusted each other - because you can't charge up those stairs, into darkness and danger, unless you know that there's someone behind you, watching your back. 

     So it is with America. Each time I look at that flag, I'm reminded that our destiny is stitched together like those fifty stars and those thirteen stripes. No one built this country on their own. This Nation is great because we built it together. This Nation is great because we worked as a team. This Nation is great because we get each other's backs. And if we hold fast to that truth, in this moment of trial, there is no challenge too great; no mission too hard. As long as we're joined in common purpose, as long as we maintain our common resolve, our journey moves forward, our future is hopeful, and the state of our Union will always be strong.
 
     Thank you, God bless you, and may God bless the United States of America.
 
   

 


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Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:37 | Link to Comment Pemaquid
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Exactly!

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:32 | Link to Comment Theos
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So much intervention. Why do they all think they can play god?

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:49 | Link to Comment DaveyJones
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they only play one on TV

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:33 | Link to Comment Seasmoke
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All 57 ???

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:34 | Link to Comment skepticCarl
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Joe the (Republican) Plumber has been replaced by Jackie the (Democrat) laser factory worker.  Now, that's real change.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:32 | Link to Comment non_anon
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dazzle them with bull

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:35 | Link to Comment haskelslocal
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They've just monetized education. Force Every kid to stay in school? So they then have to go to college? They've lost their minds...

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:56 | Link to Comment francis_sawyer
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I kno right?

What's the alternative? A FEMA camp?

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:24 | Link to Comment francis_sawyer
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Fucking Master Lock bringing jobs back to America...

Let me guess... they got the government contract to lock the gates & cells at FEMA camps...

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:23 | Link to Comment CaptainObvious
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Don't forget the shackles and leg irons...they need to make sure we stay for the waterboarding.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:35 | Link to Comment stant
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rak rak im not pissing down you back rak rak its raining rak rak the anal probing will continue rak rak until moral improves rak rak

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:38 | Link to Comment Village Idiot
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My wife says "He just needs more time."  My mistress says the same thing.  I feel dirty.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:39 | Link to Comment metastar
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Yes you are dirty. You have what it takes to be POTUS

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:18 | Link to Comment Blano
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+1 for having both.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 08:01 | Link to Comment azzhatter
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Newt? Is that you

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:37 | Link to Comment Cdad
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We also know that when students aren't allowed to walk away from their education, more of them walk the stage to get their diploma.

WTF?  Seriously?  Who wrote this?

Yeah, if you point a gun at them and make them go to school, they get a diploma.  Yeah...I see...my thinking about President Zero has become very uptight, man.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:40 | Link to Comment Cdad
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That means women should earn equal pay for equal work.

Does that mean that women should share equally in pink slips, too?

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:46 | Link to Comment Cdad
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I will sign an Executive Order clearing away the red tape that slows down too many
construction projects. But you need to fund these projects.

You just gotta love those executive orders.

And...ummm....President Zero....uuh...I'm broke.  And you are, too.


Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:09 | Link to Comment Cdad
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With or without this Congress..."

Ummm....I'm not sure, but I think the Constitution is pretty clear that you will work WITH the Congress.  Man, he is just telling it like it truly is in his mind, that President Zero.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:47 | Link to Comment infinity8
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That's exactly what that would mean. They get fewer pink slips cause they get paid less - get it?

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:11 | Link to Comment Cdad
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Indeed, as pay for women is linked to jobs for women, so too is a lack of jobs for teenagers [50% unemployment] is linked to DCs minimum wage policies.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 01:43 | Link to Comment steveo
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Yes, and death, and stress, and cancer due to workplace chemical agents, all those things that men "enjoy"

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:57 | Link to Comment metastar
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How about supporting jobs by getting the f*ck out of the way.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:41 | Link to Comment metastar
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The pres has NATURAL GAS!!!! LOL!!!

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:41 | Link to Comment billybobtx
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POOPING THE MONEY OUT BABY!!! EASE ME BERNENKE EASE MEEEEEEEE

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:43 | Link to Comment ebworthen
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Solar energy!

