The State of the Union

President Obama delivered the State of the Union last night, and he moved the agenda to job creation and the economy, removing his focus on health care reform. He also candidly acknowledged error, but challenged both parties to focus on governing, and to stop trying to score short term political gain. He announced an executive order creating a biparisan deficit commission, and although health care was not front and center the President made it clear that he still favored reform, and covering the uninsured. He challenged Republican and Democrat alike to come up with something better if they disagreed with him, but not to leave health care in its current state.

A good speech, in my view, but one that needs the necessary follow through. Fair or not the American public is looking for results. If he can deliver on jobs and the economy he will solve a big chunk of his political problem. If not he and the Democratic Party will be in for some tough times. The Republican response, from Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell, is posted as well.

An interesting side note came with the apparent head nod of disagreement given by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito to the President’s criticism of their recent corporate free speech decision. Alito appears to be saying “not true” as the President issued his criticism. I had speculated at the Tribune live chat on what the response might be by the Supremes to the coming criticism, and it appears that that Alito may have broken with tradition by his mannerisms.

So what about it? Did the President manage to help himself with this speech?

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4 Responses to The State of the Union

  1. Jules Gordon says:

    Your Honor,

    The President kicked off year 2 more of the same. Kicks the Republicans in the head and then calls for bipartisanship. Our narcissistic President used the term “I” 132 times. I see nothing that signals a change. He intends to shift this country towards euro-socialism. Already the federal government has one quarter of a million employees and getting bigger.

    He has proposed NOTHING that will recover the jobs market.

    Question for you; If this is a “good” speech, what is a bad speech like.

    Same old, same old.

    Go Senator Brown.



  2. Jules Gordon says:

    Your Honor,

    Justice Alito said he is a “liar” in so many words.

    Roe vs Wade 5 to 4 in favor.
    Bush wins presidency 5 to 4 for Bush

    Are decisions like these only satisfactory to political bias?



  3. Jim says:

    You weren’t doing a drinking game by any chance were you? I find it hard to fathom how somebody can actually sit and watch a speech/presentation and count words without an end goal (such as getting drunk on the word ‘I’)…barring the word ‘um’ of course in which I delight counting those. Good thing the mayor reads his speeches. šŸ˜‰

    “Our narcissistic President used the term ā€œIā€ 132 times. “


  4. jules gordon says:


    Where have you been? How are you feeling.?

    To business. This guy acts a tyrant. “I want healthcare done by tomorrow, I want cap and trade next week, pass another stimulus, etc.”

    He’s a dangerous man, Jim. All BS and no work, throwing all the work to that Reid/Pelosi pair who think nothing of buying votes.

    He’s scared the hell out Massachusetts voters. Methuen went for Brown 65/34 percent. This president did the impossible; gave the Kenndy senate seat to an unknown Republican. How’s that for a dummy.

    Next year will be a repeat of year one.



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