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The man knows his audience: ignorant and hateful

January 28, 2008

Barack Obama (via his campaign flunkies) sent out the following email (with the subject line "My response to Bush") after tonight's SOTU:
Tonight, Governor Kathleen Sebelius spoke eloquently to the nation on behalf of our party.

But I wanted to share my personal response to George Bush's final State of the Union with you.

Watch my response here: [Note: Yes, there's a video; no, I didn't link it]

Next year, when it will be the job of someone new to report on the state of our union, the entire nation can have a president they believe in.

And with your help in the coming days and weeks, that's the kind of president I will be.
Now, I have only two brief comments to make about that message:

(1) The man knows his audience. They don't want to hear GWB called "President Bush" -- after all, he's illegitimate, a Nazi, a far-right uncompromising b****rd, and so many other things. Given this, Obama is making a very calculated insult by simply calling the President "Bush" in the subject line of his email (though I suppose we should actually be applauding him for not pulling an MSNBC and titling it "My response to The Monkey").

(2) Clearly, Mr. Obama doesn't know -- and of course his devout followers are unaware -- that State of the Union addresses aren't given by newly inaugurated executives. A new President doesn't go before a joint session of Congress and report on the State of the Union as he inherited it; otherwise, nearly every four (or eight) years we'd get a SOTU dedicated to describing our country as being in a shambles, on the brink of depression, and in its death throes. Addresses can be given to joint sessions, but in an inaugural year, SOTU addresses are not.

Therefore, contrary to his own written promise, Obama's first prospective SOTU would not be "next year," but would be in 2010. But hey, who cares about details? They so get in the way of a good hate-fueled campaign.


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