Obama to sound Nixonian theme in SOTU?

posted at 12:01 pm on January 27, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama plans to launch a call to action in tomorrow’s State of the Union address as a way to scold a recalcitrant House for blocking his agenda. The White House will emphasize executive action in 2014 rather than work with Congress, making the venue for the SOTU a little odd indeed. We’ll get back to that in a moment, but the White House might want to rethink their approach, because as it turns out, it’s not exactly new — and they may not appreciate the comparison, National Journal’s George Condon explains:

But, as Obama has learned, “new” doesn’t always mean new. Presidents—sometimes without even realizing it—borrow phrases and ideas from their predecessors. Expect to hear this president use his speech this year to push Congress to make 2014 “a year of action.” It’s a phrase he previewed earlier this month. But there is nothing new here. It is borrowed. Credit Nixon for this one. In his State of the Union in 1972, he complained that Congress had ignored his legislative agenda over the past 12 months. That, he said, had been “a year of consideration.” But, he added, “Now, let us join in making 1972 a year of action on them, action by the Congress, for the nation, and for the people of America.”

Presidents are “always looking for a simple, easy-to-remember message on top of all their policy proposals,” said William Galston, Clinton’s chief domestic policy adviser. “Something that not only gives some rhetorical lift but gives the people listening to the speech the impression that it all ties together, that all these specific ideas are in pursuit of a common goal or a common vision.” Galston added, “Underlying that is the message of leadership—’Hey, I know what I am doing. I am here for a purpose. I’m a clear-eyed, goal-oriented, mission-oriented leader.’ And a good slogan can convey all of that.”

That has given us Clinton’s New Covenant, Nixon’s New Federalism, and Carter’s New Foundation, all terms unveiled in a State of the Union address. Carter’s was perhaps the most unfortunate in 1979. He used the term five times and the word “foundation” 13 times. But only three days later—after much mocking that a “new foundation” had something to do with women’s undergarments—Carter cast the campaign aside, telling reporters, “I doubt it will survive. We are not trying to establish this as a permanent slogan. It was the theme that was established … for one State of the Union speech.” Forget that the White House had, indeed, been selling it as a permanent slogan.

Remember Obama’s slogan from the 2011 State of the Union, “Win the Future“? No one at the White House apparently figured out that “WTF” has a whole different meaning to people in the social-media era, and eventually dropped it. However, Condon reminds us that “Win the Future” was actually a replacement for the recycled “New Foundation” in his first inaugural address. This White House is not long on research or originality, it seems.

Also at National Journal, Ron Fournier writes that the problem of the Obama presidency isn’t Congress, John Boehner, or anyone else but the President himself. He cites two recent profiles of the White House and its new focus on executive action, which Obama’s defenders derided last year when critics attempted to hold Obama accountable for a bad economy and other failures:

The assessment concluded that Obama and his communications team allowed his fifth year to be judged too much by his dealings with Congress, which were poor.

A conservative Republican faction killed his gun-control proposals— joined by some Democratic senators — and eventually shut down the government for 16 days. “We still didn’t know enough about the Republicans,” said one senior administration official, who like others interviewed for this article spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the internal assessments.

Didn’t know enough? After five years in office? This official, like so many others in the West Wing, apparently is not sufficiently self-aware to realize that he confirmed an Obama critique – that the president is too removed and disinterested from the political process to affect it, that he doesn’t value congressional relations enough to give them anything more than lip service, and that, for his enormous intellectual gifts, Obama is handicapped by a lack of political curiosity. He chose not to know enough about the Republicans.

The story raises several other questions. First, why did it take this long for the White House to discover the power of executive orders and rule-making? (Republicans are warning of “tyrannical executive orders,” ignoring the fact that GOP presidents issue them, too.) For instance, Obama has refused to use the power of clemency in a broad way to correct injustice in crack-cocaine sentencing. He punted to Congress the most important questions about NSA overreach rather than taking executive action. And now we’re supposed to be impressed by his pen and phone?

