I watched the State of the Union and yet I was not given a televised rebuttal to it in which I could share my talking points. I mean thoughts. And I’m outraged about it. Because as a person with nothing new, interesting, or insightful to say I should really be given a platform to say it. It’s apparently my right as an American. So while the networks and the lamestream media might have deprived me of my chance to deliver a nationally televised State of the Union rebuttal, I will not be silenced. I will share my thoughts now:
First of all, I thought after getting a three minute standing ovation before he even began talking that it would have been best for Obama to just stop right there. Best to quit while you’re ahead.
But to my surprise he continued.
And good thing he did, because people loved it! Even as he gave a speech that outlined a lot of controversial ideas like treating teachers with respect, being nice to each other, and supporting the troops, people were constantly standing up to applaud. I think our country must truly be healed.
But Obama wasn’t just concerned with the present — he did a good job of setting ambitious goals for the future, like winning it, that sounded completely tangible and in no way vague and ridiculous. I thought it was good that a lot of the most impressive sounding goals he set are ones that will be achieved on dates far in the future, because that way people can and will totally hold him accountable if those goals haven’t yet been met and they won’t at all completely forget about the fact he had even set them in the first place.
In addition to all the points he made, I thought the speech itself was well delivered. But it was made even more dynamic by all the cutaways to random unidentified people staring blankly into space. Television at its finest!
I also like how Obama tailored his speech to the audience, like for example when he said “the worst recession most of us have ever known” rather than “the worst recession we have ever known” because he knew that John McCain was present. That was considerate of him.
Speaking of John McCain, I’m not quite sure who that sad Frankenstein-looking man was he was sitting next to, but from what I could tell they were discussing in a dull monotone with each other about how much they hate George Bush and how much better it would be if they both lived in an alternate dimension that was exactly the opposite in every way to this one. Regardless, it’s good to see he’s made a friend.
And its moments like that, almost as much as the speech itself, that made the whole thing so moving.
Like seeing, for the first time ever, two men of color at the podium during the State of the Union. And watching Joe Biden appear in public for an entire hour without saying or doing anything stupid or embarrassing. It was truly inspirational.
There were some problems though. No one yelled anything at Obama during the speech, which is always the most exciting part. And Obama should at some point probably learn to pronounce Taliban and Pakistan like every single other person in America does. And I think some of his facts were a little off.
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