Monday, January 28, 2008

SOTU Live (rebroadcast) Blogging



C-SPAN is re-airing the State of the Union Address, so I'm going to turn it on and have it as background while I finish off some freelance. I will add my thoughts as it goes along. The television is behind me, so I will be primarily reacting to the stupid things that come out of his mouth, rather than the stupid expressions on Bush's face...

02:00 Is there anything more contrived than this ridiculous walk down the aisle? Like Bush is Bono walking up to a concert stage? Are members of Congress really that excited to see the President? Is he really a celebrity to them? Now at the rostrum, Bush is really working the wink...

00:07 "...our charge to keep." Ha, ha...just like the painting, right?

00:08 Just realized...no "the state of the union is ————" I guess he doesn't want to go there, as the state of the union is "swirling in the bowl."

00:09 "...wages are up..." Um, they are? Not sure that's accurate.

00:11 Blah, blah, make horrendous tax cuts permanent...BONUS! Veto threat!

00:12 I'm cutting programs and setting a course to have a surplus by 2012. You know, by the end of the next President's term. Thanks, dick.

00:13 More fun with the veto threat... Blames Congress for everything, claims earmarks are out of control. In the first year of Dems in charge, earmarks WERE halved (Bush is lying) and all are "fully described and its sponsor identified" no sponsors can benefit, and any private entity that does must be disclosed. [link]

00:16 Crap about healthcare... tax relief for self-insured (don't we already have that if you itemize?)... small business associations plans (existed for years)... health savings accounts (because Americans have TONS of money to set aside in "use it or lose it" accounts)... "...ensure that decisions about your medical remain in your doctor's office, not in the halls of Congress..." Unless you are talking to your doctor about an abortion or life support. Or stem cells. Or medical marijuana...

00:19 A new name for private school vouchers.

00:22 Calls for an international agreement on greenhouse gases. Um, like Kyoto? Why didn't anyone else think of that?

00:25 My TiVo is giving me shit. I can pause, but not rewind...

Also, I'm not getting ANY work done!

00:27 Talks up the promise of stem cell research, then hampers that by declaring "all life be treated with the dignity it deserves." Which, for stem cells, is none.

Not bothering with human-animal hybrids this year I guess.

00:28 Something about Katrina. Did I just miss my Chertoff clap?

00:30 Immigration...(yawn)

00:31 Foreign policy time. Again with the inked fingers...

00:33 SEPTEMBER 11 REFERENCE!!!

00:37 Iraq, Iraq, Iraq. Throw a bone to the troops. Standing O.

"The surge has given results few of us could have imagined" Actually, I imagined "none of significance" and I was pretty much right.

Oh, wait! "al Qaeda is on the run!" My mistake.

00:48 Apparently the only thing holding Israel and Palestine back all these decades is the attention of retarded chimpanzee. Problem solved by the end of the year. With ponies for one and all.

00:50 Terrerists still want to kill you all. All this Homeland Security and no Chertoff shots? I need warrantless wiretapping by Friday

00:52 Genocide is bad. Thanks for pointing that out.

A few minutes left, I gotta get some shit done.

UPDATE: Obama's response:



Hillary didn't do a video (that I saw). Text is here.

Edwards releases an even shorter statement.

10 comments:

Toast said...

health savings accounts (because Americans have TONS of money to set aside in "use it or lose it" accounts)

Actually, HSA's allow you to maintain a balance from year to year (I know this because we opted to sign up for one this year). I believe it's FSA's that do not.

Apparently the only thing holding Israel and Palestine back all these decades is the attention of retarded chimpanzee.

That was awesome.

Smitty said...

"...our charge to keep."
Wasn't that the name of his stupid book?

I'm cutting programs and setting a course to have a surplus by 2012.
Not only in the next President's term, but he'll get there by cutting such pork as health insurance for kids.

ensure that decisions about your medical remain in your doctor's office, not in the halls of Congress
Or your name is Terry Shiavo.

Calls for an international agreement on greenhouse gases
That was another one of my faves. Exactly...like Kyoto anyone? And we're not going to let any other country, according to Bush, get a free ride. Like, you know, us.

Not bothering with human-animal hybrids this year I guess
Quick!! Call Dr. Moreau!!

The surge has given results few of us could have imagined
As I recall, the surge was put into place and sold to Congress as the thing that would give the Iraqi parliament the "breathing room" they needed to take charge and cover their geopolitical gaps. This has not happened at all. So I guess since it gave us something other than what it was sold to give us, it indeed gave us "results few of us could ever have imagined."

Apparently the only thing holding Israel and Palestine back all these decades is the attention of retarded chimpanzee
Now that was funny.

And I agree...Sebelius was dull. Remember, Mr. F., when they said the same thing about our Gov being a rising star, etc? My how excited the Dems get over an articulate, attractive woman.

Smitty said...

Obama's response was what Sebelius's should have been.

Mr Furious said...

Obama's response was what Sebelius's should have been.

I suspect that's why he taped one. It will probably get decent play online.

And yes, that was the name of his book. Read the story I linked to about why he's so enamored with that phrase...I couldn't make it up if I tried.

Smitty said...

Read the story I linked

I don't know if I should laugh or weep. He even renamed the picture to fit his definition of it.

Rickey Henderson said...

Hey, whatever happened to that whole "going to Mars" thing he threw out there a few years back?

We're still all over that, right?

And while we're at it, how about those hydrogen cars he promised us? Full steam ahead on that one too, right?

Mr Furious said...

One of those human-animal hybrids stole the hydrogen car and traded it for steroids.

Deb said...

"One of those human-animal hybrids stole the hydrogen car and traded it for steroids."

Flawless.

It's interesting to see a presidential candidate act more presidential than our very own sitting duck.

Gigs said...

Is there anything more contrived than this ridiculous walk down the aisle?

Maybe just the walk at the end where he's signing autographs and glad handing. I had to look away...

steves said...

Maybe they should look at a different format. As much as I don't like Bush, I can't say the other presidents don't give the same lame ass speeches, interrupted by applause and then take the same hand-pressing, autograph signing walk out.