Sunday, January 23, 2011

President Obama’s State of the Union Speech Already under Fire

Earl Ofari Hutchinson

President Obama’s second State of the Union Speech scheduled for Tuesday, January 25 is under fire before he has even uttered one word of it. This was predictable. The State of the Union speech is generally one of the most watched and listened to political speeches. It’s a President’s report card on the accomplishments, the present and future planned initiatives of his administration and his vision for the country. GOP and Democratic presidents are keenly aware that their Democratic and Republican opponents know that State of the Union Addresses boost the stature, prestige, and power of the presidency, and usually bump up the president’s approval rating by a point or two. They also know that the opposition’s response to the speech is feeble, pale, and little watched or counted by Americans. In some cases the opposition response can even backfire. That happened last year when GOP Louisiana governor Bobby Jindahl fumbled and bumbled through what most political observers deemed a mean-spirited, petty retort to Obama.

The history of the State of the Union speech underscores the power to shape policy and bolster the president’s image. President James Monroe announced the Monroe Doctrine in 1823. In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln flatly called for the end of slavery in the rebellious states. This was the prelude to the Emancipation Proclamation he issued a year later. Woodrow Wilson warned of the dangers of impending war in 1913. Franklin Roosevelt outlined the famed Four Freedoms in 1941. Lyndon Johnson unveiled the outlines of his Great Society program to fight poverty in 1965. Bill Clinton unveiled his health care reform plan in 1993. George Bush in his State of the Union speeches in 2002 and 2003 prepped the nation for the Iraq invasion. Presidents quickly latched on to the media to give their State of the Union speech more exposure and political wallop. Calvin Coolidge gave the first radio broadcast in 1923. Truman gave the first televised broadcast in 1947.
The attacks on President Obama before he’s spoken have been partisan, familiar, and absurd. Absurd when GOP Georgia Rep Paul Broun with no inkling of what President Obama would actually say, told a radio caller that he would not sit next to a Democrat during the speech “when Obama spews his venom.” Broun reacted to the Washington DC policy think tank, Third Way’s proposal that Democrats and Republicans mix up their seating during the President’s address. GOP Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell took a different tact from Broun’s loony outburst. He jumped on reports that Obama will call for more increased federal spending on infrastructure, research, and for small business. McConnell blamed Obama’s supposed runaway federal spending for getting the country into the economic mess of the last two years. This of course belies and ignores the political and economic damage that the Bush’s administration’s giveaway to Big Business and the banks, and Wall Street’s push of the economy to near collapse did. But Obama’s renewed call for more strategic spending fits in with the public’s loud demand that the Obama administration refocus its time, talent and energy on jobs and the economy.

Obama has gotten that message, his stimulus measures in the tax cut extension, the high profile appointments of business friendly William Dailey as Chief of Staff, and GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt and Wall Street insider Gene Sperling as key economic advisors, and talks on business and investment during the Chinese President’s state visit put business and the economy at the front of Obama’s front burner.
Obama critics have even reached back a year and picked apart his first State of the Union address and harangued him for allegedly lashing out at Republicans. Business Insider headlined its STOU piece with the question, “A Less Partisan State of the Union Speech?” It scolded Obama for his criticism of the Supreme Court for its conservative majority decision in Citizens United in 2010. The decision opened the floodgate for corporations to pour unlimited dollars into political campaigns with minimal checks and accountability. Major corporations and financial institutions wasted little time in doing that. They poured millions into the mid-term election campaigns. The bulk of money as Obama and the Democrats knew went to corporate friendly GOP candidates and incumbents. In singling out the Court for its politically lethal ruling, Obama did what other presidents have done and that’s use the State of the Union Speech to warn of the threat to Democracy of in this case a court ruling that threatened to turn elections into the exclusive preserve of the super rich.

The shrill warnings that President Obama will give a partisan State of the Union speech makes even less sense this year. Polls show that Americans applaud the president for his even handed, Tucson speech, his willingness to compromise with the GOP in its demand to extend tax cuts for the wealthy, and that Americans overwhelmingly want the Obama administration and Congress to end the rancor and work together on the problems and issues. Expect President Obama to say that on Tuesday.

Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst. He hosts national Capitol Hill broadcast radio talk show on KTYM Radio Los Angeles and WFAX Radio Washington D.C. streamed on ktym.com and wfax.com and internet TV broadcast on thehutchinsonreportnews.com
Follow Earl Ofari Hutchinson on Twitter: http://twitter.com/earlhutchinson

11 comments:

Liberty Hill Foundation said...

In his State of the Union, President Obama discussed "winning the future". This Black History month, Liberty Hill Foundation has organized a summit to unite social justice advocates who are doing everything they can to make sure that minority communities can also "win the future". On February 18th, Liberty Hill Foundation will host the Uplifting Change Summit. The central goal of the summit is to share clear and concrete action steps African americans and other supporters can take as individuals or through institutions to advance social change in the community. Please click on the link below to read an article from our blog about the Uplifting Change Summit

http://libertyhill.typepad.com/main/2011/02/uplifting-change.html

Anonymous said...

