Reading between the lines of Obama's SOTU
Juam Williams weighs in
- Duration 4:39
- Date Feb 13, 2013
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We -- -- a bit earlier President Obama is in North Carolina today rallying support for his economic proposals.
Proposals as he laid them out.
In last night's State of the Union Address.
He used that speech to highlight his second term agenda.
But was -- as aggressive as he was just weeks ago in his inaugural address.
According to the website Politico you might need to read between the lines take a listen to what the president said on gun control.
-- the difference.
The third the -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- And -- double world deserve a vote.
-- -- -- -- -- Sons and Wolfsburg and the countless other community -- left open by gun violence they deserve a simple vote.
Well according to Politico this is what he meant I plan to embarrass congress into taking this whole gun control efforts seriously.
Politicos translation it's not just Republicans that Obama needs to convince.
Let's talk about it with Fox News political analyst Juan Williams one on that point specifically the president.
Has a lot of the -- a lot of questions I guess about whether democratic legislators up to and including Harry Reid would support what the president wants to do when it comes to gun control.
It's -- good question giants in the political calculus is pretty simple.
You've got conservative Democrats who could be embarrassed if forced to take a vote on guns.
Let's say the assault weapon ban -- -- Those folks are in conservative states in the second -- the senate here but in the house will be conservative district.
That may have been carried by Mitt Romney and they're holding on by a thread.
So we're talking about whether or not.
The senate majority leader Harry Reid is willing to put those Democrats at risk and also then put at risk control of the senate.
Because Republicans have fewer people.
Who were running will be running in fourteen and fewer people who -- at risk though again.
The dynamic is very difficult for the Democrats and here's a boat that would expose them to great political cost.
Well let's take an -- -- -- let's take another listen.
At one of the things the president said last night.
And I know you want these job creating projects and her district I've seen all those -- comes.
According to Politico what he meant was Republicans give me flack for proposing stimulus programs but they all show up to take the credit.
Talk about -- hypocritical.
President made this remark as he renewed his push for more government spending on infrastructure projects modernizing public schools.
And building high speed rail and Internet.
The question one is do we have the money to do all that stuff.
Well -- well as that the white hats yesterday and they were making the case to.
You know the political commentators and analysts like me Jack.
That in fact there is no added spending that what they're talking about is within the jobs creation -- is money there they can.
Cut from other programs in order to to have money for these -- programs.
And everything that they are doing.
They argue fits into the idea of job creation so if you look at.
For example that fix it first program infrastructure they and you heard the president -- last night.
You can enter into a public private partnership that attracts private dollars to help with the bridges the roads -- that -- And that creates jobs even if you heard the president talk about immigration.
He's talking about making sure we retain.
The most talented best educated immigrants in order to advance our country and create more jobs so.
That's there argument that does that can you do it.
Without added cost this is where the problem comes at the White House and the president did not provide specifics they didn't say well here's the price tag.
And here's where the cuts are going to be made in order to pay for this price tag and make it revenue neutral.
Right but we heard of him bragging about how this was not going to add one thin dime to our deficit that's pretty hard drives and hits it if you're -- targets below for Republicans it's impossible to believe.
They don't believe it at all at this moment as we're sitting here.
But for the president and his staff they say that they haven't targets make they'll roll this out over the next few days and weeks and that will see that in fact.
You can have cuts better and -- and revenue increases which is of course objectionable to many Republicans.
But sufficient to pay for these ideas including something like raising the minimum wage -- -- Juan Williams.
-- good to talk to you.
Thank thank you John have a good that you just.