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January 28th, 2010
08:40 AM ET

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Did you hear what you wanted to hear from President Obama during his State of the Union speech?
Leave your comments here. We’ll air some of them between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. ET.


Filed under: Tony Harris
soundoff (157 Responses)
  1. David A Whitaker

    I was very satisfied with the State of the Union address, everyone want instant relief and it not going to happen.

    January 28, 2010 at 9:14 am |
  2. John Tyler Pennsylvania

    I heard everything I wanted to hear from the President and I'm pleased with his agenda. I just hope the Republicans work with him this year.

    January 28, 2010 at 9:34 am |
  3. Quentin Clarke

    I think it alot of the usual the republican will take control of the House and Congress they will clean are financial issues while Obama has no more control. What I find very funny is the fact that know that Democrats no longer have super majority in the senate! They want everybody to get along, before it was close door meeting while the administration was pulling all the strings. So I ask all of u liberals. Should we not be helping people get out from government oppression or should we allow the Democrats to feed and clothe everybody. I think if I were in that situation I would rather learn a trade and work for living. Just a thought.

    Now if Mr Obama would like to help the people, Help them get educated. But when u have an educated public it is difficult to control them. And this would destroy the democratic party. If they cannot control the public and business they would never get a vote. But lets keep on doing the old fashion way.

    I won’t reach across party Line

    Yes We Can

    I will force abortion on everybody.

    Yes we can

    I will control and bailout companies.

    Yes we can.

    I try to force a bad heath care plan

    Yes we can.

    I promise to oppress the lower class as low as I can

    Yes we can

    Yeahhhhhh

    January 28, 2010 at 9:41 am |
  4. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    In the past year ive heard alot of words from Obama with almost completly no results .

    January 28, 2010 at 9:57 am |
  5. Joe Lemermeier, Delaware, Ohio

    Yes I heard what I think was needed to be heard. I liked the speech President Obama made. However, watching the Republicans during the speech, I do not think they got the message. Congress needs to work as representatives of the people, All the people. I believe that after being elected to Congress the Party lines need to be diminished and all need to work for the good of the people. It seems to me that our Government spends more time Campaigning and playing politics than it does getting anything done, and when it does get something done the final bill has no teeth or is so watered down to please everybody that it may have not been worth the time. We need to get back to a government OF the People, FOR the People, BY the People. Not what we have now which is OF the Party, By the Lobbyists, FOR the good of "MY" (meaning the Congressional Member) Pocket. We also need to remember that this country was founded on and for religious freedom. That means all religions not just those that happen to follow Jesus, like the Indigenous Indians or Eastern beliefs ETC. We all need to follow our President, whom ever that happens to be at the time.

    January 28, 2010 at 10:00 am |
  6. Colleen

    I am a supporter of President Obama...but, I would like to see a simple common sense use for any further stimulus.

    How about stimulus money to the states on the condition the money is used for long term, sustainable jobs such as wind farms and solar panel manufacturing? The money would also be used for training currently unemployed and under employed citizens of their states.

    Solar panels could also use training for installation of the products. In addition, we need tax credits for individual purchase and installation of these products.

    Money could go to cities allowing individuals to install wind mills for their personal property.

    January 28, 2010 at 10:46 am |
  7. Josh McElhiney

    I believe Mr. Obama delivered a great State of the Union Speech last night. He was very well spoken, and stayed on message the entire time. I think this was one of the best SOTU speeches ever delivered – at least in my life time.

    I also agree with Joe, that I do not feel the Republican Party "got the message" which Mr. Obama was trying to convey. I think he made it quite clear that it is now time to set aside partisan politics once and for all, and time to begin working for the people whom they have been elected to represent.

    January 28, 2010 at 10:48 am |
  8. Dan Nelson Lafayette,IN

    I was on the computer when he came on so I did not hear much but it sounded like he wants to work with the republicans to get work done and he promoted his stimulus plan or recovery as now it is called. It sounds all good to help small business to create jobs and help big business to save jobs but I did not hear anything about the sick, poor and elderly who cannot work. What does he want to do weed us out and not use some of that 867 billion dollars to help the poor, sick and elderly? We who have worked when possible but now are on social security will not get anything from the recovery plan! I thought that he was a Christian man well Jesus went to the sick, poor and elderly who were left out of society and he brought them hope. Will Obama have the heart to do the same or will he help the rich to stay rich while the poor remain poor?

    January 28, 2010 at 10:53 am |
  9. Beatrice

    I was quite pleased with the speech of the President. He spoke the truth and made a lot of people uneasy. Those who oppose the health care bill have health care benefits; those who do not want gay people in the army have gay family members. It is the policy "I am not hungry; why should I worry about my neighbor's hunger problem."
    People are looking for miracles; Obama and its team members are not GOD. It requires both parties to make things move along. Republicans & some democrats look like two-year olds with temper tantrums. They only want to say No, No, No. If you ask them why, they cannot give you a logical answer as to why they oppose everything. Stop the childish behavior and grow up!

    January 28, 2010 at 11:08 am |
  10. HW

    Yes, it was a thoughtful and hopeful message.

    January 28, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  11. dannyryann

    President Obama proved last night that he is listening to both sides, and at the same time, both sides need to start listening.

    January 28, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  12. Leslie Neebling

    I applauded the President for speaking candidly and directly to Congress regarding how tiresome and defeating it is for us as Americans to see the visible divide between the parties. His comment that every day on the Hill is like an "election day", is completely accurate. The Republicans, as the party not in power, seem hell-bent on not allowing the Democrats and therefore Americans, any level of success. It makes us as Americans feel hopeless.

    January 28, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  13. Dan Perkins

    I voted for and volunteered for President Obama, but, I had hoped to hear some tougher talk with more concrete plans for jobs and the economy and a clear plan for fighting terrorism hear at home. I would give the State Of The Union speech a C+.

    January 28, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  14. LvDan

    America doesn't want tax credits or loan deferals (which someone else will take away next year), it wants jobs. Middle class people WANT to work and they need to feel that their job is secure, today, tomorrow and a year from now. Then and only then, can we plan for large purchases like homes and cars, etc.

    January 28, 2010 at 11:17 am |
  15. Willie Priester

    I think that President Obama is doing the best that he possibly can. I'm tired of people saying that he's not laying out a concrete plan. For God's sake... What can he say??? He can only put the building blocks in place, and its up to the states to follow through. What do you want to hear? That Obama is coming to your town, and he is going to personally monitor the building of 5 new factories? give me a break.

    I feel bad for this president because he's trying to do so much good for this country, but no matter what he does, you'll have these nutz out there screaming we want our country back... ha ha ha

    Whatever.

    January 28, 2010 at 11:17 am |
  16. fred davis exile az

    Over the past year, President Obama has tried to engage the republican party especially in health care. It was easy to see from their pouty faces and smirky smiles during the state of the union that they have no intention of cooperating. the conservatives , either pundits like limbaugh or members of congress have stated they want him to fail and are creating any obstacle they can. By the way, mccain said he was tired of bush bashing. Well, if we had deeply questioned bush policies we would not have the current scenario.BUSH and his bunch were given a paradise compared to Obama and managed to create a nightmare .

    January 28, 2010 at 11:17 am |
  17. hana

    i was at the gym when the president came on, so I only saw several clips of him speaking on CNN. I agree with the president and his plans... but it takes time to all the unpatient Americans out there for a change, and Obama can't do it all by himself, we as Americans have to come together as one. Obama is not going to make a miracle over night. Lets get realistic people.

    January 28, 2010 at 11:18 am |
  18. Kaye Rackley

    I think the President delivered a great speech and I heard what I wanted. Mainly asking the Republicans and Democrats to work together for the good of the American people. I guess that want happen because the Republicans seem to be working for their own power.

    January 28, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  19. James from Washington DC

    I did hear what I needed to. People that think that the President can wave a magic wand and make the painful issues that we are dealing with just disappear, need to wake up.

    The state of our nation requires not finger pointing, but resolve from our leaders to work together to bring this country back to its feet. The President made very clear, that he is committed to working across the isle and solicited help from all sides to fix this mess that we are currently in.

    January 28, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  20. Betty Stallworth

    I heard what I needed to hear last night. President Obama's speech made me feel good and gave me hope. The country is much better off than it was a year ago especially considering the fact that the Republicans have been very uncooperative. The Republicans don't care about this country,only about power! God help this nation and God bless this administration!
    Betty
    Mississippi

    January 28, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  21. Linn Darra Babb

    I liked what I heard from the president last night. More concret plans would have been nice but we all know that he can't do it alone. Our constitution prohits that. Until the deadwood in both houses our tossed out we are stuck with the status quo. Politicians are running scared and they should be. We the people can and will only take so much. Be leary of backing us into a corner we fight back.

    January 28, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  22. JOHN T. SCOTT

    It would have been more significant, had he included "citizens and LEGAL residents".

    January 28, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  23. Alan Bissett

    Tony I listened to the President last night and his ideas are good, What people don't get is that it's the senate and the house that passes the bills not the President. Until these two groups come together nothing will happen. Don't condem the messanger, but replace the people that are representing you. We need the senate and house to do something the president can't pass bills to help the country.

    January 28, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  24. Susannah Padron

    I Liked the speech. I really like the student loan forgiveness initiative. With that, it will be possible for my children to go to college and not graduate with a ton of debt! I still feel that the Republicans are negative and trying to stop all progress, because like President Obama said, they like the status quo. I am a registered nurse and see firsthand how the kind of health insurance you have determines what kind of health care you get. It is not Health care Reform-it is Insurance reform per the republicans. Everyone knows that the Pharmaceuticals and the Insurance companies have the Republicans in the palm of their hands! The American people should be offered the kind of insurance people in Washington get!

    January 28, 2010 at 11:21 am |
  25. Burnie Coats

    I say enough already, after the Republican response last night it should be clear now that they are only interested in failure for this President. The sad thing is that they don't care who is "hurt" in the process. It is time to stop trying to work with the Republicans.It is time for the Democracts to take charge and move forward. Leave the Republicans behind.

