A Great President & The Imbeciles Among Us

Last night I watched President Barack Obama deliver an extraordinary State of the Union speech. A speech rich with honesty, a willingness to admit mistakes, real ideas, and a call for accountability on both sides of the aisle.

When I watched the Republicans sitting on their hands, refusing to applaud like a bunch of petulant spoiled brats, and some members of the Supreme Court donning holier-than-thou expressions when the president took them to task for an utterly asinine ruling that will allow big business, including foreign companies and unions to influence election outcomes with their hefty bank rolls, I wanted to smack each and every one of them upside their heads and remind them of something Mark Twain said: “Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.”

It’s hard to tell which when I watch the members of congress. It doesn’t get much easier when I look at the media either. New York Times columnist Ross Douthat, who deserves all the accolades he gets as long as they remain unexpressed, said the president’s speech came from a man “who doesn’t know what narrative he’s selling.” I put Douthat in the imbecile column. Then there is Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post  who said the speech had “a decidedly paint-by-poll-numbers air about it.” Another arrogant heard from.

But the more accurate reflections on his speech can be found in the voices of the American people.

Russ Methlie of Brooklyn New York wrote, “We are close to a breaking point, and must come together, so he offered a banner we can all march behind. He is our private instincts manifest as an honest, righteous man. He is not our savior. He is not a benefactor. He is simply what we needed: someone to reminds us of who we are and where we were going.”

A woman named Eve from Norwalk, Connecticut applauded the speech and reminded us to “do your part: the slogan is not "yes, he can," it’s "yes, we can!"”

Obama was right when he reminded congress, “We were sent here to serve our citizens, not our ambitions.”

Obama is listening to the American people, we can only hope the members of congress do the same.

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2 thoughts on “A Great President & The Imbeciles Among Us

  1. Peter, great commentary on the man and the speech. In this twisted environment of ego and greed,many are blinded and seek to blind others to the fact ,we have a great leader among us and try to undermine him in every way possible. I am grateful to have Barack Obama as our leader. Many around the world sense his goodness, more than those who criticize in this country. Thanks for your efforts. Dave & Tischa Canton,NY

  2. Peter if the year was 2008 and the President was still George W. Bush the democrats would be doing the exact same thing the Republicans were doing. As for violence towards others I thought you were against that. Now I understand that you get most of your material from the liberal playbook but these talking points get old after a while. As it stands right now Barack Obama has delivered nothing and most likely never will. The United States is a center-right country and we are getting just a little tired of the liberal academics telling us we are imbeciles and the like. You better run and hide because there is a Republican invasion coming this year. Besides that you are good people, I used to work at Belvedere and used love when you came and ran workshops. I couldn't stand most of the people there because they are all back stabbin shit talkers. I read your article about Drew and indeed he is good people too. Take care….. From: Ran out of Belvedere

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