Obama has arrived at the Capitol, according to the White House press pool. It took him roughly six minutes to make the drive up Pennsylvania Ave. from the White House to Capitol Hill.
Inside the chamber as I have been for several years now. For some reason there doesn't seem to be as much electricity in the air as before
1st lady personally invited parents of 15 yo shooting victim Hadiya Pendleton to SOTU, when she attended funeral in chicago
Delivering the State of the Union is a presidential responsibility, but two presidents never did one. Who? William Henry Harrison, who died after 32 days in office, and James Garfield, who died 199 days into office.
The Supreme Court justices are entering now: Roberts, Kennedy, Sotomayor, Ginsburg, Breyer and Kagan.
The State of the Union is progressing. Think POTUS will be all about the economy. Count the times he says middle class & jobs. #CNN #SOTU
Source: Tonight President will propose bipartisan commission focused on voting rights, to propose national standards 4 voting access.
Michelle Obama is being introduced now. She's walking into her box to a big round of applause from lawmakers
And because there's no end to the interest in what the first lady is wearing: she's in a sparkly red dress with black shoulders
RT @FreepOpinion: For #SOTU commentary from former MI Gov. Jennifer Granholm, tune to @CNN
House Speaker John Boehner is introducing the president to the joint session of Congress right now. It's a formality that's always observed before the State of the Union address.
In first lady Michelle Obama's box are 25 guests. To her left is Nathaniel and Cleopatra Pendleton, parents of a 15-year-old teen who was shot dead in Chicago a week after participating in the events surrounding President Obama's inauguration. To her right is nurse Menchu Sanchez who saved children from Hurricane Sandy.
POTUS about to give his 5th #SOTU address. #tweetoftheunion
Seeing a lot of green ribbons - 'gun control'? #SOTU
“@lizzwinstead: What is the green ribbon? #SOTU” In honor of the victims of Newtown!
POTUS: "We buy more American cars than we have in 5 years, and less foreign oil than we have in 20" #CNN #SOTU
When it comes to helping President Obama revive the economy, the GOP have planted their feet in the sand. And it has turn to cement. #SOTU
I am hopeful that voices of reason can and will prevail. So, tonight the President has to explain, inspire, pressure, compromise and cajole.
President Barack Obama has been introduced and is now entering the House chamber.
“@current: "It is our unfinished task to make sure that this country works on behalf of the many, not the few." - President Obama #SOTU”
RT @daveweigel: Bipartisan seating: Gillibrand-McCain-Schumer-Graham-Bennet
"@CBS6Pat: Chris Cuomo holding down the CNN coverage right now #SOTU"JUST THROWING UP THE BALL AND LETTING THE BIG BOYS AND GIRLS HAVE AT IT
As Obama addresses Medicare reform and the Affordable Care Act, you just saw Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on your television.
Yes. POTUS: "We can't just cut our way to prosperity" #CNN #SOTU
APPLAUSE: Last five applause breaks have been virtually Dem only. #TweetOfTheUnion
I wonder if the problem is politicians facing tough choices making promises to begin with.
If companies use bad pension accounting and can't keep 'promises already made', how can the US govt, which also makes unfunded promises?
POTUS talking tax reform. @SpeakerBoehner earlier today wasn't all that optimistic
RT @cnnbrk: Obama: It is our unfinished task to make sure that this government works on behalf of the many, and not just the few. http:/ ...
TAX REFORM?: Yep, that was @SpeakerBoehner applauding the diea.