Thursday, January 28, 2010

Obama's Speech in a Word? Lecture.

Instead of watching (or recording) the State of the Union (SOTU) address last night, I went out to dinner with a friend! By the time we finished our meals and completing catching up on what has been going on in each other's lives, the SOTU address was over. Thank God! However, during my ride home from the restaurant, I tuned into the Fox News Channel on XM radio. Hannity's show was on and I got to hear some of what his panel was discussing about the speech.

Bob Beckel, the token and ever present Democrat on Sean's show continued to support Obama's failed policies, blame the Bush administration, and claim that now that the Dem's no longer have a filibuster-proof senate, the Republicans will have to do something.

Earth to Beckel??

They TRIED to get into the conversation about Health Care but were locked out of EVERY discussion; especially the secret negotiations that the Dems conducted for their unconstitutional and illegal "sweetheart" bribery deals.

Sarah Palin was asked to describe the speech in one word. She said, "lecture." Obama was lecturing the people in his speech. Typical...

Since I haven't heard or read the speech yet, I will share what a writer named Andrea Tantaros at Fox News Channel's website wrote. Apparently, she agrees with Palin's assessment:

Defiant, Delusional Obama at the State of the Union

Here's a copy of her article:

Politically speaking, Obama needed to win back the independents and swing voters the Democrats are hemorrhaging. The speech didn't do that.

Campaign 2012 started officially last night but it sounded more like a throwback to 2008.

We heard the same lines (“a new era has begun” and a similar tone (Washington is bad) that we heard two years ago

One problem: Obama has been in Washington for a while now. You can’t credibly paint yourself as an outsider when you err, um, live at the city’s most famous and iconic address.

He started with a lecture on history, and ended by cementing his own: defiance, and delusion – personified.

Rather than tack to the middle, Obama remained firmly planted in leftist ground and chained to his unpopular agenda.

On the night when he was supposed to be celebrating a health care victory, President Obama was still trying to force feed a bill that is unsalvageable and driving his party off a cliff, while simultaneously dividing it.

Not only did he accept zero responsibility for his own shortcomings, he took James Carville’s advice and foolishly - and repeatedly -- blamed George Bush! That just made him look incompetent and unable to figure out things on his own.

Politically speaking, Obama needed to win back the independents and swing voters the Democrats are hemorrhaging. The speech didn't do that.

Perhaps he figured that the speech wouldn’t matter all that much in the grand scheme of things. Not everyone was watching, so why not stay the course?

Simply stated: why right the ship of state now? How about just trimming the sails ever so slightly?

In 2008, Barack Obama cast himself as the All-Things-to-all-People-President. He was a man who offered nothing new and someone who appeared, bizarrely, even more detached from reality than usual. Saying that he was “confident” and “hopeful” might have been seen as a positive, but it didn't capture the mood of the nation and certainly doesn't explain – now that it’s January 2010 -- why it took him 12 months to focus on jobs and the economy.

Obama draped himself in his failures and his vulnerabilities last night and wore them as a badge of honor. Refusing to back down and adhere to the wishes of the electorate, he exuded the kind of stubbornness last seen in the man with whom he shoulders blame: George W. Bush.

Our commander in chief told Diane Sawyer this week, “I'd rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president," but he didn’t say for whom he’d like to be that kind of president. Last night the answer became clear: himself.

Andrea Tantaros is a conservative commentator and contributor. Follow her on Twitter: @andreatantaros.

During a Fox News interview with Andy Card, Mr. Card stated the obvious. A "really good president" is not determined by the sitting president himself, such an opinion is determined by historians after the person leaves office.

Obama's glaringly obvious mistake in the Sawyer interview was that he continues with his "it's all about me" narcissistic attitude. Ho hum....SO BORING!! And immature! The guy seems incapable of breaking out of campaign mode in order to lead this country!!

Is anyone surprised?

Perhaps the Kool-Aid drinkers who fell for his "hope and change" mantra (which turned out to be more like hype and chains rhetoric) during the 2008 campaign aren't surprised. They continue to be under the Obama spell and delusional "messiah" stupor that they fell hook, line and sinker for during the TOTUS (teleprompter) campaign.

Conservatives were not fooled. Not for one minute! We were the ones who were screaming at the top of our lungs how awful a choice for POTUS he would be. Now, Independents and Moderates have been awakened to that fact. The combination of inexperience, radical Marxism (don't fall for the perceived kinder, gentler, "progressive" title that they try to hide their Marxist ideas with), sympathy for radical Islamic-Fascist terrorists, terrible policies and awful executive orders; plus the fact that he has never had a REAL business to conduct where he had experience in creating jobs for others, and NO EXPERIENCE at governing people are just a few of the mountain of reasons why this guy was not, and is not fit to be POTUS.

