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January 26th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

What should Pres. Obama emphasize in his State of the Union address tomorrow?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

President Obama has the chance to use tomorrow's State of the Union address to reset his agenda and refocus the attention of the American people.

It's been a rough week for the president and his party - since the Democrats lost control of Ted Kennedy's Senate seat in Massachusetts. Without their filibuster-proof majority, the president's signature issue of health care reform is on life support.

And the public doesn't appear too disappointed about that. A new poll shows 70 percent of Americans think the Democrats' loss of their super-majority is a good thing.

Meanwhile the president is expected to announce a three-year freeze on all non-security federal discretionary spending. He claims this could save $250 billion over 10 years - which is a start, but still just a drop in the bucket considering the country's $12.5 trillion debt.

And, expect some liberals - you know, the president's base - to push back hard. Already critics on the left are calling the proposed spending freeze a mistake of historic proportions. Some compare Mr. Obama to Republican Herbert Hoover, who failed to pull the U.S. out of the great depression.

Others liken this to Democrat FDR's move to cut back on government spending in 1937 - the economy tanked and so did the Democrats in the following midterm election.

There's lots more on the president's plate too, like the jobs situation - which doesn't show many signs of turning around. Unemployment is at 10 percent… up from seven percent when Mr. Obama took office.

Here’s my question to you: What should Pres. Obama emphasize in his State of the Union address tomorrow?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Penny from Bellevue, Washington writes:
He should say he's on the side of Main Street, not Wall Street, now. If a bank gambles and it goes wrong, the individual depositors will be reimbursed up to FDIC limits, and the bank can fail. No bailouts. And if there was any fraud or other illegal activity, then people WILL go to jail. I still haven't seen anyone go to jail for their part in almost causing a second Great Depression. I want to see accountability.

Anonymous writes:
Obama should telegraph that he's done being Mr. Nice Guy, and that his efforts to 'reach across the aisle' have been spurned at every turn (give examples) – therefore, Dems will plow ahead with their own agenda. The theme of the night should be “get on board, or get out of the way.”

Mary Jo from Pittsburgh writes:
He should say he's sorry for worrying too much about what conservatives think of him instead of what the majority of the American people who voted for him think.

Tom from Wisconsin writes:
The president should accentuate the positive. He had the audacity to hope we wouldn't panic facing down Great Depression Part II. Obama played the role of FDR to a "T" and few of us panicked. If Americans have half the guts Haitians have, there won't be any whining. It will be left foot-right foot, until we are out of this mess.

Luke writes:
President Obama should talk about his lived experience and talk about his passion. It is not enough to sway to the winds of political opinions. One must feel the passion of conviction, and then fight for it. Anything less is not worthy of a president.

Theresa writes:
Who is advising this man? Maybe that's the problem. It's time to take off the rose-colored glasses and see the mess with clear vision.

Lou from North Carolina writes:
Try to remember what he promised and address those issues one by one otherwise he is no different from the one before him.


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soundoff (106 Responses)
  1. Carolyn in St. Louis, Missouri

    The President must convince Americans that "he feels their pain" and that he plans to do everything possible to create jobs( in infrastructure , green energy ,etc. ). These are the things I thought he would concentrate on in 2009 .

    January 26, 2010 at 4:22 pm |
  2. Ralph Spyer chicago Il

    Jobs, now or never.

    January 26, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  3. Antonio from Washington D.C.

    He should emphasize the need to persevere for health care, how to the end the Republicans and Democrats feud, why people should have faith, trust, and acceptance in his presidency and administration, and how to make the United States of America better, safer and more tolerable for all.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  4. A Voting Continuant

    Does it matter what he promises oh I mean emphasize in his address. He has proven he is “incapable” of multi tasking... In Obama's own words he said a president should be able to do when slamming McCain when he wanted to take a time out and focus on the economy -v- his campaign for president.

    Mission Viejo, Ca

    January 26, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  5. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    The President came to office riding on an emotion agenda.

    To hope there must be a strong imagination or wish, to hope there must be reality, and to hope there must be mutuality.

    In his message, to continue on with the positive emotional message he delivered so well in the campaign, he must once again give a message where our imaginations are renewed, reality based initiatives, and a message of coming together as a people, not as a party or any other label. To accomplish this will help turn despair into hope, and then action.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  6. Don from Belleville, Canada

    The American people need President Obama to be specific, realistic and practical.
    Instead he will once again talk in broad generalities and promise the moon.
    As a result his State of the Union address will be a disappointing dud, which perversely does reveal the current state of the union.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  7. Jim in Alabama

    Jobs, Jobs, Jobs Jack! People on main street have not received the consideration that Wall Street has and Americans who voted for Obama are beginning to lose faith in him. I know jobs areusually the last thing to turn around in a "tanked" economy, but we have to begin to address this issue with more vigor than before. Finally, I'm not so sure that a massive curb in spending right now is a good idea. i think it will hurt main street more than anyone else. I know that Republicans want that, but my question to them is why didn't they push for it when Bush was running up t he huge bill that's due now.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  8. Josh

    He should explain Nancy Pelosi's spending spree. i'm sure alot of people would like to know the where abouts of that spending. What owuld he have done if this were a republican spending this money, which i'm sure they do as well.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  9. Annie, Atlanta

    Bringing jobs back to our shores. Or maybe a stimulus that actually produces jobs for Main Street, instead of tax cuts and pork which guarantees re-election for the idiots on Capitol Hill. It’s “the economy, stupid,” once again, to quote Mr. Carville.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  10. C.K.