He quotes John Dickerson at Slate, who is unimpressed by Obama’s attempt to wrap himself up in his limitations “like a shawl”:

The president’s comments reflect the triumph of experience over hope. He long ago tempered his claims about transforming partisan politics—he now seems a little embarrassed about the whole thing. But the tone of the piece also shows how realistic he has become about harnessing the power of his electoral success and the national mood he claimed it represented. That was a promise of the Obama presidency that didn’t rely on a willing Congress. He had a special relationship with voters and he was going to turn it into a force. He called on that bond in his second inaugural address: “You and I, as citizens, have the power to set this country’s course. You and I, as citizens, have the obligation to shape the debates of our time—not only with the votes we cast, but with the voices we lift in defense of our most ancient values and enduring ideals.”

But when he talks about tackling income inequality he no longer speaks of national movements. It’s not because the public isn’t ready to be led. The country is still looking for a political champion to rally them, but unlike a previous version of Obama who would have promised that he could channel the passion outside Washington to change Washington, his aspirations are more modest now. He hopes to give “voice to an impression, I think a lot of Americans have, which is it’s harder to make it now if you are just the average citizen who’s willing to work hard and has good values, and wasn’t born with huge advantages or having enjoyed extraordinary luck—that the ground is less secure under your feet.” After six years the president recognizes that people are looking for “other flavors … somebody else out there who can give me that spark of inspiration or excitement.”

Here’s part of the problem: Inequality is getting worse, not better, under Obama. The workforce participation rate has hit a 36-year low despite nearly five years of technical recovery, and food stamps are going to an all-time high of American families by percentage. Numerous pivots to the economy — and this one — have done nothing to arrest that trend in Obamanomics. Plus, the disastrous impact of ObamaCare shows what this administration’s ideas on solving income inequality will do across the entire economy, not just the one-sixth of it which the health-care sector comprises.

Fournier’s piece touched off a fun Twitter debate with Greg Sargent of the Washington Post over the nature of “Green Lanternism.”

Barack Obama warned earlier that while Congress can hold up legislation, he still has a phone and a pen. Jill Lawrence explains at the Daily Beast that neither will really mean much except some small-scale efforts on the agenda Obama will roll out tomorrow:

President Obama says he’s going to focus for the rest of his tenure on what he calls “the defining challenge of our time”—a cluster of issues including income inequality, stalled upward mobility, long-term unemployment, and wage stagnation. It’s an admirable pledge and, 50 years after Lyndon Johnson urged Congress to declare war on poverty and unemployment, a timely one. But even if his attention doesn’t wander, the odds of Obama having significant impact are long. In contrast to other issues, like the environment and even gun control, presidents armed with nothing but executive powers can’t do much to affect the economy. They need Congress to act—and how often does that happen these days?

The cupboard isn’t entirely bare as Obama looks for ways to increase jobs and decrease inequality on his own. But no one should mistake a marginal nudge with a substantial achievement. Consider that in September 2011, in his American Jobs Act, Obama proposed spending $50 billion on job-generating infrastructure projects, and creating a National Infrastructure Bank capitalized with $10 billion. The plan went nowhere thanks to Senate Republicans who blocked it, and Obama eventually fell back on executive action on a much smaller scale—speeding up the federal review and permit process for major infrastructure projects. But he’s still hoping for real money and went on the road last summer to beg Congress to step up.

Actually, the House has stepped up — a number of times. It has passed numerous jobs-related bills that the Senate has refused to consider. Perhaps Obama could get on his phone and ask Harry Reid to allow debate and a vote on those packages, or perhaps facilitate negotiations to craft a compromise between his plan and those of House Republicans.


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Wake up people before you lose all of your liberties to the little dictator.

rplat on January 27, 2014 at 12:02 PM

yada, yada , yada…..

Tater Salad on January 27, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Couldn’t happen to a better fascist little sozi and a stupid nation who brung him, twice.

Schadenfreude on January 27, 2014 at 12:03 PM

PolAgnostic said this the other night

EVERY time Obama has tried to be the “deal maker”, it has been a literal disaster.

This isn’t a case of the Emperor has no clothes.

There is NO Emperor in the clothes!

PolAgnostic on January 26, 2014 at 1:51 AM

Schadenfreude on January 27, 2014 at 12:05 PM

“Ein Volk! Ein Reich! Ein Fuhrer!” is still being considered by Dog Eater, he may use it at the last minute if nothing better comes up.

