My entire life is an homage to Hillary Clinton, Tina Fey style.
Don’t read this if you don’t care about politics. I’m the kind of person who takes notes while watching the State of the Union and generally cries at the end (whether my tears fall out of hope or despair depends upon the president). Here are my notes. There are a lot of them, and I admit openly to being a hippie liberal Obama-loving socialist, so take this all with a grain of salt. I am just going to number my thoughts because there are many (the speech was an hour long forchrissake) and segues are tedious.
1. Opening with the foreign trade regulation commission proposal was absolutely brilliant. There’s little that Americans can agree upon lately, but fear of China’s growing economic prowess tops that short, short list.
2. Certainly Joe Biden’s furrowed brow isn’t in response to Jackie’s story of community college triumph. What is he really thinking? ”Jeez, it’s going to be really crowded on the train tonight.” ”I wonder if there’s still leftover meatloaf.” “Does this mean there’s not a new NCIS??”
3. I thought doubling Work Study programs was totally ovation-worthy. Evidently not this congress full of one-percenters.
4. The dichotomy between John McCain’s reactions to the twofold immigration portion of the speech were monumental. Comprehensive Immigration Reform- hide my agreement; Help Immigrants Gain Citizenship- oh no he di-int.
5. On the one hand, thanks Barry for calling out the wage discrepancies amongst genders. But on the other, this is 2012. Shouldn’t we just be ashamed?
6. Depending upon your source this may not be relevant to your SoTU experience, but the C-SPAN feed I got most literally (Rob Lowe pronunciation) leaned to the left. I could only ever see half of John Boehner’s face, and only noticed about 9/10 of the way through that John Roberts was directly to Hillary’s right (though in ideology they are about three football fields apart).
7. Michelle OBVIOUSLY told Barry at least 17 times that that spilled milk joke was just plain bad. If only he had obliged.
8. However, the following segue was pretty snazzy. I want to be your Sam Seaborn, Barry. (Forgive the excessive Rob Lowe references. Who knows really.)
9. I really really really really really appreciated Obama calling himself out for being part of the 1%. While obviously a great number of high Washington officials also fall into this category, I don’t know many brave enough to admit to such so publicly. Certainly Mitt Romney never would.
10. If this speech really indicates what’s to come from BHO, it’s about damn time. 90 days for judicial nominees? Yes, please. Consensus instead of filibuster? Fuck yes. Certainly it’s that boundless optimism that got him to where he is, but I think a lot of us had begun to wonder if he even had any hope anymore. It’s refreshing to hear it again.
11. As per #1, Iran is another one of those few issues that unite most of us. Using that to round out the speech was another smart move.
12. I’ll leave this as a rhetorical question because I don’t think I want to know the answer, but am I the only American who doesn’t give a flying fuck whether or not we continue to be the #1 world power? Really? No one in Sweden really seems to give a rat’s ass about their world rank yet they’re some of the happiest people on the planet. And please recall that the SUN DOESN’T EVER SHINE there but for like 2 days a year. Maybe we need to re-evaluate our priorities.
13. “This nation is great because we built it together.” THAT’S RIGHT. Nothing can rival Barry’s oratory skillz. Great job. One for the books.