State Of The Union Address 2013

The State of the Union is an annual address presented by the President of the United States to the United States Congress. The address not only reports on the condition of the nation but also allows the president to outline his legislative agenda (the office of the President does not have Constitutional power to enact legislation, only Congress can do this legally) and national priorities to Congress.

George Washington gave the first State of the Union address on January 8, 1790 in New York City, then the provisional U.S. capital. In 1801.

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President Obama’s State of the Union Address – U.S. Capitol

Tuesday, February 12, at 9 p.m. EST

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Open for Questions”  live event held by a panel of WH senior advisors to answer questions about the President’s address. Submit questions via Twitter (using the hashtag’s #WHChat & #SOTU), Google+ and Facebook, as well as from the live in-person audience of White House Social participants.

February 13

  • 12:30 PM ET: Education
  • 2:30 PM ET: Jobs and the Economy
  • 4:00 PM ET: Energy and the Environment

February 14

4:30 PM ET: “Fireside Hangout” with President Obama

February 15

  • 3:00 PM ET: Reducing Gun Violence
  • 4:00 PM ET: Immigration Reform

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  1. CR says:

    WH

    Monday , February, 2013

    All Times Eastern

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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    11:00 AM
    Vice President Biden holds a roundtable discussion with law enforcement officials and Members of Congress on gun safety
    Girard College, Philadelphia, PA

    12:00 PM
    12:30 AM
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press.

    1:00 PM
    1:45 PM
    President Barack Obama awards Clinton Romesha, a former active duty Army Staff Sergeant, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.
    White House

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  2. CR says:

    State of the Union Address

    The State of the Union is an annual address presented by the President of the United States to the United States Congress. The address not only reports on the condition of the nation but also allows the president to outline his legislative agenda (the office of the President does not have Constitutional power to enact legislation, only Congress can do this legally) and national priorities to Congress.

    George Washington gave the first State of the Union address on January 8, 1790 in New York City, then the provisional U.S. capital. In 1801.

    Tuesday, February 12

    9:00 PM EST
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    President Obama delivers his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress.

    10:00 PM EST
    Live panel at the White House. Senior advisors will answer your questions about the President’s address submitted via:

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    February 12
    10:00 PM ET “Open for Questions”  live event held by a panel of WH senior advisors to answer questions about the President’s address. Submit questions via Twitter (using the hashtag’s #WHChat & #SOTU), Google+ and Facebook, as well as from the live in-person audience of White House Social participants.

    February 13

    • 12:30 PM ET: Education
    • 2:30 PM ET: Jobs and the economy
    • 4:00 PM ET: Energy and the environment

    February 14

    February 15

    • CR says:

      State of the Union Guests

      • CR says:

        State of the Union guests include people touched by gun violence

        February 8, 2013, 5:48 p.m. By Wes Venteicher – latimes

        Washington — More than 20 House Democrats are planning to bring people affected by gun violence to President Obama’s State of the Union address next week as part of an effort to press for new gun control measures in Congress.

        Each member of Congress may bring one guest to the State of the Union address, which Obama will deliver Tuesday beginning at 9 p.m. EST. As of Friday afternoon, at least 23 House Democrats had committed to bringing people affected by gun violence, according to Jonathon Dworkin, communications director for Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.).

        Minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) on Friday was the latest representative to announce she would join the effort. Pelosi said in a news release she would bring a fourth-grade girl from Newtown, Conn. She said she would not identify the child.

        The girl did not go to school at Sandy Hook Elementary, the site of a January shooting rampage, but she started an online petition asking Obama to change the gun laws, according to the release.

