Milbank: Yeah, this president’s irrelevant

posted at 12:45 pm on September 9, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Were you impressed by the pageantry and pomp of the joint-session setting for what turned out to be a mundane and insubstantial campaign speech?  Neither were the Republicans and Democrats who had to attend the event, nor was Dana Milbank.  He answered a question Jazz Shaw asked here last week about presidents and irrelevancy (via Bruce McQuain):

The lawmakers weren’t particularly hostile toward the president — they just regarded the increasingly unpopular Obama as irrelevant. And the inclination not to take the 43-percent president seriously wasn’t entirely limited to the Republicans.

The nation is in an unemployment crisis, and Obama was finally, belatedly, unveiling his proposals, but Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) thought this joint session of Congress would be a good time to ask Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to autograph a copy of the children’s book “House Mouse, Senate Mouse.” …

Almost all Republicans ignored the calls of some within their ranks to boycott the speech. In fact, the empty seats were on the Democratic side. Democrats lumbered to their feet to give the president several standing ovations, but they struggled at times to demonstrate enthusiasm. When Obama proposed payroll tax cuts for small businesses, three Democrats stood to applaud. Summer jobs for disadvantaged youth brought six Democrats to their feet, and a tax credit for hiring the long-term unemployed produced 11 standees.

Obama spoke quickly, urgently, even angrily. Rep. Jesse Jackson (D-Ill.) stared at the ceiling. Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) scanned the gallery. Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) was seen reading a newspaper. And Republicans, when they weren’t giggling, were mostly silent.

As I argue in a piece at CNN, a lack of interest shouldn’t surprise anyone — considering that Obama drew them there to watch a rerun:

 In the film “Groundhog Day,” Bill Murray has to live through the exact same day thousands of times. In this administration, most Americans can be forgiven for feeling as though they’ve lived through the same economic speech from President Obama nearly as many times. Given the extraordinary setting of a joint session of Congress, one has to question the notion of scheduling a rerun against the first-run debates taking place among Republican challengers to this president. …

It isn’t as if Obama had promised anything new. The “plan” — which still has not been released — consists of getting money to states to supposedly save the jobs of teachers and first responders, accelerating public-works projects, extending the payroll tax cut put into place in the December tax deal, and extending jobless benefits for at least another year. In case readers have forgotten, that’s what Obama called for in the 2009 jobs plan in the stimulus package.

At the time, Obama promised that by spending over $800 billion in borrowed money, we would keep unemployment below 8%. Had that approach worked, Obama wouldn’t have had to make a speech at all yesterday. His need to offer a Groundhog Day moment asking for a rerun of the stimulus blank check reveals just how badly his economic policies have failed — and just how bereft this administration is of any new ideas to replace them.

Thanks to the structure of the federal government and the power vested in the executive, only a President can make himself irrelevant.  And this President seems well on his way to accomplishing that very outcome.  Even Democrats in Congress can’t hide the boredom any longer.

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Well don’t tell that to the rest of the MSM. They thought it was the greatest speech since the Gettysburg Address….

sandee on September 9, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Tell me something that I don’t know.

reddevil on September 9, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Even the vilified George W. Bush wasn’t this irrelevant in the 11th hour of his term. Obama is a long way from the 11th hour of his term so he has not yet begun to plumb the depths of his irrelevancy, it would seem.

dczombie on September 9, 2011 at 12:52 PM

The House was the closest thing to Greek Columns they could find on short notice.

Obama is like several young ladies I know. These young ladies planned their weddings for up to two years. Somewhere along the way, they forgot they were getting married.

Shockingly, those “weddings” didn’t last very long.

I’ve been married going on eleventy-hundred 20 years, and it took about 3 months to plan for our wedding. We spent most of time, and still do, planning our marriage.

BobMbx on September 9, 2011 at 12:52 PM

David Brooks liked it.
Isn’t it interesting whenever The One gives a speech on the economy, the market tanks?

vcferlita on September 9, 2011 at 12:53 PM

Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) was seen reading a newspaper.

That’s worse than bringing a sign. At least the sign shows a level of engagement. This is simply ignoring the president to do something mundane.

rbj on September 9, 2011 at 12:54 PM

first?

chasdal on September 9, 2011 at 12:55 PM

So is this really disaffection on the part of the media and establishment Dems, or is this the prelude to a “look how he pulled himself out of a hole” recovery theme that will be touted during the re-election campaign?

