Obama Uses His State Of The Union To Obliterate Everything The GOP Stands For

President Obama used his State Of The Union address tonight to literally shatter everything the Republican Party claims to stand for.

President Obama first discussed fairness early in his address, “The defining issue of our time is how to keep that promise alive. No challenge is more urgent. No debate is more important. We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well, while a growing number of Americans barely get by. Or we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules. What’s at stake are not Democratic values or Republican values, but American values. We have to reclaim them.”

The president later discussed what caused the 2008 economic collapse, and how the economy has recovered,

Those are the facts. But so are these. In the last 22 months, businesses have created more than three million jobs. Last year, they created the most jobs since 2005. American manufacturers are hiring again, creating jobs for the first time since the late 1990s. Together, we’ve agreed to cut the deficit by more than $2 trillion. And we’ve put in place new rules to hold Wall Street accountable, so a crisis like that never happens again.

The state of our Union is getting stronger. And we’ve come too far to turn back now. As long as I’m President, I will work with anyone in this chamber to build on this momentum. But I intend to fight obstruction with action, and I will oppose any effort to return to the very same policies that brought on this economic crisis in the first place.

No, we will not go back to an economy weakened by outsourcing, bad debt, and phony financial profits. Tonight, I want to speak about how we move forward, and lay out a blueprint for an economy that’s built to last – an economy built on American manufacturing, American energy, skills for American workers, and a renewal of American values.

Obama also took a jab at Mitt Romney for opposing the auto bailout, “On the day I took office, our auto industry was on the verge of collapse. Some even said we should let it die. With a million jobs at stake, I refused to let that happen. In exchange for help, we demanded responsibility. We got workers and automakers to settle their differences. We got the industry to retool and restructure. Today, General Motors is back on top as the world’s number one automaker. Chrysler has grown faster in the U.S. than any major car company. Ford is investing billions in U.S. plants and factories. And together, the entire industry added nearly 160,000 jobs. We bet on American workers. We bet on American ingenuity. And tonight, the American auto industry is back.”

After outlining his plans for manufacturing, reforming the tax code, energy and education, President Obama demanded that the rich pay their fair share, “Right now, we’re poised to spend nearly $1 trillion more on what was supposed to be a temporary tax break for the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans. Right now, because of loopholes and shelters in the tax code, a quarter of all millionaires pay lower tax rates than millions of middle-class households. Right now, Warren Buffett pays a lower tax rate than his secretary.

Do we want to keep these tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans? Or do we want to keep our investments in everything else – like education and medical research; a strong military and care for our veterans? Because if we’re serious about paying down our debt, we can’t do both.

The American people know what the right choice is. So do I. As I told the Speaker this summer, I’m prepared to make more reforms that rein in the long term costs of Medicare and Medicaid, and strengthen Social Security, so long as those programs remain a guarantee of security for seniors.”

He continued, “But in return, we need to change our tax code so that people like me, and an awful lot of Members of Congress, pay our fair share of taxes. Tax reform should follow the Buffett rule: If you make more than $1 million a year, you should not pay less than 30 percent in taxes. And my Republican friend Tom Coburn is right: Washington should stop subsidizing millionaires. In fact, if you’re earning a million dollars a year, you shouldn’t get special tax subsidies or deductions. On the other hand, if you make under $250,000 a year, like 98 percent of American families, your taxes shouldn’t go up. You’re the ones struggling with rising costs and stagnant wages. You’re the ones who need relief.”

Obama also challenged the Republicans class warfare argument, “Now, you can call this class warfare all you want. But asking a billionaire to pay at least as much as his secretary in taxes? Most Americans would call that common sense. We don’t begrudge financial success in this country. We admire it. When Americans talk about folks like me paying my fair share of taxes, it’s not because they envy the rich. It’s because they understand that when I get tax breaks I don’t need and the country can’t afford, it either adds to the deficit, or somebody else has to make up the difference – like a senior on a fixed income; or a student trying to get through school; or a family trying to make ends meet. That’s not right. Americans know it’s not right. They know that this generation’s success is only possible because past generations felt a responsibility to each other, and to their country’s future, and they know our way of life will only endure if we feel that same sense of shared responsibility. That’s how we’ll reduce our deficit. That’s an America built to last. ”

President Obama spoke about his foreign policy successes, and used the SEAL team that got Bin Laden to return to his message of a united America,

One of my proudest possessions is the flag that the SEAL Team took with them on the mission to get bin Laden. On it are each of their names. Some may be Democrats. Some may be Republicans. But that doesn’t matter. Just like it didn’t matter that day in the Situation Room, when I sat next to Bob Gates – a man who was George Bush’s defense secretary; and Hillary Clinton, a woman who ran against me for president.

