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Obama's Speech: What Did You Think?

The Fix was distracted last night -- Baby Fix has arrived and its a boy! -- but wanted to give our community a forum to discuss President Obama's speech to Congress last night.

The Post covered the heck out of the speech -- a video breakdown, a sketch by the one and only Dana Milbank and an analysis by Steve Pearlstein.

Offer your own thoughts in the comments section below.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 25, 2009; 9:12 AM ET
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kreuz, kreuz, Brilliant observation on freeing up the lending markets--this is a given and understood by most juniors in college. "Tax cuts, then, must be allowed to expire". This is doublespeak for "Democrats will raise taxes on everyone". Obviously, words do not mean anything--Read my lips, "no more earmarks", Uh, well, Uh, no more than 9,000. Clinton's economy benefited greatly from the dot.com expansion where billions were made with smoke and mirrors, then he gave the bust to Bush to fix with tax cuts. His other economic boom came from the one-time billions spent to fix the Y2k problem. If we want to "cherry-pick", please point readers to the objective research that debunks the position that tax cuts "do not" stimulate economic growth? Can you be a little more general?

Posted by: HGmusic | March 3, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations on the new addition! Baby Fix, welcome to this crazy world!

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | March 3, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Obama's Speech? All I saw was two Big Ear (MARKS) with an empty head in the middle. Kinda like you Chris.......Imagine that....

Posted by: poptoy1949 | March 2, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

"Who hires the most people?---Uh, small business; What can we do to help small business hire more people?---Uh, let's raise their taxes!...Duh, It's the ecomomy stupid!"

Yeah, something you don't get. The problem for businesses isn't taxation, it's the lending market. Lending must flow again, which means fixing the banks, which means a huge investment, which means increased government outlays, which must be offset by a boost in revenue. Taxes cuts, then, must be allowed to expire in two years to revert to the rate they were under Clinton (What Carville pushed, btw), to a level where businesses did JUST FINE (and are set up, for that matter, where there are plenty of exceptions to keep small businesses from paying them). The idea that tax cuts inevitably stimulate growth and tax hikes slow the economy has been thoroughly debunked by anyone who actually evaluates more than just one or two cherry-picked examples.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | February 28, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

A lot of talk, but nothing much to boost the economy or incent investments in the economy. Let's see how this flies: Who hires the most people?---Uh, small business; What can we do to help small business hire more people?---Uh, let's raise their taxes!...Duh, It's the ecomomy stupid! Where is Carvel when we finally need him? HG

Posted by: HGmusic | February 27, 2009 11:11 PM | Report abuse

President Obama is a fresh breath of intelligence, decent, and hard working. He has surrounded himself around brilliant people. He has restored my faith in our future as a strong nation.
nps

Posted by: npsparks | February 27, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Barak Obama is doing the difficult work the past administration was unwilling to do. The president is talking to us all as adults now, not foolish, selfish individuals, but as one people.
Mr. Obama is like a parent that has to finally break the bad news to his children that it is time to grow up and learn to face realities and work to overcome obstacles. A sense of decency, fair play and everyone pulling their weight is long overdue in this country. The fat cats in the GOP have manipulated our economy for their personal gain far too long. Tax dollars are not meant to be a safety net for the rich when their irresponsible spending sprees go awry.
The president's speech was appropriate and precise. It remains to be seen if the recalcitrant politicians can see beyond their limited horizons and pull this country back from the abyss.

Posted by: foothillbill | February 27, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Please note the negativity from the palinbot, shallow thinking, republicans is, well, stupid, and not well thought out.

Spending now, will not be added to the current spending set in place by repugs; no, it will occur with the slashing of spending in the wrong areas including waste, outdated programs, and pet projects--all of which have been approved by repugs over the last 8 years, and prior, and have sunk our nation into an economic disaster.

The president's plan does not include leaving everything the way it is, and adding to it. It means changing the way things work, and starting a new, and cost effective way of spending.

So, throw away your repug playbook, and put on a new paradigm. Change is here. Republicans need to figure it out, and get with the program--or STFU.

Posted by: dematheart | February 27, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Fix it. Good Job. Keep it coming.

Posted by: par12 | February 27, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Obama sounds just like a rapper. Lots of noise no substance.

Posted by: poptoy1949 | February 27, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

"Kreuz seems to be a big Obama booster or just uniformed. It WAS Obama who pressured Bush to sign the $700 Billion dollar stimulus bill as it "couldn't wait until his inauguration"

He was ONE person who ENDORSED the plan the Paulsen and Bernake were pressing. This is an undeniable fact.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/20/washington/19cnd-cong.html

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0908/13609.html

The $200,000 tattoo thing? It's a full anti-violence program, aimed at gang members and will pay for machines, staffers, education, etc., who will help gang members have their gang tattoos removed in order to help start new lives, and repay it with community service. Is that really the worst thing you could find in this entire budget?

Posted by: kreuz_missile | February 26, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

sarah4pres -

One of the most prominent liberal tenets these days is that success or failure doesn't matter it's the intention that counts.

Posted by: leapin | February 26, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Another lullaby speech by the Saviour was graciously received by his admiring throng and fawning media journos. Does it matter that Wall St did not swoon up? I think it does but then I also think Obama is a fraud so no-one much listens to me.
Only a handful of weeks into the most powerful job on Earth and Obama already has, not only his own Country but the whole World as well, eating out of his hands. Obama is un-stoppable.
I marvel at his ability to "chuck money" at problems without real research and without proper consultation with the "owners of the money". The man doesn't even blink when he spends, and he's supposed to blink. It's not his money. If the money goes down the black hole he does not have to pay it back.
Americans should be alarmed by the cavalier attitude. Whoopi G. said she doesn't care if he fails as long as he tries!
Gosh is it really that bad...is this the last throw of the dice?

Posted by: sarah4pres | February 26, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

What's the difference between Obama and Bernie Madoff?

Obama is president.

Posted by: leapin | February 26, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

ej-

The laws of untended consequences will also go into effect with the huge tax increases. For one the "rich" will no longer be able to give or give as much to charities. As you know charities help the poorer segments of society. Also the boomer generation will be a lot poorer and this fact will place an even greater financial burden on the younger generations. But it's all worth it to hear a great speech by a demagogue and experience the tingle.

Posted by: leapin | February 26, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Obama was brilliant, beautifully articulating the most inspiring development plan since Roosevelt. Jindal was unbelievably bad: how in the devil did he ever get to be governor of a state, even one as backward as LA? But you have regrettably attracted a gaggle of dumbbells in this comment section. I'm ashamed to be writing in their grimy company!

Posted by: ejmurphy414 | February 26, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

There really is more to President Obama than his ablity to deliver speeches..and only time will unravel and expose this. No one knows for sure what he is or is not capable of doing, yet most of the public is arguing! Many of you are following blindly because of his outward color! He is STILL 1/2 white! Yet, because of what you can see, you deny the existance of what you can not! In all fairness, reading a prepared speech by his writers, hardly constitues leadership and the ability to run a country!!! If his mother's features and coloring were present he more than likely wouldn't be president today! Now, whose being 'racist' and prejudice? Let's hope, for the sake of this country, that there is something good ,honest, and substantial behind his Negroid face and skin! After all, his short time in the Senate,or rather Mr. Obamba's LACK of experience, can come back to haunt this nation for a very long time.

Posted by: taffyjunkmail | February 26, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

I would give Presiedent Obama an "A-"
Out of 10 i will give him a 9.5
1. He made his points.
2. He was specific.
3. He talked directly to the American people.

Posted by: mattadamsdietmanager1014 | February 26, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations. So do field-hockey sticks come in infant?

My take: Pretty big agenda. No. Really big agenda. Has he bitten off more than he can chew?

You think your Congress person twittering from the floor can really understand health-care, energy, financial regulation and education - ALL AT THE SAME TIME?

Well on the other hand - it's almost a guarantee that the Republican's can muster the intellectual power to staff opposition to all the issues.

Posted by: DonJasper | February 26, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

quote:A righteous person or country doesn’t depend on popularity or what other people think in determining their thoughts, words, and deeds.endquote.

