Posts Tagged: State of the Union

Our State Of The Union

The State of the Union is tonight, and so here are The Guardian's Ana Marie Cox and Huffington Post political writer Jason Linkins to judge America through the lens of the White House's Flickr feed and its tireless photographer, Pete Souza.

Ana Marie: FLICKR…so much to catch up on

Jason: A whole year of the second term! Plus, Pete Souza is now the guy all the White House correspondents hate! They are like "PROPAGANDA"! And I'm kind of like, "Scoop, if true! Not very good propaganda, if scoop."

Ana Marie: Except did you see in all the interviews, people are like, "Well, I've worked [...]


Occupy Wall Street's Off-Key Response to State of the Union Tonight

Tonight, Occupy Wall Street will be offering a response to the State of the Union address, following any Republican/Tea Party response. (They'll be doing it live from D.C.) Occupy's publicist has embargoed the response speech until after the State of the Union, but it's not really worth printing anyway. (Also: yup, publicist, and yes, embargoed press releases. Hoo boy.) The language of the speech is bombastic yet vague, unspecific and sort of… narcissistic? Lots of rambling about how politics is bought and paid for, yadda yadda. (I mean, yes, that's true! But it's just atmospherics; why not name some names then?) About half of its claims are reminiscent of [...]


The State of the Union, As It Goes

10:22 p.m. And it is over. Obama has never chanted "USA, USA, USA" before in his life. And it shows. Apart from that? I give that a pretty high marks for an ending. We don't quit! I don't quit! It was like a really good car commercial, back when we made cars. Still, it was nowhere near as ornate as some of the hyper-engineered Bush speeches? But it was less manipulative and therefore more persuasive. But! Now that that is concluded, we would like to hear from you in the comments, so we can know more fully what we all think of this speech tomorrow.


Here's Your 2013 State of the Union Drinking Game (Political Ritual Edition)

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, distinguished guests, fellow Americans, and even you, Mr. President:

On this fortuitous evening, we come together in a highly ritualized, deeply esoteric sacred performance within the inner sanctum of our nation's high temple. The president's words will be parsed by an inverse pyramid of humanity, from a mass of dimwitted Politico commenters bobbing like frantic ill-informed ducks upon the surface to the industrial sludge filters at the bottleneck bottom, monstrous catfish like Chris Matthews and Wolf Blitzer, slurping up and then expelling the reactions to the president's prepared text, which have already become worn out punchlines on Twitter.

At home, the citizens [...]


The Fake Disunity of Congress at the State of the Union Prom

One week ago today, Congress embraced a demonstration of cross-party goodwill and did the unthinkable—just by sitting together during the President's State of the Union address. The plan, championed early by Senator Mark Udall (D-CO), turned the event into a "prom," in that everyone made a bigger deal of it than necessary, a bunch of cool kids called it "lame" (and went anyway) and the headliner for the night just did bad covers.

Participants threw themselves into the one night fantasy with abandon, refusing to face the fact that their date probably just wanted to use them. Congress is, indeed, just another word for sex.

In the end, [...]


Free Subway Rag Now Literally Destroying America

When we talk about the dangers of the degradation of newspapers, and the rise of "journalism products," such as the execrable Metro free subway rags, this is what we mean. (Here is the text of the State of the Union, in case you were too busy playing videogames and having a life last night.) It's not like the State of the Union is much more than political theater, sure, but next-level cynicism does some serious eroding of a citizen's ability to think and respond constructively. Lazy advertising-vehicle "news" products engineered by demonic Swedes and thrown together by a warren of garbage-crunchers and distributed to harried subway commuters are actively [...]


25 Things Joe Wilson May Yell at Obama During the State of the Union in the New Era of Civility

You fib!

You spin yarns!

You deceive!

Why, I do believe your case is unjust, my good sir!

You misstate!

You make incorrect statements!

You fabricate!

You bear false witness!

You prematurely declare a mission to be accomplished!