Instead, I'm reading the transcript, which I found on one liberal blog, because I have a low tolerance for listening to BS, in addition to the fact I can finish reading the speech in less time than he'll take to drone on. And it's hard to read it, because the BS emanates from the page.
Besides the bashing of President Bush's era, Wall Street, banks, businesses, this speech is a Washington equivalent of going to a Burger King, because of the whoppers that Obama is telling tonight. There's nothing conciliatory or "moderate" about it. It is pure Obama arrogance on display.
Here's a few excerpts for comment.
Let me repeat: we cut taxes. We cut taxes for 95% of working families. We cut taxes for small businesses. We cut taxes for first-time homebuyers. We cut taxes for parents trying to care for their children. We cut taxes for 8 million Americans paying for college. As a result, millions of Americans had more to spend on gas, and food, and other necessities, all of which helped businesses keep more workers. And we haven’t raised income taxes by a single dime on a single person. Not a single dime.LIE! How many of you have received your first paychecks for the year and noticed you're bringing home less money? I am. Mrs. M.I.M. is. Did you know a tax increase is happening this year? Yes. The Bush Tax Cuts are expiring. That means, working Americans are going to have their taxes go up. This is just recycled from his campaign theme of 2008.
Obama also said this:
And if there’s one thing that has unified Democrats and Republicans, it’s that we all hated the bank bailout. I hated it. You hated it. It was about as popular as a root canal. ..But when I ran for President, I promised I wouldn’t just do what was popular – I would do what was necessary. And if we had allowed the meltdown of the financial system, unemployment might be double what it is today.Really? When you proposed the so-called "recovery" plan, we were told that unemployment would not go higher than 8 percent. It is now been 10 percent for the last three months. Look at this chart below for an example of how the "stimulus" only stimulated unemployment, and this was as far as September of last year.
Because of the steps we took, there are about two million Americans working right now who would otherwise be unemployed.Sure, after you've gerry-rigged the numbers. A few months ago, it was over 600,000 jobs had been created. Now it's two million? How many of these jobs were created in "phantom" zip codes and congressional districts that don't exist?
Look, I am not interested in punishing banks, I’m interested in protecting our economy.
Then why do you want to punish them with more fees? What do those fees do? They prevent the banks from making more loans for people who need them, to buy a home or start a business, as well as prevent banks from hiring more people.
At the beginning of the last decade, America had a budget surplus of over $200 billion. By the time I took office, we had a one year deficit of over $1 trillion and projected deficits of $8 trillion over the next decade. Most of this was the result of not paying for two wars, two tax cuts, and an expensive prescription drug program. (read: It's Bush's fault) On top of that, the effects of the recession put a $3 trillion hole in our budget. That was before I walked in the door.
And when "That One" walked in the door, it was time to do what all liberals do--spend more of the taxpayer's money, with no accountability. Check this out and you'll see that the guy Obama likes to blame for all the evils of the last ten years, George W. Bush, had the deficits going down (due to the tax cuts creating jobs, thus more tax payers). After the Democrats took over, it went up and then Obama kicked it into high gear.
Last week, the Supreme Court reversed a century of law to open the floodgates for special interests – including foreign corporations – to spend without limit in our elections. Well I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities. They should be decided by the American people, and that’s why I’m urging Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that helps to right this wrong.
There were questions if you received money from overseas from your campaign. What happened to transparency? What ever happened also to the concept of free political speech? Did you forget the words of the First Amendment: Congress shall make no law no law...abridging the freedom of speech. Free political speech was the reason why the First Amendment was added.
I’m also calling on Congress to continue down the path of earmark reform. You have trimmed some of this spending and embraced some meaningful change. But restoring the public trust demands more. For example, some members of Congress post some earmark requests online. Tonight, I’m calling on Congress to publish all earmark requests on a single website before there’s a vote so that the American people can see how their money is being spent.
Where is the website? I'm sure that promise will be as good as the "bills will be posted 72 hours before being voted on" one, or the "all the health care negotiations will be on C-SPAN."
So no, I will not give up on changing the tone of our politics. ... And if the Republican leadership is going to insist that sixty votes in the Senate are required to do any business at all in this town, then the responsibility to govern is now yours as well. Just saying no to everything may be good short-term politics, but it’s not leadership. We were sent here to serve our citizens, not our ambitions.
In other words, "don't oppose me and don't question me." If you're really interested in serving the citizens, Mister Obama, you and your party would have shelved the Obamacare socialized medicine plan. Instead, you turned a deaf ear to the outcry against your scheme, and your party derided tea-partiers as "teabaggers," "unAmerican," "Nazis."
Throughout our history, no issue has united this country more than our security. Sadly, some of the unity we felt after 9/11 has dissipated. We can argue all we want about who’s to blame for this, but I am not interested in re-litigating the past. I know that all of us love this country. All of us are committed to its defense. So let’s put aside the schoolyard taunts about who is tough. Let’s reject the false choice between protecting our people and upholding our values. Let’s leave behind the fear and division, and do what it takes to defend our nation and forge a more hopeful future – for America and the world.
Where was that tone during the Bush years from Democrats? Oh yes, I remember then-candidate Obama calling our fallen in Iraq "wasted lives" and saying we were "killing civilians" in Afghanistan. You chose to look at 9/11 as a "National Day of Service." So, if you want to hang your head about the loss of unity after 9/11, you and your party should take a long look in the mirror.