Bishop on January 27, 2014 at 12:06 PM

More Zimbabwean than Nixonian, I’d reckon….

viking01 on January 27, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Leftists are Never truly liberal/progressive.

They are nothing but fascist sozi thugs.

Schadenfreude on January 27, 2014 at 12:08 PM

ot: hillary’s biggest regret is benghazi….

cmsinaz on January 27, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Congress acted especially strong in 2009 on the economy. They succeeded in raising the bar for spending and added $8T and counting of new debt. They passed a healthcare law that was supposed to help economically and they invested in tons of new energy initiatives. They also dramatically reduced spending at DoD.

And here we are.

Fournier occasionally skirts the edges of criticism but rarely does he address the meat of the reasons for it. A do-nothing Congress at this point is the best thing we could possibly hope for.

BKeyser on January 27, 2014 at 12:11 PM

CTA – Call to Action – the new liberal slogan…..

CTA to kill the Constitution is more what it really is….

The “Republicans” had better start pushing back.

If they don’t – a majority of the American public will accept Socialism as the new normal.

redguy on January 27, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Ed wrote:

Too many words.

Paul-Cincy on January 27, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Rush just called it state of the coup. Pretty much sums it up.

As to working with Congress, the rat-eared wonder needs to remember this. Republicans are not obligated to work toward whatever the hell Obama has on his agenda. A real President would figure out where there was common ground instead of going out of his way to attack dissenters- to the point of using the IRS as a modern day Stasi.

Happy Nomad on January 27, 2014 at 12:13 PM

What, he can’t bring himself to use the phrase “Arbeit macht frei” yet? That’s chicken schitt for ya…

ExpressoBold on January 27, 2014 at 12:14 PM

The tiny pajama-preezie is cornered like a snake.

Syria
Snowden
obama’care’

brought him back to Earth.

In desperation he tries to ‘show’ his few minions that he still has ‘power’, when in fact he was always a suit without an emperor.

Beware of cornered snakes!!!

He looks like Lenin and Mussolini had sex and produced a moron.

Schadenfreude on January 27, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Imagine tomorrow

“My fellow sheep, er citizens, the state of the union is good”

Domestic laughter and lots of consternation

Foreign smirks that never end

Congratulations America – you brung/kept this disaster. YOU fully deserve it. Too bad the good ones have to suffer through it too. May all who brung him be destroyed, never to recover.

Schadenfreude on January 27, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Unless he marries a gay couple on TV, while smoking a joint, he’s absolutely a sissy.

Schadenfreude on January 27, 2014 at 12:17 PM

“Ein Volk! Ein Reich! Ein Fuhrer!” is still being considered by Dog Eater, he may use it at the last minute if nothing better comes up.

Bishop on January 27, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Amerika Erwache might also work.

Happy Nomad on January 27, 2014 at 12:18 PM

…I can’t comment…can’t watch it…and I’ll get banned…plus a TV would be destroyed!

KOOLAID2 on January 27, 2014 at 12:18 PM

KOOLAID2 on January 27, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Good think you know your limits :)

We need ya in the trenches.

Schadenfreude on January 27, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Good thing…and think, come to think of it.

Schadenfreude on January 27, 2014 at 12:18 PM

“Arbeit macht frei”

Schadenfreude on January 27, 2014 at 12:19 PM

2 months ago in San Francisco, O’bama told his uber-wealthy Cultists that he would never nullify Congress by going around them.

Obviously, he holds those Cult Members of his in the same contempt as he does the rest of America. They’re obviously too stupid to realize that.

Del Dolemonte on January 27, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Hitler responds to Obama’s State of the Union Address
*****************************************************

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fT2N_uzngwc

canopfor on January 27, 2014 at 12:20 PM

“He had me at hello”

-Doug Matagayness

Eph on January 27, 2014 at 12:24 PM

I expect he’ll stamp his feet a lot.

Akzed on January 27, 2014 at 12:25 PM

…I can’t comment…can’t watch it…and I’ll get banned…plus a TV would be destroyed!

KOOLAID2 on January 27, 2014 at 12:18 PM

KOOLAID2:

What do you mean,….AWOL-MIA,..not on my WATCH:)
(snark)

canopfor on January 27, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Obama to sound Nixonian theme in SOTU?

