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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Analysis of Obama's Address to Congress

Untruths, exaggerations, and mindless applauds. Good Show though

Hey folks,

I was just going to post Obama's Address to Congress and Bobby Jindal's response and leave it at that. But I actually watched it last night, and I have to comment.

What you do not see in the Transcript?

First, it took Obama forever to get to the podium. He was taking it all in, soaking it up. Now I know this is no big deal. Any first time president, let alone the First African American President would want to do the same.

Then, he was the first to speak. "Madam Speaker?" Nancey Pelosi then just gushed the words out about how it was her honor and privilege to introduce the President of the United States while Obama stood there with a big smile and a Bold looking face facing upwards, as if he was hearing a theme song or something to that effect, while thunderous applauds rang out.

I got this feeling like, the King has spoken, let the peasants rejoice. Then he began his address. By the way, did it seem to you as if Nance Pelosi had a shock seat? I'm not kidding. Obama would say something and Nancey Pelsoi would LEAP to her feet as if someone just socked her buttocks. She was "Nance in the box." Obama was speaking and it was like Ding, da, ding, da din a lin Pop goes the Nancey.

Anyway, he would speak and the crowd would applaud loudly. However, he did receive one round of moans and groans that was NOT in the transcript. He did. Watch the video. There are about a hundred plus versions out there. He said this.

OBAMA: "Now, I'm proud that we passed a recovery plan free of earmarks, and I want to pass a budget next year that ensures that each dollar we spend reflects only our most important national priorities."

At about this point, "Now, I'm proud that we passed a recovery plan free of earmarks," you will hear the moans and boos. Because that is a completely BS statement. Even the AP- Fact Check left this alone because it is so absolutely bogus. But they did do a pretty good job. One of the biggest, next to that, complete untruths was this. AP - FACT CHECK: Obama's words on home aid ring hollow

OBAMA: "We have launched a housing plan that will help responsible families facing the threat of foreclosure lower their monthly payments and refinance their mortgages. It's a plan that won't help speculators or that neighbor down the street who bought a house he could never hope to afford, but it will help millions of Americans who are struggling with declining home values."

THE FACTS: If the administration has come up with a way to ensure money only goes to those who got in honest trouble, it hasn't said so.

Defending the program Tuesday at a Senate hearing, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said it's important to save those who made bad calls, for the greater good. He likened it to calling the fire department to put out a blaze caused by someone smoking in bed.

"I think the smart way to deal with a situation like that is to put out the fire, save him from his own consequences of his own action but then, going forward, enact penalties and set tougher rules about smoking in bed."

Similarly, the head of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. suggested this month it's not likely aid will be denied to all homeowners who overstated their income or assets to get a mortgage they couldn't afford.

"I think it's just simply impractical to try to do a forensic analysis of each and every one of these delinquent loans," Sheila Bair told National Public Radio.

Now I will give him credit on this one. I doubt it. But it IS possible to have a balanced budget by using this method.

Obama: "My administration has also begun to go line by line through the federal budget in order to eliminate wasteful and ineffective programs.

As you can imagine, this is a process that will take some time, but we have already identified $2 trillion in savings over the next decade. In this budget..."


He is correct here. IF Big IF, the Federal Government DID cut out 23 of the 24 carbon copy programs that all do the same thing, eliminate programs that fail, and cut back on bogus pet projects that do nothing but line the pocket of friends and families of those in Congress, we WOULD have more money than we would know what to do with. I'm not joking. He would be able to fund EVERYTHING that he is talking about and STILL have a surplus. However, all he can do is make recommendations and call out those programs in an attempt to shame Congress into cutting them. THEY are in charge of spending, and I really do NOT see them giving much up.

I could spend all day pointing out the Socialistic quests, the fact he talked AGAIN about cutting the military and ending Star Wars. I could spend all day pointing out even more untruths he told. Then I could spend another big chunk of the day defending Jindal's response. But I posted them here for YOU to read, and judge for yourselves. "Echoing Roosevelt and Reagan?" I think not. Jindal's response is one I agree with. It could be summed up like this. Obama talked about the Spirit of Americans and their ability to do anything. Great! Let them. Get out of the way and let them do it.

It all ended with MOBS of people trying to touch him, and get his autograph. The Big Show is over President Obama, now it's time to go to work.
Peter

Sources:
OPNTalk - President Obama’s Address to Congress
OPNTalk -
Transcript of Gov. Jindal's GOP response to Obama speech
AP -
FACT CHECK: Obama's words on home aid ring hollow

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