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Idaho Delegation on Obama's State of the Union: 'No Different From Before,' 'Can't Deliver What He Promises'

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The applause hadn't even died down as President Barack Obama delivered his seventh, and final, State of the Union address Tuesday night before the Idaho congressional delegation began hitting the email "send" button to Gem State media, deriding Obama's message to the nation.
  • "He simply cannot deliver what he promises to the American people," wrote Rep. Mike Simpson.

  • "The Obama administration has repeatedly undermined the Constitution and rule of law," wrote Rep. Raul Labrador.

  • "Again, he continues to pursue more growth in government and more unrestrained spending," wrote Sen. Mike Crapo.

  • "No different from those before it," chided Sen. Jim Risch.
Obama told a national audience that, "One of the few regrets of my presidency [was] the rancor and suspicion between the parties has gotten worse instead of better," adding that a "president with the gifts of Lincoln or Roosevelt might have better bridged the divide."

South Carolina Republican Gov. Nikki Haley delivered the GOP response to the State of the Union, but when she chastised Republican presidential candidates, with a thinly disguised reference to Donald Trump for "falsely equating noise with results," Haley caught flak from her own far right, with conservative commentator Ann Coulter tweeting, "Trump should deport Nikki Haley," and conservative radio host Laura Ingraham tweeting, "Too bad Nikki Haley missed her opportunity to stand with working people."

Haley's remarks received some rare praise from former Obama adviser David Axelrod, who tweeted, the "party of [House Speaker Paul] Ryan/Haley is a stark contrast to the party of Trump."