by John Hawkins | January 28, 2010 12:26 pm
After reviewing the comments around the right side of the blogosphere, unsurprisingly I generally found the reaction to Obama’s speech to be negative. The big story of the night? Samuel Alito mouthing, “Not True.” Here are some of the noteworthy comments and reactions from the right side of the blogosphere to Obama’s State of the Union address last night:
The bottom line from last night was Obama basically said, “Things sucked when I got here and you’re lucky to have me, even if you are too stupid to know that. I understand you don’t like what I proposed last year and…I don’t care. I’m awesome and you’re not, so deal with it”.
As I said the night of Scott Brown’s election, Obama’s presidency is over as he originally envisioned it. Apparently he hasn’t gotten the memo and that’s only going to deepen his problems. — DrewM, Ace of Spades HQ
You know, one could argue that President Bush “inherited” Al Qaeda from Bill Clinton, who did little-to-nothing in response to all of Al Qaeda’s provocations throughout the 1990’s and unto the USS Cole bombing. But never, not once, did Bush ever say, “I inherited this…” It’s time for Obama to become a man. — The Anchoress
This is beginning to look like the six beers and several shots presidency, where the voters eagerly went home with someone who looked pretty hot … and available! … in the darkness of that honkytonk Bush night. Can’t wait to see the polls, but I have to think at this point, beer goggles off, the president is starting to look coyote ugly even to those who loved him best, and they’ll be gnawing on their arms off to get out of his bed. — Jules Crittenden
Great communicator? My @ss. Christ, what a shitty speech. If that steaming pile was supposed to energize the base, restore confidence and provide evidence of decisive leadership, I’d say Bambi went 0 for 3 with 3 strikeouts. — Dennis the Peasant
I came into the S.O.U. with two major questions: How is the administration going to handle health care in the wake of Massachusetts, and what kind of leader is Obama going to become if he has to govern amid a Republican resurgence? The President said a lot of things tonight, but he didn’t really answer either one of them. — Ross Douthat
..For me the president is pretty much a total bust as an orator. When Jay says below that he’s “a very, very good speaker,” he is in the sense that he’s a mellifluous baritone who’d sound very appealing if you needed a voiceover guy to read some vapid boilerplate for the bland travelogue before the movie on a long-haul flight. But as a persuasive salesman for policy he’s bad, and getting worse.
One problem, as Jay pointed out, is that upturned chin. Just as a matter of angles, it looks wrong on TV. So it would be a problem for Hillary or McCain or Ron Paul or whoever would have won. But it’s worse for Obama because it plays into the aloof-and-arrogant meme. I don’t know why he does it. Are the prompters notched up a hole too high? What’s the deal? Why doesn’t one of his supersmart advisers get out the wrench and lower them? — Mark Steyn
Tonight’s State of the Union address is the least important one since Richard Nixon’s in 1974. The State of the Union address was delivered 8 days ago by the voters of Massachusetts. They killed the centerpiece of Barack Obama’s presidency and without his health care plan, he is nothing.
There is nothing President Obama can say or do tonight that could save his presidency. It is over. He is through. It lasted exactly 365 days. The one year president.
The stench of political death exudes from him. Soon, he will be mocked as his irrelevancy becomes more and more apparent by the week, by the day and eventually by the hour. — Don Surber
Listening to President Obama’s speech, I could not help wondering how different this night would have been had Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s bomb not malfunctioned. Four weeks ago our country was the target of a catastrophic terrorist attack. But for the grace of God, Northwest Flight 253 would have crashed into downtown Detroit, killing thousands. Yet just a month later, it is an afterthought for this president. His only mention of the failed attack was a passing reference that he was responding with “better airline security. — Marc Thiessen
What we are seeing play out on a very large stage, it seems, is a man of extraordinary self-regard having to deal with punishing political set-backs, with the fact that his high hopes have come crashing down around him. The nation has turned against his agenda. They are turning against his party. And they are tiring of him as well. This is something he cannot seem to process. So the president marches ahead, pretending up is down and east is west, embracing an agenda the country has rejected and that is doing terrible damage to his own party. — Peter Wehner
High-speed trains! Green jobs! I’ve learned nothing! Applaud your impending demise! — Vodka Pundit
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