Oh, the painful, State of the Union address. To some, this annual speech is just a way to feed their critical, argumentative nature. To others, it’s threatening their future with its proposal for more taxes or less government funding. Needless to say, the State of the Union (or any Obama speech) usually generates uproar.
Let’s time travel for a moment. Does President Obama’s healthcare speech bring back any memories? Perhaps of a certain representative yelling “You lie!” during the speech?
What about Judge Samuel Alito, who mouthed “not true” during Obama’s criticism on one Supreme Court case last year during the State of the Union address? Too bad this year Judge Alito spent the evening in Hawaii during the infamous address. He was so disappointed, I’m sure.
President Obama’s speeches always evoke something interesting such as fits of rage or unceremonious booing. However, this State of the Union address was unlike its predecessors.
The speech’s main theme was “Winning the Future.” Or as I like to call it “WTF” as in “What the flibbertigibbet!” Plenty of people were thinking it too. To be honest though, who was surprised at President Obama’s list of ambitious goals and vague outlook on the future?
First of all, what does “win the future” even mean? I mean, winning is completely subjective. Yet, his logic also confuses me. Does socialism ever include winning? In a socialist society, shouldn’t everyone be happy with their free healthcare, outrageous taxes and no immigration laws? Personally, I think his slogan should have been “We’ll spread the wealth like you spread the flu.”
Shouldn’t State of the Union addresses reflect the past year’s work or failures and reiterate what should be done? This one definitely just skipped the past year and moved straight on to the future.
It’s almost like his speech was merely a way to blame Congress’ bipartisan split for his failures. I don’t know how many times he referred to the “great compromise” that would enhance America’s future.
High-speed rail to create jobs? As long as the reenactment of the Pennsylvanian Railroad Strike of 1877 doesn’t rise from the dead.
Going green? I have a better idea. Let’s recycle him.
And my favorite one: “Race to the Top.”
The government is out of ideas for a new education plan. Too bad we really need one. So, instead of the government taking responsibility, the states are going to have a competition. (What is this, high school?) The first state to come up with the best education plan wins money from the government! Oh, just kidding. Money from our tax-paying pockets!
So when the brilliant state that comes up with the best plan (it’ll be Montana) only some states get the funding. Basically, we’re only going to fix half the country’s education.
The president has certainly won over the future. I mean, we’ll be unstoppable with a half-educated country, defense strategy involving high-speed trains (because high-speed trains are so important when it comes to nuclear matters), clean energy, and debt still accumulating.
At least Joe Biden stayed awake for this promising speech.