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January 28, 2014 9:37 PM SOTU Live Blog III

By Ed Kilgore

9:36 Obama mandate to Biden to overhaul training programs will draw yawns, but it’s really unconscionable how poorly these programs work.

9:38 Obama knows the UI stuff is a winner, so unsurprising it gets a litany and a Real Person.

9:40 This “don’t discriminate against long-term unemployed” bit is corny, but addresses a huge fear.

9:41 Describes and defends Common Core, but doesn’t mention it. Sad.

9:43 Boehner can’t applaud pre-K task force? Wonder if he forgot his nicotine patch.

9:46 Mad Man line clever, but kind of a 1996 take on the War On Women.

9:49 Nice shout-out to Costco.

9:50 “Give America a raise” predictable but good, as was suggestion GOP Members only people in country who don’t get it.

9:51 Shout-out to Rubio on EITC seemed to pain the Floridian. He, of course, opposes more money for income supports.

9:53 Clearly, word out no GOP clapping, not even a tiny clap, on Obamacare features, even though Obama focused strictly on most popular elements.

9:56 Dems really enjoying mockery of ACA repeal votes.

9:58 Nice touch on bipartisanship of VRA fix and Lines Commission recommendations, knowing most GOPers oppose both.

10:00 Okay, Boehner finally up after tribute to military. No kidding, is that the first time he stood? Is that a record for Speakers at SOTUs?


Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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