The Associated Press Scrutinizes Obama’s Speech


The Associated Press Scrutinizes Obama's SpeechPresident Barack Obama's State of the Union address appears to have won over Democratic supporters, but a prominent news agency has scrutinized many aspects of the nationally televised speech.

Shortly after Obama's address on Capitol Hill, a CBS News poll revealed that 91 percent of viewers who participated in the survey approved of the proposals put forth by the commander-in-chief. However, the news provider acknowledged that many people who watched the speech and participated in the poll were Democrats.

The Associated Press conducted a fact check on Obama's proposals and found several discrepancies. For example, the President said that he will veto any bills that include earmarks. The media outlet reported that, in early 2009, Obama took a different stance on pork barrel spending.

"Done right, earmarks have given legislators the opportunity to direct Federal money to worthy projects that benefit people in their districts, and that's why I've opposed their outright elimination," Obama said then, quoted by the news source.

Furthermore the AP pointed out that Obama pledged to freeze government spending while also investing in America's future, but he did not provide many credible suggestions for budget cuts. Last year, he said he wanted to raise approximately $36.5 billion in tax increases on oil and gas companies, yet a Democratic-led Congress failed to approve the measure. During Tuesday night's State of the Union, Obama made a similar proposal, which is unlikely to pass in a GOP-led House of Representatives.

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