Bill Clinton did something similar in his 1996 State of the Union.
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Thursday, September 8, 2011
President Obama Borrows a Rhetorical Device
In his jobs speech, the president won Republican applause when he said: "Some of you sincerely believe that the only solution to our economic challenges is to simply cut most government spending and eliminate most government regulations." He detailed administration efforts to trim outlays and administrative rules. Then he added: "But what we can't do — what I won't do — is let this economic crisis be used as an excuse to wipe out the basic protections that Americans have counted on for decades." Democrats responded with a standing ovation.