January 27th, 2010
06:57 PM ET

Evening Buzz: State of the Union – Tonight's Message

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Tonight, President Obama will give the State of the Union Address. Or you may prefer to call it a message on the state of the economy.

After all, Pres. Obama is expected to devote much of his speech to America's financial recovery. Aides say he will focus his address on job creation, battling the deficit, helping the middle class and health care reform.

But he won't be able to accomplish those goals without some help from Republicans. That's why you'll likely hear another message tonight.

"The president will challenge each party to work together, because we can't afford not to. Every day is not election day in America even if it is in Washington, DC. We have to stop deciding that our politics is about one person wins and one person loses, it's the American people whose problems we have to address," Robert Gibbs, White House Press Secretary, told CNN's Suzanne Malveaux today.

Is the White House taking that route itself?

The House Minority Leader, John Boehner, R-Ohio, says he has had "zero" private discussions with the president or his top aides.

"I have not talked to Rahm Emanuel in a year," Boehner said of the president's chief of staff, a former House member. "It's really shocking... There's just no interaction."

Do you think the Democrats and GOP can work together? Sound off below.

Our special coverage of the State of the Union Address begins at 8 p.m. ET.

We'll also bring you the Republican response, which will be delivered by the new Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell

See you then!

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soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Jason Wettlaufer

    All Americans should be proud to have such a great leader!!(I'm Canadian)

    January 28, 2010 at 2:08 am |
  2. doris coleman

    CNN your Haitian coverage deserves a Nobel Prize.

    January 28, 2010 at 1:15 am |
  3. A. Smith, Oregon

    The President clearly articulated the steps needed to take in order to continue to rebuild our economy and jumpstart private sector job creation. He spoke directly about restoring security for middle class families after a lost decade of declining household income, eroding retirement security and escalating health and tuition costs. And detailed his efforts to restore America’s alliances and standing in the world.

    When President Obama took office a year ago after the horrific Bush-Cheney administration, he faced an array of historic challenges: an economy in freefall; job losses averaging almost 700,000 a month; a middle class under assault; two wars and badly frayed global alliances; and a staggering $1.3 trillion budget deficit.

    Tonight, President Obama addressed the progress made to rescue the economy, rebuild the middle class, and restore our standing and leadership around the world.

    In addition, he challenged the Republican lawmaker minority by telling them directly 'they have the power to vote No to every bill and measure before them, but that is not Leadership to which you were elected to public office for.

    Yes President Obama, the Republican US Senators can now filibuster every bill and measure by reading the bible or phone book for 4-10 days straight all under the watchful eyes of viewers on CSPAN who would then vote for more Democratic US Senators across the board this November!

    January 28, 2010 at 1:08 am |
  4. mary

    To help the economy, why not freeze the raise in income the senators and representatives are to enjoy this year! What have they done to deserve the raise; there are no jobs, people are hungry and some are living on the streets! What the politicians say and what is actually done are TWO totally different scenarios. The millionaire politicians need to live on the street and go without food for a week–they might think more of the middle class who have lost jobs and all they own!


    January 28, 2010 at 12:44 am |
  5. Jeanne

    I work for a medical doctor. A big portion of my job is to call insurance companies to verify insurance benefits for our patients. Close to 80% of the information I get is coming from an insurance personnel in India or the Phillipines. It would seem to me...we could be putting quite a few Americans to work in our own companies to handle these calls instead of farming them out to foreigners. jby

    January 28, 2010 at 12:01 am |
  6. Beverly Pendleton

    I am a resident of Galesburg Il. I am a Democrat who had lost faith in our president until his speech tonight. He has restored my faith in the leaders of our country. I am once again feeling confident that our town will recover from the record unemployment level.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:01 am |
  7. victor mendez

    I am hopeful after tonights speech, I hope that both parties will be able to work together. I want our elected officials to remember that they are there to work with the President and represent the people. We want better health care and education at all levels.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:33 pm |
  8. robert oconnor

    I am confused the Governor of Virginia in his response speech said I quote Government that governs closer to the people governs best. Then why are the Replubicans so against reform and regulation of wall street and health care reform are these issues not close to the people more then wrrying about your poll numbers. This is one of the main reason why our country is in this mess for not governing more closer to the people and stop governing closer to big corporations. I hope you read this comment on the air to on of the Republican senator one day and let him or her answer this question for me.

