What is the state of our union, Mr. President?

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  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 29, 2014 4:50 p.m.

    I wonder if the "year of action" will be as good at the "summer of recovery"? Perhaps a better motto for 2014 would be the "year of re-action" which Barack and his tiger team led by Jay Carney are experts at. The term best suited for the state of the union - "stink, stank, stunk".

  • Counter Intelligence Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 28, 2014 8:25 p.m.

    It truly amazes me that there are still people who do not recognize the complete failure of this administration. When will they stop blaming everyone else and simply admit that Obama is a disaster

  • freedomingood provo, Utah
    Jan. 28, 2014 7:12 p.m.

    The house doesn't control congress, as a whole the senate is more powerful which the republicans held for the previous 12 year before 2006.

    If the house had real power it would have their repeal of Obamacare would have stuck - some 30 times.

  • freedomingood provo, Utah
    Jan. 28, 2014 7:10 p.m.

    I remember when republicans said the economy was fine even when we were losing millions of jobs a year; the stock market was up and that was all that mattered. They all said the economy was fundamentally fine - look away.

    Lots of soldiers dying 2000 - 2008 ? For the glory of America. We were being attacked every day somewhere and Bush never got blamed for any of it.

    Now they don't care that the stock market has done well and they are finally loosing sleep over the death of every American death. Good on that one at least. Too bad it will flip flop as soon as they have the presidency again.

  • sderf13 Blue Springs, MO
    Jan. 28, 2014 6:01 p.m.

    All I read is about the war Bush got us into. Do any of you know who controlled the house when Bush was President. In case you forgot it was democrats DUH

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Jan. 28, 2014 4:41 p.m.

    "How many times have we voted to increase our debt limit... just in the past few months? Seems like we are constantly doing it."

    Yes we are. And that is because congress will only fund it for a few months at a time.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Jan. 28, 2014 4:31 p.m.

    Am I better off than I was five years ago? Has my health insurance become less expensive, as Obama promised ? Have I been able to keep my doctor and my insurance plan, as Obama promised? Have our embassies and consulates become safer? Have the troops been removed from Afghanistan? Does the world respect the United States? Is terrorism a thing of the past? Is everyone who wants a job fully employed and earning a wage that allows him/her to provide fully for his/her family? Are our children better educated? Are more companies closing foreign plants and reopening those plants in America? Can our children and grandchildren even take a home-packed lunch to school without someone throwing that lunch in the garbage claiming that only the government knows how to feed children?

    Obama would be well advised to stay home tonight. We've heard all the lies that we need to hear. His platitudes are nothing but an exercise in futility.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 28, 2014 3:33 p.m.

    I wonder if the constantly increasing debt will come up... and if he intends to INCREASE, or DECREASE it?

    How many times have we voted to increase our debt limit... just in the past few months? Seems like we are constantly doing it. Even while we say that we know that there's a debt crisis directly in our path.

    My family can't just increase our debt limit multiple times each year whenever we run out of money. Yet my family is funding a government that keeps doing it. And they know it will end badly. But they don't care! As long as we don't crash or have to cut back on services during THEIR administration.

    My family can't survive when we can't even pay the interest on our debts by applying 100% of our income towards our debt. Yet we think it's OK for our government to be in that position.

    I suspect that government spending will not even come up tonight. It's easier to just keep our heads in the sand (for now).

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    Jan. 28, 2014 2:13 p.m.

    @mountainman. I have health insurance so I do not need to enroll in obamacare.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 28, 2014 2:00 p.m.

    @JerryBall "After being pushed around by losers for about six years, it's about time he took the reigns and he legislated from the Catbird Seat he occupies, " Absolutely. From Obama I want more FDR, less Professor Woodrow Wilson. Give 'em heck! I'd use stronger language, but this is the Deseret News.

  • airnaut Everett, 00
    Jan. 28, 2014 1:59 p.m.

    I'm just agasped at the amnesia of those forgetting the last 2 years of BushCo.
    and STILL thinking what America needs is to get back to that...

    Housing values slashed in 1/2,
    The Stock Market lost 2/3 of it's value,
    Unemployment quadrupled,
    gas was over $5 a gallon,
    and Detriot went bankrupt becuase nobody wanted their cash cow, gas-guzzling SUVs anymore...

    Do you Really want to go back the way things were then?

  • JerryBall San Francisco, CA
    Jan. 28, 2014 1:46 p.m.