    January 28, 2010 at 11:21 am |
  26. Angela Tacoma Washington

    Tony I heard him loud an clear, I could not have said it better myself... Lets just hope the do nothing congress heard him, and maybe just maybe a spark under their sorry asses will ignite to a full fire and they will do something more than just raise their voices like they are accustomed to and actually swing at something if only to save their own butts...

    January 28, 2010 at 11:21 am |
  27. Wanda

    I did not. We have 22% unemployment in Yuma, AZ. We only want jobs, we are not asking for middle class jobs, just jobs that we can help feed our families. Sure it would be nice to have money for ipods and expensive shoes but we are proud to wear cheap stuff as long as we have food.

    January 28, 2010 at 11:22 am |
  28. iris23

    Why the President didn' talk about immigration? .I guess that was not so important for him.

    January 28, 2010 at 11:22 am |
  29. jessica settle

    i was happy with obamas state of the union. but i dont think that the most important things hes going to try to get done will be done. The Republicians are going to do anything thay can to black ball him. now when it came to the scum bag bush they let the most worthless things pass. yes it mayb be a year now since bush has been out of office but the damage he did is going to take years to clean up. and not just one president will be able to do it.

    January 28, 2010 at 11:22 am |
  30. gayle

    No, we did not hear what we need to hear. We are farmers/ranchers in the West and little was said to address our issues, although we (as producers) contribute the largest positive contributions to exports in the nation. Whoever in the media ever talks about our contributions, either??? We are simply a shadow in the news....

    However, farmers/ranchers face the lowest prices in over 10 years coupled with rising costs and taxes/permit fees/regulations that not only reduce our productivity, it has caused many to leave the business. If inheritance taxes are reinstated at the levels Obama wants them to go (through repeal of the moratorium Bush established), many, MANY family farms will go under. More than 75 farmers are leaving the industry daily.

    Obama mentioned farmers once, in relation to exports, and that was it. He did talk about a freeze on capital gains taxes, which could help farmers/ranchers. But rural America has some of the highest unemployment rates and lowest standards of living in the nation, and little to no money has come to us through the last bail out. He has simply eliminated us from the process and the recovery. We cannot tolerate more business taxes or fees or regulations and we cannot tolerate the loss of the freeze on inheritance. We want tax cuts and we need tax cuts and less regulation. In contrast to what many in the media project, US farmers/ranchers face strict regulations on food and safety and we support it; many, however, with their own agenda, project us as part of the problem. We rarely if ever see any kind of broadcast or coverage that covers what we do provide this country and the world!

    January 28, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  31. Debi

    I listened, I took notes, I will write once again, my representatives in DC. I do not however believe what President Obama said was truthful, nor "common sense" enough. Spending freeze for 3 yrs will carry over 10 yrs?

    His absolute degrading rudeness of the highest court in the land was inexcusable. HE SHOULD APOLOGIZE TO THE SUPREME COURT ...but maybe he dosen't understand the law...b/c the SC did not open the flood gates for international funding of our campaignes...yet do we all remember that BHO used international money in his run for office.

    Budget cuts , does that mean cutting funding for r search of gay bars in South America? Or maybe we will stop putting millions into other non-essential ways of research (i.e. fish, turtles, etc)

    As you can see, I was not appeased by anything that was stated last night. Dems and Republicans alike need to watch what they do in DC....WE THE PEOPLE are watching.

    January 28, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  32. Deborah Simpson

    I feel we have a great leader of the United States. President Obama, will accomplish what he has inherited, plus new challenges ahead.

    Republicans, need to be supportive, open minded, and stop playing games so that we can achieve what needs to be done for the American people.

    Now, that we have asked for change, we also want the President to stop the BLM round-ups of our wild Horses for slaughter in the West. We want BLM taken out of manageing our Horse & Burro program!!

    We need the President to open his eyes to the disaster of slaughtering our American Heritage in the West.

    Sincerely,
    Deborah Simpson

    January 28, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  33. Lionel Nau

    Great Speech! He has done a whole lot in 1 year! 1 year in office! Unfortunately, many people do not understand how economics works. It took time to get out of the recession phase, and the road to recovery will be slow! There is no secret or miracles! The President of the United States is doing a great job, as he has to juggle with all kinds of issues at the same time, and YES the last 8 years of failed policy created many of those long-term issues. The american public has to understand that jobs cannot be created in 1 year. This is not just a US crisis by the way! It is a global crisis! I am personally working for Verizon Wireless in Columbia SC! I too, feel the pain in my commission checks, but I am understanding and patient! Things will get better in due time. I have complete trust in the Obama administration and I applaud him for calling to bi-partisanship! Especially that many republicans seem to just want to see him fail as opposed to care about the Americans from all the struggling states. Great job Mr. President!

    January 28, 2010 at 11:25 am |
  34. Shantel

    I think people were looking for to much from a 70 minute speech. President Obama needed to address everything and if everyone would have heard what they wanted it would have been all night. I believe he is trying and we just need to wait. Times ARE hard but we can't put all the blame on him.

    January 28, 2010 at 11:26 am |
  35. Michael Watson, Pennsauken, NJ

    I am a 48 yr old, white male, the father of 2 african american boys, age 7 and 5. I have been unemplyed for over a year as of Jan 4th. I heard what I wanted to hear from President Obama in his state of the union. I always enjoy watching the congressman during the speech and seeing the Dems giving standing O's and the Reps mostly sitting. I believe the President is making a good faith effort. I also believe like he said we all love this country and we want it to succeed. After the speech, eventhough I am nearing the end of my unemployment benefits, I am optemistic about our future as a country, my future as a potential employee, and as a father looking to the future for my boys. I believe there is more that unites us than divides us. I believe even in these troubling times we must ask what we can do for our country. I believe are best times are ahead ouf us. I pray for our President and for congress for wisdom and dissernment. I pray for the people of Haiti and all of the first responders serving amoung the decistation. I prya for my family and friends and I look forward to see what God has in store.

    January 28, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  36. Debi

    May I remind everyone, it's hard to be apart of the process when everything is done behind closed doors or given to a committee at 2am in the morning. REMEMBER that Democrats have the majority, and still can't get things accomplished.

    January 28, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  37. Scott Stodden

    I thought the President gave a wonderful speech last night and yeah I heard what I wanted to hear but in the same way Tony Im tired of hearing just great speeches we American's want to see action, actions speak louder than words. Let's be honest what the President said is true that he can't make change happen all by himself, he needs Republicans "The Party Of No" to work together with Democrats. We can blame the President all we to but we have to remember he didnt create these problems, these problems were created by 8yrs of Republican leadership and Change is not easy so I say lets all work together to solve the problems of this nation and Republicans STOP SAYING NO TO EVERYTHING DEMOCRATS WANT, thats not leadership Tony that's just plain ignorant. I appllaud President Obama for all he's done to hold this country together during these tough times that our country is going through!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    January 28, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  38. Hans Horlacher

    As John McCain mentioned, the B.O.B style of politics, or blame it on Bush tactics that democrats are supposedly using is totally out of context. Yes maybe President Obama references back to the past eight years, but this is because in those eight years our nation suffered many problems, that are directly responsible to President Bush's leadership. John McCain needs to wake up, all of our problems occurred in the Bush Presidency and not in 2009 when Obama took office; Yes Bush gets blamed for what he was responsible for and did he do anything to stop it when he had power. The answer "No", that is why the man whom is responsible for many american problems should be held accountable for what he failed to fix and finish. Scapegoats never do anyone any good, though to McCain the B.O.B tactics are more of a direct point that all Americans need to remember how little was done while under George W. Bush's Presidency.

    January 28, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  39. LaTanya

    The message in Obama's speech was clear. We are going to do what we can to help the American people. This speech showed why we voted him into office... the fact that he understands the people, what we hold dear and listens to what we have to say. I think we need to remember that Obama has only been in office for about a year and it is unrealistic to believe that he would be able to reverse the damage that it took Bush 8 years to create. It seems that a lot of ppl (esp. my Republican party and congress) are forgetting that they are the reason we are in this predicament. The President can't change anything when we aren't willing to support or even help him to solve some of these problems that we helped to create by living above our means. When Obama campaigned for our votes in 08 he told us "I can't do this alone, America I need your help!" . We voted him into office on his position of change in most if not all of the status quo of previous administrations and generations, yet when he does what we placed him there to do, we get nervous and skittish when the going gets tough instead of sticking by him and believing in the policies we voted for when we placed him in office. Bush had 8 years to mess up our economy and nation – this was the time to stand up and protest, not now when we have someone in office working for the American people. We want and need better health care reform, we knew it wasn't going to happen over night or without a lot of capital hill tension. It's time to stop listening to the scare tactics and get the facts and it's time to redo congress by voting in people who will work for us not people who tremble at the sign of adversity and jump on the lobbyist band wagon because of the huge checks they handout. Bush came into office with a huge surplus and left with a huge deficit and 2 wars. Obama came into office with a huge deficit and 2 wars and can say that with 1 yr in office one war is almost finished (part of his platform accomplished) and he has shaken up Congress as he said he would. So, maybe judgement shouldn't be passed after 1 yr in office.

    January 28, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  40. gloria garcia

    Yes, I was pleased, the President is for the people trying to get more people back to work. In some small communities people are seeing jobs created or more days of work. I am sure that people realize that change never happens easily. The republicans are trying hard to make their win in Mass. a big thing to say people are not happy with what is going on: BUT DON'T COUNT YOU CHICKENS BEFORE THEY HATCH. Many of us are watching how they vote for us the people, are they working for us or are they using their power of BECAUSE I SAID SO, i DON'T NEED TO AGREE ON SOME OF THE GOOD ISSUES THAT WILL HELP OUR COUNTRY. We are tired of congress not working as a team for the best interest of our country. They should work as a team or get off.

