Drew, on Jan 23 2007, 03:14 PM, said:
I don't know which is more bothersome to me: the fact that American Idol is going to be cut short for the SOTU address, or the fact that I'm pretty apathetic about anything the President has to say right now.
The matters of the country far outweigh a bunch of singer wannabe's and grouchy judge with an accent.
So he's supposedly going to talk domestic issues like immigration and health care and education and energy. Is there any reason to presume that after six years in office he's actually got some good responses to these issues?
He's talked about these issues six times before, along with alternative energy funding. Nothing much has happened other than talking about them.
Wow, I've become quite cynical, haven't I?
You mean there was a time when you weren't?
Spectacles, on Jan 23 2007, 03:32 PM, said:
I think I'll watch it with the sound off....
Yes, to do so would be depriving yourself the information you need to see what direction Bush intends to go. Despite not liking the guy, I did watch, with the sound turned up.
Two-faced Hillary was a piece of work. She spares no moment ripping the President apart on anything he says or wants to do, but here you see her beaming and applauding much of what he had to say. If that ain't hypocracy...
Pelosi I am extremely disappointed in. She gave instructions for Democrats to be fair and kind to Bush during his speech, yet she herself did not applaud when her peers did in certain moments. She doesn't have to agree to him, but she should at least give the man respect. He gave her a very warm welcome, and said very kind words about her before everyone in Congress. She didn't recipricate in kind with her behavior sitting behind him. As Speaker of the House, she should set high standards, and she failed by letting her personal attitude get in the way.
There are a lot of things that I did not agree with, but that doesn't mean I would disrespect the man. Feel free to disagree, I know you will. That's fine, I don't care since this board is overwhelmingly liberal.
I did find it a nice touch that Bush mentioned the man who risked his life saving another in the NY subway, and others who are shining examples of how good people can be, and what good things people can do. That I have to give Bush credit for. We need to be reminded of that.
As much as I hate the war, Bush did make a good case, and he is right. If we pull out, the radical nut cases will have a field day in Iraq, and things will get a 1,000 times worse than they are now. It isn't right to just quit. We'd (America) be blamed for it for generations. It's a sucky situation. Terrible, sad, pointless, and bloodfilled. But it does need to be tended to. As much as I hate admitting that, it's true. But it must be done wisely, with careful planning and proper intelligence in order to minimize casualties. With the right decisions and planning, it can be done.
I don't agree with his healthcare ideas. Nor am I satisfied with his illegal immigrants plans. But I'll give him credit for trying. Considering he walked right into the lion's den and all.