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State Of The Union – More Of The Same From Obama

Did I miss a memo somewhere? Is it time for another presidential election? Did they repeal the 22nd Amendment and allow Barack Obama to run for a 3rd term in the White House? That’s how it felt last night as I sat and watched Obama give his hour-long State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress, along with many other notable figures. It sounded like a campaign speech, with a lot of lofty, mostly unattainable goals, with a doubling down of the rhetoric he normally uses. It took him all of about five minutes to begin his attacks on the rich.

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To be honest, I didn’t make it all the way through the speech. I just couldn’t sit there and listen to Obama make a speech that is only more of the same rhetoric we have heard for four years. Looking at the shape our country is in, I see very little hope for any meaningful change in the current status quo in America. All I could think about is how we have another four years to listen to President Obama lecture us on how things should be. I finally had to turn it off and went to bed.

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I have heard a lot of comments on the news this morning on how Speaker John Boehner acted during the speech last night. With him sitting right behind President Obama, he was on full display for all of America to see. Admittedly, he looked as if he wanted to be somewhere, anywhere, but sitting there listening to Obama going on the attack. Some have questioned his attitude, especially after the statements he made earlier in the day in a meeting with reporters.

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(Hot Air) “To do the kind of heavy lifting that needs to be done, I don’t think he’s got the guts to go do it,” Boehner told a group of television reporters and anchors in a breakfast ahead of the president’s State of the Union address. …

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“He doesn’t have the courage to take on the liberal side of his own party. I’m sorry but it’s just clear as a bell to me,” said Boehner. …

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“I think he’d love to have Nancy Pelosi as speaker and Harry Reid as majority leader for his last two years in office. Go back to the inaugural address. He knows that all of that liberal agenda he laid out, he knows none of that is going to happen as long as we have a majority in the House,” said Boehner. …

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“I’ve tried repeatedly to come to agreement with the president. Every time I’ve gotten burned,” said Boehner.

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President ObamaMuch of the criticism I have heard about Boehner has centered around those comments, but as I try to look at this in an honest manner, I have to ask the obvious question. Can you really blame John Boehner for how he feels? He has tried to deal and compromise with President Obama on a one-on-one, personal level, for two years. He has almost nothing to show for it, except a lot of bruises. Is he expected to continue the same tactics, knowing he is dealing with an ideologue who has no intention of compromising his positions on the issues?

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Boys and girls, we are in for a long four years. If last night’s State of the Union speech is any indication, we are going to have to fight President Obama tooth and nail to keep him from advancing his liberal agenda down our throats. With the media running interference for him, it reminds me of how USC used to have a couple of plays for Charles White called Student Body Right and Student Body Left. Those two plays basically amounted to pulling the offensive line and running them in either direction, with Charles White carrying the football behind them. They had huge success with those plays because the defenders were unable to break through the line and get to the man with the football.

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Right now, we are seeing Student Body Full Ahead, with the media making sure nothing of significance sticks to the President. They refuse to ask legitimate questions of this administration and they don’t like it when anyone else tries to do their job. It makes me wonder if we will even be able to slow President Obama and his liberal agenda down, much less stop it in its tracks. If we lose the House in 2014, our goose is cooked.

About LD Jackson

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Founder and author of the political and news commentary blog Political Realities. I have always loved to write, but never have I felt my writing was more important than in this present day. If I have changed one mind or impressed one American about the direction our country is headed, then I will consider my endeavors a success. I take the tag line on this blog very seriously. Above all else, in search of the truth.

  • Jim at Asylum Watch

    Don’t you hate the consequences brought upon us by irresponsible voters?

    • Irresponsible and low information voters. Sorry, but they are to blame, yet we all will be suffering the consequences of their actions.

  • robbins_mitchell

    Kind of reminds me of the joke about the sports writer for the Washington Post covering the season opener for the Senators at old Griffith Stadium..they were getting murdered by the Bronx Bombers and along about the 6th inning he yawned and leaned back in his chair and moaned, “Lord,won’t this season ever end?”

  • Dragonconservative

    I only watched the first thirty minutes of the speech; I couldn’t take any more than that. What I did see was that Obama is finally mentioning the economy, in apposition to his inaugural speech, which focused on gay rights, women’s rights, etc. But everything that Obama said is either not a recipe for success, or hasn’t been pursued by his administration. For example, raising the minimum wage. Now, Obama painted a truly false picture of the “family” on the minimum wage. About half of the minimum wage workers in the country are under the age of twenty-five. What does that tell us? Many minimum wage workers are probably in college, and are not actually starting careers. So raising the minimum wage is not an effective method of combating poverty.