    January 28, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  41. timo

    What I dont understand is why so many people are disappointed with the fact that Pres Obama did not give specifics about how he would attempt to bring jobs to our communities? He did say that he would take the $30 billion dollars that was paid back by the big banks and give it to the smaller community banks in order to stimulate loans from the smaller banks to small business owners, which should produce more jobs. How much more specific can he be in the span of 1 hour?

    January 28, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  42. Jane

    No I did not, all I heard was talk. I want the military spending cut at least in half. Shut down bases all over the world. We do not need our noses stuck in their business. That is the reason we were attacked on 9-11 (we wouldn't get out of their country). We could use that money saved to pay for health care for everyone. WE DO NOT NEED TO POLICE THE WORLD !!!!

    January 28, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  43. Matthew, OK

    It still boggles my mind how we seem to have selective amnesia and suffer from short term memory loss. Where would we be if we continued the same policies of the last decade? We need to be patient and give this president a chance to do what he needs to do. The uniform dissent from republicans on key issues during the speech just proves the president’s point- we are more divided now than ever before. It is sad that Obama still feels the need to lecture congress on coming together for the American people. There is no room for the “concrete plan” republicans are eager to hear because the underlying issue is that congress still needs to meet each other halfway, instead of butchering every step Obama takes to the point where it does nothing except confuse the American people and boost the agenda of special interests who are waiting for any chance they get to discredit the president. At least no one shouted out during this speech. That’s a step up. Haha.

    January 28, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  44. Jan

    I loved his speech. The only thing I would have like to hear but didn't was to tell the Senate and the House to roll their sleeves up and go to their work room and not come out until they have a bill on health care that he can sign. Unfortunately, the Republicans are not going to play ball so I hope he gets tough. I'm sick of paying for those fat cats to sit there smugly. The looks on McCain and Boehner's faces tell the same old story, "we're not going to change a thing." They are harming America, and the Democrats are letting them. And, the Supreme Court's ruling that opens the door for "Big Business" is unforgivable.

    January 28, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  45. Rebecca DeWitt

    Hi Tony,
    I'm so GLAD the President is trying to get the hyper-partisan attitudes in check, because one point he made rang very true with me. People are losing faith in their institutions: Banks? Insurance companies? Government? Organized religion and – sadly we must look at – even journalists who try to "shape" the news with an agenda. Whatever happened to the Walter Cronkite philosophy of journalism?

    We rely on government for many things; and we rely on journalists to tell us the truth about government and other world affairs. I believe the President is on the right path for trying to make amends with Republicans. I only hope that Republicans will meet him half-way.

    Just one more thought today. If I'm not mistaken, when the President put together his first stimulus package, he included tax reductions, especially because the Republicans felt it was the best way to help Americans through the reeling economy. Very few voted for the package or gave him any credit for trying to work with them. President Obama also distributed stimulus money directly to the state governors. It would be great to know if there's any correlation between the quality of projects funded and dominance of party affiliation in a given state- or level of vitriole towards the Democrats' control – on the part of persons distributing the funds. Could they have wanted to make the President look bad?? Who knows?

    I only hope everyone realizes that bitterness and distrust in our government really hurts the American people more than the President himself. We have to learn to get along, even though we may hold very disparate views on the issues.

    And thank you – Tony – for not being one of those great anchors who tries to report the news carefully and with empathy. I watch you every day because I trust you...and I can't say that about everyone at CNN, unfortunately. (You can edit my comment as you see fit.)

    January 28, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  46. roystin mallet

    Obama was all over the place last night, why? Because there are major problems all over the place- His plan was comprehensive and complex- the media likes simple answers, they didn't get it lat night- even the the democratic usually pro obama pundit on pbs didn't get it, he said it best last night- whats the lead?- the problems are bigger than anyone realizes or wants to admit- but the times are desperate and its time to move forward, to pick up up where the Bill Clinton administration left off, financial stability, stable grounded growth, and eventually budget surpluses- mccain said he's tried of hearing 'blame it on bush' – where has he been for the last ten years- Obama didn't create any of the problems, Bush did- if we can't start this dialogue with the truth than how can we expect it to be productive- the problem is Obama isn't fixing things fast enough, but at least he's fixing them, instead of destroying the nation as bush did for the last 8 years, and that's no exaggeration- just look at the Financial numbers which Obama pointed out last night- If were going to ignore this reality, as republicans like to do, then there aren't going to be any solutions- Republicans talk about small government but they have been the worst with budgets, reagan, bush I and II, and that's the problem,the don't debate honestly, they can't admit they're past mistakes, why because they aren't mistakes, they intentional mislead naive americans , damaging the contry while the few extreme rich profit on the suffering of the rest, enron and Haliburton are no coincidences.... so lets keep the discussion honest, and then we can move forward, because America is a listing ship, and it may yet sink, soon , unless all these major problems, which republicans have ignored and refused to deal with, like health care, are fixed soon.

    January 28, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  47. Wojciech Moskal

    The best way to fix economy and create jobs would be to continue to work with everyone globally. But the only way this can work if everyone in the world was using same currency. Example $1.00 here should have the same value anywhere in the world. This would stop most of companies from leaving civilized societies simply in pursuing cheap labor and slavery($1.00 per hour?). When the companies would leave to expend their business(meaning paying their workers same wages everywhere they operate), naturally creating jobs and demand elsewhere, as well as building better living for all of the poor countries, outside of (what I call gay 8). And believe all of the corporations need to start paying taxes if not they should pack up and leave. Someone else can always step in and do their job. I actually do thing that if all of them followed the rule of business ethics, with some morals this is exactly what would be happening right now. The only way to build is the right way to begin with.

    January 28, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  48. Joseph. New Haven. Connecticut

    The speech was good. I think the President should focus on Jobs, Health care, National security and Foreign policy. He has good intention but he needs to narrow down on what he is going to do on specific issue, one at a time, stick to it, until is done.

    January 28, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  49. CJ

    Isupport Obama 100% I do not understand why people on the right and some of the media keep saying the polls show the country does not support healthcare reform. Where does your polling information come from? Are polling companys phoning Land Lines around the country? How many people use or answer their land lines. There are so many americans who support healthcare reform who are not heard. I SPEAK FOR THEM. We support you President Obama.

    January 28, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  50. Jerry Nez

    I am an unemployed construction worker, I was not impressed nor did I feel any hope for employment in the immediate future. What I saw was more civil conflict and competition between the Democrats and Republicans at the expense of the American People. The Stimulus plan is for big corporation who took our money and ran. I don't think the government has a clue that we the people do not trust them, and are disappointed in their performance.

    January 28, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  51. Chris W

    As a democrat, Obama has not left me feeling that he has focused his effort appropriately. Since he has take office, the economy and jobs needed to be the number one focus – it is good to see he is refocusing his efforts! He has spread us to thin on large initiatives.

    In contrast, your story this morning of the Philadelphia window company who received federal dollars that enabled them to add 100 jobs, was really encouraging – including the interview of the CEO. As a small business owner, it is great to see other small businesses benefit from Federal initiatives like this.

    I hope this stimulus effort continues and that the republicans can see that these programs are needed and beneficial.

    Please keep a pulse on these types of stories.

    January 28, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  52. Scott Stodden

    Lets Remeber Tony the reason we're not getting no results is because of Republicans not wanting to work with Democrats. We got into this mess because of 8 years of Republican leadership, leadership that didnt work. Republican's are the party of NO is that really healthy to just say no? I don't think so. We had to bailout banks and the auto industry because if we didn't we would have fell into Great Depression part 2, we had to pass the stimulus bill because if we didnt more jobs would have been lost and again we would have went into a Depression, we need a good health care bill and Republicans say no and stop this from happening, the only thing it seems like they do support is the war in Afghanistan Hmmmm Tony sound familiar? I think we should just do away with the Republican Party and let Democrats rule the world, us Democrats stand up for the people and take of the people and what do Republicans do? Ask John McCain they fight wars, waste taxpayers money, give tax breaks for the rich, attention Republicans President Obama is doing the best he can for this country given all the times Republicans say no, I guess they'll be shooting down his jobs bill to so that Americans don't have jobs. Lets all work together in a bipartisan manner and make the country proud of both Democrats and Republicans all this arguing and saying no is not healthy for the country, we can't stop reform now not when we're so close. We want jobs, we want to revitalize the economy, we want to revitilize Afghanistan, we want a good health care plan, but we can't do nothing without or unless Republicans and Democrats work together.

    Scott Stodden(Freeport,Illinois)

    January 28, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  53. Dewey Wisconsin

    He just does'nt get it. We the people are mad as hell at all the BILLIONS handed out to the culprets of the problem. Now he is going to hand out bread crumbs to help the real people af America. Yes we're mad as hell at you! Only 30BILL to your banker buddies to help us? wow they just dont get it! Pipe in real dollars(hundreds of billions) that will be your magic wond!

    January 28, 2010 at 11:51 am |
  54. Angela Tacoma Washington

    How can the president speak on very topic every person wishes to discuss in 70 minutes? He came under fire for speaking as long as he did. He also came under fire for trying to do to much to fast... He is dammed if he does ,dammed if he does not... he is a man trying to solve some issues we have many... it wont come overnight, Rudy Guillani and all the others should shut up write a letter, or go to a town meeting to get answers to their questions.

    January 28, 2010 at 11:52 am |
  55. R.Whaley Ohio

    Just watched the interview with the window manufacturer from Pa. If the administration really wants to give the energy tax credit program a boost, it should be applied to the individual that makes the purchase of the product or to the person who pays the taxes on the property where installed. Current tax credit applies to home residences only.
    My wife and I are retired and have a few rental properties ( to supplement our income) and they do not qualify for tax credit

    January 28, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  56. Ida

    i also was pleased with the president speech. he was excellent. know .the Republicans will never work with the president. Because they think they own the world.they still are 100 years behine time. they are mean spirit people. not all of them. but most of them. you can not trust the ReRepublican. there are no long going to be all these races of people.just one race. that will be the President race of people.because when you have one ounce of white or black Blood in you .you are black. so you want be seening a white race of people after while.all those old hateful people will be out of here.

