**POST-SOTU UPDATE** — Welcome Instapundit & Tammy Bruce readers! Please check out this SOTU preview from yesterday by my co-blogger Dan, GayPatriotWest.
Okay, I’m the guy that never walks out on the worst movie. But I couldn’t bear American Idol tonight anymore. Horrible. So I’ve switched to the Fox News Channel to live blog the SOTU.
Laura Bush just walked in to take her seat. Love her pink dress! 🙂 Looks like she may have a woman from Iraq sitting with her.
9:01 PM. The Supreme Court is entering. Hey, Teddy…. that is Chief Justice ROBERTS and Associate Justice ALITO walking by you with lifetime appointments. House Clerk, ready the CPR machine!
9:02 PM. Jim Nicholson, Sec’y of Veterans Affairs, is the guy from the Cabinet who was picked to stay behind. That means if Tom Clancy’s fiction ever became reality, we’d have President Nicholson. Oh boy, whoopie.
9:04 PM. FOX is reporting that Cindy Sheehan was taken out of the House gallery in handcuffs for trying to unfurl a banner. Hahahahaha!
9:05 PM. Who are these people coming down the aisle? And it looks like pink dresses are in vogue tonight! (I am wearing a blue robe in case anyone cares.)
9:06 PM. Brit Hume was just saying that there was talk of impeaching the President which reflected the tenor of Congress right now. He also said they didn’t have much political momentum and that rallies to impeach the President this week in Washington, DC have been (his words) “sparsely attended.”
9:08 PM. President Bush has been announced and he’s walking into the House chamber now. Looks like Nancy Pelosi, Bill Frist and Roy Blunt are immediately behind. I’d laugh if Pelosi broke a heel and took a tumble.
9:10 PM. Bush just shook Condi’s hand and bounded up to the podium. Now we wait for the endless applause to end. I’m glad to be out of Washington. These sucker-uppers really give me the creeps.
9:12 PM. Hahahahaha. The cameras showed JF Kerry after Bush was introduced as “the President of the United States.” Thank God the American people chose correctly.
Bush is now honoring the passing of Coretta Scott King.
9:13 PM. “Even tough debates can be conducted in a civil tone.” (Hear that, Democrats??) “Tonight the State of the Union is strong, and we will make it stronger.”
9:14 PM. I had to switch to CNN (eeeek), because the FNC feed was breaking up.
“The only way to control our destiny is by our leadership, so the United States of America will continue to lead.”
9:17 PM. “At the start of 2006, more than half the people of the world live in democratic nations. And we do not forget the other half. ”
9:18 PM. “The terrorists hope these horrors will break our will, allowing the violent to inherit the earth. But they have miscalculated. We love our freedom and we will fight to keep it.” (Well, unless you are a SurrenderCrat.)
9:20 PM. “If we were to leave these vicious attacker alone, they would not leave us alone. They would simply move the battle to our shores…. by leaving an assaulted world to itself, we would signal to the world that we no longer believe in our own ideals. We will never surrender to evil.”
BRAVO! Even John Kerry stood up and gave a small golf clap.
9:21 PM. Bush is laying out the strategy and successes in the War on Terror in Afghanistan and Iraq. “Iraqis are showing courage everyday, and we are proud to be their allies in the cause of freedom.”
At this line, the cameras show NO Democrats applauding that line at all. Does that mean they support the insurgency? One would think so, wouldn’t one?
9:23 PM. “Fellow citizens we are in this fight to win, and we are winning.” Only Republicans are standing. I suppose Democrats still “support the troops”, right? Yeah, right.
9:25 PM. “Yet there is a difference between responsible criticism that aims for success and defeatism that refuses to acknowledge anything but failure. Hindsight alone is not wisdom and second-guessing is not a strategy.” BAM!
9:26 PM. “Our nation has only one option: We must keep our word, defeat our enemies, and stand behind our American military in this vital mission.”
Now the Democrats stupidly stand, unknowingly supporting the MISSION in Iraq through Bush’s last words. What idiots.
9:28 PM. Bush spends some time honoring our all-volunteer armed forces and the sacrifices of their families.
Sidenote…. live blogging is harder than I thought! Thank God for typing class!! 🙂
9:29 PM. Why do they keep showing Harold Ford and Joe Lieberman constantly on CNN?
9:31 PM. President is spending quite a lot of time on the nuclear threat from Iran. He tells the Iranian people we want to become the best of friends and hopes we will. (But not when a former hostage taker is their lunatic President!)
9:32 PM. Bush is making an interesting thread by tying the spread of democracy, defeating Islamists, and withdrawal from the world to the health and well-being of the entire globe.
9:34 PM. Bush reminds some Members of Congress of the hard work that the first responders and law enforcement in protecting us
9:35 PM. Bush is making a very strong defense of the NSA international phone call spying effort. He points out that two of the 9/11 hijackers made calls to their leaders and such an effort by the NSA would have picked up on that. (Hillary shakes her head and makes her I-need-to-chew-some-twigs-beaver-face.) I now observe she is chewing gum. What a class act from Hope, Arkansas.
