Some Of Tonight’s Address
along with my snarky comments.
For Immediate Release January 28, 2008
STATE OF THE UNION EXCERPTS As Prepared for Delivery
The actions of the 110th Congress will affect the security and prosperity of our Nation long after this session has ended.
Good, maybe Democrats will start acting like Democrats.
In this election year, let us show our fellow Americans …that Republicans and Democrats can compete for votes and cooperate for results at the same time.
So, you’re a uniter again, not the divider you’ve been for almost eight years?
…we have unfinished business before us, and the American people expect us to get it done.
Unfinished business, like a couple of wars, Social Security, the economy, health care, education….
As Americans, we believe in the power of individuals to determine their destiny and shape the course of history…So in all we do, we must trust in the ability of free people to make wise decisions, and empower them to improve their lives and their futures.
Even if we have to empower them by killing their leaders and taking over their countries.
As we meet tonight, our economy is undergoing a period of uncertainty… And at kitchen tables across our country, there is concern about our economic future.
Thanks to you.
In the long run, Americans can be confident about our economic growth.
That’s because we’ll have a new administration.
The people’s trust in their Government is undermined by congressional earmarks…
See this post.
Six years ago, we came together to pass the No Child Left Behind Act, and today no one can deny its results…
Unless you happen to be the NEA, among others.
Now we must work together to increase accountability, add flexibility for States and districts, reduce the number of high school dropouts, and provide extra help for struggling schools.
What do you mean “now”? Wasn’t this the original idea?
On trade, we must trust American workers to compete with anyone in the world and empower them by opening up new markets overseas.
Which means we may have to actually start talking to other countries.
To build a future of energy security, we must trust in the creative genius of American researchers and entrepreneurs and empower them to pioneer a new generation of clean energy technology. Our security, our prosperity, and our environment all require reducing our dependence on oil.
You’ve mentioned this in every State of the Union Address. This really IS Groundhog Day.
Let us create a new international clean technology fund, which will help developing nations like India and China make greater use of clean energy sources. And let us complete an international agreement that has the potential to slow, stop, and eventually reverse the growth of greenhouse gases.
Since when do you like international agreements? Can’t you just look into a leader’s eyes and see his soul?
…spending on entitlement programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid is growing faster than we can afford…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.
Be nice if you came up with one, too.
Illegal immigration is complicated, but it can be resolved. And it must be resolved in a way that upholds both our laws and our highest ideals.
Finally, we agree! Too bad conservatives don’t.
The advance of liberty is opposed by terrorists and extremists — evil men who despise freedom, despise America, and aim to subject millions to their violent rule.
Then how about starting by overturning the Patriot Act, doing away with warantless searches, and obeying the Geneva Conventions.
The Iraqi people quickly realized that something dramatic had happened.
Yes, no running water and electricity in much of their country, along with looted museums.
Those who had worried that America was preparing to abandon them instead saw…our forces moving into neighborhoods, clearing out the terrorists, and staying behind to ensure the enemy did not return…
It’s also known as an occupation.
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…
That’s because we thought the benchmarks would actually be met.
…Some may deny the surge is working, but among the terrorists there is no doubt. Al Qaida is on the run in Iraq, and this enemy will be defeated.
Al Qaida was barely in Iraq until your actions brought them there.
Our enemies in Iraq have been hit hard. They are not yet defeated, and we can still expect tough fighting ahead.
What happened to “mission accomplished”?
Our objective in the coming year is to sustain and build on the gains we made in 2007, while transitioning to the next phase of our strategy.
The next phase of “stay the course”?
American troops are shifting from leading operations, to partnering with Iraqi forces, and, eventually, to a protective overwatch mission.
That’s HOW MANY years we need to be in Iraq?
We must do the difficult work today, so that years from now people will look back and say that this generation rose to the moment, prevailed in a tough fight, and left behind a more hopeful region and a safer America.
Does this mean you want to capture bin Laden?
Our message to the people of Iran is clear: We have no quarrel with you, we respect your traditions and your history, and we look forward to the day when you have your freedom.
Just like Iraq does now,, right?
Our message to the leaders of Iran is also clear: Verifiably suspend your nuclear enrichment, so negotiations can begin. And to rejoin the community of nations, come clean about your nuclear intentions and past actions, stop your oppression at home, and cease your support for terror abroad. But above all, know this: America will confront those who threaten our troops, we will stand by our allies, and we will defend our vital interests in the Persian Gulf.
And I bet it will be a cakewalk.
On the American people:The 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.
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