January 25th, 2011
10:53 PM ET

State of the Union Speech, GOP & Tea Party Responses: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight on a special edition of 360° at 11 p.m. ET, we'll have all the angles on Pres. Obama's State of the Union address and the response from the GOP and Tea Party. Plus, an update on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords condition.  A seat was symbolically left empty tonight in the House chamber in her honor.

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  1. Emily

    @Chris Sellers,
    "the party that TRULY embraces working together is going to gain alot.."
    I think that you are correct with this. I wonder if there will be "lots of fighting", like Obama said, and each will blame the other for not getting things done, by the next election?

    January 25, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
  2. Miguel

    Dang nutting hardly ever changes in politics same o same o !!!!!

    January 25, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
  3. Beverly Brown

    I found the presidents speech motivational and positive. He touched on the important issues and offered specifics which I have yet to hear from either party representatives. As a registered voter and citizen I am getting more and more disheartened with the Republican and Democratic party members constant bickering. It seems as if there is more campaigning going on than accomplishment. Candy Crowley summed it up perfectly when she said they (Dems and Rep)will likely get in gear more out of fear of losing their jobs than working for what's best for the country. STOP fighting, STOP campaigning and STOP finger pointing. Do the job you have been elected to do today, stop anticipating your political position for tomorrow and it will more than likely be available to you at that time.

    January 25, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
  4. Lisa

    Rep.Paul Ryan and Rep. Bachmann both seems to be talking in circles. Rep. Ryan really was repeating what the president was say just in Rep.tone. Neither one was listening to the president speech.

    January 25, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
  5. Thia

    When it comes to the "D" word, we've always had one and just about every president I can remember has used the phrase "cut spending". Let's not forget that Demo's and Repubs are pretty much equal to blame. Enough bipartisan squabbles – if I have to perform or hit the road then so should they. Trash talking goes on both sides. Let's all work to keep them honest. Make them accountable for their behavior and their voting record. If We The People make noise, they will have to listen.
    Obama sounded good tonight. So did Rysn. Now put your money where your mouths are.

    January 25, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
  6. Lloyd

    If the govt needs more revenue to support SS and medicare. Why not apply SS and medicare tax rates to all income earned or (unearned) investment income?
    I have never heard this seriously discussed. I know a lot of people who have never earned an income except from investment never paid or paid very little medicare or SS tax and get both SS and medicare benefits and don't need either.


    January 25, 2011 at 11:41 pm |
  7. Lisa

    People need to realize that it takes time for change its not just going to happen over night,it takes trail and error to have the perfect system.

    January 25, 2011 at 11:41 pm |
  8. Steven

    Great speech but not sure by who! History will likely tell us. Lead follow or get out of the way. The voters said we want a new direction just as we did in 2008. Just as the Dems want to blame the mess on Bush, I think the Rep have the same ability to blame Obama now!

    January 25, 2011 at 11:41 pm |
  9. Chi

    State of unity. Must agree it is the most important point of the president's State of the Union

    January 25, 2011 at 11:41 pm |
  10. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    That is great news for me, Gabby Gifford is doing great...... I hope she will do her best she can do!!!!!! I am so relief for her! 🙂

    January 25, 2011 at 11:41 pm |
  11. lisal -canada

    oh i find the dial-testing with the focus groups quite interesting – real-time interactive feedback is a whole different perspective 🙂

    January 25, 2011 at 11:41 pm |
  12. Jo Ann, Ohio

    @Harriett Speight, "Neither Republican responses gave any specifics about reducing our debt."

    Obama's speech also lacked specifics.

    January 25, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
  13. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    I don't get it. I thought the President's speech was intelligent, concillatory (sp) and PAssonate.

    I'm not understanding,again, the Panel's analysis of Obama's speech. He covered a list of important issues that were completely understandable.

    The US is is Not #1 in many things anymore, especially education!

    January 25, 2011 at 11:39 pm |
  14. Lisa

    I agree with the president speech. I understand his point of views. however both republican seems like they cant hear or understand what the president is saying "president wants to make Gov't smaller by decreasing what is necessary ."

    January 25, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
  15. Filip

    Just wanted to post another thought, and I'm hoping for some reactions.
    When the President spoke of restructuring government, I thought that would be a call and nod to the Republicans. When President Obama talked of all the different commissions and what not that overlap in monitoring certain aspects of society, be it salmon or energy, then I feel that streamlining that would be a great way to increase efficiency and cut costs. BY doing that, it would also play towards the Republican's who always call for limited and small government. That's how i intercepted it and thought it was a very smart move.

    January 25, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
  16. Jo Ann, Ohio

    @Emily, I didn't watch Bachmann's response because I wasn't interested in what she had to say.

    January 25, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
  17. Kelvin

    Former President Bush advisor has probably forgotten that the decades of failed Republican Policies triggered the bailout which was first initiated by the former Bush administration- the real melt-down- whose policies failed in there? Why we just put all the burden on the current administration???

