Video: It’s been three years, Mr. President

posted at 11:00 am on January 24, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Are you ready for some … SOTU?  A Tuesday night party?  Let’s face it — not even a foot-stomping intro from Hank Williams Jr would make a State of the Union speech interesting, let alone fun.  It’s a party, with all of the wit, charm, spontaneity, and booze drained out of it.

Still, it’s a Major Political Event, and it offers a way to gain some perspective on time and performance.  The RNC reminds everyone that three years ago, Barack Obama promised to have improved the economy — and that if he didn’t, his presidency would be a “one-term proposition.”  The RNC wants to collect:

What about last year’s SOTU?  How did Obama do on delivering on those promises?  According to Glenn Kessler at the Washington Post, Obama made 18 deliverable promises.  How many did he get?  Er … five.  That’s a success rate of 28%, which would be a good, solid F-minus on any professor’s grade scale.

The GOP reminds us that Obama specifically promoted Solyndra in last year’s SOTU:

In 2010, Obama Touted His Clean Energy Spending Record, Using A “California Business That Will Put A Thousand People To Work Making Solar Panels” As An Example Of His Vision For The Country.  OBAMA: “You can see the results of last year’s investments in clean energy – in the North Carolina company that will create 1,200 jobs nationwide helping to make advanced batteries; or in the California business that will put a thousand people to work making solar panels.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks At State Of The Union Address, Washington, D.C., 1/27/10)

That Solar Panel Company, Which Obama Later Called “A True Engine Of Economic Growth” And Poster-Child For “American Ingenuity” Filed For Bankruptcy And Fired Over 1,000 Americans

Obama:“The True Engine Of Economic Growth Will Always Be Companies Like Solyndra …” (President Obama, Remarks By The President On The Economy, Fremont, CA, 5/26/10)

Solyndra, Obama’s Poster-Child For “American Ingenuity And Dynamism,” Declared Bankruptcy. “The California-based Solyndra, which employed more than 1,000 people, declared bankruptcy earlier this month. President Obama visited the company in May of 2010, saying it was a prime example of ‘American ingenuity and dynamism.’” (Alexander Mooney, “White House Beats Back Claim It Pressured Loan To Now-Bankrupt Company.” CNN, 9/14/11)

  • Solyndra Announced That It Will File For Bankruptcy, Immediately Laying Off 1,100 Employees. “Solyndra, a Fremont solar tech manufacturer, announced Wednesday it is suspending operations and immediately laying off 1,100 employees. The company said it will also file for bankruptcy.” (George Avalos, “Fremont Solar Tech Firm Solyndra To Shut Down, Lay Off 1,100 Workers,” The [San Jose] Mercury News, 8/31/11)
  • Solyndra Was Offered The First Recovery Act Loan Guarantee, Receiving $535 Million From Taxpayers In March 2009, And Went Bankrupt In August 2011.(Solyndra, “Solyndra Offered $535 Million Loan Guarantee By The U.S. Department Of Energy,” Press Release, 3/20/09; Joe Stephens And Carol Leonnig, “House Republicans Step Up Solyndra Investigation,” The Washington Post, 9/1/11; George Avalos, “Fremont Solar Tech Firm Solyndra To Shut Down, Lay Off 1,100 Workers,” The San Jose Mercury News, 8/31/11)

What empty promises will Obama offer tonight?

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And if we don’t turn the debate from “inequality” back to the economy, jobs and our massive debt (where it should be), we’re going to lose in 2012.

GeorgieGirl9 on January 24, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Lanceman on January 24, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Just saying. If ‘I’m the guy who happened to be sitting in the big-boy desk’ is the only requirement, our history would look a lot different than it does to a HS History teacher.

Washington Nearsider on January 24, 2012 at 11:58 AM

If 3 years is the same as overnight I gained 20 pounds overnight…

Wagthatdog on January 24, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Obama could kill a puppy in the well of the House tonight and it won’t matter to 90% of brain dead America because Romney “only” pays 15%.