The light!  It burns my eyes!

Solyndra!  Solyndra!

(What?)

Natural Gas!  Natural Gas!

(no shortage of that in Washington)

 Bring out your dead!  Bring out your dead!

(the shit is getting DEEP)

Clean energy!  Clean energy!

(Soylent Green!  Soylent Green!)

Clap, clap, clap.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:52 | Link to Comment DaveyJones
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any Python reference is appropriate at this stage in our nation

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:41 | Link to Comment DrunkenPleb
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We gather tonight knowing that this generation of heroes has made the United States safer and more respected around the world

Lolz up the walls.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:41 | Link to Comment Ned Zeppelin
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What a pack of propaganda and outright lies. 

And for those criticizing Obama and worshiping at the phucked up Mittginrich altar, are you kidding me?  Rethuglicans/Demoncrats  = no difference.  None. 

 

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:41 | Link to Comment fonzannoon
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He is going to get another four years. Then when Ron Paul is in a wheelchair with demensia they are going to hand him the keys and run.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:26 | Link to Comment optimator
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And after that, Hillary, his VP, will be bring the silverware and furniture back for four more years!

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:42 | Link to Comment rosiescenario
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After listening to 15 minutes of this shit, I am even more fully convinced we are truly phucked....and then I think of the alternatives the Republicats are trotting out....well, perhaps phucked is not descriptive enough.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:43 | Link to Comment bingo was his name
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Lots of pass a bill and I'll sign it -but I don't see him making doing much past this to make any of these ideas even get put on paper let alone in bill form that can be voted on.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:49 | Link to Comment ebworthen
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Paper and promises.

Paper mache promises; pinatas filled with sugar coated euphamisms for those starving for truth.

Lies!:  dreams of the deluded, fantasies of the fellacious, hollow euphamisms in the place of truth.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:42 | Link to Comment bingo was his name
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Lots of pass a bill and I'll sign it -but I don't see him making doing much past this to make any of these ideas even get put on paper let alone in bill form that can be voted on.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:44 | Link to Comment alphabrew
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IF the auto industry was so easily saved by government imbeciles, why does he think the market would not have done a better job?  THe only thing this dipshit did was make sure the morons who ran the American auto industry into the ground are still in charge.  

Remember Solyndra, bitchez.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:44 | Link to Comment oogs66
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has he declared war on china yet?

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:46 | Link to Comment metastar
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No, he and the congress have declared war on the American people.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:49 | Link to Comment A Lunatic
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Well, not unless you think printing a few trillion more Benny Bucks to finance all of this pie in the sky bullshit will be viewed with hostirity on their part.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:43 | Link to Comment ss123
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"Clean Energy"

Ain't no such thing. He needs a thermodynamics class.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:49 | Link to Comment sabra1
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it's when you have a huge wet fart, but there's nothing to wipe!

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:50 | Link to Comment Zero Govt
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Politicians don't do science ...or maths.. or economics ...or anything very well

most usless bunch of parasites in human history 

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:53 | Link to Comment TwelfthVulture
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One useless man is a shame.

Two useless men together is a law firm.

Three or more useless men together makes a parliament.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:17 | Link to Comment xela2200
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A class in economics too.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:45 | Link to Comment Mr Lennon Hendrix
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I don't see, "Bla bla, uh, bla."

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:47 | Link to Comment NOTW777
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oh, did he say another dictator decree is coming

just order it - right

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:48 | Link to Comment willien1derland
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Ummm Department of Defense will develop CLEAN ENERGY?! I guess the Department of ENERGY just got SOLYNDRA'D - Panetta 1 - Chu 0

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:48 | Link to Comment Zero Govt
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Oh God, Bumma wants the US Navy to be run on green energy

he should take a look at bankrupt Spain to see where that gets you

..at least the world will be safer, the US Navy will be stuck in home port running their solar panels flat-out just cooking  

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:47 | Link to Comment billybobtx
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OHHH YEAH A NICE GREASY MONEY POOOOP!!!!!!!!!!!

