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There they are!

The picture that ran with the news article I read about the SotU showed and over-the-shoulder shot of Obama apparently reading his speech from a notebook. In a panic, I flipped through news photos until I found one showing his teleprompters, safe and sound. Whew!

I wonder if he has names for them. Gumby and Pokey. Mulder and Scully. Lefty and Other Lefty.

No, I didn’t watch. I couldn’t. And not just because I can’t bear the sound of Obama’s droning mediocrity.

The State of the Union speech has been a humiliating spectacle for decades. I held my breath for Poppy Bush (he used to trip over his words a bit, remember?). Bill Clinton was the biggest gasbag in history. Gee, that guy could go on. Remember his farewell speech? Hours and hours. He was still talking when they bundled him into a car. W wasn’t as awful as he might have been, but I still held my breath for flubs.

But that’s not it. It’s the whole spectacle of the thing. I actually hate the SotU more when ‘our’ guys are in power, because their behavior reflects on me even a little tiny bit. All that jumping up every twenty seconds, every time your guy says anything at all, barking and clapping like a troupe of trained seals. And the other guys sit and sulk unless The Guy says something so patriotic they kinda have to join in.

Awful. Just awful.

The speech is a big useless pile of applause lines and huge laundry list of junk that is never, ever going to happen and everybody knows it. Nobody even pretends to take it seriously. It has long since outlived its grownup purpose.

Can we kill it, please?


Comment from Sigivald
Time: January 21, 2015, 10:22 pm

If I am ever forced to be President, I’m sending a one-word note to Congress once per term, to meet the Constitutional requirement of “from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union“.

“Fine” or “Tolerable”, say.

Comment from Veeshir
Time: January 21, 2015, 10:43 pm

That’s why I only read Stephen Green’s drunkblogging.

I’ve tried to watch them, but within about 8-10 seconds I change the channel.

They’re pandering, lying or more likely, both.

Comment from mojo
Time: January 21, 2015, 10:55 pm

It’s not required, he could just send a letter.

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: January 21, 2015, 11:08 pm

Trained Seals is how Mark Levin puts it, too. Great minds think alike!

Comment from RealMc
Time: January 21, 2015, 11:31 pm

@ Scott the Badger…..

lemmings come to mind as well. not directing my comment at you…merely an observation of the trained seals mind you.

Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: January 22, 2015, 12:08 am

I thought, for a time, that I would watch, listen, and think carefully about what the President said in his speech. It is my civic duty as a responsible citizen. Then someone over on Ace linked to the text before the event. I almost got through the first paragraph before I disconnected from the internet and put a Farscape DVD into the drive. (and I don’t even like Farscape)

Comment from Armybrat
Time: January 22, 2015, 2:25 am

I couldn’t stand to watch it. I’m on the wagon after 2 weeks of vacation debauchery. And i can NOT tolerate that “tennis match” head bobble whether I’m sober or not. I went to bed about an hour before his whining started, bemoaning my sobriety.
I woke up in the morning, read the usual punditry and decided that early to bed, early to rise was indeed the path of the righteous.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: January 22, 2015, 3:10 am

Fuck. The only thing worse than reading one of his shitty screeds is listening to the stuttering faggot “uh & like” it out. I hope he chokes to death on Reggie’s cock.

Comment from Nina
Time: January 22, 2015, 4:32 am

I really wish y’all would tell us what you really think…holding back like that is hard on your veins. 😵

Comment from Bob
Time: January 22, 2015, 6:43 am

In other news, your page three weasels from yesterday made tonight’s Ace of Spades HQ ONT, tucked below the fold.

Oh, you were all discussing Obama’s SOTU STFU?

Comment from Davem123
Time: January 22, 2015, 11:08 am

I ignored it completely. I focused on other things, like the delightful head-fake the Sun pulled on the SJWs over the Page Three girls.

Lifes too short to listen to O’B.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: January 22, 2015, 3:59 pm

Personally, Stark Dickflüssig, I would prefer that his enabling Praetorian Guard die first. May every one of them burn where they belong for what they have done.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: January 22, 2015, 7:51 pm

Well, yes. There is a whole raft of reasons that this knob-gobbler got into office that won’t be solved by him not being there.

But I still will be celebrating when he finally dies. Him & ol’ Jew-hatin’ Jimmy.

Comment from Bikeboy
Time: January 22, 2015, 9:44 pm

Hey, Stoaty! That’s The Greatest Teleprompter Reader of Our Generation, who you’re talking about!

But seriously… although I try not to watch, giving teleprompter-assisted speeches MAY be the one thing that Dear Leader is somewhat competent at. Wasn’t it a speech that beamed him into prominence? And apparently that was enough for millions and millions of voting Americans. (Two times!)

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