The Marxist claptrap pushed by the Left has poisoned the minds of too many in this country. Let’s hope and pray we can inform and educate enough to right the ship.

Common Sense Floridian on January 24, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Spot on.

GeorgieGirl9 on January 24, 2012 at 11:58 AM

More importantly, that isn’t the rhetoric the jug-eared idiot and his minions were using three years ago when Obama declared that his election marked the beginning of the seas receding and the planet healing. Nor was that the expectation of his idiot supporters who thought his election meant that somebody else would be paying their mortgages, student loans, and for the gasoline for their cars. That first year was filled with town hall events where people stood up and asked the jug-eared idiot for houses, jobs, and other stuff like he was a male Oprah Winfrey. Schoolchildren were singing his praises in words akin to the lyrics of Jesus loves the Little Children. Stuff was being named for him and he gets a Nobel Peace Prize for being black and not GWB. The expectation was most assuredly that he would foment change in his first term.

Fast forward three years of repeated failure and suddenly the “I never said it was going to happen overnight” riff is being used by the idiot’s even more moronic supporters. Obama is a blame-shifter so, of course, all these failures will be chalked up to others while he tries to strike a populist chord that he is the only one in DC standing up for the middle class.

Happy Nomad on January 24, 2012 at 11:47 AM

This x 1,000,000

D-fusit on January 24, 2012 at 11:58 AM

I question the timing?!
—————————

US unemployment rates fall in most states and Washington, DC, fresh government data shows

4 mins ago from blogs.wsj.com

http://www.breakingnews.com/

canopfor on January 24, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Obama could kill a puppy in the well of the House tonight and it won’t matter to 90% of brain dead America because Romney “only” pays 15%.

Common Sense Floridian on January 24, 2012 at 11:55 AM

USAToday had an article today proving that 97% of Americans pay less than 12% in taxes, so Romney is STILL paying more (percentage and raw dollars) than nearly everyone.

Washington Nearsider on January 24, 2012 at 11:59 AM

If 3 years is the same as overnight then couldn’t someone say food stamps hit a record overnight, and the national debt went up 6 trillion dollars overnight?

Wagthatdog on January 24, 2012 at 12:00 PM

more high-speed rail!

vcferlita on January 24, 2012 at 12:00 PM

If 3 years is the same as overnight then couldn’t someone say food stamps hit a record overnight, and the national debt went up 6 trillion dollars overnight?

Wagthatdog on January 24, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Yup.

Washington Nearsider on January 24, 2012 at 12:02 PM

It’s been three Long years of Downgradeenough already!

Chip on January 24, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Hey, all you liberals from the Palin thread, get in here and defend your messiah, he needs you.

Norky on January 24, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Not enough jobs are being created for the unemployment rate to be going down for that reason alone. The reason the rate keeps dropping is that discouraged folks keep leaving the ranks of those looking for work. The real un/under employment rate is still around 16%, no matter what the Obamabots try to tell you.

Incredulous1 on January 24, 2012 at 12:05 PM

I’m taking a huge short position on any publicly traded company that Obama mentions in a positive light tonight. 1%, here I come

3.14159 on January 24, 2012 at 11:14 AM

A wise call. You might say easy as Pi.

President Barach Obama’s budget was soundly rejected by the House and Senate, and he has never got Harry Reid to put together another one. The government should be shut down right now until he puts something on paper.

In the meantime, he should not be allowed to spend any more money without a budget like an open spigot.

This is Obama’s third State of the Union speech without a budget!

Fleuries on January 24, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Agreed, it’s just too bad that a majority of Congressional Republicans caved in and voted to raise the debt ceiling in the name of “avoiding disaster”. A bi-partisan vote permitted keeping that spigot open. 2010 was just the opening act. Almost as important as ensuring a one-term legacy for Obama is continuing to remove useless congresscritters.

Freelancer on January 24, 2012 at 12:07 PM

It’ll be the bestest speech evah!

