Echoing what he has said throughout the fiscal cliff negotiations, Obama says that the deficit must be cut through a balanced approach of spending cuts and tax increases. "Most Americans – Democrats, Republicans, and Independents – understand that we can't just cut our way to prosperity," he said. "They know that broad-based economic growth requires a balanced approach to deficit reduction, with spending cuts and revenue, and with everybody doing their fair share. And that's the approach I offer tonight."
One of the pieces of that equation is Medicare, Obama said, and he's open to "additional reforms from both parties, so long as they don't violate the guarantee of a secure retirement." Another piece of that equation is "comprehensive tax reform." Both of those pieces will be hard and "none of us will get 100 percent of what we want," Obama said, before returning to his call for bipartisanship.
Obama announces three more manufacturing hubs - wants to create 15 of these hubs. Wonder where these will be? #STL?
He said: "Let's set party interests aside, and work to pass a budget that replaces reckless cuts with smart savings and wise investments in our future. And let's do it without the brinksmanship that stresses consumers and scares off investors. The greatest nation on Earth cannot keep conducting its business by drifting from one manufactured crisis to the next. Let's agree, right here, right now, to keep the people's government open, pay our bills on time, and always uphold the full faith and credit of the United States of America. The American people have worked too hard, for too long, rebuilding from one crisis to see their elected officials cause another."
Hugh, I agree. I think he is trying to sound 'peppy.' Part of his goal tonight has to be to project a sense of momentum. For himself and his ideas...
@TheDoctor. While there is clearly a disagreement in the GOP between the Boehner wing and the Tea Party wing as to the way forward, it's highly unlikely the party will split. A split would result in two weaker parties facing a relatively unified Democratic Party. Also, rules in the states make it very difficult for parties other than the two major parties to succeed. So it's not going to happen. Take that to the bank.
On the outbursts, Deb is referring to the 2009 outburst by South Carolina Rep Joe Wilson, who yelled "You Lie!"
High-tech research and development -- a staple of Obama speeches to Congress since 2009. Would have been surprising if he hadn't hit it again.
The green ribbons are in memory of Newtown victims.
Now touching on the topics of energy and climate change. Obama points to frequency, severity of recent weather/natural disasters. #SOTU
@Ross: There are different explanations for the partisanship: One is redistricting (which we've written a lot about at NPR but so have many other news outlets), another is the increasing influence of campaign money in politics. There are many other explanations, of course.
Timmy, the green ribbons are for Newtown victims.