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January 27, 2010

State of the Union Viewer's Guide: Read Between the Lines

Posted by The MaryHunter at January 27, 2010 4:00 PM

For many, Obama's SOTU speech tonight will be a cheerleading fest for Dear Leader Koolaid drinkers still longing for the Hopeychange, their cranial nanobots functioning at full nanospeed. For others, it will be The One's State of Confusion speech, most useful if approached as a drinking game. For still others, it will be an opportunity to catch up on other DVR'd shows from the week they've missed, or a Wednesday night MMA competition.

Whatever it ends up being for you -- if even just a glance at the morning blogs and newspapers Thursday -- know this: Americans won't hear anything about the real state of our nation tonight.

Forget the prepared remarks and all the spin about the speech and concentrate on what isn't mentioned. That will tell you the true "State of the Union" for the overwhelming majority of citizens.

In truth, in times like these, no president would give a speech that reflected what was truly on our minds. Presidents don't do fear and depression. They're not about anxiety and worry. They may acknowledge such but to get at the root causes of why we feel the way we do at this moment in history is just not done. No one wants to hear how bad things are nor are the people anxious to be told that even worse times may be on the horizon. Cassandras are invariably tuned out while Pollyannas are embraced.

Perhaps a better name for this performance will be the State of Obfuscation Preach.