The 93rd State of the Union was not unlike many from the past. Simply a time to bloviate, a time to pat one's self on the back and a time to slap Congress, the SCOTUS and any other critic. All in all, it was a pedestrian speech and totally forgettable. In fact, I was yelling at the President because he was blathering way too much. America deserves much better than what it heard and saw tonight.
The first couple of minutes set the tone. He went into some "personal" stories of a few Americans to set the stage for his blathering. It was pure drama and I was reminded of a daytime soap opera scenario. You know, the doctor is banging the nurse whose husband is a cop who is banging the doctor's wife. I thought it was beneath the office of the President and more suited to TV. He actually mentioned "Mad Men" in one of his mini rants. As a person who tries to keep up with the news and the happenings in DC and here in Sacramento, I was surprised at Obama's bending and twisting the truth on many issues. Energy stats were the worst.
When he started telling us all about how great the economy was doing, how those eight million jobs were created and all the rest I almost tossed my salad. There are an estimated 93 million fellow Americans not working yet he he never mentioned them. He said there were eight million signed up for Obamacare and we never have seen a number near that by half. Then when he got into the personal stories I thought, My God, what are you doing? The presentation was also lacking. He seemed really nervous (maybe he realized we knew he was BSing) and he was off his delivery we usually see.
But the bottom line was it was a rhetorical speech and nothing more. He tossed in some red meat that any American would applaud and made a unemployed woman some sort of hero. Hell, he could not even find the poor woman a job with all his power! Yet she was a prop for his bloviation. The serviceman who sat next to Mrs. Obama was he true hero tonight. The man gave his all for us and the chamber erupted into the longest applause for him. My goodness, his sacrifice for us took my breath away. After that the the best Obama could come up with was a passing mention to immigration reform and the minimum wage.
He did say a few times that if the Congress did not act on his policies that he would take the Constitution into his woodshed and beat the crap out of it with a pen and telephone. I watched Speaker John Boehner for cues on applause and excitement. There were few and the Republicans in the seats were mostly quiet. I did not hear Obama say once, not once, Harry Reid, "you too need to get your act together". So, it was all partisan as usual. Obama decries the speed at which things get done (or not done) yet does nothing to bridge the gap of difference. He is arrogant and full of hubris and those traits are not good for getting a "consensus" on anything. We see the the same things with out local FUE. Not pretty.
So there it is, we have a community organizer masquerading as our President and we are stuck for three more years with incompetence. The bright side for me though is when nothing gets done in Washington DC, the American people receive a reprieve!
The Republican response was given by the highest ranking woman in the House of Representatives. Her name is Cathy McMorris-Rodgers and she represents the 5th District of Washington State. That is Eastern Washington where there are still some free people. Not like the western part of that state where many call Seattle and environs the "people\'s republic". I thought she did a good job of keeping things cool and she showed respect for the President. She simply laid out the Republican plans for many of the policies Americans are concerned about. There is a stark difference between the parties and she shined the light on them. I think she has a great future. A common sense, American woman. I think she defused the contrived democrat attempt to resurrect the "war on women" bullshit from last year.
All in all, Obama was flat and appeared as if he did not want to be there. His speech was un-inspiring and gobeldy-goop. The only thing I agreed with him was on removing our troops from Afghanistan. On to a Republican sweep in the US Senate and House and many more Governors and Legislatures in 2014.