Obama Lays Out Vision for Middle Class

State of the Union address

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

February 12, 2013 President Barack Obama rests his hand next to a copy of his speech as he delivers his State of the Union address. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Last night, President Obama described his vision for the United States over the next four years. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich analyzes the president's speech.


Todd Zwillich

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J.Hockenberry disdainfully refers to Ted Cruz as a "character". Cruz is an Ivy League educated attorney who had a distinguished legal career and is now Senator. It speaks poorly of Hockenberry that he has to disrespect such a man simply because he disagrees with his ideas.

Feb. 13 2013 08:22 PM
tom LI

Larry, I dont think any of us really wants to see what a GOP-only nation would look like, much less "feel" like. I think the feeling would be one similar to not showering for a week after being dragged thru the waste of a slaughter house. Ready to rip ones skin off to just get away from the mess.

The notion that when Obama was first elected that we were now past racism made me laugh hard then as it still does whenever its brought up. Sure we've all gotten used to seeing more and more Black Americans in the media, entertainment, running the tables in the pop-music stages (bit not of course the actual biz itself) - and many have accepted the sight of more and more mixed raced couples. BUT NOT RUNNING the country. No way!

The GOP and their ilk, are the 55%'ers who still cling to our racist past, dead-set against giving a black man his due. As a senator fine, mayors no problem...but POTUS!?!? No way.

IMO, the split we see is 70% racism, 20% over actual substance, 10% just because.

One thing that disappointed me with Obama's first term and it looks like it could take hold again...the wimpy way he presents his agendas. I blame it mostly on his speech writers who don't seem to grasp the importance of his tenure, and fail to pack his speeches with more powerful imagery, and truly direct and honest wording. But I guess its also Obama's fault as well. His drive to be conciliatory is killing him and lessening his overall impact. He continues to be the compromise seeker, the one seeking (embarrassingly so) to find the common ground to make the GOP happy. And thats important to note, the GOP is on his plate, the Party Machine and not the constituency.

He has to show the actual decrepitude of the GOP platform (as it now stands there all rickety) and be as rough, as one can be as POTUS, in his language. He has to take the fight to them, not wait for them to strike. Which is also a major problem with the Democratic Part and its alleged power brokers. Wimps! Reactionary wimps who wait for the GOP to set the table and maybe leave some scraps for them (Dems) to gnaw on...

Feb. 13 2013 04:23 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Obama makes sense to me. I know that half the country disagrees with everything he says and doesn't trust him or the Democratic Party . I wonder what an America that is completely right wing would start to look like in a few years if they were in charge?

How did this country become so split? The See-Saw feels like it will splinter right down the middle one day. Is that why so many people feel they need guns? They are waiting for something big and bad to happen.

Feb. 13 2013 01:43 PM

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