I think the writer means self righteous. A righteous person at least looks where they are going and cares whom they hurt. Thoughts words and deeds which hurt others, which take away from others, which are imposed on others by force, which deny the rights and integrity and welfare of others is the exact opposite of righteousness. Righteousness is about others, others' needs, others' problems, others' welfare, others happiness and wholeness and health. Scripture (Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, First Nations (such as Longhouse), Vedanta, Bahai) says that righteousness is giving to the poor and protecting the powerless and guaranteeing the welfare of the disenfranchised. Selfishness is not righteousness. Self righteousness is the devil incarnate.

Posted by: isafakir | February 26, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Kreuz seems to be a big Obama booster or just uniformed. It WAS Obama who pressured Bush to sign the $700 Billion dollar stimulus bill as it "couldn't wait until his inauguration. As far as pork in the $410 Billion dollar package the House passed, surely you didn't miss the $200,000 dollar add on to buy a tattoo removal machine. The complete list will be available on the internet shortly and it might behoove Kreuz to read it befor any more silly comments.

Posted by: depoulins | February 26, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

" So far, he pressured then President Bush to get the $700 Billion dollar stimulus to save the banks because it couldn't wait until he took office."

Actually, it was Fed Chairman Ben Bernake and Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson who pushed the bailout and then started spending it with no oversight, but don't let facts get in the way of your wanting to balme everything on Obama (after all, surely a Republican couldn't have done it).

"with 8530 Pork items (that's right--8530 pieces of pork)."

Pork is all in the eye of the beholder it seems. Energy infrastructure, high speed national rail systems, etc., all seem like good programs to stimulate the economy for me.

"You have to admit that, as in his campaign, Obama doesn't have any problem with spending other peoples' money."

Maybe you should look at his tax return. Seems to me that, combined with the fact that he falls into the bracket that he is going to raise to pay for that healthcare plan, that he is as invested in the government as anybody.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | February 26, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

it was a great speech. right on target. it's a pleasure to hear a president who can think and chew gum and play golf at the same time. It was deeply moving, and intellectually satisfying. He made his case, set the agenda, and let the whole troop know who the alpha male is, no ifs buts or maybes, and most importantly did what is the main job of alpha males, calmed the fears and guaranteed everyone's security small and great and headed everybody out in the direction we needed to head out to.

Posted by: isafakir | February 26, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

It would also be noteworthy to add the philosophy of the White House. Chief of Staff Emmanuel said that it would be a shame to waste a crisis. Yhat is the time to get everything done that you want when everone else is preoccupied. That means you can pass all of the boondoggles you want as long as you control both houses of congress and the presidency and use the crisis as your excuse to get these ill-conceived programs passed. We are seeing this philosophy in action.

Posted by: depoulins | February 26, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

The typical Obama backer will never ever get their head out of the ground. They'll find an excuse or alibi for every misstatement he makes, every reversal of position that he makes, and every false claim of his ability to solve all of the worlds problems in his FIRST term. So far, he pressured then President Bush to get the $700 Billion dollar stimulus to save the banks because it couldn't wait until he took office. Then, since he's been in office 38 days, he had his lapdog Congress pass an $800 Billion stimulus bill (loaded with pork) and yesterday go the House to pass another $410 Billion dollar bill with 8530 Pork items (that's right--8530 pieces of pork). Then, he wants another $600 Billion plus bill as a down payment on a multi Trillion dollar healthcare bill. Since we don't have even a dime, he's talking about debt, debt, debt. The country is already in debt to the tune of over $10 Trillion dollars and just so far has added or proposed nearly $2 Trillion more dollars to borrow. You have to admit that, as in his campaign, Obama doesn't have any problem with spending other peoples' money.

Posted by: depoulins | February 26, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

quote:How many people has Rev. Wright's church murdered? You compare a preacher who has made a few dumb sermons over the year to a gang who systematically murdered thousands of people over the years over racial prejudice,endquote. !!!where!!! do I start!: go to his so called AIDS in Africa website. It does zero zilch not a damn thing to help sick people. It is all about supporting hate speech in Africa. It's right wing nut religious propaganda for abstinence only. It's about the evil of gay people. It's about the evil of science.

He preaches hate. He abets hate. He underwrites hate. He preaches and teaches and fosters, funds, subsidizes and underwrites hate. He as an adult makes the choice to believe in and to cause others to believe in hate. And he asserts that his right to hate, to preach harte, to subsidize hate trumps anyone else's rights as a human being because his rights are from God and God doesn't share those rights around but are only vouchsafed to an elite, and he is a chosen person, chosen by GOD to hate.

You tell me how many Matthew Shepherds, Larry Kings, have died at his hands.

Posted by: isafakir | February 26, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

DFGMitchell –

“There's a new game in town and it's called HONESTY”

If you call the “rush to stimulus" honesty then I guess I have a different definition and moral code. The transparency, the review process that were promised. All lies. No earmarks. More lies.


“restore the US of A to it's rightful place as the greatest nation on earth as opposed to the most reviled”

A righteous person or country doesn’t depend on popularity or what other people think in determining their thoughts, words, and deeds.

Posted by: leapin | February 26, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Chris,

Congratulations, man. I thought when I didn't see you twittering the speech (and I looked) that it must be that time. I love your blog and commentary, and nobody deserves a parenting break more than you...we'll miss it though.

Enjoy the family time,
JP

Posted by: jpgrinnell8 | February 26, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations on the new BABY Chris. The best to you and the little Lady.

Posted by: poptoy1949 | February 26, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

"cheap-shot attempt to assassinate the character and reputation of Bobby Jindal, by using his former Indian name of Piyush Jindal. These slime-balls are the same human excrement scum that where outraged when conservatives used Barack Obama's middle name Hussain, because it made it sound Muslim."

armpeg is wrong, and he may be right...

Piyush is not the governor's "former" name. It is his legal name. "Bobby" in parentheses is his self-appointed nickname. One that he gave himself at the age of 4 to help integrate himself in 1975 Louisiana. The correct analogy is to BHO calling himself "Barry" through high school. For whatever reason, Gov. Jindal's use of a pseudonymic identifier is his own choice and prerogative and shouldn't be the lens through which his public service is viewed and judged.

However, Jindal does not need to have his character and reputation assassinated. On his first trip to the national stage, he ran his own credibility into the ground with a pile-driver. He stuck his hand in his pocket (I suppose this only bothers me, having spent all my school years in a Catholic school...) and couldn't stop grinning as goofily as a Cheshire cat. His delivery was abysmal. And I couldn't help but be reminded of Jim Webb's response, where he was leaning as far away from the camera as possible with his leg crossed (another no-no at Caholic school), and delivered his speech as if there was a short supply of oxygen in the room.

But that's where the similarities end. Webb, to my recollection actually addressed Bush's talking points and genuinely debated them.

Jindal just read out of the sequel to "My Pet Goat".

PS - I've now perused other pictures of Jindal and the grin seems to be prevalent. I don't how long I'll take to get used to it, but it's creepy, like only the bottom half of his face is smiling. Actually, I'm hoping I don't have to get used to it and America can go back to "doing anything" without him.

Posted by: mabkhar | February 26, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

obama is just mad insane. He signed a bill that is going to waste billions of tax payer dollars to pay off his liberal special interest groups adn too which will screw us and our children and grandchildren as we will have to pay off his massive debt. the man is just so damn wasteful. then he wants to raise taxes on us and our business's which will destroy us. of course i guess that is what he wants. he wants socialism and to drive us all into poverty and begging for goverment assistance. we the people should not put up with his crap! he should be impeached! i pray God will judge him and block his evil efforts but spare the nation

Posted by: cwdfreedom | February 26, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

After eight years, it was a pleasure to watch and listen to someone who seemed to know what he was doing. All too often the last president was cheered for just being able to complete a sentence, forget content! as he read and recited bullet points ended by his glancing off to his left front as if to receive the nod of approval from some dear old grade school teacher. In addition, President Obama is clearly able to deport himself with confidence and fluency without the condescending nods of approval or the sighs of relief from supporters that characterized the last presidency.

