Complete video of President Obama’s State of the Union Address.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jan 24, 2012
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Update: here’s the full video, via PBS:

Update: here’s a better live feed, with helpful charts & graphs & such.


Democracy, we’ve heard, is not a spectator sport.

Cynicism and doubt and dissent are fine. In fact, they’re vital, integral to a health democracy. So sit on the sidelines, on our hands, too cool for school…and America will go to hell, or rather the corporations, and take half our fragile planet with it.

That’s all. The State of the Union Address is tonight.

I’ll be watching—a bit late after a long day of many meetings, now climbing at the gym for first time in 10 days. But I encourage everyone, whatever our political persuasion, to respect the office and listen in. Democracy ain’t a spectator sport. I watch most of most of the GOP debates, and love them for the most part.

The more we all pay attention, not just to MSNBC or FOX or our favorite candidate, the harder it is to villainize the enemy, and the easier to remember that we’re all Americans, before we’re partisans.

I’ll catch up and watch in an hour or so, from my bathtub (TMI).

Click here for live feed:

We’ll post a full video as soon as it’s done.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


3 Responses to “Complete video of President Obama’s State of the Union Address.”

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  2. elephantjournal says:

    Conservative PR following the above:

    Conservative PR following the above: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, January 25, 2012
    CONTACT: Erin Humiston, (972) 874-5139, or [email protected]

    State of the Union: A Stunning Display of Big-Government Hubris

    DALLAS, TX: Institute for Policy Innovation president Tom Giovanetti released the following statement:

    “The policy agenda laid out by President Obama in last night’s State of the Union speech implies a breadth and depth of knowledge so far encompassing and in excess of human capacity that it demonstrates the hubris of Big Government solutions better than anything any conservative could ever say or do.

    Imagine the level of knowledge and wisdom the Obama administration implies that it possesses in order to advocate last night’s agenda. According to his speech, the president fully understands:

    —Who needs tax breaks and who does not;
    —What’s wrong with primary and secondary education and how to fix it, as well as how much the federal government should be spending on education and how much each state should spend; —How much college should cost, who should attend, and how colleges should be run;
    —What the mix of manufacturing industries should be in our economy, how to stimulate such industries and make them more competitive;
    —What the right mix of energy should be in our economy—how much it should cost, where should come from, and how it should be extracted;
    —What skills workers will need in the future, and how to develop these skills;
    —What interest rates should be on education and home loans;
    —Which homeowners should be able to refinance their homes;
    —What future technologies we should now be investing in, and how to transform our electrical infrastructure with smart grids;
    —Where broadband networks are needed, and how they will transform rural America;
    —How much energy is being wasted in commercial buildings all over the country;
    —The intricacies of the financial world, how it should work and how it should be regulated, knows how to prevent financial speculation and bubbles—esoteric knowledge that has eluded economists and social scientists for hundreds of years;
    —How to strengthen Medicare and Social Security while also bending the entitlement cost curve;
    —And the piece de resistance: He knows how to pay for education, high tech research, military modernization, green technology and veterans benefits by raising taxes on the relative handful of very wealthy income earners.

    Can any person, or any group of persons, possess the knowledge and wisdom necessary to advocate such an agenda? Of course not.

    This is why conservatives trust markets rather than government. There is far more knowledge and wisdom in the collective, real-time decisions being made at any given moment by 300 million Americans in the economy than there is in any collection of government bureaucrats gathered in Washington.

    And it’s why the right solution for our country is for the government to largely get out of the way and let the American economy run managed by the collective wisdom of the American people making decisions in a free economy, rather than being dictated to by a relative handful of government know-it-alls who assume a level of knowledge we all know is impossible.

    Conservatives trust the American people; liberals trust arrogant and dishonest government bureaucrats.”

    The Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI) is an independent, nonprofit public policy organization based in Dallas, Texas. IPI president Tom Giovanetti is available for interview by contacting Erin Humiston at (972) 874-5139, or [email protected].

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