I caught parts of the State of the Union (SOTU) last night. That’s better than I did the past 10 years. SOTU speeches are basically lists of proposed handouts delivered in a torrent of high-toned cliches (“We must answer history’s call”), accompanied by the Swiftian spectacle of Congresspersons (ahem) ostentatiously barking their approval in the bright lights.
Anyway, the guy who played Obama was spot-on. There were many fine moments, such as when he promised to freeze government spending for three years… except for Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid. Then he told us that the “worst of the storm has passed.”
However, best of all:
Talk to the window manufacturer in Philadelphia who said he used to be skeptical about the Recovery Act, until he had to add two more work shifts just because of the business it created.
Yes, it’s the Broken Window Fallacy in action, and Obama’s hero in the example is a glazier! Nice!
It has to be the most unintentionally funny line ever delivered in a SOTU.