Wednesday, January 25, 2012

State Of The Union Analysis

No SOTU analysis this year. If you want, you can google it up and you will come up with hundreds of analyses by hundreds of pundits who will spew inanities on President Obama's vision for the future of America. I am not playing that game. Fool me once, shame on you...

The reality is this: The address was a campaign speech, designed to mobilize the base of the Democratic Party, and to lure independents to the polls come November. Mission accomplished? Time will tell.

Don't get me wrong, the President knows how to give a good speech, and last night's address was no exception. The problem has never been the President's ability to deliver a rousing speech; it's been his inability, or unwillingness, to follow through. We have had plenty of examples in the President's first three years in office. Do we need yet another State of The Union address to prove that there is a chasm between the President's talking the talk and his walking the walk?

Actions speak louder than words, as they saying goes, and this is an example of President's Obama's actions, as illustrated on (Bill) Moyers and Company last Friday night.

I have no faith in President Obama to do the right thing, not 3 years into his presidency. Like any politician, he will say anything he thinks he needs to say to get elected and do anything he thinks will keep him in power after he is elected. Still, the alternative being President Romney or President Gingrich, with the possible impact their election might have on the composition of the Supreme Court, we are stuck with the lesser of two evils.

Life sucks, at least in political terms.


John Stockwell said...

You are just unhappy that Obama has not turned out to be the flaming liberal that you wanted him to be.

I, on the other hand, being a centrist, approve of many of Obama's actions, as well as many of his
inactions. Obama is facing a divided congress and is in a position that even if he proposes things that the Republicans like, they will shoot the idea down, just because it came from him.

I think that Obama may have some possibilities of learning the game. For example, the conservatives hated the fact that he waffled on the Keystone pipeline.

Tree hugging liberals, on the other hand were overjoyed. If Obama plays his cards right, then he will use the Keystone pipeline as a bargaining chip to get something he really wants. (Yes, we should have
the Keystone pipeline. All of the faux environmental stuff about poisoining the Oglalla Aquifer is b.s.)

I am concerned with the escalation of the tensions with Iran. I don't believe that I want a person in the Whitehouse who is just starting up in his career as President.

Sirfab said...

John, I could write a very long response to your insinuation that I want Obama to be a flaming liberal. Instead, I will write a new post on a personal experience that should clear up why I consider President Obama a failure.

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