Obama speech open thread (MINI-LIVEBLOGGING)

11:00 PM: The AP (gasp) factchecks Obama’s speech.

10:40 PM: What is with the Fox panel – especially Juan Williams? I though Jindal gave a good response (transcript here).  He’s definitely not a rhetorical master like Obama, but he’s not a habitual flubster like President Bush was, either.

– I see some others were disappointed with the tone of Jindal’s speech, too. Oh well.   Obama sets the bar high for people’s expectations on speeches and there aren’t many Republicans out there who are going to be able to match it for the next four years.  We should get used to it.

10:25 PM: Jindal is giving his response.  Congrats Obama on historic win.

Jindal talks about his family’s immigrant history.

GOP has a responsiblity to be candid about our economic future.

Talks about Katrina.

To solve our current problems, the solution is not higher taxes.

Democrats were irresponsible with stimulus bill, leaving debt to our children.

GOP believes in universal access to healthcare, not gov’t run healthcare.

10:19 PM: Excellent summary from Will Wilkinson: “Oratorywise, so good. Ideawise, so weak. Combination, so dangerous.” (via Mark Hemingway).

10:04 PM: Will the factcheckers crawl out of the woodwork to factcheck this speech like they did Bush? I hope so.

10:00 PM: I will protect this country from terrorists.  I support the troops. I  have closed Gitmo in order to hold strong to American values.  What about other detention centers, Mr. President?  “We will not torture.”

9:55 PM: I can’t stand this.  Will it be over soon?

9:53 PM: Keeps taking partisan potshots  – “with the deficit we inherited.” Who created that deficit, Mr. President? The US Congress, with YOUR help as both a Senator AND President.

We passed a stimulus plan “free of earmarks”?  NOT.

9:51 PM: Responsibility for our childrens’ eductaion begins at home.

9:47 PM: Pounding your head on your desk? For a distraction, play the Americans for Tax Reform’s “O-Bingo” game (hat tip: ST reader forest hunter):

9:43 PM: Big healthcare will save the day.

9:40 PM: A reader emails and corrects me slightly on my prior post where I mentioned the Obama admin’s claim that Obama had “accomplished more” in 30 days that any modern president. I was skeptcial, but the reader noted that he’s probably spent more in 30 days that any modern president. Point taken.

9:38 PM: Government can help bring this country back. Must cut spending. I want to invest in energy, healthcare, and education. Wha?!

9:33 PM: The Obamessiah-tone officially arrives … savior of the country, etc.

Nancy Pelosi looks like she’s about to cry with joy.

Here’s a transcript of the speech.

9:24 PM: “95% of families will receive a tax cut” (even though 1/3rd of that don’t even pay taxes)

9:22 PM: Whitewashing the reasons for the housing crisis … sigh.

9:19 PM: “We will rebuild” – the economy.

Ugh … I see Chris Matthews has already gone off even farther off the deep end:

9:10 PM: The President arrives.

8:57 PM: Ah! One of the few good things about this evening: Seeing Brit Hume on Fox :x

Showing the court jester, er, Joe Biden now, alongside Princess Pelosi.

Here’s your thread to share your thoughts on tonight’s speech, which will air at 9 ET on all the major nets. I’ll be around, but won’t be liveblogging it word for word – will just post when something really catches my attention.

The Politico has excerpts from the speech. CNN has excerpts from Gov. Jindal’s prepared post-speech response.

President Obama news briefs

Site NewsAs we breathlessly await our President’s “Reaganesque” first primetime speech before Congress in his administration, let’s take a look at some Obama headlines making the news today:

O-news Of course, no day during the Obama administration would be complete without some WH “official” making claims that equate to our President looking like Superman. Today, one senior official claimed – on “background” – that President Obama had accomplished more in 30 days “than any president in modern history.” Ahem. By whose standards? Can we define “accomplishment,” too, while we’re at it, please? 8-|

O-news Another senior official – or perhaps the same one – told reporters today that Team Obama was getting ready to announce that most US troops would be out of Iraq in 18 months. It goes without saying that this is assuming security remains relatively stable. Leave it to the mainstream mediots to try and paint this as an Obama “promise fulfilled” without mentioning the fact that he’s able to do so because the military strategy that he opposed and continued to oppose even after it was proven successful in quelling violence and opening up political reconciliation has been largely successful. Don’t expect any acknowledgment on this front from any of Obama’s loyal supporters in the press or Obama and anyone in his administration, on “background” or not. They’ll just continue to throw Bush even farther underneath the bus on the issue of the global war on terror just as Obama did in his first interview as President with the Al Arabiya news network, while privately continuing many of the policies of the Bush administration on the counterterrorism front.