    January 25, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
  18. Carol

    It was pretty gutsy for Obama to publicly state we should quit giving breaks to big oil. I think big oil will now do everything it can to kill any implementation of any Obama policies.

    January 25, 2011 at 11:37 pm |
  19. Emily

    That's great that they are removing the excess fluid from Rep. Giffords' brain. It was a positive update from Elizabeth Cohen.

    January 25, 2011 at 11:37 pm |
  20. Janis

    I thought he turned down the passion so as not to incite any partisan rancor. He was willing to listen. He was firm in what he said he wouldn't do for any of them in regard to earmarks.

    January 25, 2011 at 11:37 pm |
  21. Kelly, PA

    Is this the first time that a president made everybody laugh? The salmon joke eas pretty funny.

    January 25, 2011 at 11:37 pm |
  22. Robert Moody

    The Republicans (+ Teapartiers) are simply playing on the short memories of the American public. They are playing the card that they can blame today's numbers on Obama when you do not achieve these numbers in two years. You can, however face the results of a terrible presidency for years afterwards. What are we seeing? A struggling fighter getting up from being beaten down or a poor fighter? I think we (the US) are simply a struggling fighter who has been beaten down by 8 years of Bush.

    January 25, 2011 at 11:37 pm |
  23. Dayna

    I don't believe anyone thinks this will be an easy task. Getting our country back in order is a very large task. However rhetoric like Ms Bachmann's only make it harder to accomplish. It sounds like the Republicans are starting to figure that out, but the Tea Party is clueless.

    January 25, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
  24. judy

    I applaud the president. Now it is time for Rep And Dem to work together and stop fighting everything the president is trying to accomplish for all Americans.Leave health care alone Republicans you had 8 years prior and did nothing. Tea Party needs to chill out. They excite things the wrong way.

    January 25, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
  25. Jo Ann, Ohio

    It was nice of the Giffords family to tweet Daniel Hernandez a happy birthday.

    January 25, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
  26. tyson cook

    As a Nation we have all voted these people into Office. I think that all citizens want these Officials to Work Great with eachother not blaming eachother and stopping the change to have a Great Government future. Do something different for a change "Work Together Not Fighting Among Eachother." That is what America Wants.

    January 25, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
  27. al

    Why is the discussion about jobs always lead to the corporate tax rate. What drove the economy in the last decade was the dot com explosion and the real estate bubble. What will create jobs will be the next economic movement, whatever that is!

    January 25, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
  28. Noah

    The only reason why the economy is slowly moving forward and the stock market is improving has much to do with the November election. With businesses both big and small feeling that with the Rebulicans they have say in Gov't now they feel more comfortable to spend and hire. This country works best when the two parties have say.

    January 25, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
  29. Charles

    Here's an idea since you are complaining about spending. A majority of these Representatives make an enormous amount of money. Why not cut some of their salaries from $160k by 30% to save the government money. Also, cut out health care for the Representatives and offer COBRA benefits where they are paying higher rates like other Americans.

    January 25, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
  30. rachel

    As a republican very tired of the finger pointing the who is to blame doesn't matter just get past that and obama is president get over it and focus on working together some example we set for the world squabbling children over toys

    January 25, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
  31. Bill

    I was informed back in December by my senator that the Bush era tax cuts were needed to create jobs. But now the main focus of the Republicans is the cutting of the deficit and blocking any move to raise the debt celling. If these are such major issues why was there so much pressure applied to extend the Bush era tax cuts. The revenue generated by these taxes would have met the requirement to lower the deficit.

    January 25, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
  32. Chris Sellers


    Ive heard both parties saying that they know its what we want (both parties working together).. but saying it and doing it are two different things.. I think the party that TRULY embraces working together is going to gain alot of support from Americans....

    January 25, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
  33. Cynthia

    So he got elected knowing the state of the union and spends a whole year pushing his health care agenda while we were sinking rapidly..now 2 years later...If I hear the word jobs one more time.....what a joke

    January 25, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
  34. Cheri Davis

    Our President has the heart of our Country. He had a lot to cover and could't possibly go into details. The criticism is clearly rooted in agenda. President Obama cares about our future, our people and his plans make sense.Crisis always brings change and is never easy.

    January 25, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
  35. karen

    tea party and gop are under fire. to say that obama caused all this debt is rediculous.that he has been trying for the last 2 years to fix the last 8 years of debt that bush caused.and last i have to say that he is still my president and will work to make him a 2 time president. he is the greatest pres since kennedy and clinton .how can any sane person say that he is not doing good for this country how can anyone say he is trying to hel p this country, my country wake up love your country

    January 25, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
  36. Carol

    Why isn't anyone talking about all of the jobs being shifted overseas? It isn't about the US not being competitive or even educated enough to perform these jobs. It's about the big corporate giants getting tax breaks and then sending jobs overseas anyways.

