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January 28th, 2010
08:02 AM ET

President Obama’s State of the Union Address

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  1. kevin

    It was an outstanding speech, a call for all Americans to come together and solve our problems. Hopefully the Republicans will stop simply saying no to everything and get to work.

    January 28, 2010 at 9:07 am |
  2. Paul

    Kyra,
    I was very impressed with the president and his positive speech. Now it is time for the Republicans to get on board and work with the majority party instead of just saying "no" to everything. The American people are counting on this.

    January 28, 2010 at 9:09 am |
  3. Greg G

    This speech showed the major accomplishments of the President's first year, and showed some of the plans for the next few years. Education, health care and energy are so important to the future of this nation, and I am glad they are top priorities.

    January 28, 2010 at 9:09 am |
  4. Diane J

    I liked the speech.

    Our elected officials acted like pissed off middle schoolers, lacked basic manners and were disrespectful of the President. If I behaved like that at work I would be in my managers office.

    I'm an independent voter, and not alone in being sick to death of the Republicans!!

    January 28, 2010 at 9:10 am |
  5. tomi

    Up front and outstanding.

    January 28, 2010 at 9:12 am |
  6. Trudy

    The president has done all he can do. Let face it , it is still a black and white thing. The poor will remain po__, and the race will continue to have a big gap in jobs and money. Give me my mule and land and then I can beef about something. If I was the president I would do my time and let the republican party have it. So they can continue topass bills without the people knowing what they passed. Let us not forget america is not mention in the last days. Check your Bible. Business is as usual.

    January 28, 2010 at 9:12 am |
  7. David D. (thenextprez2012)

    Same crap different day. Standard political speech.
    This guy needs to go back to organizing his community and let somebody in that will fix the country (like me).

    January 28, 2010 at 9:12 am |
  8. Paul

    Kyra,
    I would like to see the media be a little more positive in covering the message of president Obama's speech. Your "vibe" this morning made me check the channel to make sure I was not on FOX where I have come to expect the negativity.

    January 28, 2010 at 9:13 am |
  9. Trenidad Hubbard

    I found myself standing and applauding in my hotel room as I listened to our very impressive leader. Great first year.The Republicans won't be impressed until President Obama walks on water!This speeach was fantastic!

    January 28, 2010 at 9:13 am |
  10. Jan

    Dear President Obama,

    If you are listening...
    I BEG you to get the stimulus out there!!! Our 6 month reserve has been stretched to 15 months and our family will be homeless in just 2 more months. I don't even know where my kids will go to school if I don't have a home...Foster Care? Jobs are (at best) scarce and for anyone who is between 40 and retirement...jobs are not to be found.

    HELP, oh Please Help!

    January 28, 2010 at 9:14 am |
  11. Bob K.

    Kyra,

    In last night's State of the Union address, President Obama criticized everyone - the Republicans, the Democrats, the Supreme Court, the Wall Street & the banks, corporations etc. This is called demogoguery and he has missed his opportunity to reach out for bipartisanship and for the American public to restore their trust in his leadership of this country.

    January 28, 2010 at 9:14 am |
  12. Don Parish

    I think that Obama was very convincing and sincere.
    It does sees that no matter what programs he proposes, the opposition will vote against it.
    It also seems that the 21 tax cuts fell on deaf ears.
    I'll never understand it and I can be counted as one of the many who are disgusted with congress and the lobbyist that run it.

    January 28, 2010 at 9:15 am |
  13. Jeanie T

    I'm sure your journalism professors would be pleased at this comment that you made this morning:

    "Well, we've heard that talk before, still lookin for the walk."

    I am seriously about to stop watching television news – though I am upset to do so. I used to be able to rely on CNN to be a little more appropriate but not lately. Quit trying to get the Fox audiance.

    Also, if you say 57% of the polled people liked Obama's speech, why does your story show only 1 of 4 say anything positive?

    The journalism industry is responsible for the mess our country is in today....ok, that was me acting like you. The bankers/financial industry is 45% responsible, journalists 30%.

    January 28, 2010 at 9:16 am |
  14. David A Whitaker

    It always amaze me how people always want to look for the negative in everything we do. For once lets try to pick out the positive things we can do and go from there. Why do we continue to argue over little and then return turn them into larger problems. I wish the President the best just for our countryand the world.

    January 28, 2010 at 9:17 am |
  15. James NY

    The president has no clue; for that matter neither politcal party has a clue either. Keep spending money we don't have, Keep blaming Bush, keep believing you ended the war in Iraq. To the Republicans I would say your just as clueless, putting your fingers in your ears and saying no for the sake of saying no is childish. Your mismanagement of the country led us to this hard left swing; congratulations.

    January 28, 2010 at 9:17 am |
  16. Jack Buhi

    Another nice speech, but how many times did we hear this during his campain? We want action on jobs and listen to the opposition ideas. You do not always know what's best for us, Mr. President.

    January 28, 2010 at 9:18 am |
  17. Susan

    Obama has struggled last year with inexperience and almost let the big boys at school beat him up. Last night I think he reclaimed his milk money. His smarts and talents will overcome the bullies this year! Yea!

