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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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
Steven Jay Ipsen, a deputy district attorney in the San Fernando Courthouse, wondered whether he'd finally be able to buy a house with the help of the $5,000 tax credit proposed by President Bush. "I've been a lawyer for five years, making a good salary, and I still cannot afford to buy my first house," the 30-year-old Mission Hills resident said. "The tax credit would make a difference for me."
President Bush, driven by the crumbling of communism abroad and increasing pressure for defense cuts at home, called Wednesday for deep reductions in U.S. and Soviet troop levels in Europe. In his first State of the Union address to Congress, the President proposed a further reduction in military manpower in Central and Eastern Europe to 195,000 on each side. Arms negotiators in Vienna had been aiming toward a target of 275,000 troops for each.
January 5, 1990 | United Press International
President Bush will deliver his State of the Union address on Jan. 31 before a joint session of Congress, officials announced Thursday. The address, which will follow by two days the submission of his proposed budget for the fiscal year, will be Bush's first formal State of the Union speech, although he spoke before both houses shortly after his inauguration last year. Bush had planned to submit his proposed budget for fiscal 1991 on Jan. 22. But earlier this week Budget Director Richard G.
January 26, 1994 | Associated Press
President Clinton opened his State of the Union Address Tuesday night with a joke on himself about a mix-up with the TelePrompTer the last time he spoke before Congress. "I am not sure what speech is in the TelePrompTer tonight, but I hope we can talk about the State of the Union," Clinton said to laughter. He was referring to his address to Congress last Sept. 22 outlining his health care program.
January 25, 1992
The Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace will host a town meeting Tuesday for the public to watch and then give their opinions on President Bush's State of the Union address. A panel of experts will be on hand to offer analysis of the speech, including Cal State Fullerton President Milton Gordon, presidential political consultants Stuart K. Spencer and Ken Khachigian, Orange County Supervisor Gaddi H. Vasquez and UC Irvine political science professor Mark Petracca.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 28, 2014 | By Brian Bennett and Daniel Rothberg
WASHINGTON -- President Obama urged Congress in his State of the Union speech to “fix our broken immigration system,” saying both political parties stood to gain by helping millions of undocumented immigrants get a legal foothold in America. “Independent economists say immigration reform will grow our economy and shrink our deficits by almost $1 trillion in the next two decades,” he said. “And for good reason: When people come here to fulfill their dreams - to study, invent and contribute to our culture - they make our country a more attractive place for businesses to locate and create jobs for everyone.” But Obama, aware that House Republicans won't appreciate any hectoring from him, didn't set out any legislative markers, including requiring a pathway to legal status and ultimately citizenship for the estimated 11 million people in the country illegally.
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