Obama's State Of The Union: My Thoughts

A few quick thoughts on Obama's state of Obama speech.

The whole time I am listening to it, I know he is lying and I suspect that he does too. Back in the Clinton days when I listened to Bill delivering this type of speech, I knew he was lying also. Somehow, though, I always got the impression that Bill had managed to convince himself of the lie. In his belief in his own virtue, he seemed convinced and convincing even when he was as far from the truth as could be, even to the point of the wagging of the finger. Watch that denial again sometime, that man really believes he is the victim. Somehow, for me, it made it easier to get past such things with Clinton because underneath you could always see the weakness that allowed him to really believe his own lies.

For all that, it occurred to me that Barack Obama is far scarier. He lies, he knows he is lying, and he doesn't care. "I don't believe in bigger gov't" - "Tax cuts for 95%" - "No earmarks" Lies all. His lies seem to be pre-meditated fabrications to give him what he wants, more power. With Clinton, the truth always seemed distorted. Cloudy. With Obama, truth is simply irrelevant.

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When I read the story about the bank exec who gave the money to all the employees, I was impressed. Seeing him in the gallery being used by Obama as a prop meant to bash all the greedy CEO's who have only managed to keep hundreds of thousands employed for years, I was not impressed.

When Obama relayed the story of the girl and finished with "We are not quitters!" I cringed. This is one time he might actually be telling the truth. So much the worse for us.

Michelle Obama continues to look ...

Bobby Jindal. Said all the right things and absolutely no one will remember tomorrow. Oh, by the way, it may not be PC, but for the next four years, does every Republican who offers a response to Obama have to follow McCain's lead by recognizing the historic nature of Obama? Please, please give it a rest.

When he got the nomination "I would like to recognize the historic nature of the first black nominee of a major party". When he won, "I would like to recognize the historic nature of the first black president-elect" and tonight "I would like to recognize the historic nature of the first black president to have a pretend Sate of the Union" How about recognizing the historic nature of the first president - period - to spend a gazillion dollars in his first four weeks in office. Enough with the "historic nature" crap. He won, its over, no one cares.

And if you think that anyone who thinks that Republicans are all racists will suddenly say to themselves, "Oh look Weezie, they recognized the historic nature of the first black president to spend our great great-great-great grandkids money, maybe the Republicans aren't so bad," you have another thing coming. Repeat after me. No One Cares! So stop it already.

Anyway, that's all for tonight. But if I can leave you with one thought. One thought only, it is this. Remember, nobody messes with Joe. Well, except Joe of course.

Comments

  1. It's a tax CREDIT -- not a tax CUT -- and most of those benefiting from it would have no tax liability anyway. (As you say, I suspect Obama already knows this).

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  2. I was more disappointed in the things he didn't say. Among his favorite words in his speech last night were increase, expand, extend. What I didn't hear at any point was "and this is how we are going to pay for it." But I guess it was implied that the top earning 5% will. Ahh, nothing like forced philanthropy!

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  3. Increase, extend, expand. Sounds like an ad for erectile dysfunction.

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  4. The part that got me was his fluff over Gitmo and torture. Guess he didn't know about this. (Thanks, BBC!) So yeah...I agree with you. He's lying and he knows it.

    God Bless,
    Ryan

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  5. Oh, and regarding the political beating-stick Gitmo, I wonder why he didn't bring up the results of the Pentagon Investigation he ordered...

    God Bless,
    Ryan

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  6. Dysfunction or dyspepsia?

    Anon2

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  7. To be honest, I didn't watch the speech as I simply am not vested anymore. But I DID watch Jindal's follow-up response. I thought he did an EXCELLENT job (the analogy of the boats and bureaucrats at the begining of it really resonated). I sincerely hope the GOP is smart enough to run him for President in the next election.

    Jindal SHOULD be the next president, IMHO. As far as a Veep, I'm hoping someone else besides Palin. I think her days in the sun are over, and I really wasn't that impressed with her. I know it's too much to ask for another Catholic to run with Jindal.

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  8. Jindal seems a little...geeky...to run for President. I love the guy and his policies but I think he's got to work on the alpha male thing. Maybe hang out with Haley Barbour or something.

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  9. I think Jindal's pro-life policies and voting record are perfectly catholic, as far as I can tell, and that's what matters. If he ran for president next term he would certainly get my vote over Obama. (Although I do think he sounds like Kenneth from 30 Rock and it weirds me out...)

    I have to object to the tone of this article though. It IS a big deal that Barack Obama is elected. I may not have voted for him, I may vehemently disagree with his policies, but it IS historic, and I am glad that people DO care. He is the first black man to become president in a nation where most african americans historically have not been allowed to "play the game". Now millions of african american boys have an educated, proud black man in power, who is yelling at them to stay in school as a duty to their country. I think that is a wonderful thing!