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:49 | Link to Comment NOTW777
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LOL timmy is looking very confused and or sick

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:49 | Link to Comment bingo was his name
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I though he was about to puck he was talking about a mass refi for home owners - his face said that he was quite sure what plan/bill they were going to send over

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:24 | Link to Comment Hi Ho Silver
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Hilarious. Funniest SOTU ever. Almost enough to keep me from swearing at the TV.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:49 | Link to Comment metastar
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How about the government repaying its deficit of trust!

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:49 | Link to Comment RobotTrader
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Why is Obama talking "depression" when COH, AAPL, SPG, etc. are hitting world record highs?

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:03 | Link to Comment francis_sawyer
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Maybe he's Chinese & works for Foxconn...

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:07 | Link to Comment t0mmyBerg
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look at the Contributor post submitted by Ilene today that is really Lee Adler of the Washington Examiner.  Here is the link: http://www.zerohedge.com/contributed/liquidity-bullish-all.  In it you will find the graph that explains it all.  Equitites are nothing more thean a derivative of the size of the balance sheets of the Fed and now the ECB.  It is uncanny and literally all you need to know.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:17 | Link to Comment TuesdayBen
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Cuz his approval rating is around 40 and then there's the wife

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:28 | Link to Comment CaptainObvious
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I do so look forward to your posts Robot.  Not for their content, but just because that's a nice rack in your photo.  It almost, but not quite, redeems your utter cluelessness.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 04:49 | Link to Comment cranky-old-geezer
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Only a clueless moron would ask a question like that.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:49 | Link to Comment lizzy36
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Yanks getting a Mortgage Crisis Unit, Trade Enforcement Unit, & Stay in School Unit. Size of US government trajectory not getting smaller

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:11 | Link to Comment TwelfthVulture
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Welcome aboard the USS Costa Concordia.  Please proceed to your staterooms.  Mandatory, er, belay that last, VOLUNTARY evacuation procedures will be held at 2130 on the Poop Deck.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:49 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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 Public Natural gas/ cloud word? WTF?  Has this a-hole read a chart ever? Perhaps his STD chart.   God luck enforcing that 18 graduation Otool. FEMA Camps? 

 

   WHAT a FUCKING TOOL!

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:49 | Link to Comment ss123
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And there it is... blamed Bush.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:55 | Link to Comment Mr Lennon Hendrix
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He looks like he just got done with a rail.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:50 | Link to Comment RobotTrader
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My prediction tomorrow:  Goldbugz throw in the towel on GDX and start chasing tech and retail stocks.

LOL.....

http://www.wallstreetbear.com/board/view.php?topic=93646&post=339629

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:51 | Link to Comment ebworthen
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Rules?  Regulations?  Laws?

What the fuck are you talking about?

You haven't enforced the ones that were on the books since 1932!!!

Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, Congress?  Does "Jon Corzine" ring a bell?

Mozillo?

Paulson?

Dimon?

Thain?

Blankfein?

HELLO!?!?!?

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:10 | Link to Comment Problem Is
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I'll get Eric "Empty Suit" Holder right on that...

The minute he shows up for his first day on the job...

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:54 | Link to Comment Mr Lennon Hendrix
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"We're not going to bail you (the TBTFs) out ever again."

Somewhere Bernanke is blushing.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:53 | Link to Comment JustPrintMoreDuh
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NWO4EVR Bitchez!

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:55 | Link to Comment ebworthen
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OMFG, what a bunch of hollow talk.

What a bunch of empty promises.

"New Unit" for financial crimes?

Hello?

SEC?

FBI?

DOJ?

CIA?

State Police?

Local Police?

U.S. Military?

Rule of Law?

Hello?

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:21 | Link to Comment TuesdayBen
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What, FinCEN ain't getting the job done?

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 02:17 | Link to Comment 847328_3527
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Corzine will head up the Financial Crimes Unti did I hear him say?