O-news The NYTimes reports (h/t: Memeo) that tonight President Obama will make that case that we had no choice but to implement a “New Deal”-style economic/bailout plan and will also suggest that, “if done right,” the new New Deal won’t last for long.

Uh huh. As I recall, the last “New Deal” this country was sold was done so with the thought in mind that it was going to be “temporary help.” How’d that work out again?

O-news Fed Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke is trying to soothe the worries of many over the idea that banks will be “nationalized” by saying that, well, they won’t be – not fully nationalized, anyway. Anyone believe him?

O-news File this under “I would have, too, but only if I weren’t head of the NEC”: Larry Summers fell asleep on the stage yesterday during Obama’s economic “fiscal sustainability summit.”

O-news In the middle of everything going on, President Obama and VP Biden took the time to meet with actor George Clooney Monday night on the issue of Darfur. Clooney, who serves the UN in the capacity of a “UN Messenger of Peace,” also informally advised candidate Obama on foreign policy issues last year. No word yet on whether Clooney still believes that the late Charlton Heston “deserved” Alzheimer’s disease.

O-news Did you hear the news? The invocations that are being given prior to Obama’s speeches are being commissioned and vetted by the White House. Example:

During Obama’s recent visit to Fort Myers, Fla., to promote his economic stimulus plan, a black Baptist preacher delivered a prayer that carefully avoided mentioning Jesus, lest he offend anyone in the audience. And at Obama’s appearance last week near Phoenix to unveil his mortgage bailout plan, an administrator for the Tohono O’odham Nation delivered the prayer, taking the unusual step of writing it down so he could E-mail it to the White House for vetting. American Indian prayers are typically improvised.

Though invocations have long been commonplace at presidential inaugurations and certain events like graduations or religious services at which presidents are guests, the practice of commissioning and vetting prayers for presidential rallies is unprecedented in modern history, according to religion and politics experts.

Sigh …

Related: The Obamedia lovefest in advance of tonight’s speech has already started.

Bottled water for he, but not for thee

Your Tuesday afternoon funny (h/t: ST reader CQM):

This week, the City Insider spotted an almost empty case of bottled water in the back of Mayor Gavin Newsom’s hybrid sport utility vehicle as it was parked in front of City Hall. At least one full bottle of Crystal Geyser Alpine Spring Water remained under the plastic covering.

This from the mayor who in June 2007 issued an executive order directing city government to no longer purchase bottled water, saying the containers clog landfills while the city owns a pristine reservoir in the Sierra Nevada that produces some of the country’s best-rated tap water.

Newsom, a former restaurateur, last year called on the restaurant industry to stop selling bottled water to customers and start serving local tap water instead.

Because of that, the mayor generally declines bottled water at any event or meeting, lest he be photographed with an offending bottle.

The mayor occassionally slips, said his spokesman, Nathan Ballard. But in this case, the bottled water belonged to the mayor’s security detail and wasn’t purchased with city funds, Ballard said.

“The mayor will be the first to admit that he occassionally indulges in bottled water,” Ballard said. “It’s not something he’s proud of.”

Gavin Newsom: The first inductee into the soon-to-be-built-somewhere-in-CA Bottled Water Hall of Shame? ;))

The not-so-funny-thing is that this is the kind of “bad behavior” the lefties in SF would actually get offended over him doing. On the other hand, him cheating on his (now ex-) wife with the wife of his former campaign manager? Not so much.

Update: JWF (who I just realized snagged the cute post headline before I did) makes a great point:

[Newsom is] another hypocrite who, by his own standards, is an environmental criminal.

Environmental criminal. That has a nice ring to it, especially when you take into account the many hypocrites on the issue on the left hand side of the aisle like Gore, Edwards, etc.


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