I will now go over to WorldNetDaily and read the speech, grateful that I won't have to hear Obama's annoying and condescendingly lecturing voice. Next, I will read or view the video of the Republican rebuttal. I heard it was excellent!

Be back soon...

Argghhh!!! I can't get through the speech! I started to read it and got to the part where Obama says:

Because of the steps we took, there are about two million Americans working right now who would otherwise be unemployed. 200,000 work in construction and clean energy. 300,000 are teachers and other education workers. Tens of thousands are cops, firefighters, correctional officers, and first responders. And we are on track to add another one and a half million jobs to this total by the end of the year.

The plan that has made all of this possible, from the tax cuts to the jobs, is the Recovery Act. That's right – the Recovery Act, also known as the Stimulus Bill. Economists on the left and the right say that this bill has helped saved jobs and avert disaster. But you don't have to take their word for it.

What a LIAR!!!

The truth (from The Obama File):

0 -- Lessons learned from the failure of Porkulus. Yesterday, we
found out the $787 billion dollar plan actually cost $862 billion. It
failed miserably on its promise to keep unemployment below 8 percent. Now, Obama wants a new "jobs plan".

And this:

Obama Takes Credit For Success In Iraq

Move America Forward, the nation’s largest grassroots pro-troop organization took offense last night as Barack Obama tried to take credit for the success of the Iraq War when he was a bitter opponent of the successful troop surge implemented by President George W. Bush. Obama proclaimed "I promised I would end this war, and that is what I am doing as President."

Shawn Callahan, Executive Director of Move America Forward, said "Without the surge America would have left Iraq with the war lost to the insurgents. If Obama had been in charge of the Iraq war, it would have been lost along with the needless loss of potentially thousands of innocent Iraqis who would have been at the mercy of the terrorists and criminals. Americans would be further at risk with a more emboldened terrorist network."

"It is reprehensible for the President to take credit for a war his predecessor won. Then-Senator Obama criticized the Iraq war, called it a dumb war, said our troops would fail and that the surge would make things worse. History has proved him wrong, and yet he still tries to somehow take credit for our troops’ success without even congratulating them on the good job they have done."

The postings for 1/28/10 over at The Obama File will explain why Obama hasn't learned anything, ignores what the people want, and continues to hype the same old failed policies:

The Obama File: Latest Items

Hat Tip:

Fox News Website - Andrea Tantaros: Defiant, Delusional Obama at the State of the Union


Jan. 27, 2009
Bob McDonnell's GOP Response: Full Text
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell's Republican Address to the Nation Following Obama's State of the Union Address

Good evening. I'm Bob McDonnell. Eleven days ago I was honored to be sworn in as the 71st governor of Virginia.

I'm standing in the historic House Chamber of Virginia's Capitol, a building designed by Virginia's second governor, Thomas Jefferson.

It’s not easy to follow the President of the United States. And my twin 18-year old boys have added to the pressure, by giving me exactly ten minutes to finish before they leave to go watch SportsCenter.

I'm joined by fellow Virginians to share a Republican perspective on how to best address the challenges facing our nation today.

We were encouraged to hear President Obama speak this evening about the need to create jobs.

All Americans should have the opportunity to find and keep meaningful work, and the dignity that comes with it.

Many of us here, and many of you watching, have family or friends who have lost their jobs.

1 in 10 American workers is unemployed. That is unacceptable.

Here in Virginia we have faced our highest unemployment rate in more than 25 years, and bringing new jobs and more opportunities to our citizens is the top priority of my administration.

Good government policy should spur economic growth, and strengthen the private sector’s ability to create new jobs.

We must enact policies that promote entrepreneurship and innovation, so America can better compete with the world.

What government should not do is pile on more taxation, regulation, and litigation that kill jobs and hurt the middle class.

It was Thomas Jefferson who called for "A wise and frugal Government which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry ….and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned…" He was right.

Today, the federal government is simply trying to do too much.

Last year, we were told that massive new federal spending would create more jobs 'immediately' and hold unemployment below 8%.

In the past year, over three million Americans have lost their jobs, yet the Democratic Congress continues deficit spending, adding to the bureaucracy, and increasing the national debt on our children and grandchildren.

The amount of this debt is on pace to double in five years, and triple in ten. The federal debt is already over $100,000 per household.