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:54 | Link to Comment Questan1913
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Last watched a SOTU decades ago.  Was in a car listening to radio when one of GWB's came on.  The first three sentences were three of the most outrageous lies I had ever heard, followed by a stream of perfect inversions of the truth until I hit the off switch.  I figure that anyone that can watch one of these without blinking an eye and then go on about their business as if nothing at all had happened is very bad off. 

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 01:40 | Link to Comment RockyRacoon
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I've read this far in a near stupor.   The koolaid is really flowing.  

Just what the HELL did anyone expect to hear?   The truth or something?   People act surprised and outraged.   It's the last year of a 4 year term, elections coming up.   Your point about GWB's speeches is well made.  And all the other Presidential addresses before...

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:56 | Link to Comment RobotTrader
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52-week highs on NYSE Summation Index, new highs for the move on Advance/Decline line.

 

Why does Obama sound so glum?

http://stockcharts.com/freecharts/McSumNYSE.html

http://stockcharts.com/h-sc/ui?s=$NYUD&p=D&yr=0&mn=8&dy=0&id=p70273094322&a=122406050

We don't need QE.  The economy is booming.  We need higher interest rates to slow down the greatest consumer spending frenzy of all time.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:59 | Link to Comment Zero Govt
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Earth to Robbo, come in Robbo

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:02 | Link to Comment ebworthen
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Correction:  Greatest debt bubble of all time.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 03:11 | Link to Comment jomama
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thanks, i needed that!

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:56 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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 16.2 T and counting next week. P.S. every "10" dollars$ crude rises equals 30m ( .20% of GDP).  Based on 15.3T.

  Every 42 gal. barrel yields 6 gallons of gasoline.

 

    Keystone asshat! All I see Is a guy trying to pre-crime everyone.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:54 | Link to Comment karzai_luver
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Buy it now, Keystone in 2013-14 lock city proles.

get wid the prg.

 

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:56 | Link to Comment metastar
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This speech must be one of the bigest jokes going. He talks about corruption. LOOK AROUND THE ROOM!!! He talks about not bailing out banks again. BULLSHIT! Its happening now. He talks about loopholes, but nothing is done, nor will it. The buffet will continue to pay lower taxes than the average American. These people are criminals.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:58 | Link to Comment Zero Govt
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the US President has a peanut brain pickled in Marxism which runs on 100% crap

he has achieved nothing/zilch/zero/zippo for the biggest socialist-fascist spending orgy in human history

Shut these Suckers Up: Stop Paying Your Taxes

Zero Tax = Zero Govt

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:15 | Link to Comment trentusa
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Dude have u been not paying any attention at all? The USA is the world reserve currency which means we can print endless money ad nauseum and taxpayer funding is no longer necessary.

    If no American paid any taxes for all of 2012 all federal programs (xcept SS, natch) woudl still get somehow magically funded. The power of Congress to control the purse strings by appropriating taxpayer taxes has been made obsolete by printing treasury bonds and selling them to china. Duh.

 

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:57 | Link to Comment Mr Lennon Hendrix
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"The American people know what the right choice is."

But they don't know what those bundle of sticks on each side of Obama are.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:52 | Link to Comment Problem Is
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What are "Fasci" Alex?

Alex: "Correct for $800. You have the board."

"I'll take "Incompetent World Leaders" for $1000...

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:54 | Link to Comment Mr Lennon Hendrix
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This incompetent world leader was not only a POTUS, but also a Supreme Court Chief Justice, a member of the secret society at Yale Scull and Bones, and also oversaw a mass genocide of the Philippines as its U.S. ambassador.

Fri, 01/27/2012 - 12:03 | Link to Comment Problem Is
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"Who is fat fucking William Taft?"

(Thank god I could google that one on my smart phone under the contestant podium... STFU contestant #2...)

Alex: "Well done, sir."

Fri, 01/27/2012 - 12:14 | Link to Comment Problem Is
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Hey History Professor Lennon Hendrix...

"Taft attended Woodward High School in Cincinnati, and laid the cornerstone of the new Woodward High School,"

Was fat fucking Bill also a Widow's Son by any chance?

