Wednesday, January 29, 2014

State Of The Union Speech. Text, Video And Commentaries

Transcript: Full text of Obama's 2014 State of the Union addressThe Washington Post.

Watch: The full videoPBS NewsHour.
Watch: The full videoThe New York Times.

Liveblogs: Read the continuous coverage provided by The Washington PostThe New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

The facts: Glenn Kessler checks the speech line-by-lineThe Washington Post.

Looking back: Obama's 2013 State of the Union proposals: What flopped and what succeededGlenn Kessler in The Washington Post.

Multiple GOP responses to State of the Union: Are they a sign of party division? "When it comes to rebutting President Obama's national addressTuesday night, Republicans have four different approaches from four different corners of the party's ideological wings. This four-vs.-one approach, to some, is the result of the expanding media universe that allows many different views to be heard, reaching so many different voters. Yet others see the various responses as a sign of a divided Republican Party that cannot unite around the single idea or a single voice to respond to Obama's State of the Union address." Paul Kane and Robert Costa in The Washington Post.

How Obama dealt with Obamacare in the address. "Obama focused instead on the benefits of the law that already have taken effect, and their potential to protect Americans from crippling medical expenses. He likened the health care law to proposals he made on subjects including raising the minimum wage, expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit and boosting retirement savings...Obama also highlighted the contributions of Democratic Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear." Jeffrey Young in The Huffington Post.

History: When the State of the Union was controversial. "A little more than 100 years ago, President Woodrow Wilson had Washington, D.C., "agape" at his decision to deliver the State of the Union address in-person to Congress. It was the first time in more than a century that a president had the gall to do such a thing. Since the early 1800s, the address was delivered in writing." Aaron Blake in The Washington Post.

History chart: The language of the State of the Union speeches. Kennedy Elliott in The Washington Post.

THE NEW YORK TIMES: The state of our union is diminished. "Obama's speech on Tuesday night acknowledged the obvious: Congress has become a dead end for most of the big, muscular uses of government to redress income inequality and improve the economy for all, because of implacable Republican opposition. As a result, the remainder of Mr. Obama's presidency will be largely devoted to a series of smaller actions that the White House can perform on its own...But he left out an executive ban on discrimination by contractors against employees based on sexual orientation and gender identity. That would have made a strong statement about fairness in spending taxpayer money." The New York Times Editorial Board.

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