State of the Union Address Live Blog

10:16 p.m.

Obama: It remains the task of us all, as citizens of these United States, to be the authors of the next great chapter in our American story.

The SOTU is over. I’m interested to see how the official Republican response by Senator Marco Rubio will go.

10:11 p.m.

Obama: These proposals deserve a vote.

Chants, cheers, and a standing ovation dominates the chamber as disgruntled Republicans remain seated.

10:08 p.m.

Gun control- here we go. Obama is definitely appealing to pathos through anecdotes and emotional statements.

Obama: Because in the two months since Newtown, more than a thousand birthdays, graduations, and anniversaries have been stolen from our lives by a bullet from a gun.

10:05 p.m.

Is it just me or is there so much hope in this speech?

Obama calls for equal treatment of service members- gay or straight.

10:03 p.m.

Obama is touching on some foreign policy topics such as North Korean disarmament and connecting with the global community such as working with the European Union.

9:57 p.m.

Obama: And by the end of next year, our war in Afghanistan will be over.

9:55 p.m.

Did anyone catch that slow clap started by VP Biden?

9:51 p.m.

Obama thinks federal minimum wage should be $9.00 an hour. Right now, it is $7.25. Obama believes in a realistic minimum wage.

9:49 p.m.

Transition into women’s rights, thanking the Senate for passing the Violence Against Women Act. (No thanks to the 22 Senators who voted against it.)

POTUS asks for Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act.

9:48 p.m.

Education talk transitioning into immigration reform.

9:46 p.m.

This is major!! POTUS is currently addressing the skyrocketing costs of higher education and asks colleges to keep their costs low. Hofstra are you listening?!

Obama: Tonight, I ask Congress to change the Higher Education Act, so that affordability and value are included in determining which colleges receive certain types of federal aid.

9:44 p.m.

Obama is proposing major changes in the education system starting with preschools all the way to the high school level.

Obama: Tonight, I’m announcing a new challenge to redesign America’s high schools so they better equip graduates for the demands of a high-tech economy. We’ll reward schools that develop new partnerships with colleges and employers, and create classes that focus on science, technology, engineering, and math – the skills today’s employers are looking for to fill jobs right now and in the future.

9:42 p.m.

I love when people randomly exclaim things from the audience. “That’s right!” and “Woo’s” definitely would encourage me.

9:33 p.m. 

Cheers coming from the audience when the topic of energy came up. Wow- when was the last time climate change was brought up?

9:31 p.m. 

POTUS promises proposals to stimulate the nation as a whole.

Apple will begin manufacturing back in the US? Woah!

Obama: It’s not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth.

9:28 p.m. 

Take a shot every time there is a close up of a Republican with a sour face on.

9:26 p.m. 

Obama received a standing ovation.

Obama: Our government shouldn’t make promises we cannot keep, but we must keep the promises we’ve already made.

9:18 p.m. 

Obama: The state of our union is stronger.

9:16 p.m. 

President Obama’s speech clearly begins with a foreshadowing of the need for both parties to work together.

Obama quoting Kennedy: The Constitution Constitution makes us not rivals for power but partners for progress.

9:10 p.m. 

President Obama enters and is greeted by warm cheering and booming applause.

9:06 p.m. 

POTUS has yet to come out, but I would like to applaud the 40 or so Senators wearing an orange pin, vowing for progress despite bipartisanship.

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