Don’t know what he’ll sound like because I can’t stand to listen to him anymore. Every time I see him though I’m reminded of the little prissy prince in Braveheart. I keep waiting to see Michelle don a pair of iron gloves and throw somebody out a window.

Oldnuke on January 27, 2014 at 12:29 PM

“I am not a Crook”

ToddPA on January 27, 2014 at 12:31 PM

“Ein Volk! Ein Reich! Ein Fuhrer!” is still being considered by Dog Eater, he may use it at the last minute if nothing better comes up.

Bishop on January 27, 2014 at 12:06 PM

That’s Austrian… right? :p

Ramadahl on January 27, 2014 at 12:31 PM

I’ve posted it before,, but,,,,,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VNVretnZqk&feature=youtube_gdata_player.

:)

wolly4321 on January 27, 2014 at 12:32 PM

“I am not a Crook”

ToddPA on January 27, 2014 at 12:31 PM

I’m looking forward to

You won’t have Barrack to kick around anymore.

Oldnuke on January 27, 2014 at 12:33 PM

My doctor advised me not to watch Obama – because of my blood pressure.

TarheelBen on January 27, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Anybody checked in on Libfree…verb…Triplesec..

…The First Lady wants 10 Dollar donations to help
protect ObamaCare…you can’t make this sh*t up.

ToddPA on January 27, 2014 at 12:36 PM

plus a TV would be destroyed!

KOOLAID2 on January 27, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Been practicing your Elvis impersonation?

Lanceman on January 27, 2014 at 12:36 PM

I’m done with sympathizing with poor people whose dumb azzes reelected this conman. Let ‘em suffer – I’m holding up ok. Most people who stay poor their entire lives do so because they make stupid and irrational decisions, like reelecting this infomercial pitchman.

Of course, I have to give a special shout out to the 93% of black fools who re-installed the architect of their statistically poorer living standards. Congrats Jamal – you reelected a guy who looks like you. Enjoy your stratospheric black unemployment rate and your continual sacrifices to Holy Gaia with your $90 SUV fillups. Democrats totally represent you, or something. Gotta keep it real, youknowwhatimsayin??

crrr6 on January 27, 2014 at 12:37 PM

hillary’s biggest regret is benghazi….

cmsinaz on January 27, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Oh Please! That isn’t even scratching the surface of things she should be ruing!

Happy Nomad on January 27, 2014 at 12:37 PM

I want him to address global warming.

/-10F in Cincinnati the morning of the SOTU, or should it be the STFU

Paul-Cincy on January 27, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Weiner has a pen and a phone, and he’s not afraid to use it!

Christien on January 27, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Thank you President Obama! crrr6 on January 27, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Lanceman on January 27, 2014 at 12:41 PM

That’s Austrian… right? :p

Ramadahl on January 27, 2014 at 12:31 PM

It’s Australian, you bigot homophobe. Read a book sometime.

Bishop on January 27, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Who better to sound Nixonian than the most corrupt President since Nixon?

Jaibones on January 27, 2014 at 12:42 PM

This White House is not long on research or originality, it seems.

They haven’t had an “original” idea since Day One.

It’s almost as if the voters elected a partisan political hack from Chicago, who is in way over his head.

GarandFan on January 27, 2014 at 12:46 PM

“The White House will emphasize executive action in 2014 rather than work with Congress.”

…and turn off the lights when he leaves the Hill.

Tsar of Earth on January 27, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Looking forward to his remarks on Obamacare, NSA, and foreign policy.

Christien on January 27, 2014 at 12:51 PM

If zer0 were to do something interesting, like rant and rave like Hitler or wave his arms like Mussolini, this might be worth watching for entertainment value. Instead, I wager that the idiot phones it in with the same ol’ boring shlock and pre-programmed elocution.

Maybe a chorus of “You Lie”‘s are planned on the part of the less evil party. But I’ll wait to read about it tomorrow morning.

MisterElephant on January 27, 2014 at 12:51 PM

“The White House will emphasize executive action in 2014 rather than work with Congress.”

