President Barack Obama's 2015 State of the Union live blog

All times are central standard time.

9:05 p.m. He's got balls, criticizing Republicans for being pigheaded. He calls for compromise, but at the start threatens vetoes. His crony in the Senate, former majority leader Harry Reid, blocked countless votes, including any action on some 300 bills sent to the Senate by the House. Really heartening on his part.  He papers over his many failures, refuses again to identify Islamic extremists. Nothing new here, except for more ways to put our children in deeper debt.

8:53 p.m. "2014" is the warmest year on record. Technically that's true, but it's deceptive, as explained here.

8:50 p.m. Does he really think that he's stopping Iran from developing a nuclear bomb? He says he'll veto any sanctions bill that will "undo his progress." What progress?

8:44 p.m. Obama dares to speak about national security. "Smart" policy, he calls it. His policy "is making a difference," he says. It sure is; not just us, but the world is far less secure. He speaks as though the only choice is "sending in troops for a ground war" and his (ineffective) policies.

8:28 p..m. Now the bogus argument that women aren't earning the equivalent of men. It's a canard that's patently false, but Obama doesn't seem to mind using it.

8:21 p.m.  What is  the "middle class economics" that Obama says has worked? Oh, here's the answer: More money going out to "help" Americans who, in fact, may not need "help." Shouldn't all these "programs" be means tested, if we're to be fair?

8:19 p.m. His job numbers aren't the whole story. He's ignoring lower job participation.

8:18 p.m. It's a campaign speech. He's explaining why he ran to be president.

8:13 p.m. Obama is taking about all the good things that are happening, as if he's totally responsible. E.g. we're as independent of foreign oil as we have been in years. Thank fracking and technology; if anything he and his good liberal friends have acted to increase our dependence on foreign oil.

8:04 p.m. What is it with these "aisle hogs"--the hacks who rush to take the aisle seats so they can shake the president's hand? Do they think we're impressed?

7:57 p.m. Let's get to it. Jeez, all this phony handshaking among Washington insiders is a bit hard to take.

6:29 p.m. Can't wait to hear with President Obama has to say about today's foreign policy bad news: Iran signing an agreement with Russia, the revolt in Yemen and the ISIS demands for $300 million for not lopping off the heads of two Japanese men.

6:17 p.m. Well I suppose I have to watch President Barack Obama's 2015 State of the Union message to Congress this evening. As a newspaper columnist and blogger, I guess it's my job. So much of it has been "leaked" to the press that I'm thinking that everyone already knows what's in it.

So, I'm with people who think that perhaps we should return to the way it was often done before, beginning with Thomas Jefferson and for decades afterward: Send over a written message. That's how America's fourth president, James Madison, asked Congress to declare the War of 1812 against Great Britain. He send over a document that was read aloud by the clerks of both houses. It would spare us all that applause that is such a time bandit.

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  • News Flash: Our children are "in greater debt" NOW. Thanks to Reagan's trickle-down economics and the Republican idea to saddle them with huge college debt.

  • Time bandit? Perhaps the Republicans should see the movie "The Time Bandits" and reflect on the following lines:

    "1. The poor are going to be absolutely thrilled! Have you met the poor?2. Who?1. The poor.2. The poor?Oh, you must meet them I just know you'll like them. Charming people, the poor. Of course, they haven't got two pennies to rub together, but that's because they're poor."

  • It's a form of chutzpah for a Conservative to indict Obama for the world being more insecure when the Bush II's trumped-up war in Iraq created the mess to a great extent.

  • Nice and informative article!!

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