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'America does not stand still -- and neither will I'

Obama charts a solo path to tackle economic disparity as he promises "a year of action"

By New York Times

Peter Baker

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LAST UPDATED: 11:58 a.m. HST, Jan 29, 2014


WASHINGTON » After five years of fractious political combat, President Barack Obama declared independence from Congress on Tuesday as he vowed to tackle economic disparity with a series of limited initiatives on jobs, wages and retirement that he will enact without legislative approval.

Promising "a year of action" as he tries to rejuvenate a presidency mired in low approval ratings and stymied by partisan stalemates, Obama used his annual State of the Union address to chart a new path forward relying on his own executive authority. But the defiant go-it-alone approach was more assertive than any of the individual policies he advanced.

"I'm eager to work with all of you," a confident Obama told lawmakers of both parties in the nationally televised speech in the House chamber. "But America does not stand still — and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that's what I'm going to do."

The president's appearance at the Capitol, with all the traditional pomp and anticipation punctuated by partisan jockeying, came at a critical juncture for Obama as he seeks to define his remaining time in office. He touched on foreign policy, asserting that "American diplomacy backed by the threat of force" had forced Syria to give up chemical weapons and that "American diplomacy backed by pressure" had brought Iran to the negotiating table. And he repeated his plan to pull troops out of Af­ghani­stan this year and threatened again to veto sanctions on Iran that disrupt his diplomatic efforts.

But Obama's message centered on the wide gap between the wealthiest and the rest of Americans as he positioned himself as a champion of those left behind in the modern economy. "Those at the top have never done better," he said. "But average wages have barely budged. Inequality has deepened. Upward mobility has stalled.

"The cold, hard fact is that even in the midst of recovery, too many Americans are working more than ever just to get by, let alone to get ahead," he added. "And too many still aren't working at all. So our job is to reverse these trends."

To do so, the president announced an executive order raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour for future federal contract workers and the creation of a new Treasury bond for workers without access to traditional retirement options. He proposed incentives for trucks running on alternative fuels and higher efficiency standards for those running on gasoline. And he announced a meeting on working families and a review of federal job training programs.

The most emotional point of the evening came with the introduction of Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg, an Army Ranger the president had met both before and after he was ravaged by a roadside bomb in Af­ghani­stan. As Remsburg, blind in one eye and still learning how to walk again, made it to his feet in the first lady's box, lawmakers of both parties gave him an extended ovation.

In his address, Obama was gambling that a series of ideas that seem small-bore on their own will add up to a larger collective vision of an America with expanded opportunity. But the moderate ambitions were a stark contrast to past years when Obama proposed sweeping legislation to remake the nation's health care system, regulate Wall Street, curb climate change and restrict access to high-powered firearms.

Republicans responded by blaming Obama for the country's economic problems, but the party's leaders avoided the language of last year's government shutdown and hoped to pre­sent what Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington called "a more hopeful, Republican vision" intended to appeal particularly to women in a midterm election year.

In her party's official response, Rodgers offered a folksy, personal presentation, describing in moving terms her 6-year-old son, Cole, who was born with Down syndrome, even as she assailed Obama's health care program, spending record and regulations. "Too many people are falling further and further behind because, right now, the president's policies are making people's lives harder," she said. "Republicans have plans to close the gap."

But in a sign of the continued divisions within the Republican Party, some of its leaders offered separate responses. Sen. Mike Lee of Utah delivered a speech on behalf of tea party activists, and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky distributed his own remarks on Facebook, YouTube and other social media.

Lee echoed his party message by criticizing Obama's policies, declaring that "Obama­care, all by itself, is an inequality Godzilla." But he also noted, "My own party has been part of the problem, too often joining the Demo­crats to rig our economy to benefit the well connected at the expense of the disconnected."

Despite his vow to move ahead without Capitol Hill, Obama said he was not giving up on Congress altogether and recycled calls for many past legislative priorities. "Let's see where else we can make progress together," he said.

MINIMUM WAGE

President Barack Obama promised an executive order to raise the minimum wage paid by federal contractors to $10.10. He called on Congress to increase the federal minimum wage for all workers to $10.10.

RETIREMENT SECURITY

Obama asked the Treasury to create a bond called MyRA that can be offered through employers as a "starter" retirement account.

IMMIGRATION

Renewed call for Congress to pass comprehensive immigration overhaul this year, including a path to citizenship for about 11 million immigrants in the U.S. illegally.

CLIMATE AND ENERGY

Urged Congress to end tax benefits for the oil industry and use revenues to invest in advanced vehicles that use cleaner fuels.

TAXES

Called on Congress to overhaul the tax code to eliminate wasteful loopholes while lowering rates for businesses to encourage hiring in the U.S.

JOBS

Directed Vice President Joe Biden to lead review of federal job-training programs. Will partner with leading U.S. companies to help long-term unemployed.