The II Duce Hat is being fitted as we type…

ToddPA on January 27, 2014 at 12:52 PM

-10F in Cincinnati the morning of the SOTU, or should it be the STFU

Paul-Cincy on January 27, 2014 at 12:38 PM

What’s your problem? I’d say that Cincinnati isn’t suffering from global warming anymore, now is it? But do you give Obama credit for that? No! Now you’re complaining that he did too good a job. It’s because he’s black, isn’t it?

;-0

Happy Nomad on January 27, 2014 at 12:53 PM

I hear ya HN….she thinks this is going to nip it on the bud..lol

cmsinaz on January 27, 2014 at 12:57 PM

“Peace in our time” in Afghanistan?

Ward Cleaver on January 27, 2014 at 1:00 PM

I’ve posted it before,, but,,,,,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VNVretnZqk&feature=youtube_gdata_player.

:)

wolly4321 on January 27, 2014 at 12:32 PM

That really confuses me because I would therefore have assumed that Mayor de Blasio would have plowed their streets first.

Shy Guy on January 27, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Who better to sound Nixonian than the most corrupt President since Nixon?

Jaibones on January 27, 2014 at 12:42 PM

I’m just hoping he goes out roughly the same way – but this time in handcuffs.

dentarthurdent on January 27, 2014 at 1:03 PM

“Peace in our time” in Afghanistan?

Ward Cleaver on January 27, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Chamberlain is a foreign policy genius next to 0bumble.

dentarthurdent on January 27, 2014 at 1:05 PM

-10F in Cincinnati the morning of the SOTU, or should it be the STFU

Paul-Cincy on January 27, 2014 at 12:38 PM

11F in Colorado Springs this morning on the way to work.
But it FELT warmer than last time it was this cold – so must be globull warming….

dentarthurdent on January 27, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Is it true that whenever Obama says “let me be clear” in a SOTU speech, a puppy dies?

Happy Nomad on January 27, 2014 at 1:07 PM

It’s almost as if the voters elected a partisan political hack from Chicago, who is in way over his head.

GarandFan on January 27, 2014 at 12:46 PM

We’d be better off with a gun-toting former pro wrestler and porn star….

dentarthurdent on January 27, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Rush just called it state of the coup. Pretty much sums it up.

Happy Nomad on January 27, 2014 at 12:13 PM

I agree, but as for Rush and Levin et al, I’ll take this commentary more seriously when they put their money where their mouth is and demonstrate they really believe that when they openly call for the people to physically, immediately take matters into their own hands.

‘Coup’? ‘Tyranny’? Ok then, what’s the solution, sirs – and if the answer is ‘buy my book’, ‘elections’, or ‘convention of the states’, guess what – quaint ideas, but too late for that, if you really believe what you’re saying.

Midas on January 27, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Perfect!

drudge link to the following story is worth a look: Face the Nation edits out Senator Cruz’s comments on D’Souza and condemning Obama Throat Wobbler Mangrove on January 27, 2014 at 11:46 Am

Hey Ed,, check out what was left out. Might be update worthy.

Best part of the interview.

Link has both vids and transcripts.

wolly4321 on January 27, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Is it true that whenever Obama says “let me be clear” in a SOTU speech, a puppy dies?

Happy Nomad on January 27, 2014 at 1:07 PM

And a demon gets his pitchfork.

dentarthurdent on January 27, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Is it true that whenever Obama says “let me be clear” in a SOTU speech, a puppy dies?

Happy Nomad on January 27, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Just an internet rumor; however, a puppy does die when Dog Eater says “I’ll have my usual for dinner tonight.”

Bishop on January 27, 2014 at 1:18 PM

…and that, for his enormous intellectual gifts, Obama…

Hold the guffaws. Barky has about as many intellectual gifts as Pee Wee Herman has muscular gifts. He is NOT an intellectual. He IS a con artist.

NOMOBO on January 27, 2014 at 1:19 PM

“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act” –George Orwell

Schadenfreude on January 27, 2014 at 1:20 PM

…and that, for his enormous intellectual gifts, Obama…

2-year-olds are indignant.

Schadenfreude on January 27, 2014 at 1:21 PM

wolly4321 on January 27, 2014 at 1:16 PM.

