Thursday, January 28, 2010

Obama's Speech

Y'all know I don't trust politicians of any stripe so I see them with jaundiced eye and last night was no exception as Obama delivered his State of the Union message.

I saw it. I listened to it. I read it. I sat here for 45 minutes staring at the screen thinking about it. And I only have one question:

Was it real or was it rhetoric?

You tell me. I don't know what to believe anymore.

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  1. I am so hoping it was real.

  2. I think only time will tell. I believe his heart is in the right place. Now whether or not he can get the cooperation he needs to achieve all he desires is an entirely different story.

  3. We'll know if it's real or rhetoric after we see the actions. Words without actions are just words no matter how smoothly delivered. Republicans have to find fault with it no matter what it said. They also will try to label it all extreme left. Well, he's no extreme leftie and the things he's talking about like health care and gay rights are purely human issues, not left/right; conservative/liberal. Those who paint everybody getting decent health care into a Republican/Democrat issue and fight against it already have health care and aren't worried about either losing it or having it prove to be too expensive for their budgets. Health care is a humanitarian issue. If someone doesn't think so, most likely they are just worried by making room at the table for others they will lose theirs (they call that selfishness).

  4. I confess that I neither watched nor read Obama's SOTU speech. Pledges from politicians - any politicians - have less credibility than infomercials, and are much less entertaining.
    2010 is going to be all about the Democratic party and the Republican party jockeying for position for the mid-term elections.

  5. at least you admit you don't know what to think. the repugs in the audience had their minds all made up. in fact, i think they made up their minds 10 years ago and haven't had the grace to examine their choices or thoughts since.

    throw the bustards out!

  6. Anonymous11:44 AM

    I wish I knew. I want to believe it was not just rhetoric but....

  7. Anonymous3:11 PM

    Good for you for digesting the speech. I didn't even bother.

  8. I think it's real
    I have always thought Obama was real although I am disappointed in him lately but the opposition is so vile, so crazy, so relentless and he is only one person

    The division in this country is so unsettling and the lack of progressive thought and acceptance is frustrating

  9. I think Obama is real. And I like what Rain wrote.

  10. I was wondering what would happen if we all put aside out thinking and supported him totally.

  11. "Actions speak louder than words."
    So we shall just have to wait and see.

  12. A combination of rhetoric and politics, I think, although I believe with all my heart that he is a good man. Give him a chance everybody, dammit.

  13. I hope for everyone that it was not rhetoric Kay

  14. I think he is real and he will try and get done as much as he can. That maybe just one thing but its better then nothing. He is the closest, that we will ever get to "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington"

  15. I can't even bear to listen or watch the news any more. I just turned off NPR news.
    It all feels like propaganda. So I read. I want to be able to think over what I have read and to read the analysis of good thinkers.
    The new addition of The Nation is very good and even suggests some things we could do. The biggest threat now is of complete corporate takeover of the country, now that corporations can spend any amount of money on political campaigns.


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