    January 28, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  57. Quentin Clarke

    For my fellow bloggers who enjoyed the speech what planet are you on. When I hear that Obama received a horrible economy because of the Republicans I think that is a funny statement. The Democrats have controlled the Congress and the house since 2006 so its been more then 4 years since they have controlled the money. Also let remind everybody what brought on this economic issue President Clinton removing controls over financial institutions to give out money for mortgage lenders. While he had control of the house and congress. Then the Republicans got elected and Suddenly budget helps America save money. So Lets not say that Democrats who believe they have a check book with our money to start any program they feel like even if the country broke. So Wake Up America you are living in a Fantasy World and the dream master is Obama and the Democratic Party. Just stating Reality.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  58. Jeremy Phillips

    It really bothers me to see people that are on television working like they are on Valium! Every time I see a state or forest service worker attempting to do manual labor it makes me sick. Why are not any of these jobs performanced based. How come people only get rewarded for mental performance. That is wrong! Half of these people are so out of shape they couldnt pass the simplest physical. Then all they have to do is show up for work and try their hardest, or make it look hard. Then we have to provide insurance for these very unhealthy individuals. Why is the status quo to make it easy for anyone to do the job? Especially when we are paying with our tax dollars! Why does some half baked hippie with a degree in agriculture get the job over the veteran farmer that has actually got experience. Most of the poeple that I know that have government jobs are sheep. They just follow! I want leaders! Not a bunch of educated idiots. By the way, all of my views here are focused on my local government as I dont know about yours I would be an idiot to comment on it!

    January 28, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
  59. Wojciech Moskal

    A majority of health related issues come from people walking away from God, the ten commandments, and teachings of Jesus. what's killing America right now is breaking the law example lying, killing(there are a lot of ways of killing a men, some man are like dead while walking waiting to die), no respect for parents or kids, worshiping pagan holly days but not Gods Holly days, adultery, false witness on your neighbor, do not desire material things your neighbor has(pursuing at any cost for someone else has out of jealousy. When you follow God, grow up and finding your self with teachings of the Son of God( and not with M&M, 50 cent, or a kiss etc., your mental health is great, you feel good, and you're healthier. There is nothing life can throw at you, that you couldn't bear with Christ. If you 're lucky enough to meet, and marry a women raised and believing the same way, it's a union blesses by Christ him self. I wonder if any of you actually new that Jesus Christ gave and validated women t be equal with men, when he instituted the sacrament of marriage. Man could no longer treat women as an object of teir sexual fantasies or pagan traditions(meaning they would have a number of so called wives, as they pleased) but as a equal partner, individual with rights, a mother, a wife. Too bed it took centuries for pagans to get that. But what funny pagan women forget a lot of those things, in the end they may one day see that happen again , if they continue walking away from God. I see a lot of that now, drugged up, pimped out for money on a stages both men and women as they didn't' even matter. Now often women actually treats men as they were nothing, the same men that gave them freedom, equal rights are being thrown down under the buss by a stupid American play girl.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:03 pm |
  60. Chris Roesel

    Why not talk with Republican Congressmen and find out what they are going to do to collaborate with the President? What are they going to do to get the economy rolling?

    January 28, 2010 at 12:07 pm |
  61. Brian Jordan

    Simple question, if everything is so bad (economically) then why aren't prices for goods and services dropping?

    January 28, 2010 at 12:07 pm |
  62. Feemee

    No I did not hear anything useful. He is full of pritty words but words don't put food on the the table and money in the bank. He's so busy working on healthcare most people don't want. He needs to focus on stopping the monopolies like Walmart so that small businesses can compete. We need to export more and increase terrifs on incoming goods.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:08 pm |
  63. JC

    President Obama touched on cutting tax breaks for big companies that outsource work to other countries. It would be nice to see him
    add another tax on them which in turn would encourage these companies to bring the jobs back the USA. In other words it wouldn't be worth their while to outsource....

    January 28, 2010 at 12:08 pm |
  64. Kevin- Veteran in Illinois

    Tony-

    I believe the most important point that President Obama made last night was when he said that you can't govern when you are running for election everyday. That's not leadership. Everyone is so sicked by the partisan bickering. The Republicans believe if they block everything, it will appear to the voters that the Dems are incapable of governing. We are not idiots out here, we know the game. I wish someone would start an "American" party to start filling congressional seats with people who are interested in real legislative progress and solving problems... this would knock the two party system on its butt.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:09 pm |
  65. Craig Sterrette

    Tony,

    The American people need to wake up. In no way can we blame president that has only been in office for alittle of a year for current situations going on within our country. The blame needs to go to the members of congress. Those member that for some reason we continue to re-elect and continues to do nothing but sit on their hands and vote with the status quo because their are afraid to follow their hearts. I say its time we replace them all with some people that we TRUST and have confidence in.

    Craig

    January 28, 2010 at 12:09 pm |
  66. WKCGeezer

    Though it was a wonderfully balanced speech, I was disappointed not to hear a clear insistence from the President on a STRONG Public Option in Health Care Reform, and a commitment to support the Senate in eliminating the filibuster (NOT Reconciliation,) to get truly meaningful HC reform and other crucial bills passed.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:10 pm |
  67. Ed M.

    Tony..why do the stock markets seemingly fall everytime the Pres. Obama speaks. I have little faith in his party and its leadership. I believe he has more confidence in himself than the American people do..and yes Congress does need to work together for all the people, I'm sick of both parties.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:10 pm |
  68. Leah Dusheck

    I watched State of the Union message last night and was disappointed. My disappointment is that Obama never mention the War of Drugs. I am sorry to say my hometown in Pennsylvania is polluted with drugs, dealers and users. The young people in this town are not attending college and looking for bright futures. The whole town is suffering. President Obama needs to address this issue with all that he has. The future of this country depends on it.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:10 pm |
  69. JJ Pagac

    I think the president made a fine speech. Given that, however, I don't believe the Republicans in the crowd were even listening. Most just sat there with emotionless stares. I always here Republican's hope for bi-partnership, but is that even possible if you don't listen?

    January 28, 2010 at 12:10 pm |
  70. Larry Kelley

    I thought President Obama was tough last night – no President before him was so point blank-in your face- direct with the politicians of both parties! It's hard to work with people who have their minds made up not to cooperate or try to find common ground that both parties can work together on. Republicans are now known as the NO Party – just say no and you're a Republican. Why do they think they have the correct answers to our economic woes when they had 8 years to correct it and failed. Why would we want them back in control....just for 'more of the same'???....that's what got us to this point in the first place!!
    And I am an Independent voter but I feel President Obama wants to do good for America – an honest man.
    Larry
    Iowa

    January 28, 2010 at 12:11 pm |
  71. Tanya

    I did not hear anything promising from the President last evening regarding jobs. His speech last evening mirrored Obama, the CANDIDATE not Obama, the PRESIDENT. Word of advice: less White House parties, dinners and nonessentional traveling and more work in the OVAL OFFICE!

    January 28, 2010 at 12:11 pm |
  72. Bill

    The president is on the right track with jobs being #1. He / they (our elected officials) needs to execute. But he can not do it by himself. From the looks of the republicans , they do not get it yet. Maybe they need to get a wake up call. Who do they work for the people or big business. This country is hurting, the people are hurting.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:12 pm |
  73. Julie Deuel

    Hi Tony ,
    I didn't hear the president mention my community at all ! I'm an adult with a high functioning developmental disability . Trying to obtain services such as independent living , housing , and jobs , is next to impossible ! I graduated from the Rocky Mountain Photography School in Missoula Montana in August , and I speak several languages ,
    fluently ! If our society would recognize that people such as myself have abilities that can be of use to society , we'd all be better off . I'd like to move back to Arizona so if you know anyone who'd be willing to offer me a job and or section eight housing , please let me know ! Thanks , Julie .

    January 28, 2010 at 12:12 pm |
  74. sheena

    Yes, I did. I heard that our president was trying. He has done a great job. He saved our country from going into a depression. He is a respectable hard working president. This is coming from a hard working citizen that lives paycheck to paycheck.Give Obama a chance to make things work. It has only been a year.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:12 pm |
  75. Christina Guzman

    Dear Tony,
    I heard President Obama last night and he was great. Anyone who doesn't see his sincerety and the hard work he is doing to help "all of us" is just plain blind or just stubborn. The experts that complain about why didn't he say this or that remind me of an old story about a couple who owned a donkey and they had to go to town for groceries. If the man let the woman ride the donkey, the 'experts' watching this would say: "Poor guy, that woman is taking advantage", if the man decides to ride the donkey, the 'experts' would say: "Gee! what a terrible man who lets the wife walk and he rides the donkey". If they both get on the donkey, the 'experts' would say: "Gee! Poor donkey, these people are abusers". If neither would ride the donkey, the 'experts' would say: "Gee! these people sure are stupid, they have a donkey and they are both walking".
    So you see Tony, no matter what our great President said last night, the 'experts' would be critizing him. But I feel he touched every subject in a perfect way.
    May God bless our President and protect him. And may God bless our USA.
    Thank you Tony, I enjoy your program very much 🙂
    Christina Guzman

    January 28, 2010 at 12:12 pm |
  76. nick

    I have comment on stimulus aud my company berry plastics of Franlin, KY received 21 million claiming to save jobs but they using money to buy machines that will cut more job and make them more money and to more efficient that sound like something their investers should of done not the american people. It was a scare tatic from my company towards the goverment

    January 28, 2010 at 12:12 pm |
  77. Bill Temple Texas

    I was very disappointed in the presidents speech as it is obvious the president has no idea what the people of this country are going through during these very difficult times. I am tired of hearing these speeches from our presidents as we never see results. In addition, no matter what the president plans to accomplish it will never pass the house and senate because it is clear we are grid-locked. I am very concerned about our country and what is going to become of us.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  78. Hank

    The most tellling moment of the presiden't speech was when he said, "We need to end the tax breaks for companies that send our jobs overseas, and start giving tax breaks to companies that create jobs here." Not a single Republican congressperson applauded. Tells how they feel about the millions of unemployed in this country

    January 28, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  79. Sharon

    Yes, but I don't think the Republicans got the message. There needs to be more action in the Senate, and if they don't get to work and help you can stick a fork in them, they are done.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
  80. Tx Government Teacher

    I don't understand how people can honestly say that they heard what they wanted to from Prez. Obama last night. Sure, he gave a wonderful speech, but in the end that's all that it was, comforting words and a lot of hot air.