    I'm so tired of Obama and his lies. At this point, it doesn't matter what he says, because he never follows through on anything. His lack of oversight on spending is burying this country alive. I'm so dissapointed that after his first year, all we've seen is debt and careless spending (just ask Pelosi).

    January 26, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  11. Ann from Charleston, SC

    I think the president should emphasize what I heard him say repeatedly during the campaign: this won't be easy – I will make mistakes – there will be setbacks. I don't think anyone was listening to those words, but rather the words about getting the economy back on track, health care reform, changing the way business is done in Washington. Many people seem to think the president can put those agenda items in the microwave and they will come out perferct in short order. I think he is doing a great job given the toxic environment he is working in (Washington).

    January 26, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  12. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    He has to say that he will stop lying and begin to fulfill some of his promises, such as the C-SPAN issue and publish the healthcare bill on the internet and veto any legislation full of pork. He will insist on a public option and he will get all the Democrats lined up so as to pass the bill immediately before he looses that ability. The Republicans would have rammed it through before Brown was seated if the tables were turned. He will hold all the financial industry freeloaders accountable and demand that all bonuses have to be approved by the people who bailed them out. He will hold all of them accountable and those who took bailout money and didn’t use it for the purpose it was intended must return it immediately with interest like 20% APR, just as they do to us. Then take that money and give it directly to the people – that would be real stimulus. He will revisit DHS and the Patriot Act. He will hold incompetent members of his administration accountable and go after the criminals – all things he promised. Oh and he will also stop acting like Sharpton and Jackson who never miss a chance to mug for a TV camera, and instead will work exclusively on the people’s business, because he has a year of catch up to do.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  13. Bob In Florida

    President Obama should focus on TIGHTLY reining in corporations, financial institutions insurance corporations that gouge the average American in the name of obscene profits and overly excessive bonus pay packages. President Obama should also heftily raise taxes on the rich and make sure corporations pay their taxes and eliminate the many loopholes that corporations use to not pay taxes.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  14. Jack M- San Francisco

    He should emphasize that the current economic problems were brought on by 8 years of Republican control of the executive branch and six years of Republican control of the legislative branch. He should point out that it takes time to turn around the economy and to expect miracles in one year, after a near depression, is unrealistic. Then he should point out that with the Republicans interested more in obstructing than in bi-partisianship, there's not much he can do to prevent them from focusing on what's best for the party and not what is best for the country.

    He should also state that it's hard to disseminate the truth about his policies, given that the Republican's have a 24/7 cable news station that provides constant politically tinged news and outrageous right-wing commentary to people who don't realize that they are being lied to and misled every day of the week. On top of that, the mainstream media feeds off the right-wing media's talking points, further assisting the right-wing in their spread of mis-information and political hackery.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  15. Barbara in NC

    I wish he would say he's going to introduce a bill to congress to make their annual raises the same as Social Security.

    Not percentage - average dollar amount. If the older citizens of this country can live with an increase of $250 to $350 per year on the little they have, then why should congress get $3500 or more per year?

    January 26, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  16. Wm in PA

    Jack,
    O' who?
    We need to have our Corporate CEOs give us their agenda for the coming year. Then we will have a better idea of what is really going to be bought and paid for by those running the show.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  17. Chaney. Louisiana

    President Obama needs to remind everyone clearly and succinctly how we got to this place, and why we had to bail out the "too big to fail" financial institutions, and why we were advised to pass a stimulus package.....that we just did not have time for second guessing, Why passing healthcare reform is crucial in coming to terms with our deficit, and why we must concentrate on getting money to our small business's and entreprenuers,who are ready to expand and hire more people......

    January 26, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  18. Bill Kosloskey

    How about committing to follow his oath in office and follow the U.S. Constitution? That would be a great start.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  19. Mary, Monroe, LA

    I like this President but I do not accept the excuses given by Congressional leaders that the process is the problem: Spineless Dems and a lack of leadership from the White House are the problem! The repubs were invited to the negoitions on Health Care Reform. Republican ideas are included in the proposed Health Care Legislation. Yet, when it came down to the vote, the Administration got ONE, I repeat, ONE republican vote. Rather, after holding the process hostage all year, the repubs are now blaming the Dems for the lack of cooperation in Government and are getting away with the false accusation: Go figure! We cannot blame FAUX News, Rush Limbaugh, and all the others for this pathetic show of, "can't we just all get along?"

    The proof is in the pudding and bi-partensenship talk from the repubs (LOL) is just that: TALK, talk, talk, a ploy used to stall, delay, delay, delay, and delay. Enough already!!!!!!!

