Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-IL) weighed in on the President's State of the Union address and said that he is checked out on congress and is going to do whatever he wants. He went on to explain that there exists a climate of arrogance that has put a schism between the Congress and the Executive. There is a separation of powers but there needs to be a time when people can sit down and talk because Congress controls the purse strings. On Iran he explained that they have been funding terrorist organizations and finds it difficult to see how one can try to deal with them when they are just going to stick a knife in your back. Speaker Hastert also said that the difference of being speaker Under President Clinton was that they were able to work on things together and find common ground where unfortunately this President won't work with anyone.