    I'm tired of Dem's ignorantly defending and following Obama's every decision! Likewise, the GOP needs to lose their "anti-Dem" reputation and adopt a "pro-American" one. We are in a crisis second only to the great depression and there are no signs of it suddenly trending upward.

    The economy is the #1 issue! If congress doesn't cut out the Partisan nonsense and address our economic crisis, focusing on Main Street rather than Wall Street, the every day average American citizen will be the one who pays the price.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
  81. Bob Eskanazy

    I heard the same old speeches he has been giving since he got into office. Now its jobs which are his top priority. What happened to health care which was his top priority. The war on terrorism and all his other top priorities. He lacks what is called focus and until that happens you can rest assured nothing will get done. Sorry, I love this country and am real sorry to see the state we are in today. Maybe our government should return to a government by the people and for the people. I am 66 years old and they cut the COLA and tax our social security. Stimulus? Yep it just gets my blood boiling.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:18 pm |
  82. Fightingforsurvival

    I did not hear what I wanted to hear because I did not listen to Obama's speech. I have heard it too many times before–all talk and no action. I suggested to the administration months ago that if they wanted to create jobs and move the Nation, they should take $50B of the Stimulus money and create a venture capital pool. It was venture capital that got us out of the last recession. Put the creativity of the American worker to use. All we need is access to capital. I think it would be better than where and how the Stimulus funds are being used now. Of course, as usual, there was no response from the White House.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:19 pm |
  83. RG

    There was a lot in the speech to comment about,but what I'll comment about is the point of doing something about lobbyists.
    Personally, I believe lobbying by large corporatons and other such organizations run contrary to the spirit of the constitution.
    Our government is supposed to be For the people, By the people, and Of the people. When corporations have more power and influence in our government and have a greater voice and more influence than the people themselves, then there is a disturbing disparity on the purpose of the government and the actions of the government.
    Lobbying should be severely limited to the point where their interests cannot be in a position to override the interests of the people.
    As their are protections to keep the government from interfering and influencing corporations, so should the same limits be placed on corporations from interfering and influencing the government.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:19 pm |
  84. Bonnie Warner

    Most supporters of Obama found the speech enlightening. I enjoyed it and was not surprised to see the sour faces of the other party as they sat they because they had to.

    It is a shame that the people we elected to represent us in Washington can party together but can not find a middle ground to help the country. Obama wants to work with all members of Congress but when all parties can not agree to meet in the middle nothing happens and then the ones who have been left out go crying to the media that the other side won't let them play.

    People in Congress need to grow up and stop supporting the big companies and their wealthy buddies and start turning around this economy with jobs.

    Republicans keep complaining about bigger government. Where would we have been in the past two years without the government helping to straighten out the mess limited oversight of the banking industry led us to.

    Bonnie

    January 28, 2010 at 12:20 pm |
  85. Tracy

    The President's Address to the Nation like so many of his other speeches blamed President Bush and the last decade for his and the Democrats inability to Govern. The last decade was great for me and most of the people I know, however the last year has brought my family to it's knees. His continued Socialist Ideology and spend until it hurts framework was clearly evident in his speech last night.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:20 pm |
  86. Chris

    Tony
    For your business owner that is making baby food – suggest she contact the Small Business Administration. First they give some loans and grants to small business owners. Next they have retired executives (from private industry) who volunteer to mentor small businesses – for free.

    You did her a priceless service by having her on your show. You are a stimulus package – great marketing skills.

    Keep it up.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:20 pm |
  87. Krys

    Tony, I do nto like the Publicans! Americans need to stand up and speak up knowing that they are the ones blocking the president from doing anything good for Americans! All that these loonies care about is their political career and fame.

    How quickly Americans forget how the economy go to ths point.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:20 pm |
  88. Denise Husbands

    I was satisfied, but he should have stressed the fact no one can legislate honesty, truth and integrity, and that's was lacking. He should have called governors, mayors and other local officials out on their failure to use stimulus money with integrity. He should remind them of their role in creating jobs in their states and local communities.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:22 pm |
  89. Taronba

    Mr. Harris, please inform the reporter and your viewers that the U.S. unemployment rate is 10% not 12% as it was reported. Please ask your editor to not shape news to support the hysteria in lfe. Ratings, however, is what you folks respond to so, God bless.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:22 pm |
  90. Vicki Brown

    I think the President hit the right note across the board. He was tough and very specific about what he wanted what this country needs and that he expects Congress to work for the American people and leave their egos and party affiliations out of it.

    I was appalled by the rudeness of the Republicans. They didn't have to cheer wildly or even stand up. What they should have done out of respect for the office of the Presidency is clap politely.

    My message to the Republicans is this – Get over yourself. Stop acting like a bunch of two year-olds who had their truck stolen by the other kids. Act like responsible mature leaders that we can have some faith in.

    WE ALL have a role in our country's recovery. We can't wait for the government to "fix" the problems but stay out of our health care or our privacy at the airport.

    We're acting like a nation of people with multiple personality disorder.

    Let's pull together like we did after 9/11 and stand as one to tell congress we want action not scandals.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:22 pm |
  91. Jon

    . I think we should call for a vote to hang all of congress and the senate. Hang the good and the bad this will teach those who follow to play well together.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:22 pm |
  92. Dan

    Sure,
    Taking care of our Military with a WHOPPING 1.4% pay raise. What I found interesting was POTUS was scolding our Supreme Court Justices on law. Quite entertaining.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:23 pm |
  93. Dan Rothman

    The most telling moment of the State of the Union brouhaha for me has been the emails I received after the president's speech. As a sometime contributor to progressive candidates, I am on various congressional and Democratic party fund-raising email lists. In the hours after the president's speech, I received several solicitations for donations, including from the president himself, imploring me to contribute money to help the the administration's agenda get accomplished. Something doesn't feel right about a system in which political leaders need to ask tax-paying citizens for money to help accomplish the tasks they were elected to do. It got me thinking that maybe Ralph Nader was right all along – it doesn't matter all that much who gets elected as long as the election and governing systems themselves are so decayed and ineffective. I voted for and still greatly admire President Obama, but now I'm thinking that Nader might be the guy who really understands why we are in our current quagmire and how we can get out of it.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:24 pm |
  94. Krys

    The president did very well last night but the Publicans need to give things a chance and stop folding their stupid arms!

    America has the worst Healthcare system. Check out England. Noone has to wait for insurance companies to deny treatments that often kills them!

    People go to their doctors or the hospitals and pay very little or nothing!

    January 28, 2010 at 12:24 pm |
  95. Kat

    The president did very well last night but the Publicans need to give things a chance and stop folding their stupid arms!

    America has the worst Healthcare system. Check out England. Noone has to wait for insurance companies to deny treatments that often kills them!

    People go to their doctors or the hospitals and pay very little or nothing!

    January 28, 2010 at 12:25 pm |
  96. Kat

    Obama need to be tougher on the banks so that they will allow people to stay in their homes and pay what they can for mortgage. Throwing people out and having to hire people to take care of the empty houses or having them rot is more costly! Why should main st help them and they not want to help us?

    January 28, 2010 at 12:27 pm |
  97. Max

    A lot of college degreed people are painting houses and working on an assembly line. Education and self improvement are noble goals, but if we don't create products that are exportable we can't reverse are balance of trade. The only way to be competative is through cheap labor. Aside from other fully developed nations; at $2.50 an hour we could possibly compete with the rest of the world. The reality is your wages are going way down if you want a job. Where's the bottom? I don't know.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:27 pm |
  98. Mark Watson/Kalispell, Montana

    What I heard in the State of the Union address was help for WORKING middle class Americans who still have their jobs/incomes. What I didn't hear is what the President/Congress is going to do for us UNEMPLOYED not middle class anymore Americans. i.e. funds for job retraining-as my state gov has informed me that there was not enough ARRA funds to retrain me.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:27 pm |
  99. Victor Yamamoto

    Tony,

    Every year, the State of the Union address talks about the two parties working together, and every year I watch one side applaud and one side frown. It's hard to believe something meaningful will come out of Congress when the Democrats sit on one side and the Republicans sit on the other. When we have groups of children who can't get along, we force them to "integrate". I suggest that members of Congress sit "Republican, Democrat, Republican, Democrat...". Maybe that would start them talking to each other rather than bickering. But, I suppose, some will then argue that it should be "Republican, Democrat, Republican, Democrat....".

    Seriously, even if it's just from a PR perspective, I would think they would be self-motivated to appear unified. The state of the union is in too much jeopardy at this point to play partisan politics. For example, I watched the Republican rebuttal and felt they considered their presentation a "game", praising themselves and providing flippant arguments. Of course, I felt that way of democratic rebuttals in the past. At least, this year, I felt the President was taking this seriously and our situation seriously.

    Victor

    January 28, 2010 at 12:27 pm |
  100. Independent_Voter

    I've been reading a lot of the comments here and I must say America is paying attention. Mr. Obama hasn't gotten off message. He's still focused on the same objectives that he had when he took office. Most of the comments here are very critical of the Right because of their [Republicans] habit of playing for politics and power in front of the People. Remember, when Mr. Bush wanted a blank check to fight the war, the Left bought into the conservatives" plan even though they disagreed with the plan.
    Republicans: We are watching you!

