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AP's Calvin Woodward will soon be looking for a job

He's actually published a hard-hitting (for the AP) fact check piece on Obama's speech last night:

The ledger did not appear to be adding up Tuesday night when President Barack Obama urged more spending on one hand and a spending freeze on the other.

Obama spoke ambitiously of putting money into roads, research, education, efficient cars, high-speed rail and other initiatives in his State of the Union speech. He pointed to the transportation and construction projects of the last two years and proposed "we redouble these efforts." He coupled this with a call to "freeze annual domestic spending for the next five years."

But Obama offered far more examples of where he would spend than where he would cut, and some of the areas he identified for savings are not certain to yield much if anything.

For example, he said he wants to eliminate "billions in taxpayer dollars we currently give to oil companies." Yet he made a similar proposal last year that went nowhere. He sought $36.5 billion in tax increases on oil and gas companies over the next decade, but Congress largely ignored the request, even though Democrats were then in charge of both houses of Congress.

Woodward goes on to chronicle the lies, the spin, the twists and turns we've come to expect from Barack Hussein Obama.  It's a good read though I suspect this morning that Woodward is busy dusting off the résumé.  The Chicago thug-in-chief will not take kindly to anyone in the mainstream press going against the meme.

A few reactions from around the 'sphere to the SOTU speech.

Legal Insurrection's William Jacobson tweeted "Title of #SOTU Speech: 'A million points of trite'".

Charles Krauthammer:

"He said 'we do big things.' And all he recommended, all in the laundry list, the first half of the speech was all the things that government was going to do was small ball. It was like late Clintonian minimalism about high-speed rail, more spending on roads and solar shingles. I mean look, that's not the Apollo program."


  • One whole hour and he couldn't address the one thing he needs to get in hand: entitlement spending. One tiny little sentence he gave to it was a dig at Paul Ryan and told us we can't touch poor, elderly, sick, education, or anyone receiving an entitlement. 
  • Worst speech of the sort I've ever heard. It felt ad-libbed and insincere.
  • Kept talking about American greatness and doing big things...then advocated completely small-ball crapola policies. Does he know what greatness means?
  • Laughed out loud when he took credit for inhibiting Iran's & NorKo's nukes.
  • We stand for people yearning to be free....except Iran.

Don Surber:

For a man with such big ears, Barack Obama sure cannot hear.

He wants bigger government.

From his state of the union, President Obama: "We will move forward together, or not at all."


This is not a house divided. This is not a civil war. This is Lee Iaccoca time: Either lead, follow or get out of the way.

For 2 years, it was my-way-or-highway from Obama.

Now he says "We will move forward together, or not at all"?

What do you mean "we," kemo sabi?

He overspent the budget by $3.4 trillion in his first two years as president.

The American people said no new spending.

Read their lips.

Tonight, Obama says: More, more, more spending.


I confess to missing it.  Purposely.  I don't believe a word that escapes the lips of this snake oil salesman and can't understand or fathom anyone who does.   I did skim the text of his speech that was actually released before he gave it and was a little stunned to see the Sputnik reference.  Here you have a man that is essentially gutting the one government agency that has actually united the American people, that has actually done more to advance American exceptionalism than any other, turning it into not much more than an agency that propagandizes our children and the President of the United States talks about this being our Sputnik moment.  Unbelievable.  But not really.

We've elected a radical who's purposed in foisting radical transformation on America.  Americans will have to double down on efforts to ensure that his radicalism fails.


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Comments (21)

"...and spending through... (Below threshold)

"...and spending through tax breaks..."

Obama and the left still doesn't understand that taking less of our money is not "spending".

And I notice that the one 'fact check' he did of Ryan's response is a 'check' of something that Ryan didn't say - he takes what Ryan did say and twisted it to mean he was talking about a specific bill, when in fact Ryan was talking about generalities.

Thank you for summarizing h... (Below threshold)

Thank you for summarizing his speech and the responses to it. I can't listen to him drone on about anything anymore because he is just so uninspiring. I am hoping this will all be over in 2012.

Despite the media frenzy of... (Below threshold)
gary gulrud:

Despite the media frenzy of gun busting, Palin burning, National Socialist fury; despite the parallel move to the center by Dear Leader, Il Douche is clearly not feeling the burn.

Ryan, Bachmann and Paul were all on message and feeling the zeitgeist.

TEAs though out-scored the reThugs. McConnell, balls in your court, show some heart.