Fri, 01/27/2012 - 23:20 | Link to Comment i-dog
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He didn't need to be ... he had a pre-printed entry ticket to the Boners, and any other position his baby heart desired, through being the annointed son of one of the S&B founders.

[His father, an Attorney General and Secretary of War, did eventually die so, technically, "FFB" Taft became a widow's son at age 34].

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:58 | Link to Comment ebworthen
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"Warren Buffet's secretary"

Sitting there with a blank embarassed stare.

Yeah?

And?

Warren fucking Buffet?

What?

Congress?

Politicians?

Taxes?

Tax reform?

C'mon.

Pass 50% for millionaires and they will hire the accountants and lawyers and bribe the people necessary to pay next to nothing.

Who the fuck do you think you are kidding?

OMFG!

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:01 | Link to Comment metastar
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EBWorthen, These people are professionals. They are skilled at their trade. They lie, cheat, and steal and the public loves it!!!

OMFG is right!

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:21 | Link to Comment TwelfthVulture
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Any Journos in the house?  Seriously.  You want to shut Buffett the fuck up.  Here's the interview:

Reporter: So, Mr. Buffett, can I call you Warren?  Great.  So, you think that it's unfair that people like you and say, Mr. Romney pay 15% on their income as opposed to your secretary who pays a higher rate?

Buffett:  That's right, John.  We need fairness to our tax code.  I, as a billionaire should not pay a 15% rate on my income while my secretary pays a 33% rate.  I call on Congress to pass a fairer tax code.  Take the Buffett challenge.

Reporter: So, you believe that 15% on income is too low.

Buffettt: Absolutely, John.

Reporter: Well, Warren, would it be fair to say that you would support a slightly higher rate on millionaires and billionaires.

Buffett: Yes, wholeheartedly.

Reporter: So, let's say Congress imposed a 20% tax rate on the NET WORTH of millionaires and billionaires.  Do you think that would be fair?

I guarantee, you would see a 30 to 120 second pause.  Then, the motherfucker would pull the mike, end the interview, and walk right off the motherfucking stage.

I guarantee it.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:57 | Link to Comment Pancho Villa
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"Lies you can believe in."

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:59 | Link to Comment gravedestruction
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They should have a translucent version of the text of his speech scrolling up on the screen exactly the way he is reading the teleprompter. I think I might watch that with the mute turned on.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:59 | Link to Comment Fred123
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Typical lowlife lying marxist POS. Looks like I'm now on the DHS list for re-education camp if Commander Zero gets a second term.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:01 | Link to Comment chump666
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he is boring

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:08 | Link to Comment metastar
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Where is Obama Girl?

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:00 | Link to Comment El Gordo
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Wow, he promised nothing would get done in Washington for the next few years.  That's great news for a change.  A do nothing government is a good government.  Ride on do nothing government.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:27 | Link to Comment TuesdayBen
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I am with you on that bro

Wed, 02/15/2012 - 12:45 | Link to Comment Problem Is
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+1...

Burgers on lay-away freaks...

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:04 | Link to Comment SilverArrow
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Recipe for truely understanding the meaning of Obama's speeches:

Take his words, and replace them with the opposite.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:19 | Link to Comment ebworthen
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Oh look!

It's the SUPINE COURT!

"We grant all rights to the corporations and government and rescind the rights of the individual to property and electing their representatives.  Oh, and we support that Constitution thing."

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:04 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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 Some one "put" a stick up this guys ass, and send him to " Comedy Central"!

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:08 | Link to Comment metastar
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Drilling and fracking for nat gas.

I like it.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:04 | Link to Comment A Lunatic
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Shit man, life in a FEMA camp looks better every day.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:06 | Link to Comment El Gordo
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Help, some black guy has taken over all the TV chanels and is droning on and on about nothing.  Is this the end?

