Archive for ‘January, 2010’

Obama Weekend >

The White House Pool Report from Saturday afternoon has a funny scene in it, as President Obama is watching the Duke-Georgetown basketball game, when a cheer goes up that wasn’t fit for all. This report was filed by Charles Hurt, Washington Bureau Chief of the New York Post. Don’t forget that …

The Power of Sixty >

Lots of people have been surprised to find out in recent days that Sen. Elect Scott Brown (R-MA) is still just the Senator-Elect, and not yet a voting member of the U.S. Senate.  That delay was a good thing for Democrats this week. With Brown saying he does not expect …

The Hand of Bipartisanship >

One maxim of politics in the almost 30 years that I have been around the Congress is that it is always easy to urge the other party to be bipartisan, but not that easy to actually forge a deal between the two sides on major issues of the day. And …

Obama v SCOTUS >

There was a lot of discussion in the hallways of the Congress the day after the State of the Union Address about President Obama’s jab at the U.S. Supreme Court over a recent decision on campaign finance limits. Video of Justice Samuel Alito appeared to show him verbally objecting to …

Small Business Tax Plan >

The White House has released details of a small business tax break that will be included in President Obama’s budget, which is due out on Monday.  Mr. Obama will tout this plan during a Friday visit to Baltimore. This information was provided by the White House in a release on …

Obama & Health Care >

If President Obama was looking for his State of the Union Address to change the dynamic on health care reform, there did not seem to be any immediate payoff for the White House on that front, as both sides stayed in their partisan corners. There was no deadline for action, …

The Obama Speech >

The 2010 State of the Union Address from President Obama probably won’t be talked about in textbooks in another 50 years or so, but it did give some interesting insights into the decisions of the President on what might cure his recent political troubles. The President noted the economic troubles …

The Mosh Pit >

After the State of the Union Address, many lawmakers rush just down to the hall to the Old House Chamber, now known as Statuary Hall, where dozens of reporters and TV cameras are camped out, all breathlessly waiting for off-the-cuff reaction to the President’s remarks. The first lawmakers cut out …

White House Talking Points >

Here is a State of the Union “Viewer’s Guide” sent out to reporters during the President’s Address to a Joint Session of Congress. THE WHITE HOUSEOffice of the Press Secretary_______________________________________________________________________________________FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJanuary 27, 2010 RESCUE, REBUILD, RESTORE – A NEW FOUNDATION FOR PROSPERITY Taking office amidst two wars, an economy …

Obama Speech Text >

Here is the text of President Obama’s State of the Union Address, as prepared for delivery.  It was released by the White House just before he went before a Joint Session of the Congress. Remarks of President Barack ObamaThe State of the UnionWednesday, January 27, 2009Washington, DC Madame Speaker, Vice …