As State of the Union speeches go, President Barack Obama’s overwrought, overlong and over-hyped seventy-one minute lecture Wednesday night was not very spectacular, not very stirring and not in touch with reality.
Bill Clinton delivered much better State of the Union speeches. Clinton could speak for hours and keep people interested. Camers showed even Democrats dozing off during Obama’s long, boring lecture.
The President promised to create jobs. He’s promised that before. Hasn’t happened.
He promised to end discrimination against gays in the military. He’s promised that before. Hasn’t happened.
He promised to bring affordable health care to Americans. Been there, heard that, hasn’t happened.
He promised a bi-partisan approach to governing. Won’t happen. Neither party wants to work together with the other side. Doesn’t fit with their political agendas.
The clockers and watchers in Washington said Obama’s SOTU speech would be an opportunity to recapture the old magic.
If anything, the speech shows Obama’s magic is gone, kaput, missing in action.
To his credit, he took blame for some of his mistakes. He admitted failure, something you don’t usually hear from a politician.
But he President that many hoped would rise to the job is drowning in a sea of mistakes, missteps and miscalculations. He is the black Jimmy Carter, the George H.W. Bush of the Democratic Party, the President destined for one, failed term, squandering so much promise and so much hope.
The President who promised to divide America has — if anything — generated greater divisions. Last year, a Republican Congressman broke decorum and shouted “you lie” during Obama’s speech to a joint session of Congress. This year, the chief justice of the Supreme Court mouthed “not true” when Obama discussed the court’s recent decision on allowing unlimited corporate contributions to campaigns. Such things didn’t happen before the Obama era. Even Democrats openly buck their President.
The Barack Obama who appeared before the nation Wednesday night is, if anything, a caricature of himself, a shell of the man who mesmerized a nation in 2008.
“I don’t quit,” Obama told us.
Maybe he should.