AFGHANISTAN

Will work to finalize security agreement with Afghanistan so small force can remain to train Afghan forces and pursue al-Qaida.

TERRORISM

Limit use of drones in foreign countries. Overhaul U.S. surveillance programs to restore public confidence. Renew call for Congress to lift transfer restrictions so Guantanamo Bay prison can be closed.

FACT CHECK

Political claims can take shortcuts with the facts or don’t tell the full story.

Here is a look at President Obama’s State of the Union speech and the GOP response:

OBAMACARE

OBAMA: “Because of this (health care) law, no American can ever again be dropped or denied coverage for a pre-existing condition like asthma, back pain or cancer. No woman can ever be charged more just because she’s a woman. And we did all this while adding years to Medicare’s finances, keeping Medicare premiums flat and lowering prescription costs for millions of seniors.”

THE FACTS: He’s right that insurers can no longer turn people down because of medical problems, and they can’t charge higher premiums to women because of their sex. The law also lowered costs for seniors with high prescription drug bills. But Obama’s health care law also raised Medicare premiums for upper-income beneficiaries, and both the president and Republicans have proposed to expand that.

Finally, the degree to which the health care law improved Medicare finances is hotly debated. On paper the program’s giant trust fund for inpatient care gained more than a decade of solvency because of cuts to service providers required under the health law. But in practice those savings cannot simultaneously be used to expand coverage for the uninsured and shore up Medicare.

INCOME INEQUALITY

OBAMA: “Today, after four years of economic growth, corporate profits and stock prices have rarely been higher, and those at the top have never done better. But average wages have barely budged. Inequality has deepened. Upward mobility has stalled.”

THE FACTS: The most recent evidence suggests that mobility hasn’t worsened. A team of economists led by Harvard’s Raj Chetty released a study last week that found the United States isn’t any less socially mobile than it was in the 1970s. Looking at children born between 1971 and 1993, the economists found that the odds of a child born in the poorest 20 percent of families making it into the top 20 percent hasn’t changed.

Still, other research has found that the United States isn’t as mobile a society as most Americans would like to believe. In a study of 22 countries, economist Miles Corak of the University of Ottawa found that the United States ranked 15th in social mobility. Only Italy and Britain among wealthy countries ranked lower.

MINIMUM WAGE

OBAMA: “In the coming weeks I will issue an executive order requiring federal contractors to pay their federally funded employees a fair wage of at least $10.10 an hour, because if you cook our troops’ meals or wash their dishes, you shouldn’t have to live in poverty.”

THE FACTS: This would be a hefty boost in the federal minimum wage, now $7.25, but not many would see it.

Most employees of federal contractors already earn more than $10.10. About 10 percent of those workers, roughly 200,000, might be covered by the higher minimum wage. But there are several wrinkles. The increase would not take effect until 2015 at the earliest, and it doesn’t apply to existing federal contracts, only new ones. Renewed contracts also will be exempt from Obama’s order unless other terms of the agreement change.

Obama also said he’ll press Congress to raise the federal minimum wage overall. He tried that last year, seeking a $9 minimum, but Congress didn’t act.

The GOP RESPONSE

REP. CATHY McMORRIS RODGERS of Washington, in her prepared Republican response: “Last month, more Americans stopped looking for a job than found one. Too many people are falling further and further behind because, right now, the president’s policies are making people’s lives harder.”

THE FACTS: She leaves out a significant factor in the high number of people who aren’t looking for jobs: Baby boomers are retiring.

It’s true that a large part of the still-high unemployment rate is due to jobless workers who have given up looking for a job. There are roughly three people seeking every job opening, a circumstance that can discourage others from trying. But one big reason people aren’t seeking employment is that there are so many boomers — the generation born in the immediate aftermath of World War II — and therefore more than the usual number of retirements.

Source: Associated Press






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Grimbold wrote:
Empty Obama talk comes cheap .Praise the "good hardworking" people of America to butter them up and promise them the blue from the sky.
on January 29,2014 | 02:26AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Ever since 2009, the Republican's top agenda, ..... Whatever is good for hardworking people, the Republicans are against. EVERYTHING that Obama is for, the Repubs are against. It's either, Obama fails, ... or they shut down the government. For 2014, it will be the Repubs who will fail. ....... again.
on January 29,2014 | 07:03AM
Winston wrote:
Uh, maybe the news didn't get to you, but Repbulicans gained solid control of the House in the 2010 election and kept it in 2012.

Given the state of the economy, Obamacare, and the President's unpopularity, the republicans are guaranteed to keep the House in 2014 and have a reasonable shot at the Senate.

Elections have consequences. The House elections, the truest test of popular views, were a vote to prevent Obama's "complete transformation" of the country.

