Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The State Of The Union Address

Caption: President Obama gives the State of the Union speech, Jan. 28, 2010.

Image credit: Screenshot of this video by Cujo359

I didn't watch the State of the Union address. It's just bad political theatre. What's interesting are some of the bizarre reactions to it, like this one from Steve Benen:

I'll have more on President Obama's State of the Union speech in the morning, and I'm usually awful at guessing how "everyone else" responds to speeches like these, but my first thought after it ended was, "Oh, right, this is why I voted for the guy."

We've been here before -- Obama gets in a jam, so a big speech is needed to set things right. It happened at Iowa's JJ dinner; it happened with the speech on race in Philadelphia; etc. I'm not convinced the presidency was veering off in the wrong direction, but if anything should help bring some renewed confidence to the White House, this State of the Union address should do the trick. There were high expectations, and Obama delivered.

SOTU Open Thread

You're right, we've been here before, and it's getting really old. We have been through a year of this guy saying one thing and doing another, or not doing anything. By now, his actions define who Barack Obama is. He hired Rahm Emanuel, a man who is little more than a thug, as his Chief of Staff. He talked big on health care while he was actually screwing us. He talked about closing Guantamamo Bay, while he just moved it to Illinois. Once again, his words were empty of any meaning, at least to him.

A person's actions define who he is. His words, when they're uttered honestly, say what he wants to be. When they're not uttered honestly, they're lies.

When someone says one thing and does another, you learn to ignore what he says. When are the Obama fanboys going to learn?


lawguy said...

I'd have to agree with you, I'm not sure how a big speech will fix things.

For awhile I took pleasure in the fact that the current president could actually speak in complete sentences and is very articulate. Now, I'd like a little more thank you. Perhaps some are more easily amused than others.

Cujo359 said...

Yes, that particular bloom wore off pretty quickly, didn't it? That was something I appreciated about Obama, too, but it's pretty clear now that what we did was replace an inarticulate thug with a slick-talking con artist.

It might be an improvement, but I'm not sure that it's a big improvement.

Unknown said...

Exactly Cujo359,

Results matter, everything else is smoke and mirrors.