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Obama SOTU: Rinse, Wash, Repeat

by Keith Koffler on February 15, 2013, 6:36 pm

Did president Obama’s State of the Union have a familiar ring to it? Maybe there’s a reason

Gosh, perhaps that’s why this SOTU had the lowest audience since 2000. People generally don’t tune in as often for repeats.

Over at National Review Online, Jonah Goldberg makes the point that Obama’s address should provide conservatives with a bit of reassurance.

Rather than plowing some new vista providing a view of the Liberal Promised Land, Obama’s speech was mostly a rather prosaic enumeration of penny-ante proposals that Democrats have been chirping about for years.

It’s an indication, Goldberg thinks, that liberalism might not quite be the It Girl of political philosophies, as so many analysts seem to think.

H/T to Heritage’s blog The Foundry, which produced the video and to Townhall, where I found it.


RT February 15, 2013 at 7:13 pm

It does. I knew that is why I feel all squeaky clean! And I am!

Geoff Caldwell February 15, 2013 at 7:41 pm

What was really stupid of him though was invoking Kennedy. The comparison is inevitable and when he put alongside a real leader he looks even smaller than he already is.

The Business February 15, 2013 at 7:54 pm

The Teleprompting Fool is at it again!

Susan February 15, 2013 at 8:15 pm

I can’t watch the demagogue, but did have a feeling of deja vu while reading the transcript of his SOTU address. I’m not the least bit reassured. He lies like a rug and his acolytes are true believers. They take every word that comes out of his pie hole as gospel. His proclamation that he would act (by executive fiat) if Congress doesn’t do what he wants is outrageous, but there was nary a peep out of the clapping seals in Congress or the state-run media.

Last night (and tonight) Mark Levin discussed what this regime is doing with the other hand – issuing massive numbers of federal regulations. Since his most recent immaculation, the administrative state has been spitting out thousands of federal regulations left and right. Check out for the latest frightening details.

Teresa February 15, 2013 at 8:53 pm

President Obama is the most powerful used car salesman in America. He’s been selling us the same shoddy product with the same false spiel, to customer after customer, year after year.

Sadie February 15, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Nothing penny-ante in proposals. Much like the penny and nickel, governmental “ideas” always continue to cost more than their worth.

Not Nabob February 15, 2013 at 9:16 pm

State of the Union? What union, the Teamsters, the UAW, Teachers. SEIU ,or og6y5 (my 18 month old grandsons) union?

Julie Brueckheimer February 15, 2013 at 9:16 pm

Unfortunately it is not all about the promises, promises he made in the SOTU. There is so much that is sub rosa. I just read today that the USDA has instituted a “Hispanic and Women Farmers and Ranchers Claims Resolution Process” which is funded up to $1.33 billion dollars (no typo). This apparently is something Obama not only promised to women and Hispanic voters two months before the election, but he even handed the complaint forms out to them at that time. This is for people who have grievances that they were discriminated against in receiving loans for farming and ranching purposes.

I’m a little tired tonight, but tomorrow I am going to e-mail my Congressman, Greg Walden, the only Republican US Representative in Oregon and ask him to have the Congress target this in the ‘Fiscal Cliff”. Unfortunately, this may be just a tip of the iceberg of what Obama has out there. We cannot let our guard down.

Susan February 15, 2013 at 9:34 pm

That sounds very much like the Pigford case, where black farmers were paid billions in reparations for supposed past misdeeds of the USDA. Andrew Breitbart wrote numerous exposes on that fraud.

Moe February 16, 2013 at 9:04 am

Yep, Pigford 2. Have to look into this, pretty sure it was passed around Christmas 2011. Seem to remember Alan West getting flack for voting yes.

srdem65 February 15, 2013 at 9:27 pm

Oh, the humanity. What have we done to anger our host that he brings us another video of MrObama droning his wish list. We have not yet recovered our enthusiasm for life after the Tuesday night depressing tirade that our Dear Leader subjected us to listen.

I cannot watch it, just can’t.