Posted by: j1340 | February 26, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Another "speech" for the record books...I, for one, fully believe that the President believes he will succeed...and that's enough for me. Eight years of duplicity, over-reaching abuse of power (How're ya doin, Dick?!?!) and about as much transparency as a slab of marble --- get used to it folks. There's a new game in town and it's called HONESTY. This President will get more done in his first year than "Dubya" and his nefarious cronies got done in eight. He'll get it done with respect, dignity and intelligence...another thing people have to get used to again. He's an incredible man for an unprecedented time. In his second term (yes, there'll be a second term...) he'll finish what he started and restore the US of A to it's rightful place as the greatest nation on earth as opposed to the most reviled. That, in itself, is worthy of our praise and gratitude.
Mr. and Mrs. Fix...heartiest and heartfelt congratulations. Unlike "Octo-Mom" you two deserve a child and it couldn't happen to two nicer people. Best of luck.

Posted by: DGFMitchell | February 26, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

As humanity becomes more holistic, more integrated into their Souls or higher being, attributes of light (wisdom) and love (fairness, sharing), the Party which represents these attributes, will dominate and lead to the dismay of the other party who stays separative, materialistic, critical, individualistic instead of group conscious. The Soul is group conscious and knows no separation from each other. This will be our future state. Constant conflict will end and love and goodwill will abide. It is not so far off as you may think, because there will be on Earth more enlightened Souls and less of those separative egos who cannot love their brothers as theirselves, and these egos who will represent the phase-out party, will find themselves on the wrong side of destiny and evolution.

“At the center of all love I stand. From that center I the Soul will outward move. From that center I the one who serves will work. May the love of my Divine Self be shed abroad, in my heart, through my group, and throughout the world.”

Posted by: dsoulplane | February 26, 2009 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Dear Chris,

Congratulations to you and Mrs. Fix. Have lots of fun w/ Baby Fix!

Posted by: -pamela | February 26, 2009 6:42 AM | Report abuse

Dear Chris,
Congratulations for you and Mrs. Fix on the birth of your baby boy! I'm very happy for you.

Greetings from an avid reader from The Netherlands

Hans Geurts

Posted by: hgeurts | February 26, 2009 5:48 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations Chris and Mrs. Fix. All the best!!!

Posted by: RickJ | February 26, 2009 5:06 AM | Report abuse

Congrats to the Family Fix. If he follows in his daddy's footsteps, watch out for this kid!

BB

P.S. You will eventually get a full night's sleep. I recommend traveling to a conference to do so. I'm still in the dog house for traveling about a week after my twins were born. :-)

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | February 26, 2009 3:16 AM | Report abuse

JBRACALE,

((((Stop screaming - there's a baby in the house, you know!))))

Nice rant, though. Most intelligent people know why you're ranting, but do you? Maybe you should seek help for your rage.

*****************************************************************

As for the speech, I thought it was fabulous. More because of how wonderful it feels to have a president again that we can be proud of, instead of constantly embarrassed (or outraged) over.

There's a mountain of work to be done, and not one of us knows what will or will not work. Not everything will - and it'll be a long and uphill struggle - but doing nothing but complain and point fingers and attempt to shout each other down certainly will not.

But what is obvious to most of us is that President Obama is going to actually *work*, valiantly, to get 'er done. It's what he was sworn to do, and what he ran for president at this time, to do. THAT's something for which any American who loves and wants to see our country do well again, should support, applaud, and be proud. We're all in this together, and only together can we be whole.

It's time to stop the bellyaching and flame-throwing and get to work. For those of you who just want to continue with the hate and politics of fear; for those of you who want our new president to fail, because of the party to which he belongs, and because your guy lost - well, of course you are entitled to hold
onto that, it is your right. But don't be surprised when the rest of us move past you with a renewed sense of hope and pride - and you find yourself alone with not much to show for your hatred than a poisoned soul. IOW, lead, follow, or get out of the way.

And finally, a hearty congratulations to the Fix family on their precious new bundle of joy! May every moment be memorable. :)

Posted by: Justess | February 26, 2009 12:55 AM | Report abuse

Congrats and best wishes to The Fix, Mrs. Fix and now Baby Fix.

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=52349889454
Kal Penn to play Bobby Jindal on SNL...

Do you think it will happen?

Posted by: Corey_NY | February 26, 2009 12:15 AM | Report abuse

"None, which is exactly the same number of white people alive today WHO HAVE NEVER LYNCHED ANYBODY!!! Only a racist looking for victimhood, would try to blame all white people for something that happened 100 years ago that none of them had anything to do with."

Um, lynchings were a steady practice in the 1930s and 40s, and continued into the 60s, until LBJ sicced the feds on them.

Everybody brings up Byrd like he's an unrepentant racist; that's (or rather, was) Jesse Helms. Byrd's got a 100% from the NAACP lately, and endorsed a black man for president.

Posted by: SeanC1 | February 25, 2009 11:46 PM | Report abuse

See, with KoZ, it's at least somewhat amusing, but you're just a mean spirited ball of rage. Cool off, racism is still a serious issue and just randomly and unjustifiably labeling everyone you don't like (which seems to be a pretty big list) is just messed up.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | February 25, 2009 11:14 PM | Report abuse

"Only a racist looking for victimhood, would try to blame all white people for something that happened 100 years ago that none of them had anything to do with. Talk about a scumball!"

Wow, you are officially the dumbest person to ever post on this thread. First off, in your response, you yell that "None, which is exactly the same number of white people alive today WHO HAVE NEVER LYNCHED ANYBODY!!," meaning all white people have lynched somebody (brilliant double negative). Second, if I'm reading between the lines to what you meant to say, then you're saying no white person currently alive has ever taken part in a lynching. I'm not even going to waste time demonstrating that idiotic position is false.

Let's get something straight. You say Rev. Wright's church is no different from the KKK. Fine. How many people has Rev. Wright's church murdered? You compare a preacher who has made a few dumb sermons over the year to a gang who systematically murdered thousands of people over the years over racial prejudice, and because I ask you to justify the comparison, that makes me a racist? Good day to you.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | February 25, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Correction. There may be one white person alive today who may have had a hand in lynching blacks. Democrap Socialist Sen. Robert Byrd not only rode with the KKK when he was a young man, but was the KKK's Grand Kleggle, in charge of recruiting. He now is a honored elder statesman in the Democrap Socialist Party.

Posted by: armpeg | February 25, 2009 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Racist simpleton kreuz_missile asks (re. Obama's 20 year relationship with the black-version of the KKK his United UFC cult): 'How many people did they lynch, exactly?'
None, which is exactly the same number of white people alive today WHO HAVE NEVER LYNCHED ANYBODY!!! Only a racist looking for victimhood, would try to blame all white people for something that happened 100 years ago that none of them had anything to do with. Talk about a scumball!

Posted by: armpeg | February 25, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Short and too the point Chris,

Brilliant. It was encouraging and uplifting it united Americans behind the current cause. Obama is the Teacher we need. http://www.need4trth.blogspot.com

Posted by: need4trth | February 25, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations to the Fix Family; enjoy the ride.

Posted by: shperl | February 25, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

"as had a 20 year relationship with a cult that is nothing more than a black version of the KKK"

How many people did they lynch, exactly?

Posted by: kreuz_missile | February 25, 2009 9:12 PM | Report abuse

there is a malaise in the land. Déjà vu.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | February 25, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Good speech by the President.

If Jindal was counting on an Obama-esque debut for general audiences, he didn't get it; he came across like a children's tour guide. Not fatal or anything, but not a great first impression with a lot of people (though I don't know how many people actually watch the other party's response).