    January 28, 2010 at 9:18 am |
  18. Ray McDonald

    Great speech last night. He is a great orator but his words didn't produce any results in 2009. Words with out works is dead.

    January 28, 2010 at 9:19 am |
  19. Hilary

    Truthful I think to a large degree we missed the point if we are asking how people did or didn't go for their remote or for that matter how many minutes into a speech it was before health care was mentioned.

    The President addressed the Union and he gave a reality check. We are polarized to a degree that is terrifying, win or lose election time we are still floundering behind other nations and nothing is happening because the next man wants a vote. "I NEVER SAID THE CHANGE COULD BE EASY OR THAT I CAN DO IT ALONE" – B. Obama

    Obama did exactly what I was hoping, he was honest even if imperfect and administration flawed. Least we not to quickly forget the last 10-15 years, things are really complicated right now and indeed we must continue to re-evaluate our American lifestyle. As much as the banks were predatory the average American household spends on credit beyond their means, and their wages have declined. That is a system that requires change not won simply or not won at all if there is a deliberate policy to simply block EVERYTHING just to make a point. American shame on you.

    Everyone needs to do some work, he is the figure head and he gave us exactly what we needed. Now what we do with it is up to us, but I pray for once America can get out of it's own way white, black, red, blue, brown, green, purple and gold alike. I travel internationally extensively and we are faltering in more ways than one, most of all within ourselves. Our president is imperfect, indeed so are we all. That does not negate the reality that today in our world everything is real, complicated and evolving. I pray as a country we can evolve with it.

    January 28, 2010 at 9:20 am |
  20. Susan

    I noticed he let some of his gray hair show. That had to have been deliberate. Every move is planned for a reason and effect. Wonder what that's about? (tee hee)

    January 28, 2010 at 9:21 am |
  21. Angela Tacoma Washington

    Last evenings motivational speech by our President Obama leaves me speechless.He told us going in, it would not be easy. Most expect immediate gratification in all most everything, it seems to be our nature, however, the reality is everything done correctly, takes time. I am willing to wait. I waited eight years last time, I have learned to be patient... He has my vote of confidence this term and the next if he asks.

    January 28, 2010 at 9:21 am |
  22. Bob Gay

    We have seen for the past year stories concerning the stimulis program and how the folks in the midwest need jobs. CNN is listened to by WaSHINGTON and i'd like to propose a way to really stimulate our ecomomy. Simply concentrate on our energy needs for the future. We can renovate our electrical grids to convert it over to an intellegent grid. Put some money into those vacant factories in Detroit and start building low cost Wind turbines for the world not just us. Take some jobs back from China. How about nuclear plants lots of construction opportunities there. and lastly all the car makers are investing huge sums of money into fuel cell technology. It will happen. But what about the infrastructure. We will need hydrogen pumps and Hydrogen manufacturing facilities. Were talking about replacing millions of jobs. Its time to stop talking abd do something about it. If we put people back to work they will be able to get healthcare insurance and we don't have to rely on our goverment to pay for them. People want to work not get handouts. Go get them CNN.

    January 28, 2010 at 9:22 am |
  23. Muin

    I like good speech. In fact, my favorites are Obama's 2004 DNC speech, Steve jobs 2005 Stanford speech and Ted kennedy Jr.'s speech on his dad's funeral. President's state of the union wasn't a speech but a clear and concise set of goals. President tried to instill a sense of urgency among Americans to compete with different emerging powers in a global economy.

    January 28, 2010 at 9:24 am |
  24. nickt

    gobama .great speech.hopefully the gop pulls their heads out of their conservative party of no dark holes and see that are country needs them to stop acting like spoiled little schoolyard brats who arnt getting their own way.they seem to forget bush and his war monger attitude and spending helped put us in this position.it is time to work together and move into the future to help middle class americans and not just the top 10 percent of us.it is time for democrats to also work with each other to defeat the "little"red machine.put them down!

    January 28, 2010 at 9:26 am |
  25. Pamela Ricci

    I applauded, I nodded and I eventually stood up for a standing ovation. Wasn’t pleased with the politician texting on camera during the speech, or the sour looks on the faces of the Republicans. However, the responsibility for cooperation was put directly on the backs of both parties and I will be watching closely to see who becomes a part of the solutions rather than the problems. I pray the American people will send the trash talking politicians and entertainers packing in favor of real, constructive work.

    January 28, 2010 at 9:26 am |
  26. Tom

    Can President Obama do anything he proposes? He has not done so to date.

    He continually focuses on liquidity and wants to keep pumping money in to the economy without any consideration of who will pay the bills. This is problem that got us in the mess we are in.

    Finally three days ago he wanted a commission to raise taxes and yesterday he talked about cutting taxes. We do not beleive him anymore. He is a poor leader who has failed to follow through..

