Wednesday, January 27, 2010

in which FRB sort of liveblogs the SOTU.

drinking wine and watching the state of the union - or SOTU, which keeps accidentally reminding me of STFU.

[before you read this, please remember that i get most of my political knowledge from feminist blogs, the few catholic blogs i can stand, the west wing, and anything that seems relevant to teaching high school ethics. so, if my commentary seems overly snarky, naive, idealistic, one-sided, or approximately at a high-school level - well, it is.]

apparently michelle obama, nancy pelosi, and joe biden are wearing purple because it's symbolic of bringing both sides of the aisle together. [the few minutes before the president walks out are very red-carpety, at least on ABC.]

getting excited about us history! yeahhh. can't fail with this one.

banks banks banks. joke about how everyone hates the bank bailout. nice.

exports? i feel like i'm in a middle school social studies project.

STUDENT LOANS WOOOOT. PLEASE TAKE MY LOANS AWAYYYY. you'll note that i've called for this on my blog before. [okay, maybe that wasn't exactly a call to arms, but wouldn't it be cool if i were that kind of blogger?]

biden just fist-pumped and roommate started singing "living on a prayer." apparently obama is aware that he's living on a prayer, when it comes to health care reform. and he's getting a good laugh for saying it's not good politics, though.

ahhh, our philosopher-king. he's saying that it's his fault that he didn't explain the health care plan fully. that was the problem. he's out of the cave! we don't understand his new health care reality! super interesting angle - if i understand correctly, and he's going for the "if you really understood my reasoning, you would understand that my plan is right." is it just that i'm teaching plato, or is this interesting? [i think it was a small point for him, anyway.]

roommate is still waiting for someone to yell, "you lie!" i kind of appreciate obama's "if you have a better idea for health care reform, let me know" action. throw down.

so he wants to freeze spending except - military, medicare, and social security? i'd heard a rumor that he was going to freeze everything except military. this sounds better. because i'm apparently an obama-lover, though, i'm kind of convinced by his "like any family, we have to choose what's important." am i being tricked, somehow? becaues i'm pretty sure i like it when the government spends money on things we need.
Starting in 2011, we are prepared to freeze government spending for three years. Spending related to our national security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security will not be affected. But all other discretionary government programs will. Like any cash-strapped family, we will work within a budget to invest in what we need and sacrifice what we don't.
[ed: a little analysis on this, if you're looking for it.]

joke about change. hehehe. aaand we're over an hour.

okay, is it just me, or is biden texting? either way, he seems to have the most expressive face in the room. except for grumbly john boehner, of course.

janet napolitano has a weird clap.

yeah, the military guys don't like it when you tell them what to do. i've heard. but everyone likes it when you support veterans! yay.

so john f. kennedy and ronald reagan go into a bar... and talk about nuclear regulation? oh.

"our destiny is connected to those beyond our shores" + "because it is right" + "human dignity" = why don't you just teach my class, mr. president?

is that guy from haiti? i hope so, or else this is awkward racial profiling.

can i be mad about his "if you follow the laws" talk? i feel like people who have committed crimes still need to be protected by the law.

HOLLA SAYING THINGS ABOUT DON'T ASK DON'T TELL. HOLLA EQUAL PAY. HOLLA IMMIGRATION - oh, wait. "everyone who plays by the rules"? no, actually, i'm not okay with that language.

inspirational ending, here goes!

afterwards - did someone say he sounded like reagan? just checking.

bonus liveblog of the republican response...
thomas jefferson was right.
the government does too much.
we have the best health care system in the world - wait, what?
the republicans want our advice! on facebook and twitter!
and they want to use up the entire earth to lower my utility bills. yes, mine.
dad was right about education.
oops, i got distracted by the internet.
aaand i'm out! goodnight friends.

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