        For more: http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-state-of-union-gun-violence-20130208,0,5379802.story

      • CR says:

        State of the Union 2013: The first lady’s guestlist includes:

        Military personnel
        Medical professionals
        Bobak Ferdowsi, NASA “Mohawk guy”
        CEOs
        Teachers
        Police officer
        Machinist
        Entrepreneurs
        Mr and Mrs Pendleton, parents of the Chicago girl gunned down after participating in the inauguration
        Science award winning teen
        Desiline Victor, a 102-year-old woman who stood in line for three hours to vote
        DREAM Activists

  3. CR says:

    Campaign to Fix the Debt

    The Campaign to Fix the Debt is a non-partisan movement to put America on a better fiscal and economic path. We have come together from a variety of social, economic and political perspectives, around the common belief that America’s growing federal debt threatens our future and that we must address it. The Campaign mobilizes key communities-including leaders from business, government, and policy-and people all across America who want to see elected officials step up to solve our nation’s fiscal challenges.

    Recognizing that the time for action is now, the Campaign works in Washington, DC and around the country to educate people on the need for a comprehensive plan to fix our long-term debt and deficits. In our history, America has always been able to tackle its greatest challenges — we are confident we can rise to the occasion again.

    For more: http://www.fixthedebt.org/about-the-campaign

  4. vitaminlover says:

    i am expectantly waiting for him to lay it out.

  5. CR says:

    January 11, 2013

    President Obama to Award Medal of Honor

    On February 11, 2013, President Barack Obama will award Clinton L. Romesha, a former active duty Army Staff Sergeant, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.

    Staff Sergeant Romesha will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as a Section Leader with Bravo Troop, 3d Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division during combat operations against an armed enemy at Combat Outpost Keating, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan on October 3, 2009.

    He will be the fourth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. He and his family will join the President at the White House to commemorate his example of selfless service.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/01/11/president-obama-award-medal-honor

    • CR says:

      Former Army Staff Sergeant to Receive Medal of Honor

      Jan. 11, 2013 American Forces Press Service

      WASHINGTON – A former Army staff sergeant will become the fourth living recipient of the nation’s highest award for battlefield gallantry in Iraq or Afghanistan, White House officials announced today.

      Clinton Romesha, who left the Army in 2011 and now lives in Minot, N.D., will receive the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama in a Feb. 13 ceremony at the White House.

      Romesha earned the medal for actions Oct. 3, 2009, during combat at Combat Outpost Keating in Afghanistan’s Nuristan province. At the time, he was a section leader with the 4th Infantry Division’s Bravo Troop, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team.

  6. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Looking forward to SOTU!

    >^..^<

  7. CR says:

    11:00 AM ET
    Vice President Biden holds a roundtable discussion with law enforcement officials and Members of Congress on gun safety
    Girard College, Philadelphia, PA

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/Live/

    • CR says:

      Remarks to follow

    • CR says:

      Biden to take gun questions from Field & Stream

      2/11/12 By Olivier Knox, Yahoo! News | The Ticket – 59 mins ago

      Vice President Joe Biden will sit down on Thursday for an interview with Field & Stream magazine to discuss the White House’s proposals to fight gun violence. And that outlet is giving readers a, um, shot at proposing questions.

      “Do you have a question for the Obama administration about guns? Now’s your chance to get it answered!” reads the magazine’s call for participants. “Any question is valid, as long as it pertains to guns.”

      Questions are welcome at askbiden@fieldandstream.com. Only those that come in with a name, address and daytime contact information will be considered.

      For more: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/biden-gun-questions-field-stream-170822556–politics.html

  8. CR says:

    Next Up…

    1:45 PM ET
    President Barack Obama awards Clinton Romesha, a former active duty Army Staff Sergeant, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.
    White House

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/Live/

    Department of Defense http://www.pentagonchannel.mil

    • CR says:

      February 11, 2013

      Remarks by the President in Presentation of the Medal of Honor to Staff Sergeant Clinton L. Romesha

      East Room

      1:40 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon. And on behalf of Michelle and myself, welcome to the White House.