    January 28, 2010 at 9:28 am |
  27. Ed Martin

    I think it was a good speech .He mention everything i wanted to hear .I'm an independent from Massachusetts who believes that the money we are spending on war overseas should be spent here at home ,investing in new businesses specially manufacturing .
    The only way to create more jobs, in my opinion , is to tax imports .A company will think twice before sending our jobs overseas and later sell the junk they produce back to us .
    I also WANT to see more OVERSIGHT over the stimulus money so we don't spend it on projects that don't create permanent jobs .
    I am also fed up with this bipartisanship in congress .I think we should fire everybody ,democrats and republicans ,and start fresh with more centered politicians .Scott Brown is a start, lets see how he will do .

    January 28, 2010 at 9:29 am |
  28. James NY

    Independant voters should be sick of both parties not just one. They both employ the same tactics when they don't get their way; to claim the Republicans have a monopoly on this is naive.

    January 28, 2010 at 9:30 am |
  29. 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 9:31 am |
  30. John Tyler Pennsylvania

    I think the President's agenda is very doable with a little help from the Republicans. When the President stated that the most important job for congress is to get reelected hit the nail on the head.The Republican rebuttal seemed to parallel the Presidents speech in it's content. So maybe this year will be better than the last.

    January 28, 2010 at 9:31 am |
  31. Tom

    Great speeches do not make great leaders. The wave of change he aptly manipulated to his own advantage is on the brink, for a lack of a better term, about to wipe him out to use a surfing metaphor.

    The underlying anger at his failed leadership should at least elect enough republicans to stop these deficit bills and then we can vote him out. He has changed nothing. He has gone back to the bad old days of Chicago Machine backroom politics that are meant to pay off his chonies.

    January 28, 2010 at 9:37 am |
  32. Sara Conners

    The President set the compass for the country to move ahead in a positive, growthful way. He was passionate, inspired . And he's right, he can't do it alone, and certainly not in the poisonous climate of negativity set by some in the media and the hateful right wing republicans.

    Support of the president is lacking. This is tragic! He is a brilliant, inspired, above the fray kind of thinker and leader.. He has the big picture in mind all of the time. None of you GET him, or you would be doing more thinking to understand what he's talking about rather than seeing every word he says in terms of its political impact.

    The public could use some insightful thinking, with openness to understanding processes and where they may be leading rather than whether they fit into whatever preconceived notions you all apply to everything he says. How about thinking outside of your usual boxes!

    I fear you and many others wouldn't know a high note if you heard one! You along with so many others are simply tone dear.
    .

    January 28, 2010 at 9:42 am |
  33. James NY

    Oh and regarding education I guess its easy to discuss all these lofty goals when your kids are tucked away in a private school. Those of us in the real world get to keep hearing the same rhetoric each administration change. Guess what? We are still losing ground; George Carlin said it the best "We used to give kids a headstart and we went to no child left behind, someone's losing ground Jack!"

    January 28, 2010 at 9:45 am |
  34. Roberta

    I'm an independent and i think this was a great speech .Reminded me why i voted for him .
    Republicans and democrats should move more to the center and work together .They spent a lot of time together last year working on health care reform and at the end neither party got anything done .
    I believe they should have a deadline on every bill that comes up .Republicans and democrats should spend more time getting things done than wasting our tax money blogging and blaming each other for their failed projects in front of the cameras .

    January 28, 2010 at 9:47 am |
  35. Nilda Rositano

    It,s not a matter of likiing the speech or not. This President is a great orator. Look at the record, we have a president and a majority in Congress who are not listening to the people they are supposed to represent. The American people have been sending very loud messages to both the president and Congress. We do not like this stupid Health care bill, stop making stupid costly deals just to get your agenda passed. Terrorist should not have the same rights as American citizens. Concentrate on creating jobs. Oh and what happened to the energy crisis, there would be great employment creation just in that field. But NO, I have to listen to my president say that he just has not done a good job of explaining his Health Care Bill. That's because He himself does not know everything that is in it and nobody knows exactly what it is going to cost. What we all agree on, it is that they are underestimating the cost. So we are supposed to trust a President and a Congress who have not delivered in the first year on anything they promised. I want somebody to remind the President, where is all the transparancy he promised. No they make deals in the middle of the night usually on friday so that most people don't even know until Monday. He promised no deals with Lobbyist and all we see is deals for everyone and the American worker is the one who has to pay. Our Homeland Security has become a Joke. He does not address any of that, No, He thinks The Don't Ask Don't Tell policy should be addressed. That's why we are so frustrated, I feel both the President and Congress are totally disconnected to the people. They have no idea what is important to us. He can talk about Jobs all he wants now, but I want to hear how he is going to creat jobs. Maybe, in November he will finally get the message.

    January 28, 2010 at 9:47 am |
  36. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    At least he wasnt trying to feed us full of global warming crap .

    January 28, 2010 at 9:52 am |
  37. James NY

    Ms. Rositano AMEN!

    January 28, 2010 at 9:53 am |
  38. Randy

    A little less talking and a little getting done talk is cheap! lets see what happens

    January 28, 2010 at 9:58 am |
  39. Art

    After his speech,I am not convinced that there will be any new changes in Washington.It will be business as usual.The President can give all the pep talks that he wishes to Congress,but the bottom line is that it is the corrupt politicians that control the outcome of our future.The Politicians do not care about us, the middle class,they are in politics for there own gain,making special deals with special interest groups the lobbiest,and big business.The only time the politicians care about us is when they are looking for our vote.In my opinion,all of the appointees that the President chose for his cabinet positions,are all inept.They are there using the 'Peter Principal'they have all been chosen for there highest level of inconpentencies.

