On the Radar: State of the Union reaction, new Toyota recalls, Giffords' condition
President Barack Obama urges both parties to work together in the national interest in his address Tuesday night.
January 26th, 2011
10:12 AM ET

On the Radar: State of the Union reaction, new Toyota recalls, Giffords' condition

Review of Obama's speech - If you missed President Barack Obama's speech to the nation Tuesday night, here's a full transcript and video. The president touched on many familiar themes, and CNN's iReporters tried to sum up all his points in a single tweet.

How about the "economy"? Obama said it's headed in the right direction but the country's priorities should change, especially when it comes to spending. The president called for increasing investments in key areas such as education and clean energy, but he also wants to make reductions in spending to help get America's deficit under control and proposed a five-year domestic spending freeze.

During another portion of the speech, he highlighted a small-business owner, describing the man's story as a symbol of the American dream. Obama also spoke of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who is recovering from a gunshot wound to the head after a gunman's rampage at a political meet-and-greet this month in Tucson, Arizona. The congresswoman's name was met with applause.

On Wednesday, the president will take his message on the road, discussing opportunities for job growth in clean energy during a stop in Wisconsin.

The Republican response to the State of the Union speech came from Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, who blamed the president's policies for America's debt problems. In the first-ever response from the Tea Party, Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota called for a repeal of the health care reform law.

More Toyota recalls - More than 1.5 million Toyota vehicles across the globe are being recalled because there may be an issue with fuel leakage, the auto company said Wednesday. One recall involves about 1.2 million units of 16 models - including the Noah and other models - within Japan and 140,000 Avensis and Tourer models overseas because of faulty fuel pipes that could cause fuel leakage, according to the company. A separate recall involves about 245,000 Lexus cars sold in the United States.

News of the recall sent shares of the automaker more than 1% lower in premarket trading. One year ago, Toyota Motor Co. announced it was recalling many of its most popular models and shutting down factories to deal with defects that drivers said were causing cars to accelerate out of control.

Giffords' recovery - The Democratic lawmaker's condition has been upgraded from serious to good. Giffords was able to watch some of the State of the Union speech from her hospital room. Her family released a photo showing her husband holding her hand and watching television.

Giffords has been in the intensive care unit at the University of Texas Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston since Friday. Doctors said she needed to be in the ICU because she has a drain removing excess fluid from her brain after being tranferred from an Arizona hospital.

She may head to a nearby rehab facility, the Institute for Rehabilitation and Research Memorial Hermann, on Wednesday.

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  1. WooooW

    Let me preface this with...God bless Gabrielle Giffords and her family. May she have a speedy recovery. Would the media still be covering this if she wasn't a member of Congress?

    January 26, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. Sutler

    I really want somone to Autotune the speech.

    January 26, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
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  4. Jeff Frank

    He proposed a five – year spending frenzie? OMG. A five – year freeze. Oh! 🙂

    January 27, 2011 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  5. michael johnson

    Everything he said was supposed to be covered by his STEALFROMUS package. Yet nothing has been done lol. No high speed rail, no new energy, plenty of new taxes though...Fortunately I do not blame the puppets for what goes wrong on stage. Obama is a no talent affirmative action story through and through. A perfect fall guy lol. knows nothing and cannot get anything done even WITH super majoritys when he had them...

    his SOTU address should have been his resignation. The people would atleast respect a guy who admits when hes a complete and utter failure at everything he attempts so the reigns can go to a decent puppet.

    Sadly I think it is getting harder and harder for the presidents of this country to admit they have no real power and are controlled by many many special interests and powerful people but as GW said. The truth wil come to light where there are pains to bring it. or something like that...
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    January 27, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. john

    Why didnt Obama bring up gun control in this speech out of respect to Gifford, instead all the fancy words, vision, change, move forward, sputnik, less taxes, less goverment spending, hope, education the future, clean energy etc. these speeches for years all sound similar. It seems the Goverment will only respond to major issues once it is to late such as hurricane Katrina, BPU, AIG and Fannie Mac and many others.

    January 27, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Abu Freedom

    Islam, all religions i.e., Christianity, Buddhist, Hindu, Judaism etc… All religions are dirty little mind altering drugs that are broadcast by the radical Fascist governments state and federal controlled media proproganda apparatus to control the masses. Religion and its practice is an imprisonment of the mind, all consuming, that scars the nerve endings, thought patterns, destroys and holds hostage the creativity in humans. Religion is not a democratic thought process, it is a DICTATORSHIP, either you are with us or you are not. Religion’s manifesto is centered to control the emotion of the victim’s mind – the command and control center of the human body. Thus, thru its implementation by the Radical Fascist Governments they maintain total control and multiplication of the masses; to fund their existence they entice thru mass media their subjects to attend the great sales of the new product lines, the latest fashions display at the Great Religious Malls of the World. The RFG’s ultimate goal is to empty the bank accounts of its victims, thus to reduce the percentages of people from reaching financial independence, to keep the worker bees too busy to reach the queen, to keep the wheels of industry in motion. The RFG’s use of Religion is the ultimate tool to keep the masses employed in the industry of supply and demand. The alternative to this Capitalist system is the masses marching in the streets of the nations capitals demanding change. The Industrial World war machine corporations and Hydrocarbon producer’s corporations support and encourage Libya, Iraq, China, North Korea, Pakistan, Iran and Saudi Arabia, for without an enemy and customer/client of the idea of a different ideology of radical Fascist governments there is no demand for weaponry to protect the opposite belief of democracy, thus no jobs, and the masses begin marching in the streets to demand the ousting of the aristocrats in power.

    January 28, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Dr. Robert Nuranen

      Read your words = ponder them = and then you may discover why people turn to religion. Your words are bare knuckle HATRED – inspired and delivered. There is no conscience if one does not install a moral compass at some place in his mind and being. Get busy! There is still time for you to define your 'GOD' conscience. Read the Buddha's Four Noble Truths and the Eightffold Path – depart from hatred. The true God – your personal creation – will find you and give you peace. Even should it be an imaginary GOD; that is better than a mind doomed to intellect without compassionate borders. Pray for – don't bash – the GREEDY. Their greed – not their wealth – is the source of humanity's sorrows.

      January 28, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • KB

      This is funny. Looks to be that you have rationalized your own belief that because you are not "confined" by religion then you are free....when clearly you simply confined by something different. You're own reasoning. Intrinsically flawed.

      January 28, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
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