    Thank You and God Bless You

    January 27, 2010 at 11:00 pm |
  9. Leigh Johnson

    This isn't party failure, this is government failure at the highest levels. The attitude of our elected officials seems to be that their job is to be re-elected rather than to spend their time governing according to the will of the people. Up until now, I have always believed our country is resilient. Now, not so much. we need someone who can govern using common sense principles. How can a group of such supposedly intelligent people screw things up so badly??????????

    January 27, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  10. steven mckelvey

    A house devided against its self will soon _______?
    A- Be blessed
    B- Fall with a loud crash
    C-all of the above

    January 27, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  11. Eojeda

    AT&T is slowly outsourcing job , workers are living in fear that soon their jobs will move to India or Costa Rica, Obama needs to tell AT&T to keep those job here, America needs to send a loud message to AT&T that they will not support a company the fires American workers , American Telephone & Telegraph belongs here in the USA stop the masacre of American jobs!

    January 27, 2010 at 9:56 pm |
  12. Brian Riback - Waldwick, NJ

    I don't think so...and the reason is that in truth, both sides of the aisle are just too consumed by Politicians...people more interested in doing what's popular versus what is right. We need to hold these people accountable more. They are OUR elected officials and it is as if once elected, we have no control over what they do. WE are their employers, their bosses...but there is no way to manage them once they have their jobs.

    They are like children...not applauding the President when they don't agree...amazing. They look so stupid.

    My honest opinion is...why can't we just vote on more and more often? Seriously. We need an Electoral College as citizens!

    January 27, 2010 at 9:37 pm |
  13. Annie Kate

    Yes, we do have too many problems in our economy for our elected representatives to be playing their usual partisan games, however, I haven't seen much official outreach from the White House to the Congress except in speeches telling the Congress what it ought to do. The White House ought to do the same thing. Obama might find more support if he gets in the "trenches" with Congress and hammers out a solution that all think will work. The average American will stay on the losing side if they don't and we really can't afford to lose anymore than we already have.

    January 27, 2010 at 9:31 pm |
  14. Michael Morrell

    Why does the republican party even show up? They aren't willing to work together. Looks like all their faces are stuck frowning. GO OBAMA

    January 27, 2010 at 9:25 pm |
  15. christopher f abrahms

    simple MR PRESIDENT
    I am NOT better off today than a year ago, and think it is going to get WORSE... Please QUIT playing NICE, start 'CHANGE" you are a year in the hole...

    January 27, 2010 at 9:07 pm |
  16. Catherine Brandt

    Of course the two parties can work together, it is just a question of when it will begin to happen again in this country. I think Americans are tired of this jockeying around in politics. As a young person, I am disappointed to see politics treated as sport. I have faith that real discussion can begin, but someone has to step up and lead. What we need to purge is the idea that a "good argument" is an ad hominem attack.

    January 27, 2010 at 9:01 pm |
  17. Lori

    If we are ever to turn all this mess around, We need to work together.

    January 27, 2010 at 8:52 pm |
  18. Sam

    I really wish there was a way for them to get along. Will they,have they ever. Its all about them. Not us(the american people)its really easy to sit on the "HILL" and say the recessio over. You have a job.

    January 27, 2010 at 8:12 pm |
  19. gsetter2010

    Do you think the Democrats and GOP can work together?

    President Obama could make it happen by boldly and publicly inviting Republicans to the table in a genuine, transparent and highly public way. Then, providing leadership to achieve small, highly probably successes which benefit the American people. Building on these successes, with more agressive results. Spin machines and other factors that attempt to derail these achievements for gain or political profit should be exposed and delt with in the harshest possible manner by both party leaders.

    January 27, 2010 at 8:00 pm |
  20. American

    Kill welfare and all other entitlement programs – thats change you can believe in!! This clown should go back to being a community organizer, every time he moves his lips – its just more lies!!
    You can't blame republicans when the democrats had a super majority in both the house and the senate. Get an education, as you clearly have no clue!! How's that transparency treating you – C Span.....thats right, another lie, obama was too busy behind closed doors making deals with crooks who got him elected!! Listen to see how many times he says "let me be clear" or "I" . Impeach this moron and the rest of his liberal idiots.

    January 27, 2010 at 7:12 pm |

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