Posted by: SeanC1 | February 25, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Lemme see now. Racists milbrooks27 and broadwayjoe both try to slime Bobby Jindal's character, reputation, and Indian heritage with words like crook, treasonous swine, INDIAN supremacist, etc without one iota of proof. Then they defend and support their little tin god Barack Obama, and don't see a thing wrong in Obama's 20+ year history as a member and supporter of a vile racist white and America--hating group like Trinity UFC Church, surprise, surprise. They see nothing wrong with Obama's long friendship and association with America--hating terrorists like Bill Ayers, and racist white and America--hater Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, surprise, surprise. And then they call Bobby Jindal a "treasonous swine", when Barack Obama--who they both worship--has had a 20 year relationship with a cult that is nothing more than a black version of the KKK, that was teaching and promoting racial hatred against all white people and hatred for our country. The treasonous swine is Barack Obama and he proved it when he became a member of that vile racist white and America--hating cult, and stayed a member of it for 20 years.

Posted by: armpeg | February 25, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Hmm, editor of Harvard Law Review, professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Chicago, author of two bestsellers, yup, the evidence is pretty clear.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | February 25, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

See, the funny thing about KoZ, he honestly thinks hyperbole is an effective device, when it just makes him look foolish and irrational and reflects poorly on his whole side. I love it!

Posted by: kreuz_missile | February 25, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Kreuz. Did it ever occur to you that chauncy is not as sharp as you hope? Most of the evidence is clear if you have eyes.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | February 25, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

now it seems that terrorism, illegal aliens and enemy missiles are just so last year.

It is safe to eliminate the military.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | February 25, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Like Zouk, tired of being embarrassed, just throwing rhetorical bombs now like a five year old.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | February 25, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

It's a semantics point over the automobile. I personally think he was referring to what the average American sees as the modern automobile- the mass produced internal combustion engine family vehicle pioneered by Ford that became the model for the car industry, but like his reference to 43 previous Presidents in the inauguration (knowing full well there were only 42) he was all about making the larger rhetorical point without saying something 100% factually correct but that would confuse too many people and thus detract from the overall message.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | February 25, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

no one messes with joe. It seems joe is compltely out to lunch.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | February 25, 2009 7:23 PM | Report abuse

...and one other thing! We need another American invention - the newspaper blogging automated spell checker. Ye gads! The first sentence in the last paragraph of my previous post should have read: "So, either way you want to look at it, unless you want to call a small steam power train an "automobile", or call a series of toy battery operated carriages "automobiles", an American invented the car....."

Posted by: mibrooks27 | February 25, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

king_of_zouk - Ah, you are confused as to who invented the automobile.... been listening to Fox News, I bet, and that explains your ignorance.

The first self propelled vehicle was a steam "personal locomotive" invented by Nicolas-Joseph Cugno, in France in 1768.

In the 1830's, a Scottish inventor, Robert Anderson, made a series of battery operated carriages.


In 1885 and 1886, two German inventors, Karl Friedrich Benz and Gottlieb Wilhelm Daimler, independently invented a series of small internal combustion engines. Daimler mounted his on a chassis, sans transmission, steering linkage, etc. This is evidently where Fox gets the idea of this being the first automobile.

In 1876, however, ten years before the Germans, an American inventor, George Baldwin Selden, not only invented, independently the four cycle internal combustion engine, he invented a car with transmission and steering, had photo's of it taken and patented it! (patent 549,160).

In 1893, another American, Charles Edgar Durye, actually mass produced and sold an automobile using Selden's invention (for which Mr. Selden was paid royalties). This was the first "manufactured" automobile in the world.

So, either way you want to look at it, unless you want to all a mall steam power train and automobile, an American invented the car -- the first internal combustion engine driven carriage by Selden or the first production automobile by Durye. Obama was right.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | February 25, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Before even naming an earmark, why don't you take a stab at explaining what an earmark is?

Posted by: kreuz_missile | February 25, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Baby Fix? There goes my spore theory.....

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | February 25, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

"It seems the messiah is unclear on what an earmark is and who invented the auto. Never mind. It's just a stump speech to all 57 states."

Name us one earmark in the stimulus bill. And seriously, if all yo can come up with to still criticize Obama is a weak microphone, that's just pathetic.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | February 25, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

I am so happy for you and Mrs Fix! A new baby boy! That sure does put things in perspective - warmest congratulations to you both!

Posted by: holsberga | February 25, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

It seems the messiah is unclear on what an earmark is and who invented the auto. Never mind. It's just a stump speech to all 57 states.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | February 25, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

And, since Jindal is so down on Volcano monitoring (wonder if Gov Palin shares the same opinion...) let's take a moment to give a shout out to the National Weather Service.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | February 25, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

"Kreuz - tell me one efficient, functioning, effective government program, besides the military, and I will reconsider."

After 30 years of conservative philosophy running things into the ground, not much. We've got a long way to go to get back to the same capabilities that put a man on the moon, built the interstate highway system, the rural electrification grid, The Works Progress Administration, the FDIC,the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the national park system to name a few. We need to rebuild the SEC, the Federal Reserve, the Small Business Administration, and have a functioning social security system once more (YES, a good program, just needs the tweaks to keep it running as envisioned- adjusted to inflation rather than wages, caps rising with wages, eligibility rising with life expectancy, and the fund separated from other government expenditures to prevent it from being raided) as these systems have been essential to so much US prosperity.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | February 25, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

King of Kook, your mom's bringing down Cheetos to the basement for you in a couple of minutes.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 25, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Kreuz - tell me one efficient, functioning, effective government program, besides the military, and I will reconsider.

Consider that the military is always the first target for budget cuts by libs.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | February 25, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Mike b. Speechifying does not a leader make. I understand the rebound effect after bush, but the empty speeches promising everything for free is wearing thin.

Later this year actual substance will return and with it the fall of the one.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | February 25, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

"king_of_zouk - The GOP has had some good ideas. My side doesn't have a lock on the market."

The big problem for the conservatives is essentially they went mad with power and lost their pragmatic side. Their ideology created a bunch of inflexible ideologues, unwilling to reach compromises or collaborate on new solutions. COnservatives have elevated Reagan to a god-like stature and have created numerous myths around him, but have completely forgotten his pragmatic side. Dems did the same thing through the 1960s and 1970s (many still don't realize that he went with the Republican alternative for social security, rather than the more expansive liberal one), and it cost them for years. Obama understands the necessity to be pragmatic in a pluralistic society, Republicans, in their language and deeds, show they clearly don't.

Once again, conservatives never fail, people only fail it, in their eyes.

Don't believe it? Go read the conservative commentary on Jindal. They talk of how it reads well, but he blew the delivery. They don't get it. They think government is bad and Katrina illustrated it. They don't realize most people want our government to do certain things, and disaster response is one of them. They think that people still will accept tax cuts as the solution for every problem, because it fits with the government is bad montra. They are fully invested in this, and are blind to the change that has happened around them. Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!

Posted by: kreuz_missile | February 25, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

No comments about global poverty?

The Borgen Project has some good info on the cost of addressing global poverty.

$30 billion: Annual shortfall to end world hunger.
$550 billion: U.S. Defense budget

Posted by: atsegga | February 25, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Say Hi to Junior for me!!!

I hope the excitement surrounding Obama continues..the Great Depression era had a popular leader that had a similar kind of personal connection to the American public.
I am still skeptical from my own standpoint..always saying "I hope that I am wrong about all of this...."

I am concerned about this Afghan deal..I say that no outside forces have ever won a war there..against governments or poppy merchants.

Posted by: newbeeboy | February 25, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Not addressing these problems will exacerbate our economic challenges, not make them easier to overcome. The sacrifice comes in recognizing the days of 'something for nothing' economics are over.
Posted by: bsimon1 | February 25, 2009 3:34 PM

Obama did a great job highlighting the areas that need to be fixed (and I along with most agree), but what he doesn't highlight are the areas he plans to cut. The problem is tackling these challenges will likely involve a higher financial commitment. He didn't provide an example of wasteful spending he plans on cutting. And on top of fixing those three key areas he is cutting taxes for 95% of Americans while decreasing the deficit by half. If the days of "something for nothing" economics are over, then where is the money coming from? All of those initiatives add up, hence my skepticism.

Posted by: jnoel002 | February 25, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I thought the speech lacked any real substance while being high in hyperbole content. Further, the speech was noticable for some of the important things that the President side stepped.

