EDITOR OF REDSTATE
Two Great Takes on SOTU
Hop on over to Mark Levin’s Facebook Page for his take on the State of the Union. The first paragraph starts it off nicely.
President Obama’s foot remains where it has been since the day he entered the Oval Office, on the gas pedal. He’s not braking for anyone or anything. All this pre-SOTU spin from Obama’s whisperers, gobbled up by the Obama-hungry media, was always nonsense. Obama has no intention of touching entitlements in any significant way, period. Why would he tamper with the New Deal and Great Society when he considers them a good start but insufficiently bold to advance his statist beliefs? Obama has no intention of honestly working with Republicans on health care, cap-and-trade, etc. These are hallmarks of his transformative agenda. They define him and his presidency. His bureaucracy is working overtime to institute them.
Ben Domenech has another very good take over at the New Ledger.
One of the most striking elements of President Obama’s State of the Union speech last night is how many times he passed up the opportunity to rely on the recommendations of his own advisors. On topic after topic, Obama ignored advice he had requested or been supplied, instead choosing to speak in broad language which signified little.
Perhaps we should’ve seen this coming after his series of White House meetings with business leaders, where he told economic experts inside and outside his administration, on the right and left, that their ideas were insufficient.
The speech is not playing well really anywhere. Leftwing sites don’t like it. Rightwing sites don’t like it. And largely even the media is admitting the speech fell flat.