‘My fellow Americans, the State of the Union is …..’

A little while from now, President Barack Obama will stand before the U.S. Congress and deliver the most importantest, hugest speech ever in American or even Kenyan history, the speech that will either elevate Obama into the ranks of the greatest to ever hold his high office or doom him to spending the rest of recorded time listed among the utter failures such as what’shisname — no not the older one, his son. You know, the name that cannot be uttered unless you want to be accused of bringing up ancient history, even though the people who say that also spend the rest of their lives mumbling “JimmycarterJimmycarterJimmycarter…”

Or maybe it’s not such an important speech after all, says Gallup:

“As Barack Obama prepares to give his first State of the Union address as president, a review of Gallup historical data suggests these speeches rarely affect a president’s public standing in a meaningful way, despite the amount of attention they receive. Among recent presidents, only Bill Clinton seemed to reap a public-opinion benefit from the yearly ritual, with an average 3 percentage-point increase across his seven State of the Union speeches.”

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Oh well. I think I’ll watch anyway, just to keep an eye on that Joe Wilson fellow.

253 comments Add your comment

Bosch

January 27th, 2010
7:32 pm

I think I’ll skip the speech tonight – I’ll try to find an animal documentary with lions eating gazelle – it will be less tame than all this.

josef nix

January 27th, 2010
7:33 pm

Bosch–
I think I’m with you. I thought I might tune in, but to what end? I’m in a good mood and see no reason to not stay there for the time being. I’ll read it later…

stands for decibels

January 27th, 2010
7:35 pm

josef nix

January 27th, 2010
7:37 pm

STB

I don’t care who you are, thass funny! :-)

Bosch

January 27th, 2010
7:40 pm

josef,

Read it later? I think we all can make an educated guess as to what it’ll say.

sfd,

Part of that will be Joe Wilson walking in muzzled. :-) Or better, yet, let him scream.

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January 27th, 2010
7:47 pm

I wanna see the Repugs laugh in his face.

Like the rest of us do.

TaxPayer

January 27th, 2010
7:48 pm

stands for decibels

January 27th, 2010
7:35 pm

Well, we can always dream. Actually, I’d settle for just one of those. I’m thinkin’ the one where the previous administration is properly blamed.

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January 27th, 2010
7:48 pm

He should dress in a clown suit.

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January 27th, 2010
7:50 pm

Since many dummycrat Congressman fully realize that they will be elsewhere for next years State of the Union address because of the person delivering it now, will they hiss at him?

jokerman

January 27th, 2010
7:52 pm

I notice one Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA) is going to give the republican response. Are we going to see another idjit like Bobby Jindal step up to the plate, and deliver a nonsensical, no matter response. And, why should it matter what a governor has to say…He doesn’t represent anyone other than maybe the state of Virginia and himself…It would be like having Sonny (the land baron) Perdue give the response…Who cares????

Jenifer

January 27th, 2010
7:54 pm

Obama Proposing Support For Military Families, Announced By First Lady

If there’s any way republicants can stop this from happening, they will.

http://sg.news.yahoo.com/ap/20100127/twl-us-michelle-obama-military-ef375f8.html

RW-(the original)

January 27th, 2010
8:03 pm

josef,

He’s going to call for an end to DADT tonight so you might want to tune and see if you think he means it.

RW-(the original)

January 27th, 2010
8:06 pm

jokerman,

Both parties should really quit doing those responses because they’ll always look bad by contrast.

Jenifer

January 27th, 2010
8:07 pm

Excerpt from State Of The Union Address: ‘We face a deficit of trust.’

Deficit of trust? Natural result of 30 years of “Government IS the problem.” The Reaganist scheme of shirking responsibility for governing via a blanket assertion that all gov’t is bad without exception has been a hugely destructive ideology.

Jenifer

January 27th, 2010
8:12 pm

My State of the Union:

The moment that you were elected, Sir ..the moment you won the nomination, Sir…the moment you announced your candidancy, Sir …forces were working against you and still are.

