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Monday, January 28, 2008

Liveblogging the SOTU

After a small emergency with a washing machine, I've now poured myself a Gibson, I'm going to start watching the SOTU. Follow along in the comments.



Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: Brian

Comments (18)
Brian said...

Bush is starting.. looking relaxed. Obviously realizes this is his last time for this.. Good tie.

Pelosi looks like she's just chewed on a lemon.

Brian said...

Leading off with the tax issue. Good.

Good joke with the IRS accepting checks and money orders. :-)

Brian said...

Here comes the earmarks...


Finally a direction from the administration. As Glenn says, this probably would have saved the Republican majority back in 2006.

The Right side of the aisle is certainly getting a workout having to rise for all the good things :)

Brian said...

There Pelosi goes again.. chewing her lip. Doesn't she realize that she's on camera?

Brian said...

Someone needs to put [pauses] into his lines. My god, I keep forgetting how bad it sounds versus reading it myself.

Can you imagine a Mitt Romney or Rudy Guliani giving this exact same speech? It would be 100% better.

BTW, the speech can be read at:

the Drudge Report

Brian said...

this partIn November, we witnessed a landmark achievement when scientists discovered a way to reprogram adult skin cells to act like embryonic stem cells. This breakthrough has the potential to move us beyond the divisive debates of the past by extending the frontiers of medicine without the destruction of human life. So we are expanding funding for this type of ethical medical research. And as we explore promising avenues of research, we must also ensure that all life is treated with the dignity it deserves. So I call on the Congress to pass legislation that bans unethical practices such as the buying, selling, patenting, or cloning of human life.

could have been hit harder. Especially the part about how embryo based stem cells are increasingly not necessary.

Brian said...

Every Member in this chamber knows that spending on entitlement programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid is growing faster than we can afford. And we all know the painful choices ahead if America stays on this path: massive tax increases, sudden and drastic cuts in benefits, or crippling deficits. I have laid out proposals to reform these programs. Now I ask Members of Congress to offer your proposals and come up with a bipartisan solution to save these vital programs for our children and grandchildren

Sorry, haven't you heard? All the democratic candidates think there is no problem.. Move along.. Nothing to see here

Brian said...

While the enemy is still dangerous and more work remains, the American and Iraqi surges have achieved results few of us could have imagined just 1 year ago:

Good lead in. Just one short year ago, things looked very different. What will things look like a year from now? 5 from now? 10 from now?

Brian said...

Why do i get the feeling that the democratic response will have very little mention of Iraq or the Surge?

Brian said...

BTW, I definitely, recommend martini influenced liveblogging. Terrible for the spelling, but its muuuuuchhh better for the blogger. :)

Brian said...

"This enemy will be defeated."... And the democrats are slow to rise?

Brian said...

he secret of our strength, the miracle of America, is that our greatness lies not in our Government, but in the spirit and determination of our people. When the Federal Convention met in Philadelphia in 1787, our Nation was bound by the Articles of Confederation, which began with the words, "We the undersigned delegates." When Gouverneur Morris was asked to draft the preamble to our new Constitution, he offered an important revision and opened with words that changed the course of our Nation and the history of the world: "We the people."

It's not our politicians. It's our people. Get out of their way, and we can achieve great things.

Brian said...

Good speech. I like that we've abandoned the parade of special guests that have been prevalent in previous speeches.

I get the feeling that Bush will be vetoing a lot of legislation this year.

Brian said...

Off to refill...

Monterey John said...

How did I miss this! Sheesh.

Gibsons are good. Mmmmmmm (in a Homer Simpson voice)

Brian said...

For the second one, I followed this advice (source Wikipedia), and it was even better :)

In the TV series of M*A*S*H, Hawkeye declares, "actually, I'm pursuing my lifelong quest for the perfect, the absolutely driest martini to be found in this or any other world. And I think I may have hit upon the perfect formula." Trapper responds, "five-to-one?" Hawkeye replies, "Not quite. You pour six jiggers of gin, and you drink it while staring at a picture of Lorenzo Schwartz, the inventor of vermouth." (Vermouth was actually developed by Antonio Benedetto Carpano.)

Ok I didn't have a picture of Lorenzo Schwarts or Benedetto Carpano, but I did give the bottle of vermouth kind of a glance. :-)

Monterey John said...

It's the onion that does it!

Brian said...

I hate olives.. So it works for me, especially well.