All that mattered that day was the mission. No one thought about politics. No one thought about themselves. One of the young men involved in the raid later told me that he didn’t deserve credit for the mission. It only succeeded, he said, because every single member of that unit did their job – the pilot who landed the helicopter that spun out of control; the translator who kept others from entering the compound; the troops who separated the women and children from the fight; the SEALs who charged up the stairs. More than that, the mission only succeeded because every member of that unit trusted each other – because you can’t charge up those stairs, into darkness and danger, unless you know that there’s someone behind you, watching your back.

So it is with America. Each time I look at that flag, I’m reminded that our destiny is stitched together like those fifty stars and those thirteen stripes. No one built this country on their own. This Nation is great because we built it together. This Nation is great because we worked as a team. This Nation is great because we get each other’s backs. And if we hold fast to that truth, in this moment of trial, there is no challenge too great; no mission too hard. As long as we’re joined in common purpose, as long as we maintain our common resolve, our journey moves forward, our future is hopeful, and the state of our Union will always be strong.

Usually State Of The Union addresses are a laundry list of achievements and policy wants, but Obama’s address tonight was different. It is rare to see a president deliver an address that is designed to simply emphasize a few themes. The lofty dreams of bipartisanship that was never going to happen were gone. Instead Barack Obama told Congress to work together, or he will work without them. President Obama wasn’t asking Congress to do things. He was telling them what to do.

The theme of Obama’s address was fairness. It is not a coincidence Obama was calling for the rich to pay more taxes on the same day when it was revealed that quarter of a billionaire Mitt Romney pays the same effective tax rate as someone who earns $50,000. Obama also sought to take the domestic energy issue away from the Republicans by advocating a comprehensive domestic energy plan that included natural gas, renewable energy, and America’s own energy resources.

President Obama’s fourth State Of The Union address revealed a more mature president who understands his powers and his voice. All first term presidents have to find their voice. The good presidents grow into the job and are in step with public opinion. Bad presidents never seem to get it, and are always out of step with the nation that they lead.

Obama’s address laid out his plan and vision for the future of America. While his potential Republican opponents bash and smear, this president charted a course for the future. Nothing on his agenda was radical. Much of it was downright practical. This was a very moderate State Of The Union address. As the Republican Party continues its trek right into oblivion President Obama is not only occupying the middle, he owns it. New polling has revealed that the president has regained his popularity with moderates and independents, and this SOTU made it easy to see why.

Republicans like to paint Obama as a socialist extremist, but there was nothing socialist or extreme in his State Of The Union. The Republican Party should have been terrified by what they heard tonight. Obama made a comprehensive case against everything the Republican Party has been advocating for. President Obama argued against job creators and wealth inequality. The president argued against child janitors by calling for more and better education.

Obama doesn’t want an energy policy that only benefits Big Oil. This president didn’t sell America the myth of energy independence through drilling at home. He laid out a strategy for real energy independence. Obama argued that regulations are a good thing, and the president spoke about a country together instead of divided.

President Obama shattered everything that the Republican Party claims to stand for tonight. If the GOP is the party of the few, Barack Obama’s State Of The Union was an address to the many.

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61 Replies to “Obama Uses His State Of The Union To Obliterate Everything The GOP Stands For”

  1. Obama was incredible. He said everything that needed to be said to Americans. He took every drop of thunder that the candidates may have against him and dropped it down the well. Gone is the regulations crap, the oil crap, the Mitt Romney “this president” crap. The rest of the debates should occur with little more than 4 empty seats on a stage.

    Obama crushed, coddled, scolded and led the GOP. He had Boehner rocking in his seat. Boehhner will now say all kinds of stuff but it will be totally ineffective.