    January 26, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  20. Julie Smith

    We are tired of his speeches that go nowhere. He makes no sense. My husband and I have seen nothing in the way of help for us as middle class tax payers. We plan to rent a movie.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  21. Birddog in Mississippi

    He should just point to a graph of the jobs that were being lost every month when he came into office and the jobs that are being lost now. He should point to a graph of GDP loss when he came in as compared to the growth now. He should point to a graph of how much the middle class was paying in taxes when he came in as compared to now. He should say that we had to spend money to turn this thing around, and the GOP didn't leave us any money to spend, so we were forced to borrow it. We have done our best to invest it on things like clean energy and education so that we can pay the money back with what it earns, but we also had to make sure that the American people had enough to eat, and didn't wind up in tent cities. In order to pay back all the money racked up under the Bush Administration plus what we needed to spend to get us out of this hole, we're going to have to deal with health care costs or they will bankrupt our country. And if doing so means that you vote every democrat out of office, that's how it will be. The price of not fixing it is too high.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  22. Greg - Minneapolis, MN

    Jack, the President should emphasize REALITY, and accept the responsibility for the economy and joblessness. Rather, what we get are more of the "I inherited the..." from Obama. Right now, it doesn't matter if the economy and jobless Americans was something that was inherited. It is HIS responsibility now, and either Obama should step up to the plate and accept it, or resign and let someone who actually knows what they are doing deal with the problems this country needs SOLVED YESTERDAY!!!

    January 26, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  23. Theresa

    Who is advising this man? Maybe that's the problem. It's time to take off the rose colored glasses & see the mess with a clear vision.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  24. Barbara in NC

    Cost of living went up for congress? But not for Social Security?

    January 26, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  25. joe J

    He should just tell the American people his real agenda. And that is to turn us into a third world country so that the rest of his muslim clan can finally be happy with him

    January 26, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  26. Dillon Tamer

    I am a 16 year old Conservative boy. I agree with the spending freeze, less money being spent always does great things. If I was President Obama, I would not even bring up healthcare. The people don't want it. Jobs are the issue at hand, that's what the people care about now, the issue that hits hardest at home.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  27. Todd

    He should emphasize putting a boot to butt of democrats in the house and senate for putting their own special interests above the interests of the American public. Americans want action, not bickering.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  28. Tony Woods

    I have worked at the VA in Long Term Care for 10 years. If President Obama is serious about the outrageous bonuses that the bankers receive how can he justify the bonuses for the Executive Leadership Team of the VA for achieving their Performance Measures and we cannot get enough wheelchairs for our veterans who have served this country.
    How can he justify the Performance Measures as a way of achieving success when the Health Care Quality Indicators have proven that Performance measure are not successful in improving care for any patient let alone the Long Term Care patients at the VA.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  29. Gary

    President Obama should talk about the future, but remind Americans why we are in this mess – decades of massive Republican debt, tax breaks for the rich, deregulation, and irrational trickle-down economics. No one could clean this up in a year, certainly not John McCain and Sarah Palin. It may take a decade. Thanks, Republicans, you idiots…

    January 26, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  30. p courtney KY

    PRESIDENT OBAMA needs to emphasize that HE is not GOD and the REPUBLICANS weren't either.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  31. Leo R. North Carolina

    He should emphasize that we've become a nation of spoiled brats who always expect instant gratification. The Man has been in office for only a year and people are throwing tantrums like babies who don't immediately get what they want. Over 8 years of mess and 1 year to fix doesn't sound fair to me.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  32. Geoff Graves

    President Obama should admit he was swimming with sharks and promise to do better. He will sharpen the stick he pokes in our weary eyes, if he make any more grand promises, and faults the last administration for any more failures. He should emphasize his new war on unemployment and trade deficits. Offer too look at a variety of money saving plans to pump up the economy, including fair tax and the Pickens plan.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  33. Luke

    President Obama should talk about his lived experience and talk about his passion. It is not enough to sway to the winds of political opinions. One must feel the passion of conviction; and then fight for it. Anything less is not worthy of a president.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  34. Gil, So. California

    Obama should confess that he totally misread the mandate of the 2008 presidential election which was confirmed by the state of Massachusetts (which I believe represented all of America). We, the people, want stability, less spending, less government, more accepting responsibility for actions (accountability), more dignity and honesty and, finally, show you have some gonads by thinking out of the box and get this country stabilized. You promised you would and have failed terribly.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  35. Susannah Lints

    He needs to get tough about regulating the banks to show that he is on the side of the ordinary citizen. Geitner must go! Banks still are foreclosing not working with homeowners to restructure loans, raising interest rates, and not lending to small business and record bonuses.
    The key to turning the economy around is get tough with the banks.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  36. Theresa Bedford

    He ought to balance action points about the near future (health care bill, jobs), and inspiring conversation about the future. He ought to talk about K-12 and community college education - because we have neglected basic changes in education for a decade, we don't have a population educated enough to take the jobs that exist now and will exist in the future.

