This evening, President Obama spent a fairly large chunk of the early part of his fifth State of the Union regurgitating the same tired ideas and bromides to fix the economy that we heard in his first State of the Union. This, even though these policies have delivered the slowest and most lackluster economic recovery in almost a century. (Snip) A few minutes after the president´s speech, Florida Senator Marco Rubio gave the Republican response, during which there was an awkward moment when he stopped to take a sip of water.
Comments: Rubio´s was a great speech, and the water pause we can relate to. Prior to this, my 81 y.o. mother said, "Listen - he needs a drink of water." So rather than distract us with a dry, rasping voice, he broke decorum and got himself a drink. Had he not done so, the media focus would have been on his dry, raspy voice, rather than the content of a good speech. How silly! Today´s media would have asked 148 years ago, "Aside from that, how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?"
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M Stuart, 2/13/2013 1:57:07 AM (No. 9173487)
Chris Mathews is being crude as usual. This water bottle thing is the 0bama way of starting the destruction of Rubio.
If the LSM has any fairness (which they don´t), they´d remember how they treated Bill Clinton after his unending nomination speech of Dukakis. He just laughed, and they LOVED IT! Talk about "in the tank"!
Eh, it was pretty funny -- especially the lead up to it as it was obvious boy wonder had a major case of the nervous dry mouth high school debaters often get when tgey find themselves in front of a big audience for the first time. Panic set in and he ackwardly guzzled that water rather hysterically. Not ready for prime time. And as much as he tries to sell himself on his biography, ala Oblahma, he sounds more like a preening John Edwards than an Obama. Say what you want about Dear Leader, but the guy is smooth.
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Grant Hodges, 2/13/2013 4:00:44 AM (No. 9173513)
Smooth? Obama is poorly educated and doesn´t even bother to read the papers. The U.S. is leading the charge in reducing meaningless carbon dioxide output and does Stinky the Gunrunner know it? No, ...he´s stupid. He is needlessly plowing under the US economy while by his measure we are doing more than anyone else in the world to reduce meaningless CO2. I mean, believing in Co2 catastrophism is the surest sign of a low intellect and toadying along with those who do, is no. 2. I´m so frustrated. Stinky has no idea what is going on.
Why couldn´t they put him at a podium with a glass of water, or at the very least have the water at arm´s length? The whole thing was so awkward and made me cringe. I knew the enemedia would harp on it! But I did love the speech!
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