Yes, folks, I watched President Obama’s speech yesterday. Of course, I first cued up Fleetwood Mac’s “Little Lies.” I also entertained Emma with a creative interpretive dance, but I digress.
I tweeted the speech live. Here is a sample of my comments during and shortly after the presidential address:
- President Obama’s class warfare rhetoric is going to lead him straight to a moving van in 2012.
- Almost half of the country pays no federal income taxes. Where’s the “shared responsibility,” @BarackObama?
- The ease with which this president lies is alarming to me.
- GOP leadership, correct his lies re: your proposal. Communication is key right now. @RepPaulRyan @johnboehner @GOPLeader
- This is a campaign speech, an attempt to try to please everyone & to hide his record w/ rhetoric. The best way to counter? With the truth.
- GOP leadership, the president just embarrassed himself. Couldn’t have made your job any easier. Now, are you going to get out there & fight?
- Summary: “Let me be clear: kdcoidlweknaoeinhoislkdfjcodijhcioansd.” Followed by class-warfare bull & lies about the Ryan plan. THE END.
- GOP leadership, remind Americans who these “rich” people are who Obama demonizes. They hire workers, pay salaries, give raises, create jobs.
Barack Obama reminded us of one thing yesterday: he is fit to campaign, but not to lead. He resorted to absurd policy distortions and outright lies with respect to Paul Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity.” He had the audacity to promote class warfare as if it’s a founding American principle. He invoked hyper-partisan rhetoric in an effort to conceal his disastrous record. He played a cowardly blame game while taking zero responsibility for the fact that he has added more to the national debt than Washington through Reagan combined. He employed unpresidential demagoguery and platitudes in order to make his case for bigger “investments” – a.k.a. more spending, bigger government, and less liberty.
Paul Ryan offered a fantastic, tough response to Obama’s speech, calling it “excessively partisan, dramatically inaccurate, and hopelessly inadequate.” He added, “Exploiting people’s emotions of fear, envy, and anxiety is not hope. It’s not change. It’s partisanship. We don’t need partisanship. We don’t need demagoguery. We need solutions. And we don’t need to keep punting to other people to make tough decisions. If we don’t make tough decisions today, our children are going to have to make much, much tougher decisions tomorrow.”
As we look forward to 2012, Barack Obama’s speech offers important lessons. It reminds us that yes, this president will lie. He will lace his demagoguery with phrases like “come together” to try to create the illusion that he is a uniter, not a divider. He will talk about “the American Dream” while promoting policy that is completely antithetical to a land of opportunity. And he will be unnecessarily arrogant and decidedly misleading.
Ideal 2012 GOP contenders must be authentic, factual, and in touch with our founding American principles. And they also better be ready to step up to the plate, because yesterday marked one of many Obama campaign speeches to come.