    He needs to push stronger financial literacy at the same time he pushes reform in the financial industry. Better behavior by banks and consumers...

    He needs ro discuss climate change soon - but perhaps not tomorrow.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  37. Ed Fertik

    He should admit to his huge economic blunder, his lack of any executive experience upon being elected, the terrible advice his staff gave him and his socialist ideology gone amuck. He should acknowledge that there are not two swimming pools in this country. You can't take water from a deeper pool and make a shallow pool rise. There is only one pool and he has been carrying buckets of money from one end and dumping it in the other and wondering why the level doesn't rise. We are in deep trouble.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  38. WWeeks NC

    State of the Union address, I'm sure hes talking about organized labor.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  39. Mike S., New Orleans

    President Obama needs to remind Americans they are better off now than they were one year ago. The public attention span is so short they forget our economy was teetering on bankruptcy when Obama took over. Many things have improved in one year, despite the right wing's attempt to obfuscate the mess Obama inherited.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  40. Mike

    Promise that this wil be his last speech until he actually accomplishes something. More work and less tlaking from him – lead by example – I don't want to see so much of his arrogant mug on TV until he makes improvements – let's start with jobs, getting away from the HC mess, drop the anit business rhetoric, etc.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  41. jeff

    he should apologize, admitt he dos'nt have a clue and resign!

    January 26, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  42. Julie H

    President Obama definately needs to address the foreclosure issues. Too many people are being denied loan modifications due to being under employed or unemployed. There are thousands of foreclosures on each of the attorney websites of upcoming Trustee sales in Maricopa County, AZ alone. It is taking 6-9 months to get a loan modification processed. Are these not the banks that WE bailed out? The banks are taking the homes back, then re-selling them to a new buyer for a monthly payment that the original homeowner asked for. Something is terribly wrong with this picture.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  43. Chris Cruz

    Jack,
    The President can start with killing all foreign language translation in government for all category of US citizens. If they live here they should be able to speak and red English. If they can't, they can take on the burden of getting a translator. We didn't have to spend tax dollars for non-American citizens prior to the 70's, so it worked then, it'll work now and it doesn't violate the Constitution.
    The Pres can cut foreign aid to many countries that are not worth the effort. Many are in the middle east, some in South and Central America. Humanitarian aid to disaster stricken countries should be continued with oversight.

    Chris
    Benson, AZ

    January 26, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  44. Abe of Iowa

    It would be so nice if Obama would announce a cut in our outrageous defense spending. That single gesture would restore support among his base and put the Republican party on the defensive. But like, that's going to happen!

    January 26, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  45. Denis Duffy

    It's not what he should say, it's what he will say. Almost nothing.
    The President will say that he is going to do a lot, but that we will not understand what he is doing. He will say that he will start tomorrow, but not to expect too much, too soon.
    It's always tomorrow, or next year, or three years from now.
    Doesn't he understand that at his rate of speed, he will never get anything done?

    Denis Duffy
    Upper Saint Clair, Pa.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  46. Anthony Ciuffo

    Bud Stamford CT

    Mr. Obama should concentrate on telling the American people the truth. He really needs to stop hiding behind the eloquent speaches and get down to brass tacks by taking on th real issues that effect us all. Thats something that he never did and I don't feel he is capable of

    January 26, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  47. harry

    the President needs to tell us the truth / how bad we really are / tell us he has made mistakes and not listened to the people...tell us he is sorry and will start listening to the people ... tell the people what he is going to do to get real jobs back ... not govt. jobs ... but real jobs. and what his plans are to fix the problem.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  48. John A. Ciavarella

    He needs to be tough on both the liberals in his party as well as the Republicans who will not work with him at all.

    The liberals have tried to use him to gain more government control of all of our society. The Republicans are simply trying to make it too dificult to govern our country by opposing all of his initives and policies.

    He needs to get tough wiht the Republicans on the health care reform and state that the 41-59 majority that they now have is not democracy. After all the framing fathers of our country only wanted a simple majority to pass legislation. The fillabuster has been used by the Republicans more in 2009 than all of the earlier years in the Bush administration. The fillabuster was not originally part of our Constitution. It became a tactic and found its way into the Senate operations by amending Rule 22.

    The President needs to communicate his agenda more suscintly to the American middle-class and emphsize that true health care reform is very much a part of our econimic well being.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  49. Joe CE

    Announce a plan to commit any unspent job stimulus money within 30 days. Eliminate Bush tax cuts and give corresponding credit to low & middle income taxpayers. Declare for FAIR TRADE and announce action plan – this is best long term hope for the economy and the only way to regan blue collar support.. Get on with oil alternative initatives. Restore regulation to financial industry – seoerate banking & investment. Special tax on any US corporation with headquaters overseas od more than 40% workforce ovrseas. Start discussions with US employers to take over health insurance under a federally chartered private corporation ( single large group) while employers pay an amount limited to present cost plus 90% of increse in cost of living – make small bussiness eligible to joint group. Acceleratetroop reduction in Iraq and reduce US oversaes fores worldwide = large numbers not needed in places like Germany & Japan.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  50. Roy in New Jersey

    I think his message should be, "I regret to inform you that effectively immediately I'm resigning from the Office of President of the United States".