    January 28, 2010 at 12:28 pm |
  101. Clarence of Brooklyn

    Tony I like what the President had to say , but far as jobs in Brooklyn ,N.Y , Bed. Sty. must bussiness are owned by people from South Korea and people from Yeman, they owned fish markets, food stores, etc. and they only hire people from south America and Mexico.
    they will not hire Americans, aren't Yeman a place were the war is how they come here and owned bussiness, someone need to investigate.
    Clarence from Brooklyn

    January 28, 2010 at 12:29 pm |
  102. Gilbert Martinez

    I did hear what I wanted to hear from President Obama. I heard him express the frustration we all feel with Washington, Democrats and especially the Republicans. I would say that almost everything the President has done to rescue our country from the brink of collapse as well as our reputation around the world, has or is working. All of this IN SPITE of the Republican's efforts to the contrary. It was obvious to me during the speech last night that the Republicans are truly uncomfortable and judging by the Republican response by the newly elected Governor of Virginia that they are out of touch and not listening to the people or the President. I voted for change and change is what I want. I cant pretend to understand the scale or responsibility of the job the President has on his shoulder. The numbers are unfathomable to me. I couldn't even tell you how many zeros are in those kinds of numbers so I depend on the guy I voted for to know what he is doing. I haven't seen anything so far that tells me that we are headed back in the direction we were going a couple of years ago. Its going to take money to get us back to a stable economy so I have to trust, support, and stick with the guy that has brought us this far and whom I believe is truly in this for us, the little guys who don't have a voice, a chance, or even a hope in a Republican world. I don't understand what all the opposition is about, or what is meant by "I want my country back!". Who's got your country? What country? I don't you! When you compare our situation to the situation we were in, how can you not support this man??? Give him a chance. Support him while he is President. Give him the respect any President, Republican or Democrat, deserves. If he had had the support of everyone in Washington, I can only imagine where this country would be today. Thanks Tony.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:30 pm |
  103. Adalaide Balaban

    The presidents state of the union message was like AVATAR. Great special effects, mixed messages, made us the bad guys and was way too long. Not suitable viewing for children.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:30 pm |
  104. Dan

    I am neither Republican or Democrat; however, one thing I fing amusing is how the Democrats are whining and complaining about the Republican's actions.
    What's amazing about it is it's EXACTLY how the Democrats treated President Bush during his 8 years in office.
    Like they say, what goes around comes around.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:31 pm |
  105. Bill Temple Texas

    Please explain to me how last nights speech is going to solve my immediate issues? I have been unemployed for one year with no unemployment, used my entire 401k and savings, have $28.00 in the bank and $1500 in bills that need to be paid on February 1st! Had the President accomplished the promises he made in his speeches when he took office a year ago it may be helping me today but how is last nights speech any different than those from a year ago and I can't wait another year to just hear another speech full of promises!

    January 28, 2010 at 12:31 pm |
  106. Henya, Ca

    Hello Tony,
    Wanted to say the President Speech was awesome he cannot do it alone he need our support,
    And Congress need to get their act together as the President told us in his speech it should be that only 60 Democrats voting to pass anything, the Republicans need to work with the president all they do is say NO those are elected officials they should do their jobs, and not just think about their carriers, we are all in this together and they should thing about the American people, I will remember their behavior when I’m voting next time, Unemployment hits Republicans and Democrats so the Republicans need to think about it and put their differences aside and do the jobs that the people elected them to do,

    January 28, 2010 at 12:32 pm |
  107. charlie

    I did here a great deal of what I thought should have been said. However, several small businesses have already fallen through the cracks, like mine. Now I am facing back taxes, and defaulted credit cards as a small business loan was not available. I believe there are many small businesses in that same category. It would seem we don't matter. I have been in limbo watching my bills mount up. I am helpless and near homeless. I have most certainly become a burden on my family and friends as they have graciously taken me in. With all I have gained in life,now gone, I've slipped into a depression of which I cannot shake. My children are scattered throughout my families homes. I accept the role I played in my own demise, but can't believe the false bubble in the housing market was ever aloud to happen. Surely we have economists that could have seen it coming and gave us a fighting chance. So the one thing I wanted to hear was, small businesses that have fallen will get a bail out of the likes of the nations bankers. It has been determined that the small businesses of this country account for a large portion of the employed. Now a lot of us good businessmen will not have that oppurtunity to recover as the damage is already done.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:33 pm |
  108. Steve D

    He was very thoughtful in his speech which I think and hope it got to the house and senate members and put the politics aside.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:34 pm |
  109. Max

    Tony

    The DOW dropping 150 points again does not affect 82% of Americans that don't have any assests in the game. 90%+ of net worth is owned by 18% of the people. It's a pyramid game of taking a little money from a lot of people so you become super wealth. Apple for instance. How many unemployed people should buy a gadget they will never use a fraction of it's potential?

    January 28, 2010 at 12:37 pm |
  110. Ken

    The address was great. I think it's hilarious that people are leaving comments that say things like "1 year later, and no results from this president" when then reality is that he's done more in the first year than most presidents attempt in their entire first term.

    People are too blinded by their party alignment to see when good work is being done. "Everything he does is bad, because he's a Democrat." Isn't public service supposed to be about working for the people? And yet when he does work for the people, you poo-poo his efforts and say he's done nothing.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:38 pm |
  111. Del Nez

    President Obama's State of the Union speech, did not disappoint or impress me. United States of America Government just need to get to work. Past and current President's of our great country, Democrats and Republicans created what America is experiencing today. Why? they all work in Washington D.C. under one government. Quit pointing figures and get to work. Our government have taken oathes, made pledges to the United States of America for which they stand, under one nation, with liberty and justice for all, it now seems, they stand for themselves, without liberty and justice for themselves.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:39 pm |
  112. Donald K. Martin CT

    Nothing new! Same speech as one year ago. Keeps blaming Bush and "Washington". Bush is history and "Washington" is Obama, his people and policies, and a Democrat Congress. He is still campaigning and making flowery promises instead of making things happen and providing direction and leadership that the American people want and need. Obama still does not accept what the people have said in Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Virginia! The country is doomed until the 2010 elections depose the Democrats in Congress and the 2012 elections give us a new and enlightened President!

    January 28, 2010 at 12:41 pm |
  113. Judie

    In this economy *every* job may be temporary!

    January 28, 2010 at 12:42 pm |
  114. Minda T.

    I just think we are not giving President Obama, enough time to do his job. It took President Bush 8 years to screw up this country and I think it's going to take more than 1 year to fix it... I am so sick of listening to those who thinks that Everything that the President does or say is always wrong... Where were you guys when President Bush was in the office, how come nobody raised hell then? We all need to be behind President Obama, at least he's trying. Are you? I am currently unemployed, I lost my job 2 years ago. I am excited about his plans to put people back to work. The Republicans needs to do the jobs that the Americans put them in the office to do. Because if they don't, they will not be in the office again! You guys are nothing but bunch of Drama Queens!

    January 28, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
  115. Elliott

    Yes, we heard President Obama's State of the Union Address. The President's message is encouraging however, Republicans and Democrats must set aside their petty differances before the United States become the Seperated States. Other countries see how the Republicans disrespect the President. To others, America look and act divided. We know that when people come together and work towards a common goal, things get done. We the American people are the common goal. Republicans, a house divided cannot stand. Work with the President, lets reunite and make America prosperious and strong again.

    Elliott

    January 28, 2010 at 12:47 pm |
  116. Roy

    Tony:
    There is a large population of retired people that are unable to survive on fixed income. However, when a retired person starts to work are they are penalized for making more than $14,500 annually (under 66 years of age)
    .It seems to me that if the earning limits were increased say$50,000 annuallyand after 65, remove the penalities for earning less than $50,000, more money would go toward social security solvency.. I did not hear anything about helping retired people earning income limits changes to help retired people to get back to work to enable retirees earnings to support seniors/retirees that would off-set cuts in medicare etc.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:48 pm |
  117. Carlos Gil

    I know many out there that have been critics of this administration from day 1 because of the wrong reasons. I will say this however. Obama was dealt a tough hand from the minute he took office. The country (economically) was/is in shambles. He was right in pointing out during his State of the Union that his administration has made it possible for the unemployed to have increased and/or extended benefits and health care coverage. What would people do/say if tomorrow there is no more unemployment? no more health insurance? no more money? Blame Obama some more? Panic? We need to band together in these times. Seriously. I lost my job two days after Obama was voted into office, despite being one of millions to become jobless as a result of the recession I did not sit idle. Rather, I started up an organization to help the unemployed find jobs – at no cost. Today JobsDirectUSA is making a difference in America and helping the unemployed get through these times because it's the right thing to do.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:53 pm |
  118. Louise

    When CNN gets finish doing the special on the Stimulus how about doing one on how many bills did not passed last year because of the republicans lack of cooperation . The president is being blamed for not getting anything done. He can't because the republicans are not willing to work with him and the democrats. It is the media's responsibility to point this out. If time can be devoted to Tiger Woods and John Edwards infidelity there should be time spent on researching how the republicans are not helping to solve this country's problems.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:54 pm |
  119. roystin mallet

    Bill Clinton and the democrats further relaxed the deregulation which Reagan and Bush The First began, but Bush The Second blew those regulations wide open- Clinton had budget surpluses by the end of his eight years because he was selective and 'conservative' with his deregulation he made the best of his situation and started to turn around 12 years of Reagan/ Bush-I fiscal mismanagement. with 220 billion dollar surpluses, what planet are you living on? When the democrats had a majority, Bush the Second vetoed all their initiatives he didn't agree with, which was most of them, if not all, or have you been sleeping for the last ten years? or is it just more republican lies? they'll run this country into ground, so the Bushes and their elite friends will still manage to get richer, while the dirty thirties return if not worse than that, they were doing it back then too.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:55 pm |
  120. ronnie patrick

    Yes I heard just what I wanted to hear and trust my President and looking forward to all the things that need to be done. I enjoyed the speech last night so much and pray the the Republicans can work with the President to get things done for the American people in which they were hired to do. The Republicans need to stop being a NO and start working with our problems in helping getting them solved.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:56 pm |
  121. Guy Amato

    It’s about time a President of the United States has had the courage to look both parties in the face and say that the political posturing and backroom deals are a disgrace. “WE WERE SENT HERE TO SERVE OUR CITIZENS, NOT OUR AMBITIONS” should be engraved on every government building in Washington… No every government building in the nation.
    Guy Amato
    Rochester, NY

    January 28, 2010 at 12:58 pm |
  122. Mary

    Hi,
    I am from Florida, and we are one of the highest rated unemployed states. What I was wondering was why so many out of work people are being interviewed at bars. When Obama tells the people " we need to do our part " he's talking about cutting back on expenses. I live on a street where more than 1/2 of the homeowners are out of work. All they do is talk about it all day long instead of looking for work. Even worse they hang out at the local bars and complain duuuuhhhhh

    January 28, 2010 at 1:00 pm |
  123. kacapa

    sure. i have got what i was expecting from the president. that is talk, talk and talk. The end product is the same. No jobs but inflated deficite. I wish 2012 comes earlier.

