Obama's second State of the Union address was an utter failure. Obama failed to fully display an appreciation of the problems facing the USA. Obama failed to lay out concrete plans to fix these problems. Instead Obama attempted to give business as usual double talk, and feel good therapy to his base, especially the teachers unions.
(Note: For sake of not sounding repetitive i'm going to sometimes refer to Obama also as O, or the president, or POTUS. I'm writing a blog not a college paper so I'll do what I want lol)
In the beginning of O's speech, the president actually took a bow after the announcer mentioned "President of the United States." At least this time, O bowed to the United States Congress as opposed to foreign dictators (Saudi Arabia, China).
Obama skirted around the problems. He failed to mention the unemployment rate- 14.5 million people at least. LOL you think the government is admitting the real number of unemployed? Nooooooooooooooooooooooo. This number is a human tragedy. Obama failed to fully state the national debt problem.
Yes, under Bush, spending was a problem. According to treasury.gov, the exact figure for the debt at December 31, 2007 was 9,229,172,659,218.31 (Not all of it is Bush's of course). From December 31, 2008 to December 31, 2010, the debt rose to 14,025,215,218,708.52.
This means, the debt rose by about 4,796,042,559,490.21 (as I did not bother to look up the exaaaact date Bush left office.) The fact that spending was excessive in previous presidencies does not give Obama a justification for having a debt himself, and by excessive I mean any kind of deficit spending.
Obama is trying to sell that because spending was bad in the past, it's no big deal that spending is bad now, and heeey lets spend some more and call it investment!!!! Obama has an even better idea to talk about deficit reduction, while continuing to sign laws that increases the debt!!! That's exactly what the president did the past two years.
Why can't the president be straight up on the figures for unemployment and the national debt? Why the double talk and the beating around the bush?
Further, Obama has broken quite a few promises over the past two years.
Candidate Obama promised to be the post-partisan president. He failed at that due to his failure to work with Republicans the past two years and he hasn't appeared on Fox news, the opposition network, for any kind of an honest drilling.
Candidate Obama promised to be the post-racial president. He failed at that due to the situation with the beer summit and the fact that Representative Charlie Rangel isn't in jail.
Candidate Obama promised to improve America's image around the world. Obama has failed to do so.
Liberals made fun of "Bushisms," Bush gaffes, and they thought that in 2008 they finally elected an intellectual, Candidate Obama has failed to live up to their expectations. Apparently Obama thinks that there are at least 57 states. Bush was misunderestimated and Obama was misoverestimated.
Now, back to O's speech, he mentioned Representative Giffords. While indeed tragic, do we need to hear it again? We need to hear what the problems are and how O is going to fix it! We don't need platitudes, sob stories, reminders of tragedy, etc. Obama's speech was (a bad attempt at) entertainment and feel good therapy with minimal to no substance on the issues of the day. We don't need to hear IT'S UUUUUUUUUUUUUUP TO UUUUUUUUUUUUSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes. we heard that before.
Part two coming up soon. How soon? Soon.