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Winning Our Future -- Together

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

In his State of the Union Address, Obama created an atmosphere in which we all recognized that there are many challenges we face as a nation and that we must work closely together to move our country forward.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly in the President's State of the Union Address

L. Randall Wray | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
L. Randall Wray

While I think that the president is far too optimistic on the 'Sputnik' front, I do not blame him for using this venue to look past the continuing crisis and toward the future.

Palin Responds To State Of The Union Speech: 'A Lot Of WTF Moments'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

During an interview as surprising as a cold winter night in Alaska, Sarah Palin took issue with Barack Obama's State of the Union Address. But TV sta...

Boehner: 'We're Broke'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

John Boehner visited CNN's "Parker Spitzer" Wednesday to discuss Obama's State of the Union address, and he didn't hesitate to cut right to the chase....

Exclusive: Bachmann Stuck Behind Obama Motorcade, Misses Live Spot on NBC News

Andy Plesser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Plesser

In her response to the State of the Union address, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann looked into her Webcast camera but away from a second camera in the ...

Obama's New Ideas

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama proposed a number of ideas last night, amongst the continuation of themes or policies he has pushed previously. The following are the proposals that stuck out as being truly new ideas for him, and thus worth examining.

My Conversation With Charlie Crist

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

2011-01-27-crist.jpgI spoke with former Florida Governor Charlie Crist to get his reaction to the State of the Union and how the speech played with Independents like himself.

Bachmann Tea Party

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Amanda Terkel

Obama's Overlooked SOTU Promise To Reorganize The Gov't | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the most overlooked but potentially significant proposals in President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night wa...

Obama Cold-Shoulders the Mideast in SOTU

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Leon T. Hadar

What are we to make of the short shrifting of the Mideast by Obama? Some would argue that the focus of the address was on economic policies, not foreign. But the main theme, "The Sputnik Moment", was global -- not domestic.

Stating the Obvious: Paul Ryan Doesn't Care About Deficits

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

Ryan has three main objectives in mind when he warns America about a day of reckoning concering the national debt. In this light, here is how we should evaluate his public pronouncements.

WATCH: Why Michele Bachmann Couldn't Look Into The Camera

Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

Being both beautiful and powerful doesn't mean you aren't susceptible to the occasional bout of camera fright. The lens and lights beating down o...

Obama Whistles Past Economic Graveyard in Deluded SOTU Address

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

Although the president made token noises about how serious our economic problems are, he immediately negated these gestures with other statements that made clear he does not understand.

Meetup Everywhere: HuffPost Readers Watch The State Of The Union

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Last night, HuffPost joined forces with to facilitate meetups around the State Of The Union address. All across the country, HuffPost read...

"We Do Big Things"

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Rev. Al Sharpton

"We do big things" was a call to action for renewed innovation and creativity that defined much of our progress in years past. These words were also a resounding call to appreciate and honor the American spirit.

Big Things and the Workforce to Get Them Done

Sec. Hilda Solis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sec. Hilda Solis

Creating the jobs and industries of the future will require America doing what it does best -- investing in the creativity, imagination, and ingenuity of our people. No nation has workers more productive than ours.

The President Ignored the Elephant in the Room

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

The president's failure to address the decoupling of American corporate profits from American jobs makes reviving the nation's "competitiveness" seem somewhat beside the point but also cedes to Republicans the dominant narrative.

SOTU Misses on an Easy Win: Natural Gas

Daniel Dicker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Daniel Dicker

If the president is convinced about "investment" -- a major theme of last night's SOTU -- he will hopefully soon consider investment in federal incentives for natural gas.

Tiger Mother Haunts Obama's SOTU

Sandip Roy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sandip Roy

Obama did not mention Amy Chua in his State of the Union. But the implication was clear. Even as he talked about the "Sputnik" moment, he was really saying, America, this is the "Tiger Mommy" moment, wake up, because a "D" is NOT an acceptable grade.

Where Are the Values? A Tale of Two Obamas

Richard Kirsch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Kirsch

A great strength of the Republican message is that it is consistent; they stick to the same vision no matter what through all the ebbs and flows of time and events. We need Democrats, led by President Obama, to do the same.

The Most Reasonable Man in Washington

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Obama's address was a solid, steady performance. He clearly values the brand for himself as the balanced leader who will work with anyone. But there are some big worries I have over the longer term, both for the president and the country.

Michele Bachmann Proposes "Don't Add, Don't Spell"

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Andy Borowitz

Rep. Bachmann called the proposal "a reflection of core Tea Party values" and said it would "deliver the American people from the tyranny of arithmetic, spelling, and punctuation.

The Ryan Response and the Politics of Austerity

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The Republicans could not have chosen a better person to respond to the president -- at least from the Democratic point of view. When given the choice between aspiration and austerity, Americans will choose aspiration every time.

The State Of The Union: A Christian Response To President Obama

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

The president needs to take a more public role in addressing the issue of poverty. We need his voice now more than ever.

SOTU: The Dollar Gap Between Rhetoric and Reality

Marshall Auerback | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Marshall Auerback

The ultimate paradox facing the president -- and the country as a whole -- is that while innovation, education and infrastructure are necessary ingredients for global competitive success, they offer no guarantee.