So says King Obama. So let it be written, so let it be done! Although there is no evidence that humans cause fluctuations in the Earth’s temperature, the King has declared it as a fact. All Hail Obama!
President Obama’s 5th State of the Union address has come and gone; and while it seems like we’ve heard it all before, the reality is this one had more than its share of memorable lines.
Thus, without further adieu, today’s daily briefing presents the top 10 most memorable lines from Obummer’s State of the Union speech:
10. “Hey, is that the national debt in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?”
9. (to Speaker John Boehner) “John, orange is your color…again.”
8. “In case you were wondering, the Cloward-Piven strategy really does work.”
7. “Vice President Joe Biden…” (rest of the statement inaudible after being interrupted by uncontrollable laughter in the chamber)
6. “Anybody else smell sulfur?”
5. “Just think, if Wendy Davis is the next governor of Texas she can dismember at least 350 babies in the time it will take me to give the next State of the Union speech.”
4. “I really shouldn’t be here tonight, but the Republicans went ahead and nominated Mitt Romney.”
3. “I wish some more marginal pro athletes would come out and say they like to have gay sex so we can stop talking about my record.”
2. “Vote the chancellor emergency powers so he can end these threats to the Republic.”
1. “If you like your current collapsing constitutional republic, you can keep it.
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Barack Obama has developed a troubling reputation for blaming the results of his incompetence on his predecessor, George W. Bush. According to one of the 43rd president’s speechwriters, however, Obama can legitimately point the finger at Bush regarding much of the content of his latest State of the Union address.
Marc Thiessen, who was the lead speechwriter for the 2007 State of the Union speech delivered by Bush, publicly accused Obama of plagiarizing a large portion of that address when composing Tuesday night’s delivery.
“It was eerily familiar,” Thiessen explained, noting that while none of Bush’s lines were repeated verbatim, both speeches contained many of the same very specific themes.
“There were lines like, ‘Our job is to help Americans build a future and opportunity, a future of hope and opportunity begins with a growing economy, a future of hope and opportunity requires that all citizens have affordable and available health care, extending opportunity and hope depends on a stable supply of energy,’” he said. “All of that came from the 2007 State of the Union from George W. Bush.”
Obama is often praised for his oratorical skills; however, much of his latest speech was marred by his stunted annunciation and tendency to stumble over his words. Of course, according to Thiessen, they weren’t even his words.
Accusations of plagiarism are nothing new in the world of politics – or in Obama’s career.
Researchers have identified several passages and themes from his book, “The Audacity of Hope,” that were apparently lifted or heavily inspired by previous works. Additionally, several speeches – including his 2011 State of the Union address – have elicited similar accusations.
That speech, according to an opinion piece in U.S. World and News Report, “contained enough recycled ideas and lines lifted from speeches of others to make historians wince.”
–B. Christopher Agee
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Last night, what is supposed to be a regular accounting of our nation’s direction and general health was instead just another play for continued license and sustaining aggrandizement of our new king, his wife, and political cronies.
Of course it is normal for a president to put the best face on his administration, but American TV viewers have rarely witnessed such judiciously edited deception so artfully parroted as the trash we heard from the 2nd term Obama in his speech. Since his coronation, he has never demonstrated even a nodding acquaintance with humility, shame, reverence for the truth, or genuine responsibility – and this event was no exception. He and his writers have simply discovered that there are no limits to what a president and his teleprompters can achieve. Playing fast and loose with the truth is a career politician’s stock-in-trade – and, given that so much of our citizenry prefer the restful ease of allowing the television to do their thinking for them, last night’s address amounted to just another lullaby.
With all the modesty of a Benito Mussolini, Barack spent the hour touting successes that were either not his to own or haven’t materialized. What appears to be our currently mellowed unemployment rate, for example, is actually attributable to fewer people (the underemployed or those no longer eligible) filing for unemployment.