    January 28, 2010 at 9:58 am |
  40. Hank

    The most telling moment of the speech was, "We need to stop giving tax breaks to companies that send our jobs overseas, and start giving tax breaks to those who create jobs here." Not a single Republican congressman applauded. Shows how they feel about job losses.

    January 28, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  41. Butch

    On the Plus side, I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for any of his ideas to materialize. He's a talker, not a doer. He flashes a big smile and proceeds to do what he pleases! His #1 priority changes like the weather. So, today it's Jobs?
    On the campaign trail he made many promises which got him into the White House: he'd end the wars in 6 mo., close Gitmo, find jobs, end the recession, the deficit, transparency in Gov't .... etc., etc. but he hasn't kept a single one! In fact, he's gone the other way, holding sessions in secrecy behind closed doors after C-Span offered free air-time... ballooned the deficit, deployed an ADDITIONAL 40,000 troops to war, on and on. The promises keep coming, but the results don't. What else do we have to go on but his track record!
    His inexperience and ineptitude seem obvious by the drop in his Poll numbers, a true indication that many others also are disappointed and perhaps losing confidence in him.
    In addition, his socialistic ideas, specifically his Health Care Plan are NOT popular. He's taking us in the WRONG DIRECTION!

    January 28, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  42. Patricia Wise

    Don't the Republicans realize that most of the country is developing a deep and wide disrespect for the Republican party. They are so arrogant and childish. The bottom line is...they are afraid we will use some of their money to help others less fortunate in the country. Well isn't that what we were put here to do? (Help others less fortunate). For the first time, a President is honestly trying to help this country and is fighting feverishly to do that. The republicans had 8 years to do something to help us but we are in worse shape than we have ever been. It seems like all they really care about is hanging on to their money and everyone else's too. I hope they just be quiet and let the man do his job and I think if they leave him alone, he just might go down as one of the greatest Presidents we have ever had. They ridiculed Clinton and now he is considered to be one of the most brilliant Presidents we've had. I thought his speech was excellant!

    January 28, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  43. Tom

    Kyra –

    I am an unemployed male, 47 years old. I have had to declare bankruptcy and downsized, have submitted resume's like tons of other people. I see two areas which need change. 1. Credit checks. I find it discriminatory and in this economy with huge rise in personal bankruptcy, it's insulting that a corporate world increasingly run by robotic idiots can judge me by a credit report. Criminals are given the chance to explain convictions, I think the same should be afforded those who have gone through bankruptcy, OR, it should be banned.
    2. Help for those of us who are in our 40's, to combat ageism. You'd think I was a dinosaur. With online applications asking for dates of graduation, I'm sure half my applications didn't make the cut. Also, providing personal info prior to even receiving a call, HR departments across the globe are hiring people more and more based not on the entire package, but GPA, School they went to, Credit Score, AGE. Can I tell you how many naive robotic 20 somethings I have been interviewed by? It's disgusting. And scary. No ability to see the gray between the black and white.....

    January 28, 2010 at 10:12 am |
  44. mblake

    How many people were polled on whether they are more confident now then before the presidents speech? I can not beleive after all the talk is cheap in his speech that so many more americans are fooled by his gift of gab. We definitely need more education, maybe it isn't a masters degree maybe it is a reality check. Hello america, his campaign was crapola and so was his last nights speech. He is smart I got to give him that because he had one ace in the hole"I never said this was going to be easy" His final way out so he doesn't look like a total liar.

    January 28, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  45. kathleen

    the republican party says no to everything so they can get a republican advantage again. their intention is to make it look like the democrats can't even carry a democracy. health care is number one. without health you wouldn't need a job. if you worked in hospice long enough you'd realize health is everything and should come first. their are just as many disabled americans out there as there are jobless. many others in need too. sorry, health comes first. give obama a break. my god

    January 28, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  46. Bob

    Great speech! Calling for unity in the coming year is the correct message to deliver. Team work is required by all parties.

    And is it possible for Krya and the rest of the self enlightened CNN Staff to refer to the President as President Obama. He is the President of the United States and the some what casual approach taken by the 24 hour news cable networks is not appreciated by all.

    Thanks

    January 28, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  47. Ralph Weaver

    Wake up Republicans! The American people want you to work with the President to fix everything you screwed up. Stop acting like spiteful children and get to work before its too late! I have a question for CNN. Has a Rush Limbaugh bought CNN? That's what it seems like lately. I almost thought I was watching FOX.