Your comments on NAS... (Below threshold)
gnossoss papadopoulis:

Your comments on NASA, Rick, are absolutely wrong and childish. Refocusing priorities to reflect technological advancements is not gutting. What's your job Rick, vacuum tube salesman? Turn off the Fox News dude.

It appears 0bama's latest g... (Below threshold)
LeBron Steinman:

It appears 0bama's latest gimmick theme/slogan is "Win The Future!".
For those interested, the acronym for that is "WTF!".

Yeah, he's hoping to win it... (Below threshold)

Yeah, he's hoping to win it, LeBron - his credit is so low he can't buy it, even with a payday loan and pawning the title to AF1!

Woodward's "fact check" of ... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

Woodward's "fact check" of Ryan's rebuttal was broad form and struck me as not well considered. An after-thought! It's kind of like his editor returned his original piece to him, telling him to include something about the rebuttal as well.

It is telling when EJ Dionn... (Below threshold)
retired military:

It is telling when EJ Dionne of WAPO

Gives Barry his usual enthusiasti 10 thumbs up and the readers of the WAPO in the comments section blast him. When Barry loses the few WAPO readers left then he is in trouble.

The Sputnik reference is st... (Below threshold)

The Sputnik reference is stupid, anyway. Sputnik flew in 1957. Von Braun had essentially completed the Saturn design on his own by the time NASA adopted it in 1962. Our "investing in better research and education" after Sputnik didn't have much to do with any "innovation" that led to the moon landings.

I believe he was referring ... (Below threshold)
Ken D. :

I believe he was referring to a sputtering moment.

I could not listen to it al... (Below threshold)

I could not listen to it also Rick. Not exactly because he does remind me of a snake oil saleman but really the speech's have turned into a political rally instead of seriously talking about the state of our country. I quit listening years ago. Always, shoulda, coulda and woulda. Boring. ww

as I've said since this clo... (Below threshold)

as I've said since this clown got elected ... let him talk ... he has never helped his casue by giving a speech ... how many prime time health care speeches did he give ? 3-4-5 ?
how close was the vote that was bought with bribes ?

let him give speeches ... he just gives his opponents more talking points to show the disconnect between his words and his deeds ...

Barry's long winded tripe i... (Below threshold)

Barry's long winded tripe is as devoid of substance as gnossoss papadopoulis posts.

The White House is trumpeti... (Below threshold)

The White House is trumpeting the speech as "Winning The Future!". Did anyone there look at the initials?

W T F !

I’d say the “Sputnik Moment... (Below threshold)
John S:

I’d say the “Sputnik Moment” was right on. If I remember my history correctly, Sputnik was when we got our asses kicked by a communist country due to the incompetence of the president. Except today it's a different president and the communist country is China.

Werner von Braun asked for the go ahead to launch a satellite years before Sputnik. But Eisenhower, still smarting from the fact that von Braun’s rocket was essentially the same one that targeted London, ordered the Navy to launch the first U.S. satellite. Six months AFTER the Sputnik embarrassment, the Navy blew up their Vanguard rocket on live TV. After that the president let von Braun launch his satellite using his 10-year old rocket.

Ironically, because Obama has cancelled the Constellation project, it is the Russian's 55-year old Sputnik booster that will ferry our astronauts to the Space Station. That's real progress.

Sputtering economy, no jobs... (Below threshold)

Sputtering economy, no jobs, 2012 too far away.

Yes, this truly was Barry's 'sputnik' moment.

Winning The Future! Because... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

Winning The Future! Because no problem is so big it can't be solved with a vapid slogan!

Great slogans, the tool of ... (Below threshold)

Great slogans, the tool of the street agitator.

I wouldn't expect different.

To be factually correct the... (Below threshold)

To be factually correct the slogan for Barrie's 2012 run..

Winning the future! Cause we've lost the Present!

Of course, "It's the sputtering economy stupid!" is always appropriate with this fool.

I really could not bear to ... (Below threshold)

I really could not bear to watch Obama reading yet another speech full of hollow words so I instead read the transcript.

This man has no clue whatsoever.

But this line was the whopper: "We do big things."

He's right about that. He and his fellow libs have screwed things up on a truly grand scale.

Big un-employment.
Big deficits.
Big spending.
Big international apologies for being who we are.
Big racial tensions.
Big vacations.
Big Ego.
BIG failure.

Were there t-shirts made up... (Below threshold)

Were there t-shirts made up for the attendees?






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