You’re welcome, America: Obama to celebrate the relentless awesomeness of his presidency in final SOTU

posted at 8:41 pm on January 12, 2016 by Allahpundit

Can he can get through a list of successes that long in the span of just an hour? We’ll find out at 9 p.m. ET in the annual ceremonial torching o’ the strawmen. Kevin Williamson’s take on the SOTU isn’t new, but it’ll never be old either:

The annual State of the Union pageant is a hideous, dispiriting, ugly, monotonous, un-American, un-republican, anti-democratic, dreary, backward, monarchical, retch-inducing, depressing, shameful, crypto-imperial display of official self-aggrandizement and piteous toadying, a black Mass during which every unholy order of teacup totalitarian and cringing courtier gathers under the towering dome of a faux-Roman temple to listen to a speech with no content given by a man with no content, to rise and to be seated as is called for by the order of worship — it is a wonder they have not started genuflecting — with one wretched representative of their number squirreled away in some well-upholstered Washington hidey-hole in order to preserve the illusion that those gathered constitute a special class of humanity without whom we could not live.

It’s the most nauseating display in American public life — and I write that as someone who has just returned from a pornographers’ convention.

What it also is is a form of entertainment for the political class, replete with “celebrity guests” and smug empty gestures, stripped of anything that might plausibly be considered genuinely entertaining. OFA, Obama’s propaganda arm, has been touting it with promos that make Obama look like Sinatra backstage before a concert, putting the finishing touches on his tux before he goes out and knocks ’em dead with “Luck Be a Lady.”

Imagine what sort of Hopenchange groupie you need to be to feel anticipation for a Year 8 SOTU. As for the meat of tonight’s remarks, you can already guess most of it. Gun owners will be scolded for their indifference to human life. People worried about terrorism will be scolded for their callousness towards Syrian refugees. Iran skeptics will be scolded for their warmongering and fanaticism. (Ten U.S. sailors are still in Iranian custody as I write this at 6 p.m. ET.) It’ll be typical Obama. The one note that’ll be a bit different this year is the stress he’ll put on carrying the “progress” he’s made forward into the future. We all know who he’d like to see tasked with that job. How explicit will he be about it?

Two clips for you while we wait. One is Obama answering criticism that his presidency has been an era of deep division by noting that, hey, it’s not the very worst America has ever seen. Which is true. Consider the promise of Hopenchange fulfilled. The other, in case you’ve got Obama/SOTU fatigue, is Ann Coulter and Liz Mair battling it out last night over whether you can be a conservative and a Trump fan. Consider that clip your QOTD. The thread is open.

Update: Almost forgot that Nikki Haley will be delivering the GOP rebuttal tonight. But a rebuttal to whom? To Obama, or to someone else?

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APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 13, 2016 at 10:27 AM

1000 too

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 13, 2016 at 10:27 AM

So, on George Bush, he sits at home and does he watch Obama and understand “he built that”.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 13, 2016 at 10:24 AM

Do explain the basis for your theory the “he built that”.

soghornetgunner on January 13, 2016 at 10:29 AM

So Gov. Haley has been tasked with stopping Trump in South Carolina. I’m not sure that is their smartest move. Do they really think she has that kind of influence regardless of her high poll numbers? I think they are wrong.

Cindy Munford on January 13, 2016 at 9:18 AM

I would be really surprised if fidelity issues figure into her battle against Trump.

Cindy Munford on January 13, 2016 at 9:19 AM

If/when she throws her support behind a candidate (Rubio – some of his key campaign folks have been involved in the affair rumors – or Christie, probably), she will have a big influence on their poll numbers in SC. I doubt she will be responsible for taking down Trump as much as she will help coalesce/focus support on one alternative.

The fidelity issues are more of a liability on the VP front. I doubt they will come into play over the next month, and they certainly won’t affect SC republican voter’s opinion because we’ve heard about these things starting with her first Gubernatorial campaign, and at this point, she has an immunity on this front with SC voters.

That being said, it would not surprise me in the least, though, to hear Trump throw a couple barbs now that she has directly attacked him. I could see a Trumpism to the effect of “I’ve said Bill’s past is fair game, I’ve said my past is fair game, and Nikki Haley’s past is as well. It sounds like she has gotten around. Politicians don’t just use donor’s money to get ahead. Makes you question her self control as a leader!”

waringrt on January 13, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Have you always been this nutty or am I just noticing it now?

Fallon on January 13, 2016 at 8:50 AM

Happy doesn’t seem very happy any more. Terminal case of TDS? I think he’s pinch hitting for Marcus during the latter’s down time.

bw222 on January 13, 2016 at 10:32 AM

The Bush family “Islam is a peaceful religion”, then “illegals from Mexico over running the borders an act of love”, letting FANNY MAE and Freddie Mack, the VA and FHA to run mad with bad longs that Walls Street committed fraud in the derivatives scam on to bust the housing loan buss. and banks.

Ya, the Bush family and the GOPe/RINO’s built this by pissing off the base for 20 years.

This the fail of McCain, Romney…..

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 13, 2016 at 10:36 AM


APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 13, 2016 at 10:37 AM


APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 13, 2016 at 10:27 AM

Good. Now I can go on with my day.

One more before I go…

Do explain the basis for your theory the “he built that”.

soghornetgunner on January 13, 2016 at 10:29 AM

By not standing up for or defending himself or the Republican brand in his last years in office. By being a big government “compassionate” conservative, adding to the scope, size and overreach of government with programs like No Child Left Behind. But the worse things he “built” (or didn’t build) was his protection of crony capitalist friends in business, and more specifically in TEXAS, by leaving the borders wide open after 9/11, unleashing the TSA on U.S. citizens, protecting the “pieceful” religion and using excessive E.O.’s…

No, I don’t miss him at all.

Fallon on January 13, 2016 at 10:39 AM

There in the House and Senate many “Bush clones” sitting there getting lecurted by this two bit con man of William Ayers kitchen meth lab and letting Iran have a nuke.

That Bush problem.

Sucking up to the Saudi oil ticks ,,,,aks head chopping nut jobs too.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 13, 2016 at 10:39 AM

The rules for the electronic vote machines were done when Bush was Gov. of Texas via the Sec. of State at the time.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 13, 2016 at 10:42 AM

Have seen the P238 in both .380 and 9mm.

Cleombrotus on January 13, 2016 at 7:45 AM

Sig P238 is ONLY available in .380ACP….which is 9mmShort. Same-same. NO diff.

P938 is available in 9mmPara. (W/2 models in 22LR…one w/Threaded Barrel

Solaratov on January 13, 2016 at 5:47 PM

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