What hasn't happened is the president waking up to that fact and finding compromise solutions as did Bill Clinton. Why hasn't he done this? Because he is an inexperienced, arrogant man whose ideology is too brittle to permit flexibility.


on January 29,2014 | 07:40AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Per Mitch McConnell: "The Republican's TOP PRIORITY is to make Obama a one-term President"... Repubs ... failed.
on January 29,2014 | 08:33AM
DAGR81 wrote:
and now we are all paying for this lame duck presidency.
on January 29,2014 | 08:44AM
hanalei395 wrote:
You're only saying that because you voted for Mitt.
on January 29,2014 | 09:09AM
aomohoa wrote:
Maybe DAGR81 is saying it because Obama failed us. His own party is disappointed in him. His approval rating is 36%, last I checked. Open you eyes.
on January 29,2014 | 11:37AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Another idi0t who voted for Mitt.
on January 29,2014 | 12:27PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
I'm good with Obama. I'm not paying anymore then under Bush terms.
on January 29,2014 | 03:25PM
scuddrunner wrote:
hanalei you voted for Obama to keep your free Obama phone and food stamps, didn't you.
on January 29,2014 | 03:57PM
hanalei395 wrote:
STUPID POST ..... by a frustated loser idi0t.
on January 29,2014 | 05:00PM
DAGR81 wrote:
Hanalei, calling others doesn't change what you really are!
on January 29,2014 | 06:18PM
Winston wrote:
What? You expect the opposition party to root for his reelection?

We would have been infinitely better off if he had been a one term president. We need a turnaround, someone with experience in reviving failing enterprises (not just a teleprompter savant). The political system actually coughed up the perfect choice, Romney, an experienced, politically moderate business man, someone who's spent a lifetime solving problems.

But no, did the public engage their brain, actually think about their vote. No, it was decided by fringe, make-believe social issues. So, now the economy continues to stagnate and our young people wonder what it would be like to have a job.