/!

freedomfirst on January 24, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Akzed on January 24, 2012

Warren Buffett’s James Taggart’s wife will be seated next to Mooche Mouch. I’m sure that she’s thankful that the Keystone Wyatt Pipeline isn’t competing with Warren’s Taggart’s railroad with all its tank cars.

MichaelGabriel on January 24, 2012 at 12:07 PM

President Barach Obama’s budget was soundly rejected by the House and Senate, and he has never got Harry Reid to put together another one. The government should be shut down right now until he puts something on paper.

In the meantime, he should not be allowed to spend any more money without a budget like an open spigot.

This is Obama’s third State of the Union speech without a budget!

Fleuries on January 24, 2012 at 11:39 AM

The Republican response tonight should definitely include that little fact.

D-fusit on January 24, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Who’s giving the republican response to the SOTU and do they have an intact backbone?

Norky on January 24, 2012 at 12:13 PM

If 3 years is the same as overnight then couldn’t someone say food stamps hit a record overnight, and the national debt went up 6 trillion dollars overnight?

Wagthatdog on January 24, 2012 at 12:00 PM

If three years isn’t long enough to create the kind of change candidate Obama promised, why is it that unemployment benefits run out in just under two years? Doesn’t that suggest that Obama and his minions should have done something about unemployment during this past three years? It seems as long as they have their jobs they really don’t care about anything else.

Happy Nomad on January 24, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Did you think the President could put the country ahead of his politics?
Why break a perfect record now?

I imagine Barack will blame Nebraska’s obstruction and everyone else including the dog catcher for his downing of Keystone.

Hey how’s your good paying green job working out? Remember how the President’s vociferous promises of green jobs would boost our economy to the lofty heights of prosperity?

Will George Soros and John Corzine be in the gallery tonight?
How would that be for a cheering section, climax and anticlimax, billions from one MFer to another, all in one, field box.

Boehner Calls Obama Policies ‘Pathetic’
By Alexandra Jaffe | National Journal – Mon, Jan 23, 2012

Anticipating the president’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, called Obama’s policies “pathetic” and implored him to “go in a new direction” to improve the economy.
“It sounds to me like the same old policies,” Boehner said on Fox News Sunday. “More spending and higher taxes and more regulations—the same policies that haven’t helped our economy, they’ve made it worse. And if that’s what the president’s going to talk about Tuesday night, I think it’s pathetic.”
Boehner brandished a list of 30 jobs bills passed by the House that he says Obama should consider folding into his agenda for the upcoming year, and he blamed Congress’ inactivity on the Senate, which hasn’t taken up any of those bills.
Boehner also dismissed claims that he’s often been stymied in his attempts to make deals with Obama by a small coalition of stubborn GOP freshmen, particularly those affiliated with the tea party.

Speakup on January 24, 2012 at 12:15 PM

What empty promises will Obama offer tonight?

Endless multi-colored smoke to be blown up your a%%…

… Count on it!

Seven Percent Solution on January 24, 2012 at 12:24 PM

How do you give a SOTU speach, in an election year with an abysmal economy, exacerbated by your own failed policies?

Speaking of which, how do you duck your now blatent record of said failed policies?

Tonite we see misdirection (the likes of which Houdini himself would look upon with envy), and a re-write of recent history (pay close attention aspiring fiction writers).

I’m really looking forward to this.

Tim_CA on January 24, 2012 at 12:25 PM

abobo on January 24, 2012 at 11:03 AM

i feel the freedom, but that right eyebrow makes me verrrrrry nervous….

GhoulAid on January 24, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Yep. I’m waiting for a breeze to catch it one of these times and spin it like a propeller.

slickwillie2001 on January 24, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Who’s giving the republican response to the SOTU and do they have an intact backbone?

Norky on January 24, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Mitch Daniels, a fiscal conservative governor from Indiana. It is less a matter of if they have a backbone but if they can deliver a coherent message as to where the GOP disagrees with the jug-eared idiot. Previous attempts at using governors (McDonnell and Jindal) have not gone particularly well.