Lizzy February 16, 2013 at 12:01 am

As the saying goes ‘same s–t different day’ this Emperor not only has no clothes he’s never had an original thought. He reads what others write for him
in invisible ink lest it come back to haunt him later when we get real President.
He hides from anything that’s not fun, a vacation or a party. Benghazi wow a
real downer. SOTU he does love the sound of his own voice.

Swedishlady February 16, 2013 at 2:44 am

Well, I have read a little about that SOTU and I conclude that the Democrats try to keep their power by applying the learned Machiavellis old ideas. Machiavelli wrote ( 500 years ago) that a wise prince arranges it so that his subjects at all times needs the state and him, thereafter they will be faithful to him forever. He also wrote ” before all else, be armed”, of course he meant the prince but….
Isn´t the Democrats mascot and the wife imitating a “white” Kennedyesque lifestyle more and more ? Did they really golf and ski before the White House experience ? I guess that we soon will see the wife on a horse and the family in a sailing boat. They pick up a lot of ideas from all the billionaires that surround them. Well, it doesn´t really make them look like working class heroes but, gosh, who will inform them about such little details. And all on the taxpayers expense of course.

Girly1 February 16, 2013 at 8:48 am

I don’t think we have to worry about the Obamas turning Kennedy-esque, Swedishlady. They will never overcome the stigma of the Chicago Jacksons – Jesse, Jesse, Jr. MOOshelle boasted about her sisterly relationship with the Jackson daughter…stating that she spent more time at the Jackson household than her own home while growing up. She is the godmother of their children. Jackson-esque – yes; Kennedy-esque – no.

The chickens are coming home to roost – Jackson and his wife are both facing jail time for stealing funds. At the center of the Chicago petri dish of corruption is Barack Obama – the only survivor of the Chicago scandals. He continues to ‘shake-down’ the American people in a manner that would make Jesse Jackson Sr. envious. Like most criminals who believe they are above the law, Obama will be held acccountable for his actions. Hopefully, it will be sooner rather than later.

Swedishlady February 16, 2013 at 9:38 am

Girly1, I don´t think they will turn Kennedy-esque either, simply because they can´t, but they will try for sure. They are often imitating someone, something. How many personas has he tried this far ?
We are told about this happy marriage, this loving couple, and now, separate vacations ?? Bad imitation of a marriage. Or, why pretend anymore ? The election is over.

Star February 16, 2013 at 12:31 pm

And old BF tagged up yesterday and asked me what I had been up to. I said I spent four yrs trying to ridicule Obama out of office, but had failed and now just mocked for mocking’s sake. He said, at least Bush was worse. I said WHAT!!? THEN–he said, his wife is good looking. The conversation ended shortly after that. Ugh–why exes need to be ex.

cincycinco February 16, 2013 at 9:17 am

Machiavelli? Obama may be as much HIS pupil as he is Alynsky’s!

“Men are so simple and so much inclined to obey immediate needs that a deceiver will never lack victims for his deceptions. ”

Ya think? THIS worked like a treat in ’08, which was not surprising; but that he could pull it AGAIN in ’12 REALLY proves the merit of this statement. Just fulfill IMMEDIATE needs (e.g. cell phones, birth control, Doritos and energy drinks) and the hand-to-mouth crowd will LOVE you – and NEVER question that you mortgaged their future and their liberty for their temporal treats.

“The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him. ”

Let’s see – Jay-Z, Reggie Love, Jay Carny, Chuck Hagel, Eric Holder, and of course the illustrious Joe Biteme, just to name a few. And (because the sexist Machiavelli did not mention women) I’ve not even STARTED on the ladies! So, using this list and Machiavelli’s criterion, how would YOU estimate Obama’s intelligence?

“Men should be either treated generously or destroyed, because they take revenge for slight injuries – for heavy ones they cannot. ”

Hence his rather implacable attempts to destroy the Republican Party, and pretty much anyone else who makes him look bad.

“A prince never lacks legitimate reasons to break his promise. ”

‘Nuff said here. I really can’t improve on this…

“If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared. ”

-Again, look at how well he’s broken Boehner for the truth of THIS statement.