1. Illegal Aliens have stolen over seven million jobs from Americans, stealing food out of the mouths of our children...yet, no mention of Illegal Aliens.

2. E Verify, would put three million illegal aliens out of work almost over night, thus putting millions of LEGAL AMERICANS back too work...no mention of E Verify at all.

3. Boomers and our Social Security benefits. We have paid into the system now for 40 plus years, but Obama wants to savagely ATTACK our benefits, give us peanuts on the dollar as it were.

4. Obama talked about CLEAN AND GREEN Energy. Nuclear is neither clean nor green, which might explain why OBama failed to mention the $1.5 TRILLION DOLLAR bailout he wants to give the nuclear industry in the name of a Nuclear Renaissance.

Posted by: RoycePenstinger | February 25, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Pres Barack again raised the Bar a little higher. It amazes me that we can all watch the same speech and depend on which Channel you watch or which Paper you read you can get to completely assessments.
I though the Pres was GREAT.
and Bobby jindall was terrible .
We are in a MESS. It will take someone with some BIG KAHOUNAS to tackle this economic problem.
Did you know that AIG is coming back for more CASH? How can they?
Where did the first set of Cash GO?

Posted by: Carprin | February 25, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I thought the baby announcement might come today. You tried to slip the news in with a politics question, but you're gonna get congrats from everyone, anyway. Wow, a boy. A mighty mazel tov, man!

As for the speech: A very intelligent speech. This is a president who knows why people are angry at each other and who is not afraid to come right out and say what we're all thinking.

Posted by: dognabbit | February 25, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

king_of_zouk - The GOP has had some good ideas. My side doesn't have a lock on the market. So why don't you conservatives get someone who is as articulate as Obama to deliver your side? Peggy Noonan immediately comes to mind. I love to hear her speak. Even disagreeing with her, you don't feel quite right about it and I'd stay up late just to hear her make her case. Are you people so suicidal that you cannot see that you are dealing with one of the great orators of our time and that you need someone just as articulate when disagreeing with him?

Posted by: mibrooks27 | February 25, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

"HE IS GOING ON VACATION IN MARCH(AT OUR EXPENCE! DOES HE NOT KNOW THAT "HE IS PRES?""
JBRacale
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I'd say after that speech he definitely knows he's "Pres"

BTW: Even the President deserves a vacation, BTW he often works Saturdays.

and

Did you know President Bush spent approx. 1/3 of his 8 year Presidency on vacation?

Yes really

Posted by: JRM2 | February 25, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

jnoell002 writes
"Biggest issue I had with Obama's speech was while he spoke about having to make sacrifices he seemed to push his agenda without modification. Health care/energy/education reform= now."

I think his point is that these issues are critical to help reverse existing economic trends & set a solid foundation upon which to develop a better economy. Sending more money overseas to satisfy our insatiable energy demands is detrimental to the domestic economy. Health care costs growing at 4 times the rate of inflation is detrimental to large businesses, small businesses and everyone who wants health care. An educated workforce is a critical requirement for long-term prosperity, innovation and economic growth.

Not addressing these problems will exacerbate our economic challenges, not make them easier to overcome. The sacrifice comes in recognizing the days of 'something for nothing' economics are over.

Posted by: bsimon1 | February 25, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

you're right drivl. He has already caused a catastrophe. More to come.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | February 25, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Everybody remember one thing: Jindal has another 30 years or about 7-8 election cycles in running for President.

Palin's got at least 5 election cycles

Nothing would surprise me.

Posted by: JRM2 | February 25, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Interesting. A thoughtful, professional assessment by Pearlstein of a newsmaking speech, and a snarky, People-magazine content-free bit of fluff from "the one and only (thank God) Dana Milbank."

The speech was great. Hope LittleFix (gonna call him "Fix 43"?) is the same.

Posted by: FlownOver | February 25, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Congrats on baby! Get it on a good sleep schedule ASAP. You'll be glad you did.

Obama +1

Jindal 0.

Posted by: Pluto1 | February 25, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

"armpeg - No, Independent and Democrats are not being racists when they point out that Jindal is a crook, a treasonous swine, an Indian supremacist, who has been involved in a series of scandals involving campaign money from India, including, reportedly, Indian government sources to promote outsourcing and guest worker visas, all so breathtakingly illegal that it boggles the mind. Only the most mindless troll, the most treasonous animal, the dumbest baffoon, would even think of Jindal as material for city dog catcher, much less governor or president.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | February 25, 2009 2:30 PM"
______
Right on, mb27. Piyush's disastrous performance has eliminated him as a 2012 contender. Even it hadn't, the issues you raise about P completely disqualify him. You left out his alleged practice of exorcism (I thought that was some make-believe junk from an old Linda Blair movie until Piyush came along) and alleged support for the mutilation of prisoners. But who knows? Piyush/Phalin 2012? Naaaah.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 25, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Congrats Chris!

Jindal looked bad, both in delivery and message, that I'm wondering if he was set up by his "friends" and rivals. He had a chance to introduce himself to America last night and he totally blew it.

I think many Republicans sitting in that hall last night had an awakening......a realization that in Obama they are dealing with a master politician.....a man of potential greatness.

Posted by: toritto | February 25, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

First of all, congrats to Chris!

BHO's performance: Totally off the charts according to polls summarized on HuffPo today.

One shows 90% approved of the speech. 90%! His pre-speech embrace of civil rights pioneer Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be remembered forever.

Piyush "Bobby" Jindal: In the words of Terence Howard's character in the film "Crash," you embarrassed me, you embarrassed yourself.

From HuffPo's Sam Stein: "Both Democrats and Republicans alike panned Jindal's rebuttal in terms that were decidedly harsh: "amateurish," "laughable" and, most commonly, "a missed opportunity.""

From Faux News's Juan Williams (veteran BHO hater and multiple winner of the Ward Connerly/Michelle Maglagang "Pride" award): "[Piyush's speech] came off as amateurish, and even the tempo in which he spoke was sing-songy. He was telling stories that seemed very simplistic and almost childish."

Piyush made Sarah (I can see Russia from my house) Phalin sound like Winston Churchill. What's more, his walk, delivery, etc. seemed, well, alternative lifestylish...not that there's anything wrong with it.

Piyush, don't look now, but your 15 minutes are up...


Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 25, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

armpeg - No, Independent and Democrats are not being racists when they point out that Jindal is a crook, a treasonous swine, an Indian supremacist, who has been involved in a series of scandals involving campaign money from India, including, reportedly, Indian government sources to promote outsourcing and guest worker visas, all so breathtakingly illegal that it boggles the mind. Only the most mindless troll, the most treasonous animal, the dumbest baffoon, would even think of Jindal as material for city dog catcher, much less governor or president.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | February 25, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Biggest issue I had with Obama's speech was while he spoke about having to make sacrifices he seemed to push his agenda without modification. Health care/energy/education reform= now. Oh, by the way, we are going to cut the deficit in half while were at it. I think most Americans have heard about the "current economic situation", whatever that means, and pushing his agenda un-modified came off a little pie in the sky.
Overall, I thought the speech was very good.

And I can't believe I was the only one to see the "Jindal 4 Prez 2012" sign flashing above the Louisiana Governor's head during the Opposition's response.

Posted by: jnoel002 | February 25, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Congrats, Chris! Hope Mrs Fix and Baby Fix are doing awesome. :)

Posted by: AndyGeorge | February 25, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

This is what I find amazing about the bizarre wingnutty posters on here, is they keep talking about how Obama is going to cause an economic disaster. Hello? What do the hell they think is going on now? A picnic? Do they live in caves?

Of course, that's a possibility.

Posted by: drindl | February 25, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

On Jindal's horrible botch of a speech:

"I’ve written before that I think part of the problem that conservatives/Republicans face is that their mythology has become a bit too complex for mere mortals (people who don’t listen to Limbaugh and read The Corner obsessively) to comprehend. They reference rogues’ gallery of enemies and various “bad things” that most people have never heard of. Simply trying to navigate through the various wingnutty minefields while throwing out the appropriate red meat has become difficult to do, and the result is incomprehensible to most of the country.