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  10. I'm fan of any Catholic politician that actually practices the faith that they profess to hold in their voting records!

    I think every prominent politician has to tacitly pay homage to the historical nature of Obama's election in their first widely publicized post-election addresses in order to avoid knee-jerk accusations that they're racist... but it better disappear soon because racial awareness to me distracts from our society truly transcending race and focusing on the issues that are truly important.

    Objectively, if he were to compete against Obama in a presidential election... he REALLY needs to polish his public speaking skills. Sarah is so right about him sounding eerily like 30 Rock's Kenneth :) He does the basics right, but needs to achieve charisma that will match or excede that of Obamessiah, without the arrogance or condescending tone. Perhaps less inflection and more resolution?

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  11. Anon,
    I think that's one of Patrick's points. Every time we disagree with him we can't spend the first 30 seconds talking about the historic nature of his Presidency.
    Let's talk about his ideas - which are almost all horrible.

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  12. You are a better person than I, because the moment I saw Obama, Pelosi and Biden on the screen I became violently ill and had to turn it off. I knew what he was going to say anyway - he's going to take my money and pour it down a rathole.

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  13. Renee,
    First he's going to pay someone with your money to dig a rathole.

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  14. Everytime I hear of taxing the rich theres a little voice in my head saying, "class warfare".

    Guess I better go see a shrink about that. We all know B.O. and the Dems would never, ever stoop so low.

    Right.

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  15. I found this about Jindal:

    "Jindal opposes the exceptions but said if a procedure to save the life of the woman is performed that results in an abortion, that's OK. Gambit newspaper in New Orleans also said Jindal told it he supports the use of emergency-room contraception for rape victims who request it."

    Source

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  16. The beauty with Jindal is he's a shade darker than Obama, so there would be no "race card" to be played in the next election, and everyone could once again jump on the "momentous point in history" bandwagon, being that he would be the first Asian-american/Indian American/former-Hindu American president. Can't argue with that PR.

    As far as the alpha-male thing, Bush was hardly an Alpha Male (definitely a daddy's boy, as opposed to Jeb, who is definitely an Alpha male). But hey, Clinton and Obama are perfect examples of Alpha males, and look what a great job they've done so far...

    (in other words, let's have more mature criteria, shall we?)

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  17. As someone who's run political campaigns I can tell you, elections are all about the alpha thing.

    And W. was a hell of a lot more Alpha than Gore and Kerry.

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  18. I would definitely concur with the Bush vs Gore and Kerry thing.

    And it looks like Jindal has been slammed all over the blogosphere and the liberal press is salivating over it. Sure would be nice if we could support our own here...

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  19. Everything that Jindal said I agree with. I would support him. I'm just worried that he might not be the right messenger.

    The GOP is in desperate need of a leader to take on this charismatic socialistic death monger in the White House.

    And part of leadership in politics in presentation. Palin's got presentation but makes some bad choices (like letting Bristol given an interview"

    Jindal is great on substance but lacking in delivery. (He could improve)

    Haley Barbour might have both but the question is "Is he too Southern?"

    While I realize that this is lowest common-denominator-speak that is what politics are about.

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  20. I decided to give up criticizing Obama for Lent. Honestly. I will try to focus on the positive at least until Easter season. But I am glad that you remain steadfast; I am heartened by the passion of your opposition. Would that there were more of it. As for Bobby Jindal: he should be the president, but I am afraid that going up against the incumbent in 2012 will be suicide for whomever tries it. What we need to do is concentrate extraordinary energy on the congressional elections of 2010. It's our best hope. Then maybe we could put the brakes on some of this legislation that is killing us; maybe we can keep some leftist radicals off the courts. Then in two years and going forward, the President will have to sing a different tune, and won't that be great. Kit.

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  21. "Enough with the "historic nature" crap. He won, its over, no one cares."

    Well, some people care.

    People whose ancestors were raped and shoved in the bottom of ships to be brought to a country of people who hated them, enslaved them, ripped apart their families, created "white-only" policies for 150 years, and then fought and were killed for equality only to see the promises of integration still crumbling, still failing and still unequal in terms of schooling, equal pay, equitable opportunities in the 21st century etc, etc CARE about the historic nature of this.

    Why don't you?

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  22. Obama flew into America from Hawaii, didn't he? And his mother's ancestors certainly didn't come to America after being shoved into the bottom of a slave ship.

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  23. Well, some people care. [...] Why don't you?

