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Update 10:14 eastern

WASHINGTON--Now I have to stop this and start writing a column.....Here are some post speech scenes I observed from the House gallery balcony overlooking the chamber. Sen. Dick Durbin and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton are at the podium, locked in conversation....She takes a card out of her pocket and a blue pen and starts taking notes on what Durbin is saying.....


....Ok, I feel bad for Sen. Roland Burris. President Obama finished his speech. He worked the GOP side of the aisle. He turned towards the Democrats. Burris is standing alone. He waves at Obama from a short distance away. No response from what I see......No one from the Illinois delegation comes up to Burris. Finally one or two House members, both men who I do not recognize come up to Burris.

The speech is over and Obama is looking up at the balcony, where the press is....he quickly averts his gaze....and then his eyes lock for a moment on the First Lady.....


9:54 EASTERN...These times are a "tremendous burden" but a "great privilege" to shape the world.

For those who are laid off, have homes loosing values, 401k's in the dumps .....I say.....such an honor!

9:54 eastern...Scene in the House press gallery...(not inside the chamber) the journalists who will be doing interviews in Statuary Hall are now scrambling to leave to get there--with escorts--before security clamps down.

9:44 eastern....I'm in the chamber and Obama is talking about how health care reform cannot wait, "it must not wait." I look over to Hillary Rodham Clinton, in the front row with the other cabinet members to see if she reacts. As First Lady in 1994, she got nailed when she tried to steer health reform through Congress. She sits impassively. (I stepped out of the chamber to write this)

9:34 eastern...Here's the gameplan..energy, health cafe and education.
Downbeat....China, Germany and Japan are beating us with our own technology....
Upbeat...."It's time for America to lead again."

9:32 eastern....Obama says he will sacrifice some "worthy priorities" and they are.....

9:29 eastern ....A whole lot of Wall Street and bank bashing.
Obama has an interesting rhythm in this speech...some doom and gloom and then a shiny point of light...."slowly, but surely, confidence will return, and our economy will recover."

9:20 eastern
"Nobody messes with Joe," Obama says. Pitches accountability in his stimulus plan and website.

President Obama starts his speech before a joint session of Congress very gloomy.
Wait...here's the hope....
"We will rebuild, we will recover, and the United States of America will emerge stronger than before"


8:59 p.m. Some pre President Obama speech scenes in the House of Representatives.....

*First Lady Michelle wearing a sleeveless dress. Doesn't she ever get cold?

*Big cheers from Democratic female lawmakers for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, the former House member confirmed Tuesday.

*Embattled Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.), with a red hanky in his pocket chatting with Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) looking all around the House gallery.

*Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) as his tradition, arrived in the chamber hours early in order to claim an upfront aisle seat.

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Finally, a President who "gets it". Someone that tells us he knows what we're going through and is taking urgent decisive actions to try to solve the problems left by the last administration.
Thenumber one comment by the Republican party is how we're going to pay for all of this. That taxes will go up in the future. This is nothing more than scare tactics and political gamemanship.
Obama whats to double the output of renewable energy in 3 years. Ok if we can trim what the U.S. pays for foriegn oil by 20% we'd save 140 billion. If we can trim foriegn oil by 30% we'd save 210 billion annually. Now if we responsibly end the war in Iraq in 19 months we would save a large part of the $300 million dollars a day we're paying now on that war. If we reenovate the medicare system, get rid of the waste and fraud in the system you'd save hundreds of millions of dollars. If we put an end to opened ended government contracts and stopped contractor errors and over billing you'd save hundreds of millions. That's how you'd pay for the recovery program without raising taxes and start to balance the budget.

I realy like the Obama's speach on th last congress.

The speech you gave on Tuesday night was inspiring, insightful and intelligent. What I am most impressed with is your determination to eliminate earmarks. I am most concerned about the bill which is designed to keep the government running until Sept of this year. I understand it has over 8000 earmarks. Signing this bill after all of your campaign promises and your consistent rhetoric on the topic would be hypocritical and extremely disappointing to all Americans who support fiscal responsibility. We need to concentrate on a reversal of the culture in Washington. Please do not disappoint!

Obama, the socialist, became president of the United States primarily as a result of a hate vote against Bush. Hate doesn't work. Obama, the liberal senator will now try to push his socialistic agenda. We have gotten ourselves into a areal mess. If you voted for Obama, you will only have yourself to blame at a later date when your taxes are through the roof, you are supporting the lazy and your 401K is worthless.

The real problem is that he told us what he was going to do before we elected him and he will do what is required to accomplish his socialistic goals. He being elected only confirms the fact that Americans have reached the height of stupidity and laziness. We are on the road to becoming a huge welfare state. To think that this man was elected as the great savior of this once great country is appalling.

Thank yourself for the havoc this man will reap on America.

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