I believe that one of the big reasons Obama consistently did better in polls than on pundits’ scorecards in the debates is that not many Americans had any idea what John McCain was talking about most of the time. Sure, pundits did because they knew what he was going to say before he even said it. If he said “paygo, that one”, they nodded along and said it was a powerful evocation of conservative principles. But certainly most voters thought “what the hell does that mean”? When he said “bear DNA” over and over, I’m sure most Americans just thought he was having a senior moment. But Halperin et al. thought it was brilliant.

'Field mice and volcano monitoring' are just never going to work as well as “welfare queens” and “young bucks buying T-bones” did. They’re too complicated. '

Posted by: drindl | February 25, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations, Chris!

Posted by: drindl | February 25, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA HAS 2 OTHER EXECUTIVE ORDERS TO SIGN, ONE WITH 8,900 AND SOME PORKERS IN IT! HE IS GOING ON VACATION IN MARCH(AT OUR EXPENCE! DOES HE NOT KNOW THAT "HE IS PRES?" NOT PUUUUUULOSI NOR REID!!! I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT HE DOES WITH THE ILLEGALS, ESPECIALLY HIS AUNTIE? MAYBE HE IS FIXING A ROOM FOR HER TO IN THE WHITE HOUSE, JUST LIKE HE DID WITH HIS MOTHER IN LAW? MAYBE HE CANT PUT ANOTHER ONE IN THERE TO VERA BAKER, WHEN DOES THIS SPENDING STOP, AFTER THE USA FAILS? I HOPE THAT GOD IS WATCHING OVER US, BECAUSE THIS MAN CALLED OBAMA IS GOING TO TAKE ALL OUR MONEY AND RUN!!!!!!

Posted by: JBRACALE | February 25, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Truth has been an 8 year stranger to our ears and the reunion is painful.

Having grown to near obesity on a force-fed, steady diet of sugar-coated lies and oily manipulation I am desperate for a healthy change.
And just like any other diet that will produce long-lasting results, it won't work unless I'm an active participant in the recovery process - including pronounced symptoms of spending withdrawal, hunger-for-credit pains, and willpower to resist cashing in my 401K; but I know it will be good for me and the end will justify the means.

Jindal,
Oh my.
He sounded like a puppet republican from Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. I fully expect to see the pre-school pop-up book of his response in discount stores within the week. Thanks again to the GOP for providing us a new source of entertainment now that Sarah has returned to Alaska.

Chris and family,
Welcome to the rest of the world where life as you know it has ceased to exist (but in a good way).
If you remember nothing else, remember this: Throw away the toy and keep the box - that's what they'll play with the most.

Posted by: Peakmom | February 25, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

"In about two years when Obama's $787 billion dollar taxpayer--funded payoff to his special interest groups comes due (and will need to be paid for by all Americans--someone has to pay the piper), his economy is bound to tank and look like 1929's."

See, that's what we all said about Bush''s policies a few years ago. The thing you seem to be missing is we're already looking like 1929. A better argument would be to try to spin the recovery we will see later this year as being due to Bush policies and laying that foundation now. Otherwise, you're just setting yourself up for failure. But then again, you're a Republican, that's what you seem to do best.

"Notice how sleazy and racist the liberal Democrap Socialist Obama-worshippers on this blog are, with their cheap-shot attempt to assassinate the character and reputation of Bobby Jindal, by using his former Indian name of Piyush Jindal."

I think the comparison of Obama haters calling him "Barry" is a better analogy. Both chose to change the name for personal reasons (with opposite perspectives - one more to fit in and one more to rediscover his own identity). I don't think it's so much about racism as it is to show him, as is the motive with the Obama haters towards the President, as being a phony.

You are right, though, no need to use that device to discredit him, he gave us plenty of real substantive material to work with.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | February 25, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

The speech should be called "Obama On Broadway." If Obama wasn't a rock star before last night, he is one this morning. This man is amazing. He has grace, charm, intelligence and he's a damn good politician. I get the distinct feeling that he reads those briefing books before retiring each night.

As a friend of mind wrote to me last night, and he describes himself as a staunch Republican, "At long last I've lived to see a 'grownup president.' He grows before our very eyes."

And with it all, he has a twinkle in his eyes, an incandescent smile and conveys the feeling that he is one of us in this huge fight that lies ahead.

It was a bravura performance.

As to Louisiana Governor Jindal, yes, he had an extremely tough act to follow, there's no doubt of that. But his delivery was puzzling if not distracting. It had a sing-songy quality to it that I found totally off putting. And its content was warmed over gruel, and thin at that.

Congrats to the Fixes. See you soon.

Posted by: DONJOEL1 | February 25, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Of course in reality version of America the DJIA continues it march to ZERO while the neo-Marxists slap each other on the back over the promise of a wish based economy.

Posted by: leapin | February 25, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Mazel Tov to you and Mrs. Fix on the birth of baby fix. What is his name? I'm sure his crying was more exciting than Obama's speech!

Posted by: culader | February 25, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Notice how sleazy and racist the liberal Democrap Socialist Obama-worshippers on this blog are, with their cheap-shot attempt to assassinate the character and reputation of Bobby Jindal, by using his former Indian name of Piyush Jindal. These slime-balls are the same human excrement scum that where outraged when conservatives used Barack Obama's middle name Hussain, because it made it sound Muslim.

Posted by: armpeg | February 25, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

SPEECH OF A DIFFERENT TONE...

Mr. President Barack H. Obama, spoke with the up most elequence of any speaker, majority or minority, as he always masterfully do's.

"YOU GUYS"
He then proceeded to call on the Democrats, Republicans, economist, business representitives and unions leaders, inviting questions and comments. He referred to the group generally as "you guys" and casually addressed even the moth senoir lawmaker by first name.

The Democrat very purposely started with, perhaps, the likeliest of all people-the Republican he vanquished in last fall's election, John McCain.

"You know, he and I had some good debates about these issue's"Obama said-an understatement to be sure and one that drew laughter. He also praised the Arizona senator as "extraordinarily consistent and sincere about these issue's."

JOHN MCSHAME...SAME OLD TIRED CRAP!

"Well, thank you, Mr. President,"McCain said and quickly delved into the issue of cost overruns on large government buy's. "Your helicopter is going to cost as much as Air Force One."

OBAMA ABOUT TO UNLEASH HIS WIT AND CHARM..
MCSHAME YOU SUUUUUUCKERRRRR!

Using the opportunity to talk of purchasing process "gone amok" Obama said he had ordered a thorough review of his new fleet of Marine One helicopters.

THIS IS WHAT YOU CALL A POLITICAL BEAT DOWN...LMAO...GET HIM OBAMA.

"The helicopter I have now seems perfectly adequate to me," Obama said wryly, inciting more laughter. "Of course, I've never had a helicopter before. So, you know, maybe I've been deprived and I didn't know it."

SLAP, SLAP, SLAP, SLAP, SLAP, SLAP AND SLAP SO TAKE THAT MR. MCSHAME.

JUST A 100% COMPLETE MASTER AND YOU CAN'T STAND IT!

Posted by: opp88 | February 25, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

re. Obama's speech: What did you think?
Talk is cheap, it's what happens after that'll matter. With the Democrap Socialist's in charge, who were the primary reason for the economic mess that we're in with their Community Reinvestment Act, and a Socialist Barack Obama at the helm of the ship of state with his many Marxist ideas of government--uber--alles, you can kiss our Bill of Rights and our Constitution good-bye. They'll probably nationalize everything, a la Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro.
In about two years when Obama's $787 billion dollar taxpayer--funded payoff to his special interest groups comes due (and will need to be paid for by all Americans--someone has to pay the piper), his economy is bound to tank and look like 1929's.
On a aside note, did anyone notice: While Barack Obama was speaking, the Republican members of congress all politely applauded, and gave him the respect due our president. Compare that to the Democrap Socialist members of congress when President George W. Bush spoke. Most of them never stood up; never applauded anything he said, and on many occassions showed disrespect and distain by turning their back, boohing, and even sometimes walking out. The Democrap Socialists then proved what was a well-known fact then, as now: you can't expect much from the trailer-park trash Democrap Socialists, while Republicans will give one respect, even when they don't agree with you.

