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Speech started off strong. I was actually agreeing with a lot he had to say, thought he was delivering the speech well, hell he even mentioned global warming?! His talk about reauthorizing no child left behind made me ill but over all the first portion was tolerable. Well then almost halfway through it all started going downhill. Domestic policy and optimism quickly morphed into fear and violence.

Talk about the escalation of war, increasing military spending and war in foreign lands dominated the rest of the speech. Its also funny how he somehow forgot to mention one of the largest human disasters to ever occur in the history of the United States (calling Kanye West).
Bush's speech was a more of a State of US Foreign Policy rather than a speech about the State of the Union. As the speech wound down and there was a Dikembe Mutumbo appearance?! I waited for what is typically a limp and pointless Democratic rebuttal. I couldn't have been more wrong.

Senator James Webb of Virginia took the President to task like few I have ever seen. Delivering a pointed and terse rebuttal of the Administration's war and the President's actions. Calling him "reckless" and he made a point to feature the Katrina humanitarian disaster prominately at the beginning of his speech. His talk about the revitalization of the middle class and talk about the ridiculous gap between workers and CEOs was on point. Well done by freshman Senator Webb. Best rebuttal I have EVER seen and one of the more pointed speeches I have seen made by a Washington politician.

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Comandante Agí said... @ 1/24/2007 08:06:00 AM

I flipped on the speech on NPR while driving home last night. Must have been about 30 minutes in. All I heard was "9/11", "terrorist" and "attacks" - so I put on some Malkmus instead.

Anonymous said... @ 1/24/2007 09:19:00 AM

I think the dude is still on the yay. He has never made less sense in his life. I am tired of talking about other countries and spending money on fueling civil wars when are shit here in the US is crumbling.

Fuck dude and his bullshit policies.

k. said... @ 1/24/2007 10:36:00 AM

bit fired up there anon. but i do think you have a great point especially given that he didn't even mention katrina or the growing gap between the rich and the poor in this country and then proceed to spend a large bulk of his time talking about terrorists, war and people schemeing to destroy the US.

Anonymous said... @ 1/25/2007 12:34:00 AM

Virginia...represent. Gov. Kaine held it down last year, while Sen. Webb laid it out this year.

Anonymous said... @ 1/25/2007 03:52:00 AM

nTHIS is the kinda political report that made this my favorite Blog and I felt it had been lax lately. Good show. I can't stand the PREZ and most of my coworkers listened so they didn't have to see him. I was floored when he mentioned Global Warming (and NOT the word MORE STUDY). The ONE thing he said that I liked was making Health Insurance when bought by the individual tax deductable. $4,000 a year will about cover mine, but I feel guilty about ANOTHER tax cut when we have all of his spending to make up for.

aa said... @ 1/26/2007 05:16:00 PM

the health care proposal is a fucking joke. colbert summed it up best:

"It's so simple. Most people who couldn't afford health insurance also are too poor to owe taxes. But...if you give them a deduction from their taxes they don't owe, they can use the money they're not getting back from what they haven't given to buy the health care they can't afford."

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