Chris Matthews is being a little unfair to Michelle Bachman not understanding history. She referenced John Quincy Adams who really was an advocate against slavery, even if it was his dad who was the actual founding father. But then she really is pretty wrong about the founders abolishing slavery unless you buy the Lincoln argument that they laid the framework the country could build on four score and seven later.
Watching PBS Newshour now because there are no commercials. Some Repub (Sen Mark Kirk, ) is talking about trillions of $$ of deficit. Apparently that all-of-a-sudden become a problem when it wasn't at all from 2003-2008.
We're a long ways from Greece's situation.
I mean the hugging isn't new but the bi-vibe is.
Chris Matthews won't let go of Michelle Bachman and the history of slavery.
President starts with Compliments to the Republican House and acknowledged Giffords. Robust Democracy. Hernandez (seen) and Tucson remind us of something greater. "Every point of view" still "one people"
Job for life has changed - painful. switching to education and investment in technologies to compete as a challenge. America is still most prosperous and we all know it - and applaud.
American Idea - shape own destiny (Isn't that exceptionalism?)
Does Boehner have to look so sour?
Facebook - one person applauds (How's that Hans?)
research and development - And it is nice not to see competing jack-in-the-box applause crowds. reinvent ourselves as we have for 200 years - more electric vehicles (but where are the flying cars??)
Win the Future is the theme. Science Fair = Superbowl. That's a good line. School reform is coming - not just money. But race to the top is a money prize?
Biden is trying too hard. Boehner still looks like he's going to lose his stomach.
Make permanent the tuition tax credit. That helps.
Cathy Crock - "that's me!!" but it was sweet.
Kerry, McCain, Udall (Tom) sitting together - ya gotta admit, that is kinda cool
immigration policy "makes no sense" enforce borders, laws, address those in shadows
Pat down humor. 98% get high speed internet (who are those 2% that don't get it?)
result is business and jobs - but barriers are lobbyists and tax code - simplify tax system in order to lower corporate tax rate without costing more - well, that gets the Repubs up.
But the Prez lightens the mood with a backhand to the Repubs - fix the small business bookkeeping burden!!! (bipartisan) but the pre-existing condition thing only excites Dems?
Don't refight but fix and move forward. The Repub House isn't happy with that. How many Repubs in the Senate? There lies the key.
debt talk and the Prez's admission of un-sustainability. Proposal is 5-year freeze - no one (but Biden) applauds
Appeal to Eisenhower (interesting) - reference to hard working fed employee freeze (well, better than being the enemy)
No whims of privatization. No tax cut for wealthiest 2% - I'm not sure if Ryan will throw in that part of his plan tonight. Simplify individual tax code something else they can all work on.
"Principled compromise" that is a nice term.
Interior Department and Commerce competing jurisdictions over salmon (that's true) But we get along with the NOAA people pretty well
pandering on the earmarks and McCain stands up (Biden laughs)
Iraq - leaving with heads held high (told ya) out of Iraq - commitment kept - yep. finally, a humble foreign policy.
American Muslims are a part of our family and Boehner has to clap.
Beginning to w/draw in July - no surprise there.
Yeah - Repubs and Dems on new START Treaty (that was a coup - you have to admit)
International cooperation. Ya have to admit it's improved.
Everybody stands for the Troops. But it costs $$ too. and Boehner doesn't like gays. But all colleges should like the military now.
Constitution - This is the place you can make it if you try. On to the Dream and it's apparently Biden's and Boehner's - he's gonna cry
We rescued Chileans. (Plan B) Brandon is a good guy.
It did not surpass Tucson, but it made Boehner cry and I think that's the big thing tonight. There's sort of a theme in the right place. He's short on specifics so it's a little underwhelming but - he is putting a lot of burden on Repubs. He has the themes. He's willing to compromise but he's the adult in the room to help all work it out.