I want Daniels be short and to the point.

1. It is all about the economy and job creation. The President’s agenda and values have put the nation in a death spiral and must be reversed now.

2. The administration is filled with corruption from crony captialism to the Attorney General overseeing a program that has killed hundreds by arming Mexican drug cartels. We need real transparency not the empty talk from Obama and his dozens of unelected unconfirmed policy czars.

3. Obamacare needs to be cancelled as it will ruin the American health system and put too much power into the hands of a few government hacks.

4. We must reverse the pandering to our enemies of the Obama adminstration. We are open to dialogue with other nations but that doesn’t start with the President bowing and scraping and apologizing for America.

5. And finally, we must further democracy around the globe by diplomatic, economic, and (sometimes) military means. The current administration has been too selective in where we further such efforts. Why was it that Obama willing to bomb some nations but refused to get involved (and went off to play golf) when Iranians tried to foment change in their nation?

Happy Nomad on January 24, 2012 at 12:26 PM

What empty promises will Obama offer tonight?

At first glance after reading the text on Solyndra, I thought you wrote “expensive promises”. Interchangeable in his case, of course.

IrishEyes on January 24, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Tonight’s SOTU drinking game. You will not get drunk. Take a drink whenever 0bama tells the truth.

Mirimichi on January 24, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Tonight’s SOTU drinking game. You will not get drunk. Take a drink whenever 0bama tells the truth.

Mirimichi on January 24, 2012 at 12:31 PM

lol…..We probably need to explain the purpose of “drinking games” to ya!

Tim_CA on January 24, 2012 at 12:34 PM

However much Gov. Daniels is admired by the people in Indiana, I fear that his rebuttal will not have the hard-hitting responses to Obama’s empty rhetoric.

This O/T really demonstrates the idiocy of the Dems. Al Gore approves Obama’s Keystone Pipeline decision.
http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/206069-gore-has-obamas-back-on-keystone-pipeline

onlineanalyst on January 24, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Happy Nomad on January 24, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Thanks

I just hope he does a good job of pointing out the failure that BHO is. I mean how hard can it be?

I like Jindal but his SOTU response was lackluster, at best.

Norky on January 24, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Really, what is Obooba gonna run on? Charm, like last time? . . .

rightmom2 on January 24, 2012 at 11:10 AM

I see things like this and I frankly don’t get it. When was zer0 ever charming or likeable?

MisterElephant on January 24, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Drink every time BHO says fairness or equality.

Norky on January 24, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Tonight’s SOTU drinking game. You will not get drunk. Take a drink whenever 0bama tells the truth.

Mirimichi on January 24, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Then why play?
I’d rather take a drink every time he tells a lie – so basically just hook up a tequila IV….

dentarthurdent on January 24, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Drink every time BHO says fairness or equality.

Norky on January 24, 2012 at 12:37 PM

OK…..Now THAT’S a “Drinking Game”.

Tim_CA on January 24, 2012 at 12:40 PM

This is Obama’s third State of the Union speech without a budget!

Fleuries on January 24, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Whaddaya know? Perhaps an entire presidential term with no budget? He does not care. Probably thinks “we don’t need no stinkin’ budget” ’cause he’s getting away with so many other illegal/unethical actions, what does this little thing matter?

IrishEyes on January 24, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Tonight’s SOTU drinking game. You will not get drunk. Take a drink whenever 0bama tells the truth.

Mirimichi on January 24, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Not even gonna watch it-NFL Network will be replaying Sunday’s AFC Championship Game between 8 PM and 10:30 PM.

Speaking of which, several videos have gone viral on youtube. They show assorted Baltimore Ravens fans melting down after Billy Cunniff missed the chip shot field goal. Definitely not work friendly.

Haven’t bothered to see if there are any similar videos of SF 49ers fans reacting to the OT fumble by the kick return guy, but I assume those are out there as well.

