Obama delivers second State of the Union address
January 25th, 2011
10:15 PM ET

Obama delivers second State of the Union address

President Obama delivered his second State of the Union address Tuesday to a joint session of Congress, sounding themes of optimism and pragmatism.

During his 61-minute address, Obama called for increasing investments in key areas such as education and clean energy while freezing some government spending for five years in an attempt to address simultaneous needs for economic growth and fiscal balance. Read the full transcript of his speech here.

Shortly after the speech ended, Rep. Paul Ryan delivered the official GOP response, pledging his commitment as chairman of the House Budget Committee to work with President Obama to cut spending to reduce debt. While stopping short of blaming the President for the economic crisis, Ryan accused Obama of engaging in "a stimulus spending spree that not only failed to deliver on its promise to create jobs, but also plunged us even deeper into debt."

Check out CNN.com's complete "State of the Union" coverage
Post by:
Filed under: Politics
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Chi Tea

    I hope everyone saw Michele Bachmann!I have no Idea what she said,but OMG is she hot or what? Bachmann Ryan in 2012!!

    January 25, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elisabeth Montgomery

      Chi Tea – Is Bachmann hotter than Palin? I think they both look like Mary Tyler Moore on steroids.

      January 25, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Elisabeth Montgomery

    Gr8 job on te speech President Obama. Why does the Republican voting Tea Party Caucus get to talk after the official Republican Party? If CNN is "fair and balanced" then why not have a Democratic Caucus, such as the Green Party hold a press conference? Instead of showing pictures of Iowo Jima (god bless the souls who died there) Greens could show the AMerican people the crisis of environment looming right now over the heads of our children, which is hardly a concern of the Tea Party as they cling to a pre-cold war mentality. If Tea Party's get air time so should Ralph Nadar!! Fair and balanced CNN!!

    January 25, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Elisabeth Montgomery

    What is CNN doing having a panel with a Tea Party pundit (OK) two journalists whom are supposed to play it "neutral" and a former Bush staffer? At least get someone who had been in the HIGHLY fiscally responsible Clinton administration to counterbalance the comments on the political Right... your coverage is unfair and unblaanced

    January 25, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Markey Marshall

      Well said,Elisabeth. Thank you. We need a third party who'll just say no to the MIC(military-industrial-complex)!!!

      January 26, 2011 at 4:04 am | Report abuse |
  4. PaulRyan

    We plan on working hand in hand with President Obama.... But he sucks never mind. We've got guaranteed six figure incomes for a few years, so why change?

    January 25, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Drilling in my back yard

    Nice job, Obama. How's that high priced oil working out for your economic recovery?

    January 25, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. eric

    What a great headline. You idiots at CNN really worked hard to come up with that one.

    January 25, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cesar

    What headline would you suggest, Eric, since you are so much smarter than anyone on the planet?

    January 26, 2011 at 4:53 am | Report abuse |
  8. richard

    I sat and watch president obama state of the union address and found a few problems with his speech. 1st the green energy part of his speech solar panels will not work in the states that it snows in. As far as wind turbins can not be use in the big cities for there is not enough room for them. 2nd the economy last year alone in california the state made 10 million dollars off of medical marijuana. The state of california there are only a few counties are allowed to sell the medical marijuana and still made so much money. If the federal goverment were to legalized medical marijuana to all fifty states and taxed it like cigarettes the goverment would make any where to fifty to sixty million dollars. Not everyone agrees with medical marijuana but for the people who do have medical marijuana cards that move to states for jobs that marijuana it is not legal we can not get our meds. Anyone who is caught driving on medical marijuana should get a dui. Also if the goverment regulates the marijuana farms and clinics it would help the economy and the people who are medical marijuana paitents from being arrested for buying marijuana that is not taxed or regulated by the goverment.

    January 26, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |