Palin: WTF was a perfect theme for the SOTU

posted at 8:48 am on January 27, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Jim Hoft grabs the zinger from Sarah Palin about Barack Obama’s “Winning the Future” speech, and it’s good — but the entire clip puts it in better context:

Well, speaking of last night, that was a tough speech to sit through and try to stomach because the president is so off base in his ideas in how it is he believes government is going to create jobs. Obviously, government growth won’t create any jobs. It’s the private sector that can create the jobs. His theme last night in the State of the Union was the WTF, you know, “Winning the Future,” and I thought OK, that acronym, spot on. There were a lot of WTF moments throughout that speech.

Specifically, Palin’s comment refers to Obama’s contention that we have to “make sure we aren’t buried under a mountain of debt.” Hello? We already are buried under $14 trillion in debt, almost equal to our entire gross national product — a place where we were heading anyway under Presidents and Congresses of both parties, but accelerated substantially in the last four years under Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and Obama as both Senator and President. His proposed budget for FY2011 had a projected $1.3 trillion deficit when he submitted it, and now it’s estimated at $1.5 trillion. The W in WTF doesn’t just mean “what” but also “where,” as in where has Obama been for the last four years.

The rest of the conversation turns to solutions, which for some reason wanders into a discussion about footing a $160 million bill for defense attorneys. It’s stupid and wasteful, but it’s not what drives these deficits. Palin makes that point by discounting talk of defunding NPR and other agencies disliked by conservatives as fine but irrelevant. The only way to get out from under the mountain of debt is to completely restructure the federal government, a process that Palin emphasizes should mean returning it to its Constitutional limitations. Let the states handle their own business, Palin says, without interference from Washington DC, and they will succeed in doing so.


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Is it just me?

joepub on January 27, 2011 at 5:27 PM

Yes!

DSchoen on January 28, 2011 at 3:50 AM

Obama was saying that the US is now in a situation analogous to 1957 when Sputnik was launched, so the government invested in technology and science and pulled ahead of the USSR. The US didn’t go bankrupt, our adversary the USSR did. 35 years down the road.

Dreadnought on January 27, 2011 at 11:52 PM

Sputnik had nothing to do with the “space race”.
What Sputnik did show was that the USSR could put a payload in orbit and control it.
This lead to the thinking that, if the USSR could do that, then they could put a nuke rocket and hit anywhere in the USA.
Sputnik was the first true intercontinental ballistic missile or ICBM.

“Korolyov had constructed the R-1, a copy of the V-2 based on some captured materials, but later developed his own distinct design. This rocket, the R-7, was successfully tested in August 1957 becoming the world’s first ICBM and, on October 4, 1957, placed the first artificial satellite in space, Sputnik.”

Next question, Did Obama understand what Sputnik was about?
Based on his speech, No!
Or is he say we now face a threat greater than all out thermal nuclear war?

If not, then WTF was Obama talking about?

DSchoen on January 28, 2011 at 4:13 AM

Dreadnought on January 27, 2011 at 10:17 PM

Ahhhhhhhhh some how you missed the obvious.
Sputnik and the USSR R-7 rocket was the genesis of the Cold War Arms Race.

“Not the Space Race”

“Korolyov had constructed the R-1, a copy of the V-2 based on some captured materials, but later developed his own distinct design. This rocket, the R-7, was successfully tested in August 1957 becoming the world’s first ICBM and, on October 4, 1957, placed the first artificial satellite in space, Sputnik

“Palin again demonstrated her ignorance of history with her Sputnik comments”

Perhaps you should really check your FACTS before saying something so utterly stupid.

DSchoen on January 28, 2011 at 5:09 AM

….and the beat goes on…. Sonny and Cher Circa 1967

Bradky on January 28, 2011 at 6:51 AM

Do you realize how petty and hypertechnical you sound? The topic was Obama’s speech and he mentioned sputnik. She turned the association around on him. It doesn’t matter if there was another slightly more precise term that could have been used.

alwaysfiredup on January 28, 2011 at 1:05 AM

It’s not petty, nor hypertechnical. She totally missed the point of of his analogy. In the context of what Obama was saying, her reply made no sense. That’s not the way to win a debate.

Dreadnought on January 28, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Ahhhhhhhhh some how you missed the obvious.
Sputnik and the USSR R-7 rocket was the genesis of the Cold War Arms Race

Actually, the Soviet and US work on the atomic bomb during WW II was the genesis of the arms race. Certainly by the time the Soviets exploded their first A-bomb in 1949 the arms race was already on.

Dreadnought on January 28, 2011 at 8:15 AM

There is a LOT of parsing and nit-picking on the Sputnik issue. The world has moved on and so should we. If the Sputnik reference is all the opposition can complain about in Palin’s piece then I think it is very clear that her piece was spot on.

KickandSwimMom on January 28, 2011 at 9:00 AM

There is a LOT of parsing and nit-picking on the Sputnik issue. The world has moved on and so should we. If the Sputnik reference is all the opposition can complain about in Palin’s piece then I think it is very clear that her piece was spot on.

