Didn’t catch the SOTU last night due to my work load, but I recorded it and watched it tonight.
This was one of Obama’s better speeches, and we all know that’s saying a lot. It’s nice to have someone in the system who is happy to just say it like it is, no spin, no matter who it upsets, but still manages to do so with grace while appealing to what Lincoln called “our better angels”. I think he set the stage for the Democrats to turn things around this year, but only if he leads and can keep a majority of Dems in line.
There were a ton of high points in the speech, everything from jobs, to light rail, to DADT, to health care, to calling out the Supreme Court with Alito sneering in the process. He put my fears of the budget “freeze” to rest for the most part, but I could do without the calls on nuclear energy, off shore drilling, and so called clean coal.
Two things I noticed.
One, Ruth Bader Ginsburg looks horribly frail these days, more so than usual. Sadly, it’s becoming clear that we may not have her with us too much longer.
Secondly, and this is a big thing, Roby is not as politically astute as myself and a lot of others I associate with, and watching his reaction I think provided a window into what the man or woman on the street was seeing. Let me tell you, the Republicans did themselves no favor sitting on their butts scowling the whole time, and Bob McDonnell fell flat.
I feel good after this one. Time to punch our way off the ropes!
UPDATE: Planned to add this in last night but forgot. MSNBC should really fire this guy…