Mr. President, deals were done that handicapped you before even taking office. Massive sums of money on an historical scale were lost or either taken out of the economy. ”Scorched earth” policy was in full swing waiting for you and the blame ready to lay at your feet.

The suffering and pain of people being laid off…having their homes taken away …losing everything was to be left for you. All efforts to help those people …the American public have been obstructed ..delayed …and answered with a NO from the republicant party. Bankers took the money and ran..AND WORSE …held back that money so that EVEN MORE could be blamed on you, Sir.

When Congress wanted to extend unemployment benefits to help ease the suffering …the right fillibustered for a month while almost 200,000 people went off the rolls..losing everything …

When you tried to fix health care, the special interests took hold by any means necessary. They have lied and misled…and delayed while people die…

You have tried to change it all from within …

Now you stand there …NOT ALONE ..STRONG STILL …

Make your case, Sir… call them out …Fight …

WE are behind you, Sir.

GOD bless you …GOD bless the United States of America!!!

F. Sinkwich

January 27th, 2010
8:14 pm

Obama has no clue about what concerns Americans (the economy, jobs) and has no idea how to address it.

But then again, with only a background as a community organizer he shouldn’t be expected to. After all, he has never had to make an executive decision, meet a payroll, or do anything else productive in American society.

He hung around America-haters his whole life. Anyone who makes a buck is his enemy, and they’re going to pay because their gains were at the expense of the poor.

He is worse than Jimmy C.

He’ll offer up some tax credits for solar panels,

Mick

January 27th, 2010
8:15 pm

I’ll watch but lets face it, actions speak louder than words. Give em hell barry and so what if you only get 3 more years, its what you do that counts. I think he’ll get re-elected anyway cause there’s no repub on the horizon. Deep down the wingnut repubs love him anyway, I mean where would they channel all that hating?

jokerman

January 27th, 2010
8:17 pm

“Obama has no clue about what concerns Americans (the economy, jobs) and has no idea how to address it.”

Sinkwich …And, Bush did?

Mick

January 27th, 2010
8:18 pm

**The Reaganist scheme of shirking responsibility for governing via a blanket assertion that all gov’t is bad without exception has been a hugely destructive ideology.**

100% absolutey correct – that is the marker for the decline of America. NAFTA was the next watershed event.

Peadawg

January 27th, 2010
8:19 pm

…all Bush’s fault. Right Democrats? I’m going to keep track of how many times Obama mentions Bush.

Mick

January 27th, 2010
8:22 pm

**…all Bush’s fault**

Clinton helped push through NAFTA and ditched glass-steagall. So, its not all bush but his eight years laid waste to the land like no other.

F. Sinkwich

January 27th, 2010
8:23 pm

It sure didn’t take Jokerman to bring Bush into this!

Yep, Bush sucked. That means Obama is God’s gift to mankind!!!!

All hail the Messiah!

josef nix

January 27th, 2010
8:24 pm

RW

“He’s going to call for an end to DADT tonight so you might want to tune and see if you think he means it.”

Ha! As we say at Pesach, why is tonight different from all other nights? I’ve heard his lies and distortions before! i can stick around here and get a belly full of “homophobia” couched in left-liberal lingo! :-)

What do the old folks say? Actions speak louder than words.

josef nix

January 27th, 2010
8:25 pm

Mick–
“actions speak louder than words…” Beat me to it…not that you’re one of the old folks! :-)

Seriously, though, on any number of issues, this is what a lot of folks are saying…is he listening?

jokerman

January 27th, 2010
8:29 pm

“It sure didn’t take Jokerman to bring Bush into this!”

Well, Sinkwich when you make an inane comment, which you did, what did you expect?

Bush was /is the embodiment of incompetence…………….

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Mick

January 27th, 2010
8:30 pm

**is he listening?**

Only time will tell but he better be!

Bosch

January 27th, 2010
8:30 pm

josef,

Well damn! All these years and I thought it was spelled “pshaw” – the things we learn here. Is that a Cajun spelling?

