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January 28, 1987 | United Press International
In order to muffle the cacophony of hundreds of pieces of paper being turned at once, the White House on Tuesday made available advance copies of President Reagan's State of the Union address in bound notebooks. Advance texts are always given to members of Congress and reporters so lawmakers can follow along at their leisure and applaud at the appropriate time and reporters on deadline can get a head start in writing their stories.
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NATIONAL
February 2, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - As President Obama looks to show off all he can do without Congress, he's been pointing to a surprising place for guidance on the savvy use of power: the other side of the White House. In public and private, the president has been holding up Michelle Obama's initiatives in the East Wing as a template for how the West Wing could accomplish a policy agenda the non-legislative way. He has called his wife's team a model for what's possible, and, in his State of the Union address last week, he said, "As usual, our first lady sets a good example.
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NEWS
January 26, 1988 | United Press International
President Reagan singled out his wife, Nancy, as a heroine Monday night at his nationally televised State of the Union address for helping so many young people "say 'no' to drugs." Reagan, who has made a tradition of singling out "heroes" and "heroines" in the visitors' gallery when addressing a joint session of Congress, picked the First Lady this year for the honor.
OPINION
January 30, 2014
Re "'America does not stand still,'" Jan. 29 Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine had by far the best response to the State of the Union speech. In 2006, he said, "I think people question whether the State of the Union - and the response - has outlived its usefulness. " There is an old saying: "Don't tell me what you are going to do; do it and then tell me. " All these politicians should get to work solving the nation's problems instead of sticking their faces in front of the cameras and grandstanding.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 1992 | STEVEN HERBERT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To Comedy Central, tonight's State of the Union address may not be a joke, but it is a good opportunity to tell a few. The year-old cable network is joining ABC, C-SPAN, Cable News Network, CBS, Fox, NBC and PBS in airing what President Bush's chief speech writer has called "the biggest speech of the next five years."
NEWS
January 26, 1988 | JAMES GERSTENZANG, Times Staff Writer
More than two months ago, President Reagan's senior advisers and speech writers gathered with the President to kick around ideas and get their instructions for preparing his final State of the Union address. They viewed the speech as a critical opportunity to combat the erosion of power and authority that threatens the President as he begins his last 12 months in office. It was a chance, one adviser said, to show that "Reagan's in it, right to the finish line."
NEWS
January 26, 1988 | JOSH GETLIN, Times Staff Writer
Democratic congressional leaders, sounding the themes they hope will help their party recapture the White House, blasted President Reagan's "Technicolor view of society" in their rebuttals to his State of the Union speech Monday and said that they offer a "tougher, more realistic" approach to foreign and domestic problems. In separate speeches, Senate Majority Leader Robert C.
NEWS
January 28, 1987 | United Press International
Following is the prepared text of President Reagan's State of the Union message Tuesday night. May I congratulate all of you who are members of this historic 100th Congress of the United States of America. In this 200th anniversary year of our Constitution, you and I stand on the shoulders of giants--men whose words and deeds put wind in the sails of freedom.
NEWS
January 28, 1987 | JOHN BALZAR, Times Staff Writer
Senate Majority Leader Robert C. Byrd, responding on behalf of Democrats to the President's State of the Union address Tuesday night, questioned the competence of the Administration in the Iran arms affair and warned of "a gathering sense of mistrust" across the nation. The West Virginia senator called for a complete accounting of the Iran arms scandal.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 1992 | RICK DU BROW
Renegade TV versus mainstream values. In the new world of TV alternatives, underground counter-programming took a significant step Tuesday night when the Comedy Central cable channel, available in 22 million homes, did an all-out, almost merciless spoof of President Bush's State of the Union address--showing the speech live and deflating it as he went along with mock news coverage and running commentary.
NATIONAL
January 29, 2014 | By David Horsey
In his sixth State of the Union address, President Obama called for a “year of action,” but 2014 is more likely to be a year in which voters ratify gridlock.  Listening to Obama's sometimes meandering, sometimes inspiring speech, one thought would not leave my mind: Words are not enough to undo the damage done by six years of ceaseless vitriol and obstruction from the right. When, for instance, he said, “Climate change is a fact,” I had no doubt that a majority of the Republicans in the House chamber were thinking, “Who says?
