Live Blogging SOTU

Tonight’s State of the Union address is Obama’s first of his second and last term in office.  Speculation is rampant about the focus and tone of theimages speech given the changes apparent in the inauguration address to the nation.  We’ve already seen that many of the invited guests tonight will victims of gun violence.  Another guest of FLOTUS will be the 102 year old woman who represents voting rights in America.   Ensuring the right to vote may be central a central them in tonight’s address to the nation.

President Barack Obama will announce a bipartisan presidential voting commission to focus on improving the Election Day experience, The Huffington Post has learned from two sources outside the White House with knowledge of the plans.

The commission is one of a number of efforts the Obama administration is making to address the problems that plagued voting on Election Day 2012. The commission, which will focus specifically on Election Day issues and not broader voting reform, will likely be co-chaired by one Republican and one Democratic lawyer, according to one of the sources.

The White House announced Tuesday that 102-year-old Miami resident Desiline Victor will be a guest of first lady Michelle Obama during the president’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night, during which Obama is expected to discuss voting reforms. Victor is a naturalized U.S. citizen who stood in line for three hours at a local library on the first Sunday of early voting until workers told her to come back later that evening. A crowd of thousands of people erupted in applause when she emerged with an “I Voted” sticker, the White House said.

The FLOTUS guest list may hint at other themes. It includes many women including soliders, pay discrimination activists, and teachers. It also includes scientists.

  • Dr. Jill Biden
  • Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President
  • Sergeant Sheena Adams (Vista, CA) – Team Advisor & Lead Instructor, Female Engagement Team
  • Alan Aleman (Las Vegas, NV) – DREAM Student
  • Jack Andraka (Crownsville, MD) – Winner of the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair
  • Susan Bumgarner (Norman, OK) – Early Childhood Educator
  • Deb Carey (New Glarus, WI) – Small Business Owner, New Glarus Brewing Company
  • Sergeant Carlos Evans, USMC (Cameron, NC) – Wounded Warrior
  • Tim Cook (Cupertino, CA) – CEO of Apple
  • Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton and Nathaniel A. Pendleton Sr. (Chicago, IL)
  • Menchu de Luna Sanchez (Secaucus, NJ) – Registered Nurse, NYU Langone Medical Center
  • Bobak Ferdowsi (Pasadena, CA) – Flight Director, Mars Curiosity Rover
  • Bradley Henning (Louisville, KY) – Machinist, Atlas Machine and Supply
  • Tracey Hepner (Arlington, VA) – Co-Founder, Military Partners and Families Coalition
  • Peter Hudson (Evergreen, CO) – Co-Founder and CEO, iTriage
  • Governor John Kitzhaber (D-OR)
  • Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers (Avondale, AZ)
  • Amanda E. McMillan (Jackson, MS) – Pay Discrimination Victim
  • Lee Maxwell (Wilton, IA) – Graduate, Kirkwood Community College Wind Technician Program
  • Lieutenant Brian Murphy (Oak Creek, WI)
  • Lisa Richards (Arlington, VA) – #My2K Participant
  • Kaitlin Roig (Greenwich, CT) – 1st Grade Teacher, Sandy Hook Elementary School
  • Abby Schanfield (Minneapolis, MN) – ACA Beneficiary
  • Haile Thomas (Tucson, AZ) – Let’s Move! Champion
  • Desiline Victor (Miami, FL)

nugent bubbleDraft dodger and confessed pedophile gun nut Ted Nugent is coming as a guest of nutty Texas Rep Steve Stockman.  The Nuge is well known for threatening the president and calling women leaders misogynistic slurs.

NUGENT: I was in Chicago last week. I was in Chicago and said, “Hey, Obama you might want to suck on one of these you punk.” Obama, he’s a piece of shit, and I told him to suck on my machine gun. Let’s hear it for him. And then I was in New York. I said, “Hey, Hillary, you might want to ride one of these into the sunset, you worthless bitch. Since I’m in California, how about [Senator] Barbara Boxer [D-CA], she might want to suck on my machine gun. And [Senator] Dianne Feinstein [D-CA], ride one of these you worthless whore. Any questions? [Ted Nugent via, accessed 10/1/12]

Our hope is that some one will come to their senses and disinvite him.  You’ll probably see him surrounded by the Capitol Police and the Secret Service.  Here’s hoping he’s ignored by the press.

An enhanced version of the SOTU is available from the White House and will include stats and charts.  The channel is on now with a lot of interesting historical background on the address, on previous presidents, and on the event itself.  There’s also a chance to get on a mail list plus an after speech chat with a group of white house policy experts.  You should look at it just because it’s really interesting and has some interesting background on the speech writing process too.

So, the speech starts tonight and can also be watched at the C-SPAN site.

Tonight, C-SPAN brings you President Obama’s fourth State of the Union address before a Joint Session of Congress. Our coverage begins at 8pm ET with comments from Frank Newport of Gallup and reporters from National Review and Huffington Post.