This is simply unsustainable. The President's partial freeze on discretionary spending is a laudable step, but a small one.

The circumstances of our time demand that we reconsider and restore the proper, limited role of government at every level.

Without reform, the excessive growth of government threatens our very liberty and prosperity.

In recent months, the American people have made clear that they want government leaders to listen and act on the issues most important to them.

We want results, not rhetoric. We want cooperation, not partisanship.

There is much common ground.

All Americans agree, we need a health care system that is affordable, accessible, and high quality.

But most Americans do not want to turn over the best medical care system in the world to the federal government.

Republicans in Congress have offered legislation to reform healthcare, without shifting Medicaid costs to the states, without cutting Medicare, and without raising your taxes.

We will do that by implementing common sense reforms, like letting families and businesses buy health insurance policies across state lines, and ending frivolous lawsuits against doctors and hospitals that drive up the cost of your healthcare.

And our solutions aren't thousand-page bills that no one has fully read, after being crafted behind closed doors with special interests.

In fact, many of our proposals are available online at, and we welcome your ideas on Facebook and Twitter.

All Americans agree, this nation must become more energy independent and secure.

We are blessed here in America with vast natural resources, and we must use them all.

Advances in technology can unleash more natural gas, nuclear, wind, coal, and alternative energy to lower your utility bills.

Here in Virginia, we have the opportunity to be the first state on the East Coast to explore for and produce oil and natural gas offshore.

But this Administration’s policies are delaying offshore production, hindering nuclear energy expansion, and seeking to impose job-killing cap and trade energy taxes.

Now is the time to adopt innovative energy policies that create jobs and lower energy prices.

All Americans agree, that a young person needs a world-class education to compete in the global economy. As a kid my dad told me, "Son, to get a good job, you need a good education." That’s even more true today.

The President and I agree on expanding the number of high-quality charter schools, and rewarding teachers for excellent performance. More school choices for parents and students mean more accountability and greater achievement.

A child's educational opportunity should be determined by her intellect and work ethic, not by her zip code.

All Americans agree, we must maintain a strong national defense. The courage and success of our Armed Forces is allowing us to draw down troop levels in Iraq as that government is increasingly able to step up. My oldest daughter, Jeanine, was an Army platoon leader in Iraq, so I'm personally grateful for the service and the sacrifice of all of our men and women in uniform, and a grateful nation thanks them.

We applaud President Obama's decision to deploy 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan. We agree that victory there is a national security imperative. But we have serious concerns over recent steps the Administration has taken regarding suspected terrorists.

Americans were shocked on Christmas Day to learn of the attempted bombing of a flight to Detroit. This foreign terror suspect was given the same legal rights as a U.S. citizen, and immediately stopped providing critical intelligence.

As Senator-elect Scott Brown says, we should be spending taxpayer dollars to defeat terrorists, not to protect them.

Here at home government must help foster a society in which all our people can use their God-given talents in liberty to pursue the American Dream. Republicans know that government cannot guarantee individual outcomes, but we strongly believe that it must guarantee equality of opportunity for all.

That opportunity exists best in a democracy which promotes free enterprise, economic growth, strong families, and individual achievement.

Many Americans are concerned about this Administration's efforts to exert greater control over car companies, banks, energy and health care.

Over-regulating employers won’t create more employment; overtaxing investors won’t foster more investment.

Top-down one-size fits all decision making should not replace the personal choices of free people in a free market, nor undermine the proper role of state and local governments in our system of federalism. As our Founders clearly stated, and we Governors understand, government closest to the people governs best.

And no government program can replace the actions of caring Americans freely choosing to help one another. The Scriptures say "To whom much is given, much will be required." As the most generous and prosperous nation on Earth, it is heartwarming to see Americans giving much time and money to the people of Haiti. Thank you for your ongoing compassion.

Some people are afraid that America is no longer the great land of promise that she has always been. They should not be.

America will always blaze the trail of opportunity and prosperity.

America must always be a land where liberty and property are valued and respected, and innocent human life is protected.

Government should have this clear goal: Where opportunity is absent, we must create it. Where opportunity is limited, we must expand it. Where opportunity is unequal, we must make it open to everyone.

Our Founders pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to create this nation.

Now, we should pledge as Democrats, Republicans and Independents--Americans all---to work together to leave this nation a better place than we found it.

God Bless you, and God Bless our great nation.

Other Blogs to read:

Nice Deb: Krauthamer On Obama’s SOTU Speech: No Pivot, “Tone Was Strained and Unctuous”

Good roundup of links there, too.