KickandSwimMom on January 28, 2011 at 9:00 AM

It’s not parsing or nitpicking. Palin was totally wrong in what she said in response to Obama’s speech. How’s that going to work out in a debate if/when that time comes?

Dreadnought on January 28, 2011 at 9:02 AM

It’s not parsing or nitpicking. Palin was totally wrong in what she said in response to Obama’s speech. How’s that going to work out in a debate if/when that time comes?
Dreadnought on January 28, 2011 at 9:02 AM

haha

I can’t wait for that opportuny for SP to fillet our current commie in chief

and judging by the consistant and endless ploys by the commies to have SP give up before then I’m thinking that they aren’t to certain of the outcome you support

scared sheetless I’d say

bama would be torn to shreds

Sonosam on January 28, 2011 at 9:38 AM

It’s not parsing or nitpicking. Palin was totally wrong in what she said in response to Obama’s speech. How’s that going to work out in a debate if/when that time comes?

Huh, I think I am having a “winning the future” moment. WTF? I think she hit it out of the park. Of all that she said, what are the moments most people will remember, WTF. They’ll remember that.

If you want to be ruled by your betters, or at least people that think they are your betters than Sarah is not for you.

odannyboy on January 28, 2011 at 9:44 AM

Of course it’s possible that the commies/lemmings believe they are sparing SP of a humiliation by if they convince her not to run

riiiiiiiiiiiiight

Sonosam on January 28, 2011 at 10:01 AM

NextGen on January 27, 2011 at 1:10 PM

Wrong on every level. Sputnik caused the jarring revelation that the USSR was not the backwater the US had convinced itself was there. Proved the Soviets could meet – and exceed – us in technology and was the ultimate wake-up call that kicked off the arms race in earnest.

Facts are funny things. Twist them all you want, eventually the truth will out.

PJ Emeritus on January 28, 2011 at 10:34 AM

wi farmgirl on January 27, 2011 at 8:37 PM

Just stop no one is going to bite at that tripe…

CCRWM on January 27, 2011 at 10:53 PM

Sorry it was the first I heard of it. No reason to be nasty.

wi farmgirl on January 28, 2011 at 11:22 AM

She totally missed the point of of his analogy. In the context of what Obama was saying, her reply made no sense. That’s not the way to win a debate.

Dreadnought on January 28, 2011 at 8:10 AM

His analogy was a stretch, at best, and she turned it against him. He offers a costly distraction and she refocuses the discussion on the cost. It was brilliant!

littleguy on January 28, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Unelss of course you actually google “Richland Washington” home of Spudnuts…

Then you would realize the only reason Spudnuts exist in Richland is because to support the Manhattan Project the population grew from 300 to 25,000 in 3 years between 1943 and 1945, Spudnuts opened in 1948 to sell to these new Gov’t employees and their familes..

oops..

NextGen on January 28, 2011 at 1:36 PM

Sarah needs to be quiet and let the congress fight there own battle in the coming months. She can defend herself if attacked, but she shouldn’t attack and make things all about her.
Media would love to make budget battle Obama vs. Palin.

PrezHussein on January 27, 2011 at 5:16 PM

And yet I bet Prez will be pining whining about the lack of “R” leaders. “Oh where are the people who can lead us out of the mess.”

And yet you advocate that she STOP leading, be quiet, and follow with the others.

No thanks! I crave a leader who will stand up to these fools!

dominigan on January 28, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Certainly by the time the Soviets exploded their first A-bomb in 1949 the arms race was already on.
Dreadnought on January 28, 2011 at 8:15 AM

Hum, you got a point.

How bout this, the Reality of a true ICBM with a nuke tip scarred the he11 out of everyone,
thus kicking the arms race into high gear!

DSchoen on January 29, 2011 at 5:27 AM

Dreadnought on January 28, 2011 at 8:15 AM

part 2

Hum, you got a point.
How bout this, the Reality of a true ICBM with a nuke tip scarred the hell out of everyone.

The Arms race and the Space race are almost one in the same.

Nuclear arms race/The cold war

The most important development in terms of delivery in the 1950s was the introduction of ICBMs. Missiles had long been seen as the ideal platform for nuclear weapons, and were potentially a more effective delivery system than strategic bombers, which was the primary delivery method at the beginning of the Cold War. In 1957 on the 4th of October with the launch of Sputnik the Soviet Union showed the world that they had missiles that could hit anywhere in the world. The United States launched their own on the 31 October 1959.

Space Race

The Space Race had its origins in the missile-based arms race that occurred just after the end of the Second World War, when both the Soviet Union and the United States captured advanced German rocket technology and personnel.

In 1953, Korolyov was given the go-ahead to develop the R-7 Semyorka rocket, basically four G4s mated together with a central sustainer stage. It was successfully tested on 21 August 1957 and became the world’s first fully operational ICBM the following month. It would later be used to launch the first satellite into space, and derivatives would launch all piloted Soviet spacecraft

DSchoen on January 29, 2011 at 5:58 AM