But I’ll tell you a few of my thoughts in brief.
- I really didn’t like the phrase “win the future”. It makes it sound like prosperity is a competition against other countries.
- Overall I’m reminded of JFK’s speech when he talked about putting a man on the moon. That ambitious, and that focused on American exceptionalism.
- The salmon thing was a good one.
- I’m still unable to to shake the feeling that the SOTU is nothing more than grandstanding.
- It’s really weird to have a president that doesn’t try to scare us in his SOTU addresses.
- Apparently Joe Biden has no idea when to clap. Either that or it’s hard to figure out when Obama’s done talking.
- I’ll bet the right will still say Obama doesn’t believe in the strength of the United States, despite that somewhere around 104% of the speech kept talking about our ability to innovate, work hard, etc.
- Strictly speaking, this wasn’t really the “state of the union” so much as “my first 2012 campaign speech.”
- The above is true, even if Obama did drop a perfunctory “hey we just got over an election, let’s not think about that.”
- I’m not really sure the Chilean miner analogy worked.
- When the president delivers a speech that’s solely about cooperation and working together, and then he’s still attacked with divisive language later, that says more about the opposition than it says about him.
I don’t know, these things don’t really grip me any more. It’s a fine display, but there’s rarely anything mindblowing.