AZfederalist on September 9, 2011 at 12:56 PM

This constant utter fricking BS about saving teachers and first responders while states have billions wasted on regulatory agencies, state workers, department of interior decorating (hello california) and all the other crap is just infuriating.

WitchDoctor on September 9, 2011 at 12:56 PM

Either the country goes or Obama goes. Can’t fire the country, time to fire the coach. Only the hard left accepts Obama, the rest of the US has no faith in him.

ignatzk on September 9, 2011 at 12:56 PM

Can we have a vote of no-confidence?

Juno77 on September 9, 2011 at 12:59 PM

The word is ineffective not irrelevant

William Amos on September 9, 2011 at 12:59 PM

In the film “Groundhog Day,” Bill Murray has to live through the exact same day thousands of times.

In “Groundhog Day, each day is the same, but Murray learns to live that day differently each time until finally he gets it right.

How long until we get it right?

topdog on September 9, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Obama.

The Humpty Dumpty Preznit.

Key West Reader on September 9, 2011 at 1:00 PM

sandee on September 9, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Actually, it’s getting around that people think he’s either nuts or a joke.

Even LA Times commentators are slamming FailBama. A Washington Times columnist states the he’s “politically insane.” and most of teh responses to those pieces are in agreement, with very few in support of the President.

Around the office folks are saying its the same old crap. As Ed wrote: groundhog day.

dogsoldier on September 9, 2011 at 1:01 PM

When your own wife looks bored and miserable, you know you’re in trouble, King Barry.

Knucklehead on September 9, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Look who she’s married to. Do you blame her?

BobMbx on September 9, 2011 at 1:01 PM

I seem to recall Krauthammer was the first to label Obama irrelevant during the debt-ceiling crisis. Then Boehner walked out on him and has refused to treat him seriously since.

John the Libertarian on September 9, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) was seen reading a newspaper.

OMGLOL

Do you hear that sound, Mr President. That is the sound of inevitability.

Good-bye, Mr President…

/Smith

JohnGalt23 on September 9, 2011 at 1:02 PM

The House was the closest thing to Greek Columns they could find on short notice.

Those styrofoam Greek columns are starting to feel like a metaphor for this disastrous administration. The stock market is tanking today because Greece is about to default. The Greek government is now paying 90% interest on its bonds. The chickens are about to come home to roost in the socialist utopia of Greece. They’re about to run out of other peoples’ money.

If only Barry were smart enough to learn a lesson from the Greek disaster. But he’s not. He’ll still be bitterly clinging to his discredited Marxist beliefs as the moving vans back up to the White House in 2013.

AZCoyote on September 9, 2011 at 1:04 PM

When your own wife looks bored and miserable, you know you’re in trouble, King Barry.

Knucklehead on September 9, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Wow. I wonder if she beat him in the butt when he got back to that horrible house they are being forced to live in.

Key West Reader on September 9, 2011 at 1:05 PM

What is so surprising to me is that Carney said in the weeks approaching the speech that the Pres would ouline specific plans to increase jobs and specific plans to pay for it. Of course, he didn’t. Carney’s simply a tool and with a modicum of brains should know it!

rjoco1 on September 9, 2011 at 1:05 PM

This constant utter fricking BS about saving teachers and first responders while states have billions wasted on regulatory agencies, state workers, department of interior decorating (hello california) and all the other crap is just infuriating.

WitchDoctor on September 9, 2011 at 12:56 PM

Thats the lesson from Minnesota, where the Gov shutdown public services like parks, fishing licences, libraries, etc., instead of laying off police, firemen, and prison guards. Not being able to get a fishing license in MN is tantamount to political suicide, ergo, the Gov caved and approved the GOP-led budget bill.

Libs around the country won’t make that mistake again.

BobMbx on September 9, 2011 at 1:05 PM

And Now That The President Has Spoken ….

When looked at strictly in terms of tone and delivery the President gave a brilliant speech last night. That was all he really needed to do in order to shore up his political base. For this group little more than something perceived as a brilliant rhetorical flourish is all that is required to perpetuate the swooning and fainting that was the hallmark of the 2008 campaign.

Anyone who watched the speech with any degree of a critical eye, regardless of their political leanings, saw something entirely different. What we so was in fact little more than the opening salvo of what promises to be a long and arduous political campaign. As with any campaign speech it was long on rhetoric and very short if not devoid of substance. Every time this man speaks he can’t help but further demonstrate his total absence of understanding how economies actually function. The kool-aid drinkers and the naïve may have been impressed, the markets were not. The DJIA dropped 200 points the second the opening bell rang, and as I post this it is down 322 points. All of the global markets, across Asia and Europe are similarly down.

The markets visceral reaction to last night’s speech does not come from anything that was said. The devil is in the details, as the old saying goes, or in this case the complete absence of details. Talking about reforming the tax code is one thing, failing to give any specifics only adds to a perception of a clueless and ineffectual administration. A perception that has so far only been reinforced by failed initiative after failed initiative. (“Shovel ready wasn’t as shovel ready as we thought.”). Talking about “reducing regulation” absent any specifics and then immediately coupling it with insistence on maintaining unspecified “basic protections” rings hollow at best and disingenuous at worst, or more just plain cynical politics as usual.

Where was any mention of allowing companies to repatriate off shore assets and cash without having to pay a huge, confiscatory tax penalty? Where was any mention of policy that would make it easier to exploit our own energy reserves as opposed to extending aid to Brazil and others to help them exploit theirs?

All I heard was a willingness, nay eagerness, to shove another $460 billion down the rabbit hole of ill-prepared and ill-conceived government spending. Much was made about “creating” thousands of jobs in the construction industry, nothing was said about any guarantees that these jobs would go to unemployed Americans and not to the legions of illegal aliens that continue to flood across the border.

It’s pretty clear in my mind at least that this speech was crafted to pump an intellectually shallow base and at the same time guarantee that it will be Dead On Arrival in Congress. Thus providing the President the ammunition he seeks for his opening volley of rhetorical manipulation for the just opening campaign season. He so much as said so in the close of his remarks.

The President was right about one thing the large and growing number of unemployed and those living paycheck to paycheck and wondering if the next one will cover growing energy and food prices can’t afford to wait 14 month until the next election before anything is done. But this speech pretty much guarantees that they are going to have to. The only thing he really cares about them is how easily can whip them up with more empty rhetoric and platitudes and then use them as cannon fodder in the 2012 political wars.

LCT688 on September 9, 2011 at 1:05 PM

The word is ineffective not irrelevant

William Amos on September 9, 2011 at 12:59 PM

He is quite relevant:

- 9%+ unemployment
- Gas near $4.00
- Consumer sentiment

WashJeff on September 9, 2011 at 1:07 PM

welcome to the real world dana, i know you won’t stay with us for long….

cmsinaz on September 9, 2011 at 1:07 PM

That was a plan?

kingsjester on September 9, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Resist we much!

Dhuka on September 9, 2011 at 1:08 PM

When your own wife looks bored and miserable, you know you’re in trouble, King Barry.

Knucklehead on September 9, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Didn’t watch, was she using her iPod (the iPod without her husband’s speeches on it)?

WashJeff on September 9, 2011 at 1:09 PM

Doesn’t matter, PBHO believes in himself. Look at the still photos from the speech, the man is dripping dismissal of everyone in the room for not being as smart as he is.

Joke all you want about equating Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address with PBHO, he certainly believes them, you could see it on his face that he thought his rhetoric was soaring and all-powerful.

Bishop on September 9, 2011 at 1:09 PM

In “Groundhog Day, each day is the same, but Murray learns to live that day differently each time until finally he gets it right.

How long until we get it right?

topdog on September 9, 2011 at 1:00 PM

In Groundhog Day, Bill Murray robbed an armored car to get money. Little Bammie has his deficit and QEs to carry him through.

slickwillie2001 on September 9, 2011 at 1:12 PM

So who woke Milbank up? Guess he’s trying to get his cred back before the general rush of pundits to the exits.

As for the “speech”. It has LAME DUCK written all over it.

Wonder what the topic of conversation at the DNC is this morning? Could it be the word PRIMARY is being bandied about?

Of course this would only be offered in order to “give the people a choice”.

GarandFan on September 9, 2011 at 1:13 PM

Didn’t watch, was she using her iPod (the iPod without her husband’s speeches on it)?

