I’ll be posting occasional musings here, but check out most of my updates here on twitter.

9:06 pm– President walking in, followed by Congressional and Senate Leadership

9:07 pmDRUDGE has excerpts of his speech here. Also, Bob McDonnell’s speech here.

9:10 pm- Copies of speech handed to Biden and Pelosi. Speaker Pelosi presents Obama to the crowd.

9:11 pm– He’s given background info on the State of the Union Speech

9:13 pm– talking about the wars and economy that he “inherited”

9:16 pm– No policy proposals as of now. Lots of campaign language.

“It is because of this spirit – this great decency and great strength – that I have never been more hopeful about America’s future than I am tonight. Despite our hardships, our union is strong. We do not give up. We do not quit. We don’t allow fear or division to break our spirit. In this new decade, it’s time the American people get a government that matches their decency; that embodies their strength. And tonight, I’d like to talk about how together, we can deliver on that promise.”

9:18 pm – “One thing that unifed Republicans and Democrats: they hated the bailouts. It was as popular as a root canal.”

“Didn’t do what was popular, but what was necessary.”

9:21 pm- Obama is talking about how much he’s cut taxes. “I thought I’d get some applause on that one.” Boehner and Cantor laughed.

9:23pm– “Economists on the left and the Right agree that this a good package.”

9:25 pm– Talking about investing in small business.

9:28 – Rebates to ppl who make home engery eff. Give tax breaks to companies who keep jobs in the U.S.

9:32 – “I do not accept 2nd place for the United States of America!”

9:34– Trying to show off tonight. “I will send that bill back!”

9:35- Oil and clean coal. No clap from Speaker. Obama then talked about Clean Energy Bill. Pelosi super excited!

9:42 pm- Some statistics on previous state of the unions. Click here:

9:44 – “Let’s clear a few things up.” What does that mean?

9:45– Michelle Obama to tackle the issue of childhood obesity.

9:49– Check twitter for the next couple of updates.


“I’m also calling on Congress to continue down the path of earmark reform. You have trimmed some of this spending and embraced some meaningful change. But restoring the public trust demands more. For example, some members of Congress post some earmark requests online. Tonight, I’m calling on Congress to publish all earmark requests on a single website before there’s a vote so that the American people can see how their money is being spent.”

10 pm– “There will always be disagreements.”

10:06 pm – Talking about pulling troops out. Did he just set a deadline? How have deadlines (healthcare) worked for you before?

10:12 pm:

“All of our men and women in uniform around the world must know that they have our respect, our gratitude, and our full support.”

10:14 pm– Joint Chiefs look angry at him.


10:20 pm ” I DON’T QUIT!” Nice line.

10:21 pm– Time for Bob McDonnell to give his response. Click here for his full response.

10:31 pm– Good start to his speech. “It’s not easy to follow the President of the United States. And my twin 18-year old boys have added to the pressure, by giving me exactly ten minutes to finish before they leave to go watch SportsCenter.”

10:33 – “Today, the federal government is simply trying to do too much.” Good line.

10:36 –
Here in Virginia, we have the opportunity to be the first state on the East Coast to explore for and produce oil and natural gas offshore. BIG APPLAUSE FOR THIS LINE.

But this Administration’s policies are delaying offshore production, hindering nuclear energy expansion, and seeking to impose job-killing cap and trade energy taxes.

10:39– Good Leadership moment: “As Senator-elect Scott Brown says, we should be spending taxpayer dollars to defeat terrorists, not to protect them. ”

10:41- Good closing lines: America must always be a land where liberty and property are valued and respected, and innocent human life is protected….

Now, we should pledge as Democrats, Republicans and Independents–Americans all—to work together to leave this nation a better place than we found it.

God Bless you, and God Bless our great nation.

Great speech! I’ll have more on both speeches later.