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A [sorry] state of the union

Like many, I sat in front of my television last night listening to all 70 minutes of the President’s speech as well as watching the 82 times the dem’s (and some repub’s) jumped to their feet led by a seemingly over-zealous Nancy Pelosi. I tried to swallow the same campaign promises offered to the palate of the American people just over a year ago. And I quietly challenged Mr. Obama to stop grandstanding and start delivering. Perhaps the best part of the night however was this little sound byte: ”I campaigned on the promise of change — change we can believe in, the slogan went. And right now, I know there are many Americans who aren’t sure if they still believe we can change — or that I can deliver it,” Obama said. “But remember this — I never suggested that change would be easy, or that I could do it alone.” Yet doing it alone seems to be what Obama may have to face now as he ostracized in equal measures, the Republicans, the Democrats and even the Supreme Court. The President talked about a form of microfinancing in which the billions of dollars banks have paid back to the government would be redistributed to lending institutions for small business stimulation. He talked about the unpopularity (but perhaps necessity) of the Wall Street bailout. He hit on job growth and tax breaks. He even unveiled new (and somewhat idealistic) ideas about education and education loans. And if those talking points weren’t sufficient he two-stepped with the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, women’s rights in the workplace, an end to the war in Iraq, “green” jobs, global economy, high speed rail systems and a freeze on spending. But as I listened to his bullet list of teleprompted promises I found the speech to be poorly thought out, not as well executed as his past orations, and, in the end, tremendously ineffective. But what did you think? GO! Editors note: Your comment will not be approved if it includes racist undertones, derogatory remarks toward a certain race or gender, or objectionable language.

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