January 28, 2010
State of the Union
I found Obama's first State of the Union address to be reassuring and shocking all at the same time. I'm not sure if it was a stroke of brilliance or political suicide. He basically threw everyone in Washington, including himself, under the bus. One of the things I always find interesting is who stands up to applaud and who doesn't. Last night there were times when Republicans stood and Democrats didn't, which was fascinating. I would say that he probably attacked Democrats in the Senate more than he attacked Republicans. He went after the Supreme Court for recently knocking down campaign finance reforms. The military brass looked frustrated when he said that he would allow gays and lesbians to openly serve in the armed forces. He even went on about his on setbacks. He definitely came out swinging and hopefully this will lead to a revitalized Congress. The guy really knows how to work a room. I found the ending (posted below) interesting for how somber it made everyone in the room look.