    January 28, 2010 at 10:29 am |
  48. Arine Ward

    I really HOPE America was able to see the party of "No" at work. How they have no direction of crossing the line...they sat down, and looked totally foolish through the whole State of the Union...I really hope the Constituents see what they have sent to Congress, and wonders why nothing is being done...its not because of President Obama, its because they have a House and Senate full of Children, spoon fed, and spoiled, thinking they have everything nipped in the bag. Just because Mass. elected a Republican Senator to replace Kennedy...Mass, doesn't speak for the entire Country...and the Republican party showed its face last night again with Egg on it...just why were in the mess were in...Cause they sit and don't do anything...but wishes for the Middle working class to support and take care of it all...Well dammit we have had ENOUGH...Enough, Enough!

    January 28, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  49. Jan

    I'm tired of hearing, "It's only been a year." Did this president even have a plan before he ran for office? Did he wait until he was settled into his new home on Pennsylvania Avenue before brainstorming econmic solutions for our country?

    Please, Mr. President. Americans don't need you to tell them there is a need to address the unemployment in this country. We don't need to hear you agree that the bank bailout was a bad move. We don't need to hear that you would like a new health care plan. We need to hear what steps you have already taken toward our common goals.

    January 28, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  50. Arine Ward

    I can't for the life of me understand "why" some Americans, can't understand...this mess were in isn't a "overnight fix" it didn't take us "over night" to get into it...it took "YEARS" and it will not be fixed or felt for years, what has already been done the past year! Bush, entered office in the black, he left in the red, and its going to take the red to get us back to black. America needs to realize who she is, and not what she doesn't have, and simply "Make the Best Better" yes I love my 4-H!!!

    January 28, 2010 at 10:35 am |
  51. Hans Niehus

    I was one of the many early supporters of President Obama. I will continue to support him, but there have been times when I’ve wondered, “is this just politics as usual.” Given the dysfunctional state of our politics at the national, state, and local level, our President has a very difficult task ahead. All parties are guilty of placing individual and party interests ahead of national interests. Large numbers of the American public are tired of the sordid politics we observe in our daily lives. That explains why our expectations are so high for this president. As a people we need to once again learn how to care for each other. I wish the President well. His success will be our success, the American success.

    January 28, 2010 at 10:41 am |
  52. mblake

    Just would like to ask Katheen is she employed or getting a steady check each week? More willing to give Obama a break when you are employed. On the health side , yes health is more important but you sound just like the Chirprator who charges 300.00 per visit, says money should not be the issue when you health is concerned, but puts that same person in a collection agency when the person can not pay for the bill. People need jobs, permanent jobs, they don't need healthcare or another bill on their plate regardless of how much less it costs. Bills they can't pay because they are unemployed so if anyone should get a break it is the many of americans that got shafted by his frivolous spending. There were much more unemployed after he took office then before. There are more unsucces stories then success stories from all OUR money that wasgiven out.

    January 28, 2010 at 10:41 am |
  53. Arine Ward

    @Barbara...Thank you for seeing my "sarcasm" and bringing it to light! You're absolutely correct! So let me say "Nothing Irritates me more, as an American" than those whose infiltrate the mindset of others by saying or declaring what is right for "All" people!

    January 28, 2010 at 10:51 am |
  54. John Babitskas

    Every day, YOU, Cnn keep on bringing up Youngstown Ohio,I am sick and tired of it. Because Carol comes from there is no reason to keep on harping o nit. Go elsewher or I go elsewhere MOVE ON. The town needs to be torn down and rebuilt. John.

    January 28, 2010 at 11:17 am |
  55. Marsha

    I had hoped Pres. Obama would tell us heis extending the unemployment benefits since my 57 year old husband is still unemployed after 13 months. The "stimulus" has not changed the fact that Pensacola, FL companies don't call seniors for interviews for the few low-paying jobs that are available, and my husband's unemployment benefits are nearly gone. We will not be able to afford electricity or food when benefits end in a few weeks. I work every day of my life, so we don't qualify for ANY gov't assistance because I make a few dollars too much accroding to the food stamp qualifying requirements, but cost of living is still more expensive than incoming funds from my job. We are bleeding, and need gov't to provide more unemployment benefits. We used to be middle class, now we are just dirt poor.

    January 28, 2010 at 11:25 am |
  56. mblake

    Funny how most of this stimulus money in billions and millions is given to the federal government agencies and state government and by the time it hits the private sector it is only in the thousands. Did anyone do a poll of all the unemployed where the majority of unemployed workers are from? I bet if you do it will be the small businesess and private sector. The very people who are powerless where all the money is going. The very people who are paying and not getting any benefit.

    January 28, 2010 at 11:25 am |
  57. mblake

    Marsha,

    I feel your pain but it would be a fairy tale for the President to give a crap about that. He cares more about his party making history with healthcare and making sure his powerful buddies have his vote. He has many fooled and still have their vote so why should he help you out. Many should see through his crapola and his worthless promises, talk is cheap with his statements about he never promised this would be easy. Again, I am very sorry for your pain

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

    Marsha...

    I understand how you feel. We only have 2 months left of our already stretched reserves and still not even a call back about a job. We were upper middle class and lost everything. Couldn't claim bankruptsy without giving up our savings (we needed to get by on)...now that is gone too with no hope in sight. Not even a PLAN! Looks like we will be searching for a shelter and applying for welfare benefits. Kids might have to change schools if we don't have an address.

