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“My fellow citizens of the world. I come before you today to gaze into the middle distance and speak in ringing phrases. For make no mistake: the time for phrases that do not ring is past. Already, in only the first year since I have fulfilled my awesome destiny, I have created millions of jobs—not just ordinary jobs that you have to work at for pay, but jobs beyond your wildest imagination, over the mountain of your deepest desires, and down the hallway of your fondest dreams. And remember, this is all Bush's fault."
Mandatory standup and applaud moment Number 1: Make the banks repay taxpayers.....
Number 2: We cut taxes....I think he just jeered the GOP ("I thought I'd get some applause on that one").
Harry Reid just let out a big yawn....
Number 3: I'm calling for a new jobs bill tonight....Hurray.
Parade of promises....Small business tax cuts, high speed rail, jobs jobs and more jobs....
Did he just say something opposing the US sitting on the sidelines while other nations sign trade agreements??? After all of that anti-NAFTA talk? Is he going to say "NAFTA"?
Biggest laugh line was his continued blind faith in global warming...even Biden was laughing.
Finally: the big "h" word! Healthcare reform.
He took responsibility for not marketing healthcare reform smartly. I agree....
Then, as predicted, he assigned responsibility for all economic issues to Bush. Bad form. Time to realize you are President buddy. And I don't agree with the deficit hawks regardless of party.
Nice jab at the Supreme Court! Was that Alito grimmacing? Matt: To the extent that presidents have an impact on the economy, I think it is unreasonable to say that Bush had nothing to do with the current situation. The financial crisis occurred on his dime -- not Obama's. This does not excuse poor decisions by the Obama administration, but the situation is far more complicated than attributing all problems to the current administration. Also, I don't think he is saying everything is Bush's fault.....
SUPPORT THE TROOPS....All COMBAT troops out of Iraq by the end of August...but what about the other category of troops?
Clinton, Bush, Greenspan, Rubin, Dodd, Frank, Bernanke, et. al. all had their hand in the credit bubble. I don't blame Obama at all. It is still bad form to keep talking about the last 8 years, listing the deficit numbers (while lying), etc. Talk about what he inherited. That is the poor form. He needs to talk about what he is doing about it.
That was LONG.Best part: Student loan/college expenses discussion.Worst part: Like all SOTU speeches, it had a lot of fluff designed for party applause.
What kind of law prof are you?!? Best part was insulting the Supreme's to their faces! Classic. You did call it out so I give you a pass. ;-)
matt: fair enough. i think it's ok, though, to give some context on the situation he inherited. it builds the theme that the problems are very grave...good move. but you're right - he also must describe the way out.
I teach Constitutional Law. Ironically, a portion yesterday's class focused on presidential criticism of the Court. I'm going to bring this up during tomorrow's lecture.
I couldn't bring myself to watch it. Obama's oratory skills are pretty amazing, but I want action, not another well delivered speech. If this is what America has to look forward to, four years of beautiful yet impotent speeches, I fail to see how things will ever truly improve for most of us.
He is not interested in punishing bankers?!Why not?And what's the deal with this:But if anyone from either party has a better approach (to health care reform) that will bring down premiums, bring down the deficit, cover the uninsured, strengthen Medicare for seniors, and stop insurance company abuses, let me know. Let me know. Let me know. I'm eager to see it.Does he forget that he did not allow the advocates of such a better approach -- a universal single-payer health care -- to even sit at the discussion table? President Obama, we've let you know. We've let you know. Hell, we've let you know -- you just didn't listen. So drop the tiresome rhetoric already, please.
Leticia: I usually do not watch SOTUAs. But I did so because of the pronounced political significance this year.Liz: Great points as usual. I was thinking that others had good ideas too -- but they were not as "attractive" to him as Lieberman.
"But if anyone from either party has a better approach (to health care reform) that will bring down premiums, bring down the deficit, cover the uninsured, strengthen Medicare for seniors, and stop insurance company abuses, let me know. Let me know. Let me know. I'm eager to see it." Dear President Obama - Turn around and look just down along your Avenue and you will see the VHA -The largest Healthcare System on the planet, and perhaps the best Model of Healthcare available. Oh wait that would mean independent of party affiliation you would have to look IYOBY.
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