WashJeff on September 9, 2011 at 1:09 PM

You need to watch it. No iPod, but an ugly purple dress. I would like to know why she’s shaking her head. She appears to be disgusted, just like the rest of us.

Knucklehead on September 9, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Wow. I wonder if she beat him in the butt when he got back to that horrible house they are being forced to live in.

Key West Reader on September 9, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Reggie Love would be upset – that’s his job.

Rebar on September 9, 2011 at 1:14 PM

How long until we get it right?

topdog on September 9, 2011 at 1:00 PM

It starts November 2012 and will be complete January 2013.

AZfederalist on September 9, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Joke all you want about equating Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address with PBHO, he certainly believes them, you could see it on his face that he thought his rhetoric was soaring and all-powerful.

Bishop on September 9, 2011 at 1:09 PM

Dementia, plain and simple…

sandee on September 9, 2011 at 1:15 PM

My daughter just called and was telling me that her ultra-liberal public speaking prof… (OMG she actually met Bubba and Hillary) admitted that she need tissues to dry her eyes during the speech last night.
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I feel so bad for SOME of her students…
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RalphyBoy on September 9, 2011 at 1:17 PM

She appears to be disgusted, just like the rest of us.

Knucklehead on September 9, 2011 at 1:14 PM

She’s mad that in 2013 she will no longer be able to take his and her planes to Martha’s Vineyard, expensive trips to Spain, etc. They will be back in Chicago, in January (hee hee), watching their former Chief of Staff try to actually be an effective leader.

WashJeff on September 9, 2011 at 1:19 PM

Joke all you want about equating Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address with PBHO, he certainly believes them, you could see it on his face that he thought his rhetoric was soaring and all-powerful.

Bishop on September 9, 2011 at 1:09 PM

More like a stand-up comic who gives the same performance in every club. The difference is Obama doesn’t seem to realize that for the comic, its a different crowd every night.

BobMbx on September 9, 2011 at 1:19 PM

In Groundhog Day, Bill Murray robbed an armored car to get money. Little Bammie has his deficit and QEs to carry him through.

slickwillie2001 on September 9, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Yes, but that was just one failed attempt on Murray’s path to enlightenment!

topdog on September 9, 2011 at 1:19 PM

All of his life, Obama’s been enabled by others. Whether it was grade school friends he told that he was an African prince. Or college…where they accepted mundane, and passed along as brilliance. Law school, being the editor of a legal paper…then renouncing his law license. Jobs. Every job was riddled with people telling him how brilliant he was. All they way into his political life, and the oval office. No one’s dared to tell him the truth. They enabled this, and now find his lackluster performance, lack of ideas and imagination shocking.

Never judge a book by it’s cover…but when you read the pages and find it’s not all it was hyped up to be, don’t enable the hype. Tell the truth. None of these people are Obama’s friends…that didn’t tell him the truth along the way. Now he’s so totally convinced of his brilliance, no one can talk his head out of the cloud.

Were they REALLY his friends by doing this, or were they all setting him up to failure? It’s been said before, who the true racists are.

capejasmine on September 9, 2011 at 1:20 PM

Best metaphor for this speech was not Groundhog Day.

Best metaphor is Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie.

You saw it the first time, and you didn’t like it that much, but here they are again, and this time it’s all new.

Doodad Pro on September 9, 2011 at 1:20 PM

Reggie Love would be upset – that’s his job.

Rebar on September 9, 2011 at 1:14 PM

MO was fantasizing about Big Jim Slade.

(Google it)

BobMbx on September 9, 2011 at 1:21 PM

WARNING! Toxic Dose of Irony. Obama’s “historic” speech lacked the word “energy”, while millions of Californians went without power last night during an “unprecedented” blackout and could not hear his speech.

Mutnodjmet on September 9, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Pass the bill right away. Pass the bill right away. Pass the bill right away. Pass the bill right away. Pass the bill right away? Pass the bill right away.

John the Libertarian on September 9, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Obama Introduces Himself

NSFW

Key West Reader on September 9, 2011 at 1:24 PM

When your own wife looks bored and miserable, you know you’re in trouble, King Barry.

