Remarks of Senator Barack Obama: Response to the State of the Union
Washington, DC | January 28, 2008
Tonight, for the seventh long year, the American people heard a State of the Union that didn’t reflect the America we see, and didn’t address the challenges we face. But what it did do was give us an urgent reminder of why it’s so important to turn the page on the failed politics and policies of the past, and change the status quo in Washington so we can finally start making progress for ordinary Americans.
Tonight’s State of the Union was full of the same empty rhetoric the American people have come to expect from this President.
(1) Obama, the phony smile on top of the empty suit who is probably reading lines fed to him by George Soros and/or the Daley machine, ought to know all about empty rhetoric.
(2) Obama is not running against George Bush. He is running against Romney, Huckabee, or McCain–assuming that he can get past Clinton. We have a lot more respect for Clinton, because people tend to respect a genuine villain over a pathetic loser and sycophant. If Hillary Clinton is a female version of Lord Voldemort, then Obama is Peter Pettigrew. If Hillary Clinton is a female version of Saruman, then Obama is Wormtongue. If Hillary Clinton is the White Witch of Narnia, then Obama is one of the trolls or goblins who runs her errands. More to the point, if George Soros is Bond villain Ernst Blofeld, then Obama is one of the less intelligent henchmen (e.g. Oddjob or Jaws) from the Bond films.
We heard President Bush say he’d do something to cut down on special interest earmarks, but we know these earmarks have skyrocketed under his administration.
Right, Obama, with your party in control of Congress. Did you vote against those earmarks, or were you missing Senate votes as usual?
We heard the President say he wants to make tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans permanent, when we know that at a time of war and economic hardship, the last thing we need is a permanent tax cut for Americans who don’t need them and weren’t even asking for them. What we need is a middle class tax cut, and that’s exactly what I will provide as President.
We heard the President say he has a stimulus plan to boost our economy, but we know his plan leaves out seniors and fails to expand unemployment insurance, and we know it was George Bush’s Washington that let the banks and financial institutions run amok, and take our economy down this dangerous road. What we need to do now is put more money in the pockets of workers and seniors, and expand unemployment insurance for more people and more time. And I have a plan that to do just that.
Obama is not telling us what his plan is, but we got an advance copy from William Shakespeare.
Be brave, then; for your captain is brave, and vows
reformation. There shall be in England seven
halfpenny loaves sold for a penny: the three-hooped
pot; shall have ten hoops and I will make it felony
to drink small beer: all the realm shall be in
common; and in Cheapside shall my palfrey go to
grass: and when I am king, as king I will be,–
God save your majesty!
I thank you, good people: there shall be no money;
all shall eat and drink on my score; and I will
apparel them all in one livery, that they may agree
like brothers and worship me their lord.
..And here, sitting
upon London-stone, I charge and command that, of the
city’s cost, the pissing-conduit run nothing but
claret wine this first year of our reign.
<strike>Jack Cade</strike> Barack Obama continues,
And finally, tonight we heard President Bush say that the surge in Iraq is working, when we know that’s just not true. Yes, our valiant soldiers have helped reduce the violence. Five soldiers gave their lives today in this cause, and we mourn their loss and pray for their families.
The surge is working, and Obama is badmouthing the achievements of our Armed Forces for his personal benefit.
But let there be no doubt – the Iraqi government has failed to seize the moment to reach the compromises necessary for an enduring peace. That was what we were told the surge was all about.
Thank you, Lord Haw-Haw. Or is that Axis Sally, Tokyo Rose, or Hanoi Hannah?
So the only way we’re finally going to pressure the Iraqis to reconcile and take responsibility for their future is to immediately begin the responsible withdrawal of our combat brigades so that we can bring all of our combat troops home.
i.e. cut and run, and let the Iraqis be massacred. Speaking of which, Obama is on record as saying that even the prevention of genocide is not a good enough reason to keep troops in Iraq. We need to expose this sick fraud, this ugly practical joke on the United States, for exactly what he is because there is indeed a chance that he could conceivably become President.
But another reason we need to begin this withdrawal immediately is because this war has not made us safer. I opposed this war from the start in part because I was concerned that it would take our eye off al Qaeda and distract us from finishing the job in Afghanistan.
While proposing to invade Pakistan, a nuclear-armed country.
Sadly, that’s what happened. It’s time to heed our military commanders by increasing our commitment to Afghanistan, and it’s time to protect the American people by taking the fight to al Qaeda.
Tonight was President Bush’s last State of the Union, and I do not believe history will judge his administration kindly.
If Obama becomes President, January 2009 may well see the last State of the Union, period, because there won’t be a United States afterward. The Soros-controlled government will turn the country over to George Soros’ internationalist friends in the United Nations.
But I also believe the failures of the last seven years stem not just from any single policy, but from a broken politics in Washington. A politics that says it’s ok to demonize your political opponents when we should be coming together to solve problems.
Again, Obama, hasn’t your party been in control of Congress for the past year?
A politics that puts Wall Street ahead of Main Street, ignoring the reality that our fates are intertwined; a politics that accepts lobbyists as part of the system in Washington, instead of recognizing how much they’re a part of the problem.
For once we agree. Lobbyists and big money sources like George Soros are the problem, and Barack Obama is part of the problem.
And a politics of fear and ideology instead of hope and common sense.
How about election fraud and intimidation of voters, as your campaign has been accused of doing by your fellow Democrats?
I believe a new kind of politics is possible, and I believe it is necessary. Because the American people can’t afford another four years without health care, decent wages, or an end to this war. The woman who’s going to college and working the night shift to pay her sister’s medical bills can’t afford to wait. The Maytag workers who are now competing with their teenagers for $7 an hour jobs at Wall Mart can’t afford to wait. And the woman who told me she hasn’t been able to breathe since her nephew left for Iraq can’t afford to wait.
Each year, as we watch the State of the Union, we see half the chamber rise to applaud the President and half the chamber stay in their seats. We see half the country tune in to watch, but know that much of the country has stopped even listening. Imagine if next year was different. Imagine if next year, the entire nation had a president they could believe in. A president who rallied all Americans around a common purpose. That’s the kind of President we need in this country.
Does that mean Obama is now supporting John McCain or Mitt Romney?
And with your help in the coming days and weeks, that’s the kind of President I will be.
This must be a misprint. It is the kind of President John McCain or Mitt Romney will be. Now be so good as to sod off, and do try to pry your lips off George Soros’ and Al Sharpton’s buttocks.