Civility at the State of the Union

@gladys46 (1205)
United States
January 21, 2011 7:27am CST
It has been said that a president's annual State of the Union address to the U.S. Congress is usually a case study in political theater, with political parties sitting opposite one another, carefully conducted applause, and standing ovations that take place on one side of the aisle or the other. Further said: thanks to the leadership of Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer and Republican Sen. Tom Coburn, Congress may use this year's speech as an opportunity to champion civility in what is perhaps the most divisive and uncivil of places -- the U.S. Capitol. What say you?
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@laglen (19783)
• United States
21 Jan 11
I really do not care where they sit. I think it should be open. this is a long winded speech (for any President). I highly doubt there will be anything very inspiring or interesting. Regarding civility, a lot of these people hang out together other wise so I dont see a big bar room brawl happening. Their right or left sides are only a factor when discussing politics. They usually dont shoot each other.
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• United States
21 Jan 11
It is just for show. Heck they are already comparing each other to nazis again. So no lessons learned. No change of attitudes. Just pandering as always. Yep they will probly sit together. But they does not mean they will play nice with each other. Sadly....I think it is going to take more to make them start asking like professionals on either side.
@gladys46 (1205)
• United States
21 Jan 11
Unfortunately, lilwonders I must agree ... both sides need a lot of work! I must say that I believe President Obama has maintained a calm and reasonable demeanor, a temperment laudable under most circumstances of the past 2 years ... I believe he has shown great courage and is a very good example of one able to be in or out of agreement with reasonable respect.
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• United States
21 Jan 11
But we have a congress made up of two year olds. And THEY have more than Obama does.
@gladys46 (1205)
• United States
21 Jan 11
lilwonders, I'm not sure I understand what you mean. Could you be more specific? I respect your opinion of our President, be it pro or con ... it is your right to have your own opinion as we ALL do.
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
21 Jan 11
I never listened to the speech but was told it was one of the best that Obama ever made. The trouble is that the far left still has not taken heed and even use ridiculous examples that decent people know is not true. They are also selective as to those words that are a little offensive. According to them, it is all right if a DEmocrat refers to Republicans as Nazis, but when a Republican talks about targeting, that is a no no. The trouble is that makes people not trust the Congress as they should. So I hope Obama has a serious talk with those way out far lefters and gets them to toe the line.
@gladys46 (1205)
• United States
21 Jan 11
I agree with all others who took the President's speech in AZ as one of his best. Already said, and I agree ... these two ideological opponents have committed to sitting next to each other as a direct response to the increasingly ugly nd vicious rhetoric used in politics and the media. Perhaps the visual will mean something for all of America.
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
16 Feb 11
The whole nation has to come together and not insult each other with words. I do hope that things work out and that this back stabbing does not happen. And even though I do hope that IObama does not get reelected, I do believe he showed a little common sense. ; Of course most of the bitter rhetoric is on the left side. And thanks for the best response.
@sierras236 (2740)
• United States
22 Jan 11
Its really not that civil changing your seating arrangements for one speech. But I have already started a discussion on the issue. http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/2473565.aspx It turns out that this has been done before. It doesn't last very long and everyone goes back to where they were seating in the first place.
@Rollo1 (16725)
• Boston, Massachusetts
21 Jan 11
I assume you're talking about the plan to mix up the seating so Democrats and Republicans will be interspersed. I think it's a largely theatrical move meant to be symbolic but ultimately meaningless. Democrats will still stand and applaud in all the usual pauses, it will just make things look less like two mobs and more like an audience at a movie where some are more moved at the ending than others. One question: will they all get "Together we thrive" t-shirts? Personally, if I were in Congress I would rather the guy who's calling me a Nazi sat on the other side of the room than have him sit next to me. Do you suppose that sort of civility will be practiced by Democratic congressman or is this just the seating plan that they decided was uncivil? Why don't we make them all sit in alphabetical order, no chewing gum, no whispering or passing notes and listen politely until the end at which time they can all give the President a round of golf claps? Then, they can pick up their popcorn and t-shirts on the way out.