Knucklehead on September 9, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Hey Knuck…Barry must have told her they were going to serve lobster… and then she found out they weren’t…

PatriotRider on September 9, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Knucklehead on September 9, 2011 at 12:58 PM

wow, pathetic looking…

cmsinaz on September 9, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Knucklehead on September 9, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Could there be trouble in the Obama household..?

d1carter on September 9, 2011 at 1:25 PM

In literature, there are rounded characters that learn and change over the course of a story, and there are flat characters that don’t. Guess which one President Obama would be?

Count to 10 on September 9, 2011 at 1:27 PM

Knucklehead on September 9, 2011 at 12:58 PM

she must know this is a one term gig…

cmsinaz on September 9, 2011 at 1:27 PM

In literature, there are rounded characters that learn and change over the course of a story, and there are flat characters that don’t. Guess which one President Obama would be?

Count to 10 on September 9, 2011 at 1:27 PM

One of the footnotes?

BobMbx on September 9, 2011 at 1:28 PM

John the Libertarian on September 9, 2011 at 1:23 PM

What’s in it?

Key West Reader on September 9, 2011 at 1:28 PM

Could there be trouble in the Obama household..?

d1carter on September 9, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Two nose jobs and a chin re-construct hasn’t helped. Her fashion designers stink and the photo shop’s are revealed at:

http://www.michellesmirror.com

Key West Reader on September 9, 2011 at 1:29 PM

What’s in it?

Key West Reader on September 9, 2011 at 1:28 PM

Shovels.

John the Libertarian on September 9, 2011 at 1:30 PM

To the pathological narcissist, adulation and hatred are two sides of the same coin. He revels equally in the throes of a persecution complex or a messiah complex – and preferably both at once.

For someone like Obama, being IGNORED is the only real Hell that exists.

logis on September 9, 2011 at 1:30 PM

she must know this is a one term gig…

cmsinaz on September 9, 2011 at 1:27 PM

Maybe she knows that is story would break:

A third gun linked to “Operation Fast and Furious” was found at the murder scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, new documents obtained exclusively by Fox News suggest, contradicting earlier assertions by federal agencies that police found only two weapons tied to the federal government’s now infamous gun interdiction scandal.

A thousand time worse than Watergate, it’s going to result in her husband doing a perp walk.

No more jetsetting around on the public’s dime, being the wife of the only convicted felon US president, no nice cocktail parties either.

Rebar on September 9, 2011 at 1:32 PM

I’ve been married going on eleventy-hundred 20 years, and it took about 3 months to plan for our wedding. We spent most of time, and still do, planning our marriage.

BobMbx on September 9, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Well said!! There is nothing that irks me more than to hear a woman say, “my wedding, my wedding, MY wedding.” What? There is no other person involved? It is important to us, my husband and I, that our children not only see us as mom and dad, but as husband and wife–who were together long before they arrived on the scene! We have a “date” every few weeks, so they see that marriage is a relationship worth cultivating–forever : )

herm2416 on September 9, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Doesn’t the demand that payment of the new $450B stimulus get dumped into the commission that arose out of the debt ceiling deal constitute abrogating that deal? What an incompetent loser.

ProfessorMiao on September 9, 2011 at 1:34 PM

And yet some RINO’s are so scared of this impotent President they’d run a Socialist against him?

Hilarious.

HondaV65 on September 9, 2011 at 1:35 PM

What’s in it?

Key West Reader on September 9, 2011 at 1:28 PM

We have to pass the bill to find out what’s in the bill.

Knucklehead on September 9, 2011 at 1:35 PM

Rebar on September 9, 2011 at 1:32 PM

the lsm is covering this up big time…abc has reported it, but if this doesn’t make the evening news, the majority of america has no clue of the corruption

it’s infuriating…

cmsinaz on September 9, 2011 at 1:36 PM

And so are you, Milbankrupt.
You and the all the other members of the left hive propaganda operation known as the MSM.
You are joined at the hip with this far left, post turtle president with your adoring, uncritical boosterism of him from the moment he appeared in national politics.
You are forever synonymous with this failure.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on September 9, 2011 at 1:36 PM

We have to pass the bill to find out what’s in the bill.

Knucklehead on September 9, 2011 at 1:35 PM

They have to write the bill before they pass the bill.