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:06 | Link to Comment Fix It Again Timmy
Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:10 | Link to Comment digalert
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Barama:

Let me make this clear...I only got here last week...so none of this is my problem. However, for 2012 I offer the folks HOPE n CHANGE

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:11 | Link to Comment t0mmyBerg
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I came in here to read comments and almost puked because the fing video of his royal asshatness started automagically.  Its weird but if I hear his voice for even moments, bile rises into my throat and reverse parastalsis starts.  Had to hit pause damn quick.  Same thing happens on TV so I have to keep the remote close at all times.  Bloomberg will put the worthless twit on and the next thing I know I am watching Ancient Aliens on History International for an hour while I recover.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:44 | Link to Comment Problem Is
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"his royal asshatness"

+5...

Obama Bin Lyin'... A douche's douche...

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:11 | Link to Comment Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Funny how the SOTUS comes the day after the Chinese New Year....

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:11 | Link to Comment lynnybee
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i simply refuse to even watch this speech anymore.   i remember a time when i was younger, at least 30 years ago now, a time when i sat down with my husband & we made a special evening to give the President of the United States our full attention & to listen to his speech, a time when it was important that the country all be united in our support for a president's wisdom & concern for the American citizens.   

No more !   It's all lies, lies, scams, looting, outright theft & pilaging.    I  REFUSE  to listen to this man (as i did with Bush2  once i was educated on 9/11 ) .     This man is a laughing stock .

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:20 | Link to Comment A Lunatic
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!! Heavily redacted in order to avoid involuntary counseling by armed strangers dressed as ninjas at this late hour.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:56 | Link to Comment francis_sawyer
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He's not really the President... He just plays one on TV...

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:36 | Link to Comment SAT 800
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That's it. You got it, exactly.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:13 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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 CLoud woRD for the session.  "Government Motors/ sOLYNDra"   Chrysler? They are 140% of GDP! ITALIAN!

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:17 | Link to Comment ebworthen
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I may just be getting older but talking to a lot of regular people I know in person and in chat and email; the B.S. is wearing thin and many see through this charade.

"We've seen this movie before".

From both sides of the "aisle".

At some point, the manure begins to choke you and you must come up for air.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:18 | Link to Comment lynnybee
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here ........ listen to this instead / here's a real presidential speech for you :    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8y06NSBBRtY

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:18 | Link to Comment Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Obama is going to be telling stories about Osama to his grand kids:

"Me and Hillary, we flew that helicopter down on the compound, jumped out, and there was a hail of bullets!  Luckily Joe Biden has really good aim and shot down around 100 of Osama's henchmen.  So I runs around the building, lob a grenade over the wall, and Hillary runs up and she is like yelling something about her hair caught in her zipper.  I didn't know what she was saying, alls I know is, I gotta find that Osama!"

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:18 | Link to Comment dogismyth
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i would do a "line" with the POTUS as long as he was buying.  He's an interesting chap.  The kind you'd like to get butt-fucking drunk and record.  I bet he's got some stories to tell.  I wonder if his marriage was ever consummated?  Maybe Sinclair did it for him.

The whole thing is a joke, a facade.  Who really gives a shit?  (show of hands).  That's what I thought...everybody gives a shit as long as the only work they have to do is raise their hand.  I won't be happy until the poor are feeding on the rich.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:46 | Link to Comment Mr Lennon Hendrix
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You would get drunk, be having a time as he slapped all the waitresses asses, then he would slip a rufie in your drink, you would wake up, and your ass would hurt.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:19 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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 Blah, Blah ,Blah.  I'm starting to believe the " Rothschilds" , are day walkers, in Monkey suits!!!

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:19 | Link to Comment TK7936
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This is one of those scifi movies where aliens come to destroy america and the president pulls everyone together before he gets into a jet and flys away right ?

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:50 | Link to Comment TwelfthVulture
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I'm hoping he's the president in 2012 (the movie).

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 01:27 | Link to Comment Bear
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Mr. Vulture ... are you related to the TwelfthImam?

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:21 | Link to Comment buckethead
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Un-farking-bearable.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:21 | Link to Comment pragmatic hobo
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can't believe he didn't mention AAPL even once.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:03 | Link to Comment Mactheknife
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And how can someone who just cancelled the Keystone pipeline dare to talk about jobs and energy?

