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Just got done watching the state of the union. Bush was remarkably combative. He mentioned his controversial carrier visit, gave a listing of the nations involved in the war against Iraq, and demanded that the PATRIOT act and the tax cuts be renewed.

During the speech, the Democrats were remarkably uncivil. I thought I heard booing when the president was enumerating all the tax cuts. I don't think I've ever heard that at the State of the Union address. There was also inappropriate applause interjected at points.

Still, I think one of the best things is that the President still gets it on the war on terror. The speech had lines like:

After the chaos and carnage of Sept. 11, it is not enough to serve our enemies with legal papers. The terrorists and their supporters declared war on the United States - and war is what they got.

and

As long as the Middle East remains a place of tyranny, despair and anger, it will continue to produce men and movements that threaten the safety of America and our friends. So America is pursuing a forward strategy of freedom in the greater Middle East. We will challenge the enemies of reform, confront the allies of terror, and expect a higher standard from our friends. ... And above all, we will finish the historic work of democracy in Afghanistan and Iraq, so those nations can light the way for others, and help transform a troubled part of the world.

It'll be interesting to see what happens when the actual campaign starts.

- Tom | permalink | changelog | Last updated: 2004-01-20 22:28

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Posted on Tuesday, January 20, 2004 by ctl:

I wonder how Americans seeing democrats boo the president will play with voters. It's possible that the democrats will leave a bad taste in people's mouths with this.

Posted on Tuesday, January 20, 2004 by ctl:

I wonder how Americans seeing democrats boo the president will play with voters. It's possible that the democrats will leave a bad taste in people's mouths with this.

Posted on Thursday, February 03, 2005 by Cato:

Did anyone watch the Democratic response? I read the transcript and was very unimpressed. Then I saw the video and I was very disturbed. Peloski was her usual stiff and unbelievable self, but Harry Reid was masterful. Even though I disagree with him I came out feeling that I like and admire him. He's the best Democrat I've seen since Kennedy (and I mean RFK, not JFK), he's even more immpressive than Liberman! This man is dangerous- especially his anti-free trade retoric. I just felt sick realizing that people were going to be persuaded by him, and worst of all, he's sincere about it! (Poor misguided man). Harry Reid is dangerous, what are we going to do?

Posted on Thursday, February 03, 2005 by Alex:

How easily republicans forget history. REPUBLICANS BOOED CLINTON IN A SOU ADDRESS!!! And some even left the speach before he was finished. I'll bet none of you were "appaled" then. Hypocrites...

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