Bob Schiefer reporting that Cindy Sheehan has already been arrested. You would think she could have made it till the speech started
9:10PM- Bill Livingood introduces President of the United States. President Bush shaking hands as he moves up the aisle. Just shook Chief Justice Roberts and newly installed justice Alito's hands.
9:12PM-Huge standing ovation from entire chamber. Speech begins by remembering Coretta Scott King. "Grateful for good life of Coretta Scott King."
9:15PM- "It has been my honor to serve with you." "Business must be conducted in civil tone."
"Tonight, the State of our union is strong..."
9:17PM-"Democracies replace resentments with hope." "We will act boldly in freedom's cause."
"No on can deny the success of freedom, but some rage against it." "Terrorists have chosen the weapon of fear....they have miscalculated, we love our freedom and we will fight to keep it." (Applause)
9:25PM-"There is no peace in retreat and no honor in retreat."" The US will not retreat and will never surrender to evil. America rejects the false comfort of isolationism." "Iraqis are showing their courage everyday and we are proud to be their allies in the cause of freedom." "We are in this fight to win and we are winning!" " The Road of Victory is the road our troops will take home"
9:27PM- "Second guessing is not a strategy." "Our nation has only one option, keep our word, and stand behind our men in this vital mission(?)" " Those who know the costs also know the stakes." Intoduces the family of Staff Sgt. Dan Clay. Standing ovation for family. Blogger hung up and I missed the quotes of Dan Clay
9:30PM- "Let us never forget the sacrifices of America's military families." "Hamas must recognize Israel, reject terrorism and work for lasting peace." "Democracies in Middle East will not look like our own, they will reflect their culture(?)" " The nations of the world must not permit the Iranian regime to gain nuclear weapons."
9:35PM- (Note: Hard time keeping up, but I will continue.) Bush asks for reauthorization of Patriot Act. Defending NSA wiretaps, stresses international, Congress has been informed, essential to the Security of America. " We will not sit back and wait to be hit again!" (Well said)
"America is always more secure when freedom is on the march" Asks for support to lead world towards freedom. Economy is healthy and vigorous. Created more jobs than Japan and European Union combined.
9:40PM- Says economy could not function without immigrants. (Hope we was referring to legal, not illegal) Tax cuts have produced more than four years of uninterrupted economic growth. Urges congress to make tax cuts permanent. (Left remains seated, I stand)
9:45PM- Proposes elimination of 140 programs not working, cut deficit in half by 2009. Urges passage of line-item veto. Hillary smirking. "Congress did not act last year on my proposal to save social security", Left stands, cheers , acts like 3rd graders. "Problem not going away....we need to work together and get this problem solved" "No one can outproduce and out compete the American people" Nation needs open and secure borders. Must also protect borders. Need guest worker program. (Please, no!)
9:50PM- Asks congress to pass Medical Liablility Reform this year. America addicted to oil, best way to break it is new technology. Must change how we power our automobiles. Hydrogen, woodchips, ethanol, etc. Goal is 6 years. Also replace oil imports from middle East by 75% by 2025. Need to make dependence on foreign oil a thing of the past. (Applause) American Competitiveness Initiative (?). Proposes Research and Development Tax Credit. Encourage children to take more math and science courses that are competitive worldwide.
"If we make sure children succeed, they will make sure America succeeds in the world."
9:55PM-"Life of responsibility is a life of fulfillment." Parents have concern about our culture(politics, redefining marriage, etc.) . "We have proven the pessimists wrong before, and we will do it again." Introduces Justices Roberts and Alito. Calls them superb, thanks Senate for confirmation. Urges no legislation from the bench. America grateful for service of Sandra Day O'Connor. Urges bans on human cloning. "Human life is gift from our creator, should never be devalued, discarded or put up for sale."(AMEN!)
10:00PM-Introduces First Lady, Laura Bush. Cites her work with youth. Addressing Hurricane Katrina and disaster relief in general. Addressing AIDS:Urges Renewal of Ryan White Act.
10:05PM-"We must finish well" Closes: "May God Bless America"
No real surprises here. Half the chamber stands, the other remains seated. CBS coverage pretty much stinks, woe is Bush, blah, blah, blah. Remote on other side of the room. I had a hard enough time keeping up, much less getting up to get the remote. What can I say, my wife likes NCIS.
I think I got the gist of a lot of the quotes, but missed some of the substance. All in all, a mediocre effort, at best, in my first attempt at live blogging. I guess I expected more sustained applause than I saw tonight. I apologize for any spelling errors and incomplete sentences.
I won't live blog the Democratic response because frankly I don't care.
UPDATE 10:20PM: Made quick scan and corrected some errors in order to make it more readable. Not sure if it really matters now.
Tim Kain, Governor or Virginia is delivering Democratic Response. Bush bad, Democrats good, blah, blah, blah...I'm still not interested
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