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:22 | Link to Comment luna_man
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Now, after that speech, I have to admit, I've been wrong about your president...He really does have his finger on the pulse of the nation.

Almost, brought me to tears!...Totally, Full of CRAP!!

If, you didn't know it before, WE ARE DOOMED!! 

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:34 | Link to Comment CaptainObvious
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"He really does have his finger up the ass of the nation."

Fixed it for ya.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:23 | Link to Comment Catflappo
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"Tonight, I'm announcing the creation of a Trade Enforcement Unit that will be charged with investigating unfair trade practices in countries like China"

....  but I will continue to turn a blind eye to my own back yard.   Coming over for a cold one at my place this evening Jon ?

 

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:29 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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And his reference point was a 3 year old " Automobile Tire" issue? What a FUCKING MONKEY! I don't curse very often!!!

 

  Ref: China Dumping

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:25 | Link to Comment Fix It Again Timmy
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I didn't listen to this speech, I don't know about you, but I can no longer listen to one nanosecond about politics, Washington, Congress, the President, etc., etc.  It's all CRAP....

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:29 | Link to Comment earleflorida
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swallow hard, and take deep breaths

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:27 | Link to Comment earleflorida
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Worst president/dictator ever,... Period!!!

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:46 | Link to Comment TheMerryPrankster
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You have a flair for exageration. You must be American, you have no concept of history or context other than the current moment.

While I wouldn't vote for Obama, he hasn't yet burned down Washington D.C. as Nero once did and he's not even close to as insane as Caligua.

I would think Wilson was a much worse President since he signed the bill creating the FED, Obama has done what he was elected to do, enrich his corporate donors.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:30 | Link to Comment Fix It Again Timmy
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"Tonight, using the SEC as a model,  I'm announcing the creation of a Trade Enforcement Unit that will be charged with investigating unfair trade practices in countries like China"

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 03:14 | Link to Comment Dr.Vannostrand
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Sooooo, they are going to be into asian porn?

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:31 | Link to Comment marcusfenix
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you know who gives me the fuckin' creeps me every time I see her face? Hillary. there is just something downright unsetteling about that one. whenever I see her she's got this look on her face like she's thinking about the six pack of children she's going to eat when she get's home.  the TOTUS may be a soulless suit, but Hillary just oozes this psychopathic, evil,destroyer of worlds vibe.

I may despise the likes of Obama, Mittens and the man whore Newt, but Hillary, that bitch just scares me.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:37 | Link to Comment CaptainObvious
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I know what you mean.  With Obummer, you know someone's got a hand up his ass and is making him mouth the words.  Sock puppets aren't scary.  But Hillary?  She's carved out of wood, so she's a marionette, but I can't tell who or how many are pulling the strings.  I wonder when someone will turn her into a real boy.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 02:15 | Link to Comment Teamtc321
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I think she was present and smoked the post action Lewinske cigar and still has indigestion.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:31 | Link to Comment Downrange
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All the stuff he said he was going to change or get rid of is the crap the democrats have been shoving down our throats since LBJ . . . wtf

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:31 | Link to Comment stiler
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Great Dialectik. He talks out of both sides of the mouth.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:33 | Link to Comment MarcusLCrassus
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Hoorah!

 

OBAMA 2012

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:33 | Link to Comment hivekiller
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All you have to do with Obama and the other bullshitters is reverse everything they say and you will know exactly what they will do. Americans can't seem to wrap their heads around the idea of such blatent lying so they keep falling for the same old bullshit. Plus let's face it, they are too fat and lazy to do anything else.

 

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:34 | Link to Comment stant
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sotu =the anal probing will continue until moral improves, that is all

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:35 | Link to Comment TuesdayBen
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Kudos to you all with the fortitude to subject yourself to this fucking joker, soak it all in, and keep on keeping on. I could not hack it. No way

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:36 | Link to Comment Downrange
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Hey, lighten up on Hillary, she's thinkin' zero is a dork too

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