President Obama’s State of the Union quip toward Republicans about winning both his campaigns has gone viral, and in fact may be the only thing anyone remembers about the speech. Which leads me to wonder: “Did he plan it?”
As you’re probably aware, Obama, supposedly with complete innocence, mentioned, “I have no more campaigns to run,” a statement that was greeted with mocking Republican applause. To which he lodged the famous response, “I know, because I won both of them.”
The White House has said the moment was “spontaneous,” but I don’t know. This one was the equivalent of a boxer dropping his right and requesting a left hook. Which doesn’t really happen.
The White House has prepared for many addresses to Congress. They know their audience. I would think there would be some expectation that a comment to the effect of, You won’t have me around here pretty soon, would elicit some kind of reaction from Republicans.
And BTW, it was pretty good, I thought. I’m really not of the camp that thinks his remark belies a willingness to work with Republicans. It was just a little fun. Possibly pre-planned fun.
Not that I think he wants to work with Republicans.