Obama basically told Congress to take a hike, but he said it in an upbeat and positive speech. It sounded more like he told them to take a pleasant walk. There was a nice moment when Obama was praising the American spirit and used the example of "how the son of a barkeep is the Speaker of the House." I think John Boehner was taken by surprise. But he had the presence of mind not to respond by trying to lift an imaginary wine glass. You know his first inclination was to lift a glass and shout "Drinks for everybody!"
The official Republican response came from Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers. But there were several other formal Republican responses, which begs the question of whether there is an “official” Republican response. Not to worry, Republicans—all of the responses were equally fatuous and empty. At least you all agree on having a total lack of substance. You could be forgiven for thinking that Cathy McMorris Rodgers was the lady from “Romper Room.” Really, she was so smiley and condescending that I thought for a moment that I had switched the channel to a local TV kids show. I was waiting for her to bring out hand puppets to talk about how mean that Mr. Obama was.
There were also Republican responses from Senator Mike Lee representing the Tea Party, and Rand Paul, representing… well, Rand Paul, I guess. There is no point in watching the Tea Party response unless you’re looking for a few good laughs. Prior Tea Party responses have come from the likes of Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain. What made Mike Lee want to join that roster? Was he concerned that his position as a U.S. Senator would make people take him too seriously? Signing up to give the Tea Party response to the SOTU is like volunteering to be the clown on top of the dunking tank at a charity event.
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