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Hello, everyone! This evening is something more pleasant, or at least easier to take than the endless GOP clown fests — the annual address to Congress by the President regarding the state of the union.
Fun fact: You know that whole process wherein the guy says “Mr Speaker, the President of the United States,” and then the President makes his way to the podium, shaking hands along the way? Apparently there’s a formal protocol to that process. Very interesting!
It’s been a busy year for the President, if not for Congress, since he’s actually interested in doing his job. It should be an interesting speech, since it will double as his first campaign speech of the 2012 election season.
If you’re wondering what President Obama has accomplished during his presidency, here’s a handy dandy list (it might be a bit dated).
If you’d like to tune in to the speech online, you can watch it on whitehouse.gov. They’ll be providing chart, stats, and data that helped the President make policy decisions over the last year. That could be distracting, but we’ll see.
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels will be giving the GOP response this evening. That’s always good for a laugh. John Boehner has already declared the speech “pathetic,” and that’s a topic with which the Speaker is quite familiar. I don’t know about you, but I anticipate misbehavior by the GOP members of Congress.
Join us in the comments section to do your own live-blogging, or simply enjoy the efforts of the other commenters, either way — HAVE FUN!!