Common Sense Responses To The SOTU, And “Stealing Thunder” *Open Thread*


Thankfully, the SOTU is over now, but not without Obama making some pretty incredible statements. Basically, he lamented what a crappy job he has done for the past five years, then claimed that HE was the solution to the problems that have been exacerbated during his tenure thus far. The Daily Caller has a great piece on this very topic, “Obama Offers His Policies As The Cure For The Obama Economy.”

But nobody can sum it up better than Charles Krauthammer on the All Star Panel Tuesday night:

Uh, yeah. And that sets up the Republicans nicely, doesn’t it? They can just play Obama off of himself on issue after issue after issue.

Including this one. That would be Obama’s pander to women and how women should be paid more, and how we need to get away from “Mad Men” mentality. Well, he can start with himself – again – and pay women on his staff the same as he does the men. Just sayin’.

Speaking of women, the GOP response was given by Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers. I thought she did a good job of differentiating the ideology of the GOP from what Obama espoused in the SOTU. The Hill has more:

[…] The speech, which was billed as the formal GOP response to Obama’s address, served as a national introduction of sorts for McMorris Rodgers, the highest-ranking female Republican lawmaker in Congress and a rising star in the party.

Speaking from a couch in a softly lit room, she gave a confident address that emphasized her three children and hit on broad themes to strike a contrast with Obama.

“Tonight the president made more promises that sound good, but won’t actually solve the problems actually facing Americans,” she said. “We want you to have a better life. The president wants that too. But we part ways when it comes to how to make that happen.”

As The Hill noted, McMorris-Rodgers, unlike previous Republicans given this opportunity, was assured and shone in her response. She offered a clear vision of how the GOP differs from Obama:

[…] “The president talks a lot about income inequality,” she said. “But the real gap we face today is one of opportunity inequality. And with this administration’s policies, that gap has become far too wide.”

She added that the GOP’s plans would not involve “more spending, government bailouts and red tape.”

She highlighted school choice and immigration, but on the latter issue said Republicans are working on a step-by-step solution to secure the border and make sure talented immigrants can continue to find their way to the United States.

The congresswoman criticized ObamaCare as a one-size-fits-all government solution that has failed to meet its promises of broader coverage and lower costs.

“Not long ago I got a letter from Bette in Spokane [Wash.], who hoped the president’s healthcare law would save her money but found out instead that her premiums were going up nearly $700 a month,” she said. “No, we shouldn’t go back to the way things were, but this law is not working. Republicans believe healthcare choices should be yours, not the government.”

She repeatedly stressed the role of everyday Americans over what politicians are doing in Washington.[…] (Click here to read the rest.)

Indeed. I think that sums it up pretty well. Government needs to work FOR us, a concept that is foreign to this Administration.

My US Senator, Tim Scott, also had a great response to Obama’s SOTU:

I think Senator Scott nailed it on the head when he implies that it is WE the people, not We the Government.

But there was one moment that, from all accounts, overshadowed Obama. That would be Army Ranger Cory Remsburg. From The Hill:

Cory Remsburg stole the show at Tuesday’s State of the Union address.

President Obama’s tribute to the Army Ranger severely wounded on his 10th deployment to Afghanistan brought the entire House chamber to its feet, offering a bipartisan ovation far longer and stronger than for any of the president’s proposals.

Remsburg, in fact, commanded the room 30 minutes before Obama even arrived.

Lawmakers chatting on the House floor and awaiting the arrival of dignitaries stopped to applaud as the uniformed Remsburg, blind in one eye and with only partial use of his left side, struggled down a handful of steep steps to his seat in the front row of the House gallery in first lady Michelle Obama’s box.


After dozens of surgeries and years of rehabilitation, he can speak and walk again.

“Like the Army he loves, like the America he serves, Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg never gives up, and he does not quit,” Obama said, as Republicans, Democrats and even the stoic justices of the Supreme Court rose from their seats.

He quoted Remsburg as saying that while his recovery has been difficult, “nothing in life that’s worth anything is easy.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)

If anyone deserved a standing ovation, it was this brave young man, who continues to evidence tremendous strength and will in that last quote from him: “Nothing in life that’s worth anything is easy.”

Amen to that.

Despite Obama using this fine young man as a prop to make himself look good, nothing can diminish the integrity, the honor, and the service of Cory Remsburg.

And now the SOTU is over, pundits will continue to analyze Obama’s speech, his pitting himself against himself, and his continued claims to ignore the Constitution. That is all to say, same-o, same-o.

But there were some bright stars Tuesday evening, and for those rays of light, Rep. McMorris-Rodgers, Senator Tim Scott, and Army Ranger Cory Remsburg. For those people, and the many Americans they represent, I am grateful.

This is an Open Thread. Feel free to discuss whatever! Oh, and befoer I forget, the winner of the chocolates and Pepto Bismol is Ferd Berfle! Well done, Ferd – I cannot imagine how you made it through, but thanks for keeping us posted!


