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State Of The Union Address – 2013

You can also go here for full text of the speech.

What are your thoughts on Obama’s SOTU? I have to admit, I only caught the last half hour last night. However, I did get a chance to read the full text of his speech this morning. All in all, I thought it was a very moving address. Here are some points that caught my attention:

1. POTUS finished his speech with an extremely emotional bang. His call for tougher gun control regulations were punctuated with recognition of several victims of gun violence. After each name was called, he implored that each victim deserves a vote. Even John Boehner rose to his feet to applaud. However, I couldn’t help but feel that this was nothing more than emotional grandstanding. Obama never once mentioned an actual passing of a gun control bill, he merely called for some form of legislation to be voted upon. He knows full well that nothing will pass through the NRA controlled congress. His rhetoric did make me tear up a little though.

2. Climate change. Yes Mr. President, our climate has changed. You’re a little late, but welcome to the conversation. For the sake of every living thing on this planet. I implore you to lead the way in reducing our carbon footprint. Climate change is an issue that you should be talking about every single day until something is done.

3. Raising the minimum wage. This is also long overdue. There should be no such thing as the working poor. I like the idea of tying the minimum wage to the cost of living index. Make it happen.

4. Improving infrastructure. Again, long overdue. Want to put people back to work? Want to attract more jobs and boost interstate commerce? Improve our decaying infrastructure. It’s a no brainer.

5. Women do deserve equal pay: Twist some arms and make this happen.

6. Cyber security. This makes me little nervous. I can’t help but feel that more of our civil liberties are going to be stripped under the guise of national security and cyber security. It seemed as this part of his speech was pointed more toward hacktivists such as Anonymous, and less toward global terrorist.

7. Transparency of national security. Obama tells us that congress is informed of every program and action taken by our security and intelligence agencies. He also assured that the public would be kept in the know. This was a pants on fire moment for the president. I’m skeptical, as is a majority of the country. Let’s get a look at that kill list Mr. President!

8. Cut Spending, close tax loopholes. I agree, but why fuck with Medicare?

9. Obama seemed more bi-partisan. He worked very hard to remind everyone last night that we’re in this for the long haul. He seemed to throw a little something out to both parties.

10. What the hell is the deal with Joe Biden’s eyes? I love me some Joe Biden: However, he looked downright scary last night.
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The whole time I was watching the speech, Biden’s lack of pupil visibility was freaking me and my partner out. It was very disturbing.
Bonus: Boehner seemed to be an even higher shade of orange.

Over all, I think it was one of the president’s best speeches. He was conciliatory, and he was passionate about issues that are in the fore front of the county’s collective mind. As with every SOTU, I can only hope there’s more action than lip service.

You Got To Watch Out For Those Deer.

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Those damn tyrannical, liberty stealing deer acting as Obama’s minions! We simply must organize our militias, and crush these horned seditionists with our Walmart semi automatic weapons!

The Obama Re-election Campaign Committee.

Are you curious to know who’s working so hard to get President Obama re-elected? Well wonder no more! These four men are working diligently, night and day, to make sure that Obama is our president for another term. Thanks guys! Keep up the good work!

A tip of the tin foil hat to Being Liberal

Tucker Carlson Wants to Annihilate 74 Million People.

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How about that Tucker Carlson? The impish little editor in chief of The Daily Caller had this to say while channeling his inner George Bush on Faux News:

” I think we are the only country with the moral authority […] sufficient to do that. [The U.S. is] the only country that doesn’t seek hegemony in the world. I do think, I’m sure I’m the lone voice in saying this, that Iran deserves to be annihilated. I think they’re lunatics. I think they’re evil.”

Tucker Carlson thinks that Iranians are evil lunatics? Pot meet kettle. Maybe you should look in the mirror, or better yet, take a look at that crazed party of war loving, jingoistic douche bags you so lovingly shill for. Seriously dude, take a Prozac, you need one. Better yet take the whole bottle.

http://thinkprogress.org/security/2012/02/22/430302/tucker-carlson-iran-annihilated/

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A Limerick For Obama.

There once was a man named Obama.
We hoped he would change the Bush trauma.
He forgot all about us,
And caved to Teahadist.
Our country is fucked by this drama!

He Talks a Good Game: Thoughts on The State of The Union.

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I watched President Obama address key issues of the country last night the way a CEO of a corporation would address his stock holders; there was a lot of can do, tighten our belts and work together to be more efficient rhetoric. Watching the State of the Union last night was a lot like eating Taco Bell? It tasted a lot like beef, but it’s actually just some meat with a lot of filler. As he talked about his grand vision for the country moving forward, all I could think was “that’s great, but what’s the plan?” 

Here were some thoughts I had last night while Obama spoke: 

  • Does anyone else think Joe Biden resembles Sam the Eagle from the Muppet Show?
  • John Boehner looked as if he was suffering from painful gas the entire time Obama spoke.
  • The seating arrangement of Democrats and Republicans was effective in that it curtailed a lot of unnecessary applause. However there were several moments when I felt like I was looking at the political version of Whack-a-mole.
  • Obama made good use of human props to make his points extremely effective.
  • The African American family that was there as guests of Boehner; All I could picture was Boehner screaming at one of his aids “I DON’T CARE WHERE YOU LOOK, FIND ME A TOKEN BLACK FAMILY TO SIT IN MY SEATS NOW!!!!!”
  • Renewable energy is a good start, but more needs to be done. By the way, I know they are a major contributor to your campaign fund, but would you quit harping on clean coal? There is no such thing.
  • In spite of what you say, we do not have clean water to drink, nor clean air to breathe. Stop bull shitting the public.
  • He talked of leveling the playing field on tax cuts. Does that mean closing a few token loopholes while giving even more corporations tax breaks? Reaganomics has yet to work Mr. President.
  • Repeal of DADT is wonderful, kudos to you sir for doing the right thing. But what about same sex marriage, or you know, an equal rights guarantee for my LGBT brothers and sisters?
  • High Schools and universities have become nothing more than corporate diploma mills. I want to see a plan to turn that around.
  • On health care reform. Here is what I heard “If you have a better idea on how to improve reform, great, I would love to hear it.” “Anything else, fuck off!”
  • Obama really dislikes big oil. I hope he has the balls to take it to the oil industry.
  • John McCain and John Kerry sitting together. Kerry had a complete look of disdain on his face, while McCain looked like he was going to puke snakes at any moment.
  • A million electric cars by 2015. Are they going to be affordable? It really doesn’t mean anything if they aren’t.
  • I was really moved when Obama spoke about the 53 year old woman who went back to school. It was particularly touching when the camera panned in on her as she was saying “that’s me, that’s me!” That was pretty cool.
  • Obama took a shot at Bush while talking about the budget. Apparently he’s still pissed at him like many of us are.
  • Was Obama throwing props at Boehner for working his way from sweeping his dad’s bar room floors to becoming the third most powerful man in America? Or was he reminding Agent Orange that he’s no better than the rest of us and to take that gigantic stick out of his ass?

Overall I thought it was a good speech and Obama has again displayed his massive charisma as a speaker and leader. I’m still skeptical though. Show me bipartisan cooperation in action. Get things done. Make good choices on the direction we need to go. Shrink the huge gaps between the social classes. Make equal rights for everyone a priority. Hire more teachers, give them more money. Recognize global warming and follow through with making it one of our top priorities.

What did you think?