Wrong thread. Sorry.

Androids suck

wolly4321 on January 27, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Obama and all his fans seem to be stuck back in 2009 with control of all of Congress and a filibuster proof majority.

The sad thing is, even THEN he couldn’t influence anyone enough to get what he wanted.

So the idea that he can influence Congress now is laughable, if he would even try – which he hasn’t and won’t.

But the key is this – You don’t get things done by influencing people, per se. You get things done by working together. We all laugh at that from the perspective of Republicans giving up and letting Democrats get what they want, but the fact is that if the President wants Republican votes, he has to GIVE as much as GET. Obama seems to think every single thing should go exactly his way and he should never have to compromise EVER. And at this point, Congress is well aware that’s how it works. And he’s simply not going to get exactly what he wants, so nothing gets done.

Of course, that’s certainly preferable to him getting what he wants.

deadrody on January 27, 2014 at 1:34 PM

What, he can’t bring himself to use the phrase “Arbeit macht frei” yet? That’s chicken schitt for ya…

ExpressoBold on January 27, 2014 at 12:14 PM

It’d be more like “Sozialfürsorge macht frei,” wouldn’t it?

PersonFromPorlock on January 27, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Imagine if Laura Bush would do this. The thugs in the media would go nuts.

First lady Michelle Obama is seeking $10 donations to protect Obamacare, her husband’s troubled health insurance system.

Just one day before he gives the annual State of the Union address, the first lady sent out a fundraising email to supporters hoping to use the speech to prompt donations to help Democrats in the midterm elections this fall.

Schadenfreude on January 27, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Androids suck

wolly4321 on January 27, 2014 at 1:26 PM

I’ll be sure to inform Commander Data when I see him…

Lanceman on January 27, 2014 at 1:59 PM

What “enormous intellectual gifts”? He’s pretty freakin ordinary.

Alana on January 27, 2014 at 2:13 PM

“Ein Volk! Ein Reich! Ein Fuhrer!” is still being considered by Dog Eater, he may use it at the last minute if nothing better comes up.

Other themes they are looking at include:

‘Great Leap Forward’,’Cultural Revolution’, and ‘DUDE, I AM SOOOOOOO WASTED!!!!’

abnormal_1 on January 27, 2014 at 2:40 PM

“I´m not a crook!”
Richard Nixon

“I´m not a liar!”
Barrack H. Obama

Erkenbrand on January 27, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Consider that in September 2011, in his American Jobs Act, Obama proposed spending $50 billion on job-generating infrastructure projects, and creating a National Infrastructure Bank capitalized with $10 billion. The plan went nowhere thanks to Senate Republicans who blocked it, and Obama eventually fell back on executive action on a much smaller scale—speeding up the federal review and permit process for major infrastructure projects.

A lousy 60 billion? In 2009 we spent a TRILLION dollars on a stimulus which was supposed to be loaded to the gills with shovel-ready jobs. It was nothing but payback to cronies for their help in getting him elected. He even laughed in an interview about how the shovel-ready jobs didn’t turn out to be so shovel-ready after all. Har de har.

The idea that “if only [Republicans in] Congress would cooperate Obama could fix all these problems” is ludicrous. He had both houses from 2009-2011 and only succeeded in making things far worse at a cost of trillions.

Nothing this guy does is going to help, even if he had full Congressional approval. It is only going to hurt. Congressional opposition is merely the plot device that “allows” him to ramp up executive action.

Missy on January 27, 2014 at 2:57 PM

So, a call to executive action. And each time he cites a reason why he should act unilaterally, then pauses, the whole house will give him a standing ovation for two minutes, as is the custom? This I gotta see.

jake49 on January 27, 2014 at 3:28 PM

“I resign the presidency effective noon tomorrow” works for me.

MrKleenexMuscles on January 27, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Obama to sound Nixonian .. “I resign the presidency effective noon tomorrow”

J_Crater on January 27, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Imagine if the GOP side gave Obama a mock standing ovation every time he mispoke, stretched the truth, gave half truths, exaggerated his success, or just plain outright lied.

AverageJoe on January 27, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Midas on January 27, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Exactly.

JAGonzo on January 27, 2014 at 5:24 PM