Look at this portion:

Don Surber:

Tonight’s State of the Union address is the least important one since Richard Nixon’s in 1974. The State of the Union address was delivered 8 days ago by the voters of Massachusetts. They killed the centerpiece of Barack Obama’s presidency and without his health care plan, he is nothing.

There is nothing President Obama can say or do tonight that could save his presidency. It is over. He is through. It lasted exactly 365 days. The one year president.

The stench of political death exudes from him. Soon, he will be mocked as his irrelevancy becomes more and more apparent by the week, by the day and eventually by the hour.

Already George Soros has walked out on him.

Reuters: “Billionaire financier George Soros said on Wednesday U.S. President Barack Obama’s plan to impose a tax on large banks was premature and his wider proposals to rein in banks’ activities may not go far enough.”

George Soros does not give a damn about banks. He would break every one of them if he could. He cares only about George Soros and Barack Obama has served his purpose and so George Soros moves on.

The exodus is on.

George Soros is walking out on him???!!! WHOO HOO!!!


More articles:

Big Government: Now Even Speeches Fail President Obama

Note this comment there:

WebDevAnalyst · 1 hour ago

This is what Glenn Beck was saying. If he was just a politician, he would triangulate like Clinton did, but if he was a revolutionary radical, then he would say full speed ahead. Guess what he did? There's no way to get around it now, he is a radical and he is following the Saul Allinsky plan step by step.

Sharp Right Turn: Words to describe Obama’s SOTU speech: Intolerant, intimidation, propaganda, childish, not true, distasteful…

Excerpt quote from Ace of Spades:

What words didn’t he use? Victory. Freedom. Or anything that recognized the fruits of the incredible sacrifices millions of men and women in our military and their families made to make it possible.You see, the war is just “ending”. …….Oh and this ‘ending’? Yeah, he inherited that from Bush too but you don’t hear him mention that do you?

I doubt W. cares much about what this CHILDISH little man says or thinks about him. Bush signed up for the big leagues and if Obama can’t do anything but bitch about him, well, that’s part of the deal. Besides, Bush only looks better by comparison.

But for a serving Commander in Chief to fail to acknowledge the victory of American troops is beyond shameful, it’s unpardonable and even un-American.

Like I've said before MANY times at this blog. You NEVER hear the words "victory" or "freedom" from Obama. How SHAMEFUL!!


Teresa said...

It was definitely agony sitting through his speech last night. Sarah Palin hit the nail on the head with both her posting and her comment that stated his speech was more of a lecture. He is the Narcissist-in-Chief and is a liar. The man must be delusional to think that the Porkulus worked. It was a failure. I loved Bob McDonnell's Republican response. I look forward to hearing more from McDonnell in the future.

Christinewjc said...

Don Surber's post wins first prize:

Obama will not be re-elected
Tonight’s State of the Union address is the least important one since Richard Nixon’s in 1974. The State of the Union address was delivered 8 days ago by the voters of Massachusetts. They killed the centerpiece of Barack Obama’s presidency and without his health care plan, he is nothing.

There is nothing President Obama can say or do tonight that could save his presidency. It is over. He is through. It lasted exactly 365 days. The one year president.

The stench of political death exudes from him. Soon, he will be mocked as his irrelevancy becomes more and more apparent by the week, by the day and eventually by the hour.

Already George Soros has walked out on him.

Reuters: “Billionaire financier George Soros said on Wednesday U.S. President Barack Obama’s plan to impose a tax on large banks was premature and his wider proposals to rein in banks’ activities may not go far enough.”

George Soros does not give a damn about banks. He would break every one of them if he could. He cares only about George Soros and Barack Obama has served his purpose and so George Soros moves on.

The exodus is on.

What doomed Obamacare is that it is boring and he limited himself to needing 60 out of 60 Democratic senators rather than try to work with Republicans. That was foolhardy.

Obama was too young, too inexperienced and too arrogant to realize what he held on Jan. 20, 2009. He had control of both houses of Congress for his first two years — something no Republican president had since Ike Eisenhower. There would be a defection within the first six months which would return control of the Senate to the Democrats under Bush 43.

In fact, President Reagan never had control of the House and yet he accomplished far more than Obama could imagine because Reagan knew how to negotiate. He relished it. He was a master negotiator. He learned that in Hollywood when he headed the Screen Actors Guild, and later he honed his craft as governor of California.

Experience matters. If you can cut a deal with Jack Warner, Tip O’Neill is a piece of cake.

Obama piddled his power away. All he wound up with after a year of these magnificent majorities in the House and Senate was a $787 billion stimulus and the bailout of GM.