    January 28, 2010 at 11:52 am |
  59. Rodneyb

    It was as good as it gets. The Republicans could take some lessons on what the American people want. President Obama is right on track, he understands the struggles of the common man.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:08 pm |
  60. Wojciech Moskal

    the marriage is between man a women. At the same time we have to respectfully deal with people in our society that are different. what i do not like is how open they all are about their sexual liefs, no privacy, no respect, as if every one suppose to get naked and run the streets ant accept it to be a normality. I actually talked to some gay men, most of them say that they experience some kind of trauma, bed sexual experience, molestations, etc. What i did tell them that if that's the case,*Why Go Out there and promote in public the idea of sex, all about sex and no values, morals, a good family.* If that is what caused all that pain and suffering for them in their lives why go out there and encourage that kind of behavior. As a roman catholic I do oppose the gay lesbian relation ships, our standards can not be altered,absolute no to a marriage, but what i did tell one of them for example he should pray as well. Maybe try a different church. At the same time we can not go around and antagonizing they, picking on them up, make them feel less then us as humans, we should most definitely give them a respect as human beings. When i say this sex promoting life styles that also goes for straight people. you see we should not lower the standers because i have met with a gay guy, he used to be an activist actually working against catholic church in the past. when i met him he was a 65 year old man, with diabetes, told me not even capable of having erection, who said i am not gay now, he started going back to church and decided to live his live out just like any other good catholic would. A lot of the same applies for straight people, they get older and somehow every thing changes.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:24 pm |
  61. rodrigo/ orange county

    January 28th, 2010 12:26 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Tony, unfortunately George Bush ran this country into the dirt. We need to bring our troops home. We are wasting billions of dollars over there and nothing has changed.That money can be spent here rebuilding America. They have forgot about New Orleans, and the poor and middle class.when building a house you don't start with the roof. We need to rebuild America from the ground up. We need to fix all the old water and sewer pipes in our cities. The gov. has left the little people to fend for themselves. If this continues, crime will go back to what it was in the late 80's. Unemployment is running out for many Americans and if the country continues the way it is going the people will make their voice herd, one way or another. it is all not Mr. Obama's fault, he cant do it on his own. Congress needs to remember who they work for, and it is not big business.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:28 pm |
  62. Hans Niehus

    @mblake

    I find posts such as yours deeply disturbing, because they appear to be designed to spread fear and distrust. I dare you to question the the President’s motives, since you appear to lack sincerity in your post. Do you have a hidden agenda? Why not join those of us who are interested in constructively and sincerely addressing America’s problems?

    January 28, 2010 at 12:36 pm |
  63. Fred

    I think it took courage for him to face the whole country in that way! It was kind of like facing your significant other with some bad news even though you know what's coming for sure : the "I told you so, Dear"!, or even worse, the icy stare of annoyance...? you feel like a little kid being reprimanded. Very noteworthy, that most of the blogs I've read lauding the prez. seem to have selceticve memory about a recent election? He didn't miss it, though, & he knows how unforgiving the electorate can be. I wish him luck and God's speed! Didn't the First Lady look fabulous!!!

    January 28, 2010 at 12:43 pm |
  64. Hans Niehus

    @mblake

    This may already have been posted. If so, you have my apologies. I find posts such as yours deeply disturbing, because they appear to be designed to spread fear and distrust. I dare you to question the the President’s motives, since you appear to lack sincerity in your post. Do you have a hidden agenda? Why not join those of us who are interested in constructively and sincerely addressing America’s problems?

    January 28, 2010 at 12:50 pm |
  65. Jeff W

    There was much talk again about bipartisanship in the health care debate, so my question is this: Are there changes that can be made to the current bill that would cause the 10 most liberal Democratic senators to bail but would convince 11 moderate Republicans to come on board thereby making the reform a bipartisan effort? If so, what would this new bill look like and would it be acceptable to the President?

    January 28, 2010 at 12:51 pm |
  66. Dan

    Well, if you consider the president proposing a 1.4% pay raise for our men and women in uniform (who risk their lives every day), and scolding the Supreme Court Justices positive, I guess it was a success.
    I am neither Democrat nor Republican. Both parties have this country so far away from what we were founded on, it's pathetic; however, one thing I will say I find amusing about the Democrats.
    For 8 years under President Bush, they bashed him, continually put him down, ignored him at the State of the Union addresses, etc.
    Now, because they have a president from their party in power, they expect respect from the Republicans, and the Democrats are being treated the same way they treated Bush the last 8 years.
    Any comments from any Democrats out there?
    I would be interested in your excuses.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:54 pm |
  67. Stella

    I am impressed! Great speech! That was what we were waiting for! Now he has to deliver and push forward on the issues like employment and health care reform with a public option, as he promised and the reason why he was elected.

