Ah, what's better than a man standing before 435 people (plus cabinet members, judges and special guests) of mixed races and mixed parties sharing his dreams and goals for a nation? Umm... the fashion (pant suits! tie choices!), the ass-kissing, the cliches, the FORMER REAL WORLD CAST MEMBERS NOW SERVING IN CONGRESS. Yes, all of those things are what make this night, one of the greatest nights of the year.
Let's start with Sean Duffy getting some screen time. This guy used to be on MTV's The Real World in Boston, now he's a US Representative serving Wisconsin's 7th district. Real World? Talk about moving up in the real world. Google him. I think he even did one of the challenges once.
Gabby Giffords: are you kidding me? Tears. Tears streaming down my face. Big tears, small tears. All kind of tears. She's a hero. She's incredible. Let's name a building after her.
Let's try to hit the high points.
I think Hillary Clinton's longer hair is nice. It makes her softer. It also screams, "I don't give a crap." She went with a subtle pantsuit this year in comparison to her usual tribute to Dixie Carter in years past.
Joe Biden wasted zero time in blowing his nose on television. Obama barely started talking before Biden blew and before Obama got his first standing ovation. The big three all went with pretty regular tie choices. Last year they all went with a purple hue. I liked Biden's the best.
According to Obama the defining issue of our time is how to keep the American dream alive. I'm all for that! Let's keep this ship sailing, son!
Loved the Detroit shout out. I think the American auto industry is back. I mean, have you seen the Chrysler commercials lately? I'm in. Get me whatever Dr. Dre is driving!
This kind of got me, "What’s happening in Detroit can happen in other industries. It can happen in Cleveland and Pittsburgh and Raleigh." Maybe it's because I'm from the south and when I think of Raleigh I think of trees and pretty things and when I think of Cleveland and Pittsburgh I think of the exact opposite of trees and pretty things, but these cities should not be in the same category. Just saying.
Bringing jobs home. I'm all for this! He made a few points about tax breaks and helping businesses re-set up shop in America. But, there was no mention of how any of this was going to happen. "And if you want to relocate in a community that was hit hard when a factory left town, you should get help financing a new plant, equipment, or training for new workers." Great idea! Where's the money coming from to do that? Let me know, POTUS!
Real question: Where do they find the random citizens with comeback stories featured sitting with Michelle?
Education. Some lofty ideas with nothing ready to go to make any of them happen.
"At a time when Americans owe more in tuition debt than credit card debt, this Congress needs to stop the interest rates on student loans from doubling in July." As one of these people, I hope this happens. I've certainly enjoyed the tax break the last two years. Also, real question: is it really possible to rack up that much credit card debt? I mean, what are you people buying? My education debt started out in the 20k range, the same price as a decent car. Did you buy a car on a credit card? A shit ton of boots? What? I really need to know.
I will not back down from protecting our kids from mercury pollution..." THANK GOD, right?! It's like, finally! Somebody wants to stand up against mercury pollution. I was super tired of cancer getting so much press.