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Thoughts on the SOTU

My thoughts and reactions to the SOTU:

Those were very nice things that he said about Nancy Pelosi. I can tell that she's really uncomfortable with Bush saying such ridiculously nice stuff about her.

The Dems just sat on their hands as Bush congratulated them.

Great job growth, inflation low, unemployment low.. As he goes on with all the good news, Nancy's face gets more and more sullen.

Balance budget without raising taxes. The Dems don't like that one.

Earmarks: expose them and cut them at least in half by the end of this session.

Fix Medicare and Medicaid.

NCLB - students are performing better in reading and math. He wants in reauthorized. The congress doesn't sound too excited.

Here's the part about health care. Nancy pursed her lips at the standard deduction part.

I like medical liability reform. Law suits are driving out ObGyns. But it won't happen.

We're too dependent on foreign oil. Hybrid vehicles don't excite me. Nuclear power does.

The 20 in 10 line got a standing ovation. But there really wasn't a lot of enthusiasm. Increase supply of alternative fuels. Senator Grassley got really excited about the idea of a mandatory fuel standard to require 35 billion gallons of renewable fuel by 2017.

Give judicial nominees fair hearing and up or down vote. The Dems refuse to clap.

The War on Terror - take the fight to the enemy. A standing 'O' and number of whistles. Nancy really looks uncomfortable now.

We uncovered all kinds of al Qaeda plots and we owe a debt thanks to those who put their lives at risk to stop these plots. Nancy jumped out of her seat at that one.

Hillary looks like she's about to fall asleep.

The best, and most accurate, line of the night so far:

"In the six years since we have been attacked on September 11, and I wish I could report to you that the dangers have ended. They have not. And so it remains the policy of this government to use the every lawful and proper tool of intelligence, diplomacy, law enforcement, and military action to do our duty to find these enemies and to protect the American people."

"Free people aren't drawn to malignant ideologies...We must build free societies for our security." I agree with him on this one.

I like what he said about turning ourselves toward victory in Iraq. Again, the Dems show how they feel about victory in Iraq. They sat there and did nothing.

America must succeed in the Middle East and in Iraq. Don't the Dems understand how they look when they sit there with scowls on their faces when he speaks of victory?

I like what he said: I know some of us disagree on our policy in Iraq. What ever you voted for, you didn't vote for defeat. Give this new plan a chance and support our troops.

Increase Army and Marine Corps by 92,000 in five years.

His civilian voluntary reserves sounds interesting.

The handsome man from the Congo sitting next to the First Lady is sooo tall! Basketball player?

My daughter loves the Baby Einstein DVD's. Julie Agner-Clark is teaming up with John Walsh to help protect kids.

Wesley Autry was honored. What a good man. He's the one who saved the kid who had a seizure from an oncoming train.

Sgt. Tommy Reman, a soldier in Iraq awarded the Silver Star for protecting his gunner from attack. He took a bullet in the chest and kept going. I'd like to see more men and women like Sgt. Tommy Reman celebrated.

Bush ends with this sentiment: This courage and character is the spirit and character of America. America is a decent and honorable country. And it is resilient, too. We've been through a lot and we can face the dangers ahead of us. We can go forward with confidence because the state of our union is strong and our cause in the world is right and tonight that cause goes on.

I thought he had a strong ending, emotional, but not sappy. It was inspiring without being manipulative.

Someone asked me if I hate Nancy Pelosi. I don't hate her at all. I don't know her. But I am diametrically opposed to virtually all her positions and will fight her tooth and nail if I think what she wants is bad for this country. My comments about the Dems were more out of disgust and frustration because they look like they don't like their own country. I think they do, I hope they do, but when they sit on their hands with scowls on their faces, they look terrible.

Update: Here's the Democrat response. One question: Is that really his voice? It sounds like he's trying to make his voice deeper.

At least the Dems got a guy without a really distracting characteristic this time.

Geez, this guy is really full of himself.

He's insinuating the President Bush doesn't care about the troops, that he willy- nilly throws our troops into harms way without any regard for their lives and their sacrifice.

I like John Hawkins' interpretation of Webb's response:

(10:16) There are two big differences between Democrats and Republicans. We like socialism, Republicans oppose socialism. Republicans want to fight terrorism, we do not.


(10:18) The proletariat realizes that the bourgeoisie is robbing them blind and only by giving the workers power through the Democrats, can we level the playing field.

(10:20) My family and I served in the military, so when I say to surrender to Al-Qaeda in Iraq, you can trust me!

