I find it really disturbing that in the White House transcript of the State of the Union speech, “(Applause)” is clearly stated. Just in case you didn’t know how impressed and happy people were with the speech, the transcript clearly marks out every instance when the President was oh-so-rudely interrupted. Every other paragraph! No, better than that, every paragraph! Wait! There are even instances of (Applause) in the middle of a paragraph. In fact, sometimes, the start of his sentence is so brilliant, his sentences are interjected with — (applause) –! Is this the same version the President had on his teleprompter? So he’d know to give a little pause while someone starts a round of applause? Gah!
Other fun quotes:
” In the past four years, we provided tax relief to every person who pays income taxes, overcome a recession…” Um… I think I got $50 of tax relief. And I don’t feel a lack of recession:p
“I welcome the bipartisan enthusiasm for spending discipline.” This from the guy who just asked for another $80 billion to support our troops (not that they don’t need to be supported), and created a horrible ginormous deficit. It’s really interesting to me how he thinks that somehow, in a time of war, we’re going to manage less spending and yet with less tax revenue (both from recession and tax “relief”) still “cut the deficit in half by 2009.” I would really like to learn this trick! Not ’til after he’s outta office, though, you’ll notice.
“To make our economy stronger and more competitive, America must reward, not punish, the efforts and dreams of entrepreneurs.” It’s funny how he says he’s so pro-entrepreneur, yet he supports things like cutting the estate tax. Lowering the estate tax benefits not the people who make the money, but their heirs, who don’t have to lift a finger for this largesse.
“…we also need reliable supplies of affordable, environmentally responsible energy.” Hahahaha — environmentally responsible! As if he cares! He’s got the lowest score ever from the League of Conservation Voters!
“work together to give this nation a tax code that is pro-growth, easy to understand, and fair to all.” Yay! A positive thing! It’s true, taxes confuse me, I wouldn’t mind some clarity:p
“It is time for an immigration policy that permits temporary guest workers to fill jobs Americans will not take…” Wow, is he admitting that immigrants don’t “steal our jobs”?!
“[Social Security] is in need of wise and effective reform.” I agree with this. I mean, I’m not sure about his plan, so I won’t comment on the whole private/personal account thing, but it’s true that social security needs reform. Even if we were to have another baby boom right now, saving it for another generation, in the long run it doesn’t make sense; the underlying mechanism for social security needs to change.
“For the good of families, children, and society, I support a constitutional amendment to protect the institution of marriage.” Gah! I’m sorry, but marriage is too much a civil matter now, and it’s not fair to deny some people civil rights. But Bush himself says it best, later in this speech: “Because one of the main sources of our national unity is our belief in equal justice, we need to make sure Americans of all races and backgrounds have confidence in the system that provides justice.” What a guy, not afraid to contradict himself!
“In the next four years, my administration will continue to build the coalitions that will defeat the dangers of our time.” I had no idea President Bush gave a rat’s ass about coalitions:p
” The United States has no right, no desire, and no intention to impose our form of government on anyone else. That is one of the main differences between us and our enemies. They seek to impose and expand an empire of oppression, in which a tiny group of brutal, self-appointed rulers control every aspect of every life. Our aim is to build and preserve a community of free and independent nations, with governments that answer to their citizens, and reflect their own cultures. And because democracies respect their own people and their neighbors, the advance of freedom will lead to peace.” Huh? This whole paragraph is a contradiction! We have no right, desire, or intention of imposing our form of government on anyone else, yet we’re pushing our form of government cos it makes those nations more free and respectful. Riiiiight.
And yadayadayada. (Applause.)