Assuming I can connect to the internet from the Union Bar, I’ll be liveblogging the SOTU. Please leave your own observations in the comment threads.
5:53: [Darryl] Okay…so I am on the intertubes. The teevee is on here at the Union Bar, and there is a good group of Drinking Liberally folks here, so here we go…just as soon as that turn up the sound.
5:57: [Darryl] Look for Boehner shedding a tear as introduces Mr. President.
6:00: [Darryl] Future first ex-lady arrives!
6:04: [Darryl] The cabinet arrives…no word on where Obama’s many Tsars are.
6:10: [Darryl] The Gavel. Obviously, Obama was frantically rewriting his speech for 10 minutes. A sure sign that his whole administration is in a steep decline….
6:12: [Darryl] Obama has a solid light blue tie on. It must mean something important….
6:14: [Darryl] Obama slips Boehner and Biden envelopes of unmarked bills just before taking the podium….
6:16: [Darryl] Obama front loads the address with all of the anecdotes.
6:18: [Darryl] “…I believe this can be a breakthrough year for America.” Are you with us or against us in this quest?
6:20: [Darryl] Obama says “In a balanced way.” and the cameras cut to Sen. Patty Murray. Nice.
6:21: [Darryl] Obama talks inequality and the income gap, and then promises concrete proposals. Then he threatens Republicans that he will implement these things using executive authority if they don’t help.
6:24: [Carl] All this America is the greatest country on Earth makes me think Obama feels there are better countries on other planets.
6:29: [Darryl] “Congress should undo the damage done last year to basic research.” Yes. Seriously! I’ll never understand why these asshole Republicans want to turn America into a 3rd world-class country in innovation. Oh…wait, I do. They are petty, greedy, selfish, small minded fucks!
6:33: [Darryl] “Climate change is a fact!” Of course…if you don’t believe in science or facts….
6:37: [Carl] Yay unemployment insurance. Now how many people applauding it will vote against it?
6:40: [Carl] Is son of a factory worker a parallel to son of a barkeep? Good job, some of the best speechwriters in the world.
6:43: [Darryl] Obama channels Christine Gregoire on early education.
6:47: [Darryl] “I believe when women succeed, America succeeds!!!” It’s that Democratic War on Women thing again.
6:49: [Darryl] Obama calls out Costco as a company that has learned that paying living wages turns into better business. “Say Yes…give America a raise!”
6:51: [Darryl} Okay…while I was eating my fish & chips, Obama totally schooled Republicans on health care. It was brilliant.
7:12: [Darryl] Until he got into all this foreign policy stuff, I was convinced this was Obama’s best SOTU address so far. It still may be.
7:16: [Darryl] This SOTU isn’t HIPPA compliant (Cori’s story).
7:20: [Darryl] Great closing. Definitely Obama’s best SOTU to date.
7:22: [Darryl] Here is my rebuttal prebuttal: Kathy McMorris Rodgers is a generic wingnut. So there.