Live Blog: SOTU 2012

Here’s your SOTU Bingo Card!  Print it out and play along.  As soon as one square has been said once, you have to take a drink for every mention after that!  Those are the House Rules!

I decided against plugging in the “THEME” of the night.  Obama is still channeling Teddy Roosevelt with the idea of Economic Fairness.

President Barack Obama will call economic fairness “the defining issue of our time” in his State of the Union address Tuesday night as he vows to keep fighting for working Americans.

“It’s time to apply the same rules from top to bottom: No bailouts, no handouts, and no copouts. An America built to last insists on responsibility from everybody,” Obama will say, according to excerpts released by the White House ahead of his speech in the House chamber to a joint session of Congress. “Let’s never forget: Millions of Americans who work hard and play by the rules every day deserve a government and a financial system that does the same.”

The election-year address gives Obama a high-profile platform to counter the GOP presidential candidates who have been pummeling him, virtually unanswered, for months. He will expand on the vision he described in a pivotal December speech in Osawatomie, Kan., that channeled Teddy Roosevelt’s square deal slogan of economic equality.

Obama will lay down markers Tuesday night aimed at making that vision a reality.

That’s always been the deal, hasn’t it?  Obama is very good at stealing another leader’s vision and making it seem like he owns it.  The problem is that he negotiates it away to the right wing and his words never come out as detailed plans.  Will this be the billion dollar fund raising speech it needs to be?  The SOTU will be lived simulcast via the White House Home Page.

HuffPost has a list up for those of you that want to play its drinking game.  Here’s some examples of its offerings.

Obama says “Folks” Poke a hole in the bottom of a can of PBR, put it up to your mouth, open the tab and chug
Obama says he created 3.2 million jobs Take 3.2 sips
Obama mentions the 8.5% unemployment rate Drink 8.5% of a bottle of Jack Daniels (no more, you’re probably unemployed and Jack ain’t cheap)
Only Republicans applaud Obama must have tripped or something. Consolation shot for Barry
Only Democrats applaud Have a glass of water. This will happen a lot and you need to hydrate.
Camera pans to Michelle Obama Drink, but then eat something organic
Obama mentions “Occupy” or the 99% Do one shot and tweet something @ellenbarkin
Obama mentions “Wall Street” or the 1% Pour yourself a glass of 50-year old single malt scotch, throw the glass out, then pour another glass. You have plenty

So, what are some of the Villager’s tweeting?

Instructions on how to get to Beltway Bob’s SOTUS (the cheerleader edition) here:

ezraklein Ezra Klein
You can follow Wonkblog’s liveblogging/tweeting of SOTU here:

The anti-Beltway Bob antidote (or is that anecdote?)will be here:

YourAnonNews Anonymous
Four things that will not be brought up at #SOTU: #SOPA, #PIPA, #ACTA and #NDAA. Google and read about them all!

Our hero:

SenatorSanders Bernie Sanders
The wealthiest 400 people in America now own more wealth than the bottom 150 million Americans. #SOTU

Looks like somebody got an advanced copy:

KeithOlbermann Keith Olbermann
POTUS SOTU Conclusion: “An America built to last insists on responsibility from everybody.”

Keith Olbermann
KeithOlbermann Keith Olbermann
POTUS SOTU: It’s time to apply the same rules from top to bottom: No bailouts, no handouts, and no copouts…

A suggestion only Bobby Brady Jindal  (The governor/exorcist) would love.

mattyglesias mattyglesias
Texas Governor Rick Perry whose state leads the nation in job creation would be an ideal SOTU responder were he not a national joke.

This goes down at 9 p.m. EST.

179 Comments on “Live Blog: SOTU 2012”

  1. dakinikat says:

    Gabby Giffords was given some special recognition by the press. The Cabinet is coming in right now. Supremes are already seated as is FLOTUS.

  2. Sophie says:

    POTUS SOTU: It’s time to apply the same rules from top to bottom: No bailouts, no handouts, and no copouts…

    Yeah, lock the barn after all the animals escaped

  3. dakinikat says:

    johnboehner John Boehner
    #KXL pipeline is a shovel-ready project that’s been through every approval process here in Washington. Let’s get it built #4jobs.

    from me:

    @johnboehner My seafood already has oil in it/ Does my bread and steak really need that too? #OILLEAKSDESTROYLIVLIHOODS

    • bostonboomer says:

      At least it doesn’t have fetuses in it. Or does it?

    • jawbone says:

      Of course, KXL as of now has no plan for how it’s going to avoid the Ogalalla acquifer.

      Is that considered “shovel ready”? Or does that apply to your BS, Boner?

  4. dakinikat says:

    Okay, here comes POTUS

  5. dakinikat says:

    They’ve opened the excerpts of the text on the actual speech now.

  6. dakinikat says:

    Eric Cantor comes in behind the President. I wonder if Obama has a knife proof backplate?

  7. Sophie says:

    Only 5 Justices?