Del Dolemonte on January 24, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Al Gore approves Obama’s Keystone Pipeline decision.
http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/206069-gore-has-obamas-back-on-keystone-pipeline

onlineanalyst on January 24, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Another reason that election with Bush was called the right way.

IrishEyes on January 24, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Oh please let him be smug tonight…er, smuggier than usual anyway.

Norky on January 24, 2012 at 12:43 PM

I … can … not … watch … Obama … speakread from the teleprompter. I’ll rely on comments from here and other sites to learn anything interesting.

toby11 on January 24, 2012 at 11:18 AM

FIFY…

Doomsday on January 24, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Tonight’s SOTU drinking game. You will not get drunk. Take a drink whenever 0bama tells the truth.

Mirimichi on January 24, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Hey, I don’t want anyone to die from alcohol poisoning.

Mirimichi on January 24, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Not watching the SOTU with Giggles presiding when I have a pile of NCIS season 5 disks from Netflix and two episodes of Person of Interest on the DVR.

crazy_legs on January 24, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Not watching the SOTU with Giggles presiding when I have a pile of NCIS season 5 disks from Netflix and two episodes of Person of Interest on the DVR.

crazy_legs on January 24, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Hey an Obama speech only feels like you’d need that many hours of DVDs and DVR programming.

Happy Nomad on January 24, 2012 at 12:53 PM

I’m sure I can find something better to watch.

Now – where did I put my copy of Plan 9 from Outer Space?

The Rogue Tomato on January 24, 2012 at 1:03 PM

As a committed liberal freak he thought the economy works like magic and recovers by itself no matter what he planned to do. Sadly, he was wrong.

yhxqqsn on January 24, 2012 at 1:16 PM

There you go. Nice ad.

kunegetikos on January 24, 2012 at 1:16 PM

As a committed liberal freak he thought the economy works like magic and recovers by itself no matter what he planned to do. Sadly, he was wrong.

yhxqqsn on January 24, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Recover? He never intended for there to be any kind of recovery. It was all about destruction and still is. He thought the country would be destroyed by now and not have to even think about being reelected.
The last election stopped him dead in his tracks, otherwise he may have been successful.

Norky on January 24, 2012 at 1:25 PM

QUESTION: I just read – at WaPo of all places – that Romney paid over 40% of his income last year to taxes and charities, i.e, those entities that big government wants to replace. The logic seems sound and verifiable.

Does anyone know how much Obama, the House and Senate majority and minority leadership, and the other candidates paid last year in taxes and charitable donations?

EdmundBurke247 on January 24, 2012 at 1:40 PM

The RNC wants to collect

Obama has made substantial progress, and unemployment is down from the peak of the financial crisis he inherited. Problem?

Constantine on January 24, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Constantine on January 24, 2012 at 1:56 PM

You forgot the sarc tag.

Norky on January 24, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Obama has made substantial progress, and unemployment is down from the peak of the financial crisis he inherited. Problem?

Constantine on January 24, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Only by not counting the millions who have given up entirely on finding work and fallen off the unemployment rolls – and turned to welfare or under the table cash jobs.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124562449457235503.html

dentarthurdent on January 24, 2012 at 2:19 PM

QUESTION: I just read – at WaPo of all places – that Romney paid over 40% of his income last year to taxes and charities, i.e, those entities that big government wants to replace. The logic seems sound and verifiable.

Does anyone know how much Obama, the House and Senate majority and minority leadership, and the other candidates paid last year in taxes and charitable donations?

EdmundBurke247 on January 24, 2012 at 1:40 PM

The Obamas gave less than 1% of their income to charity. The Romneys gave 15% of their income to charity.

http://nation.foxnews.com/mitt-romney/2012/01/24/whos-greedy-obama-gave-1-charity-romney-gave-15

Wigglesworth on January 24, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Ihave this feeling that the Emperor Zero’s speech tonight is going to blow up in his face somehow.

dogsoldier on January 24, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Osama is dead. That trumps everything

liberal4life on January 24, 2012 at 11:02 AM
Too obvious. You’re doing it wrong.