    Forgive the strident tone of this reply, but: it might have something to do with the explicit, decisive and expensive efforts of Pres. Obama to throw wide the doors to a "legal" procedure (defended by SCOTUS "case law", just as was slavery!) which is (at a conservative estimate) ripping/burning 2500 children to death each day, in our country (to say nothing of the taxpayer-supported subsidy of forced abortions in China, etc., via UNFPA... but hey, the fate of black Americans is far more important than the lives of those millions of Chinese, right?).

    Perhaps you could look at what I mean, to get some idea of the motivation behind our (or at least my) lack of enthusiasm for the "historic" nature of this past election?

    If Alan Keyes (or someone with his sane sense of ethics) had been elected, you can be sure that my joy would be full, and that I'd celebrate the "historic" nature of the election with a full heart. But the silent screams of the dying really do a number on my ability to celebrate the "historic" nature of Pres. Obama's election, I'm afraid. Hiroshima was "historic" as well, you know...

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  24. C.L. - not only that, his Mamma's family were slave owners. Ah, the irony.

    But to "anonymous'" point, I used to think the same way; Obama comes from a white slave-owning ancestry on his Mother's side, and from a 1st generation African/Kenyan tribe (the 2nd most prominent/dominant) on his father's side, being raised in Hawaii as well as Malaysai--FAR from the "black American" experience. He never had stories of his grandparents being slaves, his parents growing up under segregation (well, the black ones anyway) or struggling through the most fundamental of civil rights (i.e. the right to vote). But when I brought this up to a number of my black American friends (note: not African) I would usually get a similar response; "don't you think he got the same treatment hailing a cab in DC, ordering food at a nice restaurant in New York or driving through a nice neighborhood in Chicago?" In other words, to many blacks in the US, it's not his heritage, but his skin color, which unfortunately all-too-frequently dertermines how someone will be perceived or treated by others in the US. So, I definitely see their point on that level.

    So, while he definitely didn't grow up eating collie greens, he still shared in some elements of what it is like to be black in the US. And this is what many black Americans identify with.

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  25. In other words, it's not so much the content of his character as...well...nevermind.

    But back to Barry "Pants on Fire" Obama. Do check out the NY Post run-down of the pork.

    God Bless,
    Ryan

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  26. "but hey, the fate of black Americans is far more important than the lives of those millions of Chinese, right?"

    Isn't a life a life? Isn't a soul a soul? Essentially what you are saying is that the lives of some are more important than the lives of others.

    I really don't understand how people who claim to be Catholics and want to imitate Christ can spew so much hatred and anger out on this site. It makes me hope that no one who is searching for God find it--- because we would definitely lose that soul. Can't you strive for good without being so unmerciful, judgmental, and frankly, occasionally racist?

    This is the problem when people mix politics and religion. Religion gets used in the service of politics. Perfection in Christ is love, not voting republican.

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  27. Anonymous: If it talks like a duck & walks like a duck, it must be a duck. If it supports the murder of the poorest & most defenseless persons created by Almighty God, what would you call such a monster?

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  28. Tragically Unhip MomFebruary 27, 2009 at 10:19 PM

    Hey guys, give Jindal time. Also, remember that we now have Michael Steele working to recruit fresh blood in the party.

    I would like to personally challenge (yes, that's a dare!) every single CMR reader to do something to get involved in grass roots between now and 2010. Yes, that means you! There are a million ways you can help. If you don't like the state of affairs of a particular party, do something about it. The best way to solve a problem is to take action, get involved. What have you done today to make this country better? What have you done today to help solve the problem? You needn't run for public office, but you can start by registering to vote if you aren't already... write letters to the editor, know your talking points on various issues, contact your legislators, help with campaign needs, etc. Most importantly - PRAY PRAY PRAY!

    If you sit back and do nothing but gripe, well, you're nothing but a pinhead. Who wants to be one of those?

    For my fellow GOP types, give Michael Steele a chance to do his thing. He has a lot of work ahead of him - and we need to be supportive. The same goes for Jindal and Palin, two young faces in the party. Pray for them and other young Patriots that they may rise to become great leaders.

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  29. Well, speaking of one who is almost exactly the shade of brown as Bobby Jindal, the whole fuss about Obama's being elected to the presidency because he is black is itself racist. And Obama is racist in that part of his message was "Vote for me because I am black."

    That said, Jindal is only doing what he really needs to do in order to be heard. The clever thing he did was to mention his own origins in a way that meant he wasn't being racist.

    I thought his speech was a very good one, and I can't see why people expect it to be some sort of a knock-out punch. It was all that could be expected of someone who has a lot of years to go before he is called upon to run for the presidency.

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