Obama’s State of the Union Speech: “THE BIG I”

by CJFosdick on February 1, 2010


“Oh, Lord, it’s hard to be humble when you’re perfect in every way…”*

President Obama’s first State of the Union Speech on January 27, 2010 was simply a regurgitation of his campaign promises he gave before he was elected President in 2008. A few new ideas, such as off-shore drilling, were lost in the minutia of seventy minutes of speaking (The longest State of the Union Speech in forty years.) His ideas were simply old, tired reruns of what he said at the beginning of his presidency in January, 2009, and what he said in his campaign speeches. But “THE BIG I” has spoken

“To know me is to love me, I must be a hell of a man…”*

In this seventy minutes of speaking, he said the word,  “I”  96 times — 96 times in seventy minutes. Further, he said the words,   “Me or Mine”  eighteen times. That’s a grand total of 114 times he referred to himself. Dividing 114 references to himself into 70 minutes , you get an average of 1.63 mentions of himself per minute.  Yes, “THE BIG I” has spoken.

“I have lots of friends if I want to, but then I wouldn’t stand out in a crowd…”*

Obama’s demeanor was far from being apologetic for any mistakes he might have made in the first year of his presidency. No, he sounded arrogant, even angry, apparently upset that he has to be fighting the same old tired, tried methods and sound-bites he used in days of yore.  Some likened his speech to a collage lecture. He mostly blamed the current Democratic problems on any and everything he could find to blame; none of this, “The Buck Stops Here” approach he has mouthed in recent speeches. “THE BIG I.”

“Some folks say I am egotistical; Hell I don’t even know what that means…”*

He mostly blamed the Bush administration for leaving him such a mess, that nothing now is his fault. But, words read off a teleprompter are not a substitute for actions. Since he ran a retread of old speeches, apparently even he realizes how little he has accomplished in the last year. In this very partisan speech, from Bush, he blamed banks, Democrats, Republicans, Wall Street, new reporters, even the Supreme Court. He bad-mouthed Washington in general, as if he were above Washington. Unfortunately, Obama is the head of Washington and problems he is referring to stem from his leadership and example.

“Oh, Lord, it is hard to be humble, but I’m doing the best that I can…”*

Now, he barely mentioned some ideas as an apparent attempt to include some conservative ideas, such as off-shore drilling, clean coal techniques, and nuclear power. He didn’t specify though, but did go on and talk to some length about green energy development.  I got the impression he wasn’t serious about any energy development except green.

“I can’t wait to look in the mirror, ‘cause I get better looking each day…”

Obama knows he doesn’t have to fight this Democratic fight for survival alone. He had “Bobble-headed Joe Biden” behind him flopping his head up and down in agreement. He also had “Fake-smile-pasted-on Nancy Pelosi” behind, trying hard to look in agreement with the words, but actually looking quite insincere. Now luckily, Harry Reid was hidden in the audience yawning and nodding off as the seventy minutes went on and on. At least Harry wasn’t behind the president. However, the audience interrupted Obama’s speech something like 69 times, giving the impression of approval and agreement. Yet, how little the substance fundamentally has changed since Obama’s rise to power. Obama, if nothing else, is tenacious and stubborn.  He is still trying force his liberal agenda down the throats of an unwilling America; people actually are disenchanted and disenfranchised. In an on-line poll given by Sean Hannity, 87% of the respondents said that Obama did terrible on this speech; only 8% said it was a great speech. Interesting!

“Oh, Lord, it’s hard to be humble when you’re perfect in every way…”*
“To know me is to love me, I must be a hell of a man…”*

Just remember, Mr. President, from the top it’s a long way down. You have begun to tumble and you have no one but yourself to blame. You may not believe it, but the American public believes that the buck does stop with you. Start accepting that and act on it, and maybe you can regain your sinking popularity again.

*”Oh, Lord it’s Hard to be Humble”:  a popular song in the 1980’s, by Mac Davis.

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