“I’m not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it. ”


(all quotes Niccolo Machiavelli,

I know he doesn’t respect those 200 year old White guys who think their silly document with all the fancy writin’ can tell HIM what to do, but isn’t it remarkable that a 500 year old White guy knows him so well?

Or maybe he just knows the type. You know, arrogant power-graspers. Machiavelli knew a few, and would DEFININTELY recognize THIS one for what he is – and would doubtlessly be flattering the pants off him today!

Swedishlady February 16, 2013 at 9:46 am

Cincycinco, true, Machiavellis ideas are just as applicable today as 500 years ago and certainly on this administration. Pure power greed.

DeniseVB February 16, 2013 at 8:34 am

Maybe this is why the Obamas frustrate us so. While they enjoy all the perks as First Couple, there is no leadership or governing, just grandstanding with a permanent campaign. And equally as frustrating are the Republicans that let them get a way with it.

It’s going to be a long 4 years.

cincycinco February 16, 2013 at 9:19 am

“…Republicans that let them get a way with it.” – DeniseVB

“Let”? Republicans CAN’T stop THIS guy from doing SQUAT! There’s no “Let” involved!

Athough I seriously suspect many of them wouldn’t have the guts to stop him even if they could…

DeniseVB February 16, 2013 at 9:53 am

Why can’t they ? The Republicans get blamed for Obama’s lack of leadership, no matter what they do. When they block the really stupid stuff BO and the Dems try to push through, Obama whines like a spoiled brat.

cincycinco February 16, 2013 at 12:56 pm

“When they block the really stupid stuff BO and the Dems try to push through, Obama whines like a spoiled brat.” – DeniseVB

You are right. He whines to the electorate, who then gives Republicans one right in the opinion polls, who then become so scared they cave like a Chinese coal mine, and then Obama gets his way – if he didn’t ALREADY get his way with selective enforcement, illegal procedures, and Executive Orders.

THAT’S why they can’t stop him. They can only slow him down a little, now and then – while at the same time giving him fodder for more demagogery. But STOP him? With the Senate, almost half the House, at least five Supreme Court justices, a media that’s become a wholly owned subsidiary of Team Obama, liberal circuit courts everywhere – and only Crying Johnny to “Oppose” him? I think not!

The media thing is particuarly huge. If Obama were to kill and eat a person on the South lawn tomorrow, it would either go completely unreported or the media would have a field day blaming Republicans for everything from the racism that drove Obama to such an extreme “act of protest” to being the cause of the corpse not being tender enough for Obama’s sensitive pallate because the Republicans didn’t fund food stamps enough to make for reallly well-marbled tenderloins. And that’s just the “Mainstreams”. The Chris Matthews and Rachel Maddows of this world would decry the fact that Republicans woudl even DARE to question ANYTHING the President does, since he’s obviously smarter and better than anyone else, that guy must have deserved it because he was a homophobe or something, and then move on to point out how it really goes back to what a jerk that George Bush guy was – and suggest that Obama would be justified in eating him next.

No, Republicans can’t stop him. They don’t really want to. They hope only to survive his inevitable downfall, and then use all the power he’s amassed for themselves. Despite all evidence, they not only are deluded enough to think they can ride the storm, but actually belive they will one day master it themselves, and turn it to their own, Democrat LIte ends. Not all the people who want to amass power, reward their freinds, and punish their enemies are in the Democrat party, as any Tea Party memeber that was removed from his committee assignment by Boehner could readily tell you…

To sum, not only CAN’T they stop Obama, in their heart of hearts – They don’t WANT to.

DeniseVB February 16, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Indeed, if the Republicans stop him, the Dems may try and stop the Repubs if they ever get the WH back. Almost a perfect definition of Duopoly, when two corporations merge to benefit each other.

cincycinco February 16, 2013 at 2:47 pm


As for your “spoiled brat” assertation, this is one of the best, pithiest analsys of liberal/brat mentality I’ve ever seen…

“At the core of liberalism is the spoiled child — miserable, as all spoiled children are, unsatisfied, demanding, ill-disciplined, despotic and useless. Liberalism is a philosophy of sniveling brats.”
― P.J. O’Rourke,

Sound familiar?

