SOTU Debriefing

I missed about half of Obama’s State of the Union address because I was teaching until 6:30 (Pacific Time). What I heard sounded fine. The “neutral press” seemed to give Obama pretty high marks based on polls. CBS News finds a remarkably high 91% of SOTU-watchers approved and 9% disapproved. Furthermore,

This year, 82 percent of those who watched the speech said they approve of the president’s plans for the economy, up from 53 percent who approved before the speech. Eighty percent said they approved of Mr. Obama’s plans for the deficit — in contrast to 45 percent before the speech. Eighty-three percent approved of Mr. Obama’s proposals regarding Afghanistan, which received only a 57 percent approval rating beforehand.

A CNN poll found 84% positive and 15% negative. This is up from 78% positive to 21% negative last year.

I caught most of the response from Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). Meh. I don’t really remember much about this rather generic speech, except that Ryan had the most annoying cadence in his speech pattern. The pattern repeated over and over again. And he spoke too quickly. I guess his rhetorical flaws completely distracted from the message, because I cannot recall any specifics.

And I caught America’s favorite Teabaggress Rep. Michele Bachmann’s extra response on behalf of the Teabaggers. My reaction was, “YOU LIE!” Seriously…her rhetoric was so full of hackneyed political clich├ęs and half-truths that all I could do is roll my eyes and proclaim, “How 2009!” Get with it, woman…this is 2011. Followed by another, “YOU LIE!”

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One Response to “SOTU Debriefing”

  1. Dave Says:

    You don’t recall any specifics from Ryan’s speech because he didn’t say anything specific. Actually, I thought he did a pretty good job of sounding reasoned and reasonable to the perrenial “undecided” voter—when the specifics he didn’t disclose are actually quite radical.

    Michele Bachmann… I think that were it not for her Congressional resourses, even the Teabaggers would be done with her… she’s a good whiny parrot, not so much a crazed leader.

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