10:13 p.m. EST - "God bless this country we love." And that's a wrap. No mention of Charlie Hebdo attack. Nothing about ISIS or Boko Haram. That doesn't mean Obama stuck to domestic policy. Here's what Obama said about Cuba: "In Cuba, we are ending a policy that was long past its expiration date. When what you’re doing doesn’t work for fifty years, it’s time to try something new." And Russia: "We’re upholding the principle that bigger nations can’t bully the small – by opposing Russian aggression, supporting Ukraine’s democracy, and reassuring our NATO allies. Last year, as we were doing the hard work of imposing sanctions along with our allies, some suggested that Mr. Putin’s aggression was a masterful display of strategy and strength. Well, today, it is America that stands strong and united with our allies, while Russia is isolated, with its economy in tatters."
10: 08 p.m. EST - Young and in Love in America trending after Obama line: "Seven years ago, Rebekah and Ben Erler of Minneapolis were newlyweds. She waited tables. He worked construction. Their first child, Jack, was on the way. They were young and in love in America, and it doesn’t get much better than that."
— amber payne (@payneNBC) January 21, 2015
"Apparently Bruce Springsteen also worked on this speech: “They were young and in love in America, and it doesn’t g…" http://t.co/FBxskoeM7r
— Siri Srinivas (@pjux) January 21, 2015
10: 01 p.m. EST - Serious moment, no clapping: Looking to the future instead of the past. Making sure we match our power with diplomacy, and use force wisely. Building coalitions to meet new challenges and opportunities. Leading – always – with the example of our values. That’s what makes us exceptional. That’s what keeps us strong. And that’s why we must keep striving to hold ourselves to the highest of standards – our own.
On a lighter note: Check out this guy's face.
9:35 p.m. EST - Lawmakers yelling "yeah" as Obama announces: "So to every CEO in America, let me repeat: If you want somebody who’s going to get the job done, hire a veteran."
9: 31 p.m. EST - Funny photos time:
â€” Simon Ostler (@SimonOstler) January 21, 2015
— Simon Ostler (@SimonOstler) January 21, 2015
9: 21 p.m. EST - Cue the clapping: "Every three weeks, we bring online as much solar power as we did in all of 2008. And thanks to lower gas prices and higher fuel standards, the typical family this year should save about $750 at the pump."
Also, Obama is not wearing tan. Sorry, Twitter.
— The Cut (@TheCut) January 21, 2015
— alex pareene (@pareene) January 21, 2015
9:14 p.m. EST - Obama starts by praising the troops: "Tonight, for the first time since 9/11, our combat mission in Afghanistan is over. Six years ago, nearly 180,000 American troops served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Today, fewer than 15,000 remain. And we salute the courage and sacrifice of every man and woman in this 9/11 Generation who has served to keep us safe. We are humbled and grateful for your service."
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) January 21, 2015
Obama: "Han sido, y aún son, tiempos difíciles para muchos. Pero esta noche vamos a dar un giro". http://t.co/pPSLKMo3HX
— CNN en Español (@CNNEE) January 21, 2015
â€” Kathryn Jean Lopez (@kathrynlopez) January 21, 2015
Some reaction to release of prepared text:
So this is in #SOTU: "In 2mos...Scott Kelly will begin a year-long stay in space. Good luck, Captain — and make sure to Instagram it."
— Leigh Munsil (@leighmunsil) January 21, 2015
— Tim Dickinson (@7im) January 21, 2015
— Azi (@Azi) January 21, 2015
8:58 p.m. EST - Here's the full text of the speech. Michelle Obama just walked in and received standing ovation. Same for Obama's cabinet members, including Secretary of State John Kerry.
â€” PixelKitties (@pixelkitties) January 21, 2015
8:47 p.m. EST - Republican U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst is scheduled to give the GOP response to President Barack Obama’s sixth State of the Union address Tuesday night. Watch the live stream after Obama's speech here. In the meantime, here are some of the best Twitter memes and images about Ernst tonight so far:
— Progressive phd (@CallOut4) January 21, 2015
Is Jodi Ernst going to fire a gun into the camera for her speech? pic.twitter.com/pZ2tC5IBIj
— Tina Issa (@tinaissa) January 21, 2015
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) January 21, 2015
8: 42 p.m. EST - The White State State of the Union live stream is running a feature on presidents with beards. There's also a countdown. Roughly 18 more minutes to go!
8: 27 p.m. EST -
This is exactly what Romney tried to warn us about pic.twitter.com/Zm6ftXR49K
â€” Tan Suit (@ItsTheTanSuit) January 21, 2015
8:25 p.m. EST - This exists: https://twitter.com/emojibama
8:20 p.m. EST - Malik Bryant, a 13-year-old from one of Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods, Englewood, didn’t wish for an iPhone or a shiny new video game system from Santa. “All I ask for is for safety I just wanna be safe,” the seventh-grader wrote through a program overseen by a local charity, according to Chicago ABC affiliate WLS. The head of the charity thought the letter was so stirring that she passed it on to the White House, a move that resulted in Malik's invitation to be a special guest at the State of the Union address on Tuesday. Learn more about Malik here.
8:15 p.m. EST - With all eyes on the country’s capitol Tuesday, Washington’s local watering holes will be filled with D.C. staffers, political wonks and interns gathering to watch Obama give his annual State of the Union address. Here are five places to catch the address in the capitol.
8:10 p.m. EST - A White House official confirms Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has been designated as the Cabinet member who will not attend the State of the Union address this evening.
Also, the White House made a funny:
— Mike Dorning (@MikeDorning) January 21, 2015
President Barack Obama was poised Tuesday to deliver his sixth State of the Union address amid improving public approval ratings and growing international tensions over terrorism, the global economy and Russia's involvement in Ukraine. Obama's speech was largely expected to focus on domestic affairs, including the president's recent proposals to provide free community college to certain students, extend legal benefits to millions of illegal immigrants, raise taxes on the wealthy and improve relations with Cuba. Obama also is expected to address the ongoing U.S. military campaign in Syria and Iraq against the Islamic State militant group.
Obama's speech comes nearly three months after Democrats lost the Senate and House to GOP lawmakers, making this the first year the president will give the speech to a Republican-controlled Congress. The loss has seemingly emboldened Obama. He has called for raising $320 billion over the next decade in new taxes targeting wealthy individuals, among other policies opposed by Republican leaders.
“What we hope to hear tonight is an emphasis on things we can agree on,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. He called for a speech "that brings us together and doesn’t push us apart," according to the Washington Post.
But White House officials have said the State of the Union is not aimed at Republican lawmakers. “Some of them are going to be legislative proposals Republicans may not love, but we’ll push them,” White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” He emphasized that the administration would use “every lever we can — whether it’s with Congress, on our own or using the bully pulpit.”
The White House live stream of the State of the Union address will feature “live data, graphics and charts that explain the issue and policies that [Obama will] be discussing in the speech,” the administration said. Obama was scheduled to begin talking at 9 p.m. EST.
International Business Times will live blog the State of the Union address with frequent updates before, during and after the speech. To get ready for one of the political world's biggest nights, read up on our coverage of the speech below:
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