The State of Obama’s Union

Bad reviews all around it seems. From RossPutin:

Obama’s “spending freeze” is a joke. He massively increased “discretionary” spending over the past couple of years and now wants to “freeze” it at that level. It’s as if you went from buying wine in a box to buying expensive Barolo and now claim savings by saying you won’t move up from there to Lafite Rothschild.

This comes from Don Surber of the Charleston Daily Mail, regarding Obama’s comments on the recent Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission which gave free speech back to shareholders and employees of corporations:

Justice Alito’s You Lie Moment

He did not shout it out loud, but just as Republican Congressman Joe Wilson had enough with President Obama’s outright lies in that September speech, Justice Samuel Alito mouthed the words “not true” as Obama launched into a demagogic diatribe against the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Congressman Wilson’s breach of decorum last September laid the foundation for Justice Alito’s obviously spontaneous but silent criticism. And yes, Alito knew that the cameras could be on him.

The mouthing of words was one of the few newsworthy moments in a speech that dragged on for more than an hour as Obama grasped at any and all straws in a desperate attempt to salvage his presidency.

He failed. He has become an uninspiring speaker who has used up all his magic. Quantity cannot make up for quality.

Fox News:

Obama had taken the unusual step of scolding the high court in his State of the Union address Wednesday. “With all due deference to the separation of powers,” he began, the court last week “reversed a century of law that I believe will open the floodgates for special interests — including foreign corporations — to spend without limit in our elections.”

Alito made a dismissive face, shook his head repeatedly and appeared to mouth the words “not true” or possibly “simply not true.”

One powerful House Democrat released a scathing statement about the White House before Obama had finished speaking.

“Somewhere along the line, the White House lost its way,” said Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., chairman of the Armed Services Committee. “Instead of focusing on solutions to help America’s families wade through the wreckage of the worst economic crisis since the 1930s, Washington has wasted valuable time wrestling with partisan politics in an effort to rush through drastic reforms that do not directly address our most immediate needs.”

Georgetown Law Professor Randy Barnett:

In the history of the State of the Union has any President ever called out the Supreme Court by name, and egged on the Congress to jeer a Supreme Court decision, while the Justices were seated politely before him surrounded by hundreds Congressmen? To call upon the Congress to countermand (somehow) by statute a constitutional decision, indeed a decision applying the First Amendment? What can this possibly accomplish besides alienating Justice Kennedy who wrote the opinion being attacked. Contrary to what we heard during the last administration, the Court may certainly be the object of presidential criticism without posing any threat to its independence. But this was a truly shocking lack of decorum and disrespect towards the Supreme Court for which an apology is in order. A new tone indeed.

Victor Davis Hanson: says “The Usual Straw Men, etc.”

Cap and trade, statist health care, and an end to “don’t ask, don’t tell” for thee.

And for thou, Obama the tax cutter, Obama the gas-and-oil driller, Obama the budget freezer, Obama the anti-lobbyist reformer, Obama the bipartisan healer?

This half-hearted pivoting was quite transparent: Obama made these about-faces without acknowledging that the Obama of 2010 is now and then rejecting the Obama of 2009, much less that the partisanship and bickering of the past year stemmed largely from the hubris of having both houses of Congress and an obsequious press. Instead, Obama seemed miffed that after Scott Brown’s victory he had to offer half-hearted sops.

State of the Union speeches are notoriously not memorable. Who can remember anything George W. Bush said in his last State of the Union speech, or in any of them? Well, some lines are memorable. Most people might remember Bill Clinton’s “The age of big government is over.” Big fat lies are easy to remember. Stupid lines are also easy to remember: “America is addicted to oil.” That was George W. Bush.

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