WashJeff on September 9, 2011 at 1:36 PM

the lsm is covering this up big time…abc has reported it, but if this doesn’t make the evening news, the majority of america has no clue of the corruption

it’s infuriating…

cmsinaz on September 9, 2011 at 1:36 PM

Scanning the front page of Hot Air, it’s not just the lsm taking a pass at covering this.

Rebar on September 9, 2011 at 1:38 PM

She’s mad that in 2013 she will no longer be able to take his and her planes to Martha’s Vineyard, expensive trips to Spain, etc. They will be back in Chicago, in January (hee hee), watching their former Chief of Staff try to actually be an effective leader.

WashJeff on September 9, 2011 at 1:19 PM

Not likely. The Obamas, after getting their advance on Barry’s multi-million-dollar book contract for his [ghostwritten] WH memoirs, will be moving to some beachfront locale (probably somewhere in Hawaii, or perhaps Malibu), where they will begin overseeing the construction of their large new oceanview mansion (maybe they’ll consult with Al Gore’s architect for all the latest non-energy-saving features). The Obamas will issue a statement (for public consumption) that their Chicago house is now deemed (by the Secret Service) unsuitable as a residence, for security reasons.

Or perhaps Barry will be the one moving to Hawaii, while Michelle consults a divorce lawyer to see how much she can hit him up for. Either way, they won’t be splitting until after the big money comes in. Michelle doesn’t have the talent to be able to support herself in the grand manner of living to which she has become accustomed.

AZCoyote on September 9, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Rebar on September 9, 2011 at 1:38 PM

it made it to the headlines….maybe they’ve got something cookin….

cmsinaz on September 9, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Dow Jones down 302 points.

I can’t be bothered to watch Our Idiot President, O’Bozo, but I stumbled upon a video clip on O’Reilly’s rerun at 10pm. In that instance he was blathering about “tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires” vs. “putting teachers, policemen, and firemen back to work”.

The news that Republicans were laughing at him and Democrats were asleep or reading the newspaper is quite comforting. Disregard is the only thing he has actually earned in this life — everything else has been given to him or stolen. Obama is a clown and a nitwit.

Best summary of the week that I can think of: Obama tried to buffalo his way into a speech before a joint session of congress in order to appear important; some people blew it off in favor of a football game; others yawned, joked, or read the newspaper; his desperate union thug supporters rioted that morning and took hostages, until they figured out there wasn’t anyone to fight; Obama rewarded the union-mob-boss with an invitation to the speech that no one else wanted to go to.

Jaibones on September 9, 2011 at 1:43 PM

She’s upset because he said God bless America.

Imjazzed2 on September 9, 2011 at 1:44 PM

it made it to the headlines….maybe they’ve got something cookin….

cmsinaz on September 9, 2011 at 1:42 PM

I just wish they gave half the coverage to this story, as they do to gay marriage.

It’s that important.

Rebar on September 9, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Rebar on September 9, 2011 at 1:44 PM

agree, this is serious….

cmsinaz on September 9, 2011 at 1:47 PM

Well Mila Kunis was proud of his speech. So was Tom Hanks and Debra Messing.

“What’s this recession that all those uninformed hicks in flyover country are talking about?”.

“I don’t know, but it sure is great to finally have an intelligent person in the White House who knows how to spell potato”.

ardenenoch on September 9, 2011 at 1:52 PM

After last night and the response to it this morning nationwide, Jimmy Carter is said to be “animated” and crying for joy.

“I feel like last years Miss America, passing on the crown….”

BobMbx on September 9, 2011 at 1:52 PM

You need to watch it. No iPod, but an ugly purple dress. I would like to know why she’s shaking her head. She appears to be disgusted, just like the rest of us.

Knucklehead on September 9, 2011 at 1:14 PM
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Did you notice her toned arms and biceps?
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diogenes on September 9, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Someone please tell me there is video of Moran reading the paper…

JohnGalt23 on September 9, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Here is a pic of Milbank as he was writing his piece

faraway on September 9, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Disregard is the only thing he has actually earned in this life — everything else has been given to him or stolen.

Jaibones on September 9, 2011 at 1:43 PM

I believe that you’ve just hit upon Obama’s footnote in history!

ardenenoch on September 9, 2011 at 1:55 PM

Ed, put it down to being British, but I didn’t notice any pomp or pageantry. Boehner looked like Professor F. does when he has to a felicitate a keynote speaker who he knows is a boring duffer. Everbody was so obviously faking it.

