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When I'm Calling Meeeee...

Every president since Ronald Reagan has used the State of the Union as an opportunity to honor some distinguished Americans (and, occasionally, foreign friends of America). It's become a tradition for the First Lady to share her guest box with a few mostly-ordinary people who've done something extraordinary.

Reagan started it with a man who, upon seeing an airliner crash into a freezing river, dove in and pulled a passenger to safety. Other notable guests have included entrepeneurs, soldiers, foreign dignataries, and sports stars.

Last night was no exception. Obama's special guests were Officers Kimberly Munley and Mark Todd, the two heroic cops who stopped the Fort Hood shooter

We know this because that's who was announced to be the guests, and viewers might have caught glimpses of police uniforms during the cutaways to the first lady for her reactions.

Because President Obama didn't bother to give them a "shout out" during the speech.

Maybe the officers in question asked the president to not single them out, not to draw attention to them, not to invite the Congress (and the nation) to take a moment to honor their heroism on that day when an army major (and, by an astonishingly unpredictable coincidence, a Muslim who'd been in close contact with a radical Islamist cleric) opened fire and killed 13 troops.

But I find it far more likely that if they didn't want attention that much, they'd have respectfully declined the invitation. I find it a bit more plausible that President Obama -- who made so much of the speech about himself, as it had more "I's" than Argus or a Lovecraftian monstrosity or Simpsons mutated animal -- simply figured that being in His presence was honor enough, and he didn't even think of sharing the limelight of his first State of the Union address.

Anyway, officers, hope you had a good time last night, and got to do the tourist thing in DC. 'Cuz you certainly didn't get the honor you were due from the Chief Executive. If he'd said something nice about you, he might have had to drop one of the dozen or so "blame Bush" lines he salted into his speech.


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Comments (12)

Chicago politics, like the ... (Below threshold)
Jlawson:

Chicago politics, like the old "Highlander" series, only allow room for ONE at the top.

What I saw last night was someone carefully positioning themselves at the top, and doing what he could to make sure nobody else could challenge hom - even going so far as to call out the Supreme Court (which was sitting right there!) for a decision that he didn't like.

I wondered how Chavez and Castro got good footholds in their respective countries - I think we're seeing the process firsthand, and I can't say I like it much.

Neither Chavez or Castro ca... (Below threshold)
Matt:

Neither Chavez or Castro came to power through legal political means. Castro ran an insurgency against the legally established government and killed anyone that offered a viable option that wasn't Castro.

Chaves, although elected immediately set about violiating his contries constitution and setting his violent thugs on anybody that disagreed.

Blame the Supreme Co... (Below threshold)
epador:


Blame the Supreme Court, Blame Bush, Blame Wall Street, Blame Bankers, Blame the Republicans.
Honor no one but Thyself.
Amen.

[Reader's Digest condensation of SOTU address, 2010]

Blame the Teleprompter, not Obama!

BTW, I lost count, but I th... (Below threshold)
epador:

BTW, I lost count, but I think there were more "me's" than "I's" in the speech. Someone got the breakdown?

I only hope he keeps this t... (Below threshold)
recovered liberal democrat:

I only hope he keeps this tone going. This November keeps looking better every day. The only problem is, is that it's not soon enough.

I happen to believe that th... (Below threshold)
Melek:

I happen to believe that the heroic guests were not mentioned our acknowledged by The One because that would have led him to address radical islam and terrorism ... the Christmas day attempt ... etc... not "relevant" to his progressive agenda and ideology!!! :(

Let's not forget that the only war this administration is fighting is "the war against reality"!!
I wish you well :) Melek


"The real wants of the people ought never to give way to the imaginary wants of the state." ~ Montesquieu

It's a good thing Obama did... (Below threshold)
PeterFL:

It's a good thing Obama didn't give them a shout-out.... just ask the Supreme Court what they thought of theirs!

Khalid Sheik Mohahmed has h... (Below threshold)
914:

Khalid Sheik Mohahmed has him by the balls.

@epador: cursory check show... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

@epador: cursory check showed ~96 uses "I" to 7 uses of "me"

I I I I I I I I I I I I ... (Below threshold)
914:

I I I I I I I I I I I I I I ME I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I ME I I I I I I I I ME I I I I I I I I ME I I I I I I I I I I I I I I ME I I I I I I ME I I I I I I I I I I ME I I I I I I I I I I....


Looks ridiculous I know.. But so does standing twixt a pair of prodding prompters referring endlessly to oneself..

"Because President Obama di... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"Because President Obama didn't bother to give them a "shout out" during the speech."

He also did not mention that Gitmo is still open for business. What happened to that "promise" that it would be CLOSED the 1st year of HIS presidency?

Every time I think that jac... (Below threshold)
OLSOLJER:

Every time I think that jackass can't do anything more stupid, he amazes me. He has managed to create chaos in the Legislative Branch, and now he dis's the Judicial Branch, not to mention the majority of the voters in the United States. Not to mention pissing off the military leaders. How much more can we take from this clown?? I think that in the best interests of this country, maybe we should get a recall and have a special election. A vote of no confidence for the entire executive branch.


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