    He put the GOP in the corner and literally told them behave or get voted out. Stay seated and the people will see who you are.

    His speech at the end was all power. He made the people see that if you don’t agree then you have a problem. I think this was the most intense powerful and well spoken SOTU address I have ever seen.

  2. I know it was a good speech because (a) despite its length, I never blunked out; (b) Eric Cantor’s expression throughout would have turned Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla into buttermilk in a nanosecond.

  3. Cantor thinks his newly found and ill gotten booty tea party will save him. He is cooked. Obama made it so no one can say no from now on without facing the public in November

  4. I loved it. Obama covered everything. I was SO Proud.

    I have to say that Boehner looked constipated for the entire speech.

  5. Now we know why the republicans were in panic mode today-President Obama made them eat their peas. He told more truth tonight than the republicans have in 40 years, and they did not want to hear the facts.

  6. This kind,thoughtful,energetic,wise and absolutely classy President just schooled all the assholes in congress. He is fabulous and will be re-elected. It was priceless to see Boner and his little lapdancer Can’tor with their shitty faces all sour like rotten schoolboys waiting for the principle to give them a paddling! LOL President Barack Obama The Only Hope For An America Built To Last! Amen!

  7. This kind,thoughtful,energetic,wise and absolutely classy President just schooled all the assholes in congress. He is fabulous and will be re-elected. It was priceless to see Boner and his little lapdancer Can’tor with their shitty faces all sour like rotten schoolboys waiting for the principle to give them a paddling! LOL President Barack Obama The Only Hope For An America Built To Last! Amen! Yes!

  8. The best part was that he was having a ball rubbing their noses in it. Neither Mittens or Speaker Newt (lest we forget) stand a chance in any sort of debate.

  9. Thank you for this interesting analysis, Jason. It was thrilling to hear President Obama’s Obliteration of the gop.

  10. Let’s not forget Mitch McConnell. At least Cantor was somehow forced into standing and clapping, McConnell had the sourest puss there, no doubt. Probably had to show the Heritage Foundation that he had their backs…

  11. Most ridiculous SOTU ever!

    Just cut taxes down to 0% for those making over $1 million a year and all of the country’s financial problems will be solved.

    Cut the taxes down to 0% for those making $5 million a year and unemployment simply disappears.

    Cut the taxes down to 0% for those making over $10 million year and this economy will be steamrolling again.

    Eliminate all corporate taxes (because, you know, corporations are people too, my friends) and manufacturing jobs will return in droves to this country.

    Close tax loop holes for those making $250,000 a year or less and our national budget will be on track again.

    Finally, make Godly prayer a national requirement and we will be able to finally, proudly say, we are Constitutionalists once again!!

  12. No, a Poe. But Rush Limbaugh proposes every one of those things in earnest. Maybe so did the Republican rebuttal, but I didn’t watch it: I’m sleep disturbed anyway.

  13. I am proud to call Barck Obama my President! Hopefully the republicans in congress will soon grow up and do the job they were elected to do! Or get FIRED!!!

  14. Obama did a great job of addressing the things that REALLY concern Americans and he laid out whose fault it will be if those concerns don’t get addressed. As an aside, I’m SO glad Michelle Obama is our first lady…what a classy woman!

  15. I hope you’re being funny since we’ve tried all that, and it’s what drove us into collapse. You KNOW what they say about doing the same thing over and over and expecting different outcomes.

    Or maybe you don’t.

    It’s THE definition of insanity.

    If you’re serious, then we feel sorry for you because you are living a fantasy that cannot work and cannot come true. And you also are espousing a very Louise XVI view of who is “deserving”, and, well, I DO hope you know where that led…and will do again.

    This is AMERICA not a feudal manor system. If you do not like democracy and its promise of equity for all, then you really should move to Brunei or someplace where embedded inequality is the way of life with the rich taking everything and the poor getting to provide it. And that works very poorly as democracy.

    Poor you. To hate America and its promise that much.

  16. Our calm President “No Drama” Obama was on FIRE tonight! Loved it!

    Congrats, Mr. Obama, for your stunning speech!

