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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

SOTU open thread

The State of the Union is tonight (starts at 9 pm ET). What are you hoping for/predicting (if you're reading this pre-SOTU)? What did you think (if you're reading this post-SOTU). [insert lame joke about "live blogging" here]


At 12:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

umm.. did bush just declare war on iran?

also, was it just me but that democrat from virginia who delivered that rebuttal, he had problems controlling his eyebrows, no? he looked like spock with one eyebrow raised like 2 inches above the other, and i found him very amateurish. they should've had obama.

At 12:55 AM, Blogger katie loncke said...

i haven't watched or read the whole thing yet, but i searched the transcript for the words 'katrina,' 'gulf coast,' and 'hurricane,' (see my post above) and found nothing. is this an error? did he really not mention the hurricane victims or rebuilding efforts at all?

At 12:59 AM, Blogger andrew golis said...

He gave Katrina and the Gulf Coast shockingly little coverage. From memory, maybe a paragraph max.

At 5:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would he mention it? All it will do is remind people of how badly they screwed up...and no one amongst the Democrats is going to ably take him to task for not mentioning it. That's a losing move politically...

At 7:11 AM, Blogger katie loncke said...

I guess I expected him to at least do a "we're going to show the world how strong we are as Americans by rebuilding the historic city of New Orleans" kind of deal. Which is probably what he did if he did mention it at all--I'll check the transcripts again.

Why is it, do you think, that the Democrats can't call him out on it? As Andrew said, I do find it shocking (and appalling) that it was unsubstantial.

Also, one thing that caught my eye as I was skimming was the part about a faith-based initiative involving mentoring...particularly about mentoring children who have one or more parent in prison. What are people's impressions about that part?

At 9:09 AM, Anonymous Greg Schmidt said...

Isn't "[insert lame joke about 'live blogging' here]" itself a lame joke about live blogging? If that was your intent, well played, sir, well played.

And while we're on the topic, as it happens Harlan Piper actually did live-blog the State of the Union, in an effort that is decidedly unlame, despite Golis's unceasing and merciless attempts to vilify the practice.

Why do you hate live-blogging, Golis? Isn't it time to end the monopoly that non-live-bloggers have over our blog discourse?


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