Megan, the half-pints, and I are watching President Obama and thought we'd live-blog as he goes. We're independent political hacks at best, so take it all with a grain of salt.
First blame of former administration: "One year ago, I took office amid two wars, an economy rocked by severe
recession, a financial system on the verge of collapse, and a
government deeply in debt."
"In this new decade, it's time the American people get a
government that matches their decency." Haven't we (unfortunately) got
To Republicans: "I thought I'd get some applause on that one (tax cuts)." This statement seems out of place for a State of
the Union address. Is this just a show?
Jobs replaces health care as lead issue.
Three phone calls in the last five minutes. Are we the only ones watching the speech?
TV signal lost due to passing train here in the 'hood. Hang with us (now you know why we only watch 24 and Lost on DVD).
Innovation and energy now taking the stage. Everyone's for
"safe, clean nuclear power plants in this country," but nobody wants
them in their backyards.
Why does the multiple use of the word "comprehensive" scare me?
Government – Democrat or Republican – is so lost on the topic
of education. You can't build values into a society without teaching
Our 11-year-old: "Is he saying you don't have to pay for college?" Hmmm.
Now to health insurance reform (not health care anymore). Why the stand-up routine?
The problem is not that the government is walking away from
the people on health care; it's that the people are walking away (or
wanting to) from the government on health care. Can't believe the
President is still pushing the exact same health care plan nobody wants.
Second blame of former administration before justifying own enormous increase of deficit.
Another train. Sigh.
"We have a deficit of trust of Washington…and we have to
address it on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue." True on both accounts.
Like the calling out of political partisanship.
Security is the topic; Janet Napolitano is the enforcer. Personally, I wouldn't mess with her.
Attention, terrorists: We're leaving Iraq in August. Why broadcast for all the world to hear?
Invoking Kennedy and Reagan on topic of nuclear weapons. Works for me.
Sounds like we're doing everything for everyone in the world. Noble, but realistic?
Total non-response from all military generals during applause of gays in the military.
Institutions of America include "our corporations, our media, and, yes, our government," but not the Church. No surprise.
"Thank you. God bless you. And God bless the United States of America." Always wonder what God thinks of that benediction, regardless of who gives it.