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February 1, 2006


America slowly starts to wise up

Americans watching State of the Union

Last night's State of the Union address saw our President somewhat less ambitious and cocky than in earlier speeches. Alessandra Stanley thought he looked "defensive". And as AP found during interviews with viewers across the country, Bush has good reason to feel less sure of himself: Americans are finally seeing through the bullshit, even when he talks about topics everyone can relate to, like the economy and education. Nice timing, America.

Here are a few excerpts:

At a viewing party in Costa Mesa sponsored by MIKA CDC, a Christian nonprofit, 57-year-old high school U.S. history and economics teacher Paul Stroud said, "We're going to go bankrupt and my students are going to end up in an economy that has the rug pulled out from under them. I think George Bush Jr. is probably the worst president in the history of this country."

Anne Jowaisas, an independent 38-year-old nanny from Richmond, said, "In terms of his speech, it was a good speech and he delivered it pretty strongly. But I had a lot of skepticism on what he had to say." She said that Bush's plan to reduce the deficit by 2009 by cutting programs raised plenty of questions, asking, "how is all this going to balance out?"

World War II veteran Joe Benavidez from Albuquerque said, "He wants to cut taxes and do good on the deficit? How do you do that? He'll cut a lot of programs — programs people need. Talk is cheap."

After Bush mentioned the Gulf Coast in one or two sentences deep into his speech, Tom Short, 75, a Republican and a Korean War veteran in New Orleans exclaimed, "Did I miss something? I think that's a crying shame."

But some Bush supporters stood behind the speech. Particularly the young, moronic, selfish ones.

Jesse Samora, 21, a political science and history major at Metropolitan State College of Denver, treated Bush's speech like the Super Bowl, hanging out with friends and barbecuing hamburgers. They leaped out of their seats to cheer Bush when he said "hindsight alone is not wisdom" and "second guessing is not a strategy," as he referred to recent criticism of the war in Iraq.

Samora said the speech only strengthened his belief that Bush was doing a good job protecting the country from terrorists. "As long as I can go to sleep at night and know I'm safe," said Samora.

Jesse. Could some of your false sense of security come from the fact that you live in DENVER? Do you want the president to protect our entire country, or just you and your high-fiving friends on your college campus?

categories: Economics, Politics, War and Security
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