9:37 PM. “Our own generation is in a long war against a determine enemy. A war that will be fought by Presidents of both parties. Tonight I need your support.”
9:39 PM. Bush has begun the economic/domestic portion of his speech. The theme seems to be victory versus defeat (both in the War on Terror and economic policies). Interesting thread, I’d say!
9:40 PM. Sorry, my eyes are glazing over on this economic stuff. When the economy is this good (sans the deficit), just stay out of the way! And no gas tax, Mr. Sullivan!
9:41 PM. Does anyone outside the beltway really understand what “earmark reform” is? Or the “line-item veto” for that matter. I care, but do my neighbors here in Charlotte? I doubt it.
9:42 PM. Good crack about the baby boomers turning 60 this year, including two of Bush 41’s favorite people: “me and President Clinton.” (Hillary smirks annoyingly trying to stifle a laugh that most of the other humans in the room gave into.)
9:43 PM. “Congress did not act on my proposal to save Social Security.” Democrats applaud. Does that mean they support destroying Social Security???? Those normal people outside the beltway would be led to believe so based on that reaction.
I’m pretty convinced no one in that room has the interest of America ahead of their own re-election. Boy, I’ve become cynical, eh?
9:45 PM. “We need stronger immigration reform and stronger border control.” Amen, Mr. President. You should have mentioned this first! (Why does Michael Chertoff, Homeland Security chieftain, remind me of a character from the Addams Family?)
9:47 PM. I see the Gay Lefty Moonbats are in full force in the GP Comments (the “Joes”). Too funny and too typical, thereby too sad.
9:48 PM. “America is addicted to oil.” Yup, and most of it comes from enemies or weak allies abroad. But our SurrenderCrats will not allow American oil exploration. They would sacrifice our economic freedom and national security to kowtow to their radical environazi fundraisers.
9:50 PM. Technology, blah, blah, energy, blah, blah. Eyes glazing over.
9:51 PM. The American Competitiveness Initiative is announced. Focus to teach kids math and science. And double Fed commitment to basic research like nanotechnology, supercomputing, and alternative energy. Sounds like a great idea. Now let’s make sure our kids can read.
9:53 PM. Saxby (PatriotPooch) and I are anxious to watch this week’s episode of “24” (via TiVO) so I hope this wraps up soon.
9:54 PM. Did he say “drug use is down among you” or “youth.”? Heh heh.
9:55 PM. Bush seems to be closing on the theme of personal responsibility. Yeah folks, the Bill of Rights isn’t free. Responsibility is its cost.
9:56 PM. “Americans are worried about activist courts wanting to redefine marriage.” Was that the only mention of marriage all night?
The moment I was waiting for. Because Democrats delayed the confirmation process, Bush was able to introduce Justice Alito this evening for the first time. Priceless.
Bush honors the legacy and service of Sandra Day O’Connor, who retired today upon Alito’s swearing-in.
9:58 PM. Bush asks for Congress to prohibit the practice of cloning, selling or trading embryos. “Human life is precious and must not be up for sale.” I’m shocked, but even most Democrats applauded. I guess they won’t be getting money from the Kos-wing this year!
10:00 PM. As Bush talks about progress in the Gulf, the camera shows Governor Blanco. LOL. Would she know progress if it bit her on the tush?
10:01 PM. Bush asks Congress to renew and refund the Ryan White (AIDS) Act. That’s good, considering Clinton zeroed out AIDS funding in his term.
10:02 PM. John Kerry shown again. Does he really think people would want him as our President? Denial.
10:03 PM. “Today having come far in our own historical journey, we must decide: will we turn back or finish well? Before history is written down in books, it is written in courage. Like American before us, we will show that courage and we will finish well. We will lead freedom’s advance. We will compete and excel in the global economy. We will renew the defining moral commitments of this land. And so we move forward, optimistic about our country, faithful to its cause, and confident in the victories to come. May God Bless America.”
For you liberals following along, God is the Creator that a majority of Americans believe and worship in. (Snarky, eh?)
10:05 PM. Switched back to Fox News Channel. But honestly, I can’t stomach liveblogging Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine’s Democratic Response. I’d shove a poker in my eye.
It is time for me to catch up on “24.” Thanks to all of you who hung in here. I’ll leave this post up for your continued comments. Be nice. A posting about Mother Sheehan will be coming up later this evening.
UPDATE (from GPW): I thought it was a good speech, with some truly great parts, particularly at the end (which I heard in the car on the radio on the way to hear Victor Davis Hanson). The president seemed a bit sedated at the outset. I often find that even in his greatest speeches, he often has trouble getting warmed up.
The Democrats were enthusiastic and on their feet alone only over the president’s acknowledgement of their successful obstruction of Social Security reform. It was a very interesting moment: They celebrated the failure to fix a growing problem. It was a revealing moment.