One thing that came through last night’s SOTU Address is that President Obama is feeling defeated. Here’s where that first appeared:

And in tight-knit communities across America, fathers and mothers will tuck in their kids, put an arm around their spouse, remember fallen comrades, and give thanks for being home from a war that, after twelve long years, is finally coming to an end.

Tonight, this chamber speaks with one voice to the people we represent: it is you, our citizens, who make the state of our union strong.

Conspicuously absent from that riff is a mention that we’re bringing troops home after defeating the terrorists. I wrote in 2006 that Democrats talked about ending the war, not defeating the terrorists. That hasn’t changed since the days that Code Pink ran the Democratic Party.

Conspicuously absent was talk that his policies had made life better for families. Families, he said, are what makes America strong. He didn’t say that his policies were strengthening America’s middle class. In fact, in the most bizarre riffs from a SOTU Address, he seemed to admit that his policies had failed:

Today, after four years of economic growth, corporate profits and stock prices have rarely been higher, and those at the top have never done better. But average wages have barely budged. Inequality has deepened. Upward mobility has stalled. The cold, hard fact is that even in the midst of recovery, too many Americans are working more than ever just to get by – let alone get ahead. And too many still aren’t working at all.

He’s been president for 5 years. The first budget Congress passed in 2009 was his economic blueprint. That President Obama is admitting that “wages have barely budged”, that “upward mobility has stalled” and that “too many still aren’t working” is a stunning, if inadvertent, admission. Couple that with Cathy McMorris-Rodgers’ statement that more people quit looking for work than there were jobs created last month and you’re starting to see that President Obama’s economic policies have failed.

The thing that’s keeping things going is the Federal Reserve pumping $1,000,000,000,000 of liquidity into the economy a year. That doesn’t have anything to do with President Obama’s policies. That means the economy is growing in spite of President Obama’s policies, not because of them.

This part was downright deceitful:

Now, one of the biggest factors in bringing more jobs back is our commitment to American energy. The all-of-the-above energy strategy I announced a few years ago is working, and today, America is closer to energy independence than we’ve been in decades.

That’s shameful. Most of the growth in energy production have come on lands where federal permits aren’t needed. That’s indisputable fact. President Obama had as much to do with the Bakken explosion and the natural gas rejuvenation in Ohio and Pennsylvania as Al Gore had to do with creating the internet. That being said, President Obama is totally to blame for the EPA killing coal-mining jobs in West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana.

Arrogant Barry showed up to make this declaration:

Now, I don’t expect to convince my Republican friends on the merits of this law. But I know that the American people aren’t interested in refighting old battles. So again, if you have specific plans to cut costs, cover more people, and increase choice – tell America what you’d do differently. Let’s see if the numbers add up. But let’s not have another forty-something votes to repeal a law that’s already helping millions of Americans like Amanda. The first forty were plenty. We got it. We all owe it to the American people to say what we’re for, not just what we’re against.

What’s disappointing is that Arrogant Barry didn’t even admit that 3 Republican senators, Burr, Coburn and Hatch, have submitted a bill that says what Republicans are for. In fact, Jay Carney dismissed it outright on Monday.

Another thing that’s disappointing is that President Obama insists on listening to the American people…when they agree with him. If they don’t agree with him, then he won’t hesitate in ignoring them. The American people have been saying with a passionate, consistent voice that they don’t like the Anything But Affordable Care Act. They like the provision that prevents people from not getting insurance if they have a pre-existing condition. They like keeping their childen on their health insurance policy until they’re age 26. They like not having lifetime caps.

After that, they’d cheerfully applaud seeing the Anything But Affordable Care Act disappear.

Last night’s address was painful to watch for a bunch of reasons. First, it was painful to watch President Obama take credit for the oil and natural gas booms that happened because they didn’t have to deal with the federal government. Next, it was painful because President Obama sounded like a dejected, defeated man last night. Finally, it was painful because Republican governors, not President Obama, are making things work.

It’ll be nice when one of those talented Republican governors gives the SOTU in 2017. That can’t arrive soon enough.

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5 Responses to “SOTU Address: Defeated Obama appears”

  • J. Ewing says:

    Obviously one could be entirely critical of the SOTU, or make exceptions for the high-sounding verbiage signifying nothing, but “nothing” pretty well sums up that waste of 90 minutes or so.

    My one quibble is when you say people “like” certain small provisions of the (un)ACA. They do, but the problem is that they should have a CHOICE of whether they want these features of their insurance, and are willing to pay for them, or NOT. The ACA is all about government deciding everything for you.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Jerry, the points I made, quite succinctly I thought, was that a) there are a few popular provisions in the ABACA & b) people would love seeing the rest of the bill disappear.

    Remember that I wrote this in the context of President Obama saying 40 votes to repeal the ABACA.

    Whether people should have choice wasn’t the point I tried making there. Yes, they should have more choices. The point is that the ABACA needs to be replaced with something that lowers health care costs & gives people more options.

  • walter hanson says:


    I’m getting to the point to thinking does the President out right lie or isn’t he aware of what’s going on? I mean over 5 million people lost their policies and for people who kept their policies they are paying lots more and might not have their doctor anymore.

    He wants to claim that is working? He wants to claim that it shouldn’t be changed?

    Oh I forgot he has been changing the parts of the law that he doesn’t want to worry about on his own without the law being changed.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

  • Gary Gross says:

    Walter, that part’s easy. He’s lying through his teeth. It isn’t that he thinks it’s working. It’s that he thinks he can’t admit that it’s a failure because that would create momentum to repeal his signature achievement.

  • walter hanson says:


    I don’t know. Powerline did a post a couple of years ago where an energy executive tried to tell Obama that his policies on solar weren’t working and couldn’t work and the executive was shocked that Obama kept going on about what the policies were doing even though the executive knew they weren’t true.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

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