Both are abject failures.

The sneering cynicism of the spendathon — a half trillion spent to pay back political favors — now bites him in the seat. He bet that $787 billion on the economy bouncing back on its own accord.

Instead, he scared the market and now, my friends, 12% unemployment and a second recession loom ahead.

Such profligate spending spooked the market. The protests from the Chicago exchange — Rick Santelli echoed the words of the traders — were dismissed. Tea Party protesters were dismissed. Town hall protesters were dismissed.

Sneer, sneer, sneer. Snark, snark, snark.

Obama’s failure to pass Obamacare this fall (and health insurance is a pretty boring subject; all insurance is) left him with the just the Expensive Stimulus That Stopped The Economy.


Christinewjc said...

On January 19, 2010, those traders, Tea Party types and town hall protesters dismissed him.

Bravado about still passing a health package is just that. Technically, it is doable. But every Democratic senator and congressman who is not snorting Kos knows it is political suicide.

Evan Bayh is not surrendering his Senate seat this year for Obama.

How many more examples do you need?

Congressmen from safe seats have seen their odds downgraded to likely Democrat or even leans Democrat. Obamacare cannot save them now; it can only accelerate their declines in the polls.

So what is he left with? Cutting the deficit by freezing a tiny sliver of the appropriations? Don’t make me laugh.

His pathetically timid attempt to cut the deficit only underscores that he has added $1 trillion a year to the deficit without Obamacare.

2010 is another loser year for him. He will lose the House and perhaps the Senate.

So what does he do next year, with Republicans controlling at least half the Congress, that can save him?


Another 9/11 would only underscore his terrible record on national security.

“The system worked!”

I suppose in 2011 and 2012 he could whine about the Party of No.

But that sounds an awful lot like the last 3 years of Bush bashing. After a while, voters tune it all out.

In fact, they already have. Since his July press conference (he was terrible; you could almost hear the yawns) his Nielsen numbers have faded to ordinary. It is kind of sad when the sitting President of the United States cannot goose the ratings when he appears on a Sunday talk show — as happened in September.

This is a very ordinary man.

And an ordinary man with his thin resume should not be president.

Tonight, there is nothing he can do or say to save his presidency. All the rhetorical flourishes have worn off. Save the economy? Didn’t he do that last year for $787,000,000,000?

No, this is a presidency that needs embalming. Yes, Clinton bounced back after the 1994 election. But that is because Clinton was more experienced even though he was roughly the same age then that Obama is now. Clinton lost his governorship after his first term because he acted like The Won. Clinton laughed it off, learned and returned two years later. Clinton was able to apply that lesson after the 1994 election.

President Obama cannot learn because he already knows everything. Right?

He also burned all his bridges to the Republicans.

Rush Limbaugh wanted Obama to fail.

Limbaugh’s wish has come true.

Others still see hope for President Obama. Andrew Malcolm has “What he will say vs. what he should say.”

Frankly, there is nothing this president can say anymore. He’s through.

Christinewjc said...

The acronym from the TEA Parties that becomes more and more apparent with each passing day:


America !

Christinewjc said...

Hi Teresa,

I give you a lot of credit for sitting through and listening to ObamaFRAUD spew his usual, tired, lie-filled rhetoric! So many people I know can't even stand to hear his voice anymore!!

We have a person in the White House who is delusional, narcissistic, and who is absolutely tone-deaf to what We The People have been screaming about at TEA Parties, Town Hall meetings, and ESPECIALLY at the ballot box. Obama just refuses to back down from his terrible policies!

Can't wait to hear Glenn Beck's analysis. Yesterday on his show he predicted that Obama will reveal his true colors. Either Obama will suddenly turn into another Clinton and govern more from the center; or he will expose himself as the Marxist dictator-in-chief that he obviously chooses to be. This is a fact that he can no longer hide from the people!!

Kevin said...

Hi Christine,
Usually the State of the Union addresses are lectures--there is no give and take. I think it is rather refreshing to actually be able to listen to a speech of our current president who can actually give speeches. Bush was awful with giving speeches and it was always crystal clear when he stopped reading the prompter.

Why is it that you say it is shameful that you never hear victory or freedom from Obama? Apparently you can hear it if you had listened to his speech!
Here is an example:

"For America must always stand on the side of freedom and human dignity."

So it really isn't shameful--you just missed it (unfortunately).

Teresa said...

I loved Bush's speeches! He spoke straight from his heart and usually without a teleprompter. Obama is the follow the teleprompter verbatim President who definitely does NOT speak from his heart.