    Changed my mind...that would mean dumb-dumb would become our leader.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  51. Maureen, District of Columbia

    It's simple, stupid. Chart a specific course about how The White House will restore jobs (and stop their outsourcing beyond US borders) for the manufacturing classes and the knowledge classes of workers. It's really that simple, stupid.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  52. Richard Texas

    I think Obama needs to explain to the American people just how well all this "Hopey-Changey stuff" is working out for him.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  53. Jackie - Seekonk, MA

    We beed an apology – he promised us the moon and we got an asteroid where the economy is spiraling downward with no hint of where it's going to go.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  54. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    I want to hear him say that he is going to distance himself from Reid and Pelosi and keep the promises he made during the campaign. He needs to tell America that he is making his top priority creating jobs so they can be put back to work.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  55. Pete from Yountville

    I think the President should address just 'how' he is going to create jobs. Also maybe something on curbing illegal immigration–I live in California and services to the illegals are breaking the states back. The state won't cut welfare to illegals but will cut school budgets, road repairs, etc... and the list goes on.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  56. Arlene, Illinois

    He should tell the public if you don'tike whats going ,then
    in 3 more years you can give back the White House to the
    Grand Old Party of NO. And you know where that got us!

    January 26, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  57. james in california

    Hey should say like every politician that is elected – bail out the rich (stock market/bonuses , banks/increase our interest rates, etc.) and the poor is taken care of (welfare, free medical,etc.) – while us middle class/working class bares the burden (lose houses, lose jobs, etc. ) – The goverment wants to promise us all these things to get elected and say it is our tax payers money – how about this why not divide the $750 billion amoung 400 million people and we would have stimulated the economy, etc. – we can help other country but not the average working people the elect political officials , amen!!!!!!

    January 26, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  58. Fara Zarrabi

    OBAMA should explain why is Nancy Pelosi's spending so much of the taxpayer's money.
    Also tell us why he is not keeping his promises of transparency?

    January 26, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  59. pat in michigan

    he should emphisise he Is the president and has a pen. and knows how to use it.Executive orders can get some of this done . If he is gonna be a 1 termer the bloody some noses.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  60. Mel - Rancho Mirage, California

    President Obama should emhesize the fact that all of us including the government must tighten up our belts and stop wasting money and our childrens future. We can not keep spending money like a drunken sailor and hope to balance our budgets and save money. He also needs to point out that a superpower can not owe the kind of money we owe to other countries. We must be self sufficiant. Only then we can start building on what we started and reach prosperity again.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  61. Jim - Michigan

    The president must acknowledge that the tax payer is overburnoed and that there are no free handouts. We are not a socialist country, we will provide a hand up but there will be no handouts.

    Entitlement programs must be cut at a minimum by 20%.

    Unions lose their legal protection, greedy contracts will be cancelled out.

    Taxes on business will be reduced; businesses that return jobs from overseas will be guaranteed not to be unionized for 10 years and pay and benefits will not increase for five years, then will follow the cost of living rates.

    Buisnesses shipping jobs or their headquarters overseas will be taxed twice that of companies based and operating here.

    Finally, illegal aliens will be deported and any law enforcement agency not enforing immigration laws will be prosecuted, cities, counties and states will lose federal funding.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  62. blair in canada

    Jack
    Its so sad seeing healthcare dead in the water like the Titanic it just hasn't sunk yet,
    If President Obama had been smart he would have asked canada's prime minister in his first visit aboard to canada in feb 2009 for a copy of Canadas health act, its about 241 pages long and by last july, im sure congress and the senate could have passed it all and president Obama signed it into law, not let american politicians work on its and load it up with pork so the boys voted and 1900 pages long, my goodness, only in america.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  63. ZippyMoonbat

    He should tell the American people the truth.

    1.) We are going to lose in Afganistan.
    2.) There will be a major economic meltdown this year that makes the great Depression look like a "staycation"...the good news is that it's Bush's fault.
    3.) Terrorists will be successful in killing scores of people on American soil...again, not a problem because it's Bush's fault.
    4.) At least I'm not as bad as Carter.
    5.) Anything else that goes wrong this year is Bush's fault.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  64. Jill

    Jack, the President should emphasize the truth. . .wouldn't that be a delightful step out of character? He needs to admit his health careless reform has serious flaws, and his road to socialism is really a bridge to nowhere. And for the first time in his presidency, maybe he could take ownership of the position he campaigned for. . .his inheritance card has been played one too many times.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  65. John, Fort Collins, CO

    President Obama should begin his address by saying: "Now that I am about to feel the pain resulting from my first year in office, I can say for certain that I feel the pain of the people who voted for me; and for that matter the rest of the moderate, middle class."

