SOTU open thread: Fightin’ president totally ready to fight or something

posted at 8:33 pm on January 27, 2010 by Allahpundit

9 p.m. ET all across the dial. Even a fan like Kathleen Parker can’t believe Mr. First-Class Temperament is trying to boost his numbers by turning into Yosemite Sam harrumphing about “fatcat” varmints, but oh well. Add her to the swelling rolls of Obamites felled by heart-ache. Excerpts of the speech are already circulating online — he won’t walk away from health care, he’s super excited about transparency, he wants to “rescue, rebuild, and restore” America, etc etc — but more interesting to me was how Gibbs described the speech this morning on ABC.

“The president’s going to explain why he thinks the American people are angry and frustrated,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said on “Good Morning America” today.

“Many of the same factors that led Sen. [Scott] Brown to become a senator from Massachusetts led Barack Obama to become president. Now, we’ve got to deal with those angers and frustrations by putting people back to work, by demonstrating we have a plan to get our economy continued on the road to recovery and putting those folks back to work, and protecting our country from those who seek to do us harm.”

The One has always enjoyed psychoanalyzing American voters — look no further than his massively overhyped speech on race — but watching him explain to Massachusetts that they were actually kinda sorta voting for him when they voted for Scott Brown should make this his most entertaining soliloquy yet. He’s also going to “accept responsibility, though not necessarily blame” for his many broken promises, according to the NYT, so keep an eye out for that quality bit of Hopenchange parsing. What it boils down to:

As Mr. Obama navigates a crossroads of his presidency, a moment when he signals what lessons he has drawn from his first year in office, the public posture of the White House is that any shortcomings are the result of failing to explain effectively what they were doing — and why. He will acknowledge making mistakes in pursuit of his agenda, aides said, but will not toss the agenda overboard in search of a more popular one.

He’s doubling down. Be sure to read Sean Trende’s piece today at RCP for why that’s a mystifyingly bad idea.

Just as I’m writing this, the full text of Bob McDonnell’s GOP response is appearing online. I haven’t had time to read all of it yet, but the bullet points — jobs, deficits, less government — are smart nuts-and-bolts stuff and very much what McDonnell won on in Virginia. Should be a good one, for a change. As we wait for the fateful hour, a brief clip to put you in the mood.

Update (Ed): We’re keeping the TEMS chat room open tonight for anyone who wants to participate.  I’m not embedding it in this post in order to keep it from interfering with comments, but just go to my show post and log in from there.

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Actually…..if you think about it….

Now that Hugo Junior has made up some new villians he and the Dems can all BLAME THEM for the 2010 results.

Blame BIG __________ (Oil/Pharma/etc)

He is the worst President in American History, after only a year……..THERE is his ONE ACCOMPLISHMENT.

PappyD61 on January 28, 2010 at 7:31 AM

President + SOTU = Lame duck quacking :)

philly_PA on January 28, 2010 at 7:54 AM


The Little Green Mediamatterstool is weeping at those page views.

MNHawk on January 28, 2010 at 7:55 AM

So did we ever find out why the Ft. Hood cops were in the audience?

highhopes on January 28, 2010 at 8:05 AM

Fightin’ President?

Proxy defenders of change preparing for battle . . .

Atlas: Citizen Spies

Citizen spies?

“At its most basic level, InfraGard is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the private sector. InfraGard is an association of businesses, academic institutions, state and local law enforcement agencies, and other participants dedicated to sharing information and intelligence to prevent hostile acts against the United States. InfraGard Chapters are geographically linked with FBI Field Office territories.”

Among the groups reporting to the DOJ, DHS, FEMA and FBI are: ACORN; The ADL; Thousands of Community Organizations; Americorps; Citizen Corps; Militias; Your neighbor; Your family.

Obama’s private army. N’est-ce pas?
This is not a joke – Laura came to this information via the Department of Homeland Security sites (which has targeted patriots, vets, tea partiers, etc., as the new threat to America) and the Department of Justice:

This program collects ‘street’ data on ‘suspected’ and ‘questionable’ citizens. By joining INFRGARD you join hundreds of thousands of citizens who assist the government to identify ‘problem’ citizens.

