Video: Reactions To Obama’s SOTU Speech

There were a lot of Republicans jockying for the camera after the president’s State of the Union speech last night,  moderate Democrats, on the other hand, were clearing out quickly. 

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers of Washington gave the official Republican response:

Read the comments at YouTube if you need a reminder of how much trouble this nation is in.

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What was it that Mike Huckabee said that was so outrageous and offensive, again? Oh yeah. He said; “if the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control, because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government, then so be it.”

Hm…Anybody else ever notice that the bar that measures what constitutes “vile” behavior is set much lower for Democrats than it is for Republicans?

Senator Mike Lee (UT) gave the Tea Party response:

See also: DAILY CALLER: Six reasons why Mike Lee’s tea party response to the State of the Union was AMAZING.

Senator Ted Cruz shared his thoughts with Megyn Kelly, after the speech last night on Fox:

Rand Paul gave his own response – just because:

Paul cited former President Ronald Reagan when he made the argument that “government is not the solution to our problems, government is the problem.”

“If we don’t understand the cause of joblessness, we’ll have trouble fixing it,” Paul said. “As we entered into the Great Recession, Republicans and Democrats misdiagnosed the problem as too little government. So they gave us more government in the form of bank bailouts and a government stimulus plan.”

The fact of the matter is, he explained, the government doesn’t create jobs very well, he said.

Cato Institute Video:

Cato Institute scholars Alex Nowrasteh, Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, Benjamin H. Friedman, Simon Lester, Neal McCluskey, Mark Calabria, Dan Mitchell, Justin Logan, Patrick J. Michaels, Walter Olson and Jim Harper respond to President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union Address.

Politico: Reaction For Obama’s SOTU Was Tepid And Subdued In Chamber (Video):

So, @MarkUdall! You going to have @barackobama campaign with you in Colorado?

Dem Sen. Mark Begich On Obama: “I Don’t Need Him Campaigning For Me”…

What?  Harry Reid said vulnerable Democrats were looking forward to campaigning with Obama.

But I don’t know – on CNN last night they were saying that Demcrats were running away.

Moderate Democrats’ SOTU Reaction: Run!

The applause in the chamber for Obama was tepid. Republicans mostly sat on their hands. But one group – moderate Democrats up for reelection this year – had a less casual reaction.

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Hot Air for a Fact-Check Round-up: Snow jobs and minimum honesty:

Usually after the State of the Union, we’d feature a media fact check to see where spin crossed the line in the presidential address into “You lie!” territory. Perhaps because Barack Obama managed to “win” Politifact’s Lie of the Year in 2013, we have a few media outlets on the case today — the Associated Press, Glenn Kessler at the Washington Post, and Politicoall got rapid research completed overnight. What nuggets did they find?

Ted Cruz: President Obama Dodged Our Questions!

HE REFUSED TO PROVIDE ANSWERS ABOUT IRS SCANDAL, BENGHAZI ATTACKS, PROTECTING OUR PRIVACY, OBAMACARE, AND THE ECONOMY

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WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today highlighted the questions that President Obama failed to answer last night in his State of the Union address.

“Last night President Obama had the opportunity to answer critical questions that millions of Americans are asking all around the country, but he didn’t, which is precisely why so many Americans have lost trust in this President,” Sen. Cruz said. “If President Obama truly wanted to restore credibility to his government, he would have announced meaningful action on a series of urgent matters that are of great importance to our safety and freedoms. He would have addressed the IRS’s illegal targeting of conservatives, announced action to bring terrorists to justice for the attacks on our embassy in Benghazi, taken steps to protect Americans from unjustifiable privacy violations by the federal government, provided Americans relief from Obamacare’s hurtful effects, and committed to pro-growth policies to get more Americans working. Instead, he showed that he refuses to hold himself or members of his Administration accountable to the American people. Rather, he intends to pursue more executive actions, in defiance of the separation of powers, the will of the American people, and their elected representatives.”

Ace’s assessment – (speaking for o-so many of us):

I can’t weigh in on whether it was a “good speech.” I strongly doubt that. But I didn’t watch. At 1:30 am or so I went to bed and turned on the TV and the speech was replaying on Fox. I heard Obama say something — I forget what, but he used his Stage Whisper fake drama voice — and I cursed “F*** you” at the TV.

I brushed my teeth and didn’t hear much more than I had the first time. When I came back out, he said something else clingy, desperate, and false, and again I said “F*** you,” then I turned him off my TV and watched something else for twenty minutes.

So that’s what I got out of it.

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

At the State of the Union, last night one of House Minority Leader Eric Cantor’s staffers was evicted from the Capitol because he didn’t have his ID on him.  Doug Heye,  Cantor’s deputy chief of staff for communications was in Statuary Hall chatting with some reporters, when a Capitol Police officer came by to check for credentials.

sotu_tw004_012814Heye, right, forgot his ID. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

 He searched every pocket and didn’t have it. A fellow staffer, Cantor Communications Director Rory Cooper, vouched for Heye, but to no avail.

Heye had momentarily dressed down in the hours leading up to SOTU — “Left my ID in my topcoat!” he told HOH — but rocketed back to the office to retrieve his congressional credentials.

ID’s were apparently not an issue for the 5  illegal immigrants who were official guests of various Democrats (including the Obamas) at the SOTU, last night.

Rep. Joe Garcia (D-Fla.) proudly announced that his guest to the State of the Union was Mayra Rubio Limon,  a “Dreamer” who was arrested last November at the Capitol Hill at (ironically enough) Eric Cantor’s  office.