    On the other hand, Mitch Daniels looked and sounded like the Grim Reaper. What a depressing, negative speech from Daniels. This is the best they have??

  17. Lucky for us, he’s no longer in office. So no, he’d not be there. Unless he was hidden up in the balcony, disguised as a potted palm.

  18. Our President is amazing. What a fabulous speech. He left no stone unturned, details galore, plans clearly laid out, patriotism at its finest and best of all, the challenge for the GOPTP to continue to sit on their asses. He showed them up for the fools and frauds they are, with nary a negative word. Bravo!

  19. Bi+ch Daniels was the second most miserable failure as budget director that this country has ever seen (the worst one being Rob Portman.) Taking advice from Daniels on budgetary or economic matters is like asking a dog for medical advice. Sure, you’ll probably get some kind of answer, but… what does it mean?

  20. My dog would likely give much better medical advice. He’s quite a merciful-hearted animal who points it out to me if another animal is under the weather, and would never cheer if someone died.

  21. It was an inspiring speech from a true leader. The GOP hates him because he has his finger on the pulse of this country, while they would declare us all braindead and pull the plug on women, kids, seniors and the poor, along with their other hit list of things to do away with: unions, etc. When a party starts making everyone except them evil, thye are in trouble. The GOP has made itself irrelevant, and the Preisident just nailed thir coffin shut. Good for him for speaking truths and encouraging us to be truly American again…the America that cares for its people, all of them, not the rich white males.

  22. The two most important things he should have mentioned was to take the money out of politics and to bring our troops home from the middle east and end the constant war mongering. other than that a great campain speech.

  23. CON-heart, my main man…where you been?? So, who are you supporting this time now that the grand old lady of the GOP is out of the race?
    You and the Bachmann’s will have plenty of time to get together, pray, roll around on the floor and speak in tongues (have you been practicing?)
    Good times, Good times…

    It’s good to see you back, comrade and in good form! Your heart is so ‘Merikan, so pure, so full of republican fundamentalism, you just can’t help yourself…

  24. Wow. If I was a Republican I would be so ashamed right now. After listening to that speech I saw our President as a leader. FINALLY! He has appeared Presidential from time to time, but would always get a little wishy washy. He has been getting more and more confident the last year and now he’s ready to lead. Now is the time for decisive action and a steady hand. A truly inspiring address. Am I alone in feeling this could be the start of something great? I just have that feeling. All the indicators are there. America is on the uptick. Just hide and watch!

  25. Just wait a month or so when the weather clears up and the Occupy folk pitch their tents again and send out their messages loud and clear. With any luck, the media will pay attention this time. I have a feeling Occupy is going to be the turning point in favour of the President.
    BTW, super speech, Mr. President! You really, really stuck it to them!

  26. Fuck off back to La La Land you idiot. You greedy bastards have stolen enough from us for long enough. If you’re not happy go and start your own country somewhere else. You certainly have enough money.

  27. Daniels has tried to jam an unpopular right-to-work law in Indiana, where he is governor, in order to bust unions. I tried listening to him last night, but all I heard was blatantly partisan and equally false nonsense. I couldn’t listen to much of what he said without a feeling of disgust and anger at the predictable lies and distortions the GOP has become all too well-known for.

    Since he has the dubious distinction of having served as budget director in GW’s administration, and being instrumental in bringing on the huge deficit that replaced a surplus, he is one of the very last people that anyone should be listening to on economic matters.

  28. “President Obama shattered everything that the Republican Party claims to stand for tonight. If the GOP is the party of the few, Barack Obama’s State Of The Union was an address to the many.”

    This is what I’m talking about…. wink ;-)

  29. “But in return, we need to change our tax code so that people like me, and an awful lot of Members of Congress, pay our fair share of taxes.”


    I actually looked up the net worth of every Congressman and Senator. Ninety percent of the entire 535 person body are millionaires, some many times over. The other 10% are mostly freshmen Reps and Senators, and the very few who just have a thousands-of-dollars portfolio, not millions.

    There’s no preponderance of Dems or Republicans in the 90% millionaire count. It’s roughly equal in both House and Senate.

    What the right wing like to point out, since the above doesn’t bolster any of their talking points, is that Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are rich, and very rich, respectively.

