State Of The Uniozzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Well, here we are, George W. Bush will never again deliver another State of the Union address, and I’m about as giddy as it gets over that.  Sure, I’m stoked over the idea that this signifies he’ll no longer be president  come this time next year, but I’m also relishing the moment because it has just gotten so damn hard to listen to the man anymore.

Now, unfortunately I was at work at the time, and therefore had to listen to the thing sober, but I guarantee you this, if I had been home, I would have whipped out Mark’s drinking game rules, and probably would have been utterly tanked half through.  Especially when Bush started listing off all these new policy proposals.  That would have gotten ugly.

In truth, I had a hard time listening to the speech, and must admit that after a while I felt like I was in a Peanuts cartoon.  I could hear the words coming out of the President’s mouth, I just couldn’t actually get those words to mean anything anymore.  Luckily they make transcripts of this stuff to read, though I’m seriously wondering if I’m going to actually go back and read it.

What I find most interesting, however, is that the President of the United States actually had his spotlight stolen by two people who are in the running to take his job, Senator Hillary Clinton, and Senator Barack Obama.  While my attention was unfocused at best (to be honest, I was spending much of the time thinking how great it would be a year from now when it’s Obama delivering that address), I did notice the camera seemed almost magnetized to the two senators, jumping back to them frequently.  As for the Hill’s account, I find this particular passage interesting:

In one instance Clinton appeared to gauge Obama’s response before showing her own.

When Bush warned the Iranian government that “America will confront those who threaten our troops, we will stand by our allies, and we will defend our vital interests in the Persian Gulf” Obama jumped up to applaud. Clinton leaned across Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.), seated to her left, to look in Obama’s direction before slowly standing.

The Illinois senator strongly criticized the former first lady last year when she supported a resolution calling for Iran’s Revolutionary Guard to be designated a terrorist organization. Obama supporters and other Democrats charged the vote would give Bush political cover to begin military operations against Iran.

Not exactly inspirational leader stuff there if she has to take a cue from her opponent when to cheer and when not to cheer.  Kind of sad really.

But for the most part, yes, I watched the address, but I didn’t really listen.  I know I probably missed something important, and while Bush has less than a year left in office, there’s still plenty of time for him to do more damage.

Conversely, Governor Sebelius’ rebuttal was beautiful, and I found the following passage particularly powerful:

I’m Kathleen Sebelius, Governor of the State of Kansas.

And I am grateful for the opportunity to speak with you tonight.

I’m a Democrat, but tonight, it really doesn’t matter whether you think of yourself as a Democrat…or a Republican…or an Independent. Or…none-of-the-above.

Instead, the fact you’re tuning in this evening tells me each of you is, above all…

…an American, first.

You are mothers, and fathers. Grandparents, and grandchildren. Working people, and business-owners. Americans, all.

And the American people – folks like you, and me – are not nearly as divided as our rancorous politics might suggest.

In fact, right now, tonight, as political pundits discuss the President’s speech – chances are, they’ll obsess over the reactions of Members of Congress.

“How many times was the President interrupted by applause? Did Republicans stand? Did Democrats sit?”

And the rest of us will roll our eyes and think, “What in the world does any of that have to do with me?”

And, so, I want to take a slight detour from tradition on this State of the Union night.

In this time, normally reserved for the partisan response, I hope to offer you something more:

An American Response.

Well said Governor.  Very well said.

2 Responses to “State Of The Uniozzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz”

  1. nonie says:

    And of course she’s now endorsed Obama…so the theme of unity prevails, thank goodness!

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