    January 26, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  66. C. David Church

    President Obama should announce plans to bring our jobs back to the USA from other countries. During the campaign he said he would "tweek" the NAFTA for example. If he does so his popularity would sky rocket

    C. David Church
    Roscommon, MI

    January 26, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  67. Jackie - Seekonk, MA

    Correction – We "need" an apology – he promised us the moon and we got an asteroid where the economy is spiraling downward with no hint of where it's going.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  68. Lisa K from Concord MA

    Don't think anything he says will matter at all. The majority of the American people seem to have all the answers: Get rid of the democrats and wait for 2012 to elect another George Bush.
    Change happens overnight. Any 3 year old knows that.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  69. Flo in Colorado

    Pres Obama should remind the country that Repubs have to date been the "Party of NO" . That out of control spending, two wars, and a stupid electorate have gotten us into this mess. Obama should also remind the electorate that giving the gov. back to the repubs will send us into a depression.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  70. frank karner

    What I would most like to hear him say is " I resign". We have seen the real Obama, now we will see more veneer trying to hide the real Obama. Oklahoma City

    January 26, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  71. Sheila

    President Obama,God bless his soul, should emphasize that, he cannot please everyone, but that he takes full responsibility for decisions, good and bad, on the way to trying to make this country better, and that he realizes that taking a step back to get a better perspective, is good, and humbling. He is the right man who can pull that off. Most of us are still pulling for him, and the ones who jumped off the band wagon so quickly without giving him a fair chance are embarassing.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  72. jim

    Its smoke and mirrors to detract from the real problem facing Americans today. JOBS. THE ECONOMY. He wants us to think he is actually doing something. Wrong again America.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  73. SALLY M

    He should appologize for failing to shore up private sector jobs and for focusing on the socialistic programs. We have the wrong President for these times if he just wanats to keep spending. No more lifetime professional Poiticians, pleeeeze.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  74. Bryan

    Obama needs to explain how this freeze is different from what McCain proposed, aside from McCain only wanting to do this for 1 yr (not 3). He needs to explain his "axe" vs. "surgeon" comments (How is Obama's freeze not equivalent to taking an axe to the budget? How are we to believe such a wide-spread freeze is a surigically precise move?) Perhaps it'd be easier for the public to believe this if he'd kept his word about transparency...

    January 26, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  75. Peter M

    He needs to be resolute and firm; show some spine. Lately, he has been dazed, looking like a deer caught in headlights. Stop flailing like a whimp and act like the President of the United States.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  76. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio

    Jack:

    The President must emphasize that Plan A and Plan B are the same, jobs. He needs to find a job for Nancy Pelosi, in a vinyard some place, I don't exactly know what though..picking grapes maybe.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  77. Jerry

    Jack, He should say I am calling out a total enforcement of the Illegal aliens,I am notifying all law enforcements to tackle any illegal populations found and turned over to ICE,No more thats not my job. I am also enforcing any employers that hire Illegals to be prosecuted.And thats how I will help with Healthcare. Jerry/Iowa

    January 26, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  78. Bob G in AZ

    Jack if I was him I would start out by saying, "I am glad we did not elect John Mccain". I am tired of hearing about what he tinks about every issue that comes up. He did not win he is not the majpority leader and we should not care what he thinks unless he is speaking on the floor of the Senate. No matter what is said I will be ridiculed for it. I should have never been put on a pedestal by the hi ranking Washington Demcrats. I have tried to reach accross the isle only to be lambasted in the media. I said before, that I am not perfect nor will I evere be. I did not single handedly put us in this mess. We have to get past the bipartisianship and realize that the repulsican lost and I am the President. Deal with it come together and lets work through the issues or the public will vote everyone of us out the next time we are up for election.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  79. louis porreca

    As has been said by others, Obama can talk the talk but not walk anything. Jobs, Jobs ,Jobs should have been #1. He also should tell us that he wanted this job under the circumstances present at that time. I believe he stated that he knew the problems and was going to change them- more of talk the talk. Also he should also state that this is my watch and not use the past as an excuse. This just shows weakness and that he really doesn't know what he is doing. Just listening to the gentlemen talking about the budget freeze and it is clear that he was talking from both sides of his mouth. Create jobs and the economy does wonders.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  80. Mitch Dworkin - Dallas, Texas

    This is an irrelevant question because it does not matter what he says. Regardless of what Obama says, he is going to keep on losing the message war to Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, and to far right wing talk radio because he does not understand how to deal with them and they keep on defining him and the issues to the country.

    It also does not matter what Obama says because he will see very few if any Republican votes on any of his major agenda because most elected Republicans in Congress fear Rush Limbaugh to much to seriously work with him. Mitch McConnell's aides are literally reporting to Rush Limbaugh what McConnell is doing to obstruct Obama and every elected Republican in Congress knows that Limbaugh can tell his audience of many millions of activists to primary them if they do or say anything to upset Rush and it will happen.