We have made substantial investments in our homeland security and disrupted plots that threatened to take American lives. We are filling unacceptable gaps revealed by the failed Christmas attack, with better airline security, and swifter action on our intelligence. We have prohibited torture and strengthened partnerships from the Pacific to South Asia to the Arabian Peninsula. And in the last year, hundreds of Al Qaeda’s fighters and affiliates, including many senior leaders, have been captured or killed – far more than in 2008.
After lecturing us about avoiding the "schoolyard taunts about who's tough," here's Obama tauting, "Don't call me weak on terror, I captured more terrorists than Bush did!" He's also implying the liberal line that our military "tortured" people, which Islamic terrorists have picked up on and used for propaganda purposes.
Even as we prosecute two wars, we are also confronting perhaps the greatest danger to the American people – the threat of nuclear weapons. I have embraced the vision of John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan through a strategy that reverses the spread of these weapons, and seeks a world without them.
The difference is, Reagan was able to reduce nuclear weapons from a platform of strength, not by showing weakness, like Jimmy Carter and the 1980's nuclear freeze movement tried to do.
Unfortunately, too many of our citizens have lost faith that our biggest institutions – our corporations, our media, and yes, our government – still reflect these same values. Each of these institutions are full of honorable men and women doing important work that helps our country prosper. But each time a CEO rewards himself for failure, or a banker puts the rest of us at risk for his own selfish gain, people’s doubts grow. Each time lobbyists game the system or politicians tear each other down instead of lifting this country up, we lose faith. The more that TV pundits reduce serious debates into silly arguments, and big issues into sound bites, our citizens turn away.
No wonder there’s so much cynicism out there.
No wonder there’s so much disappointment.
I campaigned on the promise of change – change we can believe in, the slogan went. And right now, I know there are many Americans who aren’t sure if they still believe we can change – or at least, that I can deliver it.
This is the problem with Obama. Arrogant narcissism. Others call it "self-will run-riot." Obama has shown that he doesn't get the message voters sent last week in Massachusetts, as well as last November in Virginia and New Jersey. He still wants to convince you he's the most brilliant person in the room (but can't go into a Sixth grade classroom without TOTUS), and he's not to blame for any of what's wrong today--it's Bush's fault, or the banks, evil corporations, and Fox News pundits.
This is a President who is on his way to only one-term. But it's not going to be his hopes for a "good one term." Instead, he's making a man in Plains, Georgia smile a bit wider tonight, as he'll no longer be looked at as the worst President in modern history.
Michelle Malkin blogs here on "That One's" speech. Did push-ups instead of the drinking games when some words or phrases were used. Personally, I quit drinking years ago, this speech would have been one good excuse to go on a bender.
Ace of Spades has video of Supreme Court Justice Sam Alito mouthing "not true" at Mr. Obama's attack on the campaign finance decision.
UPDATE: 1/28/10 6:30A.M. - Other reactions.
Sarah Palin on Sean Hannity's show:
Says the SOTU shows evidence of the "disconnect" between the people and the White House.
Kevin Hall of the Examiner writes Obama referred to himself 114 times. "He said "I" 96 times, and used "my" or "me" 18 times." Add to that 10 times he blamed George W. Bush and 4 times he blamed Wall Street or bankers. Other than that, Hall notes "That One" only deviated from his ultra-liberal agenda once, and offered no new ideas, changes to Obamacare, no lessons learned from the "stimulus," and no focus on national security.
Tea Party Express:
"Tonight was a night of hot air, delivered in a way too long speech that revisited pledges we've quite frankly heard from Barack Obama before. His comments in the State of the Union were similar in tone and substance to his comments made after he won the 2008 presidential election and during his inauguration.
"But actions speak louder than words, and this administration violated its promise for increased transparency. Lobbyists were appointed by the president to positions he swore would never be filled by former lobbyists. Worst of all, we've seen out-of-control spending, and an unparalleled growth in the size and power of government.
"We'll start to believe Barack Obama when his actions match his words. Until then, it's just more empty promises, and we've all heard far too many unfulfilled promises from the politicians in Washington.
"In our opinion, the best part of this speech was the end."
Ketih Fimian, who is running for the seat held by "Jihad" Gerry Connolly, sent a response to Obama's SOTU by e-mail.
“Tonight the President said he planned to make job creation and controlling wasteful spending a priority. I commend him for that and hope he carries through on his pledge. So far we have seen too many broken promises from this White House and members of Congress like Gerry Connolly. The problem is that the agenda in Washington is being driven by career politicians who cut their back room deals and leave taxpayers like you and me to pay for it all. Or worse, who borrow the money from China and obligate our children and grandchildren to pay it back. That's just plain wrong and it has to stop.”
“I believe in a different course of action. I am a businessman who has actually created hundreds of jobs and a CPA who knows how to balance a budget. We need to stop playing the games the insiders play and stop cutting deals with special interests. We must stop the failed stimulus. Too many of the President’s proposed reductions in spending are somewhere off in the future when what we really need are real spending cuts right now. Let's start a serious audit of the federal government now to make serious cuts. Then we need to have government stop trying to create ‘temporary jobs’ with more spending, and instead give small businesses and the American people the freedom to grow, expand, and create jobs in the private sector.”