At 9pm ET, C-SPAN & C-SPAN Radio broadcast President Obama’s address and the GOP response from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). (Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) speaks at 10pm, Then, viewer reactions via calls, Twitter & Facebook.

This post kicks off the first part of our live blogging sessions.  Please join us through out the night!

56 Comments on “Live Blogging SOTU”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    Thanks for this, Dak.

  2. bostonboomer says:

    Eric Cantor is on the C-span feed right now.

  3. RalphB says:

    Nice. Thanks Dak!

  4. Fannie says:

    Mr. Speaker, the President of the United States…..

  5. bostonboomer says:

    Ryan Lizza ‏@RyanLizza
    Obama will call for raising the federal minimum wage to $9.00/hour.

    Press inside got copy of speech

  6. bostonboomer says:

    Is Boehner crying yet?

  7. bostonboomer says:

    Obama begins with quote from JFK on bipartisanship.

  8. dakinikat says:

    Biden’s got so many ribbons on him that he looks like prize livestock at a fair … will defer exact animal suggestions to yall

  9. dakinikat says:

    What’s with the green ribbons?

  10. dakinikat says:

    ewwwww .. the catfood commission!!!!!!!

  11. dakinikat says:

    Boehner’s tie must have been picked out with his new shade of orange spray tan in mind.

  12. Fannie says:

    Why have I heard this before……………I certainly have.

  13. Fannie says:

    Heat wave – must do

  14. Fannie says:

    Heard the words violent crimes once, so far.

  15. Fannie says:

    Boehner just wasn’t going to stand up when it came to the words “immigration reform”…………hmmmmm

  16. bostonboomer says:

    Simpson-Bowles is trending on Twitter. Arrrrrrgh!

  17. bostonboomer says:

    Loudest applause so far for Violence Against Women Act and equal pay for women.

  18. bostonboomer says:

    OT– Dead body of Christopher Dorner found in burned cabin.

  19. bostonboomer says:

    Excuse me, but $9/hr. is not “a wage you can live on.” Give me a break!

  20. bostonboomer says:

    Boehner’s tie looks like pink with white polka dots. It’s making me queasy.

  21. bostonboomer says:

    Michelle looks very cute tonight.

  22. dakinikat says:

    Okay, it was really boring and not so great until he got to the last part about the gun violence and fix the vote.

    • dakinikat says:

      It has been two months since Newtown. I know this is not the first time this country has debated how to reduce gun violence. But this time is different. Overwhelming majorities of Americans – Americans who believe in the 2nd Amendment – have come together around commonsense reform – like background checks that will make it harder for criminals to get their hands on a gun. Senators of both parties are working together on tough new laws to prevent anyone from buying guns for resale to criminals. Police chiefs are asking our help to get weapons of war and massive ammunition magazines off our streets, because they are tired of being outgunned.

      Each of these proposals deserves a vote in Congress. If you want to vote no, that’s your choice. But these proposals deserve a vote. Because in the two months since Newtown, more than a thousand birthdays, graduations, and anniversaries have been stolen from our lives by a bullet from a gun.

      One of those we lost was a young girl named Hadiya Pendleton. She was 15 years old. She loved Fig Newtons and lip gloss. She was a majorette. She was so good to her friends, they all thought they were her best friend. Just three weeks ago, she was here, in Washington, with her classmates, performing for her country at my inauguration. And a week later, she was shot and killed in a Chicago park after school, just a mile away from my house.

      Hadiya’s parents, Nate and Cleo, are in this chamber tonight, along with more than two dozen Americans whose lives have been torn apart by gun violence. They deserve a vote.

      Gabby Giffords deserves a vote.

      The families of Newtown deserve a vote.

      The families of Aurora deserve a vote.

      The families of Oak Creek, and Tucson, and Blacksburg, and the countless other communities ripped open by gun violence – they deserve a simple vote.

      Our actions will not prevent every senseless act of violence in this country. Indeed, no laws, no initiatives, no administrative acts will perfectly solve all the challenges I’ve outlined tonight. But we were never sent here to be perfect. We were sent here to make what difference we can, to secure this nation, expand opportunity, and uphold our ideals through the hard, often frustrating, but absolutely necessary work of self-government.

      We were sent here to look out for our fellow Americans the same way they look out for one another, every single day, usually without fanfare, all across this country.

    • bostonboomer says:

      It was pretty boring, but I’ve heard worse–e.g. GW Bush.

      • bostonboomer says:

        I wish he hadn’t emphasized the deficit so much. And the bipartisanship schtick is way beyond tired.

  23. Fannie says:

    We are citizens…………..I like that.

  24. dakinikat says:

    “Making people wait hours to vote is ” betraying our ideals.” #SOTU

  25. NW Luna says:

    I’m still waiting for the staunch defense of Social Security and Medicare. That it’s the right thing to do, to look out for our fellow Americans. Maybe some lines paraphrased from Krugman to tell Americans that those programs have nothing to do with the deficit. That American can be a country where everyone, not just the 1%, can retire without fear of the poorhouse.

    Obama is a spineless excuse of a Democrat.