It may now be said without reservation that ‘Big Brother’ is watching.

As John Jay said, “When the government becomes too large it is capable of stopping all resistance to its tyrrany in embryo.” (Sic)

34,084 MEMBERS (Including FBI)

heroyalwhyness on January 28, 2010 at 8:15 AM

What a gifted liar Mr. President is. To stand there in front of the American people and tell us he is concerned about spending after he raised our deficit by trillions of dollars is despicable. I don’t believe a word he says and he should be impeached for the simple reason that he has put every American family in debt for generations. And he’s not done yet, another “stimulus” is on the way. He’s the worst president ever.

scalleywag on January 28, 2010 at 8:48 AM

I think Obama intentionally spoke for 70 minutes last night. Why? Because most people were exhausted and most likely did not stick around for the GOP’s response.

I think it was a calculated measure. He had so many ‘fillers’ in this speech that did not need to be said. Just a thought.

bridgetown on January 28, 2010 at 8:57 AM

I followed Glenn Beck’s advice and did not watch the SOTU. Glenn was right….again. Look at all the masochists who had to go through the vein-bursting angst of watching that ridiculous liar read his 414th(?) teleprompter scroll.

It fun to sort through the commentary today. No more SOTUs for me….ever.

jay12 on January 28, 2010 at 9:29 AM

Look … we need his “tone defness” in order to really wipe them out “Pearl Harbor style” in November.

I think some Democrats “get it” – and they realize that when Massachusettes voters replaced Ted Kennedy with Scott Brown – a guy who ran on the slogan “I will kill this thing!” … that voters REALLY WEREN’T voting for the Democratic agenda. Like I said – some Dems realize this … like Bayh for instance. But the LEADER of the party … Obama … is stuck in a fantasy and sounds a whole lot like “Bagdad Bob”.

What the solution to a TRILLION DOLLAR STIMULUS PACKAGE that didn’t work and that really, really, pissed off Americans?


LOL – I LOVE THIS!! We’re going to WIN!! Because the leader of that party don’t get “it” folks!!

But – we NEED this. The fact is … Democrats are very good at disguising their motives and playing innocent. We need them on the attack, constantly showing the American voter who they are – constantly ramming “big government” solutions down the throats of Americans.

We’re sneaking up on them – and they’re going to get a tremendous whupping in November! :D

The sad thing is – and it’s a bit terrifying .. if he’s misread the American voter by this wide a margin – what if he’s misreading the signs and signals he’s getting from the Islamic Terrorists? In such a case – his party won’t be the only ones “payng” the price for his foolishness – but we will also.

HondaV65 on January 28, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Pinnochio lied about and then called out the Supreme Court Justices who have the best seat in the House and Alito fired the second shot heard round the world, NOT TRUE!

A lying President got called a LIAR last night in full view of the whole world by a Supreme Court Justice who does not answer to the LIAR or drink the Koolaid as all major media is doing today, being kind to the Chicago Punk.

Pinnochio sealed his fate and when the media finally grasps the enormity of this and report it Pinnochio and his party will be a laughingstock! A lame duck for the rest of his term if this is reported!

He asked the congress to pass a law reigning in the SUPREME COURT who just struck down an UNCONSTITUTIONAL LAW PASSED BY CONGRESS!

Too bad the court cannot preside over Pinnochios’ IMPEACHMENT!

Hussein did not acknowledge the heros who stopped the Jihasdi terrorist at Ft. Hood!
When has Pinnochio EVER sided with America against Muslims?
When has he ever defended our military.


Free education after ten years. Loans are to be paid off in ten years mine was! Free healthcare for all even illegalss.

The incentive to enlist is gone! IMPEACH THIS ANTI_AMERICAN FASCIST!

dhunter on January 28, 2010 at 9:58 AM

Laura played a clip of Rachel Maddow (I think) saying that the Republicans visibly lost their resolve as the speech went on. Really?

Cindy Munford on January 28, 2010 at 10:11 AM

Actually…..if you think about it….

Now that Hugo Junior has made up some new villians he and the Dems can all BLAME THEM for the 2010 results.

