Last night Dubya was interrupted by applause 62 times. He was interrupted by the sounds of millions of eyes rolling 62 million times. But wasn't it great to see Nancy Pelosi sitting up there? Overall the speech was deadly dull and by the numbers. Introduce heroes from the audience: check. Usage of the word "terror" two dozen times: check. Mention Republican base-rousing issues like immigration and tax cuts: check. I could barely keep my eyes open. What did you think of the speech? [Leave your thoughts under the comments for this post at joemygod.blogspot.com]
From Categorical Aperitif:
For the 2007 State of the Union Address, I was all set to play the Terror* Drinking Game, wherein you drink every time Bush mentions terror or one of its cognates, but this year, Greg Palast and his kids turned out to have a much smarter idea for a SOTU drinking game:
There was that tongue again. When the President lies he’s got this weird nervous tick: He sticks the tip of his tongue out between his lips. Like a little boy who knows he’s fibbing. Like a snake licking a rat.
In his State of the Union tonight the President did his tongue thing 124 times—my kids kept count. Indeed, it was an awful night for those of us playing the Terror* game: it was a full twenty minutes in before the Decider mentioned "terrorists." That's a long time to go without a drink when you're listening to George W. Bush.
From GalaxyGoo Blogs:
The New York Times recently published a web tool that interactively displays the usage of specific words in President Bush's State of the Union addresses from 2000–2007. I'm not sure it's useful, but it's certainly impressive: The 2007 State of the Union Address
From Gripper News:
President Bush just can't catch a break lately. It's normal for a president to get a little bump in the polls after a major address like the State of the Union. But Bush got bupkis.
Newsweek:Bush has been perfectly wrong on so many things. He ignored those who said Iraq would become a quagmire. He ignored those who told him he'd need more troops to secure the country. He ignored those who told him attacking Iraq would destabilize the region. At every step, ignored wiser people to pursue his own beliefs and those beliefs -- right on down the line -- have been perfectly wrong.
President George W. Bush concluded his annual State of the Union address this week with the words “the State of our Union is strong … our cause in the world is right … and tonight that cause goes on.” Maybe so, but the state of the Bush administration is at its worst yet, according to the latest NEWSWEEK poll. The president’s approval ratings are at their lowest point in the poll’s history—30 percent—and more than half the country (58 percent) say they wish the Bush presidency were simply over, a sentiment that is almost unanimous among Democrats (86 percent), and is shared by a clear majority (59 percent) of independents and even one in five (21 percent) Republicans. Half (49 percent) of all registered voters would rather see a Democrat elected president in 2008, compared to just 28 percent who’d prefer the GOP to remain in the White House.
You can't fail and fail and fail and fail without people starting to notice it. And, in the SOTU, Bush failed yet again by following his perfectly wrong impulse to ignore the will of the people. His polling reflects that.
John Stewart continues - in my opinion - to be one of the nation's best satirists. Here's his take on the SOTU, with a brilliant reference to Seinfeld, which lives on in syndication as - in my opinion - one of the nation's best television shows. Too bad it's NOT about - again in my opinion - one of the nation's best presidents.
Unfortunately a lot of Stewart's criticisms were dead on, but when it comes to facts, no one has defined them better than his protege, Colbert:
"Facts – too often, they upset the truth that is in your gut."