    Despite the sputtering and raised blood pressure of some conservatives who ubiquitously go apoplectic with any view that doesn't jive with theirs, I for one hope this is Obama's George Bush moment of "I'm the decider." It's about time he became a force to contend with in leadershp. After all, what has he to lose at this point? After beng pushed around by losers for about six years, it's about time he took the reigns and he legislated from the Catbird Seat he occupies, much to the angst of the losers who have been nothing but doorstops for the past 4 years to the detriment of the nation. I can already hear the cries of "Dictatorship" from that delegation already. I can only say "Get over it already!"

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 28, 2014 12:50 p.m.

    We no longer have much of a union because of the unrelenting attack on social security and pension systems. The super wealthy have desired to undo the New Deal since its inception. Not only that but they want to impoverish retirees of all types because they think they are a drag on their profits. This is trickle down class war. Boomers in particular had better wake up an smell the coffee soon, or their final years will be bitter (and impoverished) indeed.

  • RedShirtCalTech Pasedena, CA
    Jan. 28, 2014 12:26 p.m.

    To "xert" you are wrong. The state of the union is weakening as we listen to Obama, Pelosi, Gore, and all of those that lead on the left. Nationally wages have been decreasing since Obama was put into office. Fewer people are working than we have seen since Carter was President. The divisions on nearly every front are increasing as liberals/Progressives divide the US so that it becomes easier to control.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 28, 2014 12:15 p.m.

    Hey President!

    How are those Hawaiian vacations we pay for? How are Michelle's birthday parties, trips to Aspen Colorado, and Spain working out?

    Can you thank the American people in your state of our union?

    A thank you would be a polite thing to do.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 28, 2014 12:03 p.m.

    Don't worry Anti Bush-Obama... he will be out of office in 2 years (whether the ObamaFans like it or not). The big question is... what then?

    More of the same? Or a new direction?

    I know some will want more of the same. I hope it's not the majority of Americans.

    Problem is... just electing Republicans doesn't guarantee a new direction. Just as electing Obama didn't change the direction we were on with Bush.

    For all the "Our ship must change direction or we will run aground"... we got from the Obamafans during the campaigns... the ship really didn't change direction all that much... did it?

    And it won't if we get Hillary Clinton next. Or a Republican.

    After Obama and Bush I get the feeling it doesn't matter which party we elect, or even which person we elect. Nothing changes.

    Something else is controlling the direction of the country. Maybe George Soros, or Glenn Beck, The Fed Reserve, or the people controlling our news content. I don't know, but it's evidently not the President. Because for all his complaining about Bush.. Obama has done the exact same things Bush did.

  • Anti Bush-Obama Chihuahua, 00
    Jan. 28, 2014 11:43 a.m.

    He's just going to blame the other side for everything and do a lot of political grandstanding. Also hide behind the victims of recent tragedies so he can endorse NSA spying and Gun control. I'm so sick of this guy. He is not leaving office. I think he is going to stay for life.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 28, 2014 11:13 a.m.

    To the obamatons faithfully carrying Obama's water today... Can you name one thing from Obama's State of the Union address last year that he actually accomplished? I can't.


    CBS News did a good report on it this morning. You can read it online.

    Last year he promised:
    -Gun Control
    -Lower Budget
    -Climate Change (Previously known as "Global Warming")
    -Immigration reform
    -Minimum Wage
    -Taxes (Get rid of tax loopholes, reduce deficit)
    -Terrorism (end GITMO)
    -Iran "end their nuclear weapon program"... what have we done?
    -Voting (no ID needed to vote)
    -Medicare... "I’m prepared to enact reforms"...
    -Education: "working with states to make high-quality preschool available to every single child in America"...
    -Housing: (bail out underwater loans)
    -Trade (boost American exports)

    What did he accomplish from his list?


    Would it have really been that terrible if Romney had delivered the SOU with a new direction last year instead of the same-old same-old for yet another year?

    How much worse could it have been?

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Jan. 28, 2014 11:11 a.m.

    The state of the Union is pretty good. The economy is coming back nicely. The wars are all but over. Health care is available to almost all (except in certain troglodyte states like Utah). Now if we could just invest in our own people. For example, we all know that education is the key to our future, but we are making it as hard as possible for the young to afford a higher education. We now need the equivalent of a GI bill.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 28, 2014 10:45 a.m.

    It would be nice if anybody would give us the REAL state of our nation, instead of just their party's spin on it.