Blame BIG __________ (Oil/Pharma/etc)

He is the worst President in American History, after only a year……..THERE is his ONE ACCOMPLISHMENT.

PappyD61 on January 28, 2010 at 7:31 AM

Seems to me he blamed the stupid American people!

Christian Conservative on January 28, 2010 at 11:06 AM

I see a schism in the Dem Party. The regular ones will be at war with the commie left wing…..

adamsmith on January 28, 2010 at 11:10 AM

I don’t see the progressives going quietly into the night defeated at the polls. This is not going to turn out good. This is their chance to fulfill there dreams of a communist America and they are not going to let democracy stand in the way. We need to impeach ObaMao after this years election.
I fear civil war is real possibility-
1 Obamao Lose election in 2012 and riots erupt.
2. Economy melts down and ObaMao declares marshal law.
3. Staged right wing revolt by progressives, resulting in marshal law.
4. Massive terror attack – ObaMao declares marshal law.

help me any more?

Ed Laskie on January 28, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Oh ya I forgot a big one. Tea Party event infiltrated by provocateurs, turning peaceful event into violence, ObaMao blames right wing radicals and declares marshal law. Free speech and gun rights first to go.

Ed Laskie on January 28, 2010 at 11:30 AM

Free speech and gun rights first to go.

Ed Laskie on January 28, 2010 at 11:30 AM

Too Many guns!

dhunter on January 28, 2010 at 11:42 AM

The worst speech I have ever heard and I am 70. BHO is truly our Man Who Would Be King, our Emperor Jones, our viscous Bubble Boy.

I still feel slimed.

Dhuka on January 28, 2010 at 11:53 AM

Fail. What a moron you are. This is just another pathetic leftist tactic. Portray Republicans/conservatives as all white. Then, attack Republicans/conservatives who are not white as plants.

Narutoboy on January 28, 2010 at 12:48 AM
Dont let the facts get in the way of the truth! Everyone knows the GOP stands for… Ugh… You know what. Nuts to that, I am sick to death of people saying its the “rich white guys party”. Not as much as I was sick of hearing the big O drone on and on last night. But its close.

Glad to see there are other Naruto fans here!

Gatsu on January 28, 2010 at 7:00 AM

Oddly enough, the black woman in the background is McDonnell’s Secretary of Administration, Lisa Hicks-Thomas. She is a former deputy attorney general and prosecutor from Leesburg, Virginia. Not sure who the Asian man is in the background. May be Jim Cheng, Secretary of Commerce and Trade.
And if we want to be petty, I’d rather have an Asian and Black woman in the background than an old white guy with hair plugs and a white woman who looks like her face has been pulled back to her a$$.

NathanG on January 28, 2010 at 12:23 PM

The worst speech I have ever heard and I am 70. BHO is truly our Man Who Would Be King, our Emperor Jones, our viscous Bubble Boy.

I still feel slimed.

Dhuka on January 28, 2010 at 11:53 AM

And now the left wing is griping about Alito mouthing “Not true!” when “The King and Emperor” is the one who broke decorum and COMMON SENSE and criticized the Supreme Court right in front of them. Dems have no class anymore.

NathanG on January 28, 2010 at 12:25 PM

Rush is reading a letter he wrote to Obama after the SOTU speech. Sounds like something you’d read a 17 year old high school student. Perfect retribution for Obama’s treatment of….well, just about everyone last night.

Grace_is_sufficient on January 28, 2010 at 12:46 PM

The count is in. He used “I” 96 times in 71 minutes.

RushBaby on January 28, 2010 at 1:22 PM

He’s shedding viewers too:

Obama’s address drew 30.2 million total viewers across the big four broadcast networks, down roughly 3 million from last February’s address.

RushBaby on January 28, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Man, I am sick of seeing this idiot’s face!!!

jgdp on January 28, 2010 at 8:04 PM

Wow. I don’t remember that line about “Crossing the Rio Grand-y. And I don’t mean Mahatma Gandhi.”

Sort of fitting, though, really.

Tanya on January 28, 2010 at 9:55 PM