This isn’t the bi-partisan, limp-wristed, compromising president we’ve become accustomed to over the last three years. This isn’t the absentee leader who promised hope and change and delivered normality and a moderate course. This isn’t the impotently frustrated Barack Obama, who seemed fed up with our two party system’s inability and unwillingness to compromise.
No, the man who walked into Congress on Tuesday night to deliver the annual State of the Union address was an old friend we hadn’t seen in a long time.
Here was the man who could talk about the issues in a clear, understandable fashion in a way that left almost no room for argument. Here was the leader who could make a fool of his opponents with them barely realizing it. Here was the President we elected, one with passion, vigor and a desire to make our country great again.
Our reinvigorated President received little to no love from his “Republican friends.” Some refused to stand during the 50 or so pauses for applause, and there were even a few scattered “boos.” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor waffled between not knowing whether he should be clapping for something, and looking as though he was simultaneously sucking on a lemon while desperately needing to fart.
There’s no way to describe the minority response other than “bizarre.” Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels often dipped into a jumbled, schizophrenic speech pattern, and somewhat resembled an alien in a human suit doing a bad impression of a political speech. By and large, the response eschewed any attempt at cognizant rebuttal, and instead chose to hammer home the usual “Fear and Loathing in America” lines that the GOP love so very much.
But can you blame them? Nobody makes an argument or gives a speech like our President. Obama described the disparate relationship between Washington and the rest of the country as a “deficit of trust.” He chastised Congress for their seeming ineptitude, presented a number of solutions and programs to mitigate the problems facing the nation, and placed the burden of proof upon the Electorate.
Oh, our President certainly came out swinging. Because this isn’t “elected” Obama, oh no, this is “elect me” Obama. And “elect me” Obama is a mean opponent.
The GOP primaries have boiled down to two likely frontrunners that no one really likes. Even the core Republican constituency seem unenthused by Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich.
These are the candidates that are going to take down the leader that ended the War in Iraq? These are the guys they’re going use to try to beat the President that killed Usama Bin Laden? You’re going to use an out of touch “blue blood” or a serial adulterer to try to win this election?
Wow. Good luck, you’re going to need it.
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