Saturday's Democratic response to the presidential radio address was delivered by Terry McAuliffe, the outgoing chairman of the Democratic National Committee. McAuliffe's tenure ends on Saturday, when the DNC will meet and choose Howard Dean to replace him. The transcript of McAuliffe's remarks: I'm Terry McAuliffe, chairman of the Democratic National Committee. This week, President George W. Bush delivered his State of the Union address, and though he claimed our nation is strong, he did not and could not say ... read more

Philippe Boucher: Thank you for providing a podcast of the weekly Democratic address. Where do you pick up the MP3? I asked the governor's staff where I could find it and they were unable to tell me. I started this project after fruitlessly looking for an official source. As far as I can tell, my podcast is the first attempt to distribute and archive the opposition party's weekly response on the Web. I pick up the audio from one of several streaming radio stations that run the speech each Saturday. One place you ... read more

This week's Democratic response to the presidential radio address was delivered by Rep. Ike Skelton of Missouri. Skelton's a good choice to speak on the weekend that elections occur in Iraq, because he was one of the first in Congress to recognize that the Bush administration's planning for post-war Iraq was not sufficient to the extreme difficulty we would face. He wrote letters to President Bush in September 2002 and a few days before the war began, and in the first warned of many problems that continue to hound ... read more

Newly elected Gov. Christine Gregoire of Washington delivered the Democratic response to the presidential radio address today. Gregoire, whose 129-vote margin of victory was determined by a recount, took office Jan. 12. Her opponent, Republican Dino Rossi, is asking courts to overturn the result and call a new election. Selected by the Democratic Governors' Association to give the speech, Gregoire criticized President Bush for shortchanging state funding on expensive federal programs in education, transportation, ... read more

Saturday's Democratic response to the presidential radio address was delivered by Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan. For the third straight week, the topic is President Bush's plan to privatize Social Security. A transcript of Stabenow's remarks: Hello. I'm Senator Debbie Stabenow. Social Security reflects the best of American values. It's a promise our government makes to all Americans that if you work hard and play by the rules, you'll be able to count on a basic quality of life and dignity in your older years. ... read more

The first attempt at public affairs podcasting on Workbench appears to have been popular last week. The audio file of the Democratic response to the presidential radio address was requested 8,400 times. I'm beginning to appreciate the bandwidth requirements of podcasting. One 2.38 megabyte podcast consumed more than 18 gigabytes of traffic. That's not an issue, because I have a great dedicated server on ServerMatrix that allows 1,200 gigabytes a month, but it could become one as listeners discover this weekly ... read more

One of my favorite presidential traditions is the weekly radio address, a practice revived by President Nixon and carried on today. Bush treats them like homework, but in the hands of a natural politician like Reagan or Clinton, the short speeches are an inspired throwback to the days when Americans hovered around the family Victrola to hear FDR's historic fireside chats. Every Saturday afternoon, the president delivers a short address followed by a response from a member of the opposition party. Both can be heard ... read more