Did you enjoy President Obama’s gooey nostalgia for the Happy Days of Eisenhower and Howdy Doody as much I did?
Saul Alinsky warned radicals to “never go outside the expertise of your people.” But desperate times call for desperate measures, so Obama jumped the shark to the time of Potsy and Fonzie and Joannie Loves Chachi to rekindle a flavor of Americana that died a couple of years before Obama was born. Or that never actually existed. Take your pick.
I read the address before the speech started, thanks to prime seating at KSDK’s studio on Market Street. I was surprised at its brevity, its vagueness, its silliness, and its meaninglessness.
Going beyond the direct references to the 50s, Obama tried to evoke the supposed blandness of the 50s that the kids in the 60s criticized so much. That was his only success of the night.
The future is ours to win. But to get there, we can't just stand still. As Robert Kennedy told us, "The future is not a gift. It is an achievement." Sustaining the American Dream has never been about standing pat. It has required each generation to sacrifice, and struggle, and meet the demands of a new age.
Across the table from me were three Democrats. They looked pained at Obama’s sloooooowww delivery and his jokes that bombed both in the House chamber in Channel 5’s studio. As Peggy Noonan said, in her column aptly title An Unserious Speech Misses the Mark:
The State of the Union speech was not centrist, as it should have been, but merely mushy, and barely relevant. It wasted a perfectly good analogy—America is in a Sputnik moment—by following it with narrow, redundant and essentially meaningless initiatives. Rhetorically the speech lay there like a lox, as if the document itself knew it was dishonest, felt embarrassed, and wanted to curl up quietly in a corner of the podium and hide. But the president insisted on reading it.
And reading it poorly, I might add.
In the post-SOTU interview, I said, “It was as if his writers erased everything he believes in.”
My comment was as much about Obama’s slack attitude as about the address’s vacuous content. Obama clearly didn’t believe a damn word he said, and he seemed not to care who knew it.
In the end, the State of the Union speech may go down as an emblem of Obama administration: wasteful, boring, phony, weak, and poorly delivered by a president who’s seriously out of touch with our purpose as a nation.
I’ll participate on KSDK Channel 5’s post-SOTU discussion panel Tuesday following the State of the Union speech. (I being Bill Hennessy, in case you’re reading this from a news feed.)
I don’t know who my fellow panelists will be, but I think it’s pretty cool that a local network invited a tea partier to help break down the President’s State of the Union speech.
The speech starts at 8:00 p.m. CT Tuesday, January 25 on KSDK 5. The analysis follows.
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Other ideas to make the evening more meaningful:
* Start an office pool on what I wear
* Do a shot every time Barry says “perfectly clear”
* Draw a picture of Nancy Pelosi when John Boehner announces the President
* Have your kids interrupt with applause every time you say something really, really witty at the TV
* In the comments below, post the snarky answers I should have given instead of the lame, unintelligible responses I actually give
* Add your own ideas below
Just as in 2001, some Republicans are falling for Democrat mind games. In 2001, it was the shared leadership arrangement in the Senate, even thought the GOP had the majority because of the VP tie-break. This year, it’s beginning with “bi-partisan” seating at the State of the Union address.
I have one message for Republicans: Knock it the hell off.
When a Democrat offers to reach across the aisle, with very few exceptions, it’s to poison a Republican. In 2001, Democrats convinced Republicans to thwart the will of the people by letting the minority party run the show. In 2011, Democrats want the same thing.
On November 2, 2010, the American people handed the Democrats their own behinds on a silver platter. The left’s embarrassment and humiliation from that election has grown into a rage that resulted in last week’s failed attempt to blame conservatives for Jarod Lee Loughner’s murderous rampage in Tucson.
Having been discredited and humiliated in that failed attempt at propaganda, the left now wants to nullify the psychological effect of the SOTU seating chart. Two House GOP leaders—Eric Cantor and Kevin McCarthy—told Politico that they’re on board with this symbolic manure. Let’s tell them what we think of their idiotic plan to nullify the visuals of November 2.
Eric Cantor’s phone number: 804.747-4073
Kevin McCarthy’s phone: (202) 225-2915
Doug Powers (on Michelle Malkin’s blog) says it’ll all end with a pajama party.
Remember, that other party is the one libeling conservatives, accusing us of being accessories to murder.
The future is ours. Your disgust with the borrowing and spending, your noble desire to restore the republic the founders wrought, those are the real protests. The tea party is in our hearts and souls--the events are just the physical manifestations. But now, the President: Ninety percent of live blog posts suck. So I did my blog readers a big favor: I tested my quips on Twitter. Here I present my instant reactions that were good enough to get retweeted. (You're welcome.)
- I wish he'd ask "the Democrat majority to ramrod one-sided legislation through Congress" just once.
- BHO's funnier if you don't look at him, but Biden makes me laugh. What do I do?
- socialized medicine! Reminds me--my license plates expire this week
- If I'm ever prez, remind me to cure a bad disease in every speech
- I miss the suspense of W sneaking up on "kazakishtan"
- When will he thank China for making all this "investment" possible?
- Read the 10th Amendment, Barry
- When the hell did borrowing become the lifeblood of the economy?
And the winner . . .
- We need to produce more solar power? I'm NOT financing a new Sun!
On Friday, we get our turn to tell the world how it is.