Swedishlady February 16, 2013 at 9:57 am

True Denise, I see them as some kind of mascots for the real power machine. And their grandstanding and campaigning and wasteful luxurylife is a source of immense irritation.

DeniseVB February 16, 2013 at 9:57 am

Ahhh yes, BO did pick up his Chicago buddies for his vacay ….

To be fair, the article mentions other Presidents did it too !

Girly1 February 16, 2013 at 10:17 am

Here’s the difference: Obama is the only Potus who has used his ‘family time’ as an excuse for not socializing or forming relationships inside the beltway. The erstwhile devoted husband/father has always maintained that his week-ends are sacrosanct – family only. We all know this is pure BS – he’s either on the golf course or campaigning. And his wandering wife is no stay-at-home mom. Just a week or so ago, she was out on the town with Valjar attending a rock concert. Heaven only knows what she does with the rest of her time – her extracuricular activities are top secret now that the election is over.

If the truth be known – this is a very dysfunctional family! No discipline, no family or religious values. Just two pleasure seekers who are taking taxpayers for a very expensive ride.

RT February 16, 2013 at 11:52 am

Hi Girly1! I could pick apart this entire post or write it off to “venting”. I pick the later. So, rather than being negative, let’s find something to love / like.

What I do love about it:

“The Only POTUS”
“Wandering wife”
“Attending a rock concert”
“Heaven knows”

And my fav…the old absolute, nuclear swipe:

“No family or religious values”.

Therapeutic. Thinking… I wonder if Keith knows he is helping offset ObamaCare by supplying free healthcare for us… I bet he does. :)

Thanks Keith!

Star February 16, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Going with Girly on this one, RT or whatever handle you are using today. We all pretty know the First Family is a sham. But it bears repeating.

DeniseVB February 16, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Girly, this is a fun site for all things Obama, Bridezilla and their entourage:

Tons of info, even if you throw out the tinfoil and “anonymous” sourced articles, there’s still plently left to ask “who is this guy”. It’s all on file at the Library of Congress too. It also tries to piece together how Obama went from the Illinois state senate to President in 2 years. Interesting stuff, but mostly it leaves many more questions!

Susan February 16, 2013 at 10:58 am

Yeah, ironically the article fails to mention that all those past presidents who vacationed solo just so happened to be Democrats. No mention if Bess Truman socked it to the taxpayer for her separate 5-star vacations. Kinda figured he’d pick up one of his partners in crime, Eric Whitaker. The guy who tried to bribe Rev. Wright during the 2008 presidential campaign. Just think, we the taxpayer are paying for plane rides for his Chicago consigliere. Are we going to have to pay for his plane ride back home to Chicago too?

Otis Driftwood February 16, 2013 at 1:13 pm

laughing.. that article didn’t last long on the net . Wonder why?? ;-)

Susan February 16, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Hmmm…Aspentimes? Mooch lounging in the area? Handmaidens in tow to squelch any negativity during the queen’s visit? Regardless, it is an AP story. Yahoo is still running it and just like Keith’s post from yesterday, their separate vacations have a lot of people upset.–politics.html

DeniseVB February 16, 2013 at 3:19 pm

yes, that was the article. Maybe the Aspentimes forgot to pay the bill :)

Otis Driftwood February 16, 2013 at 6:01 pm

noooooo.. the people MO stays with are very powerful in the local Aspen community. Am sure a phone call was made and a person was sacked.

DeniseVB February 16, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Dang, I knew I should have copy and pasted the whole article. This sometimes happens when you get some detailed juicies from local news sources, they’re disappeared. :(

RT February 16, 2013 at 10:12 am

Wow. Quite the philosophical lesson from the ladies today.

As a student, let me ask, has there ever been a leader of a nation / tribe where a significant percentage of the “governed” did “not” look upon the leader with a jaundiced eye – severely questioning motive, ability, and direction? I think not…

Not surprisingly, our posts suggest more about us then they disclose about this President. Food for thought / something to chew on. Not sure there will be any swallowing, but who knows…

DeniseVB February 16, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Ok then RT, instead of attacking the messengers, how about giving us reasons to support him. I don’t see you offering any defense to his “punishing success and rewarding failure” policies.

