Hey readers (the one or two I may have left),
So, last night was President Barack Obama's first "official" State of the Union since taking office. Now, I could do one of two things. I could break it all down, line by line, just like all the T.V. commentators have done last night and into today (like I'm sure they are doing right now). However, I learnt during my skoolun' (pump money in the schools, please!) that over-analyzing isn't fun for anybody, especially the one writing the paper. So, if you want a broken down analysis onf Obama's outlined policies, then I humbly direct your attention to the links on the right havd side of the page.
My second option (and the one I've decided to go with, if you haven't figured that out already) is to point out some of the interesting things I've read since the SOTU, some intested finds by others during the speech, and something else only Chris Matthews can get into.
First off, I love fact checks. They were so helpful during the campaign. Here's an Associated Press fact check of some of Obama's bigger statements last night.
In gooder news (darn those public schools again!), 83% of Americans had a favorable view of Obama's first SOTU. Now if that can just translate into support, specificly by members of Congress. But as blindly as the Democrats will follow Obama, the Republicans will stray in the other direction.
*Sigh* Just what do I say about Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito. When President Obama admonished the Supreme Court's recent 5-4 decision to lift the 100-year old campaign finance law that prevents massive corporation from spending however much they like and saturate the airwaves with tons of commercials saying how great one candidate is, and how terrible another candidate is, Justice Alito dropped his head, shook it back and forth, and appeared to be saying "not true". Here's the video, including Obama's line, and Alito's response:
YouTube's CitizenTube page is compiling questions from you (well, maybe not exactly YOU, but the average, everyday viewer, to present in an interview next week they are conducting with President Obama himself. So, if you have and questions about anything in the State Of The Union speech, send those into YouTube (that's a suggestion -- not a threat or anything.
*Double Sigh* Any finally, drumroll please, from the That's Just Plain Stoopid file: MSNBC host and political commentator Chris Matthews after Obama's SOTU. For those of you who haven't seen this yet -- before you watch this next video -- pop quiz, hotshot: What color is President Barack Obama's skin? Well, obviously, Chris Matthews was so enthrawled with the SOTU, well, just watch:
Okay, so I guess I understand what he's TRYING to say -- I think -- but it either didn't come out right, or this is one of those situations where is sounds sorta-kinda stupid in your head, and you say it anyway, and it sounds even more idiotic out loud, where everyone else earshot and TV-shot can hear you. Chris later clarified his comments (which made sense) a little bit later.