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Obama Adds New Words to SOTU Lexicon

obama_1400-740x493Ben Smith of Northeastern University analyzed the language of President Obama’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night against every SOTU since 1790 and found Obama introduced a number of words never before used in the address. The list includes:

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Comedian Characterizes Obama as ‘Kind of Cool’

Kind of cool. I always say, cooler than most politicians, not as cool as actual cool people. He’s not cool like Jay Z’s cool. He’s not Eddie Murphy. But in a world of politicians … ”

— Comedian Chris Rock, in an interview with Frank Rich, on his impressions of President Obama.


Obama: Congress Isn’t Broken, the GOP is Broken

So when you hear a false equivalence that somehow, well, Congress is just broken, it’s not true. What’s broken right now is a Republican Party that repeatedly says no to proven, time-tested strategies to grow the economy, create more jobs, ensure fairness, open up opportunity to all people.

— President Obama, quoted by Greg Sargent.


IRS Scandal Places Obama in Long Line of Presidents Like Richard Nixon

Previous Presidents, including great ones like Roosevelt, have used the IRS against their enemies. But I don’t think Barack Obama ever wanted to be on the same page as Richard Nixon. In this specific case, he now is.

— Joe Klein, writing for NYT’s Swampland blog.


Obama Piles on IRS

You don’t want the IRS ever being perceived to be biased and anything less than neutral in terms of how they operate. I’ve got no patience with it, I will not tolerate it and we will make sure we find out exactly what happened on this.

— President Obama, at a news conference.


Obama’s Approval Rating Remains Much Higher Than Congress’


President Obama’s job approval rating. By comparison, just 22% approve of the job Republican leaders in Congress are doing, among the lowest approval rating for congressional leaders from either party in 20 years. A record-high 80% say Obama and Republican leaders are not working together to address important issues facing the country, and by nearly two-to-one (42%-22%) more blame Republican leaders than Obama for the gridlock.


Obama Explains Politics 101

Here’s a general rule. You don’t put stuff on your head if you’re president. That’s politics 101. You never look good wearing something on your head.

— President Obama, after two Navy football players presented him with a helmet. USA Today reports someone in the crowd at the ceremony shouted “put it on.” But he refused, then explained why.


Gingrich: Obama is Best Gun Salesman Around

No one has done more for gun ownership than Barack Obama. If you look at the number of people who have bought guns since he became president, he has been the most successful salesman for people having the right to bear arms in modern history.

— Newt Gingrich, in an interview with Newsmax.

Poetic Justice

What’s a Day?

Obama and Co. wanted Tuesday,
But Boehner and Co. shouted “Ixnay!
If you want our blessing
To speak at a joint session,
You’re gonna have to move it to Wednesday!”

“See, on Tuesday our candidates are debatin’
Whether, indeed, you are Satan.
You can either compete with the NFL
Or take your speech and go back to hell.
NO! is what this Party of No is sayin’.”

Poetic Justice

The Feeling’s Gone

As the pundits parse out who’s dumb and who’s dumber,
Some say that it’s Perry; some say it’s Obama.
But as the debate devolves
And the discourse dissolves,
We, the people, just get number and number.