Let’s be honest. I went into tonight’s State of the Union speech with low expectations. The last several months have been woefully lacking in war time rhetoric-which is not only necessary to fight our enemies, but is also necessary to motivate our citizens. However, after the speech (and even more so after a second viewing) I was pleasantly surprised, and found myself feeling proud of the President.
Here’s my own personal talking points memo:
-I got misty eyed when the President was announced into the chamber, but then, I usually do. I’m a sucker for pomp & circumstance.
-Another admission, and I’ll deny all knowledge if anyone brings this up again, but here goes: I got misty-eyed again when the President said “Madam Speaker”. The whole she-is-going-to-wreck-our-country thing aside, it really is an important moment in history, and makes me proud as a woman. Would it be a million times better if the woman was a million different other women (preferably ones who aren’t botoxed into oblivion)? Yes. But still, its big. And it was classy and awesome that the President honored the significance.
(you’ll notice I will now skip all the domestic policy stuff…but no worries, it will pop up in “The Boring” down below)
-All his statements on terror were outstanding. I’m particularly giddy that he called out the bad guys by name. That always gets them angry (and coming out of hiding, making mistakes). Al Qaeda (and extremist Sunni), extremist Shia, Hezbollah, Iran, Syria, North Korea, no one got a free pass.
-“Whatever you voted for, you did not vote for failure”. He explained how we got where we are, why we have to keep going, and what will happen if we don’t. This kind of communication from the White House has been lacking, and I was thrilled to see the President lay it all out there for the public to digest. He detailed the situation in Iraq, which is something most of the public does not have the details on (unlike you savvy readers and bloggers). All of this might have been stuff we already know, but it doesn’t matter. It needs to be said, and we need reminding of it often. It reminds me of why we always tell our loved one’s “I love you”. They know, so why do we need to keep saying it? Because its so important, it cannot be said enough. Drilling home why we can’t leave Iraq, and what will happen if we do, cannot. be said. enough.
-Quoting Zarqawi’s vile words and threats. I don’t think very many people even listen to the things these guys say to us and about us, so its good to remind them.
-He did a good job of emphasizing that these radical extremists are out to get us, and they will not back down. “This war is more than a clash of arms – it is a decisive ideological struggle, and the security of our Nation is in the balance.”
-Listing the things that haven’t happened, the thwarted attacks. And this list was only scratching the surface. These things are never in the press long enough to get out to the public and remind them that we’ve had no major attacks in over 5 years since 9-11.
-“This is not the fight we entered in Iraq, but it is the fight we are in. Every one of us wishes that this war were over and won. Yet it would not be like us to leave our promises unkept, our friends abandoned, and our own security at risk. Ladies and gentlemen: On this day, at this hour, it is still within our power to shape the outcome of this battle. So let us find our resolve, and turn events toward victory.”
-The tributes to great Americans, and great heroes. Some of it was a bit sappy…I was all “Baby Einstein??”, but its nice to feel warm and fuzzy sometimes, and remember why Americans rock.
-Watching the President work the crowd on his way out of the chamber. He was kind, warm and reminded me of the Bush I voted for. Loved it. Especially loved the dems angling for his autograph.
-The President seemed relaxed and confident. This speech was a million times better than his recent “surge” speech. Which, I guess is good, but they should all be this effective.
-After that quote about turning towards victory, the dems did not applaud or stand. They don’t want victory in Iraq (side note: Mother Nan did eventually stand, but she was pretty much alone on that one).
-“And ladies and gentlemen, nothing is more important at this moment in our history than for America to succeed in the Middle East … to succeed in Iraq … and to spare the American people from this danger.” Great quote. No dems stood to applaud. They don’t want to succeed and don’t want to spare us from danger?
-They stood up (Mother Nan actually bounded up) for Darfur. From NRO: “It’s surely very revealing that the Democrats seem most enthused about the one issue where all you have to do is posture ineffectually while the UN stonewalls until everybody’s been killed. But on Iraq or anywhere else America moves beyond posturing to action the Dems sit on their hands.”
-Mother Nan blinking THE. ENTIRE. SPEECH. NRO says it was every .5 seconds. Also really annoying…sucking her teeth (dentures?) and biting/licking her lips the whole time. What a newbie. From Mary Katharine Ham: “The Pelosi Patented Frequent-Blink is killin’ me. She’s willing me to stop listening to the President, willing my gaze away from the TV.”
-The Democrat’s response. Webb was so wooden, but I feel like they always look that way (botox discounts for all liberals?). Plus, I’m still waiting to hear who exactly this “military majority” is that oppose the way the war is being run. Sounds fishy.
-Everything else. Seriously. Budget=good, keeping taxes low=good. Snoooooore…oh sorry, I’m awake now.
-Earmarks, entitlements, health care, no child left behind, immigration “not not amnesty” reform…go read the transcripts to see the laundry list.
-Ted Kennedy “resting his eyes”. Maybe it was the “carb crash” after his pre-speech meal. Why couldn’t he pretend to care? Note to self: no pasta before national speeches where I’ll be on TV in front of millions of people.
There you go. I hope a lot of people were watching tonight, but I suspect most watched American Idol instead.
Hot Air has the “gallery of snoozing senators” here