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Welcome to your open thread for tonight’s Beltway love-in a.k.a. PromNightDC a.k.a. the Date of the Union.
GOP Rep. Paul Ryan’s official party response can be viewed online through Facebook here.
FoxNation will carry GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann’s response.
Weaker Pelosi rejected GOP Rep. Eric Cantor’s invitation to the dance. As Allahpundit is fond of saying: Heart-ache.
Or perhaps a more appropriate word for tonight’s theater:
If all the bipartisan bumping and grinding gets too much for you, you can tune in to my remarks tonight at the AFP-Colorado National School Choice Week event. The livestream starts here at 6:30pm MST/8:30pm EST. (Guest-blogger Doug Powers will keep you updated on all the SOTU action and inaction while I’m offline).
While President Obama pays lip service to competitiveness and excellence, school reformers across this country are actually walking the walk. Speaker Boehner’s SOTU guests tonight include Virginia Walden Ford, a passionate advocate for D.C. school choice for low-income and minority families. Boehner and Sen. Joe Lieberman will join forces tomorrow to introduce bipartisan legislation to revive the choice program in D.C. killed by Democrats, teachers’ unions, and the Obama administration.
As always, actions speak louder than all the words, words, words that will flow from the teleprompter to the Promiser-in-Chief’s lips.
7:36pm EasternThe full, embargoed speech has been leaked. Read it here.
Like every other card he’s played, the Sputnik Card is well-worn.
8:20 est (DP) — Programming reminder: Coincidentally, Rush Limbaugh will be on The Golf Channel at the same time Obama’s speech to the prom attendees begins at 9 p.m.
8:35 est (DP) — Chris Matthews beginning premature Obamagasm prevention ritual: Thinking about baseball. Well, thinking about Obama playing baseball, but it works for a little while anyway…
I’m expecting E’s coverage to start soon featuring Ryan Seacrest standing outside asking SOTU prom-goers “Who are you wearing?”
8:59 est (DP) — Obama’s cabinet enters the chamber, a half dozen of whom Obama refers to affectionately as, “Have we met before?”
9:08 est (DP) — As the president enters the chamber and works his way to the podium, I’ll pass this along quickly: Apparently there is no truth to the rumor that Lang Lang will close out the evening by playing the March of the Volunteers.
9:20 est (DP) — The look on Boehner’s face during this speech reminds me a little bit of the time my grandfather forced himself to watch about five minutes of the documentary about Woodstock.
9:22 est (DP) — “Sputnik” (twice)… do two shots!
9:34 est (DP) — “If you want to make a difference, become a teacher.” And if you want to be strangled with red tape and insane health care law regulations, become a doctor.
9:40 est (DP) — “Tonight I propose we redouble those efforts” (in reference to the “Recovery Act” infrastructure spending). The first one was such a rousing success, why not?
9:46 est (DP) — “Now, I have heard rumors that a few of you still have concerns about our new health care law.” Oh come on, Mr. President, that’s not true… it’s a hell of a lot more than “a few.”
9:47 est (DP) — “We can start now by correcting a flaw in the [health care] legislation that has place an unnecessary bookkeeping burden on small businesses.” Why do I get the feeling that the government is about to try to take over the accounting industry?
9:51 est (DP) — “We are living with a legacy of deficit spending that began almost a decade ago.” … Bush blamed, do a shot!
9:58 est (DP) — “We shouldn’t just give the people a government that’s more affordable, we should give them a government that’s more competent and more efficient.” … That calls for the laugh track. Help yourself.
10:07 est (DP) — “And with that change (gays in the military), I call on all our college campuses to open their doors to our military recruiters and ROTC.” Has Elena Kagan walked out yet?
10:11 est (DP) — If you get a chance, listen again to this part: “We may have differences on policy, but we all believe in the rights enshrined in our Constitution.” I just replayed it a couple of times and I’m pretty sure there is some laughter from the gathered prom-goers. MSNBC will root out the offending gigglers later.
10:20 est (DP) — Speech over, president signing autographs on the way out, and was asked about his Super Bowl pick. His response wasn’t audible, but that sound you might have heard was Packers and Steelers fans clicking their sets off before he could answer.
10:30 est (DP) — Rep. Paul Ryan delivering the Republican response. Text here.
Michele Bachmann’s Tea Party Caucus response can be seen here.