      Every day at the White House we receive thousands of letters from folks all across America. And at night, upstairs in my study, I read a few. About three years ago, I received a letter from a mom in West Virginia. Her son, Stephan, a Specialist in the Army, just 21 years old, had given his life in Afghanistan. She had received the condolence letter that I’d sent to her family, as I send to every family of the fallen. And she wrote me back. “Mr. President,” she said, “you wrote me a letter telling me that my son was a hero. I just wanted you to know what kind of hero he was.”

      “My son was a great soldier,” she wrote. “As far back as I can remember, Stephan wanted to serve his country.” She spoke of how he “loved his brothers in B Troop.” How he “would do anything for them.” And of the brave actions that would cost Stephan his life, she wrote, “His sacrifice was driven by pure love.”

      Today, we are honored to be joined by Stephan’s mother Vanessa and his father Larry. Please stand, Vanessa and Larry. (Applause.) We’re joined by the families of the seven other patriots who also gave their lives that day. Can we please have them stand so we can acknowledge them as well. (Applause.) We’re joined by members of Bravo Troop whose courage that day was driven by pure love. And we gather to present the Medal of Honor to one of these soldiers — Staff Sergeant Clinton L. Romesha.

      Clint, this is our nation’s highest military decoration. It reflects the gratitude of our entire country. So we’re joined by members of Congress; leaders from across our Armed Forces, including Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marty Dempsey, Army Secretary John McHugh, and Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno. We are especially honored to be joined by Clint’s 4th Infantry Division — “Iron Horse” — soldiers, and members of the Medal of Honor Society, who today welcome you into their ranks.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/02/11/remarks-president-presentation-medal-honor-staff-sergeant-clinton-l-rome

  9. CR says:

    Please join me in lighting a candle for our President, First Family and our Nation.

    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

  10. CR says:

    February 11, 2013

    Statement by the President on His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI

    On behalf of Americans everywhere, Michelle and I wish to extend our appreciation and prayers to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. Michelle and I warmly remember our meeting with the Holy Father in 2009, and I have appreciated our work together over these last four years. The Church plays a critical role in the United States and the world, and I wish the best to those who will soon gather to choose His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI’s successor.

  11. CR says:

    Home Prices Rise in 88% of U.S. Cities as Recovery Gains

    Feb 11, 2013 9:13 AM PT By John Gittelsohn & Prashant Gopal – bloomberg

    Prices for single-family homes climbed in almost 88 percent of U.S. cities in the fourth quarter as the housing recovery broadened.

    The median sales price rose from a year earlier in 133 of 152 metropolitan areas measured, the National Association of Realtors said in a report today. In the third quarter, 120 areas had gains.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-11/home-prices-rise-in-88-of-u-s-cities-as-recovery-gains.html

  12. CR says:

    WH

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

    All Times Eastern

    7:00 AM
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    10:15 AM
    President Obama and Vice President Biden receive the presidential daily briefing.

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    President Obama delivers the State of the Union Address
    U.S. Capitol

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  13. CR says:

    State Of The Union Address 2013

    President Obama will update Americans on the most important issues facing our country in his State of the Union Address on Tuesday February 12, at 9 pm ET.

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  14. CR says:

    Laissez
    les bons

    temps rouler
    !

    Fired Up for SOTU!

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  15. CR says:

    Home Prices Rise in 88% of U.S. Cities as Recovery Gains

    Feb 12, 2013 6:02 AM PT By John Gittelsohn & Prashant Gopal – bloomberg

    Prices for single-family homes climbed in almost 88 percent of U.S. cities in the fourth quarter as the housing recovery broadened.

    The median sales price rose from a year earlier in 133 of 152 metropolitan areas measured, the National Association of Realtors said in a report yesterday. In the third quarter, 120 areas had gains.

    An improving job market and low interest rates are driving up prices by fueling demand for a tightening supply of listings. The national median price for an existing single-family home was $178,900 in the fourth quarter, up 10 percent from the same period last year. That was the biggest gain since 2005, according to the Realtors group.

    “Home sales are on a sustained uptrend,” Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors, said in the report. “Home sales are being fueled by a pent-up demand and job creation, along with still-favorable affordability conditions and rents rising at faster rates.”

