Tuesday, February 12, 2013

State of the Union Tonight

I do not plan on live-blogging the speech tonight, but my cohorts over at The Reaction doing it here.

Through the magic of the intertubes and the White House press office releasing some of the prepared text, here’s some of what President Obama will say:

“It is our generation’s task, then, to reignite the true engine of America’s economic growth – a rising, thriving middle class.

It is our unfinished task to restore the basic bargain that built this country – the idea that if you work hard and meet your responsibilities, you can get ahead, no matter where you come from, what you look like, or who you love.

It is our unfinished task to make sure that this government works on behalf of the many, and not just the few; that it encourages free enterprise, rewards individual initiative, and opens the doors of opportunity to every child across this great nation of ours.”

“A growing economy that creates good, middle-class jobs – that must be the North Star that guides our efforts.  Every day, we should ask ourselves three questions as a nation:  How do we attract more jobs to our shores?  How do we equip our people with the skills needed to do those jobs?  And how do we make sure that hard work leads to a decent living?”

“Tonight, I’ll lay out additional proposals that are fully paid for and fully consistent with the budget framework both parties agreed to just 18 months ago.  Let me repeat – nothing I’m proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime.  It’s not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth.”

And here’s a preview of Sen. Marco Rubio’s rebuttal, which will be delivered in both English and Spanish:

“Good evening.  Me llamo Marco Rubio.  No te preocupes; yo no soy mexicano, y tengo un trabajo.  I’m one of the good guys; soy Cubano.

All that stuff that President Obama just said is cacaNo se deje dar gato por liebre.  Thank you, and buenos noches.”

He’ll be followed by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who will deliver the Tea Party response:

“Hamana hamana hamana.  Kenyan Socialist Secret Gay Muslim.  Birth certificate.  Arms to Turkey.  Freedom.  And hamana.”

I’ll come back if something really interesting happens, like if Ted Nugent falls out of the visitors gallery.

Meanwhile, the live coverage of the standoff in Big Bear, California between the fugitive ex-cop and the police is stepping all over the SOTU foreplay.  The metaphors write themselves.