(10:21) The President recklessly took us into this war. No one wanted to go except him (And the majority of Democrats in the Senate).

(10:22) We've got to move forward in the war on terror by surrendering -- strongly!

(10:23) Oh good grief, now he's comparing today's situation to when the robber barons and monopolies were running industries.

(10:23) Dwight Eisenhower didn't cut and run in Korea, despite what Webb seems to think.

Update II: The AP's Jennifer Loven had an anti-Bush, post-SOTU piece out just 15 minutes after the speech. Mary Katharine slices and dices it.


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Comments (43)

Nuclear power will cut down... (Below threshold)

Nuclear power will cut down on some oil usage as well as other fossil fuels. Build more clean nuclear plants!

Dims are only happy if they... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

Dims are only happy if they control wealth and can dole it out, a la Chavez or some such. It's the scale of the doling out, not the ideology, that is different.

If I were Nancy Pelosi, an ... (Below threshold)
Jo:

If I were Nancy Pelosi, an empty suit, I'd be uncomfortable at unjustfied compliments too. Maybe she's more honest (at least with herself) than we think.

It looks as though the left... (Below threshold)

It looks as though the left side of the audience (stage right) are looking to Madame Speaker for what their reaction ought to be...

Hillary's planning ahead fo... (Below threshold)

Hillary's planning ahead for her first SOTU - Daydreaming...

The left can call him names... (Below threshold)

The left can call him names and gripe about him all they want, but he's got more class than all of you combined. That's good and bad though, since he thinks he'll get a fair shake from the other side and the media, which of course will never happen.

"In the six years since ... (Below threshold)
Jaku:

"In the six years since we have been attacked on September 11, and I wish I could report to you that the dangers have ended. They have not. And so it remains the policy of this government to use the every lawful and proper tool of intelligence, diplomacy, law enforcement, and military action to do our duty to find these enemies and to protect the American people."

well, maybe instead of invading the wrong country taking up all our military resources, we could have pursued the people who actually were responsible for 9/11 after it happened. Here's a hint for you all, there were no Iraqis on the planes that day. So who can tell me who was behind 9/11, anyone here?

When I see this, I don't th... (Below threshold)
snowballs:

When I see this, I don't think about one person, Bush, Pelosi, etc. I think about the history of our great country and what it must have been like when John Adams or Abraham Lincoln addressed the nation.

Kim, The dems need to defea... (Below threshold)

Kim, The dems need to defeat Bush and prove him wrong even if it means defeat for America and Sharia law.

That's good and bad thou... (Below threshold)
Jaku:

That's good and bad though, since he thinks he'll get a fair shake from the other side and the media, which of course will never happen.

That's why Fox News exists, to be the official media mouthpiece of the government and this administration.

Oh, and maybe in Norway you weren't hip to the media here before we invaded Iraq, when every single tv channel and newspaper lapped up and reprinted every last lie that came out of the White House and their crew. Real liberal media, huh?

Kim, The dems need to de... (Below threshold)
Jaku:

Kim, The dems need to defeat Bush and prove him wrong even if it means defeat for America and Sharia law.

Bush=America, is that what you are saying? To be against Bush is to be against America?

Amazing. I am so glad this blog exists to give me an insight into the mind of the followers.

Personally I wanted to hear... (Below threshold)
Jaku:

Personally I wanted to hear about our pending Mars mission. That's still in play, right?

Bush bombs again! What a d... (Below threshold)
Larkin:

Bush bombs again! What a disaster! He just doesn't get it. Lop another 5 points off his popularity rating.

Forget democracy in Iraq. Let's have some democracy here in the US. And that means shutting Bush down on Iraq once and for all. It's time for Congress to act and suspend funding for the war until Bush comes to his senses and stops defying the will of the American (and the Iraqi) people.

well, maybe inste... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:
well, maybe instead of invading the wrong country taking up all our military resources, we could have pursued the people who actually were responsible for 9/11 after it happened. Here's a hint for you all, there were no Iraqis on the planes that day. So who can tell me who was behind 9/11, anyone here?

Why is that so many on the left are so simple minded as to think that everything is about retribution ? Are they willfully ignorant or does it just come naturally ?

Kim,do you actuall... (Below threshold)
Frank:

Kim,

do you actually love America, or just hate the Democrats and Nancy Pelosi? I really can't tell from reading your comments.

Dikembe Mutombo. 15 years i... (Below threshold)
mike:

Dikembe Mutombo. 15 years in the NBA. Georgetown University. Originally from Congo.
One of the greatest centers to have played the game.