Posted by: armpeg | February 25, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations on the arrival of Little Fix!!

I agree with the majority here-Obama's speech was solid, if not earth-shattering. Quite liked the focus on energy, healthcare and education as necessary to save our economy in the long run, and liked that there were lines that brought the Rs to their feet as well as the Ds.

But Jindal's response was a hoot. I was like the longest and cheesiest campaign commercial ever. The singsong tone of voice was just outright comical, and the content was one of two things a) completely agreeing with everything the President said in his speech or b) standard GOP drivel. My personal favorite was Jindal/Mr. Rogers's claim that lowering personal income tax creates jobs (I can't even begin to fathom the mental gymnastics that went into that one-"here, unemployed guy: we're going to cut the taxes on the income that you're not earning, which will help you become employed!"). Well, that and the suggestion that it's time to "clean up" Washington by introducing good ol' Louisiana political values. Really, the response was a knee-slapper.

Posted by: ASinMoCo | February 25, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

First and foremost Congrats to you and the Mrs. on your new bundle of joy!!

I feel that Obama made his points and was straight to the point!! It amazes me how so many people expect so much when the reality is that Obama was left with this mess to clean up. Wondering where were all the questions when the Repubs had the house and the senate and allowed the Bush Regieme to literally screw up the country? I guess that was ok...huh? Yeah right!!

And another thing its obvious that the Repubs have a brand new "Sucker" in town and his name is Jindal. What the heck was this man talkiing about and when did they film that crap? Nothing he said made any sense and it was like it was scripted. And they are pushing this dude to run for president in 2012...I think not!! The GOP is grabbing at straws and still in denial about the real issues that caused them to lose to the dems and until they accept that fact and fix the problems they will continue to make the same ole dumb mistakes.

Posted by: msruby36 | February 25, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

"That wasn't Piyush Jindal, that was Mr. Rodgers."

That wasn't Mr Rodgers, that was Sir Robin, channelling Don Quixote, vanquishing strawmen while searching the bayoux for an ivory billed woodpecker. With a herring!

Posted by: bsimon1 | February 25, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Congrats CC, and I hope the Fixita and Mrs Fix are doing well!

Posted by: AndyR3 | February 25, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations on the little one!

* * * * *
Since the majority of Americans approve of President Obama's job performance, the real question about last night has to do with the GOP...

“What did Americans think of Jindal’s rebuttal?”

The resounding answer is , “Not much.”

Analysts from both parties gave scathing reviews of Jindal’s speech; the kinder GOP pundits simply criticized him for missing the opportunity. Others, like David Brooks ripped him apart for delivering yet another stale and highly partisan GOP message on government gone awry: government is the problem; government has no role; the problem is government corruption, earmarks, wasteful spending, etc.

Comments from the public have not been kind. By all accounts, Jindal totally bombed.

For those who actually paid attention to Jindal these past few months, we realized early on the man lacked both charisma and political astuteness.

It’s important to note that no politician ever succeeded on the national level without one of these attributes.

Truth be told, after much was made of democrats electing the first African American president; and the GOP was voted out of power in Congress and marginalized as a southern, white man’s party, the GOP leadership and pundits began looking for republican “minorities” to exploit as “new faces of the party.” Next thing you know, pundits are talking up Jindal (including a political blogger on WAPO with the initials C.C.) as a rising star in the GOP. No one bothered to look at whether the man has charisma and/or political astuteness--turns out he has neither--they only looked at the color of his skin and said, "He's a rising star."

There is nothing in Jindal's resume to support the assertion that he's a rising star. There is no history of exceptional speeches; no history of political gravitas; no history of a charismatic leadership.

Rather, there is a history of following and conforming to party ideology as a means to an end.

From the beginning, the GOP base wanted nothing to do with Jindal…his profile doesn’t fit theirs. The GOP base wants a Sarah Palin: white; conservative fundamentalist Christian; under-educated. Jindal certainly makes the effort to identify with the base (embraces their extreme social and political ideology); the problem is the base doesn’t identify with him; the base cannot identify with his ethnicity; his former Hindu religion; his current Catholic religion; his level of education.

He also lacks masculine qualities--Palin has more masculine attributes than Jindal--which are important characteristics for the GOP base. Simply put, the base won’t have someone as wimpy as Mister Rogers as their leader.

After last night’s performance, I don’t think the GOP base will tolerate any more of the pundits shoving Jindal down their throats.

Posted by: txgall | February 25, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

That wasn't Piyush Jindal, that was Mr. Rodgers.

Last time I checked the FEDERAL Government sent 150 some Billion dollars to his state for Hurricane Katrina recovery.

But he was right, at that time you couldn't trust the government because it was being run by Republicans.

Posted by: JRM2 | February 25, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

"That's why the 'opposition response' to these events is so ridiculous. They never comment on the content of the President's speech. Take a look at responses during Bush's administration for plenty of examples."

True, but they generally do a better job of anticipating the President's message and tone. This one just toally missed the mark. It was just one recycled talking point from the last few election cycles after another. I think that, more than anything else, was the problem, the messae that if this is the face of the new Republican party, all they've done is change the messenger. They haven't learned anything.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | February 25, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations to the Cillizzas.

Take some time to enjoy these moments. The boy will grow and change so fast these first few weeks that you cannot afford to miss even one day with him. really.

Also, on a serious note, talk to him a lot. The neuronal development is crucially based on parental talking. I know this will be easy for you. By contrast, stupid single teenaged mothers of all backgrounds fail to talk to their babies because they do not see the instant gratification of baby responses and that cripples the baby's early development in ways that may not be recoverable.

Sing to him in your lowest register and he will fall asleep. This works for about one month.

Teach him to say "daddy" before your wife teaches him to say "mommy" or your parents and in-laws teach him "nonni" and "nonno". Reward him with various Georgetown gear. Stuff he can throw. You will be surprised at how proud you are when he wings a rubber ball across the room and destroys some knick-knack your aunt gave you for your wedding.:-)

Posted by: mark_in_austin | February 25, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Jindal = Party of no
Obama = Party of Know

Posted by: JRM2 | February 25, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

quakewithfear_nscu writes
"it seemed that Piyush wrote his speech long before tonight and he did not listen to the content of President Barrack Obama's address. He barely addressed anything that the President said!"

That's why the 'opposition response' to these events is so ridiculous. They never comment on the content of the President's speech. Take a look at responses during Bush's administration for plenty of examples.

Posted by: bsimon1 | February 25, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

After viewing both Obama's and Jindal's speeches it seemed that Piyush wrote his speech long before tonight and he did not listen to the content of President Barrack Obama's address. He barely addressed anything that the President said! I would think that the number one rule of providing an official response would be to listen to what was said previously! As an American, I really felt that Gov. Piyush Jindal was using his moment in the spotlight for political positioning and to introduce himself to mainstream America. Jindal is about as smart as people come these days so I don't worry about his capability should he enter the 2012 Presidential race, I worry that his apparent preference for ideology over reality would make him a poor choice as a leader in anything but a controlled environment. By the way, did anybody else notice he said that he cut taxes in LA multiple times but he didn't mention any corresponding spending cuts? How is that different than asking your kids for a loan, Gov. Jindal?

Posted by: quakewithfear_ncsu | February 25, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations to you and your wife!!!

Another great speech and another attempt to get Americans to realize that we can no longer deny the fact we need to strenghten our educational system, repair our health care and banking systems, lessen our dependency on foreign oil if we are to continue to be competitive with other nations.

I especially liked the comments that nations who out teach us will out compete us and that is a perscription for our economic disaster and that parents must play a larger role in the education of their children.

Jindal's response was the same old conservative rhetoric. I cringed when he said that Republicans were just the followers in ear mark spending. Has he forgotten they were in control of the House and Senate for most of the past 16 years and that former Republican Ted Stevens was the king of ear mark spending? Republicans need to start looking beyond their core principles. That shoe doesn't fit anymore because the problems we are facing have out grown their principles. The need to find a shoe that's a better fit for our current situation.

