On Medicare and benefits
My plan will rob you less than Mitt’s.
I may still favor Goldman Sachs
But I’ll nudge up the fat cat tax.
And when the weather’s weirdly hot
I’ll talk about it. Not a lot.
I will insure that spooks can find
Your texts and emails – datamined.
About your guns: Don’t worry, folks --
You still can give them nice long strokes.
I will insure that all will call us
The butler of Israel ueber alles
That said, I’ll try for four years more
To dodge that planned Iranian war.
I won’t invade but I like drones
Purchased with those T-bill loans.
I come to bring you peace and love
Don’t get me mad or DEATH FROM ABOVE.
And yet Fox News will tell you that
I am -- get this -- a Democrat
Okay, the truth is that I didn't watch much of Obama's speech, since the parts I heard seemed like ad copy. Even though he lip-serviced some stuff I liked, there's a difference between liking
what that man says.
What bugs me is the media's reaction. Here's a right-wing blogger
pretending that he heard Obama deliver an "ode to big government and collectivism," as though the President had come up with a rap version of the Internationale
. The Breitbarters think that Obama praised "the collective" and "attempted nothing less than an assault on the timeless notion of liberty itself." Prepare to be assimilated...!
Meanwhile, here's James Fallows
pretending that he finally heard the Real Liberal Thing from Obama's lips.
...well, it's almost as if he has won re-election and knows he will never have to run again and hears the clock ticking on his last chance to use the power of the presidency on the causes he cares about. If anyone were wondering whether Obama wanted to lower expectations for his second term ... no, he apparently does not.
And here's Politico
proclaiming that there's a new Obama in town -- an old-school New Dealer, this time for sure, no foolin'.
To all of this, Digby
There was a time when I paid close attention to President Obama's speeches and searched for clues as to how he would tie his policies in with the values stated within it. I have since been schooled by all the smart people of all political and ideological stripes that nothing the president says matters and that the presidency is a largely ceremonial post so I no longer take much time to parse the words.
The bit about the presidency being a ceremonial post is too cynical even for me
, but other than that I like what Digby has said. We've done the Lucy-and-the-football thing too often.
Nevertheless, I don't regret asking readers to vote against Romney in 2012. Two reasons: 1. Iran, and 2. The Supreme Court. If you need a third reason -- well, the candidate was Mitt Freakin' Romney
, for crying out loud. I may have hated Obama, but I fell in
hate with Romney.
A final note
. I'm not the only who kept an eye on Joe Biden today. What I love about Biden is the fact that his face has rubberized with age. There's a lot to be said for a politician with a rubber face. The emotions always show -- which means that such a man can't easily lie.