I just couldn't take any more…

24 Feb

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“If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.”

Samuel Adams

I gave it a try. I watched about the first 10 minutes of the President’s speech, and that was all I could take. It’s still going on even as I type this.

In what was described by some today as Obama’s attempt to be “Reaganesque” he missed that right off the bat by forgetting the protocol. He started his speech then the Speaker had to interrupt to introduce him. Wasn’t he “present” on any of the previous President’s speeches?

He started off on the wrong path with me by lecturing the country on irresponsible spending of the past. This from a many who just signed the largest spending bill in the history of mankind, tripling the national debt.

And a bill that no one who voted “yes” had time to read before doing so.

That’s the very definition of irresponsible spending. Even if, in our wildest dreams, this bill was the right thing to do (it’s not) and if it had a even a remote chance of helping our economy (it doesn’t), not allowing Congress time to read it was just plain reckless.

I kept watching though. Until the President turned and metaphorically flicked Biden on the backside with a towel saying “nobody messes with Joe.”

Over at Bearing Drift, J.R. has an Open Thread going: Open Thread: SOTU Show, Obama’s pilot episode. He’s got Eric Cantor’s statement and a drinking game proposed by Newt Gingrich. Check it out.

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One Response to “I just couldn't take any more…”

  1. Tom Sanchez Prunier February 25, 2009 at 10:46 pm #

    Hey Michael,

    Wanted to swing by and see what you thought of last night’s speech. Other than the constant applause interruptions, I was impressed. The first elected U.S. president of the century delivered a great deal of content with his dynamic-as-ever approach.

    What a comforting and inspiring change from the mush-mouthed dry-drunk syndome-suffering boob that mercifully and quietly left office last month. No “Colin Powell will show you next week…” or “Frankly, I don’t think much about where Osama bin Laden is…” or deer-in-the-headlights-while-our-nation-is-under-attack. No, we had a president laying out an agenda remarkably similar to the one he introduced during his campaign.

    [I will admit the call for a cure for cancer was a step too far, but as someone who lost a father, two grandmothers and mother-in-law to the disease, I would like to see it too; not even Cantor or Jindal will stand against a cure for cancer.]

    Hopefully, the president was Obamaesque, and not Reaganesque. If you remember, the forme actor, suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, preached values yet was divorced, disowned his gay son and turned several innocent colleagues over to Sen. McCarthy.

    President Obama is not the Messiah; He is most definitely a politician, but he is also an intelligent leader interested in the well-being and restoration of our country.

    As always, I have to quote-and-question you: “He started off on the wrong path with me by lecturing the country on irresponsible spending of the past.” Did this not sit well with you because it is hypocritical to criticize the stimulus package after all those no-bid contracts and deaths which were the hallmarks of the bush-cheney occupation?

    I will admit I’m cautiously optimistic about the stimulus plan. In discussions last week, one friend brought up (and Ron Paul said on Bill Maher’s show) that the Great Depression may have ended sooner without government intervention.

    The right wing (for entertainment purposes only) has some good points hidden amid their never-ending avalanche of doomspeak and criticism, including the assertion that those who have been good stewards of their money should not have to pay for those who made fiscal transgressions. If you had stayed tuned last night, you would have not only heard the President articulate that the stimulus plan will not reward those who made unrealistic purchases, but help those in need due to the crumbling economy – plus he had the stones to tell parents to turn off the television, video games and READ TO THEIR CHILDREN. He also said education begins in the home. I know you can support that.

    Both you and I know it won’t go exactly as he said, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see some good stories come out of it.

    I commend you for tuning in at all last night. And I rather liked the hiccup of the President speaking before he was introduced; it is yet another reminder that this man is here to get to work, and he showed geniune passion (as with his victory speech in Grant Park, where he seemed more interested in getting to work than celebrating). But, like he was able to cut out the ‘ums’ from his speaking seemingly overnight during the campaign, he won’t repeat that mistake again.

    And hey, no one died as a result of it. So far, President Obama has no innocent dead Americans on his watch. He’s going to have to pick up the pace if he wants to match bush’s more than 8,000.

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