Sounds like someone has a c... (Below threshold)
mantis:

Sounds like someone has a case of PDS.

Thanks, Mike, for the lesso... (Below threshold)

Thanks, Mike, for the lesson on Dikembe Mutombo. I'm embarrassed I didn't know who he was, but I don't follow the NBA. I'm a football girl.

_Mike_, it just comes natur... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

_Mike_, it just comes naturally.

What was up with all those ... (Below threshold)
Tony:

What was up with all those democratic senators running out of the room right after the speech? And I mean as-soon-as-the-last-movement-of-air-came-out-of-his-mouth after the speech. Is civility really that hard for you?

Bush didn't have a lot of disagreeable things to say. I was satisfied with the speech because both sides stood up and clapped with him giving 'The Surge*' a try. And he started to call a radical religious spade a spade. And this country really can add a boat load more efficiency to the products we use with little to no degradation in their performance and usefulness to us.

That said, the whiners and sky-is-falling crowd will continue to do so. The Wizbang trolls will continue to pound the chink in the armor of the posters' logic that exists mainly in their little troll heads. And the small spikes which are rational thoughts that come out of their armor-chinking friends will be drowned in so many sounds of hammers. And this country will still be pretty good to go.

*A registered trademark of SurgeCo

Frank: Can't it be both?</p... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

Frank: Can't it be both?

More Bush bloody shirt wavi... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

More Bush bloody shirt waving, PC-ese, and minstrel show at the end. Liked the Civilian Voluntary Reserve idea for its implied admission of manpower shortage in the armed forces. The star of the night, though is the macaca-killa Jim Webb!

Give this new plan a chance... (Below threshold)
Allen:

Give this new plan a chance to work? Truth be known, he has never had a plan for Iraq. Nice touchy feely picture on the aircraft carrier, message in back ground said "mission accomplished." Yes, new plan, my ass.

"Liked the Civilian Volunta... (Below threshold)
JB:

"Liked the Civilian Voluntary Reserve idea for its implied admission of manpower shortage in the armed forces. "

I thought you libs were all big on the president asking for sacrifices. Oh, you didn't mean VOLUNTARY sacrifices, you meant more statist socialism.

Predictable.

"His civilian voluntary... (Below threshold)

"His civilian voluntary reserves sounds interesting."

That caught my attention as well. I wonder if the rest of us are self sacrificing enough to go for it. I can't think of anything I've got that they would really want but I'd volunteer in a heart beat.

You guys are hilarious. If ... (Below threshold)
Chris:

You guys are hilarious. If people sitting with impassive expressions on their faces are Democrats, they're "scowling." I guess I missed all the Republicans with the big toothy grins on their faces. Pelosi didn't look uncomfortable being complimented. Can't you be serious for a minute? What BS.

"Again, the Dems show how they feel about victory in Iraq. They sat there and did nothing." Please, get real. Just because Bush wraps his cockeyed surge plan in the mantle of "Victory," all of a suddent the Dems are supposed to applaud it, even through they're all publicly against it? What a waste of pixels this post is.

To "chris"--if you don't li... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

To "chris"--if you don't like it -get the hell back over to your kos kiddies or du.

Jaku, since there has been ... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Jaku, since there has been hundreds of troops looking to kill Usama and all you did was send a big insult to the American soldiers. If I was still young and one of them I'd hunt your a** down and stuff you in the sewer where you belong. Maybe in may little pieces. You are easy to find. That is a fact.

Be easy on Chris. He/She/Shim is simply a retarded little child with a computer. A product of his liberal anti-American enviroment.(aka Reared by losers, educated by Socialist/Communist/Marxist) What do you expect?

Uh oh! Post-speech Mark Lev... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

Uh oh! Post-speech Mark Levine Radio Show feels need for ultra-sappy-sentimental and s-l-o-w urban contemporary rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner". Moppin' up Flop Sweat. AGAIN!

Damn nice flag.... (Below threshold)
Lee:

Damn nice flag.

It's my new "If you can't s... (Below threshold)
Lee:

It's my new "If you can't say anything nice..." policy.

Big admission from one on t... (Below threshold)
Robert the original:

Big admission from one on the right.

This may sound strange coming from a Bush supporter and a Republican most of the time, but some Democrats may have helped in Iraq. Not the ones who want to withdraw, not the ones who whine always - but the ones thinking about a new strategy.

I think I can see a change in the Maliki support for Al Sadr with the recent news of the killing and capture of a large number of his forces.