    January 28, 2010 at 1:02 pm |
  124. Abby

    I did like the presidents speech. I thought he laid out a great outline of what he wanted to work on in the coming year. My concern is what someone interviewed called the civil war. I believe the Democrat's and the Republicans have become so party oriented that it takes precedence over what is best for the people of this country. Until this civil war is put to rest and a truce is declared, the country can not go forward, it can only go backwards. Unfortunately our politicians have declared Washington DC and independent country and their ego's are the only concern of that nation. In there eye's the rest of the country does not exist.

    January 28, 2010 at 1:04 pm |
  125. Joan Fitzpatrick

    I think it's time the American people marched on Washington and told them all to clean up their act. I am so sick of their sarcasm and cynicism. We could write the script on their reactions – on both sides of the aisle.

    The best way for the American public to respond is to vote all of them out in the next election. No incumbents....give their egos a jolt. This country does not belong to Washington – Washington belongs to the American people.

    January 28, 2010 at 1:05 pm |
  126. Georgia from PA

    No, if Obama really cared about Main Street he would push the banking reform bill through the Senat immediately so America can live without predatory bankers. A law should be put in place that if a US citizen works in the 50 states he/she makes a living to pay for housing, food, transportation and health care so people working 40+ hours a week and still depend on a credit card to pay bills for their survival. And how do we cut the deficit while most people in this country don't make enough to form a tax base, not to mention, all the people laid off? Most of all the banks deserve to be punished and should be for bringing this disaster of an economy on the people because of Wall Street's greed.

    January 28, 2010 at 1:05 pm |
  127. osiaspost.com

    Hi Tony:

    I do enjoy watching your show on CNN and found you to be fair, objective and impartial. I'd also like to Thank you and others at CNN for your support, thoughts and prayers for the Haitian people and their sufferings since the earthquake on Jan. 12, 2010. Even though I heard some people like Paul Shirley, Pat Robertson and Limbaugh blame the people of Haiti for the most part, I am pleased to know that there are others who understand the magnitude of the quake as well as the History, and geo-economy of the country in comparison to the United Sates. I want ESPN to know that Haitians all around the globe are very pleased with its decision to let Paul Murphy Shirley, the failed NBA player turned blogger loose.

    Sam Osias

    January 28, 2010 at 1:08 pm |
  128. ronnie patrick

    If you are a Republican you need to leave your party, because you will not be covered by a decent health insurance, raising cost of insurance payments, a possible lost of job, no education for your children which you can't afford, a possible lost of your home, and the list goes on and on for the Republicans will not support any good for the country, and they expressed that last night and again today. We were in trouble eight years ago by the Republican party ,and they want to repeat the same. The Republicans had eight years to get it right instead they left us with failed banks, two wars, foreclosures, madoff, uneducated young people, cheating husbands, fail autos, lost of jobs, a hugh minus in our finances and the list goes on and on. You people who are in the Republican party better wake up for NO is not the answer. People are beginning to hate you Republicans who are run by Rush and Fox News. I would have never thought I would see and hear what is going on with some foolish white people, Fox News and Rush..

    January 28, 2010 at 1:12 pm |
  129. Larry Kelley

    Tony,
    You mentioned us "Independent voters" like you didn't know what they were...or weren't sure if they really are independent. I can tell you my opinion of Independent Voters – we don't vote party lines, we vote for whichever candidate from ANY party that we feel has the best ideas and who wants to work for the people and just special interests.
    I know we can't be positive of the positions each candidate will take AFTER getting into office but we can only hope.
    I can tell you the Republicans and those who believe their retoric this time around and along with those who want to vote the Dems out of office....I think America might be naive to think either party has all the right answers! The Republicans had 8 years to get it right, they didn't!
    The Dems look at it a different way perhaps but they don't have all the answers. We need the long time politicians in Washington to not control the new Candidates who go to Washington to make it more honest. Perhaps it's time for a third alternative party in politics.

    Larry

    January 28, 2010 at 1:15 pm |
  130. wayne

    Obama is the elected president and we just need to rally behind him because the republicians have had there chance for the last 8 years and look at the mess we are in . Do we really want to listen to the party no. Great speech Mr. President.

    January 28, 2010 at 1:24 pm |
  131. Diane Zak

    So, based on your "Don't get me started about Independents" comment today, you appear to have a problem with Independents. Maybe that's why most of us are switching to Fox.

    January 28, 2010 at 1:27 pm |
  132. ronnie patrick

    Listen to me and listen good. President Obama did not create this terrible mess. This mess was created by by the Republican Party and their leaders Bush , Rush , and Fox News. Why are you not paying attention you foolish people, this was there when Obama took charge. Give this man a chance to turn things around. This mess did not happen over night and it will not be resolved over night. I say contiunue to say NO Rebublicans for it will backfire trust me. We are a needy country at the moment and we need help and need it now. I live in Florida the town which has the largest foreclosure in the state for God sake please lets work together and get things done now. Support your President for it is you Rush and Fox News people who are going to fail and you will fall hard. Just remember we did not give Obama this job, for it was given to him by a higher power and it is the higher power who will protect him. Say what you want but you better be careful with Rush and Fox News feeding you all of your hateful ways, and not supporting your President for it does not matter if you voted for him it happened, and you need to except that. It is not about anything but fighting for one another and that is the bottom line.

    January 28, 2010 at 1:32 pm |
  133. waltinAZ

    I am really tired of President Obama being portrayed as "elitist and arrogant" by conservative pundits and constiuents. The man is very competent, capable, intelligent, and articulate. He portrays confidence and level-headedness at all times because of what he has accomplished and the values instilled in him.

    Walking with your head held high shows your strength and faith .

    Fighting for the lower and middle class makes you noble.

    Putting your neck on the line for making hard decisions and seeing them to fruition shows courage.

    President Obama has struggled and overcame a lot. He has not been nor is he guilty of "hubris" as GOP critics claim. As many of our mothers taught us: "if you don't have something good to say, don't say anything at all."

    January 28, 2010 at 1:43 pm |
  134. Paul Alleyne

    More of the same political doublespeak. There was nothing new. He talked about what he "wanted" or "wished" to do, and not what he has done and is doing. Meanwhile folks who need jobs continue to wait and wait and wait.

    There is the notion that the amount of jobs being lost is slowing, well the truth is that there are fewer employees left to lay off by business. Most companies are at the barebones level, with one employee doing several jobs for one salary; then there are those who have to accept jobs at up to 50% reduction from the salary they made previously. In the meanwhile, bank executives and wall street types continue to get million dollar bonuses, and this is after the big uproar from the President and Congress and every other public figure early last year.

    But, this is business as usual, Change we can believe is. "NOT"

    January 28, 2010 at 1:50 pm |
  135. Jimmie Johnson

    Tony;
    Most definitely, President Obama inspires the confidence of the Country. The Administration's jobs bill suggestion must be passed. Small businesses will benefit as well as all Ameicans. Congress can pass a Jobs Bill that will be cost neutral and go a long way in recovery of the economy.

    January 28, 2010 at 1:54 pm |
  136. Chris Roesel

    Interview Republican Congressmen to see if they will cooperate.

    January 28, 2010 at 2:02 pm |
  137. Tracey

    I don't think the question should have been did we hear what we wanted to from President Obama's speech. The question should be –

    Do the American people believe that the Republicans and Democrats can put aside their differences and actually work together to help the American people?

    I do not believe that these two parties will ever be able to put their pettiness and self interests aside long enough to work for the people they represent. Watching the Republicans and Democrates, especially the appointed leaders of their parties, reminds me of a group of spoiled rotten kids – folding their arms and pouting because they cannot get their way.

    I think the President should send the Representatives back home, and tell them their services are no longer need at this time. Laying them off for several months would really help out in balancing the budget. Hopefully, as the economy turns around they will be called back to work. In the meantime, they can join the majority of us standing in the unemployment line wondering whats next.

    January 28, 2010 at 2:18 pm |
  138. George Gray

    "Jobs" are questionable on the following grounds:
    1. A job begins with a two (2) week loan to the employer.
    2. A minimum wage job doesn't pay enough to raise a family.
    3. The job selection process puts the applicant's survival AT the WILL of other men.
    4. A mortgage takes 25 years to pay off, a job may last 2.5 years. This is an order of magnitude difference.
    5. CNN reports that there are 6 applicants for every 1 job. If you had a less than 17% of getting a seat for the movie Avatar, would you go to the theater?
    Until these issues are resolved, I don't want a job.

    January 28, 2010 at 2:53 pm |
  139. June Salcido

    State of the Union: As a Republican I was disappointed to see how the Republican senate behaves "stone faced", unwilling to come together for the sake of this country. We should realize this is not what the American people want...we want change. We cannot have change when a party or paties are unwilling to meet half way or ask themselves what is in the best interest for this country ..."not the party". I am very disappointed with my party and plan to organize with others that feel the same way so that we can stop this maddness. I'd like to see these senator's voted out of office as they don't care about this country only what's in their best interests. Let's come together before it is too late.

