So, how many of you are going to take a couple hours out of your life next week to watch President Obama’s State of the Union address? I’m thinking I might sit it out and catch the highlights later on You Tube. Seriously, those are two hours I won’t be able to get back, and as Peggy Noonan wrote, we’ve heard it all before.
No one’s really listening to the president now. He has been for five years a nonstop wind-up talk machine. Most of it has been facile, bland, the same rounded words and rounded sentiments, the same soft accusations and excuses. I see him enjoying the sound of his voice as the network newsman leans forward eagerly, intently, nodding at the pearls, enacting interest, for this is the president and he is the anchorman and surely something important is being said with two such important men engaged.
But nothing interesting was being said! Looking back on this presidency, it has from the beginning been a 17,000 word New Yorker piece in which, calmly, sonorously, with his lovely intelligent voice, the president says nothing, or little that is helpful, insightful or believable. “I’m not a particularly ideological person.” “It’s hard to anticipate events over the next three years.” “I don’t really even need George Kennan right now.” “I am comfortable with complexity.” “Our capacity to do some good . . . is unsurpassed, even if nobody is paying attention.”
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We already know he’s going to rattle on about income inequality, which nobody cares about. He’ll probably talk about the wonderful things Obamacare is doing
to for people, and he may even keep a straight face. Sure, there are a few unknowns, like how much time he will spend attacking Republicans. But that will be easy to find out later. Why waste the time watching it live? Then again, you could always play a drinking game.