Conspicuously absent from Obama’s State of the Union was any mention of Guantánamo Bay or the 166 detainees still stuck there. Eli Lake reports on the president’s broken promise.
President Obama delivered the first State of the Union of his second term Tuesday night, and by the looks of it, Daily Beast readers liked it.
Shortly after the hourlong speech ended, we asked our Facebook fans for one-word reactions, and 1,174 of you weighed in. Using Tagxedo, an online application that converts text into word clouds, we arranged your responses into an America-shaped visual representation. (Keep in mind the geographical location of the words bears no meaning. Also, larger words indicate that multiple people used that term to describe the speech.)
As you can see, the biggest words were mostly positive: awesome, brilliant, inspiring, and hopeful. However a few negative words are clearly visible, including: lies, liar, bullshit, crap, and boring. And, fittingly, “Rubio” was randomly placed in his home state of Florida.
The president pivoted from deficit reduction to increasing demand—with a call for a higher minimum wage, says Daniel Gross.
In response to Obama, Marco Rubio put a nonscary (and nonwhite) face on the GOP, seemingly battling dry mouth in his reach for water, says Michelle Cottle.
How do you snag a seat next to Michelle Obama at the State of the Union? Be a walking manifestation of the president’s agenda.
Speaker John Boehner could barely be bothered to stand up and clap, let alone shake the grimace from his face during the State of the Union.