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January 28, 2014
22:21 // 8 months ago

I first met Cory Remsburg, a proud Army Ranger, at Omaha Beach on the 65th anniversary of D-Day.  Along with some of his fellow Rangers, he walked me through the program – a strong, impressive young man, with an easy manner, sharp as a tack.  We joked around, and took pictures, and I told him to stay in touch.
A few months later, on his tenth deployment, Cory was nearly killed by a massive roadside bomb in Afghanistan. His comrades found him in a canal, face down, underwater, shrapnel in his brain. 
For months, he lay in a coma.  The next time I met him, in the hospital, he couldn’t speak; he could barely move.  Over the years, he’s endured dozens of surgeries and procedures, and hours of grueling rehab every day. 
Even now, Cory is still blind in one eye.  He still struggles on his left side.  But slowly, steadily, with the support of caregivers like his dad Craig, and the community around him, Cory has grown stronger. Day by day, he’s learned to speak again and stand again and walk again – and he’s working toward the day when he can serve his country again. 
"My recovery has not been easy," he says. "Nothing in life that’s worth anything is easy." 
Cory is here tonight.  And like the Army he loves, like the America he serves, Sergeant First Class Cory Remsburg never gives up, and he does not quit. 

The story behind Cory Remsburg, Michelle Obama’s guest for the night, from the SOTU speech.

I first met Cory Remsburg, a proud Army Ranger, at Omaha Beach on the 65th anniversary of D-Day.  Along with some of his fellow Rangers, he walked me through the program – a strong, impressive young man, with an easy manner, sharp as a tack.  We joked around, and took pictures, and I told him to stay in touch.

A few months later, on his tenth deployment, Cory was nearly killed by a massive roadside bomb in Afghanistan. His comrades found him in a canal, face down, underwater, shrapnel in his brain. 

For months, he lay in a coma.  The next time I met him, in the hospital, he couldn’t speak; he could barely move.  Over the years, he’s endured dozens of surgeries and procedures, and hours of grueling rehab every day. 

Even now, Cory is still blind in one eye.  He still struggles on his left side.  But slowly, steadily, with the support of caregivers like his dad Craig, and the community around him, Cory has grown stronger. Day by day, he’s learned to speak again and stand again and walk again – and he’s working toward the day when he can serve his country again. 

"My recovery has not been easy," he says. "Nothing in life that’s worth anything is easy." 

Cory is here tonight.  And like the Army he loves, like the America he serves, Sergeant First Class Cory Remsburg never gives up, and he does not quit. 

The story behind Cory Remsburg, Michelle Obama’s guest for the night, from the SOTU speech.

22:17 // 8 months ago
And with the Afghan war ending, this needs to be the year Congress lifts the remaining restrictions on detainee transfers and we close the prison at Guantanamo Bay – because we counter terrorism not just through intelligence and military action, but by remaining true to our Constitutional ideals, and setting an example for the rest of the world.
Obama, five years minutes ago.
22:10 // 8 months ago
gov:

kategardiner:

. @redrawnoxen for @newsweek #sotu #sotu14

Live SOTU illustration is happening over at Newsweek.

"The Bill Clinton" is going to be my default speech-making mechanism.

gov:

kategardiner:

. @redrawnoxen for @newsweek #sotu #sotu14

Live SOTU illustration is happening over at Newsweek.

"The Bill Clinton" is going to be my default speech-making mechanism.

22:02 // 8 months ago
So again, if you have specific plans to cut costs, cover more people, and increase choice – tell America what you’d do differently. Let’s see if the numbers add up. But let’s not have another forty-something votes to repeal a law that’s already helping millions of Americans like Amanda. The first forty were plenty. We all owe it to the American people to say what we’re for, not just what we’re against.
Obama, throwing out sick burns on health care.
21:57 // 8 months ago
sonicbloom11:

Joe Biden.

When I’m vice president, this will be my demeanor.

sonicbloom11:

Joe Biden.

When I’m vice president, this will be my demeanor.

21:53 // 8 months ago
It’s time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a “Mad Men” episode.
Obama, on gender equality in the workplace.
21:47 // 8 months ago
The only thing that could make this speech more interesting.

The only thing that could make this speech more interesting.

21:39 // 8 months ago
Obama (in his speech): “But the debate is settled. Climate change is a fact. And when our children’s children look us in the eye and ask if we did all we could to leave them a safer, more stable world, with new sources of energy, I want us to be able to say yes, we did.”
Boehner clearly agrees.

Obama (in his speech): “But the debate is settled. Climate change is a fact. And when our children’s children look us in the eye and ask if we did all we could to leave them a safer, more stable world, with new sources of energy, I want us to be able to say yes, we did.”

Boehner clearly agrees.

21:36 // 8 months ago
Finally, if we are serious about economic growth, it is time to heed the call of business leaders, labor leaders, faith leaders, and law enforcement – and fix our broken immigration system. Republicans and Democrats in the Senate have acted. I know that members of both parties in the House want to do the same. Independent economists say immigration reform will grow our economy and shrink our deficits by almost $1 trillion in the next two decades. And for good reason: when people come here to fulfill their dreams – to study, invent, and contribute to our culture – they make our country a more attractive place for businesses to locate and create jobs for everyone. So let’s get immigration reform done this year.
The entirety of what Obama has to say about immigration in this huge speech. Feels like not very much.
21:31 // 8 months ago