    At the end of the fourth quarter, 1.82 million previously owned homes were available for sale, 22 percent fewer than a year earlier, according to the Chicago-based Realtors group.

    The best-performing metro area was Phoenix, where prices jumped 34 percent from a year earlier. Prices rose 31 percent in Detroit and 28 percent in San Francisco.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-11/home-prices-rise-in-88-of-u-s-cities-as-recovery-gains.html

  16. CR says:

    U.S. Treasury Posts First January Budget Surplus Since 2008

    Feb 12, 2013 11:00 AM PT By Meera Louis – bloomberg

    The U.S. government posted a January budget surplus for the first time in five years, reflecting higher revenue from payroll and individual income taxes.

    Receipts exceeded outlays by $2.88 billion, compared with a $27.4 billion deficit in January 2012, according to Treasury Department data issued today in Washington. Economists projected a $2 billion shortfall, according to the median estimate in a Bloomberg survey.

    The nation had a $17.8 billion surplus in January 2008.

    “Going forward, we are likely to see a dramatic improvement in the overall budget relative to the last year largely due to the improving economic performance,” Millan Mulraine, senior U.S. strategist for TD Securities Inc. in New York, said before the report.

    The federal budget deficit will total $845 billion in fiscal 2013, the first time in five years the gap will be less than $1 trillion, reflecting a combination of budget cuts and economic growth, the Congressional Budget Office said Feb. 5. Next year’s gap will fall further to $616 billion, the nonpartisan agency said.

    Today’s report showed revenue rose 16.2 percent in January from the same month a year earlier, to $272.2 billion from $234.3 billion. Spending increased 2.9 percent to $269.3 billion from $261.7 billion.

    Individual income tax receipts in the first four months of this fiscal year, which started Oct. 1, climbed to $468.4 billion from $403.8 billion in the same period last year. Corporate income tax receipts rose to $70.3 billion from $60.2 billion.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-12/u-s-treasury-posts-first-january-budget-surplus-since-2008.html

  17. CR says:

    Senate heads toward vote on anti-violence act

    2/12/13 By JIM ABRAMS | Associated Press – 1 hr 1 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Tuesday is expected to put aside its partisan divisions to approve a renewal of the Violence Against Women Act, a law credited with protecting millions of victims of domestic violence over its 20-year history.

    Passage of the Senate bill on a strong bipartisan majority would shift the focus to the House, where Republican leaders say they are working to come up with their own version that could lead to a compromise with the Senate and perhaps restore the party’s image among female voters who abandoned Republicans in the November election.

    Last year the two chambers were unable to find common ground, with the House rejecting the more expansive Senate version, which specifies that services provided under the act would be available to gays and lesbians, immigrants and Native American women. The Senate bill, last year and again this year, also tackles the high rate of domestic violence on tribal lands by giving tribal courts powers to prosecute non-Indians who assault Indian women on reservations.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/senate-heads-toward-vote-anti-violence-act-082801908–politics.html

    • CR says:

      Senate passes Violence Against Women Act

      2/12/13 3:10 PM EST By SEUNG MIN KIM – POLITICO

      The Senate on Tuesday easily voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act – a major anti-domestic violence law whose renewal last year got tripped up by election-year politics.

      The vote was 78-22. Swift passage was expected; the bill sailed through a procedural Senate vote, 85-8, last week, and it has 61 co-sponsors.

      Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/02/senate-passes-violence-against-women-act-87518.html?hp=r5

    • CR says:

      Obama praises Senate, pushes House on VAWA

      2/12/13 3:16 PM EST By DONOVAN SLACK – POLITICO44

      President Obama says the Senate took an “important step” Tuesday by passing bipartisan legislation reauthorizing and strengthening the Violence Against Women Act, and he urged the House to follow suit.

