Obama's Union Depot speech: Top tweets [VIDEO]

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President Barack Obama outlined his ambitious transportation agenda during a speech this afternoon at St. Paul's Union Depot, and full video of his remarks are available on page three of this post.

But you'll have to read about what he actually said elsewhere. Instead, for your browsing pleasure, we bring you the ten most entertaining tweets we saw about Obama's Minnesota cameo:

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Al Franken denies he's ducking Obama's St. Paul speech because of president's unpopularity [UPDATE]

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Republicans think Obama is more of a curse than a blessing for local Dems these days.
:::: Al Franken missed Obama's speech for Harold Ramis's funeral ::::

:::: UPDATE III :::: This morning (February 26), we're told plans have changed again and Franken won't be in Minnesota today.

Franken's press secretary, Michael Dale-Stein, told us "Senator Franken was planning to travel to Minnesota for the President's event. But a close friend died, the funeral is today, and he decided he needed to hop on an early flight to be there. So he won't be able to make it to Minnesota for the President's visit."

:::: UPDATE II :::: Turns out Franken might be in St. Paul for Obama's speech after all.

Late this afternoon, Franken's press secretary, Michael Dale-Stein, got in touch to let us know that "Senator Franken is planning to join the President in Minnesota tomorrow so long as he is certain that the Senate will not be voting on the veterans' benefits bill that he's cosponsored."

:::: UPDATE :::: Klobuchar's office got in touch with us this afternoon to shed some more light on why she can't be at Obama's speech tomorrow.

"Tomorrow the senator is chairing a hearing on cell phone competition, including cell phone theft issues, which she cannot cancel," spokesperson Brigit Helgen told us. "That is why she will not be able to be in St. Paul for the event. Otherwise she would be with the President as she was just last month in Michigan for the Farm Bill signing.

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Here's how to get free tickets to President Obama's speech at Union Depot on Wednesday

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President Barack Obama will deliver remarks at St. Paul's Union Depot around 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon "to announce a new competition encouraging investments to create jobs and restore infrastructure as part of the President's Year of Action," a White House statement says.

SEE ALSO: Obama in Mpls: "Law enforcement officers should never be outgunned on the streets"

POTUS's speech is free and open to the public, and you can get tickets this morning.

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MNGOP Sen. Dan Hall destroyed on Twitter for making fun of mental illness during SOTU

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Sometimes, you should just step away from the keyboard.
Sen. Dan Hall -- a second-term MNGOPer representing parts of Bloomington, Savage, and Burnsville -- is no stranger to Twitter controversy. But he may have outdone himself with his live-tweeting of last night's State of the Union speech.

SEE ALSO: MNGOP Sen. Dan Hall suggests gay marriage supporters are unpatriotic

Hall savaged President Obama throughout this speech, at times making fun of him in ways most everyone found offensive. For his effort, the Twitter mentions filled up with a level of disgust we haven't seen since this incident went down last summer.

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Barack Obama disagrees with Sheriff Stanek about the dangers of pot

Categories: Drugs, Obama, Police
Obama and Stanek don't see eye to eye when it comes to pot.
President Barack Obama takes issue with folks like Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek who contend that smoking pot leads to violent behavior. In fact, POTUS doesn't think smoking marijuana is more dangerous than drinking beer.

SEE ALSO: R.T. Rybak says he smoked his share of pot in high school, but it left him depressed

Obama made those remarkable comments during a recent interview with The New Yorker, telling David Remnick, "I don't think [pot] is more dangerous than alcohol." In terms of how each of the substances impacts users, Obama went on to say he believes pot is actually less damaging "in terms of its impact on the individual consumer."

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White House website about Minnesota turkeys works smoothly, sparks misguided concern

Unlike a certain other website his administration has created -- *coughObamacarecough* -- the Obama administration's 2013 National Thanksgiving Turkey one works great!

Visitors to the site are asked to choose between Caramel or Popcorn -- two Minnesota-raised turkeys who are the finalists to become this year's winner. On the site, you can "learn about each bird, listen to their gobble and then make your selection."

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Michele Bachmann planning to sue Obama over Obamacare fix

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Last month, she called for his impeachment, now she wants to sue. What's next, imprisonment?
Last week, President Obama announced an administrative fix to the Affordable Care Act that could help some of the 4 million people who stand to lose their health insurance as a result of the president's signature law stay covered for at least another year.

RELATED: Michele says that despite Marcus's "significant health issues," Bachmanns don't have insurance

The broader debate about Obamacare aside, Obama's announcement doesn't seem like it should be especially controversial, right? Yet during remarks made at a monthly conservative event sponsored by the Heritage Foundation, Bachmann characterized the move as "the essence of lawlessness" and said she and other Republicans are planning to sue the president over it.

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Keith Ellison criticizes Obama for compromising on Obamacare, decries partisanship

Ellison: Obama should've "just put his body and soul" into fixing the ObamaCare website instead of tweaking the law itself.
Keith Ellison isn't happy about President Obama's announcement of an administrative change to the Affordable Care Act "aimed at allowing those whose insurance is being canceled over the law to keep those plans for another year," to use CNN's words.

SEE ALSO: Matt Birk refused White House trip because President Obama is pro-choice

In an interview with the Hill, Ellison says, "Honestly, I think [the announced change] undermines the program... I think [Obama] should do everything humanly imaginable to get [the balky Obamacare website] fixed as fast as possible and press on."

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Michele says that despite Marcus's "significant health issues," Bachmanns don't have insurance

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Of course, it's Obama's fault.
In September, President Obama mocked Michele Bachmann's worry that the Affordable Care Act "literally kills women, kills children, [and] kills senior citizens." But if Bachmann can be believed, the law, combined with her stubbornness about using the balky HealthCare.gov website, might endanger the health of her colorful husband, Marcus.

SEE ALSO: Rick Nolan calls on Obama to "man up" and fire somebody over Obamacare website debacle

During an appearance on Wolf Blitzer's CNN show yesterday, Michele said Obamacare resulted in the couple losing their health insurance. She added that they're still living without coverage even though Marcus has "significant health issues."

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Rick Nolan calls on Obama to "man up" and fire somebody over Obamacare website debacle

We can say this about Nolan -- he isn't shy about calling out Obama administration officials, including the president himself.
Last month, Rick Nolan went toe to toe with John Kerry over Syria policy. Now, Minnesota's Democratic 8th congressional district representative is putting the president on blast.

SEE ALSO: Obama mocks Michele Bachmann's worry that Obamacare "literally kills women"

This week, Nolan, speaking about the Obamacare website debacle, called on President Obama to "man up, find out who was responsible, and fire them," according to an AP report. He used the same "man up" phrase during an interview with WCCO, adding that "I feel that the people responsible for this did a terrible disservice to the Affordable Care Act and to the president by allowing this thing to go forward when they knew it wasn't ready."

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