Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Live-blogging Pres. Obama's State of the Union Address from an Independent POV

9:54pm -- Obama: This era requires reform and innovation, freedom, justice, dignity.... Check this link for live coverage from CNN.

9:47pm -- I'm disappointed but not discouraged in the President's SOTU address. The independent movement, even though independents were the margin of victory for President Obama, in both the primaries and in the general election, is not big enough and doesn't yet have the political clout to get his ear.

9:44pm -- Even before the address is done, I'm left wondering if Prez Obama has heard NOTHING over the past 2 years from the independent voters. These voters in open primary states put him in office. We need structural political reform so that ordinary Americans have a voice in the policies and decisions of our country.

9:42 -- repeated pleas to Dems and Repubs to come together and solve these problems...

9:37pm -- now talking about infrastructure [NYC MTA public transit is increasingly unreliable for ordinary workers in NYC -- ed.] But somehow O wants to build infrastructure...

9:35pm -- Talking about American competitiveness in education.... Prepared to work with Dems and Repubs to work on immigration issues.

9:28pm -- Education reform - family, turn off the tv, science fair winners, success is hard work and discipline... Classroom should be a place of high expectations... Race to the Top is successful... [hmm...]  [not sayin' that NCLB was better... reminds me of a statement that Lenora Fulani made at Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network conference last year where Dr. Fulani and Sec. of Education Arne Duncan made statements...

9:25pm -- Develop science and technology as an alternative to subsidizing oil companies... (?)  Urges Dems and Repubs to work together to make this happen....

9:22pm -- Winning the Future... creativity, innovation is how we (Americans) make our living, our free-enterprise system drives this... this is our generation's Sputnik moment...

9:14pm ET -- recall the assassination attempt of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona... Says the future hangs on the coming together of the parties. (Dems and Repubs)...

9:09: Check this link for live coverage from CNN. Pres introduced by Boehner... begins to speak. O congratulates ppl but seems to be pointed at Boehner... pray for health of Gabby Giffords (recent attempted assassination victim from Arizona)...

9:05pm: The President has been introduced. I am currently searching for a livecast... bear with me.!

8:56pm: Joint Session of Congress - mostly ceremony now, with SC justices walking in.. no other coverage on network broadcast media at this point... Michelle Obama arrives...

The "speaker's cabinet"...

8:47pm: Repub spin is Obama is moving to the center, Dem counter -- no, a compromise on behalf of the country...

BTW - Post-SOTU address from the "opposition" party (because politics in our country is over-determined by a partisan system and in a TWO party system, one is out and one is in.... Apparently an interesting feature of the responses from the "opposition" is that they are both from "tea party" representatives -- social conservatives who seek to take over the Repub Party -- def reminds me of Jackie Salit's Christian Science Monitor article "Tea party activists: Don't confuse them with independents"...

8:45pm - Presidential Motorcade leaving the WH... Bloggers clustering in Statuary Hall.... B-roll.... Live from the floor of the House...

8:39pm - House is now being called into order... some of the chatter before hand had to do with the concern about projecting a "unified front" between Dems and Repubs. Apparently the Supreme Court only sends members of the Party appointed by the Ruling Party to this address. However some exception has been made because of the assassination of a judge in Tucson AZ a few weeks ago....

8:37pm - Talk of "bipartisanship" "good will" -- Congress people now walking in to Statuary Hall at the US Capitol building.

8:33pm Watching C-Span's pre-speech coverage about the history of this address and points about the pols who will respond to Obama's address.

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