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Rep. Garcia is not the only one who has invited illegal aliens.  Sitting with Michelle Obama is illegal alien Cristian Avila.  Illinois delegation members Reps. Brad Schneider (D-Ill.) and Bill Foster (D- Ill.), invited Estefania Garcia and Maria Torres, while Lucas Codognolla is the guest of Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.). All five have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which allows certain illegal aliens to stay and work in the United States for two years, with eligibility for extension.

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The Daily CallerICE officer slams Obama for illegal immigrants attending State of the Union

The head of the union representing Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers and staff issued a harsh rebuke to President Obama for having illegal immigrants in the chamber during his State of the Union address.

“According to news accounts, the President has once again invited illegal immigrants to the State of the Union — and yet the President still refuses to meet with ICE officers,” National ICE Council head and ICE officer Chris Crane in a statement. “We have a President who will provide those illegally in the US with the seat of honor at one of the most important events of the year, but ICE officers who serve under him are unwelcome in the White House.”

Watcher’s Council Nominations – State Of Disunion Edition

“L’Estat is Moi! Apres Moi, le deluge!” Yes, we are officially back in the days of the French Bourbons and the ineffectual, narcissistic and parasitic pre-revolution days of Louis XVI.

He is, given his own words, a failure. The five years of inequality and economic stagnation he talked aboutbelong to him, as much as he tries to put the blame elsewhere.

So now, he informs us that he plans to rule with a pen, to stop ‘standing still’ and rule even more than he already has by diktat, decree and executive order..even if he has to precipitate a constitutional crisis to do it.

Oh, and that bit of drama about ‘forcing’ Federal contractors to pay a minimum wage of $10.10 an hour? The contractors will do so gladly, with a cynical smirk or two, because they know they won’t be picking up the bill, and neither will the president – the taxpayers will. It’s a perfect example of this president’s signature dishonesty and contempt for the rest of us.

It was embarrassing to listen to and even more embarrassing to reflect that this is whom we have leading our country.

Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

Council News:

As you might remember last week at this time we said farewell to our dear friends and Council matesThe Mellow Jihadi and The Political Commentator. We were certainly sorry to see them go, but look what we have here..this week marks the debut of a new Council member, Ask Marion and the return of an old friend, The Independent Sentinel. Our regular readers are familiar with both of these fine writer’s work from their frequent appearance in our Honorable Mentions, and in The Independent Sentinel’s case, her previous work as part of the Council.

Those of who haven’t had the pleasure of reading them are definitely in for a treat.

Watcher’s Council Activities: My latest piece over at The Times of Israel, ‘Baseless Hatred, Israel’s Ultimate Price Tag’ can be read here.

WoW community member, Council Alumnus and noted author Trevor Loudon is on a book and speaking tour currently. As Tom White over at VA Right said, if he’s speaking anywhere near you, go see him! I certainly second that.

His next scheduled appearance is a speech before the  Medina OH TEA Party
The Lodge, 600 High Street, Wadsworth, OH
Thursday, January 30, 2014  —  7:00 pm

Up and coming appearances and events can be found on his site, And his books are available here, or directly from the author here.

This weekThe Blue Ridge ForumSeraphic Secret, and The Pirate’s Cove earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

To bring somethingto my attention, simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address ( which won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor  by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out Wednesday morning

Simple, no?

It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members. while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?

So, let’s see what we have this week….

Council Submissions

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Enjoy! And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that!

Marc Thiessen: Obama Copied Bush’s 2007 SOTU

Political commentator, Marc Thiessen, a regular guest on The Kelly File, and a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, thought some of the portions of Obama’s State of the Union speech sounded “eerily familiar” to him.

He says there were lines like, “our job is to help Americans find a future of hope and opportunity”, “a future of hope and opportunity begins with a growing economy”, and “a future of hope and opportunity requires that all our citizens have affordable and available health care” and “extending opportunity and hope depends on a stable supply of energy,” which Thiessen said all came from Bush’s 2007 SOTU speech.

“Barack Obama has gone from blaming George W. Bush to plagiarizing George W. Bush,” the former Bush speechwriter  laughed.

Video via Truth Revolt:

SOTU speeches tend to follow the same basic template, but I couldn’t find the exact lines in Obama’s speech that Thiessen claims were lifted from Bush’s speech.   Here’s the text of Obama’s speech. Maybe you can find them. The text of Bush’s 2007 speech is here. 

Video: Mitch McConnell Torches Obama In New Campaign Ad

Senator McConnell really brought down the thunder in this campaign ad criticizing Obama – the Divider in Chief. The noted First Amendment hawk released the video ahead of the SOTU to slam the president for being a divider not a uniter. It was  produced by filmmaker Lucas Baiano, and criticizes Obama on unemployment, health care, the IRS scandal and coal.

I like it even more than the also excellent “Abuse of Power”  video the Cruz campaign put out Tuesday. Maybe because the Minority Leader hit on a theme that really strikes a chord with me. As I’ve said on a number of occasions – We’ve never had a such a divisive president before, nor one so obviously full of contempt for half of America – the portion that doesn’t vote for big government. It’s horrifying, really.

Via The Daily Caller:

“The president’s job is to unite the country, not divide,” McConnell says in the video. “His job is to bridge differences, not not aggravate them. To encourage success, not condemn it.”

“The president seems to have forgotten that he was elected to lead all Americans,” McConnell says.