RT February 16, 2013 at 10:07 pm

Denise. Sorry you read my question and observation as an attack. I guess you didn’t nibble, let alone swallow…

And, to your request, I’ll pass. And, not that it matters, the President does not require your support.

Peace Out!

~ RT

srdem65 February 16, 2013 at 11:44 am

CongRangel (D) has introduced a bill in Congress to reinstitute the draft for men and women. His bill allows for those drafted to choose military or civilian service, the PeaceCorp or AmeriCorps.

On it’s face, the bill seems to support the addition of women soldiers to the front lines of combat, but since the government is in the process of reducing the number of military servicemembers overall, and we’re not at war, it begs further thought. I admit to checking Wiki-lookie to find out what AmeriCorps was and what it did and wasn’t surprised to read that it pays young people to be community activists and allows them to defer the payback of student loans.
MrRangel’s bill will not go anywhere in the current political atmosphere, but it indicates where the Dems are willing to go; to have a million or more community activists paid and housed by the government.

RT February 16, 2013 at 11:58 am

@Srdem65 Good Morning.

Hey, agreed. Sometimes government knows no bounds when they float ideas or have a clue about the downstream cost / benefit ratio – real or imagined. Thanks for sharing the link.

Curious. How do you feel about compulsory service in general? Yes / no? If yes, what limits – Military only some sidebar activities? We have lots of history available to consider the overall efficacy and social impact in general.. I respect your thinking process.. So, thought to ask…

srdem65 February 16, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Hmmm. For the sake of national security, the draft should be at the ready, but only activated in times of declared war. I don’t see any problem with adding women to the draft rolls, they are an important part of our military and have been ever since they were allowed to serve.
Then, assuming that the draft is activated in response to a legally declared war, there should be no favored class expemtions as there was in the ‘old’ draft law.

Heck, if it came to that, I’d be willing to take up arms, too. Or be the quartermaster or the paper pusher.

RT February 16, 2013 at 10:10 pm

Good points. So pass on the mandatory service? Pros and cons there for sure.

Thanks srdem65. Have a good weekend.

~ RT

Guillermo Grande February 16, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Well that’s fantastic! Sturmabteilung anyone? Message…control…indoctrination.

Susan February 16, 2013 at 12:31 pm

AmeriCorps – VISTA – Peace Corps – brownshirts-in-training. In his younger years with the Reagan administration, Mark Levin had a hand in shutting down the taxpayer funded Action agency. This agency distributed cases of Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” to these front groups, who then handed out copies of the book to susceptible young people.

srdem65 February 16, 2013 at 1:08 pm

We talked about this yesterday and here’s more info on the bullets;

None of the government’s explanations make any sense, until we get all paranoid and are we paranoid if someone is really out to harm us.

DeniseVB February 16, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Maybe someone will ask Jay Carney about this and he’s sure to give a clear explanation. /sarc

Susan February 16, 2013 at 2:02 pm

It’s not paranoia, it’s reality, srdem. The leviathan is preparing for the societal collapse of their creation. Joint agencies practicing urban warfare in unsuspecting neighborhoods. Enough firepower to shoot every American, including the illegals, five times. Domestic drones spying on us from above. Government databases that know everything about us. Unfortunately, those who depend on the government for their livelihood will be the first to loot and riot, and they will also be the first to suffer the brutality of tyranny.

RT February 17, 2013 at 11:53 am

Interesting set of prognostications. On the last point, if the Government has its act together, they’ll be shooting some other folks first…

If we are going to be dreaming up history, let consider what we know… What history has taught us…

Peace Out!

~ RT

Quintis Arrius February 16, 2013 at 2:51 pm

I have long ago given up any reasonable expectation that there would be soaring rhetoric coming from this President. Not a lot of deep thoughts. It might be mildly entertaining but no really new ideas.
Great lines from U. S. Presidents are now only found in history books. (sniff)

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