    As long as nearly all elected Republicans in Congress continue to fear Rush Limbaugh and keep on apologizing to him, then Obama will get very few if any Republican votes regardless of what he says in his State of the Union address tomorrow.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  81. Karl from SF, CA

    The only thing I want to hear is that this ridiculous "Bi-partisan" foolishness is over with and he is going to guide the Democrats in Congress to get healthcare done followed by the rest of what we need to get back on our feet. In other words, take charge of things.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  82. http://twitter.com/whybs

    Jack,

    Obama should

    1. Present a simple financial comparison of the 2 options - having a health care reform & not having one!
    2. Lay out the facts on the economy – unemployment shot up since 12/2007; Bush had to rush the financial industry bailout to avoid Great Depression II
    3. There is no better time to borrow than when the rates are low!

    Challenge nay sayers who offer no viable alternative solutions! Talk is cheap!

    Keep it simple & stupid!

    January 26, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  83. Teresa Teater

    Obama should tell us folks on SSDI and SSI when that $250 check is gonna get mailed?
    he said back in November we'd be getting that instead of an increase in our checks this year.
    So where is it ?
    I see big corporate bailouts and bonus's,I see car dealer stimulus went by,and $8,000 first time home buyers still being doled out,
    But no bailout for us on ssdi and ssi.
    Money for Haiti and Us troops and ships in haiti,but I get no dental coverage or eyeglass's in my Medicare coverage, and people have the nerve to attack Ben Nelson for trying to get extra coverage for us Nebraskans in Healthcare reform.(I am a democrat mind you)Did I just compliment a Replican?
    I bet the coorparate bank ceo's can get the best eye wear and dental
    I could ever imagine.

    Why can't I/We all have the same healthcare coverage as a Senator and his Family?
    When I lived in Oregon,U.S. Sen Wyden said we should all have the coverage he gets...O.K. I'll take it now, Thank-You.
    I'm ready the run for a U.S.Senate seat on the Mainstreet Ticket

    January 26, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  84. J.R. Meyers

    I think it would be a good idea to emphasize his position as president and the lack of constructive effort by part of his party and mostly all of the republican party. The fact that the ruling party is constantly on the defense from special interest and the right wing special interest media blowhards who refuse to let any progress or rule of law be introduced into the infrastructure of the country. These people and their idea's are the total cause of the terrible condition our country is in. For American national debt to all but double in 8 years with massive tax cuts for the rich and to be engaged in two different wars with one being declare falsely as a mission accomplished and the other a special interest pilfer that can't be won. To think that any leader can single handily change the condition of the country in 1 years after 8 years of illiterate special interest greed shows the direction of the country and the aptitude that that it represents. The condition of this country is no accident, and the republican leadership will nver admit it. What part of stupid don't you understand?

    January 26, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  85. Dianne, Atlanta

    I want to hear that Pres. Obama is going to make every politician, pay back their frivolous expense reports and freeze their spending accounts with our tax dollars, take a cut in salary, pay for their own health care and social security (lower pensions like corporations are doing), and have the President pay for his own vacations!

    January 26, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  86. Paul

    I think he should concentrate on the things he was elected to do. He was elected to change this country for the better, to do whatever necessary to see that ALL Americans get healthcare coverage that is affordable. He was not elected to appease the Republicans. Too many of that party are irrational and have shown they have no desire to make this a better country. President Obama obviously has his heart in the right place, but I think he needs to reassert his stance on issues as he did when he was elected – that healthcare reform must be a priority and that a 'public option' or universal healthcare must be part of the solution, otherwise any legislation isn't really reform. Sick Americans make an unstable and unsafe nation. Healthy Americans make a prosperous, stable and safe America. Same with the economy. I hope he follows his beliefs and common sense, not what various pundits are suggesting. If taxes need to be raised – fine. If spending needs to continue to create more jobs and job stability – fine. Do what is best for the country, not what others are posturing while they are thinking only of their next election. Please stand up for your beliefs, Mr President, and stop trying to placate the Republicans. You were voted in to change things for the better, not to carry on the Republican agenda which nearly destroyed this country in many ways. Thank you.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  87. Edmund

    After 8 years of George Bush did the corporations say, " Hey we can't use that stereotype again, how about we make him Black & Democrat, we will still do the same thing, the American Peole are stupid enough to buy it, and we'll through in the Supreme Court as a bonus."

    January 26, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  88. Michael from Ft. Hood, Texas

    That he is sorry he let himself be duped by a lying Congress and the had should have more forcefully followed through with his programs to help Main Street instead of just Wall Street. His failure to recognize that the "We the People" is what makes America the country it is, could cost him and his party their position of leadership.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  89. Chris

    Bring back manufacturing jobs to the US. All I hear about in job creation is more government jobs. Without basic manufacturing jobs who is going to pay for all these artificial government workers and their pensions? Put tariffs on all imports from third world countries like China where the wage and working conditions parallel slave labor. This is not rocket science, Obama!!!!!!!

    January 26, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  90. Jim - Michigan

    Promise that his spending frenzy was wrong, it is over and debt reduction and true job growth is the priority. Considering people who have made a life off of public assistance will need to work and contribute if they want health care or a better standard of living. NO MORE HANDOUTS!!!

