- Posted January 29, 2014 by
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Trapped in a 'Peanuts' Cartoon - State of the Union Address
As I sat in my recliner tonight intently trying to keep from drowsing off as President Barack Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union Address, I felt as if I was trapped in a "Peanuts" cartoon.
You know when the adults are speaking, but all you hear is "wahwahwahwahwahwah."
All I heard that came out clearly were six words: "I will act on my own."
While the President always scores high marks as an orator, and did again tonight, I found the President lacking on anything of substance beyond what he has proposed time and again in the other four addresses. The President noted the successes, minor that most have been, and rehashed what he once again this year hoped he could get the Congress to do.
The President did strike the right chords to applause, standing and cheering, as he pushed themes near and dear to the hearts of women. One Congresswoman was even dancing in the aisle as the President called for equal pay for equal work.
But we've heard this all before.
Little the President brought forth in tonight's State of the Union was enough to spark that hope which charged Americans out of apathy and complacency in the heady days of 2008.
That is until the very end when the President reaffirmed his commitment to the military and our veterans - especially with special guest Sergeant First Class Cory Remsburg, a wounded warrior who continues to fight back from the injuries that nearly killed him in Afghanistan.
The best part of the night, the strongest point, was at the end.
But it had nothing to do with the President or his policies. It was all about Sergeant Remsburg. Remsburg exemplifies the American spirit and the American dream.
From the Cornfield, unfortunately nothing I heard tonight gives me much to cheer about in the coming year. There was nothing I heard from the President tonight which will propel Democratic candidates to take over the House of Representatives come November or to keep the Republicans from taking control of the US Senate.
Read the complete transcript of the President's 2014 State of the Union Address: http://cnn.com/interactive/2014/01/politics/sotu-speech-transcript/index.html?hpt=po_c1