The President made us wait until the very end, second to the last sentence, to tell us what the State of the Union is, (a traditional early line in most SOTU speeches…eg. “I’m here to tell you tonight that the State of our Union sucks.”) He finally ended our suspense with these words: “And tonight, more than two centuries later, it’s because of our people that our future is hopeful, our journey goes forward, and the state of our union is strong.” Whew. I thought he’d never get to it.
Although a generally tepid speech, he did get a few things right…and a few things not so. On the positive side he spoke directly into the camera, unlike Michelle “CrazyEyes” Bachman who addressed the wrong camera in her strange CNN-telemezerized rant. Most Americans under 30 have no idea of what “Sputnik” is, let alone his lofty goal for a “Sputnik Moment.” It’s a shame, but most Americans of any age probably don’t know what “sputnik” means. And these are the people Obama is promising a job with Google or Facebook? (Just waiting for a few Birthers and Teabaggers to say this proves that Obama is a Commie…wants Amerika to have one of them Rooskie Sputnik “comma-nustt” moments…see, I told ya so!) There were no soaring, poetic lines in Mr. Obama’s speech; no “Ask Not What…” Kennedyesque memorable lines; no calls for great sacrifice..well, he did ask Big Oil to pay more taxes. (I’m asking Congress to eliminate the billions in taxpayer dollars we currently give to oil companies) No call to curb handgun violence…he still fears the National Rifle Association; he dissed sports and the career of public relations….(We need to teach our kids that it’s not just the winner of the Super Bowl who deserves to be celebrated, but the winner of the science fair. We need to teach them that success is not a function of fame or PR, but of hard work and discipline.) Hey, celebs and their PR agents work hard, too!
Repoonbs always criticize Obama for not promoting American Exceptionalism. He certainly played the Exceptionalism card last night. Comment: Why can’t we just be a great country instead of being The Greatest?
Overall, not a memorable speech, but one with workman-like, middle of the road, vanilla missionary positions on most issues. As a member of the Professional Left it was disappointing.