  8. dakinikat says:

    AH. BINGO card already!!! TROOPS home!!!! Honorable Men & Women …

  9. Minkoff Minx says:

    Ugh….9:11pm and I can’t take any more…will read the transcript.

  10. Sophie says:

    Osama! Drink!

  11. dakinikat says:

    yup, on to financial regulation and the MIDDLE class …

    He’s blaming Wall Street so there’s another one down. and he just said jobs.

  12. dakinikat says:

    “Think about the America within our reach: A country that leads the world in educating its people. An America that attracts a new generation of high-tech manufacturing and high-paying jobs. A future where we’re in control of our own energy, and our security and prosperity aren’t so tied to unstable parts of the world. An economy built to last, where hard work pays off, and responsibility is rewarded. “

  13. dakinikat says:

    He’s talking about the auto industry bail outs now.

    • dakinikat says:

      “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.”

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      Yeah, every town and city should be as fortunate as Detroit!

  14. dakinikat says:

    “The state of our union is getting stronger”

  15. Sophie says:

    Who punched Kerry?

  16. dakinikat says:

    He’s talking corporate Tax Loopholes now.

    • dakinikat says:

      First, if you’re a business that wants to outsource jobs, you shouldn’t get a tax deduction for doing it.

    • dakinikat says:

      “It’s time to stop rewarding businesses that ship jobs overseas, and start rewarding companies that create jobs right here in America.”

      He’s starting a Trade Enforcement Union to police unfair trade practices.

  17. bostonboomer says:

    That was kind of a JFK paraphrase.

    “Ask what you can do to bring jobs to your country, and your country will do everything it can to help you.”

    Doesn’t have the same ring to it tho.

  18. Sophie says:

    He says all these wonderful things as if he was going to press for legislation on any of them.

    Rocky to Bullwinkle: Not that trick again.

  19. jawbone says:

    mattyglesias mattyglesias
    Texas Governor Rick Perry whose state leads the nation in job creation would be an ideal SOTU responder were he not a national joke.

    Does Matty not know that Gov. Goodhair’s great job creation numbers had a huge amount of Federal stimulus money behind them?

    Sheeh, Matty.

  20. bostonboomer says:

    Uh oh, here’s the SOPA workaround.

  21. Minkoff Minx says:

    ESQPolitics Charles P. Pierce
    Master Lock’s UNIONIZED plant in Milwaukee…low bridge for Gov. Walker.
    3 minutes ago

  22. jawbone says:

    I’m noticing similarities between Obama’s and Romney’s lowering of volume to indicate sincerity.

    I get the same felling of lack thereof from both.

  23. bostonboomer says:

    Who decides who the best teachers are and what are the criteria?

  24. dakinikat says:

    Do you suppose every one will stop Bashing Teachers now since he asked? … but he didn’t say pretty please?

    • dakinikat says:

      I’m glad he’s mentioning higher education but I have no idea what he can do about it if your governor is set on running a plantation and keeping folks in trade schools instead.

  25. dakinikat says:

    whoa … he mentioned equal pay for equal work

  26. dakinikat says:

    Obama: We should be working on comprehensive immigration. If not, “let’s at least agree to stop expelling responsible young people.

  27. dakinikat says:

    Okeee dokeee … he’s opening the offshore drilling resources

    and his new buzzword is “responsible” energy

  28. Sophie says:

    Because no one can afford to drive.

  29. dakinikat says:

    gawd, they just panned to Mitch McConnell … he always looks like he’s been eating prunes and small children

  30. dakinikat says:

    “American oil production is the highest it’s been in 8 years. That’s right– 8 years.”

  31. janicen says:

    Oh boy, more fracking. I’d better add that quake coverage to my homeowners’ insurance.

  32. Sophie says:

    Every SOTU he says that he’s going to stop subsidizing oil companies, and yet, it continues. Go check your archives–I’m certain I complained about this very thing last year!

  33. bostonboomer says:

    Is it just me, or does Obama sound a lot more fired up than usual?

  34. peggysue22 says:

    In fact, our largest export right now is . . . fuel. More gasoline, diesel and jet fuel than any other export. So when the Keystone Pipeline comes up? That was already contracted for South America and Europe. Ugh.

    He’s getting all the buzzwords in. Yes, end the oil companies’ subsidies. Only you have to act on the words. New program with the Dept of the Defense to develop green energy to 3 million homes? Not sure if I got the number right.

    Executive order for infrastructure jobs. GOP will hate that!

  35. ralphb says:

    When Obama was talking about housing, Geithner looked like he’d been gut punched!

  36. dakinikat says:

    Urges Congress to fund infrastucture projects using money no longer needed for war in Iraq.

    And infrastructure comes off the card!

  37. dakinikat says:

    I don’t even know what to say about that spilled milk comment. Hope his post presidency plants don’t include Vegas.

  38. dakinikat says:

    markknoller Mark Knoller
    Pres serves notice on banks & other financial orgs: “the rest of us aren’t bailing you out ever again.”

  39. bostonboomer says:

    Warren Buffet’s secretary….

  40. bostonboomer says:

    OMG! “serious about paying down our debt.”