    January 26, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  91. John

    Jack

    It doesn't matter what he emphasizes in his speech tomorrow. I am tired of his speeches with no details and no follow up. The bottom line is that he is a typical politician that will say and do anything to keep his power.

    We were hoodwinked by a snake oil salesman selling us a bill of goods he had no intention of delivering upon.

    What is the old saying Jack, fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me? That saying applies here. He fooled me once, never again!

    John
    San Jose, CA

    January 26, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  92. robert embry

    stay home.........

    January 26, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  93. Kathy Norton

    He should remind Americans that he told us from Day One that there would not be a quick fix to the economy, and that health insurance reform is directly tied to fixing the economy. Critics continue to spout off about "government run health care" which was NEVER part of the proposal. The right complains about mainstream media's love affair with the Administration; don't they watch The Cafferty File?
    Kathy in Canton, MI

    January 26, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  94. Gus J

    Jack,
    Obama needs to tell me how I am going to make my arrearages on my mortgage before the Trustee's Sale on Feburary 24th. JOBS need to be addressed for the MIDDLE class!!
    So much for our dream.....

    -Gus-

    January 26, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  95. Thomas Raabe

    Avoid talking about the all time high 12.3 TRILLION dollar National Debt, the extension of the Afgan War with the addition of 30,000 more troops, and his failed Health Care Reform that consumed most of his time in his first year. How about the middle class? I'm ready to hear how his administration plans help me.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  96. Dianne

    Accomplishments include banning torture, gaining world respect, making good decisions in Iraq and Afghanistan, saving the economy from completely falling flat, supporting global warming actions and attempting to make health care available for all. Failures are mostly attritubable to those whose only purpose is to defeat Obama, which includes those in Congress, those who encourage it, and those who follow like sheep. By refusing to work together, those who refuse to work are showing no interest in the American people, only selfish interests to keep a political job.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  97. Chris

    All of his speeches are filled with hope and peace and zero substance. He makes them so general that he can grab a little piece of everyone, yet not be specific about anyone. He needs to talk about JOBS JOBS JOBS. Health care means nothing if people can't pay for it.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  98. Ron

    Simply tell us the truth – no spin!!

    January 26, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  99. Gary H. Boyd

    Jack, he ought to explain himself.

    Gary H. Boyd, Scottsdale, Arizona

    January 26, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  100. Julie

    JOBS! I called Sallie Mae to defer my Parent Plus loan for one year. What I got on the phone was somebody in INDIA servicing my call. Does anybody see anything wrong with this? Get our jobs back!!!

    January 26, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  101. Luci - Illinois

    He should say get on board or go home, we are going to vote on Public Option and if we only have 51 votes then so be it. Let the party of NO Philibuster until the cows come home or they get tired of it. They want nothing to do with bipartisin, so what good are they? They only want tax breaks for the rich like themselves and Wallstreet, to heck with main street. Tell them like it is going to be Mr. Obama, and don't worry about the media helping out the party of NO.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  102. A Jones, Galveston, TX

    President Bill Clinton left President George Bush with a record budget surplus when he left office, but Bush squandered that surplus into a massive deficit by a right-wing Congressional "mandate" to cut taxes while getting our country into two wars. Bush and his cronies in Congress started billions of dollars of new spending programs without paying for any of them. Bush administration policies pulled the country into an economic crisis, and now the deficit is President Barack Obama's problem. If I were Obama, I'd shove the right-wingers back in the hole from wence thy came.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  103. Lynn, Columbia, Mo.

    He should say it takes money to make money.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  104. Lawrence Ho

    I have a queston for the president.

    Dear Mr. President,

    We want to jumpstart the economy by having consumer start spending.
    One earning minimum wage or the middle class tried to save their money in the bank to earn them interest. Unfortunately the interest today is zero..
    Question is how does one spend their money if there is no interest at all.

    Secondly, bank is at not at fault if they do not lend. Since banks rely on credit report firm figures. It's the credit report firm like D&B whom should be look into since their report are not accurate.

    Thanks

    Thanks

    January 26, 2010 at 6:50 pm |
  105. Will from San Jose, CA

    The simplest plan is to go after Wall Street bankers. A little populist rage will go a long way towards raising poll numbers.

    However outside of this speech he needs to ask Democratic lawmakers what happened to their spine. After failing to pass anything resembling actual reform, they lost one of the biggest majorities in Congress to now only hold one of the second biggest majorities in Congress, yet they still can't get anything done.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:50 pm |
  106. lynne j.

    He should start speaking from his heart, not his head and not saying what his advisors want him to say.

    He should also tell the American Public that those seeking a quick fix to the myriad of problems need to wait. Disasters that are years in the making take time.

    Also he needs to give the public a refresher course in how the system works. He needs to say that Congress is the key to getting anything done. He can't force them to do anything and point out the mess that they made of the health care bill as proof. If they really want something done, they must put the pressure on Congress to do so. In short, put it the onus on Congress because we all watched as Max Baucus and the Party of NO dragged this out into a mess.

    January 26, 2010 at 6:51 pm |