F. Sinkwich

January 27th, 2010
8:31 pm

Yep, that’s what will get America behind him! End DADT!

Meanwhile, in line at the unemployment office, Joe Six-Pack says, “WTF?”

Sounds like a winning strategy to me.

@@

January 27th, 2010
8:31 pm

Dusty:

I keep missing your posts. The trip to Utah is the annual “Girls Gone Wild” escape. Snow skiing. I like to ski, just wish it was on water. I HATE COLD WEATHER!!!

RW-(the original)

January 27th, 2010
8:32 pm

Actions speak louder than words.

josef,

That’s why he’s only calling for it from Congress.

Now what I really find intriguing is Hillary coming out today of all days and saying she certainly wasn’t up for eight years running State and maybe not even four.

RW-(the original)

January 27th, 2010
8:34 pm

F. Sinkwich,

Barry is nothing if not tone deaf. I think it’s because he’s always run for jobs but never stopped and done one of them.

Mick

January 27th, 2010
8:35 pm

F. Sinkwich

You’re right, I don’t give a damn about DADT being addressed in the SOTU, that being said, anyONE who chooses to serve the country should be honored.

F. Sinkwich

January 27th, 2010
8:35 pm

Bush was bad, I get it Jokerman. What makes your Messiah so good?

Clue: He’s awful. Were you around when Jimmy Carter was president? O-man makes him look like George Washington.

But you knew that.

Southern Comfort

January 27th, 2010
8:36 pm

If the Republicans had any cajones, they would have let Joe Wilson give the Republican response. I’d buy a ticket to see/hear that one.

F. Sinkwich

January 27th, 2010
8:37 pm

Mick, didn’t say they shouldn’t.

jokerman

January 27th, 2010
8:37 pm

” Bush was bad, I get it Jokerman. What makes your Messiah so good?”

Sinkwich don’t put words in my mouth, Where did I say the “Messiah so good?”

I didn’t, now did I…..

Got anything else Sinkwich?

RW-(the original)

January 27th, 2010
8:39 pm

SoCo,

Joe Wilson is doing a complete response on Facebook. Earlier I got the impression some of it was going to be in real time but I think I was wrong. I’ll go find a link if you’re interested.

AmVet

January 27th, 2010
8:39 pm

@@, girls? Skiing? The Wasatch? That insane deep champagne powder?

Man, am I jealous…(I love those mountains.)

ty webb

January 27th, 2010
8:40 pm

barry had ole jenifer at “hope”… or was it “change”

RW-(the original)

January 27th, 2010
8:41 pm

Southern Comfort

January 27th, 2010
8:42 pm

RW

Sure. I know he’ll be honest in what he’s saying. Post it just in case I miss it. I’m not too sure how much longer I’m going to be able to stay up. You know me, early to bed… early to rise.

Mick

January 27th, 2010
8:43 pm

Yes, to me carter sucked – america held hostage 444 days. I think he is a very decent and honorable man just not such a good president. I’m still not ready to pull the plug on obama – he was handed a disaster of immense proportions. People are giving him one year and calling it quits? I’m still willing to give him more time to see where we go.

FrankLeeDarling

January 27th, 2010
8:47 pm

Most of our problems can be solved with health and education,people make better decisions when they are healthy and educated.

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January 27th, 2010
8:48 pm

Pelosi is still a moron, just sayin….

Matilda

January 27th, 2010
8:48 pm

No DRINKING GAME??!! WHA? I used to get HAMMERED during GeeDubya’s stuttered blatherings! I like this Prez much better, but honest to Christmas, there’s no way I can stay awake through the whole thing — even sober! This one’s voice soothes and lulls, not like the last guy who compelled me to fling shoes and do a Joe Wilson. (From my living room, of course, not in public. SOME of us were taught some *bleep*ing manners.) REPUBS: Pick a keyword, then hammer ‘em back! Wooo-HOOOOO!

joe matarotz

January 27th, 2010
8:49 pm

There is one thing we can all agree on – Obama is the best presidential candidate we’ve ever seen. He could run for president like nobody’s business. If only he had the skill and knowledge to actually DO the job. Oh,well – better luck next time.