Through our history, we have learned the hard way that a free economy left to itself will find its own best way to bounce back. Not even the deadly assaults of Obamacare, the vicious impositions of entrepreneurial restraints and tax burdens, fuel prices, the threat of ‘Cap and Trade’, or a host of other black holes that seem designed to snuff any hope of prosperity can keep American business from stretching to invent a better mousetrap. And our poser president – who is bleeding our economy to death – tried to impress us all with the idea that any economic advancements made within the last five years have been solely the result of his expertly mandated prodding. What a shuck.
His alleged ‘feat’ of the 8 million new jobs he bragged about is quite misleading, given that the BLS puts actual newly created jobs at closer to 3 million–now hovering at about a million less than when the slump began in ’07. And how many of those jobs are part-time or low wage? While the manufacturing sector has indeed provided over a half-million jobs since 2010, we are still a half-million down from when his presidency began. If our nation’s largest-ever budget deficits have indeed been cut in half, as he claims, it’s only because he’s using numbers that help to ignore the massive deficit he’s built in the first place. Of course, he lauded the triumphs of his Affordable Care Act, in spite of the fact that it is a disaster in every respect. Nevertheless, we know that the data will confess to most anything if you beat it hard enough.
But that’s how the whole evening went: ‘If anything good is happening, it’s because I’m here.’ What an insult, his conceit, to the American worker, business leader, housewife, college student, John Q public – all of us who have to keep clawing regardless of the ridiculous, lavishly overpriced packages he has relentlessly thrown at us since his takeover. What’s left of conservative America should be applauded for whatever resiliency it’s managed to muster during this demagogue’s rampage.
But the scariest feature of his long-winded presentation were statements that amounted to warnings preparing us for his continued demolition of our Constitution. He very deliberately paused, at key points in his delivery, to inform us all that he will prevail regardless of the sluggishly overbearing presence of a House of Representatives (please mark the word ‘representatives’).
He was so adamant in saying …
“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.”
And again …
“But I will act ON MY OWN to slash bureaucracy and streamline the permitting process for key projects, so we can get more construction workers on the job as fast as possible.”
Hiding behind altruistic words like the above, he is doing just the opposite and has shown that he intends to continue on his path of destruction.
And he made other, similar declarations intimating his contempt for whatever might challenge his omnipotent rule. Any president prior to this one could have said the same words without arousing much caution. But Barry has amply shown us that his governing autonomy is rooted in selfish arrogance and worthy of our suspicion. Of course, the Constitution provides for a president’s use of executive orders – but the spirit of that document promotes such care in the face of any potential abuse. We the people are given the responsibility to see that those abuses don’t happen. Obama, however, knows that he is safe to do what he wants since his burgeoning constituency have shown that they really don’t care anymore, one way or the other.
Lest we forget, America’s freedom, on every level, is born out of conflict. That’s why we have a ‘House of Representatives.’ Those representatives – our employees – are in place to champion the wishes of the people. We are not paying them to accommodate the demands or augment the power of our president. Neither are they in office to explain to us how our president’s authority can trump the rule of the people. No. They are there as our REPRESENTATIVES and not as arbiters placating whining wards of the state.
During OUR State of the Union Address last night, I didn’t hear a single word spoken regarding our president’s commitment to preserve and protect our right to bear arms. I didn’t hear any assurance of our maintaining the qualifying, exclusive effort it should take to become a United States citizen. I heard not a word about who would be brought to justice in the engineering and execution of the ‘Fast and Furious’ debacle. There was not a moment of apology uttered in even minimal respect for the dear Americans butchered at Benghazi. Instead, it seems we’re just supposed to laugh and smile with our president and his nodding sycophants. And I guess we’ll just idly watch as they vilify a Congress that was deliberately designed to make a potential dictator move slow enough for us to identify and remove him – before he could enslave us.
“Every step we take towards making the State our Caretaker of our lives, by that much we move toward making the State our Master.”–Dwight D. Eisenhower