Any speech from President Obama is guaranteed to include numerous references to himself, blaming George Bush, and creating straw men. Wednesday night’s State of the Union was no different.
By my count from watching the speech, here is a numbers breakdown of Obama’s first State of the Union:
114 – The staggering number of times Obama referred to himself. He said “I” 96 times, and used “my” or “me” 18 times. For example: “When I ran for president, I promised I wouldn’t just do what was popular, I would do what was necessary.” Barack Obama’s favorite person is still Barack Obama.
86 – Times Obama was interrupted by applause, almost always by his fellow Democrats.
70 – The number of minutes the speech took.
13 – Stories of people that may or may not exist, in an attempt to personalize his speech. Examples: “The window manufacturer in Philadelphia”, “the struggling small business owner who wrote to me”, and “the eight year old boy in Louisiana.”
10 – Times Obama blamed his own failures on George W. Bush. Instead of owning up to his own failures, Obama must constantly try to remind people that the problems were there before he got into office. Example: “That’s what we did for eight years.”
4 – Attacks on Wall Street or bankers. There is always a bogeyman that the Democrats must blame for the country’s woes. Along with George Bush, the current evil entity is Wall Street.
4 – Arguments with straw men. Obama loves to debate with people who do not have a forum. He is able to get his point across and we are not allowed to hear from the other side. Examples: “Those that disagree” and “some on the right.”
1 – Moderation from his ultra-liberal agenda. He actually showed a willingness toward more opening America’s vast, untapped oil resources. “It means making tough decisions about opening new offshore areas for oil and gas development.” Unfortunately, this was the only example of Obama “moving to the center”. Despite the Brown-out in Massachusetts, Obama has not learned the lesson that America rejects his leftist policies.
0 – New ideas. It was the same old agenda from Obama. He wants health care reform, another stimulus, cap and trade. He remains tone deaf to the U.S. electorate.
0 – Changes in ObamaCare. He repeatedly praised the plan and said it must be passed. The main fault he found in it was that he “didn’t explain it more clearly.” Obama said he would listen to new ideas, but the ideas of tort reform and allowing insurance purchases across state lines are not new. He refused to listen to them before.
0 – Lessons learned from the failure of Porkulus. Yesterday, we found out the $787 billion dollar plan actually cost $862 billion. It failed miserably on its promise to keep unemployment below 8 percent. Now, Obama wants a new “jobs plan”.
0 – Focus on national security. There was no discussion of Guantanamo Bay, terrorist detainees being tried on U.S. soil, or the Flight 253 terror attemp.