Blog Buzz: State of the Union Was an Ambitious 'Laundry List'

Reactions from around the blogosphere to the ambitious second term agenda laid out by the president in Tuesday's speech.


Steve Benen of the Maddow Blog wonders what, if anything, Obama's list will ultimately mean for the United States in terms of policies adopted:

Obama wants economic investments to strengthen the recovery and sweeping new efforts to combat the climate crisis. He wants a minimum wage increase and universal pre-K. He wants comprehensive immigration reform and an overhaul of the nation's elections system.

In the broadest possible sense, there are two questions of interest—what the president wants and what he's likely to get—and they're not necessarily of equal weight. The former offers Americans a sense of Obama's priorities and issues he's prepared to fight for; the latter provides a sense of what policymaking we can actually expect to see, at least over the next two years.

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He said time will only tell which of Obama's policies actually come to a vote in Congress.

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