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January 27, 2010 | By Peter Nicholas and Christi Parsons
With his State of the Union address tonight, President Obama aims to deliver a game-changing message, one capable of convincing Americans that his policies will create jobs, curb spending and restore prosperity. But with voter discontent over his healthcare overhaul running high and the recession's effects cutting deep, the president's trademark eloquence may not be the antidote to his troubles. Economists see little hope for substantial employment gains or the return of a robust economy between now and November's midterm congressional election, despite Obama's $787-billion stimulus package.
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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 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.
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.
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.
NEWS
January 28, 1987 | United Press International
President Reagan made a special bid Tuesday night for a good working relationship with new House Speaker Jim Wright (D-Tex.). Early in his State of the Union address to Congress, Reagan noted, "There's a new face at this place of honor." He invited the assembled lawmakers to join in "warm congratulations" to Wright, who was seated in the Speaker's chair behind the President. Wright became Speaker of the House with the start of the 100th Congress this month, succeeding Thomas P. (Tip) O'Neill Jr.
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 26, 1988 | Associated Press
Here is the prepared text of President Reagan's State of the Union address Monday night: Mr. Speaker, Mr. President, distinguished members of the House and Senate: When we first met here seven years ago--many of us for the first time--it was with the hope of beginning something new for America. We meet here tonight in this historic chamber to continue that work.
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.
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.
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?
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.
OPINION
January 28, 2014 | Doyle McManus
The rap against President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday was that his agenda, once ambitious and transformational, has suddenly turned modest. Instead of grand bargains and sweeping change, the president proposed holding a summit meeting on working families and extracting a promise from colleges to admit more low-income students - not exactly sweeping solutions to middle-class stagnation and college debt. What happened to the visionary politician who promised that his inauguration would mark the moment the rise of the oceans began to slow?
NATIONAL
January 28, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - Republicans took multiple tries to deliver their reaction to President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night. In addition to the officially sanctioned Republican Party response by Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and a Spanish-language version by Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the Tea Party Express faction continued its practice of delivering a separate speech, this year by Sen. Mike Lee of Utah. And Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who had delivered the Tea Party Express response last year, staked out his own turf this year with a YouTube address.
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.
NEWS
January 28, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- Republicans accused of waging a "war on women" attempted to send a message to the nation with the selection of Washington state Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the top woman in GOP leadership and a mother of three, to deliver the party's response Tuesday night to President Obama's State of the Union address. The House GOP, though, will send another message just hours before the president visits the House chamber -- voting on a bill called the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortions Act, which seeks to expand a prohibition on the use of federal dollars to pay for abortions.
NEWS
January 28, 2014 | By Cathleen Decker
President Obama will stand before members of Congress and a national television audience tonight to deliver his sixth annual State of the Union address. It's pretty safe to assume it will include the following: Paeans to the American dream, from the particular vantage of the middle class. Support for energy independence, education and changes in immigration laws. A short nod to international affairs, the winding down of wars abroad and the continued pursuit of terrorists. A laundry list of desires that the president knows will probably never see the light of day, even if all sides genuflect to the everyday Americans arrayed in the House chamber as witnesses, a theatrical touch of guilt-mongering employed since the era of President Reagan.
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