on January 29,2014 | 09:56AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Their TOP PRIORITY... which turned out their only priority. Their ONLY agenda. Do NOTHING in Congress, DO NOTHING in the House ....EXCEPT, go after Obama. Make him to fail. Do ANYTHING. Think birth certificate, "impeachment" (for something, anything), etc.). And Mitt, experienced businessman, ..... solved his tax problems: Cayman Islands, Swiss Banks.
on January 29,2014 | 11:16AM
kekelaward wrote:
That birther thing was initially brought up by Hillary Clinton . And obama has off shore accounts too. And a number of ex Bain personnel in his administration.
on January 29,2014 | 04:17PM
ISCREAM wrote:
Obama increased his wealth from nothing (actually in debt) to over $20 million in 5 years...how is that for empathy with the middle class?
on January 29,2014 | 07:54PM
goinglobal wrote:
Yes I agree with you just look how the stock market is rallying after his big false speech... down 179 and counting
on January 29,2014 | 11:31AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Typical righty, last month stocks at highest EVERY. Did they give Obama credit? No. They were very quiet. The stocks dip, oh, it's Obama s fault.
on January 29,2014 | 03:30PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
And Christie is this "turn around" savior? The governor that did not have any knowledge of the " bridge"?
on January 29,2014 | 03:27PM
scuddrunner wrote:
Boss, I see you started committing around 4PM. Its funny the Ruplicans on this form started at 4AM do you know why? WE WORK FOR A LIVING! We pay takes so YOU can lounge around you Obama supplied housing, TV, cell phone and food. You should thank a working man !!!
on January 29,2014 | 04:03PM
kekelaward wrote:
And Hillary didn't know anything about leaving four Americans to die in Benghazi
on January 29,2014 | 04:21PM
serious wrote:
Sure they failed with more than 1/2 of the people on welfare, they don't want to lose their "stuff".
on January 29,2014 | 12:34PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Scud, the repugs are on early because they blog from the mainland. This here Hawaii is a Democrat State! We love it that way. Repugs come on early and go all morning. By the way 4 pm is when working ppl get home fool.
on January 29,2014 | 09:28PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Right after Obama was sworn in as Pres. in 2009, the "unofficial", but real spokesman for the Republican Party, Rush Limbaugh, announced the Republican Party's motto: "We Want Obama to Fail".
on January 29,2014 | 08:59AM
wiliki wrote:
Exactly... so they have deliberately voted against a lot of fiscal stimulus to keep Obama from succeeding in making a better economy and society.
on January 29,2014 | 09:50AM
Denominator wrote:
I don't think Rush realized how much help Obama would be in making his wish come true.
on January 29,2014 | 12:08PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Druggie Limbaugh helped Obama to be re-elected. And he doesn't realize it.
on January 29,2014 | 12:25PM
kekelaward wrote:
You mean ex-druggie Limbaugh helped current druggie obama.
on January 29,2014 | 04:24PM
wiliki wrote:
Nope.... Republicans need to be accountable for refusing to compromise.
on January 29,2014 | 05:24PM
DAGR81 wrote:
allie is still amongst us
on January 29,2014 | 06:20PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Bohnerhead never smiled once.
on January 29,2014 | 03:24PM
scuddrunner wrote:
Because Obama is full of it!
on January 29,2014 | 04:04PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
He's your POTUS. Lol. Get over it loser.
on January 29,2014 | 09:29PM
Denominator wrote:
Obama has unilaterally created the environment of "no compromise" that he blames on others. Putin was correct when he declared that "negotiating with Obama is like playing chess with a pigeon. The pigeon knocks over all the pieces, shirts on the board and then struts around like it won the game." Yea. Obama is a very impressive leader. NOT!
on January 29,2014 | 11:46AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Denomi, So you side with the commie Putin? Really? You call him correct by dissing our President of the USA? Go to Russia and honor your hero Putin, you commie.
on January 29,2014 | 03:43PM
kekelaward wrote:
You were doing the same thing when Bush was President.
on January 29,2014 | 04:25PM
hawaiikone wrote:
Too many posters here seem to like pigeons. Personally, I enjoyed his speech. It gives republicans a lot more credibility.
on January 29,2014 | 03:46PM
false wrote:
And throw in the usual immigrant, vet, food stamp recipient as sympathy props. No shame, this bozo.
on January 29,2014 | 08:19AM
peanutgallery wrote:
The worst President America has ever had. Total lack of leadership, as he constantly taunts the opposition party, rather than lead the country. Pathetic.
on January 29,2014 | 02:41AM
jayz43 wrote:
“Obama Succumbs”...what a joke. If he would have been diplomatic from the start of his presidency instead of flaunting his successes with his “I won, you lost”, iron-handed approach to governing there would have been a lot more unity today. This guy still believes Obamacare is a success and not the biggest impediment to economic recovery. Truly delusional.
on January 29,2014 | 03:27AM
LMO wrote:
Perfectly describes Bush!
on January 29,2014 | 04:12AM
MizuInOz wrote:
Perfectly describes Obama... now we are even and perfectly divided. Which is the goal of politics for the past, at least, 50 years. Can't work together as Americans is we have an "us and them" mentality. As far as Obama using the pen to enact "legislation for the people", he can't period. He is going against the Constitution. Period. So much for protect and defend. By definition, the worst President America ever had is the one who isn't doing as you wish and the best is one who is giving you something for nothing. Think about it. It isn't about party politics. It's about working together to rebuild a great nation. Nuf said.
on January 29,2014 | 05:18AM
NITRO08 wrote:
WORK WITH WHO THE REPUBLICANS THAT SO IS FAR RIGHT IT HURTS THE POOR AND MIDDLE CLASS PEOPLE BUT NOT THE RICH.
on January 29,2014 | 06:18AM
goinglobal wrote:
How do you figure that??? We had 5 years of Obama policy and look what we got.... Double the number of people of food stamps... The highest number of people out of the work force in 36 years... The credit rating of the USA downgraded... Individual income less today than when he took office... National Debt has doubled since he took office...More than 6,000,000 insurance policies cancelled because of the not so affordable care act...Lies to the American People on a weekly basis..." I dont know nothing about Benghazi" "I dont know nothing about IRS targeting conservative groups" "We would never let guns travel across the boarder to Mexican Drug Cartels" " Benghazi was caused by a video tape" " I will close Guantanamo Bay on Day one" " If you make less than 250K your taxes will not go up one dime" "Rember in 2008 when he was a Senator " It is un american and unpatriotic for President Bush to raise the debt limit" " With this stimulus we will rebuild the infrastructure with all the shovel ready jobs"
on January 29,2014 | 07:22AM
Usagi336 wrote:
Let's not forget his views on the filibuster "Everyone in this chamber knows that if the majority chooses to end the filibuster – if they choose to change the rules and put an end to democratic debate, then the fighting and the bitterness and the gridlock will only get worse." Senator Obama 2005
on January 29,2014 | 02:19PM
MizuInOz wrote:
You just proved my point. If your neighbor was in need, would you ask if they were Red or Blue before you helped? Based upon your brief summation of the political climate, I doubt if you would even consider it - no matter the politics. I am not poor and I am not wealthy. What party should I embrace? Before you are Red or Blue, you are an American. I guess in the battlefield, all of the soldiers want to know your politics before they cover your back, aye? We are in a different battle. We are fighting for our rights under the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and the folks in Washington have other plans for us - no matter the party. Think on it. The Patriot Act is not your friend. You need to read it and all of the amendments to it. Then you can throw your Red or Blue rocks. Aloha Kakou...
on January 29,2014 | 09:38AM
GorillaSmith wrote:
Your caps lock key appears to be stuck. It seems to be negatively impacting your logic as well.
on January 29,2014 | 12:20PM
thepartyfirst wrote:
LMO-Bush is not president anymore. Prior to his presidency, Bush had 8 years of executive experience. What did your over glorified non-statesmen Obama have?
on January 29,2014 | 05:44AM
NITRO08 wrote:
Bush gave us two wars we didn't need that all he did!
on January 29,2014 | 06:08AM
thepartyfirst wrote:
NITRO08- why didn't the Dems defund the wars? All they had to do was vote against funding it. Clinton signed the EO to go after Saddam Hussein.
on January 29,2014 | 07:12AM
goinglobal wrote:
Well at least Bush went to congress for approval for both wars.... I dont remember Obama going to congress when he decided to bomb Libya??? Why does he get a pass?
on January 29,2014 | 07:24AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Global, did Obama really bomb Libya? Please explain?
on January 29,2014 | 03:50PM
Winston wrote:
Correction: Afghanistan came to us. It was not a war of choice.