    January 25, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
  37. Martina Graham-Willadsen

    I really loved the speech. President Obama is trying so hard to work with both sides, even though the republicans are not willing to work with him. It is sad. I truly believe, after listening to the republican and tea party responses, that the other side just wants to go back into the past instead of into the future. We have to be competitive and that is what the President understands and what he wants to achieve. The republicans and tea party people – who, I might add, SCARE me to death – do not want that. They don't have the intelligence, willingness or understanding that other countries all over the world are more advanced than the United States.

    January 25, 2011 at 11:32 pm |
  38. Harriett Speight

    I think Obama's policies are working, but it is right it is slow going, because the large corporations are not hiring or creating more jobs in the US.

    Too many of the congressmen seen on the camera are quite old, and most likely do not understand the new technology age we are in at this time.

    Neither Republican responses gave any specifics about reducing our debt.

    Why don't we go to a flat tax, it would be fair to everyone.

    January 25, 2011 at 11:32 pm |
  39. Matt

    Michele Backman says we need to let the free market work by reforming medical malpractice??? It seems to me the proponents of malpractice reform want to give bad medical practitioners a free pass BY REGULATION, contrary to other responsible citizens in this country.

    January 25, 2011 at 11:32 pm |
  40. Chris B

    I am angry with both Dems and Repubs. What about the people who are hurting? At least Pres. Obama is trying.

    January 25, 2011 at 11:32 pm |
  41. Janis

    I would also like to hear something about going after social security, medicare fraud much more agressively before cutting any of the good citizen who follow the rules that need this income and care to survive. This could be done on a contract basis – percentage of collection and wouldn't cost gov't anything. Contract out with qualified out of work Americans to investigate and process fraud.

    January 25, 2011 at 11:32 pm |
  42. B Roberts

    When will Republicans learn that the "trash talking" gets old? As an Independent 38 year old mother, the positive tone of Obama appealed to me when I voted for him for president. It's appealing to me again. Ryan sounded a bit softer in tone than recent Republicans but still...get off your high horse! Tell your buddies in Congress I don't want to hear the noise. Work together & get this country fixed!

    January 25, 2011 at 11:32 pm |
  43. Jeff

    These party responses are so petty! Regardless of whose turn it is, Dem or Rep, their time would be better spent cleaning Capitol building toilets.

    January 25, 2011 at 11:32 pm |
  44. Jim

    Obama gave a good speech. To me, the most remarkable part was a stated objective of restructuring government. That's a really needed policy to be executed. Just heard Yergin mention Social Security as something that needed to be including in addressing the deficit. That's completely wrong. SS is not in any trouble today– its forecast deficit is decades in the future and could be solved by increasing the income level to which SS deductions apply.

    January 25, 2011 at 11:31 pm |
  45. Enmanuel Sanchez

    Let ask all politicians to be expecific about what they want to cut... They are just avoiding the questions because they know the political consequences of providing any statement. I am sick of seeing the republicans come out as the savers now when they are the responsible in most part of what going on in America. It was not enough to ditch the whole we are in but they keep pushing us in... Where are they JOBS??

    January 25, 2011 at 11:31 pm |
  46. Oscar

    I think that everyone should compare President Clintons presidency to Bush's Clinton gave us a Surpus while the repulicans from 2000-2008 put us in a down spiral to a huge Recession and i think that President Obama is doing the best that he can with what he has to work with to get us out of this recession, if the republicans really want to help stop helping the rich, and start helping the poor and the middle-class who are the ones that actually do the work here in America while the rich and the republicans sit on their duffs and get richer.

    January 25, 2011 at 11:31 pm |
  47. Jack

    Call me paranoid, but why did Ms Bachmann's graph use odd years thus excluding the very important 2008 and 2010 ?

    January 25, 2011 at 11:31 pm |
  48. Chris

    Great speech, but I think some people miss the point that companies create jobs not the government. We need to stop being held hostage by big business, they need to create the jobs.

    Obama made some great points about switching money from oil to clean energy.

    The Rep response... well republicans are still being republicans.

    Bauchmann... well I can't think of a response to her in any sort of good taste so I will say nothing at all.

    January 25, 2011 at 11:31 pm |
  49. Hiram Rodriguez

    Why can the TEA PARTY tell the truth to the American people , tell them how OBAMA was left with this mess after Bush left the White House. Tell the people he is the one who deployed our Troops and use TAXPAYERS money to fund this 2 WARS. No one talk about that..!! How can you expect a president to do his job when he is left with nothing to work with?

    January 25, 2011 at 11:31 pm |
  50. Georgianne

    I am so sick of hearing the word "deficit" come from the mouths of any republican. Who created this mess? The bank catastrophe was orchestrated during the Bush administration and President Obama inherited his mess. To me John Boehner several times had a look of disrespect for the president on his face. At least he didn't start crying. Republicans wake up and take the blame, quit whining and work together with the president to fix your mess. And Michelle Bachman, Wow... she babbles like Sara Palin and makes no sense. Who was she talking to? the ceiling

    January 25, 2011 at 11:31 pm |
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