    January 28, 2010 at 3:34 pm |
  140. Robert

    @George Gray, thats exactly what this country doesnt need for people to think a job is not worth the hassle and then expect the ones that do work to support you because its not worth it to you. Have you no idea how the rest of the world lives, without working hard here thats what we will end up as. Start cutting the fat out of entitlement benefits and start providing only strick bare necessities if one is capable of work, and theres lots of work sitting down behind a computer!

    January 28, 2010 at 3:46 pm |
  141. Dodie

    President Obama's State of the Union Address was excellent. He discussed issues and strategies in which we can deal with the problems. I can finally understand why we are in so much financial trouble with this quote taken from President Obama’s speech:

    "At the beginning of the last decade, the year 2000, America had a budget surplus of over $200 billion. By the time I took office, we had a one-year deficit of over $1 trillion and projected deficits of $8 trillion over the next decade. Most of this was the result of not paying for two wars, two tax cuts, and an expensive prescription drug program. On top of that, the effects of the recession put a $3 trillion hole in our budget. All this was before I walked in the door. "

    This translates into over $9 Trillion Dollars the USA owes In arrears spread over the course of this decade. My grand children will be paying this debt their entire lives. The Cheney/bush administration really sold the US down the toilet!

    January 28, 2010 at 7:54 pm |
  142. suzanne

    I am very impressed with President Obamas message. The poor man is trying very hard to help the people. The Republicans and a few Dems are wanting him to fail, and this is very sad. I am glad to see how the Republicans really work at not helping the people, my eys are now open.
    I will no longer be a Republican, my blinders are off and the heck with the family history of political party, I am now a Democrate.

    January 28, 2010 at 8:46 pm |
  143. deb

    Obama is an intelligent, dignified man. Much of the country has dumbed down and evidently cannot relate to these qualities. The Republican party used to have leaders who were "statesmen" but listening to them in recent years it is evident that they lack anyone who could qualify as having the dignity of a statesman. How sad that our country has come to this. We are now controlled by greed, excessive profits and bonuses....will this be the destruction of our great country ?

    January 28, 2010 at 8:53 pm |
  144. Charles

    I really liked President Obama's SOTU message last night.
    I think he is trying desperately to help all American citizens. It is
    a shame how the Congress and Senate fail to cooperate on laws and programs that we so desperately need. I have written our two
    Republican Senators on several of the issues and do not get a
    good reason for their opposition to everything that has been
    proposed this last year.

    January 28, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  145. Bill Garrison

    Yes, I did. The problem is that those commentators who watched it didn't hear a word he said, even when he addressed you (the media) directly. He did not say anything different that he has been saying from the beginning. He has not redirected his efforts or changed his focus. Most people appear to be so used to past presidents who could only focus on one issue at a time, or only tried to change one thing at a time, if anything at all. What I would like to see is CNN showing all of the peripheral benefits of the stimulus spending. You act as if the money given to a contractor stops there. It doesn't. It circulates through the community through purchases, payroll, and new tax revenue generated through new and saved jobs and more sales to the many purchases by the contractor. Show that information as well as where it is spent and how many jobs created.

    January 29, 2010 at 12:55 am |
  146. Wojciech Moskal

    Presidents do not create jobs, businesses do. The core economy is building, automotive, and food, medical, computers, everything else you can live with out. Sometimes I thing that when republicans and democrats are at war with each other, they both have so called blind followers(many of them a business owners) that deliberately cut jobs or create chaos, it's almost as if they get happy when the other side does poorly( what a bunch a ignorant children) while people suffer. Due to their arrogance and stupidity.

    January 29, 2010 at 10:45 am |
  147. Gail

    I thought the President was phenomenal in his presentation of where we are today, where we started just over one year ago, and where he intends to lead us in the future. I am disheartened to see the same distasteful and immature reaction from many on the right who seem to only care about their own futures in politics. When "they" speak of what the "American people" want, I usually have to ask "what country am I in?" I am certainly not one of those American people they refer to who want to see President Obama fail. I am extremely happy with the depth of this President's character. He obviously has done some hard interior work in order to continue to desire to reach out to ALL for collaboration. Regarding health care, I only hope that the Congress will listen....and will hear from millions of us who have lost our health care in the past year. My husband and I (pre-existing condition) are paying $1,247 every month for health care. We NEED a public option!

    January 29, 2010 at 11:17 am |
  148. Flecia Martin

    I don’t think that offering a $5000 incentive for new hires is a productive solution. The stimulus could be used for loans for small medium and start-up business.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  149. Wendy

    I like President Obama's speech but the bottomline is clear. No matter what he proposes even if it's something both sides could agree on, I don't think the Replublicans will ever be on board. They want to position themselves to get back into the white house in 2012. No matter what it takes or who it hurts. I agree with another earlier comment: It's time to stop trying to work with the Republicans and for the Democracts to take charge and move forward. Leave the Republicans behind. Stop beating a dead horse.

    I've never seen such media display of disrespect for a US president in my life as I've seen since Mr. Obama became president! It's like they're saying all the US presidents before him had their act together 100% and nobody suffered under their adminstration and the economy never went into a recession. Ha! Get real! Everyone needs to realize Mr. Obama is only in his first year and is progressing quite well with these failures that he inherited. I look forward to him to doing greater things for this country for the next 3 years!

    January 29, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  150. Howard

    As an Independent it is my opinion that the republican party should rename it self the "Obstructionist" party, because all they can say is NO. It doesn't matter if the proposal of any legislation is good, bad or indifferent, NO is the first word out of any republican's mouth. Regarding the anti feeling toward government health care plan, most Americans over 65 who are on Medicare don't even know it is a "government" run plan. Considering the fact that most people take tiny bits of information as gospel, e.g., Fox ( the Joseph Goebbels of the republican party) i.e., Beck, Hannity, O'Reilly, and the radio freak Limbaugh, rather than doing some deep research to get fact from fiction, it is not surprising how uninformed most people really are.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  151. Tameka Woodfin

    The top concern for some politicians are terrorist threats. Terrorist threats are rare in the US. Daily there are millions of people without health care & jobs.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  152. SHELAH, North Dakota

    Hi Tony,
    Spending on tax credit, saves on Entitlement Programs

    I understand that the president recently purported to increase incentives to those small business employers which take on a new hirees. Personally, I have been low income all my life , and in the past I personally benefited from tax credit programs like CETA, SER, JTPA, TJTC. Do you think if he also increased incentives (at an attractive higher rate) to those that hire persons which participate in entitlement programs such as: Medicare, Medicaid, Unemployment, Food Stamps, etc. An example is the already in place tax credit (WOTC).

    Now of course the incentive hiring for these employers would need to be restructed to include necessecary matching enabling components such as 1. The offering of " Flexible schedules" for those that they do hire under these programs. 2. A time factor component such as " Persons would not lose their Program entitlement benefits for a specific amount of time (example Medicaid-people need to keep good health while re-entering the workforce-perhaps a 6 month window).

    Do you think this would lower the amount of governmental spending on these programs while on the other side of the spending for the tax credit incentives themselves ?

    As a side note this is all related to healthcare initiatives.

    January 29, 2010 at 12:35 pm |
  153. Donna

    Tony I have a question.

    OBama and his stimulus package is supposed to help everyone. I keep hearing what he is doing the families, well my husband and I can't have children. WE both work good jobs, he is an electrician for a company in DC that has laid off 200 people and his job is down to 3 days a week. I work for DoD, my job is stable. My question to you is if Obama is doing these things with the stimulus package, then what is he going to do to help me and my husband with no children, his company hasn't seen any new projects with the Federal government.

    January 29, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
  154. Mrs. Eileen G. Curras widow to Hernandez (WWII)

    The fact is that the address of President Obama during his State of the Union speech does not secure that he will do to the level everything that he said. We have had so many lessons that by now we should stop convincing ourselves and caring about what he says and what a Senator or Congressman says. It is clear they will do whatever they want and citizens will not get what they need. The sad thing is that we are not talking about frivolously things. We are talking about health care. We are talking about jobs. We are talking about the futures for so many Americans. When did we, the citizens got lost and when did we lose track of politicians?

    January 29, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  155. Mrs. Eileen G. Curras widow to Hernandez (WWII)

    The fact is that Republicans have never acknowledged the crisis situation on the Health System in the United States. It seems that we have more healthy Republicans than Democrats? The lack of sensibility is our foe. How can we come to the table when patients’ labels are used to discriminate us? I am a widow to a WWII Veteran but widows to Veterans do not get anything. When did we get lost in the mist?

    January 29, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  156. Mrs. Eileen G. Curras widow to Hernandez (WWII)

    The charade of the Republicans is quickly losing support since the English Prime Minister is being questioned by Parliament. How long will it take for the Congress to do the same? Republicans are just using fear tactics to drive everybody under their control and these same tactics were used by the Bush Administration to win his votes for his last elections in the United States. How long does it have to take for Americans to differentiate one thing from another? How can the Health Care Reform be negated again? How can families and friends accept this situation of Health Care System in the United States to harm their own? How is it that we are helping Haiti rebuild itself but we cannot even help our 45 million Americans without Health Insurance nor Health Care? How on earth can this behavior be addressed as the right thing? It doesn’t make a lick of sense to me. Power to the wealthy does not help assure your own Health Care, anyone can become poor. Is this a recipe to success? We are preaching to help a country in the Caribbean but we cannot do it for ourselves. First we do not want to hear common sense. How can we as a country come forward if we do not solve the issue of the Health System?

    January 30, 2010 at 1:58 am |
  157. cynthia

    Tony, i think pesident obama needs to step up more not only with him promising things that he cant deliver but especcially with his actions

    February 1, 2010 at 12:31 pm |