Much to Adam’s chagrin (I would assume), his post will not be on top, I shall attempt to live blog the State of the Union–until I lose interest.
As of now, I am having to endure the closing moments of American Idol. Before it begins, I am curious to see how President Bush handles his first “State of (anything)” speech to a legislation that is in opposition to him. Does anyone know which network has the best coverage?
[9:09] President Bush enters and on first impression seems quite nervous. I like hearing the candid comments to the president.
[9:11] Free link to my opposition.
[9:12] Speaker Pelosi’s command over the congress had an odd juxtaposition with the rancorous cheers of a majority male congress. The president’s acknowledgment of “Madame Speaker” was very classy. This is a great introduction and serves as a great nod to a historic moment.
[9:16] Well he seems to be ignoring the past few years of his tenure saying “spend wisely” and “not leave problems for future generations”.
[9:17] Did I just hear a move to bi-partisanship? Balance the budget? This is almost revolutionary, relatively speaking. It looked like Pelosi had a snide comment after Bush said “not raise taxes”. Maybe that is just me. And curse you Fogle!
[9:20] I am vehemently in support of the President making earmark reform his first key point. Although, isn’t there something else happening in the world we have to take care of? Is Sen. Kennedy doing Soduku?
[9:22] NCLB is a “good law” it has “helped our children”. If only either were true…
[9:24] Can this health-care proposal work? Will it do anything? Color me skeptical.
[9:26] The GOP Caucus seemed moderately non-plussed about the health care ideas.
[9:29] It seems to me that immigration is what he wants this segment of his presidency to be remembered by. Because there isn’t anything else that he did that he will be remembered by (slight sarcasm). “Safe nuclear power”? Is that similar to a “good Tech football team”? Sorry, I generally like Tech, that’s just the best I could do.
[9:31] Reduce gasoline use by half in 25 years, I like that. Some senator in purple just yawned on TV. Heh.
[9:33] As long as Gore is working on global warming, Bush will never say “global warming”.
[9:34] The quick up or down vote for judges was a direct slap to the face of Democrats and Pelosi’s face showed that. I wonder, does this mean very conservative judges will be put forward? Oh, now we get to some foreign policy!
[9:37] The thanks to our troops was a great gesture. Well done sir.
[9:38] He is reciting the same trite statements he has been using for the past few years about al-Qa’ida and one wonders, how much less of an effect it will have now than it has for the past 12 months. Now, I don’t think the message is trite, but they have become cliched.
[9:41] Promoting “moderate Islam” will not work. It is too vague, and ignores the fact that the mullahs and imams are brainwashing citizens. Yes, we get that democracy is flourishing in terms of voting in Iraq. Its fecundity only makes more people vote, not control Iraq.
[9:44] I am glad at least that President Bush shows no sign of a quick withdrawal. I still refuse to believe that the most powerful and smartest nation in the world can not solve its own mess. Granted, the situation is far from good, but, we can repair the damage.
[9:47] Baghdad will not be the bellwether for Iraq. The rural areas (sans Kurdistan) are far and away the least stable parts of Iraq and act independently of Baghdad’s stability, or lack-thereof.
[9:52] The only problem with saying you want to increase the number of soldiers, is getting people to enlist. People do not desire to do so in a time of war. Especially one as unpopular as this one.
[9:53] A two state solution? Interesting…
[9:56] bowersville asks about a preemptive strike against Iran. I think that Bush’s idealism in American military might has dried up and this will not happen. With all the talk of fighting AIDS in Africa and ending the genocide in Darfur, that proves President Bush is not interested in any more military endeavors.
[9:59] Did the president actually say that “genocide” was happening in Darfur? Not “acts of genocide” but “genocide”? There are some very serious International Law implications if he called it “genocide”. Those implications are; he actually has to do something.
[10:02] Thus Spoke Bush (h/t: Nietzsche)! Overall it was not his best or most memorable, SoftheU. Not surprisingly there was almost a paucity of major ideas. I would say, it was a “B”. Soon we will get the litany and barrage of pointless statistics. Allow me to start;
Average number of claps in each ovation: 23, 519.39252355118
Average decibel level of each ovation: 74.921787353252…
Average level of enthusiasm in each ovation: 8
[10:10] I am going to migrate to the comments after this last update, but, before that, how could one acquire the program for tonight that was passed out to attendees?