Livebloggin’ the SOTU

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.


  1. 1

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    He said Congress should end tax breaks for outsourcing jobs. That’s such a no-brainer you can’t help wondering why it was enacted in the first place — or who did that.

  2. 2

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    6:37: [Carl] Yay unemployment insurance. Now how many people applauding it will vote against it?

    I didn’t see Boehner applauding. His expression looked like somebody had just shoved a stick up his ass.

  3. 3

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Uh oh — “women deserve equal pay for equal work” — that won’t go over well with the Pubbies either.

    So, if Hillary is elected president, will House Republicans try to cut her pay to 77% of what the guys get?

  4. 4

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Uh oh, here it comes — minimum wage. No, wait, he’s asking employers to raise give their employees a raise — “you don’t have to wait for Congress to act.” Boehner: “Sigh.”

  5. 8

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Somehow I get a feeling she didn’t exactly work her way up from a McDonald’s job — I suspect there’s some parts of her story she’s leaving out.

  6. 9

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    “A job is so much more than a paycheck” — well, yeah, when you work for Republicans, you’d better get some “dignity” and “purpose” out of it, because you sure as hell won’t get any money.

  7. 10

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    There sure was a lot of “me” and “I” in Rodgers’ re-butt-all. But then, she’s a Republican.

  8. 13

    czechsaaz spews:

    It was good to see a local out there giving that fine republican response. I think everyone should have the freedom to not have any government assistance or health care. I think that’s so important for our country.

    So important in fact that straight out of college I’m going to go to work as a state legislative aide. Then I’m going to get appointed to my boss’ seat in the legislature. Then I’ll run, then I’ll run for U.S. House. Along the way, I’ll marry a Navy commander. I’ll have a son with a disability and that will be really hard. Good thing I’ve had this nice government health care package my entire adult life. Don’t know how I’d survive without it. Never once did I have to worry about not having insurance. Couldn’t for the life of me know what that’s like.

    Is it possible, just once for the GOP to find someone who isn’t an utter hypocrite on Government aide to tell us, “I made something of myself and if you can’t, FUCK YOU!”?

  9. 14


    Czechsaaz @ 13,

    “So important in fact that straight out of college I’m going to go to work as a state legislative aide”

    I guess…if you call what she did, graduate from Pensacola Christian College, “college.” The place wasn’t accredited. And is, perhaps, the creepiest college in the U.S. (text is from the Journal of Higher Education).

    Oddly, despite the fact that she doesn’t have a degree from a real college, she did get into the “Executive MBA” program at the U.W., and earned an EMBA degree in June of 2002.

    For the Executive MBA program:

    Generally, an undergraduate degree is required for graduate-level admission. However, a few non-degreed EMBA applicants with outstanding work experience may be admitted each year. We evaluate candidates on a case-by-case basis subject to approval from the Foster School Masters’ Program Committee and the UW Graduate School.

    Exceptions are generally based on significant professional and management experience, experience in more senior roles, and demonstration of quantitative skills. Applicants without an undergraduate degree are required to take the GMAT.

    The EMBA program also requires a minimum of seven years of work experience and “professional and management experience” (link):

    Students are selected based on an overall evaluation of their applications. A significant factor in selection is an applicant’s potential contribution to the program based on professional and management experience. We require a minimum of seven years work experience.

    She had about 7 years experience as a WA legislator when admitted. Experience as a campaign manager and legislative assistant before that.

    The experience requirement was legitimately met for the program.

    Still, in my opinion, for admission to a research-1 university (i.e. a “RU/VH” institution), ANY student from an unaccredited undergraduate institution where “Creationism is taught in science courses” should be disqualified without first obtaining remedial science education.

  10. 17

    Czechsaaz spews:


    Yeah, I’m totally interested in a WordPress blog from nearly six months ago. Nice try, sonny.