Mick

January 27th, 2010
8:50 pm

By the way, obama gets no credit for the stimulus which helped every state in the country with their deficits. So, if they need to cut it would be a lot worse if there was no stimulus.

md

January 27th, 2010
8:51 pm

” And, why should it matter what a governor has to say…”

What on earth are they teaching in American history these days…..and how many past Presidents were governors??

RW-(the original)

January 27th, 2010
8:53 pm

Don’t drink on the words rescue, rebuild, or restore if you want to live through the speech.

md

January 27th, 2010
8:53 pm

“REPUBS: Pick a keyword, then hammer ‘em back! Wooo-HOOOOO!”

Just don’t pick the number of times Nancy goes up and down – may not survive that kind of hangover.

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January 27th, 2010
8:57 pm

Notice how the dummycrat appointees to the Supreme Court all look like lepers, I’m sorry, just sayin….

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January 27th, 2010
8:57 pm

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January 27th, 2010
8:58 pm

The tax evaders!

Mick

January 27th, 2010
8:58 pm

Average attention span listening to a good speaker – 7 mins. Average attention span 3 mins. Good luck to anyone doing any speechifying.

ty webb

January 27th, 2010
8:59 pm

anyone else happy not to have to see our own cynthia mckinney in the aisle for her annual photo-op?

F. Sinkwich

January 27th, 2010
8:59 pm

That’s a reasoned response, Mick. But I haven’t seen any indication at all that Obama knows what he’s doing. Wasting a whole year on healthcare, when we’re hemorrhaging jobs? Cash for caulkers? Cash for clunkers? What gives you any inkling he knows what he’s doing to improve this economy?

Atlanta Mad Dog

January 27th, 2010
8:59 pm

I can tell in advance, the low viewership of the speech and the bad review of the BS in the speech is George Bush’s fault.

Granny Godzilla

January 27th, 2010
9:01 pm

Haven’t read back…had to load the dishwasher.

I understand that if a conservative loudly heckles you take 5 shots. If President Obama looks square into the goobers eyes and says, “_______ You finish the bottle!

Let’s keep it clean.

F. Sinkwich

January 27th, 2010
9:01 pm

Boink! Bad response this time, Mick.

The Feds in NO WAY should be bailing out states.

Please rethink your position in light of the Constitution.

Thanks.

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January 27th, 2010
9:03 pm

Aaahh, yes, Idi Amin has put on another hundred pounds since gaining possession of the White House pantry.

ty webb

January 27th, 2010
9:04 pm

sure way to stay sober… take a shot everytime pelosi blinks.

FrankLeeDarling

January 27th, 2010
9:05 pm

oh here we go

Mick

January 27th, 2010
9:07 pm

**What gives you any inkling he knows what he’s doing to improve this economy?**

If he wants to get re-elected thats the key. More importantly, millions of our neighbors and family are suffering, he’s got to use everything at his disposal. Congress shares this responsibility also.

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January 27th, 2010
9:07 pm

Hairy Reed attends his last SOTU.

bwa

Jay

January 27th, 2010
9:08 pm

Remember the days when Cynthia McKinney would be there ready to pounce?

Ah, good times, good times.

Kamchak

January 27th, 2010
9:08 pm

I’ll raise a glass to the late Ted Kennedy–Just sayin’.

Mick

January 27th, 2010
9:09 pm

**he Feds in NO WAY should be bailing out states.**

Why not? We are the united states and its our money anyway.

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January 27th, 2010
9:09 pm

josef nix

January 27th, 2010
9:10 pm

Bosch–

That’s a good one! :-)

Dusty–
Are you still here? Got one for you about the little ones and a better day (from last p.m.)? You were right, of course…

josef nix

January 27th, 2010
9:10 pm

BTW–
Not watching. Unmentionable has commandeered the tee-vee and is in Guatemala with his own Bear doing “Man vs. Wild…”

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January 27th, 2010
9:13 pm

ty webb- If you can hold your liquor now, I have nothing but the utmost respect.