Fact: Nearly 30 democrat senators voted for the Iraq war resolution.


on January 29,2014 | 07:42AM
lee1957 wrote:
Facts are not allowed.
on January 29,2014 | 10:49AM
aomohoa wrote:
Notice the Obama lovers have nothing to say. LOL
on January 29,2014 | 07:04PM
hanalei395 wrote:
@peanuts: "The worst President ..... ever". ...... The families of over 4,500 U.S. troops, dead, FOR NOTHING, because of a useless, unnecessary war in Iraq, that was started by an idi0t .... would agree with you.
on January 29,2014 | 07:30AM
thepartyfirst wrote:
hanalei395-wrong again.
on January 29,2014 | 08:18AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Hanalei- right again.
on January 29,2014 | 03:51PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Well peanut, I have to say Bush was the worst. That's why the republican party won the last two presidential campaigns. People was sick of the Bush gang lying.
on January 29,2014 | 03:45PM
PMINZ wrote:
This man wishes to become the Entire Government, He wants to becom only one in charge. This is Very dangerous.
on January 29,2014 | 02:49AM
Wonderful_World wrote:
Agree...we should also stop paying congress!
on January 29,2014 | 04:59AM
goinglobal wrote:
I agree with that they should not get paid until they learn to play nice.
on January 29,2014 | 07:24AM
South76 wrote:
It is called a DICTATOR which is a very dangerous thing. The government is divided into 3-branches, one to enact laws, one to enforce the laws and one to interpret the laws to see if it against the Constitution. This clown born in Hawaii wants to emulate Castro, Kim Jung Un and the lot.
on January 29,2014 | 08:41AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Who would listen to a South ern. Get over it, Obama is President. Elected two terms, By The People. Congress is like most of these posters. They will only fight everything that this president puts out. They blast food stamps for hungry children or healthcare for the poor. Things that Jesus worked for. How bad is that? Really? Is it bad to assist fellow Americans without calling them "lazy" entitled? Wow.
on January 29,2014 | 03:56PM
kekelaward wrote:
Yeah, elected by dead people. PS There were no food stamps in Jesus' day.
on January 29,2014 | 04:32PM
aomohoa wrote:
Shouldn't you give them a fishing pole and teach them how to fish rather than letting sit on their butt and have someone hand them a fish???
on January 29,2014 | 06:44PM
scuddrunner wrote:
I like watching John Boehner roll his eyes when Obama talks about spend, spend, spend. Heck it's not his money, just raise taxes. I didn't hear any talk about balancing the budget? We'll just keep kicking that can down the road, pathetic. I heard Air force 1 still has wings on it, lets fly that puppy around the world a few more times while the tax payers are still footing the bill. Michelle why don't you follow in the 767, $$$$$$$$$$$$ Spend, spend, spend.
on January 29,2014 | 03:07AM
syhud wrote:
I did not see a president on t.v. last night. I only saw a turkey talking a lot of jive.
on January 29,2014 | 03:24AM
MakaniKai wrote:
LOL ;-)
on January 29,2014 | 02:31PM
jayz43 wrote:
One sentence of GOP Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers response summarizes the malignant growth that is causing our nations economic woes with Obamacare the largest tumor: "The President's policies are making people's lives harder." PERIOD.
on January 29,2014 | 03:52AM
danji wrote:
What now. HAS THE THE US PRESIDENTCY BECOME A DICTATORSHIP?? I guess now he realizes he has failed the people and wants to do smething(even if it goe wrong like obama care) by declaring himself a dictator. Please Mr Obama just fade away
on January 29,2014 | 04:00AM
LMO wrote:
Nothing new here, folks. Move along...
on January 29,2014 | 04:13AM
thos wrote:

Two assertions in the 2014 State of the Union Address merit particular attention:

>> "When I took office, nearly 180,000 Americans were serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Today, all our troops are out of Iraq."

>> "If the Afghan government signs a security agreement that we have negotiated, a small force of Americans could remain in Afghanistan with NATO allies"

Because of the ill considered haste with which this current occupant of the White House ordered our forces out of Iraq, he failed to negotiate exactly the sort of status of forces security agreement he now brags about, an agreement that would have provided for a residual force to handle contingencies in Iraq.