BUSINESS
January 29, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- Business groups gave mixed reviews to President Obama's State of the Union address. They praised him for urging Congress to pass legislation overhauling the corporate tax code, making it easier to strike trade deals and reforming the immigration system. But some groups said they were disappointed there wasn't a greater emphasis on reducing federal regulations they say are burdening American companies. And one of the centerpieces of Obama's speech, his push for a higher minimum wage, is not universally popular among businesses.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 29, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
President Obama's 2014 State of the Union address drew an average of 33.3 million viewers Tuesday night, according to Nielsen. That is the lowest showing since 2000, when President Clinton's speech averaged 31.5 million viewers. Total viewership for the address, which aired live from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. PST on 13 networks and tape delayed on Univision, was down slightly from last year's. The 2013 State of the Union was watched by about 33.5 million people.  On the set: movies and TV  The speech was covered live by CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, Azteca, Fox Business, Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Al Jazeera America, Galavision and Mun2.
NATIONAL
January 29, 2014 | By David Lauter
WASHINGTON - President Obama's sixth speech on the state of the union spotlighted many issues, but more than anything it illuminated the vast gap between his policy ambitions and the tools he has to achieve them. The president made the ambition clear last month, when he referred to a "dangerous and growing inequality and lack of upward mobility" in the U.S. as the "the defining challenge of our time," a theme he repeated Tuesday night. "After four years of economic growth, corporate profits and stock prices have rarely been higher, and those at the top have never done better," he said, "but average wages have barely budged.
NEWS
January 28, 2014 | By Evan Halper
In his State of the Union address, President Obama unveiled policies he can implement by executive order, as well as several needing congressional approval. Among them: Executive actions: • Create a retirement savings program for lower-income workers. The “starter” investment plan would be made available to millions of private-sector employees who do not currently have access to a 401(k) or pension. • Boost the minimum wage for workers hired by firms with federal contracts to $10.10 per hour.
NEWS
January 28, 2014 | By Daniel Rothberg, This post has been corrected. See below for details.
WASHINGTON - Two Boston bombing survivors and Jason Collins, a 12-year NBA player who came out as gay last year, will sit among the White House's guests at Tuesday's State of the Union speech. Accompanying First Lady Michelle Obama, they join a list that includes Obamacare proponent Gov. Steve Beshear (D-Ky.), the first female CEO of General Motors and a first responder to a tornado that ripped through Moore, Okla., in May, the White House announced. Presidents frequently cite guests in the first lady's box to reinforce their State of the Union themes.
NATIONAL
January 28, 2010 | By James Oliphant
Even as President Obama mounted a spirited defense of his fiscal policies Wednesday night, Republicans charged that his approach had done little to revive a moribund economy. In particular, they criticized Obama's stimulus bill, which they said had failed to curb unemployment. "Last year, we were told that massive new federal spending would create more jobs immediately and hold unemployment under 8%," said newly elected Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who delivered the GOP response to the president's State of the Union address.
NATIONAL
January 30, 2010 | By Peter Nicholas
In his State of the Union speech, President Obama spooled out a long list of proposals to lift the economy, create jobs and carry out his broader policy agenda. Some of the ideas are new; others had been announced. The following is a summary of the initiatives cited in the speech and where they stand: The economy and jobs To ease unemployment, Obama urged Congress to pass a jobs bill. The House narrowly passed a $174-billion measure in December, but the Senate has yet to act. The bill is one of Obama's main vehicles for jump-starting employment, which is the centerpiece of his 2010 agenda.
NEWS
January 28, 2014 | By Michael McGough
When he delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama will be abiding by Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution, which says: "He shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the state of the union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; and he shall also give a shout-out to guests in the audience who can serve as human props for his political priorities or...
NATIONAL
January 28, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - Hoping to leave a bruising year in the rearview mirror, President Obama vowed Tuesday to work with Congress when possible but around it when necessary to push ahead with a series of mostly modest steps aimed at helping low- and middle-income families share in the economic recovery. In his State of the Union address, Obama shook off his earlier recession-era rhetoric to envision an increasingly robust economy. He warned Congress not to impede that progress, and swore he would work to shrink the gap between rich and poor left by the years of job losses and depressed wages.
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