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The Top Five Bad Things in Obama’s SOTU Speech

As promised . . .

1. Rule by decree. “America does not stand still, and neither will I. (Applause.) So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do.”

Goes without saying. Partly because we’ve said it here many times. Legislating by the executive branch is not quite what Jefferson and Madison intended.

2. Look at me! “That’s what drew our forebears here. It’s how the daughter of a factory worker is CEO of America’s largest automaker — (applause) — how the son of a barkeeper is speaker of the House — (cheers, applause) — how the son of a single mom can be president of the greatest nation on Earth.”

Not very classy to point to yourself. And anyway, there’s lots of children of single parents out there. It’s tough, to be sure, but it’s not like he was raised by wolves.

3. Highway slaughter. “When we rescued our automakers, for example, we worked with them to set higher fuel efficiency standards for our cars. In the coming months I’ll build on that success by setting new standards for our trucks so we can keep driving down oil imports and what we pay at the pump.”

Stop him before he kills again! Fuel standards lighten up cars, make them less safe, kill people, and in the grand scheme of things do absolutely nothing to reduce global warming.

4. Iran gets its bomb. “If Iran’s leaders do not seize this opportunity, then I will be the first to call for more sanctions and stand ready to exercise all options to make sure Iran does not build a nuclear weapon.”

Does anyone, at this point, find such a claim from this president credible? He’ll strike a deal that maintains Iran’s “peaceful” nuclear program, and then they’ll string us along, invite inspectors in, throw them out, and so forth, until, Voilà, la bombe!

5. That’s enough applause for you. As I mentioned earlier, in The Five Best Things About Obama’s Speech, the president’s decision to place Sergeant Cory Remsburg in the First Lady’s box was laudable, and his comments about Remburg were gracefully put. But as the seismic applause for a genuine American hero rolled on – one minute thirty four seconds according to one count I saw – Obama decided to step in and end it. “My fellow Americans — my fellow Americans ,” he interrupted. Why?

A conservative of course can find many more faults with the speech. But I thought I’d point out the highlights.

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24 Responses to The Top Five Bad Things in Obama’s SOTU Speech

  1. “But as the seismic applause for a genuine American hero rolled on – one minute thirty four seconds according to one count I saw – Obama decided to step in and end it. “My fellow Americans — my fellow Americans ,” he interrupted. Why?”

    That green-eyed monster.

    • My grandfather wanted to bar tend after retirement. He worked at a top notch bar in N.O. and enjoyed every day of work.
      Discussed news, sports, etc. He did not play golf and he had friends and worked at the same time. Now O can take that (my) comment and think about it, the next time he plays golf. He could be working hard trying to fix, figure out the long list such as Benghazi to name one.

  2. There’s so much to criticize! Let me just quickly choose one subject within my expertise.

    While we can and should debate the wisdom of mandating more fuel-efficient cars, truck are another matter. If you need to pull 30,000 punds, or you need to carry a ton of brick, or you need to keep your plumbing parts inventory in your service vehicle, there are certain physical requirements. Despite his many gifts and abilities, Obama can’t alter the laws of physics. Certain tasks require a certain size truck. If the truck weighs 3 tons and is capable of pulling another 5 tons, it will NOT get 40 mpg. Sorry, Barry. It’s not gonna happen. Commercial operators would love to save a lot of money on fuel, and new diesel engines are a step in that direction. But the government can easily screw this up beyond all recognition.

    Hopefully, someone will have the spine to tell the emperor that he indeed has no clothes on this particular issue.

  3. A very sound list Keith.

    On the first item, it’s amazing that Congress was happy about him taking away their power. Heck, they can just get elected, do even less than they usually do, and then say that they had nothing to do so reelect me.

    Item 2, maybe he was talking about Bill Clinton who had a single mom for his first few years.

    item 3, we bailed out 2 companies and 1 of them is now an Italian Company (Chrysler). The other didn’t pay us back.

    item 4, The Red Line is that Iran or one of their partners tests a bomb or destroys Israel. Or Pakistan. Or Florida. Then we’ll put back sanctions or we’ll ask the Russians for support.

    item 5, I understand Obama wrapping up the applause. He has a big day planned for Wednesday and needs his beauty sleep.

  4. If the Repubs hold the House and win a majority in the Senate, the only Executive Orders MrObama will be making are those he gives to the WhiteHouse Chef as he decides what to have for lunch.

    He’s already got the Repubs (and some far-thinking Dems) worried about his belief that he can order and make changes to things that the constitution forbids. Just as the fillibuster rule was changed to help the Dems, it will also give the Repubs the same option if, and when, they regain the majority.
    Things like this cut both ways, and the smart ones know it.

    • “If the Repubs hold the House and win a majority in the Senate, the only Executive Orders Mr. Obama will be making are those he gives to the White House Chef as he decides what to have for lunch.”

      Great line!

  5. I told my husband that Obama was going after income inequality, and he replied, “So he went to a Costco today? Who was there, Sally Quinn Bryant?”

  6. “Rule by decree”…
    Didnt they say Obama was a “Constitutional prof.”? If he is, what part of “three seperate branches of US govt.” and “checks & balances” does Obama not get?