Blinky is trying to stay awake.

Hillbilly Deluxe

January 27th, 2010
9:13 pm

the speech that will either elevate Obama into the ranks of the greatest to ever hold his high office or doom him to spending the rest of recorded time listed among the utter failures

That seems a tad overly dramatic to me. I imagine in the morning most everybody’s opinion will be the same as it was this morning. I’m not much for the speechifying, so y’all have fun arguing. ;-)

Nite all.

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January 27th, 2010
9:13 pm

Now she’s crying, hahaha

TnGelding

January 27th, 2010
9:13 pm

Should be entertaining if nothing else. Let’s hope he says something meaningful and follows up on it.

RW-(the original)

January 27th, 2010
9:14 pm

Geez, is he starting this by saying we’re goners for electing him?

I choose optimism knowing we can get beyond this in 2012 after handcuffing him in 2010.

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January 27th, 2010
9:15 pm

Biden has no idea what this guy is talking about.

TnGelding

January 27th, 2010
9:16 pm

RW-(the original)

January 27th, 2010
9:14 pm

Dream on. Happy days are here again!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hf53oFb4IKA

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January 27th, 2010
9:19 pm

More businesses would have closed, more homes would have been lost and he hated it?

Jay

January 27th, 2010
9:20 pm

A little bankster bashing … politically effective and, even better, well deserved

Jay

January 27th, 2010
9:21 pm

Wait a minute, the GOP NOT applauding tax cuts?

Oh, right. Because Obama did it.

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January 27th, 2010
9:22 pm

Hey 17% unemployed, feel better now?

ty webb

January 27th, 2010
9:23 pm

Jay,
how are you able to watch, type, and wave your pom poms all at the same time?

Kamchak

January 27th, 2010
9:24 pm

ty,
how are you able to watch, type, and give the finger all at the same time?

fyt

Jase

January 27th, 2010
9:24 pm

Defending the stimulus…interesting.

Jay

January 27th, 2010
9:24 pm

I’m a PROfessional!

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January 27th, 2010
9:24 pm

400,000 jobs lost last week, he says businesses are hiring.

TnGelding

January 27th, 2010
9:25 pm

Didn’t cover the top 5%, to which they cater.

Jay

January 27th, 2010
9:26 pm

It does seem to be a more aggressively political speech than many previous SOTUs, addressing criticisms head on even if he doesn’t acknowledge that’s what he’s doing.

Jay

January 27th, 2010
9:27 pm

$30 billion for small business loans, and the Republicans grimace. Don’t they like small business?

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January 27th, 2010
9:27 pm

Did he really just revive the Community Reinvestment Act, for businesses?

TnGelding

January 27th, 2010
9:27 pm

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January 27th, 2010
9:24 pm

How many were hired?

FrankLeeDarling

January 27th, 2010
9:28 pm

raise wages, republicans are not going to like that.

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January 27th, 2010
9:28 pm

Comparing us to China, with China being better, sigh.

TnGelding

January 27th, 2010
9:29 pm

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January 27th, 2010
9:27 pm

When you sore losers rejoin the economic activity maybe he can stop.

Jay

January 27th, 2010
9:29 pm

GOP wants to KEEP tax breaks for sending jobs overseas?

FrankLeeDarling

January 27th, 2010
9:30 pm

Ok now we are talking , tax the offshore,but he just made big enemies

TnGelding

January 27th, 2010
9:30 pm

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January 27th, 2010
9:28 pm

Even the EU is eating our lunch!

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January 27th, 2010
9:31 pm

Fixing the problems that are hampering our growth, hmmmmm, let’s see, does anyone have a mirror?

Kamchak

January 27th, 2010
9:31 pm

GOP wants to KEEP tax breaks for sending jobs overseas?

Yes.

Another episode of one-word answers to simple questions.

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January 27th, 2010
9:33 pm

2200 jobs in clean energy last year!

Eureka!