September 13, 2007

Wining the Battle of Silent Pictures

So I watched the speeches tonight -- the President's address and Senator Reed's response. And I mean that in a literal, limited sense: I watched the speeches. I didn't listen to them, because the volume was turned down on the Hospital's television. President Bush looked calm, assured, and as always he had that slightly clueless glint in his eyes.

Senator Reed, on the other hand, gave his entire speech with a frown, a furrowed brow, and a violent shaking of the head that made me wonder if he was really OK.

I've read the transcripts, and they're what you'd expect. Blah blah blah. But I'll be damned if just watching those speeches didn't make me want to vote Republican, just because they don't seem to be in such a bad mood.

Speaking of the Democrat Response -- when did this become a tradition? Responses to State of the Union speeches... maybe. (Although I don't remember them having those when I was younger... maybe I just didn't notice.)

But a response to a Presidential address? What the hell? Does everything have to be a bloodsport? Does every Presidential speech have to be considered some sort of Campaign Issue that calls for "fair time"?

Why can't a President address the public without the other side getting in their two cents? It's demeaning to the office of the President, and demonstrates a profound lack of humility on the part of the opposition (whatever party they may come to be). I don't like it.

But hey, what do I know? I didn't even listen to the speeches.

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Speaking of the Democrat Response -- when did this become a tradition? Responses to State of the Union speeches... maybe. (Although I don't remember them having those when I was younger... maybe I just didn't notice.)

According the Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives, the response to the SotU has been around since 1966 and has been given TV coverage since the 1976. I've only really been aware of them since the Clinton years though.

Posted by: Jeff the Baptist at September 15, 2007 03:51 PM