Fortunata on September 9, 2011 at 2:17 PM

When your own wife looks bored and miserable, you know you’re in trouble, King Barry.

Knucklehead

Ok, to me, she looks like she is either going to cry or is so stoned she can’t focus.

At least she didn’t wear the dog collar belt w/that dress like usual.

JAM on September 9, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Isn’t it interesting whenever The One gives a speech on the economy, the market tanks?
vcferlita on September 9, 2011 at 12:53 PM

But the headlines say it is based on “worries about Europe” – not Obama’s speech.

/rolls eyes

Mr_Magoo on September 9, 2011 at 2:35 PM

“I have a gift.”

crazy_legs on September 9, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Ed, put it down to being British, but I didn’t notice any pomp or pageantry. Boehner looked like Professor F. does when he has to a felicitate a keynote speaker who he knows is a boring duffer. Everbody was so obviously faking it.

Fortunata on September 9, 2011 at 2:17 PM

I hope you meant to say facilitate otherwise everything I thought I knew about higher education is probably wrong.

Lily on September 9, 2011 at 3:10 PM

There ought to be a warning on the page, in red, blinking, that a commenter’s comment is ‘awaiting moderation’. There are now two of the same comment in moderation and I have no doubt that when the inoffensive comment(s) I posted are published no one will be able to figure out why, for sure, the comment was held up, until the comment is completely and utterly irrelevant.
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No comment should be held up for anything but the most profane or violent sentiments. We should have a damn sure idea about whether our comments will be moderated, or not.
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**** steam ****

ExpressoBold on September 9, 2011 at 3:10 PM

It was the same old Obama speech, only with more desperation and contrivance.

OxyCon on September 9, 2011 at 3:15 PM

Well don’t tell that to the rest of the MSM. They thought it was the greatest speech since the Gettysburg Address….

sandee on September 9, 2011 at 12:51 PM

It was shameful on MSNBC. I’m convinced that Barry is the only man Rachel Maddow is willing to sleep with. But she’ll have to fight off Chris Matthews first.

mizflame98 on September 9, 2011 at 3:49 PM

the lsm is covering this up big time…abc has reported it, but if this doesn’t make the evening news, the majority of america has no clue of the corruption

it’s infuriating…

cmsinaz on September 9, 2011 at 1:36 PM

Scanning the front page of Hot Air, it’s not just the lsm taking a pass at covering this.

Rebar on September 9, 2011 at 1:38 PM

For what it’s worth, it’s one of the cover stories at the LA Times website.

UltimateBob on September 9, 2011 at 3:56 PM

ABC news just told me that the fall in the stock market had nothing to do with the no bill no money speech by the Anointed One. Boy, I sure am glad to know that…

Dhuka on September 9, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Boehner should notify Obama that he abused the privilege of addressing the Congress to give a recycled partisan campaign speech, and will not be welcomed back.

Tell the worthless bum to send his SOTU in written form.

Adjoran on September 9, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Well said!! There is nothing that irks me more than to hear a woman say, “my wedding, my wedding, MY wedding.” What? There is no other person involved? It is important to us, my husband and I, that our children not only see us as mom and dad, but as husband and wife–who were together long before they arrived on the scene! We have a “date” every few weeks, so they see that marriage is a relationship worth cultivating–forever : )

herm2416 on September 9, 2011 at 1:34 PM

..a statement and a question:

(1) You sound like a wonderful woman and your husband is a lucky man.

(2) How infuriating is it to you to watch either of the Steve martin “Father of the Bride” movies?

The War Planner on September 9, 2011 at 4:34 PM

WARNING! Toxic Dose of Irony. Obama’s “historic” speech lacked the word “energy”, while millions of Californians went without power last night during an “unprecedented” blackout and could not hear his speech.

Mutnodjmet on September 9, 2011 at 1:22 PM

..lucky those in South Orange County and San Diego county.

The War Planner on September 9, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Congress won’t bother with Obama’s tired old non-proposals (where, for instance, is this Jobs Act; is it on paper?). That way Obama can go out on the campaign trail and blame everything on Congress. He’s just setting up his campaign targets, that’s all.

RebeccaH on September 9, 2011 at 9:05 PM