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The President’s Address

February 24, 2009

If I have any thoughts on the President’s address, I’m going to sort of liveblog it.  First, I’ll say that it is so nice to not have the looming presence of Cheney in the background…

I was struck at the end by the fact that, while Bush didn’t attack during any of his speech to Congress, I don’t remember him striking a tone like this:

But I also know that every American who is sitting here tonight loves this country and wants it to succeed. That must be the starting point for every debate we have in the coming months, and where we return after those debates are done. That is the foundation on which the American people expect us to build common ground.

10:06: Tomorrow, the thing most people will remember will be Ty’Sheoma Bethea.

“For seven years, we have been a nation at war. No longer will we hide its price.”

9:54: Quite a lively section on agri-business, no bid contracts and other wasteful spending.  Reminds me of the House of Commons.

Awkward moment around reducing the deficit.  I do kind of enjoy when he hits back by calling out the previous administration on passing on a deficit.


“And dropping out of high school is no longer an option. It’s not just quitting on yourself, it’s quitting on your country – and this country needs and values the talents of every American. That is why we will provide the support necessary for you to complete college and meet a new goal: by 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.”

I’m excited by the Hatch-Kennedy bill on National Service.  Looking forward to finding out more…

Science and Healthcare:

“We have also made the largest investment in basic research funding in American history – an investment that will spur not only new discoveries in energy, but breakthroughs in medicine, science, and technology.”

Republicans (on whole) didn’t stand for SCHIP.  That’s an image that’ll get you re-elected…

Obama mentioned bringing together all parties on health care reform, but Kennedy already has been.

9:33: Go home, Roland!

There is a strong emphasis on the theme of responsibility–especially in programs for those facing foreclosure and bank bailouts.

Apparently we don’t mess with Joe Biden?  Former Bush people (and a lot of others) who believe so deeply in the formality of the office will not be so happy with lines like that.

Health reform mentioned at least 5 times in the first 10 minutes.

9:20: Obama started his list of places where the promise of America lies with laboratories.  Stem cell ban lifting soon?

9:17: I can only imagine the joke that Biden just made when Obama cut off Pelosi.

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