“It would be déjà vu, at this point, for Obama to use a high-profile speech to talk about jobs, the economy and the middle class — he’s been doing that for four years.
The big question is not whether Obama will mention his gun push but which part of it he will emphasize — and how much the issue will dominate the night.
So he has to find a way to do both: Make a robust case for limiting guns, overhauling immigration and protecting entitlement programs but without alienating the party that controls the House and the ability to filibuster in the Senate.
Finding that balance is nearly impossible.
The West Wing would no doubt prefer to use the speech to remind Republicans that elections have consequences — and, by the way, Obama won.
Got news for the left, BO has alienated a huge portion of the country already. Is it possible they haven’t noticed?
In the face of still unpleasant unemployment figures (7.9 percent) the president told House Democrats he would be focusing on creating jobs. In typical Keynesian fashion, his argument for protecting government spending (or “investment” as he’ll likely call it) will focus on creating or protecting jobs for middle class Americans.
The president’s Keynesian economic policies are really a cover for crony capitalism coming from the left rather than the right. The president will talk about eliminating tax policies and loopholes that benefit “the rich,” yet will push forward government loans or subsidies to the private sector in areas like green energy and high-speed rail, industries run by wealthy folks with a tendency to give significant donations to Democrats.
In fact, the Obama Administration’s regulatory pushes may make a bad situation worse.
If he’s truly committed to helping create jobs, the administration needs to stop trying to pick winners and losers and using competition from China (which is likely taking a financial beating in its own green energy efforts) as an excuse to line the pockets of his donors and union buddies with government money.
I’m not sure why they don’t just play show tunes for this SOTU. “I Dreamed A Dream” from Les Miserables would be the most likely tune to cover what’s happened to our country under the Progressive banner of lies and hubris. BO will drone on and on and, as always, the same talking points will be repeated in the same star struck media by the tingling talking heads to the low info voters. From Weasel Zippers
President Obama will have lunch Tuesday with several TV anchors and hosts, fulfilling a White House tradition held the afternoon before giving the State of the Union address.
The annual lunch, which is off-the-record, allows the president to frame his upcoming speech before influential figures in TV news, all of whom will be leading or part of their networks’ coverage later on. While Obama will personally give anchors a sense of what he’ll outline in the address at the 12:30 p.m. lunch, White House aides have already been speaking to reporters for days — typically not for attribution — about what to expect on Tuesday night.
The anchors of all three broadcast evening newscasts — NBC’s Brian Williams, ABC’s Diane Sawyer and CBS’s Scott Pelley — will be in attendance, The Huffington Post has confirmed. Some cable hosts will also be on hand, including MSNBC’s Chris Matthews. George Stephanopoulos, co-host of ABC’s “Good Morning America,” is attending, too.
Expect a lot of I, Me, Mine, but little in the way of solving any of the difficult issues facing us. And….btw did you know BO killed bin Laden? And…..he WON? I am sure we’ll hear about it tonight. What we won’t hear is any new ideas, he hasn’t any.
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