Nice Speech, Mr. President, But Can It Pass?

Adrienne LaFrance/Civil Beat

WASHINGTON — Hawaii's congressional delegates liked what they heard in President Barack Obama's speech before Congress on Thursday night. But they also acknowledged that their approval doesn't mean that the president's $450 billion jobs plan stands a chance of passing in a fiercely divided Congress.

Want proof?

Look at the standing ovations Obama got. When the president talked about putting teachers back in the classroom where they belong, Democrats got to their feet and cheered. Republicans stayed seated. Some of them clapped politely.

When Obama talked about reforming Medicare, Republicans stood up to applaud the president. Just a scattered few Democrats joined them.

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