I try to be a good American citizen.
For me, that means I summon all of my strength and I make an attempt to watch the State of the Union address, regardless of what I think of the President. Sometimes I yell at the television. Sometimes my eyeballs bleed. While most presidential speeches have very questionable importance, the SOTU has…somewhat less questionable importance.
I’ve never done this before, but today’s blog is a “stream of thought,” written in reaction to the SOTU. Chime in and tell us what you thought of what the President said, or why you didn’t watch it.
Okay, I’m all set to hear the President “give to the Congress information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” Got my pizza and cool ranch Doritos. I wonder if any Congressmen brought any snacks…
I think it’s time to invest in an HD TV. All this rapid-fire clapping would sure look clearer.
Obama says the events in Tuscon should unite us and help us live for something greater than political party. That’s great, but somehow, if 9/11 couldn’t unite us for long, I don’t think Tuscon will.
Joe Biden is doing a much better job at controlling his eye blinking than Dick Cheney. John Boehner is also doing a good job not crying.
Obama wants to cut the billions of dollars the government gives to oil companies. Yea! Let’s sock it to those evil oil companies! Hey, I like that idea, but guess what? If you hate gas prices now, wait until they stop getting all that sweet government money. One way or another, the oil companies will take that money from us, whether it’s at the pump, or laundered through the government.
“It’s not just the winner of the Superbowl that deserves to be celebrated, but also the winner of the Science Fair.” Good quote.
Obama wants to continue to replace “N0 Child Left Behind” with more flexible “Race to the Top.” How come I’ve never heard of this? He also want to prepare 100,000 new teachers for the workforce? I’d like to know where they’re all going to go. None of the dozens of districts in my city are hiring. Believe me, I’ve been trying to get hired.
John McCain was just shown with his date, John Kerry. They may have been holding hands. There was also a guy who looked like Stanley on The Office who seemed to be doing a crossword puzzle.
You know, for being in the Constitution, the SOTU was never meant to be such an inspiring show for you and me. The founders never thought citizens would ever even know the speech had happened. Thomas Jefferson delivered his SOTUs as written letters to be read privately, he hated public speaking so much.
Sounds like Obama covered both bases by talking about spending freezes and “painful” cuts. But he also said, “let’s not get carried away.” To me, if you’re not willing to put everything on the table and evaluate even things like Medicare, you’re not serious enough about the budget. No one wants to take away Grannie’s pills, because she’s so much more fun when she’s medicated. But we have to look at everything.
Best fish related joke of the evening: “I hear it gets more complicated when they’re smoked.” If you didn’t watch the speech, I’m not going to explain it, so there.
Does anyone find it kind of ironic that Obama would cite Iraq as a success story? The non-Republican half of the country venemously protested the war for years. It’s kind of funny, now that I think of it. I don’t hear any protests, or any media coverage, for that matter, on Afganistan now that it’s Obama’s war. I wonder how that’s all going.
The generals did not clap or look happy at the mention of repealing “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” It doesn’t seem that they believe it’s good for the military.
Sixty-eight minutes and eighty-two interruptions for applause, but still one of the most watchable SOTUs in a long time, thanks to the restrained clapping.
As a guy who doesn’t doesn’t swoon for Obama’s oratory, it was actually a really watchable, at times inspiring speech. If I took it at face value, I liked several things he said. Of course, it remains to be seen how genuinely he feels about “vetoing bills that come to his desk with earmarks.” On the other hand, Obama left me hanging, where he gave very few specifics on what he wanted to do about spending cuts or immigration. Also, I don’t think I care about high speed trains.
Best quote of the night: “I have heard that a few of you still have concerns about our new health care law.”
What did you think of the speech? Is it your duty as a citizen to watch it, or do you avoid it? What highlights or lowlights stood out to you? Did it leave you hopeful for the future, or just as pessimistic as ever?