Obama Eyes Nuke Cuts in Tough State of the Union
Obama set for 'aggressive' speech: Glenn Thrush
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 11, 2013 7:03 AM CST
Updated Feb 11, 2013 7:36 AM CST
President Barack Obama gestures speaks during an Armed Forces Farewell Ceremony to honor outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington,...   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – Tomorrow's State of the Union is shaping up to be a much tougher speech than we've seen in previous editions from President Obama, writes Glenn Thrush at Politico, calling it "less a presidential olive branch than a congressional cattle prod." Obama doesn't expect Congress to hammer out compromises on his agenda, and on the heels of his 2012 win, he's ready to come out swinging. Among his chosen topics: a return to nuclear disarmament, the New York Times reports.

Rather than trying to work out a new nuclear treaty in Congress, Obama hopes to set new standards in tandem with Vladimir Putin. The White House aims to cut the deployed US arsenal from some 1,700 nuclear weapons to 1,000, and it has the Joint Chiefs on board. Jobs, the budget, climate change, and gun control will also be on tomorrow night's menu. To limit Capitol Hill squabbles, Obama is turning to a host of potential new executive actions—as well as calling for public support, the AP notes, with help from social media. After the speech, Obama will join a conference call with supporters, and Thursday he plans to chat with them via a Google hangout.

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cornelison
Feb 12, 2013 7:42 AM CST
Republicans resent The President because he's working and they're just saying "no" to their own previous ideas.
hog_one
Feb 12, 2013 4:50 AM CST
I'll watch the President's State of the Union address tonight and listen to his words. Then I'll wait for the news casters to review his speech and tell me this is what he ment when he said whatever. Then I'll listen to the GOP response and wait for the news casters to tell me this is what he ment when he said whatever. Then I'll listen to the news casters again review both of the speechs and tell me once again this is what was ment. Then I'll know, none of them heard what I heard. Then I'll log onto NEWSER and find out that half of the people heard what I did and the other half didn't hear what I did and then I'll make my comment and get a bunch of people telling me I didn't hear what I did. Tomorrow is going tobe a fun day.
ppaca
Feb 11, 2013 4:28 PM CST
0bama promisd this last year in his meeting with Putin when he whispered to him, thinking his mic wouldn't pick it up. He said he would have more "flexibility" after his reelection. He's selling us down the river. He even nominated a Muslim to be our next CIA Chief. Yes, Brennan converted to Islam when stationed in Riyadh years ago. See: http://www.wnd.com/2013/02/shock-claim-obama-picks-muslim-for-cia-chief/ We don't have a chance with this guy.