Posts tagged President of the United States
The President’s annual State of the Union address is a much-anticipated event. While the President is required to “from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union” (Article II, Section 3), the form of the address, and the pomp and circumstance which now accompanies the event, is a matter of more long-standing tradition than law.
While previous Presidents have generally been given deference, and disagreement has been masked with stony silence, President Obama has not had that luxury during previous addresses to joint sessions of Congress. Recall Representative Joe Wilson’s (R-Springdale, SC) famous “You Lie!” during a 2009 joint session where President Obama unveiled his health care plan. (Rep. Wilson later apologized, then retracted his apology.) During the 2010 State of the Union, President Obama openly criticized the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision:
With all due deference to separation of powers, last week the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that I believe will open the floodgates for special interests — including foreign corporations — to spend without limit in our elections.
which then caused Justice Samuel Alito, who had ruled with a five-to-four court majority, to mouth the words “not true”. (By the way, Politifact agrees with Justice Alito, rating this statement by President Obama “mostly false”.)
What can we expect from tonight’s address? President Obama will make a baldly political statement, asking Congress to advance jobs initiatives and fiscal stimulus that he knows has no chance of passing. His opponents will use their dissent as an opportunity for their own version of grandstanding.
The jockeying for political advantage has already begun. Speaker of the House John Boehner, who will sit behind the President during the speech, has already indicated he thinks the speech’s content will be “pathetic”. Meanwhile, the group No Labels will try to get Representatives and Senators from both sides of the aisle to sit together — literally.
- Obama to Hold Google+ ‘Hangout’ After State of the Union Address (techland.time.com)
- Obama Prepares for State of the Union Address on Tuesday (bilerico.com)
- Letter to President Obama Re: The State of the Union Address (nader.org)
- President Obama prepares for his most important State of the Union address (worldviewtonight.wordpress.com)
- Your State of the Union Interview with President Obama (whitehouse.gov)
- Obama to Answer Your Questions on State of the Union Interview on Google+ (socialtimes.com)
- David Plouffe on the State of the Union: The White House Wants to Hear From You (itsabstworld.com)
Imagine that our President is running for reëlection.
Imagine that our President borrowed and spent $814 billion on an economic recovery program.
Imagine that our President promised that his economic recovery program would return over three million Americans to work, but instead another 1.5 million lost their jobs since the program went into effect.
Imagine that our President promised to halve the annual deficit, but instead nearly tripled it to a historical high.
Imagine that our President enacted a bill that fined people if they did not buy expensive health insurance from large corporations hand-picked by the President’s Health and Human Services Secretary.
Imagine that our President raised taxes by $569.2 billion and pledged to cut Medicare by $500 billion to help people buy these corporate health insurance plans.
Imagine that the President’s HHS Secretary gave waivers to over 1,300 big corporations and groups that provided him with campaign donations in the past allowing them to ignore the President’s new health insurance law.
Imagine that our President had the EPA enact regulations that would increase the your utility bills by 40% to 60%.
Imagine that gas prices rose 104% during our President’s administration.
Imagine that our President borrowed and spent over $100 billion subsidizing energy corporations that he favored and that had provided him with millions in bundled campaign donations.
Imagine that our President put in place executive orders authorizing civilians accused of terrorism, but seized away from any battlefield, to be detained indefinitely without trial.
Imagine that our President authorized the CIA to kill American citizens accused of terrorism and living overseas without a trial.
Imagine that our President started multiple wars and refused to seek Congress’ authorization or even notify Congress under the War Powers Act.
Imagine that our President signed executive orders authorizing the NSA to conduct data mining on the telephone calls and emails of tens of millions of Americans.
Now imagine that President is a Republican.
Would you vote to reëlect that President?