Obama’s State of the Campaign Address

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It was officially called the State of the Union Address, but what President Obama actually delivered on Tuesday night was a campaign speech targeted directly at his base. The message went something like this: “Unions, environmentalists, teachers, Hispanic immigrants, women, I’m your president…I’m your candidate.”

Consider the code words and messages sprinkled throughout the speech.

The president began with a shameless signal to the Code Pink crowd and anti-war left—the folks who fueled his rise and run for the White House. “For the first time in nine years, there are no Americans fighting in Iraq,” he declared, sidestepping the unraveling situation that has emerged as a result. And he went on: “We’ve begun to wind down the war in Afghanistan. Ten thousand of our troops have come home. Twenty-three thousand more will leave by the end of this summer.” Again, never mind what is left behind.

For Big Labor, he boasted about his efforts to get “workers and automakers to settle their differences” and get a government-owned, union-run General Motors “back on top as the world’s number one automaker.”

He gratuitously mentioned a “unionized plant in Milwaukee” and cited key union cities in key states for good measure: “Detroit and Toledo and Chicago…Cleveland and Pittsburgh.”

For the teachers’ unions, he lamented how “tight budgets have forced states to lay off thousands of teachers” and called on Congress to give states “the resources to keep good teachers on the job.” Drifting into meaningless platitudes, he promised that in exchange he would support programs to “replace teachers who just aren’t helping kids learn.”

While on the subject of meaningless platitudes, the president boasted that “there are fewer illegal crossings than when I took office.” The reason for that, of course, is that he’s presiding over the worst economy in four decades. In other words, there are no jobs to entice immigrants to cross America’s southern border—legally or illegally. (See Mitch Daniels’ sparkling rebuttal for more on why.)

But the president’s main message on immigration was for the amnesty lobby: “Hundreds of thousands of talented, hardworking students in this country face another challenge: The fact that they aren’t yet American citizens. Many were brought here as small children, are American through and through, yet they live every day with the threat of deportation,” he chided. “Let’s at least agree to stop expelling responsible young people,” who, it pays to recall, are not responsible enough to legalize their status.

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  • betwyan

    The GOP is not gonna beat this guy. It's basically over. When so many people are on some form of govt. subsidy and when the media acts as his cheerleader, it's a done deal. Barry Soetoro for 5 more years.

  • pierce

    God help us betwyan. If there were more of you we would not need an election, but fortunately there is a National Election in November. Let the people speak.
    I got a feeling they don't and won't agree with you. I certainly don't.

  • RiverFred

    Democrats have 44% of the votes without campaigning, perhaps more with 43 million on food stamps and who knows what else Obozo has handed out with your tax money.
    If Obozo wins grab your gold, sell your assets and move to another country.

    • wsk

      Where would you move to? Europe? It's time to stand and fight for our country. I will vote for ABO. A sack of rocks will be better than the man-child messiah.

    • Curious

      With at least one person seeking the Republian presidential nomination not being nominated by the GOP will result in a THIRD PARTY. This person or persons will take enough votes from the Republican Party to give Obama more than enough Electorial College Votes to be reelected in 2012 but with beween 40 the 44 percent of the popular vote. Liberal Democrats seeking election to the Senate and House will ride his coattails into a SUPER MAJORITY of the legislature thus he will have a rubber stamp congress. Where to move or what to do will be each individuals own decision but we are betting there will several states leave the new USSA (United Socialist State of America) and want to be called NEW AMERICA or something similar with its own consitution, president etc. The present anti-war president will not want to go to war to stop this believing this new country will fail and people will be crawing back on hands and knees to be under His rule.

  • Curious

    QUESTION? From an outsiders point of view, WHAT IS THE STATE OF THE UNION as described in Obamas address? Is this address ordered, authorized, mandated or what and by whom–the Consitution or the Congress? If it is required by the constitution and the present president did not tell Congress the State of the Union was the president in violation of any laws for which he could be impeached?

  • j blevins

    Anatomy of an Obama compromise: Obama wanted to require everybody to have free birth control/abortion insurance, he ordered every employer to provide it including the Churches, he said it was a "balanced" compromise, Churches balked pointing out that little ole thing called the Constitution which Obama thinks is obsolete, instead of admitting he was wrong (has he ever done that?) he decided what the next "compromise" would be and ordered insurance companies to provide the coverage free. he said the Churches could pretend they were off the hook. since nothing is free, everyone knows the cost will be built in the rates somewhere. Note that both of his so called compromises were what he decided on his own, not exactly the definition of compromise. there is also another little "constitution" problem with the president ordering a private business to give a "free" service, but, hey, Obama has decided that the constitution does not apply to him. what i don't understand is what does it take to get the left's attention. aren't there any Christian Democrats left????? you would think they would be outraged. i guess politics trumps God too.