Had he not been grossly derelict in his duty in this essential regard, the Al Qaeda flag would not now be flying victoriously over Fallujah, a city that cost an enormous amount of U.S. Marine Corps blood to liberate from the terrorists more than half a decade ago.

The disdain and contempt this Commander in Chief has for the lives of those he has ordered into harms way is nothing short of a rank obscenity.


on January 29,2014 | 04:13AM
gaylec wrote:
His cluelessness continues. His bs and lies continue. Kool-Aid guzzlers continue to buy his nonsense. Demos still want to cling to GW as the cause of all these problems. God save America with OB in charge. You cannot believe a word he says. What has happened to our country?
on January 29,2014 | 04:34AM
thos wrote:

What has happened is that we citizens have lowered the expectations we have of a chief executive and all in deference to skin color.

And, not surprisingly, a flood tide of sewage is our reward.


on January 29,2014 | 04:49AM
awahana wrote:
ANYTHING is better than Bush, but I'm very disappointed after voting for Obama.
Looking forward to what the next administration can offer. In terms of privacy, gun control, and energy policy.
on January 29,2014 | 04:55AM
NITRO08 wrote:
So who stopped all of that issues the republicans!
on January 29,2014 | 06:10AM
goinglobal wrote:
No the US Constitution stops the gun control.....
on January 29,2014 | 07:27AM
krusha wrote:
Just do it Mr. President! America cannot survive another year of inactivity and obstruction by congress. I hate it when people who are in power take pleasure at the failure of this nation. Ether help us move forward, or get out of the way.
on January 29,2014 | 05:54AM
NITRO08 wrote:
Exactly!
on January 29,2014 | 06:11AM
Denominator wrote:
Right? Hiel Obama!
on January 29,2014 | 12:12PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Thats right! Lead, follow orr get out of the way!
on January 29,2014 | 06:31AM
aomohoa wrote:
Doesn't it matter if it's the correct direction?
on January 29,2014 | 12:33PM
Ronin006 wrote:
Krusha, there is a document in the United States called the Constitution. It is called the Law of the Land because it is the document upon which all laws are base. I suggest you read it.
on January 29,2014 | 05:48PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Everyday these losers go home, watch the POTUS on TV, scream and yell, then sit on their throne looking up their back door to see if their brain is leaking.
on January 29,2014 | 09:40PM
McCully wrote:
Another do nothing speech. Obama is a great speaker but little or no action.
on January 29,2014 | 05:58AM
hanalei395 wrote:
No action from the Republicans. EVERYTHING Obama wants, the Repubs are against. They want Obama to fail. They said so themselves.
on January 29,2014 | 06:17AM
goinglobal wrote:
You should talk to Harry Reid and Obama about that... Every budget the House of Representative passed never received a vote in the Senate... Obama himself on National Tv said he will not negotiate with republicans... Now he thinks he can bypass congress pretty funny from a man use says he is a constitutional law professor??? Just look at his labor relations board that he illegally stacked with union members the courts have already declared it illegal and the supreme court willl rule soon and every regulation they made will be overturned...
on January 29,2014 | 07:31AM
South76 wrote:
Obama is failing himself on his own. You must be another welfare w-h-o-r-e; you need to get your a-s-s out of your head and find a real job, stop depending on the people paying taxes so you can collect welfare checks, food stamps, section 8 and Medicaid.
on January 29,2014 | 08:49AM
hanalei395 wrote:
A typical Republican a**hole comeback. I'm not any of that. Obama is frustrating the s**t out of you, and that's good. In the meantime, GFY.
on January 29,2014 | 09:26AM
goinglobal wrote:
Nice you kiss your mom with that mouth?
on January 29,2014 | 11:17AM
hanalei395 wrote:
For coming to his aid, South wants to kiss you.
on January 29,2014 | 11:54AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Nice hanalei, these foul gops have no class. They soooooooo frustrate that they picked Mitt, it's eating their guts, everyday. I luv it.
on January 29,2014 | 04:03PM
kekelaward wrote:
Nice tolerance and inclusiveness. Homophobe.
on January 29,2014 | 04:38PM
aomohoa wrote:
He is certainly an eloquent speaker, unlike you with your potty mouth and no class.
on January 29,2014 | 12:36PM
hanalei395 wrote:
This is the same hypocrite who defended Gene Simmon's tongue, and inadvertently confessed that the tongue turned her on.
on January 29,2014 | 01:57PM
aomohoa wrote:
I was talking about Obama being an eloquent speaker. LOL You're ridiculous.
on January 29,2014 | 06:51PM
hanalei395 wrote:
"Eloquent"? He called me a w-h-o-r-e. .. In fact, that would be you. However, you spell it ....hoa
on January 29,2014 | 02:07PM
aomohoa wrote:
So you have just proved you're a potty mouth and a liar. LOL You must have mixed me up with yourself.
on January 29,2014 | 06:47PM
kekelaward wrote:
Nice. Typical lib.
on January 29,2014 | 04:39PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
South must be a f-I-lthy mouf entitled ex.government worker on SS. That's welfare too.
