Having taken a strong antiemetic, I watched Pres. Obama’s address to the Joint Session of Congress.
First, people say this fellow is a great orator. Great orators craft their speech for the occasion. I can’t fathom how “up your game” and “you guys” was apt.
Were I in the Republican leadership, I would take the good parts of what he is proposing, and carve them out as individual pieces of legislation and present them for a vote. Do what the President asks piece by piece, in separate pieces of legislation, rather than as a whole bill.
“I intend to take that message to every corner of the country.” Given the tone with which it was delivered, did it sound to you like a threat? Then he called on Americans to raise their voice. That is what a demagogue does. He purposely set traps for the opposition. He wanted Americans to raise their voices. That is what the Tea Party has been doing, no? But I don’t think POTUS wants them around.
However, the way I heard it, this address degenerated into a shamefully obvious campaign speech in content and in tone. Eventually he just bludgeoned the listeners in the chamber into silence. This was the springboard for a campaign speech, as I heard it develop. Shame.
Am I wrong?
One thing I was pleased about, was the pace. Usually this fellow is a dreadful speaker. He pace is sepulchral. Perhaps that comes from too much reliance on using a text. Tonight, however, the pace was determined by the need to finish before the beginning of the big NFL football game.
I think every network should have had a little ticking football in the corner, flashing in a screen bug. THAT’ll get the attention of presidential candidates!
Please, Congress! Pass legislation – right away! – requiring that Presidents can only address Congress on the day of the opening of the NFL season. I call on you to pass this right away!
At the end he managed to mention God when quoting a standard patriotic text… “one nation, under God”. He said God! He has cut it when quoting the Declaration of Independence and don’t even try to suggest he forgot it or slipped.
And even though the President finished a little early, the White House then put out a notice that there is some credible terrorist threat. I may be cynical, but I think that had something to do with cutting off analysis.
So, what next?
Are products stamped “Made in America” or “Made in the USA”? I’m asking. Really.
And when POTUS uttered the sentiment about selling more American products abroad, was Jeffrey Immelt really sitting with Mrs. Obama?