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Jan 25th, 2011

Obama Urges Cooperation and Innovation

President proposes five-year discretionary spending freeze in State of the Union


Obama emphasizes cooperation, innovation (NBC News, Jan. 25, 2011) — In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama reassured Americans that “our destiny remains our choice” and that the country remains poised to do “big things.” (63:14)

By Alex Johnson
January 25, 2011

Declaring that the nation faces big decisions like those it confronted at the dawn of the space race, President Barack Obama called for sweeping bipartisan “investments” in science, education and infrastructure in his State of the Union address Tuesday night — all without increasing government spending.

In a 61-minute address from the House chamber, Obama pleaded for a cooling of political tensions to help him reach that goal, saying America faced a crossroads that demanded a cooperative effort “bigger than party and bigger than politics.”

At “our generation’s Sputnik moment … we will move forward together or not at all,” the president said, recalling the massive U.S. mobilization of money and resources to catch the Soviet Union after it launched the world’s first satellite into space in 1957. …

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Bachmann: Obama put U.S. deeper in debt (NBC News, Jan. 25, 2011) — Delivering the Tea Party response to the State of the Union address, Michele Bachmann says that under President Obama “instead of cutting, we saw an unprecedented explosion of government spending and debt.” Watch her entire speech. (06:36)


Topical reports on this site

The State of the Union … (Jan. 27, 2010)

Obama Set to Change Course (Jan. 24, 2010)

Al Eisele Pans Michele Bachmann (Sept 12, 2009)


FROM THE ARCHIVES: One Year Ago — January 25, 2010

Triple Bombing Rocks Baghdad

One of three blasts that rocked Baghdad on Monday, Jan. 25, 2010 is seen from across the Tigris River. The suicide bombs went off near hotels popular with Western journalists and security contractors. (Photo credit: Ali al-Saadi / AFP — Getty Images)

One year ago today, I reported that three car bombs exploded near three Baghdad hotels popular with Western journalists, security contractors, and businessmen, killing at least 37 people and injuring more than 100.


FROM THE ARCHIVES: Two Years Ago — January 25, 2009

Poll Foreshadows Iraq’s Future

A supporter holds a poster of Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki during a political rally in Basra, 260 miles southeast of Baghdad, Jan. 23, 2009. (Photo credit: Reuters / Stringer)

Two years ago today, on Jan. 25, 2009, I reported on the upcoming Jan. 31, 2009 provincial elections in Iraq — an important test of Iraq’s stability as the U.S. planned to begin withdrawing its troops.

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    […] In January 2011, Bachmann delivered a Tea Party response to Obama’s State of the Union address. In some quarters, the speech was seen as an affront to the official GOP response given by Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman. Bachmann unsuccessfully campaigned for a spot in leadership in the weeks after the GOP won back control of the House. […]

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