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Tue Jan 28, 2014, 08:59 PM

 

I am a total sucker for the annual State of the Union speech.

Total sucker.

I know I know I know I know, it's a show, it's TV, it is pretty words once again, and words are wind...I know, OK, so shaddap and let me enjoy the spectacle.

Especially when the guy on the stump knows how to get it done. Watching the W. Bush SOTU speeches was like getting beaten with sticks. Watching Clinton was like watching art in creation, most of the time anyway. Watching Bush Sr. was like watching pudding watch pudding. Watching Reagan was agony, but always a good show, even towards the end, because that's what he did.

President Obama knows how to get it done...and since it sounds like he's going to be flipping a few rhetorical daggers at the *ahem* legacy of Ronald Reagan tonight, the looks on the faces of the meth-addled House GOP howler monkeys will be worth the price of admission right there.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/democrats-reagan-era-obama-state-of-the-union

...and maybe, just maybe, if he parks it deep enough tonight, and I mean over the wall and the water tank and far into the wheat field...maybe he can penetrate the "both sides are to blame" gibberish peddled by the "news media" and shake this shit up.

Yeah, I know, that's asking a lot. But I can dream.

It's a show. Enjoy it. The GOP will be collectively looking like they're sucking on lemons if St. Ronald takes a beating tonight.

Good.

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Reply I am a total sucker for the annual State of the Union speech. (Original post)
WilliamPitt Jan 2014 OP
NYC_SKP Jan 2014 #1
MannyGoldstein Jan 2014 #2
daleanime Jan 2014 #10
Little_Wing Jan 2014 #3
H2O Man Jan 2014 #4
Control-Z Jan 2014 #5
fadedrose Jan 2014 #6
WilliamPitt Jan 2014 #8
New Orleans Strong Jan 2014 #13
SoapBox Jan 2014 #14
fadedrose Jan 2014 #15
hunter Jan 2014 #20
msanthrope Jan 2014 #7
hfojvt Jan 2014 #9
Nye Bevan Jan 2014 #11
mountain grammy Jan 2014 #18
ashling Jan 2014 #12
ramapo Jan 2014 #16
SoapBox Jan 2014 #17
ancianita Jan 2014 #19
Ptah Jan 2014 #21

Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 09:01 PM

1. Look. You can't NOT watch it, you know this. You can tape it, you can dismiss it.

 

BUT YOU CAN NOT NOT WATCH IT.

You knew that..

It's a big quintuple popcorn night!

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 09:12 PM

2. Great idea for a drinking game, thanks!

 

Every time Obama tells us that Liberals must share in the blame, we drink.

The one time I'd like to stay sober...

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 10:21 PM

10. +1

but Dr.s don't allow me any 'alkeyhaul'.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 09:13 PM

3. I can't imagine not watching

Even though I might disagree with what he is saying, the delicious knowledge that his mere presence is infuriating to many in that chamber makes this must-see TV. Martini time

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 09:16 PM

4. I'll be watching ......

and then I'll be back on DU to compare notes.

I'm hoping that President Obama delivers a message of Truth.

Recommended.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 09:17 PM

5. I feel the same exact way.

Wouldn't miss it!

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 09:24 PM

6. I totally agree with everything you said....

Sometimes the State of the Union is a bore if all you care about is the speech. Seeing the politicians and the "spectacle" of it all is fascinating and enjoyable to me.

And President Obama is the best speaker we have ever had, barring none, and I've been watching these for a long time.

Gonna go get cozy, but not too far from the keyboard unless I almost burst from wanting to share something....usually tears


Off-topic: I love the picture in your avatar. Grandson?

He's a vast improvement over the guy who didn't get Doris Day at the end of the movie. What movie? All of them....

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Response to fadedrose (Reply #6)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 10:12 PM

8. Daughter.

 



Original avatar pic:



Squee.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Reply #8)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 11:33 PM

13. Beautiful... Gorgeous, and you - and she are lucky.

I think the water tower is the size of of a dime from where the President of the United States of America perched us -

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Response to WilliamPitt (Reply #8)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 11:35 PM

14. Awesome pics!

Thanks for sharing.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Reply #8)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 11:38 PM

15. A daughter!! Lucky you...

She's just what you never knew you needed till now.

I said "Grandson" because I figured you to be in at least your late 30's, or maybe 41 or 42. You know too much to be real young and are too sharp to be too old.

And gifts for unborn babies are usually yellow, in case it's a boy

It's good she's posted on the night of the State of the Union. Another out-of-the park presentation.

Thank you.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Reply #8)

Wed Jan 29, 2014, 12:05 AM

20. Oh my, that you, William? You're gonna end up with a pony-tail like I did.

And you're not going to be able to lose it until the "embarrassed to have parents in public" stage.

You might even end up like my brothers, showing off pink painted toenails in the gym, or surfing.

(I'm a danger to myself and others in the gym or surfing, so I never had that problem.)

I have a serious kid like that, grown up now, graduated from college, and teaching.

Being a dad is awesome.

Squee!

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 10:20 PM

9. in his first SOTU

Obama paid homage to St. Ronald.

I haven't watched one since.

I never watched them when W was pretending to be President. Couldn't stand it.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 10:34 PM

11. Obama on Reagan:


ďI donít want to present myself as some sort of singular figure. I think part of whatís different are the times. I do think that, for example, the 1980 election was different. I think Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America in a way that, you know, Richard Nixon did not and in a way that Bill Clinton did not.

"He put us on a fundamentally different path because the country was ready for it. I think they felt like, you know, with all the excesses of the 60s and the 70s, and government had grown and grown, but there wasn't much sense of accountability in terms of how it was operating. I think people just tapped into -- he tapped into what people were already feeling, which was, we want clarity, we want optimism, we want a return to that sense of dynamism and entrepreneurship that had been missing.

http://www.nytimes.com/ref/us/politics/21seelye-text.html

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Response to Nye Bevan (Reply #11)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 11:47 PM

18. By 1980, people were feeling what the corporations and the corporate media told them to feel.

"The excesses of the 60's and 70's?" What, like Medicare, Medicaid and Civil Rights?

Reagan tapped into people's fears and racism, that's what. Obama knows this as well as any of us. This nonsense is about not speaking ill of dead presidents, I guess.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 11:06 PM

12. My daughter posted this on her FB page

I just told my husband that I recommend watching MSNBC for the State of the Union because of the coloring and clarity on screen, just having compared ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, C-SPAN, and MSNBC. His one word response? "Nerd." Thanks, honey! That's so sweet!

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 11:38 PM

16. Me too

Never miss it. Great theater, always a good time.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 11:39 PM

17. I watched for all of about

11 seconds.

Saw the Boner.



Just...plain...creepy...looking. It's that chain-smoking / heavy drinking(alcoholic) color/skin tone.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 11:48 PM

19. I saw a brilliant speech tonight. How the civilian dream can master the dogs of war. nt

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Jan 29, 2014, 12:10 PM

21. It's a show. Enjoy it.

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