Man, a two day open reg and this is the best that could sneak through?

Poptech, please come back.

Bishop on January 24, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Why? Lobotomy4life… is shovel ready!

KOOLAID2 on January 24, 2012 at 2:32 PM

As a committed liberal freak he thought the economy works like magic and recovers by itself no matter what he planned to do. Sadly, he was wrong.

yhxqqsn on January 24, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Actually, as a committed free-market capitalist, I believe the economy would have recovered on its own – IF the government had left it alone – because of real economics and not because of socialist voodoo (magic).

dentarthurdent on January 24, 2012 at 2:36 PM

The Obamas gave less than 1% of their income to charity. The Romneys gave 15% of their income to charity.

Wigglesworth on January 24, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Drudge has that same story up now too. Astonishing, isn’t it? Democrats like Obama and Biden (who reportedly gave less than $500 to charity) are always whining about income inequality, but they sure don’t want to give up any of their own income to make things more equal and “fair.” The Obamas are multimillionaires now, yet they’re giving a miserly 1% of their income to charity. Then there’s that tool Warren Buffett, who’s always whining that his secretary pays too much in taxes. If he is so concerned about her income, why doesn’t he pay her more? He’s worth billions. And if he wants her to pay taxes at the same rate he does, he could pay her in stock and let her earn dividends and then she’d pay the same effective tax rate he does. But no, he won’t do that because that won’t let him score any faux populist talking points.

AZCoyote on January 24, 2012 at 2:52 PM

he inherited.

Constantine on January 24, 2012 at 1:56 PM

He didn’t “inherit”, he asked for and campaigned for.

F-

Del Dolemonte on January 24, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Obama has already proven he can beat a RINO….

if Newt or Rom is our nominee I’ll guess we will be stuck with obummer for four more ;(

JihadKiller1s1k on January 24, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Obama has already proven he can beat a RINO….

if Newt or Rom is our nominee I’ll guess we will be stuck with obummer for four more ;(

JihadKiller1s1k
on January 24, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Obama beat a RINO, BEFORE he acquired a National reputation/notoriety. We all know what he stands for, now.
He is no longer “the good looking savior, promoting HOPE and CHANGE.”

ANY of our candidates CAN beat Obama.

listens2glenn on January 24, 2012 at 3:21 PM

The Obamas gave less than 1% of their income to charity. The Romneys gave 15% of their income to charity.

http://nation.foxnews.com/mitt-romney/2012/01/24/whos-greedy-obama-gave-1-charity-romney-gave-15

Thanks. That’s about what I expected from someone who is more interested in the use of power than the demonstration of leadership.

EdmundBurke247 on January 24, 2012 at 3:42 PM

time for another vacay with moochelle, those 2 senior advisors sasha and malaria and 400 of their closest friends and supporters at an overseas 5 star resort on the taxpayers dime.

let them eat cake.

acyl72 on January 24, 2012 at 3:42 PM

The RNC wants to collect
Obama has made substantial progress, and unemployment is down from the peak of the financial crisis he inherited. Problem?

Constantine on January 24, 2012 at 1:56 PM

were you are guard somewhere in germany back in 1944. what a great little minion you are. get your head out of your a$% and go out in the middle part of the country. you’d make goebbels proud.

acyl72 on January 24, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Constantine on January 24, 2012 at 1:56 PM

yoo hoo Markos! found another one your flock over here!

DanMan on January 24, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Why would anyone waste their time listening to this embarrassment of a president tell more lies and offer more empty promises while the windbag politicians from both corrupt parties play their silly political cheering and booing games? God what a pathetic disgrace the SOTU event is. Rome is burning and they are all fiddling.

AttaBoyLuther on January 24, 2012 at 4:02 PM

When I read the Kessler column, it sounds as if the only reason Obama didn’t fulfill all his promises were because of those eeeeeevil, obstructionist Republicans.

In reality, sounds like Kessler thinks Obama deserves A-.

Blech.

pbundy on January 24, 2012 at 4:50 PM