    Code for cutting social security and medicare…

  41. dakinikat says:

    Obama: Do we want to keep these tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans? Or do we want to keep our investments in everything else?

    Now, we’ve got tax reform and the Buffett Rule … I think that takes care of about three of our bingo items

    • dakinikat says:

      “a quarter of all millionaires pay lower taxes than most American households”

      ‘asking a billionaire to pay at least as much as his secretary”

  42. dakinikat says:

    Gratuitous Romney Slap:

    “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.”

  43. dakinikat says:

    Now we’re talking about the deficit and the deficit of trust

  44. bostonboomer says:

    BorowitzReport Andy Borowitz
    “I am proud to report that in addition to bin Laden, I just killed the dude who wrote that milk joke.” #SOTU
    8 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply

  45. Deficit of trust between Main Street and Wall Street?

    Pretty words, pretty words…

  46. dakinikat says:

    He’s asking for a ban for insider trading by members of congress

  47. bostonboomer says:

    Oh brother. Bipartisanship. Give it up, Barack. It’s never going to happen.

  48. peggysue22 says:

    “I’m a Democrat.” So says POTUS.

    Really? Could’ve fooled me.

  49. dakinikat says:

    Think we scored a black out on the bingo card!

  50. Touting his education reform ? Totally pitching to the “Obamacan” (Repub/libertarian) vote.

  51. bostonboomer says:

    Nukes are on the table!

  52. ralphb says:

    Just got a mental picture of McCain, in the Slim Pickens role, riding the bomb down on Iran. It wasn’t pretty,

  53. Minkoff Minx says:

    conor64 Conor Friedersdorf
    “We’ll stand for the rights and dignity of all human beings…” except the ones I detain without charges or trial. #SOTU
    2 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply
    Retweeted by kirstenpowers10

  54. Is this “Barack is back 2012” stump speech done yet? I could have been making marzipan scones all this time. Sheesh.

  55. blue state red state, mom jeans dad jeans

  56. NW Luna says:

    Was listening to Hard Knock Radio on the way home tonight … Several African-Americans interviewed about SOTU. None of them were very happy with POTUS. One of them called Obama “the greatest trick ever.” Wanted to hear about immigration reform, solutions to the student-debt problem, undoing Citizens United, but not hopeful. Wide-spread pessimism — err, realism.

  57. yay barack thanks for wrapping up.

  58. dakinikat says:

    It’s all over and we filled the card, I’d say!

  59. NW Luna says:

    Teddy Roosevelt’s words, from his own Kansas speech:

    “I stand for the square deal. But when I say that I am for the square deal, I mean not merely that I stand for fair play under the present rules of the games, but that I stand for having those rules changed so as to work for a more substantial equality of opportunity and of reward for equally good service.”

    “The object of government is the welfare of the people.”

    Sorry, Barack, you can’t channel Teddy.

  60. Minkoff Minx says:

    We’ve made it clear that America is a Pacific power…

    Ah….had to get that in there…

  61. ralphb says:

    Grading this as a political speech only, I gotta say it was a damned good one. Yes, I broke my vow and actually watched one of them. What comes out of it will probably be squat.

  62. Da Very Serious David Gergen “very politically shrewd speech” bring home Dems, bring some Independents, yarda yarda. If speech had been 30% shorter, would have been that much more powerful, but Bill Clinton gave long SOTUs that were popular

  63. bostonboomer says:

    I don’t think I can handle listening to Mitch Daniels.

  64. Mitch D. looks like a gnome. Just sayin’.

  65. “Trickle down gov’t” –Gnome Daniels

    Are you f’n shitting me? Trickle off my screen, fool.

  66. Oh yeah and I forgot to say… Eric Cantor even looked more zombie-like than usual

  67. where did everybody go? Lol

  68. NW Luna says:

    My husband’s just made a wonderful dinner, and we have a fine bottle of red, red, local wine. I’m going to forget about tricksters and banksters for a while.

  69. Alright, this owl is out. Thanks for the liveblogging Sky Dancers! *muah*

  70. ralphb says:

    Interesting. The Mortgage Crisis Unit he announced may be worth something after all. Schneiderman is the real thing.

    WASHINGTON — During his State of the Union address tonight, President Obama will announce the creation of a special unit to investigate misconduct and illegalities that contributed to both the financial collapse and the mortgage crisis.

    The office, part of a new Unit on Mortgage Origination and Securitization Abuses, will be chaired by Eric Schneiderman, the New York attorney general, according to a White House official.

    Schneiderman is an increasingly beloved figure among progressives for his criticism of a proposed settlement between the 50 state attorneys generals and the five largest banks. His presence atop this new special unit could give it immediate legitimacy among those who have criticized the president for being too hesitant in going after the banks and resolving the mortgage crisis. He will be in attendance at Tuesday night’s State of the Union address.

  71. bostonboomer says:

    I’m hoping something will really happen with insider trading in Congress.

    ‘nite all!

  72. ralphb says:

    Nite all. It’s been swell!