      “This important step shows what we can do when we come together across party lines to take up a just cause,” Obama said in a statement. “The bill passed by the Senate will help reduce homicides that occur from domestic violence, improve the criminal justice response to rape and sexual assault, address the high rates of dating violence experienced by young women, and provide justice to the most vulnerable among us.

      “I want to thank Senator Leahy and his colleagues from both sides of the aisle for the leadership they have shown on behalf of victims of abuse. It’s now time for the House to follow suit and send this bill to my desk so that I can sign it into law.”

    • CR says:

      February 12, 2013

      Statement by Vice President Biden on the Violence Against Women Act

      Today, the Senate passed the Violence Against Women Act with overwhelming bipartisan support. This law has been incredibly effective and I hope the House will vote without delay to renew the law so that we can continue to assist victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and hold offenders accountable for their crimes.

      Delay isn’t an option when three women are still killed by their husbands or boyfriends every day. Delay isn’t an option when countless women still live in fear of abuse, and when one in five have been victims of rape. This issue should be beyond debate – the House should follow the Senate’s lead and pass the Violence Against Women Act right away. This is not a Democratic or Republican issue – it’s an issue of justice and compassion.

  18. CR says:

    Please join me in lighting a candle for the President, First Family and our Nation.

    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

  19. CR says:

    February 12, 2013

    Statement by the President on North Korean announcement of nuclear test

    North Korea announced today that it conducted a third nuclear test. This is a highly provocative act that, following its December 12 ballistic missile launch, undermines regional stability, violates North Korea’s obligations under numerous United Nations Security Council resolutions, contravenes its commitments under the September 19, 2005 Joint Statement of the Six-Party Talks, and increases the risk of proliferation. North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs constitute a threat to U.S. national security and to international peace and security. The United States remains vigilant in the face of North Korean provocations and steadfast in our defense commitments to allies in the region.

    These provocations do not make North Korea more secure. Far from achieving its stated goal of becoming a strong and prosperous nation, North Korea has instead increasingly isolated and impoverished its people through its ill-advised pursuit of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery.

    The danger posed by North Korea’s threatening activities warrants further swift and credible action by the international community. The United States will also continue to take steps necessary to defend ourselves and our allies. We will strengthen close coordination with allies and partners and work with our Six-Party partners, the United Nations Security Council, and other UN member states to pursue firm action.

    • CR says:

      February 12, 2013

      Readout of the President’s Call with Republic of Korea President Lee Myung-bak

      The President spoke to Republic of Korea President Lee Myung-bak this morning to consult and coordinate on the response to North Korea’s announced nuclear test. The two leaders condemned this highly provocative violation of North Korea’s international obligations. They agreed to work closely together, including at the United Nations Security Council, to seek a range of measures aimed at impeding North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs and reducing the risk of proliferation. President Obama unequivocally reaffirmed that the United States remains steadfast in its defense commitments to the Republic of Korea, including the extended deterrence offered by the U.S. nuclear umbrella. The President also thanked President Lee for his leadership and friendship over the past four years and pledged to work closely with President-elect Park to further strengthen U.S.-ROK cooperation.

      • CR says:

        2/13/13

        The President spoke to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe today to discuss North Korea’s nuclear test and to consult on steps to respond to this highly provocative violation of North Korea’s international obligations. They pledged to work closely together to seek significant action at the United Nations Security Council and to cooperate on measures aimed at impeding North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs. President Obama reaffirmed that the United States remains steadfast in its defense commitments to Japan, including the extended deterrence offered by the U.S. nuclear umbrella. The President indicated that he looked forward to in-depth discussions when the Prime Minister visits Washington later this month.

    • CR says:

      February 13, 2013

      Readout of the President’s Call with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

      The President spoke to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe today to discuss North Korea’s nuclear test and to consult on steps to respond to this highly provocative violation of North Korea’s international obligations. They pledged to work closely together to seek significant action at the United Nations Security Council and to cooperate on measures aimed at impeding North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs. President Obama reaffirmed that the United States remains steadfast in its defense commitments to Japan, including the extended deterrence offered by the U.S. nuclear umbrella. The President indicated that he looked forward to in-depth discussions when the Prime Minister visits Washington later this month.

