State Of The Union Address
I was pleased on a number of different points. I am glad to hear President Bush reiterate his steadfast resolve for Iraq. I am relieved to hear him repeat his pledge not to support Hamas, and to curb the radical growth in Iran. When the president reminded Congress about earmark reform, I shouted at him to ‘remember to veto any outrageous spending bills!’, and then I stood and applauded his call for a line-item veto.
I listened intently to the Opposition Party response, a relative newcomer to our Political System, instituted in the 1960s, wherein the Party out of office gets to speak after the President. It’s not with any of the fan-fare of the President, but then, the speaker isn’t the President. And it is done minutes after the President finishes speaking, so points are not deducted due to the hasty preparation and the like.
I think it was last year’s address that had two DNC pols taking turns speaking; whatever year it was, it was miserable. This year, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine gave the response, and he did an admirable job. There was a recurring theme, as nearly any pol’s speech will have, and that was ‘we can do better’, and I thought to myself that I had heard that line repeated somewhere before.
Thankfully, Britt Hume of Fox News gave me the answer I sought. Candidate Bill McKay used that same theme in his campaign speech. Who is Bill McKay? He was played by Robert Redford in 1972’s The Candidate. Far be it for me to suggest Gov. Kaine was having a Sen, Joe Biden moment; I’ll just chalk it up to a really good hook in a speech and leave it at that.
President Bush, SOTU, Congress, Hamas, Tim Kaine, Britt Hume, Robert Redford, Joseph Biden
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