I’ve had a little bit of time to chew on Obama’s first State of the Union address. Obama actually tried to present himself from a center-left position. Unfortunately, his actions over the last year speak louder than his words. I found the speech to be full of hyperbole, and not much else.
He all but ordered congress to be bi-partisan, falsely believing that the United States Congress answers to him rather than to the American people, all while giving a completely partisan speech. I didn’t count the number of times that former President Bush was blamed, nor did I count the number of times that President Obama failed to admit that the Democrats have controlled congress since 2006.
Blaming our country’s financial crisis on “the lost decade and the man who ran it” is ridiculous. Let’s think back to 1999 when a 90-8 vote in the Senate and 362-57 vote in the House replaced Glass-Steagall with Gramm-Leach-Bliley, which was signed into law November 12, 1999 (by President Bush, none-the-less). And lest we forget, on September 11, 2001 two hijacked airplanes were plunged into the World Trade Center, affecting markets and financial systems globally (also GW’s fault).
On the night of the 2008 Presidential Elections, just after Obama’s victory speech, I texted a friend of mine who was an ardent Obama supporter. I simply said, “If your boy can accomplish 1/10 of his campaign promises, I’ll consider his administration a success.” I’ll admit, maybe part of me hoped that he could actually pull it off – he’s a pretty damn good orator. Yet, his actions over the last year have proven otherwise. His first State of the Union address attempted to rekindle some of the magic show from 2008, but the man behind the curtain was in plain sight and cannot be ignored.
Oh yeah, and attacking the Supreme Court is a sure way to have them appose ALL of your pet projects.
On a grading scale, I give this State of the Union a solid D. I give the President one point for attempting to appear as a centrist simply for the thought that maybe it will catch on and America will begin electing center-left/center-right politicians. Of course, the President would probably give himself a B-.