  20. CR says:

    6:00 PM ET
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  21. CR says:

    Harry Reid will reject GOP efforts to stall Obama nominees

    2/12/13 By Chris Moody, Yahoo! News | The Ticket – 2 hrs 51 mins ago

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will not honor any “holds” used by Senate Republicans to stall votes on President Barack Obama’s nominations to lead the Department of Defense and the CIA, the Nevada Democrat said Tuesday.

    “A hold means nothing,” Reid said during his weekly press briefing.

    South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham had vowed to use a hold—an informal procedure in which senators inform Senate leaders they oppose a bill or nomination reaching the floor in order to stall a vote—on defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel and CIA director nominee John Brennan. He said he needs to hear more information about the deadly September attack on an American compound in Benghazi, Libya, before proceeding.

    Graham, who made his vow on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday, added that he did not think the Senate should vote on the nominations “until the White House gives us an accounting” of events surrounding the attack, but he stopped short of vowing a filibuster.

    Reid, who said he planned to schedule a vote on Hagel’s nomination later this week, said he would ignore Graham’s request.

    In response, Graham called the planned vote “a mistake.”

    “We don’t have enough information,” Graham told Yahoo News. “We’re not going to get jammed on something this important.”

  22. CR says:

    Senate panel approves Pentagon nominee Chuck Hagel

    2/12/13 By DONNA CASSATA | Associated Press – 1 hr 40 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A bitterly divided Senate panel has voted to approve the nomination of Chuck Hagel to be the nation’s defense secretary.

    The Armed Services Committee voted 14-11 to send the nomination to the full Senate. Tuesday’s vote broke along party lines with all 14 Democrats backing President Barack Obama’s choice.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is pushing for a full Senate vote by week’s end, but some Republicans are threatening to filibuster the nomination.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/senate-panel-approves-pentagon-nominee-chuck-hagel-220653560–politics.html

  23. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Happy and HOPEful SOTU Day, CR and all friends!

    >^..^<

  24. Kat 4 Obama says:

    And Happy 204th Birthday, President Abraham Lincoln! Here’s his campaign song “Lincoln & Liberty” from SMithonian Folkways: http://bit.ly/11EeiKa

    • CR says:

      February 12, 2013

      President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address

      Remarks of President Barack Obama – As Prepared for Delivery
      State of the Union Address
      Tuesday, February 12, 2013
      Washington, DC

      Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, fellow citizens:

      Fifty-one years ago, John F. Kennedy declared to this Chamber that “the Constitution makes us not rivals for power but partners for progress…It is my task,” he said, “to report the State of the Union – to improve it is the task of us all.”

      Tonight, thanks to the grit and determination of the American people, there is much progress to report. After a decade of grinding war, our brave men and women in uniform are coming home. After years of grueling recession, our businesses have created over six million new jobs. We buy more American cars than we have in five years, and less foreign oil than we have in twenty. Our housing market is healing, our stock market is rebounding, and consumers, patients, and homeowners enjoy stronger protections than ever before.

      Together, we have cleared away the rubble of crisis, and can say with renewed confidence that the state of our union is stronger.

      But we gather here knowing that there are millions of Americans whose hard work and dedication have not yet been rewarded. Our economy is adding jobs – but too many people still can’t find full-time employment. Corporate profits have rocketed to all-time highs – but for more than a decade, wages and incomes have barely budged.

      It is our generation’s task, then, to reignite the true engine of America’s economic growth – a rising, thriving middle class.

      It is our unfinished task to restore the basic bargain that built this country – the idea that if you work hard and meet your responsibilities, you can get ahead, no matter where you come from, what you look like, or who you love.

      It is our unfinished task to make sure that this government works on behalf of the many, and not just the few; that it encourages free enterprise, rewards individual initiative, and opens the doors of opportunity to every child across this great nation.