Too early to say, but it looks like it. If this keeps up and the Oil sharing deal goes through it will mean a real change. The Saudi's and Kuwait (Sunni) are clearly helping to lower the oil price to screw with Iran. This, with the sanctions, will mean that Iran will eventually have to pull in its horns a bit and stop funding all this crap.

In the past, with the Iraq government's hands off policy to the Shiite militia (and Iran and Syria's support), AQ & Bathists on the other side (Plus Saudi threats to arm the Sunni), and Turkey opposing any separation plan - we have been in handcuffs with everyone shooting at us. No way to stop the violence unless we stop Al Sadr too. Some on the other side were probably right about a new strategy rather than just more time.

I don't know if this is enough of a new strategy, but I do see a difference.

This good cop, bad cop thing seems to have awoken the Iraq government and we now have the green light to go into Baghdad and take on whoever shoots.

Like it or not, as of now I think I have to admit that the election results just may have pushed our policy in the right direction.

Choke.

That got to be a differant ... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

That got to be a differant "pucker puss" (lee lee) or a smelly "sock".

Hurray!!! Someone on the L... (Below threshold)
epador:

Hurray!!! Someone on the Leeft takes the Leed in Civility!!!

Senator James Webb new resi... (Below threshold)
UncleZeb:

Senator James Webb new resident Asshat.

My dad serverd in WWII so friggin what does that have to do with the war on terror. I am proud of him but crikey he is too old to go to Iraq.

Chris said:<blockquo... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

Chris said:


What a waste of pixels this post is.

Don't be so hard on yourself.

In her nice balanced take o... (Below threshold)
groucho:

In her nice balanced take on the SOTU Kim graciously points out all the points at which the Democrats did not stand up and cheer. When they just sat there at the end of Bush's lame "I've got a new Iraq strategy, just give it a chance" bit, they weren't being personal or petty, they were representing 70% of the American people. Personally I wish the custom was for the opposition to boo and hiss like they to in the British parliament.

Regarding Webb's response, is that the best you can do? Mocking his voice? And Hawkins' "interpretation is more empty, lame BS from the bankrupt right, who are reduced to responding to the recent "surge" in American democracy by cheap shots, name-calling and thinly veiled contempt.

I'm fairly sure the majority folks watching at home listened to Webb's speech and said "Now that's what I'm talking about." Except for our pal Scrappy, who was probably sitting there, waving his little flag and cleaning his gun, preparing to embark on his final mission: hunting down Jaku!

So we had the President aga... (Below threshold)
LJD:

So we had the President again presenting new ideas, a desire to reach across the aisle, and a positive way forward for the country.

Here we have comments about 'no plan' and 'mission accomplished', about Iraq and 9-11.
Wow, you guys really have to get some new material. Its gettting sadder and sadder.

Here some left wing nutjob talks on the radio about how the President never even mentioned Katrina even once! Gasp! You mean the Katrina that was a year and a half ago, that the media and race-card playing lefties focused on looting idiots and ignored the hard hit rural white folks that suffered the same? THAT Katrina?

Talk about stuck in the past. Stuck on stupid.

JIm Webb nailed Bush's hide... (Below threshold)
civil behavior:

JIm Webb nailed Bush's hide to the wall and it only took him eight minutes.

Jim Webb whose father, himself, brother and now his son actually walked the talk that Bush so cavalierly pretends he knows.

Jim Webb a veteran, whose son is in Iraq told Georgie boy EXACTLY what he expected of him "SOUND JUDGEMENT" which is exactly not what an escalation of AMERICAN troops in a civil war will accomplish.

And what exactly Is Georgie boys plan when the surge doesn't work? Have we heard about Plan sixteen yet?

Bush is SOOOOO out of his league. HIs misery is visited upon all of us. God forgive us.

The President's tie was ver... (Below threshold)
Lee:

The President's tie was very nice. I like that color.

"SOUND JUDGEMENT" which is ... (Below threshold)
LJD:

"SOUND JUDGEMENT" which is exactly not what an escalation of AMERICAN troops in a civil war will accomplish.

Says you.


'Have we heard about Plan sixteen yet?'

I though he didn't have a plan? You guys need to get your story straight.

It's my new "If you can'... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

It's my new "If you can't say anything nice..." policy.

And just like most Democrats, Lee, that policy will be ignored in a matter of minutes....LOL

If Pelosi is an empty suit,... (Below threshold)
Robert:

If Pelosi is an empty suit, what does that make W?
An empty sock?




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