His tone is mocking and disingenuous. He insulted the Supreme Court who is sitting right in front of him. He has learned nothing from what happened in Massachusett and is doubling down on his ideology. He is counting on voter fatigue and amnesia now to get his agenda passed.
At one point, he says, "Let's try common sense." What an original idea. But yes, let's. Here's some reality:
As for the deficit, CBO shows that over the first three years of the Obama Presidency, 2009-2011, the federal government will borrow an estimated $3.7 trillion. That is more than the entire accumulated national debt for the first 225 years of U.S. history.
Or how about this reality from Michael Goldfarb on Twitter:
“Fact: Iran will build a new nuclear plant before we do.”
(H/T The Corner)
This man just doesn't have a clue...and it is rather frightening to watch. I'm going to go read something uplifting now; and cleanse my mental palate.
What Cohn seems to not understand is the fact that Obama’s words no longer matter.
They never did, actually, except as evidence of his intent. That worked when most of the American public was unfamiliar with his actions. Now we are only too familiar with the profound disconnect between the two.
Whatever Obama says, he is in precisely the position (in the metaphorical sense, anyway) of the alcoholic who has fallen off the wagon a thousand times and promises that this time, this time he’ll really quit for good. Such words are devoid of meaning, because trust has evaporated.
ShrinkWrapped had the same reaction I did:
Mrs. SW and I tried to watch the SOTU address. (Mrs. SW is temperamentally liberal leaning and was hoping he would impress.) After 20 minutes I gave up. I found him hard to listen to and wondered if he actually believed everything he was saying. When I checked back with Mrs. SW 10 minutes later, she was fast asleep.