    I found out Harry Reid made his relatively modest fortune investing in land in and around his hometown of Searchlight, Nevada many years ago (sure to bolster the local economy) and also invested in a mine outside the town.

    Nancy Pelosi’s investments boomed recently, but you won’t see right wing blogs point out that her even more wealthy California peer, Republican U.S. Rep Darrell Issa also reaped huge investment rewards at the same time.


  30. I was amazed at how pissy and “disappointed” Andrew Sullivan was during the SOTU speech last night. His live blogging and Tweets seemed to be coming from someone who’d hacked into his Twitter and Dish website.

    But no, it was him. He got so much negative feedback that he’s in the process of semi-backpedalling.

  31. Well someone mentioned conservative farts so I figure they might have seen newt somewhere. I hear he’s contagious too.

  32. President Obama hit a HOME RUN last night! I absolutely loved it! It was riveting, exciting, and told the American public everything they needed to hear AND it shook up the GOP. I was disappointed with the analysis of his speech by CNN, in particular David Gergen whom in the past has been fair. But it just goes to show that the truth hurts and President Obama laid it all out on the line! Great job!

  33. Don’t you think that’s at least one of the reasons the GOP has been having so many debates–to give their guys some practice before they face the master?

  34. Let me spell this out for you…

    Read carefully (below) to “comprehend” Comrade Con-Heart’s brand of surly wit…

    …”Eliminate all corporate taxes (because, you know, corporations are people too, my friends) and manufacturing jobs will return in droves to this country…”

    Re-read the entirety in it’s politically driven cadence…2-3-4

  35. What Obama’s claiming of the middle did was force a split in the GOP rebuttal, part old rhetoric and part trying out traditionally Dem rhetoric. It was a little bizarre to see Mitch Daniels defending Social Security.

    So it turns out Fox was right, his speech was divisive–for the GOP ;)

  36. I find it interesting that Mitch Daniels would give the response when he’s the one from the Bush administration that was there when the Clinton surplus was demolished and replaced with a huge deficit.

  37. It was refreshing to watch a real man of substance in action. The hate, bigotry, racism and lies of the GOP have been so painful to endure endlessly on the airwaves. The contrast of a real leader of the people was inspiring. President Obama is not going to lay down and be run over by the evil of the GOP. He is done with the major compromise. After the Debt Ceiling disaster, President Obama is going to fight with everything he’s got. And we need to support him. The way he accomplishes razor sharp focus with the Seal teams is how effective he could be with Congress and America with just a little help. The Tea Party Republican Congress will not move unless there’s a march on Washington to their doors. We have to support the President in every way possible because now that this inequality is front and center and exposed, now is the time to make the major transformations this country needs. It’s not about the 1% anymore.

  38. Most of the mainstream media were disappointing in their assessment of the SOTU speech. They seemed to miss the point about true Americanism. They preferred talking about the GOP responses and lies and attacks. We have to keep supporting our President. He is the adult in the room and it’s time for him to be reelected to finish the job he was sent to do. I am so proud of President Barack Obama!!! He’s only had 3 years to turn around the power created over the last 30 years, especially the last 10. Let’s give him what he needs. Thanks for the great post Jason.

  39. “The theme of Obama’s address was fairness.” Yes, Obama is for playing by the same rules, fairly.

    In stark contrast:
    The only fairness the Republican Party of 2012 recognizes is the fairness of former-mistress and trophy-wife #3 Calista’s skin:

    the fairness of Ailes’ bleached blondes network of light-skinned liars;

    the fairness of Cantor’s worship for Ayn Rand; all genuflect da greed;

    the fairness of the Republican moneychangers.

    Vote. Or feel the growl of a hungry belly under the Republican fairness doctrine of child serfdom in the USA.

  40. Jason Easley: “President Obama argued against job creators….”

    Wait, *what*?!


    Favorite quote juxtaposition:

    Obama’s SOTU: “What’s at stake are not Democratic values or Republican values, but American values. … I will work with anyone in this chamber….”

    Mitch Daniels’s reply on behalf of the GOP: “No feature of the Obama presidency has been sadder than its constant efforts to divide us….”

    (Recall the past 3 years of Congressional GOP behavior….)

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