    I don't know what the state of our nation is for sure, but I KNOW I won't get it from either side in the State of the Union or from the liberal media or the daily news. All you will get is their spin. Same goes for right-wing media. So truth is hard to find.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Jan. 28, 2014 9:37 a.m.

    @ Shaun. Did you get a waiver from Obamacare? I wasn't so lucky and therefore I am FORCED to comply against my wishes and better judgment.

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    Jan. 28, 2014 9:06 a.m.

    @mountainman. You give the president too much credit. My way of life does not depend on one man but on me.

  • johnapool Van Buren, MO
    Jan. 28, 2014 9:03 a.m.

    The state of the union? How can you ask the President such a question when we see daily just how bad a do-nothing congress can be? Remember when the state of the union was that we were first in the world in education? Remember when the rich paid their fair share of the costs of running our country and still got richer?
    Our President can't get support from half of congress because he doesn't yield to constant threats, attacks, bullying and outright dis-information.
    The state of the union lies in shambles at the feet of those who would rather see the country fail than do what is right for most Americans.
    And by the way, Mountanman, GWB led us into a useless, unnecessary war that will take us many years to pay for, left the economy in shambles, and left all his old cronies rich. Great pres.

  • mohokat Ogden, UT
    Jan. 28, 2014 8:30 a.m.

    Yea Obama what is the State of the Union. Try the truth for a change. That would be a novel idea for you. The truth that is.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Jan. 28, 2014 8:17 a.m.

    IMAPatriot2 said:
    "The best thing this POTUS could do for the country is resign along with his VP. We don't need more government that is trying to do for us the things that we should be doing for ourselves and that has forgotten that they work for us NOT us for them."

    "They" are us and we are "them" You'd think a patriot would realize that.
    The State of the Union is getting better, no thanks to the GOP who wasted time, blocked their own bills, and essentially have done nothing since Obama took office except complain and try and spin semantics into treason.
    Why would he resign? I remember when your were labeled unpatriotic to even question bush and cheney's war's.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Jan. 28, 2014 8:10 a.m.

    JoeBlow; GWB presided over very good economic growth until the housing boom caused by the government meddling in the housing market burst and collapsed our economy. He lead us through 9-11 and was the first president to actually do anything about terrorism. Your man Obama has presided over the weakest recovery in the history of America and his policies have been so destructive that even the Washington Post has warned that the Demos will probably lose the majority of Senate seats in November! Proving you can fool some of the people some of the time but you can not fool all the people, all the time. I can't wait for November so we can begin repairing this failing nation!

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Jan. 28, 2014 7:50 a.m.

    Thid. Obamas approval ratings are not great. They are pretty much right in line with George W. Bush's.

    Did you realize how big of a mistake you made back then?

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    Jan. 28, 2014 7:36 a.m.

    Given Obama's plummeting approval numbers, more and more Americans are realizing we made a mistake electing this man. Everyone makes mistakes and its time we all admitted that and do better next election! Our grandchildren will thank us!

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    Jan. 28, 2014 7:26 a.m.

    The state of our union is strong and growing stronger as more and more young people seek to distance themselves from the likes of Limbaugh and the becks and Palins and Bachmans of the world. This administration is far from perfect, but it did two things right, it has distanced us from the failures of the bush years and it spared us mitt Romney.

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    Jan. 28, 2014 6:48 a.m.

    When it is obvious that our nation is going down a dead end street, it is imperative that we turn around in order to avoid an inevitable crash. Thus we are being lead down a dead end street with income redistribution, Obamacare train wreck, exploding national debt, massive job losses and ever bigger, more intrusive government. Obama will tell us all we need to do is accelerate the destructive policies that put us on the dead end road. In other words, as he has in every other speech, he will tell us we must NOT turn back and that we have come too far! Do we have enough time to change our coarse before we crash is the question of the day?

    Jan. 28, 2014 5:20 a.m.

    The best thing this POTUS could do for the country is resign along with his VP. They and their agenda are blocking this great nation from achieving it's full potential. We don't need more government that is trying to do for us the things that we should be doing for ourselves and that has forgotten that they work for us NOT us for them.

  • Grammy3 SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    Jan. 28, 2014 1:17 a.m.

    I do not know about you but I am not going to waste my time on this. I have better things to do with my life than hear the same things over and over again each year.

  • SAS Sandy, UT
    Jan. 28, 2014 12:07 a.m.

    Wait, one erroneous statement in a State of the Union address will condemn an entire presidential term? Because I seem to remember something about Saddam Hussein looking to acquire uranium in Africa.