Friday, January 29, 2010

Snippets From The Speech

But if anyone from either party has a better approach that will bring down premiums, bring down the deficit, cover the uninsured, strengthen Medicare for seniors and stop insurance company abuses, let me know. Let me know. Let me know. I'm eager to see it.

Shoot, do you mean no one has told him about single payer?

That's what I came to Washington to do. That's why -- for the first time in history -- my administration posts on our White House visitors online.

Oh, please. When first asked for a list of White House visitors, the Obama Administration claimed executive privilege, as had the Bush Administration before. After howls of outrage, they agreed to publish the visitor's list but reserved the right to redact from it "sensitive" names pertaining to matters of diplomacy or national security.

So the list is online, but under protest and in incomplete form.

So let's put aside the schoolyard taunts about who's tough. [...]
And in the last year, hundreds of al-Qaida's fighters and affiliates, including many senior leaders, have been captured or killed -- far
more than in 2008.

So much for putting aside schoolyard taunts about who's tough.

As a candidate, I promised that I would end this [Iraq] war, and that is what I am doing as president.

Right. By following the timetable signed between Bush and Al Maliki.

We're working with Muslim communities around the world to promote science and education and innovation.

Demonstrating ever new and innovative ways of bombing by remote control.

Abroad, America's greatest source of strength has always been our ideals.

Other nations are actually more swayed by our Army, Navy and Air Force.

Unfortunately, too many of our citizens have lost faith that our biggest institutions -- our corporations, our media, and, yes, our government -- still reflect these same values. Each of these institutions are full of honorable men and women doing important work that helps our country prosper.

Well, maybe not "full," so much. Maybe they have some such men and women, but it's a real stretch to say that they are "full" of them. "Full" of something else, maybe.

I campaigned on the promise of change -- change we can believe in, the slogan went. And right now, I know there are many Americans who aren't sure if they still believe we can change -- or that I can deliver it.

You think? News flash; there are more than a few who doubt that you want or intend to deliver it, let alone "can" do so.

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