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State Of The Union reaction.

Well.. I watched some of it…. same old same old from Bush. He tried to show he’s conciliatory by acknowledging Pelosi, and then his very next sentence he calls the Congress “the Democrat” majority, which the right-wing loves to use as an insult against the Democrats. As noted elsewhere, his prepared speech that was released before-hand said “Democratic majority”, so I guess he couldn’t help himself from engaging in the partisan jabbing.

What impressed me more was the rebuttal speech given by newly elected Democratic Senator Jim Webb of Virginia. It was very articulate and very forceful. A little wooden perhaps, but I liked the touch of showing the picture of his father, and I especially liked his closing part of the speech:

Tonight we are calling on this President to take similar action, in both areas. If he does, we will join him. If he does not, we will be showing him the way.

UPDATE: liberal Catnip has the Youtube video of Jim Webb’s Democratic response.

8 comments to State Of The Union reaction.

  • I thought Webb’s use of the picture was very appropriate because it personalized the sacrifices – showing the stark difference between how Bush pontificates using soldiers as props and what really happens in the families of those who serve. :em69:

  • Bush started the speech strong. His kudos to Pelosi I think would have hooked anyone who was sitting on their couch and the speech just took over their TV. They otherwise would have probably turned the channel but I think his opening was good.

    But I think he likely would have enraged many when he talked about how good the education system is and promises of better health care.

    He didn’t mention a word about New Orleans (the worst domestic disaster since he took office).

    Then on Iraq his language hasn’t changed. He tried out one new line “Not the war we started with but it’s the war we’re in now” He actually said Americans support the war in Iraq. Ummmmmm.

    I think he took to the TV networks two weeks ago to admit he failed because he didn’t want the State of the Union speech to go down in history as the speech in which Bush admitted several Iraq failures. He got that out of the way before the “big show” last night.

  • Locustia: This is a SOTU, not an international symposium. Bush didnt even thank Canada for its help after Sept 11. What makes you think he’d bother to mention Canada – or any other country besides Iraq – in his SOTU? You’re a bit off-topic and off-base, I’d respectfully submit.

    K-Dough: Grr.. you’re even more off-topic :em71:

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    K-Dough’s Real Man meme scheme

  • Locusta emersonia

    And so where did Bush say that Canada would be important?

    Canada, under Harper, didn’t even get a booty call reference no matter how many hoops Harper wiggled through.

    Bush is crying, and Harper is squeezing out some tears. Aww Harper, sucks to be used eh? Hoo haw!

    Nothing to see here folks… just a barely elected person expected to do what was promised now doing the exact opposite. If Harper expects to make a country in his image and his image starts and finishes with lies and half-truths… well, you know how that ends up.
    Not a peep about the secret meeting in Banff, not a peep about a North American Union, not a peep about how Bush is going to divorce itself from reliance on mid-East oil (head’s up Canada!).

    Thankfully, Canadians are made of stern stuff.
    What has Harper promised to Bush? Is Canada signed up to accept the refugees that Bush denies? This is an important question. Especially in light of what has happened to Maher Arar, his reputation, and the relative safety of Canadians abroad and at home. How much oilsand production has Harper promised to Bush, the oh-so-home-grown sustainable fuels greeny-Bush and Harper show?
    Too much double-talk. Too much secrecy.
    Harper’s got to go, or produce a true, concrete plan to make, as Harper said, Canada a superpower.
    Personally, I’d prefer Canada to be a Nation with respect in the world, healthily nationalistic and comprised of free individuals who may exercise free speech and freedom of religion, movement and other trappings of a free society. Canada will stand as a superpower of democracy!
    Harper will have a statement for All Canadians tomorrow, surely. In this statement, Harper will set out the goals and the measurable benchmarks for Canada’s success.

    BTW, there’s this land for sale in New Orleans, beachfront, worth millions…

    Grudgingly, I’ll give Emerson a hat tip because I really believe his trip to China was his way of putting his finger in the hole in the dyke that Harper blew. Also, I’ll hazard to guess that Emerson has had second thoughts on the wisdom of hanging his hopes of diplomatic trade on Harper. Live and learn.
    Maybe Harper will bestow a Senatorship on Emerson. Maybe Emerson will grow to deserve the position.
    Stranger things have happened.

  • I think he was trying to be sober yet show a personal touch to him by showing that photo; emphasize his years of service and his family’s years of service to the military.. and then talking about this:

    On the political issues – those matters of war and peace, and in some cases of life and death – we trusted the judgement of our national leaders. We hoped that they would be right, that they would measure with accuracy the value of our lives against the enormity of the national interest that might call upon us to go into harm’s way.

    We owed them our loyalty, as Americans, and we gave it. But they owed us – sound judgement, clear thinking, concern for our welfare, a guarantee that the threat to our country was equal to the price we might be called upon to pay in defending it.

    He was making the point that Bush and the Republicans have been reckless in Iraq.

  • Scott, I too liked Webb’s speech but I found the picture thing rather awkward.

  • Scott, I found myself getting bored with Webb’s speech toward the end but my ears perked on that last line and I had to go find the text after I heard it!

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