If you were one of the 14 people that actually sat through the State of the Union speech on Tuesday evening, you saw something that was historic. You witnessed a president become irrelevant right before your eyes. Oh, he wanted to be relevant. He wanted to say the right things and make you believe that he had fulfilled his campaign promise of “Hope & Change”, but he really only did the latter half of that; and not in a good way.
No, what you saw in the State of the Union speech was a dying politician that was grasping at life any way that he could. Oh, he still has some power left, but I was struck by the fact that here was a guy that if he didn’t toot his own horn to congress and rest of the world, you wouldn’t be hearing a horn at all. Here was a guy that had to take a victory lap after getting shellacked. He should be running for cover, not taking a victory lap. And yet, in his mind, Barack Obama is the greatest American president in history.
Oh, he didn’t mention his failures…and there have been many. He didn’t mention the 28 scandals that plagued the early days of his administration. An interesting side note is he really hasn’t been tagged with many scandals after Hillary Clinton left office, leaving you to wonder who was behind all of the misinformation and wrong calls. He didn’t even mention that Iran was, as he was speaking, holding two of our patrol boats, and ten of our sailors hostage. Granted they were released the next day, but you would have thought something like that would have made the speech. But not this speech. No, this speech wasn’t about the state of America. This speech was a legacy-builder on why Bobo Obama has been a great leader.
Unfortunately, it failed miserably. Most pundits on both sides of the political spectrum panned it as nothing more than egotistical blather. You know when liberal commentators are taking aim at your speech and panning it, it has to be bad. No, Obama has failed. American has stumbled, but the beautiful thing about electing a crappy president is our nation can survive eight years of lousy leadership. We can patch up wounded relationships with the rest of the world. We can once again assume the leadership role we were meant to have, and did have until 2009. We can lead and become the great nation that we once were, before we fell for a door-to-door salesman’s pitch on how great he was, and how he was equal in stature to a Greek god. I think that realistically, while some may want to see a horserace come this fall, I think we’re looking at another Jimmy Carter vs. Ronald Reagan…another Richard Nixon vs. George McGovern. Another Lyndon Johnson vs. Barry Goldwater. I think we’re looking at a whitewash, and it’s not going to be pretty.
And I’m going to sit in my easy chair on November 8th and laugh, and laugh, and laugh.
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!