    January 28, 2010 at 1:09 pm |
  68. Hans Niehus

    @Jeff W

    Have Republicans been a loyal opposition? Have Republicans shown any leadership? Have Republicans offered a rational alternative to the President’s Healthcare reform package? The American healthcare system is far from the best in the world. It is high time we acknowledge this. Generally, the media has failed to fully inform Americans about this sad fact. More importantly, Republicans in the Congress have played a self-serving political game, which is designed to protect the interests of insurance companies and generally favors those special interests who wish to maintain the statuesque. None of this serves the interests of the American people. A few, so-called blue dog democrats have played along with the special interests. Thinking Americans reject this dysfunctional political activity as opposed to the best interests of regular Americans who are victimized by a healthcare system which is designed by corporations for the benefit of corporations, rather than for the benefit of struggling American families. Why would we worry about bipartisanship? We elected Democrats to be the governing party. It is time that they step up and get the job done.

    January 28, 2010 at 1:14 pm |
  69. Hans Niehus

    I really do know how to spell "status quo." Don't rely on spell check all the time. It can mess you up, LOL.

    January 28, 2010 at 1:20 pm |
  70. mblake

    Hans,

    Wow, it doesn't surprise me by your post. Just like the PRESIDENT you think is working for the middle class, I NEVER SAID THIS WAS GOING TO BE EASY. Just like the president you seem to think is NOT giving to the large corporations,banks and government, I NEVER SAID I WAS GOING TO TELL PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANTED TO HEAR. So, I would think you would feel the same way about me that you think about the president when I post the obvious. The middle class has not gotten directly ANYTHING without it GOING DIRECTLY through banks , government and large corporations where by the time it trickled down tot he private sector and small businesses got VERY little that benifited them. You need to look around and stop being fooled by this president whose has a way with words and that is exactly what it is. He wasted a whole year on healthcare just as Hillary did. Something the democrats are determined to do just to boost their name not to help middle class

    January 28, 2010 at 1:52 pm |
  71. Jimmie Johnson

    President Obama inspires America in a time when America is being brainwashed in cynicism. America is returning and Republicans want to delay it as much as possible. Yes We Can and Yes We Will is the message President Obama delivered. A jobs Bill means Jobs Growth
    and this will produce true results. Republicans haven't had any ideas and they sit on their hands and do nothing. Democrats will bring America back to the position in the World we deserve.

    January 28, 2010 at 2:03 pm |
  72. Frank Cranz

    I am A democrat but strongly agree with Senator Mc Cain.While serving in the military all our differances should be put a side and serve with pride.Just picture a "liberated" gay Marine.

    January 28, 2010 at 2:03 pm |
  73. Hans Niehus

    @mblake

    “He wasted a whole year on healthcare just as Hillary did. Something the democrats are determined to do just to boost their name not to help middle class.”

    That statement gives you away. I stand by what I posted. You are posting to support your political agenda, not because you wish to constructively add to to solving the nations problems, or to further the the national discussion. You believe that our national concern about the quality and availability of healthcare in the US is a "waste of time." Shame on you!

    BTW don’t put words in the mouth of the President, or me. You don’t know what I think. It may surprise you to learn that I am a life long registered member of the New York State Conservative Party. But then, we had thinking Conservatives like Bill Buckley. We didn’t rely on idiots like Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh to define what conservative was all about.

    January 28, 2010 at 2:48 pm |
  74. Hans Niehus

    @Frank Cranz

    Sexual orientation does not bar any American from serving in the military. It's time to give up on stereotyping. Would you be shocked to learn that our founding generation numbered gays among there members?

    January 28, 2010 at 2:56 pm |
  75. mblake

    Hans,

    Idiots? Shame on you. You are clueless, It is obvious you do not know the meaning of "priorities" which is something the democrats need to start practicing instead of THEIR agenda. You can not ignore priorities to satisfy YOUR agenda.

    January 28, 2010 at 3:05 pm |
  76. Hans Niehus

    @mblake

    “Priorities?“ Did I say anything about priorities? I stand by what I posted and I don’t intend to get into one of those internet flaming wars about it.

    We Americans are capable of effectively dealing with all of our national issues. Our history is proof of that. We have traditionally accomplished this through informed consensus. In the most recent Presidential elections, Americans did so, again. I am confident that Americans will continue to make wise choices based on consensus, despite the activities of a vocal and in my opinion very destructive minority. In my life experience there is no conservative or liberal way of filling a pothole. So let’s just get the job done.

    January 28, 2010 at 3:29 pm |
  77. Rick, Geneva IL

    Obama's speech ran on and on like a stuck accelarator with the same rhetoric heard before. Recall Congress and Obama.

    January 28, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  78. WC

    The judge said, "simply not true".

    January 28, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  79. Tameka Woodfin

    The news media was established for the people. I can not understand why such media outlets use air time down grading the president's agenda for the people's best interest.

