The Right Side Of The Blogosphere’s Reaction To Obama’s State Of The Union Speech

Here’s my reaction to Obama’s State of the Union speech followed by some other notable reactions from the Right,

Speech Grade: Obama gets a C. Although there were no huge blunders that seemed to stick out at this early point, his delivery wasn’t great and he undercut himself a bit. On one hand, he talked about the deficit, but on the other hand, he suggested a considerable amount of new spending. He also stood up for amnesty and Obamacare, neither of which is popular. Overall though, Obama seemed to be taking a significantly less ambitious, more middle-of-the-road approach than he did in his first two years. In other words, this was the kickoff of the 2012 campaign for Obama.

PS: My personal lowlight of the night was learning that our tax dollars are going to help figure out how to fuel cars with water and sunshine. No word yet on whether we’re also funding experiments designed to figure out how to use hope and love as a potential fueling source.

I found President Obama’s SOTU address a paradox. President Obama spoke of investing in biomedical research, information technology, clean energy technology and education as well as the merits of Obamacare only to say we were under “a mountain of debt” and thus had to freeze spending.

How exactly does Obama think we got under a mountain of debt in the first place? At one point, President Obama noted that countries in Europe invested more in roads and railways than we do. Modeling ourselves after Europe isn’t exactly a sound strategy when you consider the fiscal state of Europe is more perilous than our own. — Aaron Goldstein, The American Spectator

We don’t know whether the American people will buy Obama channeling Clinton. Reading the tea leaves of the 2012 elections is speculative at this early juncture. But what Obama doesn’t seem to realize is that Clinton’s move to the middle wasn’t just rhetorical, it was substantive. He signed sweeping welfare reform, signed a budget passed by a Republican Congress that reined in spending and cut taxes, and signed a federal death-penalty statute. If Obama doesn’t back up his words with similar deeds embracing conservative public policy, voters will see his centrist head-fake as political posturing and reward (or more likely punish) him accordingly. — Ralph Reed, The Corner

I was truly surprised by how lackluster and clichéd Obama’s speech was. My suspicion is that because he had a good month or so (START, tax compromise, Tucson speech, uptick in polls) he thinks he can go back to his comfortable talking points: Investment, Sputnik moment, green energy, high speed rail, etc. One sign of that: he was, I believe, a full ten minutes shorter than last year’s SOTU but it felt twice as long. It’s not as if this was a speech Obama would give if the Shellacking never happened, but it’s close. — Jonah Goldberg, The Corner

After bashing private industry for two years Obama now wants innovation. Here we go… Obama proposes new spending on innovation. After all, only government can create jobs. COMRADES, THIS IS OUR GENERATION’s SPUTNIK MOMENT! …Obama still can’t say “victory” and “Iraq” in the same sentence. How sad. …DATE NIGHT FAIL- Diluting the Democrats Drowned Out the Applause. What a DEAD SPEECH. Good grief. — Gateway Pundit

Title of #sotu speech – “A million points of trite” — Le:·gal In:·sur:·rec:·tion

“They say, ‘What’s your show about?’ I say, ‘Nothing.'”- Jerry Seinfeld

I was reminded of the Seinfeldian idea, the show about nothing, as I listened to the State of the Union. Don’t get me wrong, President Obama said a lot, and some of the things he said I enjoyed hearing, but ultimately it was a speech about nothing. — Karol Markowicz

If you were expecting a moderate Obama or a bold Obama, you were disappointed, most likely, by Tuesday’s State of the Union Address. In a nutshell: Obama proposed a ton of new domestic spending, promised to freeze discretionary spending (attained by savaging defense), abstained from offering specifics on entitlement reform and largely ignored major foreign policy changes. Moreover, the delivery was so listless that this State of the Union address likely garnered less applause than any address in recent memory. — Jennifer Rubin

For a man who built a reputation as being a great communicator, President Obama gave a very bland State of the Union Speech. His words were the “same old, same old” and his presentation was, well, off. Perhaps this speech reflected a president torn between trying to tack to the middle for political purposes while trying to please his left wing progressive base. Sadly for the country we ended up with an empty pile of nothing. — Yid With Lid

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