Baxter County Arkansas Captain Jeff Lewis calls President Obama a "spineless wonder".

Captain Jeff Lewis is the Chief Deputy at the Baxter County Sheriff's office in Mountain Home, Arkansas.

Captain Lewis posted these disrespectful comments on the social network policelink.com about President Barak Obama....

"Send Obama to the front line and let him personally lead the unarmed officers. It would only take about 2 seconds for that spineless wonder to make a bee line back to the rose garden."

http://policelink.monster.com/news/articles/151358-obama-keep-us-agents-disarmed-in-mexico?comment_page=5

This is his profile page on policelink.com

http://policelink.monster.com/member/Baxter2

Fitness Guy said...

Obama has been absolutely spineless. As a Democrat on paper, he makes me ashamed for some of his ineffectiveness in office. I agreed with his physical fitness programs though as I do think America is in need of getting physically healthy. In all of the bashing of some of Obama's problems, he did raise some good points that I think we would all be better off for.

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Anonymous said...

When are you going to stop blaming Bush for the Economy. The mess we are in is all Obama's! No one elses.

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梁爵 said...

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梁爵 said...

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酒店S模擬了最壞的情況,若今年酒店經紀成長率下跌7個百分點,則失業人數可能暴增至3萬,超越 2009 年八大行業危機時期失業人數10萬人。
由於疫情爆發帶來的經濟後果轉化為工作時間和工資的減少,預期失業人數恐將持續增加。就業率的下降也意味著工人的大量收入損失。該研究估計,到 2020 年底,收入損失將在 8600 萬至 1億元之間,也將使得酒店S和服務的消費支出下降,進而影響飯局和援交前景。

梁爵 said...

2020.06.26酒店小姐的基本介紹跟工作內容我在酒店上班的日子@【酒店小姐】【酒店公關】做酒店真人真事的故事
女孩們,妳清楚妳的目標嗎?
一位客人因為愛上酒店小姐,每次光臨酒店都只會指名要這位小姐坐臺,日子久了不敢來酒店上班-酒店打工的原因,這位客人決定大膽告白,但沒想到卻被酒店小姐嚴肅的打臉,並且給了讓他震驚的回答,以下酒店上班-酒店兼職-兼差如何達成人生的第一桶金是他們的經典對話:
客人:你以後不要再上班了,以你的條件完全可以過更好的生活,我可以照顧你的。
小姐:為什麼你照顧我?
客人:因為我喜歡你,不想你在這些地方上班這麼辛苦。
小姐:你喜歡我什麼?我的美貌?
客人:不管因為什麼也好,你在這理上班所得來的一切 ,我都可以給你。
但這個小姐拒絕了,並且給了讓他震驚的回答 。
她說酒店兼差不是一個複雜的工作環境?:我在這裡上班 ,每天上班可以拿到6000-8000元,並且只是幾個小時,我只需要坐在那裡唱唱歌 ,吃點心,我甚至可以不用喝酒,並且不用和客人發生關係,一天6000-8000元,一個月就是18萬-20萬元,扣休息,除了一切開支,我盡可能的可以存到最低10萬元,你能保證你半年甚至一年的時間,可以每月為我定期存入10萬元?並且不發生關係?
你想和我在一起,不單只是談談戀愛不發生關係這麼簡單的吧?
退一步來說,我上班如果必要和客人發生關係,一次是10000元,就以你一個月來我這10次,也就是10萬元,你能保證 ,你一個月會願意花在我身上20萬元?
並且會考慮我以後的生活?我之所以來這裡上班,可能在別人眼裡 ,我是貪暮虛榮,好吃懶做,想賺快錢,無法吃苦,但我不在乎別人怎麼看,我也是做了很大決定才來這裡上班,我希望以自己現有的資本在這裡上班2~3年,那麼我可以為家人買一間像樣的房子,會讓父母過上好一點的生活,身邊很多和我一樣的姐妹同事,覺得找一個大戶客人包起來,聰明的,二年也可能買得到房子,但是她們並不開心,而且並沒有表面看得那麼亮麗和容易,有些甚至是變得不如現在,我何必要委屈自己每天為別人而活?取悅別人?
我既然踏入這一行,就更應該想到我要在自己設想的時間內,讓自己脫身,並且真正去做自己想要做的事,當然,你的條件足以讓很多女人願意放棄自我來做你的地下情人,但我深知自己,不夠有智慧和姿色能長時間把你的心和人留在我的身邊,和已婚男人戀愛,我玩不起,我不如自己上一天班,賺一天的錢來得踏實,不是嗎?
職場須知 【酒店PT 】結論:職業不分貴賤,只要自己賺得心安理得,能明白自己人生的理想和目標,並且清楚知道自己的路該怎麼走,工作都是一樣辛苦的!
有些人做著高尚的職業,骨子裡卻比不上酒店小姐對自身的要求,甚至昧著良心做壞事賺黑心錢,有目標有理想才是最重要的!