The State of Union and the President's Agenda

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

New Yorker editor David Remnick looks back at President Obama’s previous addresses to Congress to see how much of Tuesday’s State of the Union address will serve as the blueprint for his legislative agenda. We’ll look back at last year’s State of the Union and his February 2009 address to Congress. Remnick’s book about President Obama, The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama, is out in paperback.


David Remnick

Comments [8]

Henry from Katonah

Everyone seems willing to forget how the GW Bush terms in office were colossal failures - - how his arrogant policies took the platitudes of Reaganism to their intellectual dead-end.
The GOP campainers of 2010 even blamed the great recession on the Dems , even though they did not control either house of Congress from 2003 to 2006. How any voter swallowed this , I cannot understand.

Jan. 25 2011 12:33 PM
Amy from Manhattan

The House Republicans won't be able to repeal health care reform, but how much will they be able to block its implementation by defunding it?

And to Ed, Obama did have a very well-publicized meeting with congressional Republicans on the health care bill.

Jan. 25 2011 12:22 PM
office from office

His constant digs at the "failed" bush administration take away from his message. Len, of course, remains silent.

Jan. 25 2011 12:19 PM
galli nella

I'd like to know what you people think the man has been doing while NOT crafting the kinds of speeches you seem to need so badly to hear. We'd all be on bread lines if the president were spending all his time writing speeches. Not to mention, the "degraded electorate" in this country that's so happy to be led around by the nose by the Beck/Limbaugh/Koch/Murdoch cabal (who are making money hand over fist without a care for the future of this country). And then "on his side" are the ferocious liberals who can't help but pick pick pick at him. Not a peep was heard from the right about George Bush, the world's greatest idiot. Tha't one thing the left could stand to learn from them. Support your president. We're lucky he's bothering to try to save this godforsaken country from itself! There are a million better (less frustrating) ways he could be spending his time!

Jan. 25 2011 12:18 PM

He didn't consult the Republicans, he simply did the bidding of their masters: the insurance companies.

That bill was the Republican health care bill from the 90's. The only reason the Republicans opposed it was political. It's stuffed full of the fantasies of the Heritage Foundation, as Obama had the gall to admit after it was safely passed.

Jan. 25 2011 12:18 PM

You know, we mock soundbites because they oversimplify things and are written (regardless of the facts) to be reported and re-reported. George Bush had plenty of them and look at the state of the Iraq War vis-a-vis the reporting leading up to & during it.

Obama is more of an intellect (to say the least), and his speaches do not fit comfortably into the minute amount of time allotted to him. I know it's going to sound "fringe" to bring in Noam Chomsky's "Commodifying Your Dissent" but this is all covered in it. And to use another well-worn phrase: the medium is the message.

Jan. 25 2011 12:18 PM
Ed from Larchmont

He didn't consult the Republicans in making the health care bill, at all.

Jan. 25 2011 12:15 PM

He gave great speeches and fought hard while he was running for President because he was speaking and fighting for the only thing he really cares about: himself, his own personal advancement and glory.

Mystery solved!

Jan. 25 2011 12:10 PM

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