Obama says he’ll ‘leave it all on the field’
WASHINGTON (AP) – The latest on President Barack Obama’s last State of the Union address. All times EST:
President Barack Obama says he’ll use his last State of the Union address to make sure Americans understand he plans to “leave it all on the field.”
Obama is previewing his speech in a live video appearance on Facebook. He’s speaking from his desk in the Oval Office as he finalizes the text of the speech.
Obama says he wants Americans to understand the proposals he thinks are necessary to ensure opportunity and security for the U.S. He says it’s important at a time when major changes are taking place around the world.
Obama is calling on all Americans to get involved and pay attention. He says the U.S. has big choices ahead. But the president says if the U.S. makes the right choices, he’s confident there’s a bright future ahead.
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus were laying claim to aisle seats in the House chamber hours before President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address.
Many members of the 46-member caucus were seen grabbing spots hours early near the center aisle used by the president, Cabinet members and other dignitaries to enter and depart the chamber. Caucus chairman G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina says members consider it “an extraordinary honor to be eyewitness” to Obama’s seventh and last State of the Union speech.
Texas Rep. Al Green says he was the first lawmaker to arrive in the chamber, entering at 6:30 a.m. to grab a choice piece of aisle real estate.
He says he “would have spent the night if necessary.”
Aisle seating brings with it not only a chance for a handshake, an autograph and a quick conversation, but also TV exposure for an address that’s viewed by millions nationwide.
The mystery over who invited Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who spent five days in jail for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses, to the State of the Union address has been solved.
Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio says his “staff heard from the Family Research Council that Ms. Davis and her family hoped to attend the State of the Union address and so I offered a ticket.”
Every lawmaker gets one guest ticket to the president’s annual speech, though congressional leaders get extras.
First lady Michelle Obama invited Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in the case in which the Supreme Court effectively legalized gay marriage across the nation.
After the Supreme Court’s decision, Davis cited “God’s authority” and refused to issue marriage licenses, despite a series of federal court orders.
President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address is getting some buzz on Facebook.
The social networking site says 15 million people discussed Obama and his address in the week leading up to the speech. They liked, posted, shared or commented 54 million times as of Tuesday morning.
Facebook says guns were the most talked-about topic in relation to Obama’s speech. Islam and Muslims took second place, followed by the Islamic State group. Criminal justice and terrorism were the fourth and fifth most discussed topics on Facebook.
Twitter is using the occasion of President Barack Obama’s last State of the Union address to tote up some of his most-tweeted lines from previous addresses.
His greatest hits include 2009’s “We will rebuild, we will recover, and the United States of America will emerge stronger than before.”
His 2011 highlight was “Starting this year, no American will be forbidden from serving the country they love because of who they love.”
From 2014, there was, “It’s time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a ‘Mad Men’ episode.”
And he scored in 2015 with: “I have no more campaigns to run. I know because I’ve won both of them.”
The Twitter team calculated most popular lines by looking at both tweets-per-minute and most retweeted lines.
Last year, there were 2.6 million tweets sent about the State of the Union, including 52,000 tweets-per-minute for the president’s most popular line.
The “Mad Men” line in 2014 generated 33,000 tweets-per-minute.
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