John Parkinson Tweets - This is one of the most amazing sunsets I’ve ever seen in DC. Stunning. pic.twitter.com/2kUyUXqi
Cool Infographic - Reagan said “peace” 74 times in State of the Union addresses. Obama used it 5. Clinton and Obama said “debt” 38 times. Reagan and the two Bush’s combine for a total 19. Bill Clinton’s speeches ran a combined 58,000 words. Reagan’s ran about 32,000 – http://abcn.ws/12GsmSE (Rosenzweig, Griffin, Wiersama)
Read This – Cokie Roberts on how she ended up in a limo with George W. Bush and Pope Benedict (and how little the selection of a new pope will affect the lives of even Catholic Americans even as they stay rapt on the succession process) –
Cokie: The pronouncements of the Vatican on matters like birth control, gay marriage and divorce are widely ignored by American Catholics even as they go regularly to Mass and Communion.
The pope might be popular—74 percent of American Catholics said they were satisfied with Benedict’s leadership in a Pew Research survey last year—but he’s not heeded. And, by the way, in that same survey 83 percent said they were satisfied with the leadership of Catholic nuns, the group the pope landed on last year, giving further evidence that his views are irrelevant to many.
So, though all of the heated speculation about Benedict’s successor will be interesting, the choice of the next pope will probably mean little if anything to the daily lives of lay Catholics, who will go on believing what they want to believe, further eroding the moral authority of the pope.
Unless of course the Holy Spirit surprises us and guides the cardinals to choose someone who is once again ready to open the windows of the church to let in the fresh air, as John XXIII did when he called the Second Vatican Council. That seems highly unlikely, but who knows—sometimes prayers are answered.
More here: http://abcn.ws/YSm6CN
Oh, And Biden Said He Won’t Run for Pope - http://abcn.ws/WFozBZ
Gov. Moonbeam vs. Gov. Oops Continues - http://abcn.ws/Y57FbJ (Shush Walshe)
‘Affective Forecasting’ - Matthew Dowd explains why Democrats are likely to be disappointed in the SOTU – http://abcn.ws/12o6JC9
Mr. Ted Nugent Goes to Washington (for the State of the Union)- http://abcn.ws/XxDEBe (Gregory Krieg)
DNC Blasts Marco Rubio Ahead of State of the Union Response – Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was labeled his party’s “savior” by Time magazine last week, and Tuesday he will be giving the Republican Party’s official response to the president’s State of the Union address, but Democrats are denying they see him as the new face of the GOP and therefore their political opposition. http://abcn.ws/VbRT1K (Arlette Saenz)
Past State of the Union Guests: Where Are They Now? – Since Ronald Reagan, it has become a tradition for presidents to invite special guests to watch their annual State of the Union address from a VIP box in the House chamber with the first lady. http://abcn.ws/VPTKqa (Anjuli Sastry and Alisa Wiersema)
What Could Go Wrong? Bloopers from Past State of the Union Addresses – It’s that magical night that comes just once a year. http://abcn.ws/Z5qH8r (Sarah Parnass)
White House Rules Out Raising Medicare Eligibility Age – The White House today flatly ruled out raising the Medicare eligibility age as a means to reduce the deficit and tackle the looming sequester cuts. http://abcn.ws/YS2COG (Jonathan Karl)
Romesha: Medal of Honor ‘Means a lot of People Did Their Jobs’ – Former Army Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha attributes the acts of bravery that earned him the highest military award given for valor in action to his team-not him alone. http://abcn.ws/12GNVTa
VIDEO – Romesha’s Son Was Adorable Rascal Before Ceremony (confounding White House Marine) – http://abcn.ws/Y5c9Pr
Hagel Senate Committee Vote Scheduled Tuesday-After a delay last week the Senate Armed Services will vote on the nomination of Chuck Hagel to be the next defense secretary on Tuesday. http://abcn.ws/14O2m6w (Sunlen Miller)