Chickasaw Nation Lt. Gov. Jefferson Keel gave the State of Indian Nations address at the National Press Club in Washington today. It was a mostly optimistic speech that didn’t dwell on problems. Look for story and video on newsok.com and story in The Oklahoman.…
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Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne, provided a video response to the president’s State of the Union Speech. You can find it here:
Lucas and other members of the delegation provided comments for a video story I did early today. That’s on newsok.com.…
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Here is the text of the GOP response from Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech:
Good evening. I’m Bob McDonnell. Eleven days ago I was honored to be sworn in as the 71st governor of Virginia.
I’m standing in the historic House Chamber of Virginia’s Capitol, a building designed by Virginia’s second governor, Thomas Jefferson.
It’s not easy to follow the President of the United States. And my twin 18-year old boys have added to the pressure, by giving me exactly ten minutes to finish before they leave to go watch SportsCenter.…
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Here is the text of President Barack Obama’s speech, as prepared. There were a few small changes during the delivery.
Remarks of President Barack Obama – As Prepared for Delivery
The State of the Union
Wednesday, January 27, 2009
Madame Speaker, Vice President Biden, Members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans:
Our Constitution declares that from time to time, the President shall give to Congress information about the state of our union. For two hundred and twenty years, our leaders have fulfilled this duty.…
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EXCERPTS OF THE PRESIDENT’S STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS
We face big and difficult challenges. And what the American people hope – what they deserve – is for all of us, Democrats and Republicans, to work through our differences; to overcome the numbing weight of our politics. For while the people who sent us here have different backgrounds and different stories and different beliefs, the anxieties they face are the same. The aspirations they hold are shared. A job that pays the bill.…
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Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, in Washington to attend the State of the Union speech as a guest of first lady Michelle Obama, has had to make alternate plans to get home tomorrow.
The mayor’s Southwest Airlines flight from Baltimore to Oklahoma City was cancelled because of the impending storm in Oklahoma.
Cornett said he was planning to fly to Dallas/Fort Worth and catch an Amtrak train back to Oklahoma City on Thursday.…
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Sen. Tom Coburn met with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernake on Tuesday but said today he still hasn’t made up his mind on whether he’ll vote for another term.
Coburn said he thought Bernake did “a pretty good job” dealing with the financial crisis. The question, Coburn said, was how much he did to contribute to that crisis.
The Senate may vote on Bernake’s nomination later this week.…
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You may have read that two Oklahomans, including Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, will be guests tonight of first lady Michelle Obama for the State of the Union address.
Here’s a full list and bios of all the guests:
GUEST LIST FOR THE FIRST LADY’S BOX AT THE 2010 STATE OF THE UNION
Mrs. Michelle Obama
Dr. Jill Biden
Clayton Armstrong (Washington, DC)
Clayton was a DC Scholar with the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs during the summer of 2009.…
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The Senate tonight defeated an effort by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, to cut the federal budget rather than raising the debit limit to borrow more money.
Here’s Coburn’s reaction:
“Our $12.4 trillion debt has put our future at risk. If we don’t start cutting spending now we won’t have an economy to revive. Unfortunately, these votes show that Congress is more interested in talk than action. If members of Congress don’t have the courage to make hard budget choices we don’t need a new commission, we need a new Congress,” Dr.…
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Rep. Dan Boren, D-Muskogee, penned this column today:
OBAMA ADMINISTRATION MUST REVERSE STANCE ON TERRORIST TRIALS; GITMO
If the violence and tragedy of the 9/11 attacks was a wake-up call about the reality of global terrorism, the foiled attempt on Flight 253 in Detroit on Christmas Day was a sobering reminder that we continue to face that threat today.
Nearly one year ago this month, President Obama declared his intent to suspend military commissions for suspected terrorists, to assess the feasibility of trying detainees in the U.S.…
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