on January 29,2014 | 04:01PM
aomohoa wrote:
South has a nasty mouth but so does Hanalei, Social Security is earned by some of us. I don't feel like I will be a welfare recipient when I finally get SS. I paid into it for 40 years.
on January 29,2014 | 07:10PM
aomohoa wrote:
That might be a remark too far.
on January 29,2014 | 07:07PM
aomohoa wrote:
And you are so brainwashed by his rhetoric.
on January 29,2014 | 12:34PM
kekelaward wrote:
Not much soap was needed for a brain so small. Actually, a quick rinse was all that was needed
on January 29,2014 | 04:41PM
kekelaward wrote:
He's not even a good speaker. He is able to read a prepared script though.
on January 29,2014 | 04:36PM
loquaciousone wrote:
In 1779, Patrick Henry quoted the infamous, "UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL". Today the United States of America is no longer united. The chasm gets wider with each passing day. The ultra left, currently in the White House and the ultra right, the infamous Tea Party is making sure of that.
on January 29,2014 | 06:06AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Dividing the Republican Party. The infamous Tea Party is making sure of that.
on January 29,2014 | 06:29AM
thepartyfirst wrote:
hanalei395-isn't that great when private citizens speak out against those who suppose to represent them are not? The Tea Party wants to vote out Dems and Repubs for not doing what they said they would when they were campaigning for office. The candidates that got a boost from the Tea Party turned out to be so-so and just follow party line and not what the Tea Party wanted them to do. Do you think the Dems would band together and vote their own kind out for not sticking to their campaign promises?
on January 29,2014 | 07:31AM
aomohoa wrote:
Interesting comment, and without being crude or insulting like hahlei395. Mahalo
on January 29,2014 | 12:41PM
Bdpapa wrote:
It is sad it has come to this. I don't know who, but we need a leader!
on January 29,2014 | 06:32AM
aomohoa wrote:
Anyone with any real integrity won't run. Only those who are willing to sell out to the highest bidder run.
on January 29,2014 | 12:42PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Funny after 911 I also was blogging about having a leader. But Bush, led us right into two wars? Go figure.
on January 29,2014 | 04:06PM
aomohoa wrote:
With the approval of congress.
on January 29,2014 | 07:11PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
After the Bushies paraded a pony show of "WMD" lol.
on January 29,2014 | 09:34PM
Slow wrote:
Aesop first said the "infamous" phrase. Then it was popularized in revolutionary war song by John Dickinson, "The Liberty Song." Later in 1799 (not 1779) it was also uttered by Patrick Henry. But facts aside, I agree that the U.S. is divided badly with so many poor fools believing the Tea Party will better their lives. "Thank you master, whip mesome more because I didn't build your mansion fast enough. I deserve it."
on January 29,2014 | 07:38AM
Winston wrote:
How is smaller government, limits on regulation, and fiscal responsibility "ultra right". These are the fundamental Tea Party issues, but they aren't particularly extreme. Please to explain.
on January 29,2014 | 07:47AM
lee1957 wrote:
Because they are the antithesis of the left.
on January 29,2014 | 10:53AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Pretty sassy after 17 day taxpayer paid holiday. Methinks this unilateral action stuff just divides the nation more.
on January 29,2014 | 07:50AM
South76 wrote:
He learned a lot from the countries he has visited with dictator leaders....remember who he hanged out growing up.
on January 29,2014 | 08:54AM
MakaniKai wrote:
He conveniently visits Anderson Hall (Christmas meal) aboard MCBH; the SUV provided for his safe travel outfitted with flags on the front (U.S. and Presidential) and the grill sporting the seal of the POTUS on Christmas day. Waaa laaa folks we have it an Official visit (vacation) that is paid for by the taxpayers in full – Kailuana resort – priceless. Merry Christmas Barry. I don’t care to tit for tat the number of vacations one President took over another – Camp David of course transportation and security is paid for; if he flew to his home in Chicago – of course again the taxpayers fund this travel not the residence – But d @ m n a vacation rental in Kailua – Please!!!! Courtesy the Secret Service budget.
on January 29,2014 | 04:06PM
MakaniKai wrote:
He conveniently visits Anderson Hall (Christmas meal) aboard MCBH; the SUV provided for his safe travel outfitted with flags on the front (U.S. and Presidential) and the grill sporting the seal of the POTUS on Christmas day. Waaa laaa folks we have it an Official visit (vacation) that is paid for by the taxpayers in full – Kailuana resort – priceless. Merry Christmas Barry. I don’t care to tit for tat the number of vacations one President took over another – Camp David of course transportation and security is paid for; if he flew to his home in Chicago – of course again the taxpayers fund this travel not the residence – But d @ m n a vacation rental in Kailua – Please!!!! Courtesy the Secret Service budget.
on January 29,2014 | 04:07PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