      The American people don’t expect government to solve every problem. They don’t expect those of us in this chamber to agree on every issue. But they do expect us to put the nation’s interests before party. They do expect us to forge reasonable compromise where we can. For they know that America moves forward only when we do so together; and that the responsibility of improving this union remains the task of us all.

      Our work must begin by making some basic decisions about our budget – decisions that will have a huge impact on the strength of our recovery.

      Over the last few years, both parties have worked together to reduce the deficit by more than $2.5 trillion – mostly through spending cuts, but also by raising tax rates on the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans. As a result, we are more than halfway towards the goal of $4 trillion in deficit reduction that economists say we need to stabilize our finances.

      Now we need to finish the job.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/02/12/president-barack-obamas-state-union-address

    • CR says:

      February 12, 2013

      President Obama’s SOTU Highlights:

      * Fact Sheet: Afghanistan

      * FACT SHEET: Fixing our Broken Immigration System so Everyone Plays by the Rules

      * Presidential Policy Directive — Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience

      * The President’s Plan for a Strong Middle Class and a Strong America

      * Fact Sheet: The President’s Plan to Ensure Hard Work Leads to a Decent Living

      * FACT SHEET: PRESIDENTIAL POLICY DIRECTIVE ON CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SECURITY AND RESILIENCE

      * Executive Order on Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity

      * The President’s Statement on Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

      * Statement from the President on the Senate Passage of the Violence Against Women Act

      * Fact Sheet President Obama’s Plan for Early Education for all Americans

      * The President’s Administration Launches College Scorecard

      * Fact Sheet: The President’s Plan to Reward Work by Raising the Minimum Wage

  25. CR says:

    10:00 PM ET
    Open for Questions”  live event held by a panel of WH senior advisors to answer questions about the President’s address. Submit questions via Twitter (using the hashtag’s #WHChat & #SOTU), Google+ and Facebook, as well as from the live in-person audience of White House Social participants.

    * Brian Deese, Deputy Director of the National Economic Council
    * Josh Earnest, Principal Deputy Press Secretary (@JEarnest44)
    * Sarah Bianchi, Director of Economic and Domestic Policy for the Vice President
    * Felicia Escobar, Senior Policy Director for Immigration
    * Roberto Rodriguez, Special Assistant to the President for Education Policy
    * Heather Zichal, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Policy

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    • CR says:

      Open for Questions: 2013 State of the Union

      Published on Feb 13, 2013

      A panel of White House senior advisors answers questions about the President’s address submitted by citizens via Twitter, Google+ and Facebook, as well as from the live in-person audience.

  26. Great powerful speech!

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    The GOP response: The gulp heard round the world.

  32. CR says:

    Dow closes at highest level of year, nears record

    2/12/13 By STEVE ROTHWELL | Associated Press – 6 hrs ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow rose to its highest close of the year, putting it within 1 percent of its record. Stocks gained after impressive results from two big consumer brands.

    The Dow Jones industrial average closed up 47.46 to 14,018.70 Tuesday. That is 146 points from its record close of 14,164.53 set in October 2007. The Standard & Poor’s 500 gained 2.42 points to 1,519.43, also close to its record.

    In a quiet day of trade, stocks were driven higher by beauty products maker Avon and luxury clothing and accessories company Michael Kors, whose results impressed investors. Consumer spending accounts for 70 percent of economic activity in the U.S.

    Financial and home building stocks also lifted stocks, led by Bank of America and Masco Corp, which notched some of the day’s biggest gains.

    The Dow has surged at the start of the year, logging its best January in almost two decades, after lawmakers reached a last-minute deal to avoid the “fiscal cliff” of sweeping tax increases and spending cuts. Investors are also becoming more optimistic that the housing market is recovering and that hiring is picking up.

    The Dow has now advanced 7 percent this year, and the S&P 500 is up 6.6 percent.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/dow-closes-highest-level-nears-record-214122055–finance.html

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