Hey Union, How You Doin'?
In case you missed the State of the Union address last night—well, our Union is still here. And our friends at theSkimm are here, too, with a full rundown of what went on. Read on, then hop over to theSkimm.com to get your daily dose of news.
Now that the “rubble of crisis” is out of our way (phew), the State of our Union is strong (or stronger than the last time we had this chat). President Obama made clear he wants his second term to include a revived middle class with an agenda focused on the economy and jobs. Also, he wants a vote on guns. Sometimes a vote is just a vote. Except when it means so much more.
Hmm. OK, What Was the Tone?
We’ll be straight with you. It was the most boring of times, it was the most moving of times. SOTU was really a tale of two speeches.
What Was the First Part?
We learned we’re not in need of a bigger government, “but a smarter government that sets priorities” and invests in growth.
As in, what President Obama wants to do will cost money, but his proposals won’t increase the deficit, which he promises to reduce. He will only support “balanced” efforts that include spending cuts and tax increases.
As in, yeah, we probably shouldn’t let those automatic spending cuts happen since they would hurt the economy and stop important government programs.
As in, Al Gore might as well have been up there. The president wants Congress to do more on climate change and even gave a shout out to the work Sen. John McCain has done on this. Oh, ’08, how far away you seem.
As in, private costs a pretty penny. The president wants to make high-quality preschool education available to all of America’s children so that more graduate and less get knocked up as teens or turn into criminals.
As in, a new form of college rankings brought to you by Team Obama; “College Scorecard” will rank the most bang for your educational buck.
As in, it’s time to reform it. Send him the bill.
As in, “Fix-it-First,” a $50 billion program to fix the worst of the worst in infrastructure. And companies like Siemens and Apple are bringing jobs to the U.S. of A.
As in, our summer jobs would have been a lot cushier under Barry, who wants to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour, so no full-time worker is impoverished.
As in, another 34,000 troops are comin’ on home and by the end of next year our war will be over. Hooray! Too bad al Qaeda affiliates are still out there.
As in, a new signed, executive order that increases info sharing and protective standards.
So When Did it Get Good?
When the president talked about protecting our right to vote and our children. The Capitol transformed into an emotional chamber as President Obama emphatically (“Gabby Giffords deserves a vote;” “Newtown deserves a vote”) stated that gun control proposals deserve a vote, “because in the two months since Newtown, more than 1,000 birthdays, graduations, and anniversaries have been stolen from our lives by a bullet from a gun.” Chills.
How Was Joe?
Happy, smiley, fidgety, distracting. It took VP Biden awhile to find a comfortable position: tie in, tie out; glasses on, glasses off; pen cap on, pan cap off; rub injured eye, don’t rub injured eye. What was unclear? If his glasses were tinted purple. What was clear? He hearts Barry. A lot.
House Speaker Boehner was either suffering a severe case of dead leg or found it too difficult to stand and applaud for pretty much anything. Apparently, minimum wage, protecting voting rights, and celebrating a 102-year-old voter are not his thing.
Tell Me About Desiline
Desiline Victor is everyone’s new hero. The 102-year-old, who became a naturalized citizen in 2005, stood in line for hours to exercise her right to vote and cast her ballot in Florida last year. We’re going to take a guess she voted for Obama. She got a nice shout out and brought most (cough, Boehner, cough) to their feet. Get it gurl.
How Was the After-Party?
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) revealed to the nation that he has a drinking problem. As a part of the Republican rebuttal, Rubio challenged Obama’s commitment to the middle class and expansion of government. He worked hard on behalf of his party to appeal to the Hispanic community and the middle class. Perhaps, he worked too hard, as he needed a drawn-out, awkward gulp of water that made us wonder if he was also auditioning for a Poland Spring commercial. The SNL writing team will be sure to thank him for giving them an early start to this week’s script.
Who Didn’t Watch?
Banana Joe. Joe the Affenpinscher won Best in Show at the Westminster Dog Show. He beat out fan favorite Swagger, an Old English sheepdog. We expect both canines to go on to fame, fortune, and a mating life only the Situation could dream of.
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