40 Responses to “Common Sense Responses To The SOTU, And “Stealing Thunder” *Open Thread*”

  1. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Okay – this has absolutely nothing to do with the SOTU, but it does have to do with the Super Bowl. Once again, Budweiser has come through with a great commercial:

    • SSDD Says:

      Well…first that is one of my favorite songs they played in the background by Passenger. Second….that was brilliant! I loved this commercial….the people that write these things are geniuses…and tlhey know how to touch people’s hearts.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        You’ll be glad to know this video plays a featured role in the post I am setting up for tomorrow. Wasn’t it so cute? I could watch it a thousand times…

  2. helenk3 Says:

    do not eat or drink before reading

    the NothingButCrap channel spews again

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      OHMYGOSH – this is abt to make me cuss a blue streak. Wow. Just WOW. How DARE Todd compare OBAMA to a real war hero! What in idiot. Good grief. Wow. I have to stop now…

      • helenk3 Says:

        CBS compares backtrack to war hero also

        everytime you think the libs and msm can no go any lower they exceed expectations

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          What in the hell is WRONG with these people?? Perhaps it is because they are so removed from those who put themselves in harm’s way for us that they can make so incredibly absurd and incomprehensible statements. They are seriously messed up, and haven’t even the tiniest bit of journalistic integrity.

          I just cannot get over this. What in the world has Obama EVER done that would remotely even put him in the same universe as someone like the Ranger? When he was a member of the “Choom Gang” hanging out doing drugs? When he was hanging out with domestic terrorist Bill Ayers? When he lied abt what happened in Benghazi? I could go on and on and on, but you get the point – it is the most ludicrous assertion EVER.

    • SSDD Says:

      Yep helenk…I read that and the reaction was pretty visceral for me. The grifters…Barry and Mooch…used that brave soldier to make them look as if they give a rat’s ass about the military or the great sacrifices they make. Cory was nothing but a prop for them…was disgusting and disturbing on so many levels. I didn’t watch the SOTU. I have seen clips though…was enough for me. It was just more petulence and lies…the same thing you can get from Obama any day of the week.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Did you see the look on Obama’s face as people kept clapping for Cory? He barely was clapping and wasn’t smiling. I thought that was telling indeed…

  3. helenk3 Says:

    watch biden

  4. helenk3 Says:

    factchecker rips backtrack’s SOTU

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Oh, thanks for this – I was waiting for the Factcheckers to demonstrate what a crock was the SOTU…

  5. helenk3 Says:

    what are the odds this guy will get any campaign money from the backtrack bunch

  6. helenk3 Says:

    this is very telling
    backtrack invites illegals to speech but will not meet with ICE agents. know where his priorities are

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      If Obama is so blatantly breaking the law, why has he not been brought up on impeachment charges? It is still illegal to be here without proper documentation. For the POTUS to so blatantly flaunt the law should mean SOMETHING, shouldn’t it??

      And ICE – they need to be hammering Congress abt Obama’s unwillingness to meet with them. It is obscene what Obama gets away with now.

  7. helenk3 Says:

    great comments

  8. helenk3 Says:

    so women are only one body part. did not know that

  9. helenk3 Says:

    my daughter from NJ traveled to Georgia to help a friend get their home ready to rent.
    my advice stay off the roads. you know how to drive in ice and snow but the drivers down there do not

    no matter how old they get they still give you grey hair

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      You know that’s right! Yeah, we don’t know how to drive down here in this kind of weather. And we are not really prepared for it with plow trucks and stuff. Heck, we had to have some major bridges shut down because of the weather.

      I hope your daughter got there safely!

  10. helenk3 Says:

    they really have no good excuse for installing and lazy, unwilling to work with others in the whitehouse, so they use this really getting old excuse

  11. helenk3 Says:

    WOW Alan West really nailed it

    small balls and a wounded warrior gets stabbed in the back

  12. helenk3 Says:

    GOP rep to maddow you’re a cheerleader for the administration not a journalist


    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      AHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Good for him! And he is ABSOLUTELY right. Just glad someone finally told her to her face. Love it!

  13. helenk3 Says:

    isn’t this just peachy
    another government spying on consumers program that is not protected from hackers

  14. helenk3 Says:

    a must watch video on the SOTU speech

  15. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Don’t know why they are talking abt her in terms of being a VP candidate – why not a PRESIDENTIAL candidate?? She is the highest ranking Rep. woman in the House – that says something, doesn’t it? Here’s the story:

  16. helenk3 Says:

    just a reminder

  17. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    For a TOTAL departure from politics, an old friend sent me this today. Had me smiling and tapping my foot. SO cute:

    • SSDD Says:

      Oh….I want to take them all home now….how absolutely adorable was this vid. These folks were brilliant to come up with it.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Aren’t they so cute? I swear, it is so hard to NOT want to get more after seeing something like this!

  18. helenk3 Says:

    debate starting 7:30pm est

  19. helenk3 Says:

    I am so glad that I watched the debate.
    De’souza wiped the floor with ayres.

    ayres spewing the same of bs from the 60s.
    listening to him talk about education, healthcare and how bad the corporations are is like listening to a broken record.
    how bad America is because at one time we had slavery. funny how the fact that we had a civil war and millions died to abolish slavery does not seem to get mentioned.
    voting rights, same war gave that right to former slaves and due to the militant women who stood up, marched and preached women got that right, he still talks as if that never happened
    white supremacy. to him is still a problem. I guess he sees a little green man in the mirror and does not realize he is white.
    limit guns, while he made bombs
    change the Constitiution,but no real answer on what parts should be changed.
    claims our kids are not smart enough, but forgets to mention just how much he and those like him have dumbed down our education system
    Is so against free enterprise and wealth, while those things gave him a better childhood than most, and saved his skinny ass when he ran home to daddy to keep him out of jail

    DeSousa knows our history and I really wish he was the one teaching our kids.
    He loves this country and what she stand for.

    one of the best things he said and I will never forget it is

    the USA offers you the ability to write the script of your own life

    how America taught the rest of the world that free enterprise works.
    Why people from all over the world want to come here

    If it ever comes on you tube, i will watch it again and bookmark it and send it to my kids and grand kids

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