I'm not going to do in depth analysis of what was said because you can get that on another site. In a nutshell, he stepped up to the podium and said, "I got this. Don't know why ya'll tripping. And by the way Senate, you holding us back. Grow a pair and get to work. Shout out to my fine wife. Any questions? America rocks. Good night ya'll." Here the speech in its entirety:
But here's what I took from the speech:
- His job sucks. Seriously, better him then me. I mean how do you sleep well at night with the weight of the entire free world on your shoulders? He addressed jobs, wars, oil, climate change, don't-ask-don't-tell, equal pay, bi-partisanism, big government, Wall Street and health care all in the same speech. I was exhausted just listening to him.
- He's still the smartest guy in the room. And the most likable. Republicans who didn't even want to acknowledge his presence in the chamber were jumping to their feet and clapping near the end. This guy knows how to give a speech, sell an idea and rally the troops. Now we await (in giddy anticipation) his plans coming to fruition.
- I believe he's doing the best he can with the hand he was dealt. He reminded us of the crap-bag handed to him when he walked in the door. And clearly, I'm biased but I believe he genuinely wants to make things better. Whether he will be allowed to do so with all the partisan bullshiggity getting tossed is another question altogether.
- Michelle Obama is bad. Bad like good. Really, really good. SO far there is nothing about her I don't like. That mulberry dress was slamming. Her initiative to end childhood obesity is a noble cause that everyone can get behind. And yes, I love the fact that he paused in the middle of his speech to shout out the wife. As a friend of mine texted me, "She really classes up the joint."
- I always wish we could have sideline-style commentary. How great would it be to have a roving reporter up and down the aisles with a portable mike, "Tell us, Uptight Republican dude, how does it feel to have your ass handed to you on national TV?"
Favorite quotes of the night:
"We do not allow fear or division to break our spirit."
(about the bank bailout) "I hated it. You hated it. It was about as popular as a root canal."
"Let me repeat… we CUT taxes."
"How long should America put its future on hold?"
"I do not accept second place for the United States of America."
"People expect us to solve problems, not run for the hills."
I never said change would be easy or that I could do it alone."
And the epic ending: "We don't quit… I don't quit. God bless you and God bless America."
A few things that confused me: Why did Nancy Pelosi look like she was wearing her Easter suit? Why didn't Roland Burris get his skating-into-Congress-ass up and clap for the President? Why don't the Republicans EVER have a viable response? And what is wrong with Chris Matthews, perennial jack-ass at MSNBC for saying "he forgot Obama was black." For real though?
Chris Matthews, perennial jack-ass at MSNBC for saying “he forgot Obama was black.” For real though?
For those of you who saw the speech, what did you think? And those that didn't see it but have no doubt heard reports, what did you take from it?