    January 28, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  80. Teri Reed

    I feel that President Obama does not get the respect he deserves. I do not understand what is happening to the American people,he is our president and people need to support him. He cares about us and is fighting for us!!!!!!!! I listen to him and can tell that he is speaking from his heart . He believes in us and we should do the same!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 28, 2010 at 7:03 pm |
  81. pcyoung38

    I am on th fence with what I am hearing. The President has only been in office for one year. That is not enough time to make up for the two terms that the previous cabinancy brought us to ruin; so to speek.
    I will say this though, I too was disheartened by his speech only because he didn't say much more than what he promised during his campaign.
    I am a mother of four, out of work, living in MA. I have 2 children wanting to go to college in September and them some. I don't mean to sound pessimistic but where are these jobs that were promised to come in 2010. Forgive my niavete but I can't even get a job at a clothing store or McDonald's, for lack of experience or to much schooling. WHAT IS THAT ALL ABOUT,
    Mr. President, our last Senetor, Theodore Kennedy, is rolling over in his grave because our Dems couldn't even get his life's cause right. Wake up. Haiti, Heallthcare, Employment should be the only things on your mind at the moment. Otherwise the people will continue to lose faith.

    January 29, 2010 at 4:24 am |
  82. Jill West

    It was Great to hear your interview with the 3 mayors this morning in
    cities that were spread from Tx to Maryland to Indiana regarding the benefits of the Stimulus. All three were so positive-it is exactly what
    we citizens want and need to hear!
    We have seen most of the media pose questions in such a negative way-the controversy factor seems highly important to them regardless
    of the fact that those with the microphones influence opinion–not what
    we see the job of the media to be!

    January 29, 2010 at 2:05 pm |
  83. mark foster texas

    the president, let us know how we got into this mess .then tryed to explain how he plan to get out , meanwhile the party of whiners,did not listen, nor showed any respect.still there are people out there that support this type of negative behavior,as seen in the state of mass.it appears to me as if there are those that wish the president and this country failure..

    January 29, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
  84. pcyoung38

    I certainly do not wish that the President or this country fails, I just want more than the blanket statements that we have been given. I need specifics. We all would benefit more from that rather than hanging on to what seems to be empty promises.

    January 29, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  85. Wojciech Moskal

    Never watched it , but I'm sure it was entertaining.

    January 31, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  86. Jay Ramaswamy

    I would suggest that you hold the businesses in US responsible for job loss, not just the goverment.

    It is the business that have been and still are sending jobs over seas, as an excuse to reduce costs. Well, it also reduces disposable income in the US. How are they going to get customers for their products and services if people here have been kicked out of jobs?

    Can you please discuss this at length in all of your programs?

    BTW, I love your new anchor spot in the AM!

    Jay

    February 1, 2010 at 9:43 am |
  87. Margaret

    I would like to know what the president plan are to get to the JOBS, if they can't drive to the jobs. We need transportation to get to the jobs,bank,grocerys and even doctors too?

    February 1, 2010 at 10:49 am |
  88. Joseph

    I think the dont ask dont tell policy is outdated. We need to get rid of these sterotypes and remember we are all americans.

    February 2, 2010 at 9:44 am |
  89. Chip Beardsley

    It's 2010, not 1950 ... It's time for us to stop the dicimination and predudice.

    February 2, 2010 at 9:46 am |
  90. Patricia

    I really can't believe what our country is coming too. It is sad that people cannot simply understand that God made man and woman. Not man and man or woman and woman. As for our military, it's just going to be a big joke now. A military full of gays...come on!

    February 2, 2010 at 10:12 am |
  91. Lisa V.

    There is NO need to lift the "don't ask don't tell" policy. It has worked this long, why change a good thing?

    February 2, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  92. Pat Sommerhalder

    Of course Don't Ask, Don't Tell should be repealed. Thousands of men and women who are willing to die for their country are being denied the basic right of being who they really are. Having to live a lie so they are not discharged is an outrage. It is time this country come to terms with the fact that being homosexual is not a choice, but is the way many people were born. They have the same right to the pursuit of happiness as the rest of us.

    February 2, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  93. JEANETTE MATTE

    Oh, my God; we are all God's children. None of us are perfect. If a gay or lesbian seeks a military career, they're goals should be met based on the standards required by the Military. What is wrong with our world that there are dishonest, evil people in the Military who are a danger to our country; and yet we look down on respectable, Intelligent people who are an asset to our Military, simply because their sexual preference is not as our Military leaders see fit.

    WAKE UP OUT THERE1

    February 2, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  94. Joan Burrows

    I am 78 years old. I am not gay, but I know people who are gay. Let everyone be who they are, and proud of it, and accepted. The military should not be an exception.

    February 2, 2010 at 10:45 am |
  95. Thomas

    I am currently a senior NCO in the army serving in Iraq. I don't believe that the sexuallity of a soldier affects his combat readiness, but I do believe it will affect the coadhesion of the unit. I don't think that congress is thinking about the added cost of housing and other cost imposed by this change. We as leaders have to make sure that female and male soldiers remain seperated by living conditions (housing and Showers). I believe that if gays are able to serve openly then every soldier will have to have seperate living conditions. The country has gotten so sensitive to sexual harrassment that even someone looking at another in a way they don't like is cause for sexual harrassement complaints. I have seen many good soldiers that have lost thier carreers because someone has made a sexual harrassment compliant, even that it was found to be false accusation. A soldier doesn't get over something like that because it brings down the integrity and leadership of that soldier even if found to be false.

    February 2, 2010 at 10:48 am |