A new fill thy blogger South. Ahhh, why does South remind me of the rebels? Of slavery and bigots. Oh well can't be from Aloha State.
on January 29,2014 | 04:10PM
kekelaward wrote:
Maybe it reminds you of those things because you're lacking in the mental capability area. And like Hanalei your hatred and bigotry bring shame to all of us from Hawaii
on January 29,2014 | 04:47PM
aomohoa wrote:
Good comment that can not be disputed.
on January 29,2014 | 07:13PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Text mental and kekela ward. Same ting.
on January 29,2014 | 09:35PM
Charliegrunt wrote:
For someone who taught Constitutional Law, how is it that Obama does not seem to recognize that the Constitution provides for three branches of government (administrative, legislative and judicial) to provide a system of checks and balances? Didn't he say, "I am President of the United States, not a dictator."? Is he reinforcing the perception that you can always tell that he is lying because his lips are moving? It was nice of him to recognize SFC Cory Remsburg. It was well deserved. But, then why are he and Congress reneging on all the contactual promises made to present and past military regarding their wages and benefits? Since less than 1% are serving, others may not realize that enlistment and reenlistment rates are on the decline. I guess the 99% will realize it when the draft is reinstated.
on January 29,2014 | 08:36AM
saveparadise wrote:
Obama does not realize that to raise the minimum wage means that some businesses will need to create a totally new pay scale since you have others with more experience and skill that will need to be upgraded as well. If he leads us into WWIII he is the antichrist no doubt. The 2nd horseman?
on January 29,2014 | 09:38AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Talking of WWIII? Holy mother of nuts? Doomsdayers? Don't save paradise. If fact leave paradise.
on January 29,2014 | 04:13PM
kekelaward wrote:
Nah, no need. They're already putting up a parking lot in Kakaako.
on January 29,2014 | 05:22PM
saveparadise wrote:
Wassup kuli deaf ear.....fake local. You and what army going make me leave my home?
on January 31,2014 | 08:28AM
wiliki wrote:
This is a great address....
on January 29,2014 | 09:45AM
loquaciousone wrote:
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20500 The White House, Address
on January 29,2014 | 12:11PM
wiliki wrote:
This not the address for Washington Place...
on January 29,2014 | 05:22PM
Ronin006 wrote:
You obviously slept through it.
on January 29,2014 | 05:43PM
pakeheat wrote:
I actually laughed through it my stomach hurts, LOL
on January 29,2014 | 08:21PM
iwanaknow wrote:
Time to roll up our collective sleeves and get to work with smoke n' mirrors?........................if you get government dole, please just sit there, we'll work around you.
on January 29,2014 | 02:31PM
Venus1 wrote:
Obama! You make me proud to be a human being!!
on January 29,2014 | 05:07PM
Ronin006 wrote:
It is time to rethink the US minimum wage. The minimum wage applies everywhere in the US and in its territories and possessions. Think about it for a few minutes. There is a great difference in the cost of living between places like New York, Boston Chicago, San Francisco and other large metropolitan areas and places like America Samoa and Middle-of-Nowhere, Mississippi, yet the minimum wage is the same in all areas. That simply is not right. There needs to be a minimum wage, but it should be adjusted upward based on a cost of living index for the each particular area of the country. Given the technology that exists today, that should not be difficult to do. Oops. I forgot about the Obamacare rollout.
on January 29,2014 | 05:39PM
Ronin006 wrote:
This comment was sent for approval; third one today: “It is time to rethink the US minimum wage. The minimum wage applies everywhere in the US and in its territories and possessions. Think about it for a few minutes. There is a great difference in the cost of living between places like New York, Boston Chicago, San Francisco and other large metropolitan areas and places like America Samoa and Middle-of-Nowhere, Mississippi, yet the minimum wage is the same in all areas. That simply is not right. There needs to be a minimum wage, but it should be adjusted upward based on a cost of living index for the each particular area of the country. Given the technology that exists today, that should not be difficult to do. Oops. I forgot about the Obamacare rollout.”
on January 29,2014 | 05:41PM
aomohoa wrote:
I always thought it was better to teach them to fish than you just give them fish for nothing.
on January 29,2014 | 06:45PM
aomohoa wrote:
This was posted in the wrong place. ??
on January 29,2014 | 06:52PM
soundofreason wrote:
Your sentence no....O'bama...........yes.
on January 29,2014 | 07:06PM
Transplant wrote:
Interesting speech! Only time will tell.
on January 29,2014 | 07:03PM
7yearTribulation wrote:
Sad all the people still believing the lies
on January 29,2014 | 08:26PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Get a load of the bully repug Grimm below. What a piece of crack. I knocked his smug off.
on January 29,2014 | 09:37PM
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