Live Blog: State of the Union

What do you want to hear from President Obama?

Patch will be live-blogging tonight's State of the Union speech by President Barack Obama, and we'll be bringing you insights from your neighbors from across the political spectrum.

Patch will go live at 4 p.m. to start the discussion. Coverage of the speech itself will start at 6.

Please join us. And in the meantime, we'd like to ask you to tell us what you think. What is the State of the Union today compared with a year ago or four years ago?

As a bonus, the White House has offered to answer a few questions submitted by Patch users across the nation after tonight's speech. We don't know who in the administration will speak, but it's a great opportunity to take your question right to Washington without leaving home.

The result will look something like this video of first lady Michelle Obama answering a fitness question.

To submit your question, post it in the comments below with your real name, the town where you live and, if you'd like, your Twitter handle.

We'll consider questions posted only AFTER the president finishes his speech. You have until 11 a.m. Wednesday to post your question.

And finally, a note to our friends who are coming to Patch on a mobile browser. If you can't see our live blog, you can use this link to follow the conversation on your phone's RSS reader.

Jnarayan Jay Narayan January 25, 2012 at 06:54 AM
the speech is blame successful and hard working americans one side and next day you go the same people you just blamed to collect millions of dollars for the reelection is this hope change !
Bob Atkins January 25, 2012 at 04:27 PM
It would be so nice if some of the things that the President spoke of actually happened. Like taxation of multinational companies and fixing the tax code so that multimillionaires and billionaires pay their fair share but, the moron sitting to the left and behind the President and his party will do everything they can to obstruct everything. The Republican party represents the top 1% - PERIOD! Until Joe six pack figures out that he will NEVER be part of that club, Joe and the rest of us will get everything we deserve.
Bob Atkins January 25, 2012 at 04:37 PM
It would sure be nice if Obama actually did a little more about the change that he campaigned on since he has been in office. Obama has continued many of the Bush Administration policies - not just the extension of the Bush tax cuts but also the Patriot act, Guantanamo, and more recently Obama's instance on the ability to arrest and detain American citizens on charges of terrorism indefinitely and without due process or representation as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Defense_Authorization_Act_for_Fiscal_Year_2012. These are not the principles that he represented when he ran for office or what I voted for. Sadly the first 2 years in which the Democrats held a majority in both the House and Senate were squandered on selfish bickering within the Democrat ranks. The Republicans don't give a damm about being bi-partisan when they control Congress. They just ram everything they want through. Then the Democrats get the majority and all they do is try to hold hands and sing Kumbya - compromising on their core principles and letting the Republicans water down their own agenda to the point of it being useless.
Bob Atkins January 25, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Let us not forget that it was the Republicans that killed the public option for health insurance. They also made sure to remove most of the regulatory language for the health insurance providers and finally in the great slap in the face - it was the REPUBLICANS that insisted on the individual mandate that those who are currently running for the Republican nomination so despise. What hypocrites! Then again it was their intention to make the law unconstitutional or at the very least be major corporate welfare without ANY cost controls for the health insurance companies whom they represent.


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