Note: I started 'Tweeting' Obama's First State of The Union Speech (SOTUS) when it was half over and felt fortunate to get one in ten sound bites in the speech. When it was over I found a copy of the transcript and started all over from the begining. This list of nearly 100 tweets are in the same form and the same order as they were tweeted on the same night the speech was given. I have intended to go back through and pick up a few I missed but in the meantime here they are unedited just like I ran them.
This means that these nearly 100 Presidential Tweets are in reverse order; So scroll all the way to the bottom of this post and start working your way to the top.
(Scroll to bottom for Start of Speech)
(POTUS Speech in Quotes, Commentary is in UPPER CASE)
Potus to a staffer after speech "Which way am I going?" (Exuse me Mr. Prez but wasn't that what your speech was about?)
#Potus: "THE END!"
#Potus: "Thank you. God bless you Larry for converting my speech into Tweet sound bites"
"Let's seize this moment -- to start anew, to carry the dream forward, and to strengthen our union once more!"
"We don't quit. I don't quit. Let's seize this moment!"
"A new year has come. A new decade stretches before us"
"We have finished a difficult year. We have come through a difficult decade. But a new year has come"
"The spirit that has sustained this nation for more than two centuries lives on in you, its people"
"It lives on when they pull people from rubble, prompting chants of "USA! USA! USA!" when another life was saved.
"8-year old boy in Louisiana sent me his allowance and asked if I would give it to the people of Haiti"
"fundamental decency that has always been at the core of the American people -- lives on"
"(Mine) are nothing compared to the setbacks that families all across this country have faced this year"
"(I) had some political setbacks this year, and some of them were deserved"
"Generations did what it took to keep the dream of this nation alive for their children and grandchildren"
"we are here is b/c generations were unafraid to do what was hard; what was needed even when success was uncertain"
"If people had done (political expedient) 50 years ago or 100 years ago or 200 years ago, we wouldn't be here tonight"
"I never suggested that change would be easy, or that I can do it alone"
"SLOGAN WAS: Change we can believe in,, now many aren't sure they still believe change or I can deliver it."
"The more TV pundits reduce serious debates into silly arguments, big issues into sound bites, our citizens turn away."
"Each time lobbyists game the system or politicians tear each other down instead of lifting this country up, we lose faith"
"When a CEO rewarded for failure, banker puts the rest of us at risk for his own selfish gain, people's doubts grow"
"Citizens have lost faith that our biggest institutions -- our corporations, our media, and yes, our government"
"NOT Rep values or Dem values families living by; business values or labor values. They are American values"
"We are going to crack down on violations so that women get equal pay for an equal day's work."
"I will work with Congress to finally repeal the law that denies gays Right to serve the country they love"
"My administration has a Civil Rights Division that is once again prosecuting civil rights violations" Bush jab
"If you adhere to our common values you should be treated no different than anyone else"
"We are all created equal, no matter who you are; if you abide by the law you should be protected by it"
"We find unity in our incredible diversity, drawing on the promise enshrined in our Constitution"
"Abroad, America's greatest source of strength has always been our ideals. The same is true at home"
"10,000 Americans are working with many nations to help the people of Haiti recover and rebuild" #p2 ENOUGH?
"America takes these actions because our destiny is connected to those beyond our shores" #p2 PROFOUND
"We have gone from a bystander (BUSH) to a leader in the fight against climate change"
"Working with Muslim communities around the world to promote science, education and innovation"
"At Nuclear Sec Summit, 44 nations goal: securing nuclear materials infour years"
"I have embraced the vision of John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan" WTF? Like they have anything in common
"Michelle has joined with Jill Biden to forge commitment to support military families"
"Make no mistake: This war is ending, and all of our troops are coming home"
"We will have all of our combat troops out of Iraq by the end of this August” SWEE
"take the fight to al Qaeda.. leaving Iraq to its people"
"many senior leaders, have been captured or killed -- far more than in 2008" Take that Bush
"We are filling unacceptable gaps revealed by the failed Christmas attack"
"Let's leave behind the fear and division, defend our nation , forge a more hopeful future"
"Let's reject the false choice between protecting our people and upholding our values"
"Let's put aside the schoolyard taunts about who is tough on terrorism"
"I'll be addressing a meeting of the House Rep; I know you can't wait."
"If the Republican leadership is going to insist that 60 votes in the Senate are required, Dems MUST govern"
"To Democrats, I would remind you that we still have the largest majority in decades" U listening Dems?
"To Democrats, I would remind you that we still have the largest majority in decades"
"After (#masen ) it is clear that campaign fever has come even earlier than usual"
"They are sowing further division among our citizens and further distrust in our government"
"They think that saying anything about the other side, no matter how false, is just part of the game"
"Confirmations should not be held hostage to the pet projects or grudges of a few individual senators"
"Opposition should NOT delay or obstruct every single bill just because they can"
"What frustrates the American people is a Washington where every day is Election Day" It is for GOP
"There are simply philosophical differences that will always cause us to part ways" TEABAGGERS
"We have more than a deficit of dollars right now. We face a deficit of trust!"
"Rather than fight the same tired battles, Let's invest, Be resonsible, Try common sense!"
"We extended tax cuts for rich for eight years. That's what led us into this crisis"
"I expect we'll hear a different argument from GOP, that if we just make fewer investments in our people, extend tax cuts "
"Need to restore the pay-as-you-go law that was a big reason why we had record surpluses in the 1990s."
"I refuse to pass this problem on to another generation of Americans"
"This can't be one of those Washington gimmicks that lets us pretend we solved a problem"
Hey Chris Mathews, did you forget how white you were to make that statement?
"$3 trillion hole in our budget before I walked in the door."
"On top of that, the effects of the recession put a $3 trillion hole in our budget. That was before I walked in the door."
"Most of Trillion deficit was the result of not paying 4 two wars, two tax cuts, &expensive prescription drug program"
"Lobbying, horse-trading, of HCR left most Americans wondering 'what's in it for me?'"
I KNOW I DID
"The longer HCR was debated, the more skeptical people became." UNDERSTATEMENT
"Michelle is creating movement to tackle the epidemic of childhood obesity "
FREE COLLEGE FOR ALL?
"By now it should be fairly obvious that I didn't take on health care because it was good politics." YOU THINK?
"Instead of rewarding failure, we should only reward success" Good START
"How long should we wait? How long should America put its future on hold?"
"We cannot afford another so-called economic "expansion" like the one from last decade -- what some call the "lost decade"
"no reason Europe or China should have the fastest trains, or the new factories that manufacture clean energy products"
"I'm proposing a new small business tax credit 4 one million small businesses who hire new workers "
"Take $30 B of $ Wall St banks repaid & use it to help community banks give small businesses the credit they 2 stay afloat "
"We should start where most new jobs do -- in small businesses, companies "
"True engine of job creation is businesses. But gov can create the conditions 4 businesses to expand & hire workers"
"Jobs must be our number one focus in 2010, and that is why I am calling for a new jobs bill "
"After two years of recession, the economy is growing again"