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Obama State of the Union 2013

A President Against Himself

Ladan Rafii | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Ladan Rafii

Yes, the latest polls may indicate that the President's popularity among Americans has increased by a few percentage points, but that won't make up for all the goodwill he's lost in the corridors of Capitol Hill.

Elise Foley

Dreamer At Last Year's State Of The Union Laments Congress' Failures On Immigration | Elise Foley | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A year ago, Alan Aleman sat in the House gallery and watched President Barack Obama vow to sign immigration reform into law in 2013. It ...

My Student Voice

Rebekah Bolser | Posted 03.01.2013 | Teen
Rebekah Bolser

The students in my old neighborhood deserve a chance to have a successful future. If we can't give them that, how can we say that we have succeeded in bringing up the generation of the future -- the ones who are going to determine the future of this country?

#StopSequestration: Not All Cuts Are Equal

Edward Headington | Posted 04.29.2013 | Los Angeles
Edward Headington

If ever there was a time to come together and remind ourselves that Peace Through (Economic) Strength is a virtue still embraced, it is now.

Preschool: A Nonpartisan No-brainer

Susan Ochshorn | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics
Susan Ochshorn

Obama may well be hedging his bets. But as a believer in taxpayer-funded preschool for all (I prefer the term "public good," thank you), I like to think that the president's paving the way for the whole nine yards. How about that legacy, on which he seems to be working so diligently?

Raising the Minimum Wage and the Floor for All

Sarita Gupta | Posted 04.21.2013 | Business
Sarita Gupta

Fundamentally, the President understands that a higher minimum wage - not tax breaks for the rich - is what's needed to drive economic growth for those who most need it in America: workers. And for low wage workers everywhere, this increase is long overdue.

The State of the Union as Rorschach Test

Deepak Chopra | Posted 04.20.2013 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

Immediately after Obama's State of the Union speech, pundits offered clashing descriptions: prosaic, bread-and-butter, Clinton-like, an extension of the liberal agenda outlined in the inaugural address, uplifting, aggressive and so on. What I heard was something really unusual.

Jason Linkins

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.19.2013 | Media

Maybe there will be a lot of clear-eyed thinking today on these Sunday shows -- and I see that Meet The Press has booked John McCain so never mind, sorry, business as usual.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 04.18.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, we found out that the State of the Union -- or at least the rhetoric about it -- is strong. To no one's surprise, President Obama delivered another good speech. Highlights included his call for an increase in the minimum wage, the announcement of steps towards fixing our broken voting system, and a promise to step up on climate change. The president also vowed that "by the end of next year, our war in Afghanistan will be over" -- though he didn't explain why we need to wait until then. The speech's most powerful moment was Obama's passionate call for gun control. His overarching message was: I welcome bipartisanship, but if I don't get it, I'll do it myself. As the shameful GOP filibuster of Chuck Hagel showed, the odds are the president will be spending his second term in DIY mode.

I Was Just the Seat-Holder: Gay Military Families at the SOTU

Tracey Hepner | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Tracey Hepner

I was invited to be at the State of the Union with the First Lady, but I was holding the seat for countless military spouses, across all branches of service, and their family members.

Call and Response: What the President Did This Week

Jim Wallis | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics
Jim Wallis

There is a tradition in the black church named "call and response." It's simply the experience of the preacher "calling" and the congregation "responding." Obama is ready to issue "calls" to the American people, over the heads of the Washington politicians and pundits. It's time for our response.

How the State of the Union Worked

George Lakoff | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics
George Lakoff

That is how the president has changed public discourse. He has changed it at the level that counts, the deepest level, the moral level. What can make that change persist? What will allow such an ideal citizenry to come into existence?

Obama Wrapping Up Tour In Hometown

Posted 02.15.2013 | Politics

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama was wrapping up his post-State of the Union tour by talking about...

Christina Wilkie

NRA Slams Obama State Of The Union Address | Christina Wilkie | Posted 02.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre on Thursday renewed his call for armed guards in every school and said President Barack Ob...

Obama State of the Union: Rallying Cry Against Economic Disenfranchisement

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
Jayne Lyn Stahl

While the president's speech was ambitious and not short on specifics, it was resoundingly consistent in this one theme alone, that of owning up to the working poor and indigent in America, and taking a seismic step in advancing towards economic justice.

The Artful Speech & an Agonizing Sip: A Real Housewife Breaks Down the State of the Union and the Republican Response

Lea Black | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
Lea Black

Sure, Democrats got their water cooler moment with Marco Rubio's struggle with dry mouth, but it's all one big cycle. With that, and since one of D.C.'s biggest nights plays out like Bravo programming, here's my take on D.C.: Mean Girls edition.

The State of the Progressive Union 2013

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 04.15.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Activism works. To the extent that the president's words and deeds have become more progressive, it's because people took to the streets and spoke to our leaders with votes, emails, and phone calls. But there's more to be done. Much more.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Obama's State Of The Union Address Draws Some Republican Praise | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 02.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Despite Republican criticism of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, some GOP lawmakers offered rare praise for some asp...

Joy Resmovits

Can Obama Deliver On His Big Preschool Promise? | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics

Just one day after President Barack Obama unveiled hisbig promise to America's smallest children, both advocates and allies are raising major question...

John Celock

States Split On Key Obama Plan | John Celock | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics

State lawmakers' reactions to President Barack Obama's announcement Tuesday night of a new bipartisan voting commission split along party lines. Th...

Rush Slams Obama's 'Bold-Faced Lies'

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics

Despite saying he "really liked" parts of President Barack Obama's 2013 State of the Union address, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh criticized w...

Obama, Rubio Offer Similar Prescriptions For College Aid Changes

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama challenged Congress in his State of the Union Address Tuesday night to reform how college financial aid is distributed, and onc...

Advancing the State of the Union: More Than Just the President's Job

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 04.15.2013 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

Movements begin in our own homes -- they don't come from the White House. If we want to see real substantive change in our lives and in society, then each and every one of us has to make it happen, period.

Best Lines From Obama's SOTU Speech

The Huffington Post | Gabrielle Dunkley | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union in front of a joint session of congress and honored guests as the world watched from home on T...

Eleazar David Melendez

Bankers Giddy After SOTU Speech | Eleazar David Melendez | Posted 02.13.2013 | Business

President Barack Obama’s failure to mention financial reform during Tuesday night’s State of the Union address is a disappointing setback that sho...