Tuesday, January 25, 2011

SOTU Live Blogging

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I see John "Lurch" Kerry wearing his ribbon tonight. Thank God Obama did not go with this empty symbolism.

I missed it. Did Obama get a kiss from all the ladies on the Supreme Court or just the ones he appointed?

"Everybody please have a seat"
Sounds a bit odd coming from POTUS.

Looks like another "Jack in the box" pep rally to follow!

But there’s a reason the tragedy in Tucson gave us pause. Amid all the noise and passions and rancor of our public debate, Tucson reminded us that no matter who we are or where we come from, each of us is a part of something greater — something more consequential than party or political preference.


Sorry! That's not the reason!

Oh, no! A reprise of the little girl in a puddle meme!

Two years after the worst recession most of us have ever known, the stock market has come roaring back. Corporate profits are up. The economy is growing again.
Is this the smoke or the mirrors part of the speech?

Thanks to the tax cuts we passed, Americans’ paychecks are a little bigger today.
Yeah. About as little as possible!

Weasel Word alert!

The steps we’ve taken over the last two years may have broken the back of this recession


"May have" broken the back, means it ain't dead bang sure.

Our free enterprise system is what drives innovation

...which Obama clearly doesn't understand when he talks about "sharing the wealth".

Half a century ago, when the Soviets beat us into space with the launch of a satellite called Sputnik¸ we had no idea how we’d beat them to the moon. The science wasn’t there yet. NASA didn’t even exist. But after investing in better research and education, we didn’t just surpass the Soviets; we unleashed a wave of innovation that created new industries and millions of new jobs.

...which is why I personally gutted NASA and redirected them from space exploration to touchy feely self esteem missions.

"But too many schools don't meet this test. "
And voucher systems in Washington DC that could have rescued poor children from those schools that didn't meet the test were rejected by Obama and the Dems.

(Someone get John Boehner some No-Doze!)

We want to reward good teachers and stop making excuses for bad ones.
Except the teachers unions oppose both of these ideas. Are you really going to go against your ardent supporters, or is this just "boob bait for the bubbas"?

Update: I didn't catch this weasel word the first time around. How could Obama say "we want" something he knows his supporters don't? The operative word is "want". I want world peace and to date a super model. Don't look for either of them to happen any time soon.

Weasel Word alert!
"address the millions of undocumented workers who are now living in the shadows"
Address, eh? Another word for "amnesty"?

Countries in Europe and Russia invest more in their roads and railways than we do
Maybe that's because the gasoline taxes that were supposed to pay for new roads and road maintenance were siphoned off by lowlife dishonest politicians? (But I repeat myself!)

China is building faster trains

Hi speed rail can be a black hole of government spending.

Trains "without the pat down." Obama is a fool if he thinks that DHS wouldn't have designs on high speed rail. Or that terrorists wouldn't consider them a prime target, even harder to defend than air travel.

Weasel Word alert!
"Get rid of the loopholes" Translation: Raise taxes on business.

It's why last year, we put in place consumer protections against hidden fees and penalties by credit card companies
He equates this with clean air and clean water??

Anecdotes about health care rather than speak about principle, like the

Constitutionality of forcing everyone to buy insurance.

Weasel Word alert!
So instead of re-fighting the battles of the last two years, let's fix what needs fixing and move forward.
Translation: Don't try to repeal the health care abomination that we forced down your throats against your will. Let's let me have my way!

Cutting the deficit by gutting our investments in innovation and education is like lightening an overloaded airplane by removing its engine
Anyone ever hear a lamer analogy? Anyone? Beuller? Beuller??


Weasel Word alert!

Still, I'm willing to look at other ideas to bring down costs, including one that Republicans suggested last year: medical malpractice reform to rein in frivolous lawsuits
"Okay, I looked, but it'll be a cold day in Hell before I stand up to my buddies in the Trail lawyers association!"

Before we take money away from our schools, or scholarships away from our students, we should ask millionaires to give up their tax break.

Class envy.

Because you deserve to know when your elected officials are meeting with lobbyists, I ask Congress to do what the White House has already done: put that information online
Mr. Transparency hasn't lived up to his own campaign promises about putting proposed legislation online yet, what will be different about the next two years?

A government that lives within its means.
This is a hoot coming from Mr. Trillion Dollar Stimulus Debt!

"American Muslims are part of our American family"
Strawman. Whoever said they weren't?

"Tollybon"
Wonder if that was on my Bingo card?

we will not relent, we will not waver, and we will defeat you.
Good words. Wonder if he means them to go so far as not to give civilian trials to terrorist combatants who are not signatories to the Geneva conventions?


I call on all of our college campuses to open their doors to our military recruiters and the ROTC.
I wonder if the liberal college elites will heed his words here as much as his calls for "civility"?

Overall, his rhetoric moved to the center. A few too many "weasel words" for my liking. We will see how much of the centrist talk he talked tonight will be the walk he walks tomorrow.

Don't hold your breath!

You can see the text of Obama's SOTU speech here.

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