Not sure if I’ll be watching the lie/blame-athon tonight (may crack open Game Change), but wanted to start an open thread for those of you who will be watching and who also wanted to comment. The speech starts at 9 PM ET (in actuality, it’ll probably start bout 15 minutes later, because the President has a habit of being late).
As always, you can catch the speech on C-SPAN in the event you can’t get to a TV.
Wanna have some fun tonight? Play the SOTU drinking game:
Lots of readers keep asking when we’ll come up with our version. I’m not sure there’s room to be too original here. His usual phrases are familiar enough: “Let me be clear,” “make no mistake,” “this will not be easy” etc. There’s nothing wrong with that sort of thing. One different way to go is conceptual or thematic. Every time Obama suggests there’s a consensus among experts about a proposal when there isn’t, drink. Every time he claims to be aligned with the populist backlash he created, drink. Every time he suggests that History with a capital H demands that we do whatever it is he’s talking about, drink. Every time he says that he’s being “pragmatic” or “bipartisan” when he’s actually being wildly ideological or partisan, drink. And so on.
My own preference is to drink every time he says something that will obviously cost me money. If that seems like an invitation to alcohol poisoning, you could narrow it down slightly by drinking only when something will cost you money and make the economy worse at the same time.
Ed Morrissey has a good suggestion as well:
How about this: every time Obama talks about taking a courageous stand in demanding something both stupid and unpopular be done (like ObamaCare), drain your glass and refill.
Big Guy calling for repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” meaning, “Don’t ask me questions, and don’t expect answers.”
Big Guy will announce a “new foundation for prosperity” built on top of the ruins he made of our old prosperity.
Sounds about right.
A couple of more things: Senator-elect Scott Brown, who hopes to be sworn in on/by Feb. 11, will not be at tonight’s SOTU. And Rep. Joe “You Lie!” Wilson says a lot of people are asking to sit by him tonight – presumably for all the media attention he’ll get.
Update 1 – 7:14 PM: LOL … here’s a site devoted to SOTU drinking games
Drudge just posted excerpts from the speech.
Newly sworn-in Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) will give the response to Obama’s SOTU (excerpts here). Joe Wilson will be giving the GOP’s live Facebook response approximately 30 minutes after the SOTU.
Update 2 – 8:55 PM: Chicks on the Right have created a handy SOTU bingo card for you to have on hand tonight (via Susan)
And yes – I’ve decided to watch the speech. You can follow my commentary on the speech via my Twitter page.