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Obama State of the Union to focus on income inequality
« on: January 23, 2014, 08:50:46 AM »
http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/196177-obama-state-of-the-union-to-focus-on-income-inequality

 By Amie Parnes and Justin Sink - 01/23/14 06:00 AM EST

President Obama will try to pump some vitality into a lackluster second term on Tuesday when he delivers his State of the Union address.

The address will include a “healthy dose” of the income inequality message the White House has focused on in recent weeks, according to one senior administration official familiar with the text.

A president who has yet to add to the big legislative accomplishments of his first term will call for raising the minimum wage to $10 per hour and extending federal unemployment benefits that expired last month.

He will also discuss energy and college affordability, two other issues that relate to the economic mobility message that is a major White House theme ahead of this year’s midterm elections.

The White House sees the State of the Union as a key part of the president’s second term reboot, and will accentuate it with a presidential road trip where Obama will tout his proposals.

Obama — who has trumpeted 2014 as a “year of action” — will also devote considerable time in the address, which he’s been working on for the past month, on how he'll use executive action to move along his agenda, the official said.

The emphasis on executive action and messaging on income inequality are both intended to rally Obama’s political base, which lost confidence in the president during the difficult first year of his second term.

A Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday found that a majority of Americans — 53 percent — did not believe the Obama administration was competent at running the government. The president’s approval ratings have been mired in the low 40s for months.

The low numbers have come after struggles with ObamaCare’s implementation, and controversy over the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs. Both issues have hurt Obama with his base, and with his supporters in Congress.

“He needs to get people excited about the Democratic Party again,” one former senior administration official said of the president.

The White House sees the State of the Union, where Obama will speak to a primetime audience of millions, as a chance to do just that. They also want to cast the president as someone working to get things done in a partisan atmosphere.

“They've concluded the American people want to see a president who's active, who's progressive, but who's not overly partisan,” said Tad Devine, a veteran Democratic strategist who has consulted with the White House.

“This is a chance to draw contrast with Republicans, who are like [New Jersey Gov.] Chris Christie at the G.W. Bridge — they just want to cause traffic jams. So the president and his team just have to show they’re driving around it.”

Obama has a “simple goal” in the address, a second former senior administration official said. “Stake a beachhead as the champion for the middle class economic security, come hell or high water.”

While Obama will use the muscle of the office to circumvent Congress, he is also expected to address how lawmakers should work together to pass legislation for the benefit of the nation.

The president is expected to draw attention to the two-year budget deal and the passage of a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill to highlight the work Congress can do if it works together.

Obama has an active ‘to-do’ list on items that requires Congressional support. For starters, he would still like to see comprehensive immigration reform pass Congress in his second term. At least some Republicans—anxious to lure the Hispanic vote in the coming election cycles—seem open to passing the legislation.

Those around him say he’s been “frustrated” with the inaction in Congress. “I think the frustration for him is that you need legislative buy in to get these bigger ticket items done,” said a third former senior administration official. 

But even before Obama hits the road to push his agenda, the White House plans to start a conversation directly with the public to push some of the president’s policies.

It’s a tack the White House has used many times to push its message via the bully pulpit.

In an attempt to rally the troops ahead of the speech, the White House released a video on Tuesday in which Chief of Staff Denis McDonough declares, “the State of the Union is not just a conversation with Congress, but a conversation with you, the American people.”

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Re: Obama State of the Union to focus on income inequality
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2014, 03:42:51 PM »
Beck said the SOTU is nothing more than a circus - said tune in to the Blaze to watch the SOTU they plan to have fun with it instead of following the other networks with pretending there is actually something in his speech worth analyzing.
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Re: Obama State of the Union to focus on income inequality
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2014, 06:13:03 PM »
Beck said the SOTU is nothing more than a circus - said tune in to the Blaze to watch the SOTU they plan to have fun with it instead of following the other networks with pretending there is actually something in his speech worth analyzing.

I want to see them MST3K the hell out of it. That would be worth watching.
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Re: Obama State of the Union to focus on income inequality
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2014, 06:27:01 PM »
I wouldn't listen to Beck after he apologized for being too hard on Obama, and for his support for GLAAD.
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Re: Obama State of the Union to focus on income inequality
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2014, 06:30:05 PM »
I wouldn't listen to Beck after he apologized for being too hard on Obama, and for his support for GLAAD.

He didn't appologize for being too hard on Obama. He said his language was divisive when he could have done it differently and achieved a better result.   Also he doesn't support gay marriage, he just doesn't hate gays.  I pretty much hold the same position.  I don't care what anyone does behind closed doors just don't put it in my face and marriage is a man and a woman until they find a way for two people of the same sex to procreate naturally.
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Re: Obama State of the Union to focus on income inequality
« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2014, 06:43:05 PM »
What if a president gave a SOTU and no one listened or watched?  Hopefully we'll have the answer after this one.
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Re: Obama State of the Union to focus on income inequality
« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2014, 07:28:09 PM »
Hmmm Wilkow just spent the last half hour explaining what this is about...with HUD the have declared war on the suburbs and the plan is using the excuse that the burbs are too white and too rich they are moving poor out of inner cities into the burbs into homes the taxpayers Federal and Local are being forced to pay for in order to turn the burbs more minority-based and hopefully break up the voting patterns that take place outside the inner cities.......   Right now Westchester County, NY is the biggest area this is going on, but the head of HUD is pushing to do this nationwide and using the whiteness of areas to justify it... oh and these new homeowners - won't have to pay the property taxes on their new properties (which will be given to them by the taxpayers)..
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Re: Obama State of the Union to focus on income inequality
« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2014, 06:48:04 AM »
I wouldn't listen to Beck after he apologized for being too hard on Obama, and for his support for GLAAD.

I'll not listen to Rush for a similar reason. He called Helle Thorning-Schmidt a blonde bimbo. Yes she is blonde. Yes she is reasonably attractive. She's also the head of a country - one that the US has made much of in the past and depends on for basing rights.

He insulted a woman and a head of state and I don't need his drivel in my ears until he apologizes for that uncalled for comment.
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Re: Obama State of the Union to focus on income inequality
« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2014, 08:56:17 AM »
Dr. Ben Carson seems to feel the speech will be a lesson in communism.
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