Posted by: Nevadaandy | February 25, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

It as a pretty good speech, but was short on specifics and disappointed. I still think President Obama is listening to the empty suits in Washington and NOT listening to the American people -- he simply doesn't get it. We had a house full of people, 17, who had dropped by for one reason or another. About half were Republican's, two were Iraq veterans, and three-quarters were Christian's, with Evangelical's predominating. No one intended to listen, but me, but I'm a political junkie, so everyone sat down and watched with me. The part that got the biggest cheer was when Obama said he would end tax breaks for companies that outsource jobs. The next cheer was when he spoke about community service being traded for education and proposing that all American's "do" at least one year of post high school education.

We were actively talking about the speech afterwards. I did my usual spiel about punitive taxes and tariffs on companies that outsource and proposed feeding the executives of those companies through a wood chipper, only half in jest, which most (but not ALL!) people thought was too extreme. Oh, and when Obama was praising our soldiers and the Republican's continued to still sit in their seats complete with blank looks, THAT drew boos. CNN panned to Shelby who managed to look both angry t the world and hateful of our soldiers. I honestly think my audience would have stoned him to death, given a chance. What's with these Republican fools?

All of a sudden Jindal pops up, walking down a hallways. Everyone, and I mean everyone, burst out laughing. He was joke! Shannon, a very active Republican, said he looked and sounded like a Saturday Night Live skit while managing to be insulting at the same time by his talking to the audience like they were kindergarten students (she teaches kindergarten).

All in all, Obama didn't say much and the Republican's shouldn't have.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | February 25, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

A home run. Period. As for Jindal it was a schizoid presentation. He blasts the govt recovery plan, but doesn't object to help from the govt for Katrina rebuilding efforts. If anyone should be grateful for govt intervention should be Louisiana for all the money that has been spent there. His whole "I am an immigrant's son" shtick was a way to introduce himself to the public. NO doubt he is running for pres in 2012.

Posted by: johnny4 | February 25, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Meant to add my hearty congratulations on the arrival of Baby Fix!

Posted by: jrosco3 | February 25, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

I thought the speech overall was good, and certainly great when compared to Jindal's response, but Pres Obama started off clunky then regained his rhythm as the speech went on. I agree with David Broder's recent article that Obama needs to keep reaching out to Republicans and not give up on bipartisanship which was a central them of his presidential campaign. Limbaugh's comment that he wants Obama to fail because that means his policies are working clearly shows that the Republican "de facto leader" puts ideology above the improvement of American lives, and while the Republicans tried to show a united opposition to the stimulus package, the fact that three Republican Senators saw that it's more important to put the American people first rather than ideology just makes the other Republicans look puny and obstructionist. In fact, it also makes them look phony -- Rahm Emanuel did a great job last night of pointing out on NBC's coverage after the speech that there truly is bipartisanship on the stimulus when you also consider the number of Republican governors, such as Charlie Crist of Florida, who support the stimulus; when Jindal says he's going to not accept some of the stimulus money, it again just makes him look puny, phony and putting ideology first. Pres Obama continues to look like he is a true leader while people like Jindal and Limbaugh look like, well, losers.

Posted by: jrosco3 | February 25, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

The President hit a grand slam home run in the 9th inning, game 7 of the World Series! Jindal? OMG! What WAS that? Great audition for live webcasts to local libraries for Saturday Morning Story Time? I wonder what Sasha Obama thought - seemed like it was pitched at her age group. Bobby, if someone asks "What color is the sky?" the right ansewer is not "I like broccoli"

Posted by: sjlouzos | February 25, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

KoZ is all about the Bush/Jindal plan apparently...cut taxes on the investor class (you know, the guys who got us into this mess), cut spending on programs vital to investing in long term growth, deregulate, government bad. Bush ran on the platform government doesn't work, then did his best to prove it. Katrina was the msot glaring example, and now Jindal says that's the model we should copy.

Enjoy your time in the political wilderness, you'll be there a while.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | February 25, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Solid, reassuring, hopeful, but not foolishly optomistic. Right on target. A strong speech, probably not his best, but I think it managed to exceed all expectaions. Then he had the luxury of being followed by Bobby Jindal, which made it look nearly perfect (Sarah Palin was smiling somewhere last night, that's for sure).

Congrats to you and Mrs. Fix!

Posted by: kreuz_missile | February 25, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

And then to promise to cut the spending. Just how gullible are you non-taxpayers? Nancy looked like she overdid the xanex.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | February 25, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Another long, bloated sham. No earmarks. Ha. Free college. Free doctors. Free energy. Buh bye Dow.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | February 25, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Obama's speech was awesome and really laid out both the problems and the solutions. Jindal's speech felt like it was being given to a 3rd grade class. Epic failure for GOP.

Posted by: javavoodoo23 | February 25, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations.

There was nothing Earth-shattering in Obama's speech, but it was solid. I'm continually impressed by his ability to explain the root causes of our economic problems, and to speak in well-crafted sentences. It's nice to have an intelligent, competent president.

Jindal's follow-up was weak. He stood in an empty room with no podium, staring straight into the camera. Terrible presentation. The content wasn't much better, of course. But I expect better presentation from the GOP than I do content.

Posted by: Blarg | February 25, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

I bet Chris really regrets naming his kid Bobby Jindal Cilliza.

Its amazing how the perception of Jindal changed in a matter of 15 minutes.

Looking forward to the next cheat sheet. With a tear, Chris will be forced to type "JINDAL FAIL."

Posted by: pjf3112000 | February 25, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

congrats, congrats!

obama did a great job, even getting republicans to their feet in several moments. it's exactly the kind of optimism people have been wanting. it was also striking how much more informal the whole affair felt, and i don't think it was only because it was a "non" State of the Union. Bush's states of the Union always felt buttoned up, but obama was cracking jokes, and it all strangely felt like a relief. he seemed confident and comfortable, putting people at ease.

i've concluded, on the other hand, that jindal's not the guy. he came off as a cross between a crank and a used car salesman. if we're to believe that monitor on msnbc, i wasn't the only one feeling this way. i hear he's wonky and is the brains of the GOP, but he's got to take some lessons about teleprompter reading, or he's going to have the same fate as mccain.

Posted by: plathman | February 25, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

CONGRATULATIONS, M/M FIX! Take the rest of the day off, and revel in the joy!

As far as last night's address...

******************************************

ONE GLARING ERROR, MR. PRESIDENT:

We DO torture.

With silent radiation weaponry...

...approved by the Bush Justice Department for covert "use" on innocent but "targeted" U.S. citizens deemed "undesirables" or "dissidents."

Please read these articles. Then BAN radiation weaponry, the hand-held moral equivalent of the atom bomb. (Start by banning it from your White House detail.)

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-targets-terrorizes-u-s-citizens

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-horrific-shame

OR (if links are corrupted/disabled):

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | February 25, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

CONGRATULATIONS, M/M FIX! Take the rest of the day off, and revel in the joy!

As far as last night's address...

******************************************

ONE GLARING ERROR, MR. PRESIDENT:

We DO torture.

With silent radiation weaponry...

...approved by the Bush Justice Department for covert "use" on innocent but "targeted" U.S. citizens deemed "undesirables" or "dissidents."

Please read these articles. Then BAN radiation weaponry, the hand-held moral equivalent of the atom bomb. (Start by banning it from your White House detail.)

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-targets-terrorizes-u-s-citizens

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-horrific-shame

OR (if links are corrupted/disabled):

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | February 25, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Fix!

Posted by: docromulus | February 25, 2009 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations to you and Mrs. Fix! I was wondering why you were MIA last night. Obviously covering much more important matters. You enjoy your new bundle of joy, we'll survive without you for a few days.

Posted by: CleverGirl_DC | February 25, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations on Junior Fix!

Posted by: bsimon1 | February 25, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Thought the President had a good night, but yours was obviously better.

Congratulations to you and Mrs. Fix!!

Posted by: yammy517 | February 25, 2009 9:16 AM | Report abuse

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