    The second thing he mentioned that irked me was his extra revenue. He has his extra revenue tools; he wanted to get his tax increases on the wealthy, and he got them. It’s totally bogus to continue to repeat the mantra of “tax the rich” any more than he has.

    The final thing that I watched that I took issue with was his invocation of the Simpson-Bowles Commission. One of the major parts of the Simpson-Bowles issues was lowering the corporate tax rate. Even during the campaign, Obama stressed the need to lower the corporate tax rate to ensure growth. But after he was re-elected, a few days after the fiscal cliff deal, Obama went left again. He stated that we needed to INCREASE, not decrease, taxes on the wealthiest corporations and individuals. Mr. President, you have your tax increases, you have your revenue. Don’t ask for the stars. If he was so adamant about Simpson-Bowles last night, why didn’t he follow their advice? Why didn’t he lower the corporate tax rate down to 26%, as they suggested? All I see from the Obama administration is a lack of transparency and political smoke. Mr. President, try to act like it.

    • It took him very little time before he embarked once again on his attacks on the rich and corporations. It is seriously getting more than a little old to hear him repeat the same song and dance and smoke routine.

      As for Simpson-Bowles, he flatly refused to consider their recommendations when they were first handed out. Nothing has changed in those recommendations, so I wonder why the sudden acceptance?

      • supahotfire

        26%?!?!?! Pysch!!! That’s the wrong number!

  • I hung around because I wanted to catch Rubio. Of course, the only thing reported was his need for a drink of water. Played incessantly this morning by the msm. Apparently that has finished his political career.

    • Just like the mainstream media to focus on something that is completely irrelevant to the issues at hand. I wish they would apply that kind of microscope to Barack Obama.

    • All that *water* coverage did was prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the media is in the tank.. We ALL drink water, and Obama has had to take water when he was speaking too, so, in addition to being in the tank the media is also a bunch of hypocrites as well…

      And that sums up how Obama got re-elected…

      • Exactly. Is it any wonder our country is in the shape it is in, considering the liberal media and the stories they deem worthy of news coverage?

  • I watched hockey during the speech followed by Michigan State manhandling Michigan in basketball. I tire of these princely affairs where we treat the President like he’s a King. I haven’t watched one of these things since the first Bush administration. Having said that, Obama offered nothing that would pass Congress and never once offered to compromise with Republicans. In his two major speeches of his second term, he’s dug into his trench vowing to go to war with Republicans.

    Politically last night was a wasted opportunity to actually get stuff done. By once again doubling down on extreme leftist policies, Obama ensured that the GOP will be unwilling to come to the table. From our position we ought to be thrilled. The GOP seems willing to dig into their trench, especially after a speech like last nights. The end result is that Obama gets nothing, which is a win for us.

    • I agree. I am tired of hearing Obama use the same rhetoric he has used for over four years. Nothing has changed and nothing is likely to change. I hate to say it, but at this point, I hope the Republicans dig in their heels and refuse to budge an inch.

  • SOTU — Once again the most ignorant, arrogant, inept and narcissistic Socialist in America runs off at the mouth and shows us that he really is the most ignorant, arrogant, inept and narcissistic Socialist in America.

  • The Right Handed Cowboy

    Well LD, i just could not sit and listen to all of the BS that was spewing from the mouth of BHO..What is it going to take for the people to wake up and smell the roses.. closing down the early warning system here on our southern border without as much as whimper from the Republicans. I live on the Border, literally 15 miles from Mexico. I spent 28 years as a Police Officer and fighting the scourge of narcotics that passed through our cities. Now the 281 and 77 corridor is wide open come 15th March ;open to low flying aircraft continued incursions by the Mexican Army. now they will have nothing to fear from the United States, we will not even know when they are here. Still nothing is said in the main stream media..

    Your doing a great job LD, keep it up my friend, we must keep all of this at the forefront if not we will lose our country..


    • Thanks for commenting, Brady. I read about the closing of the early warning system at Texas Fred. Obviously,this administration has other priorities, such as protecting Washington, D.C. I laugh when I hear Obama say the border is more secure than ever before. I do not like what I see coming in our future.

  • I have to give you credit for at least trying to watch the speech Larry, I did not. I woke up this morning in a good mood for not paying attention for once because it felt good. Obama is still in campaign mode and I heard someone say on the radio today that this is because this is what Obama does well; he is a campaigner who thrives on dividing Americans and not on governing and I can’t think of a truer statement. I have been hard on Boehner but perhaps he just might have learned his lesson, it will be interesting to see how Boenher acts moving forward but he is talking a good game right now.

    • I can’t give myself very much credit. I lasted all of about 10-15 minutes. I just couldn’t stand listening to Obama any longer. He remains in campaign mode and as it appears it is working for him, he will remain in campaign mode. More of the same for another four years.