Started by intimating: It’s bad now, but when it was bad before, it got good. “Answer history’s call.” “These struggles are why I ran for President.”
Thought: It’s tough to read letters from children.
“Change has not come fast enough.”
The people don’t understand how “bad behavior on Wall Street is rewarded but good behavior on main street isn’t.”
[Biden in the background nodding appreciatively.]
[Reagan anyone?] “I have never been more hopeful about America’s future than I am tonight.”
“Shore up the same banks that caused this crisis.”
“We all hated the bank bailout. I hated it—[applause]—I hated it…It was about as popular as a root canal.”
Get them naughty banks! “Wall Street isn’t keen on this idea….They can afford a modest fee to pay back Americans who rescued them in their time of need.”
“We cut taxes for 95% of the American people.” Not said: And then we proposed raising the hell out of them.
The recovery act saved us. Through tax cuts. The stimulus bill saved firefighters.
[The head bobbing from switching from one teleprompter to the next is annoying.]
“Jobs must be our number one focus in 2010.” A new jobs bill tonight.
A tautology: “The true engine of job creation in this country is America’s businesses.” [Applause]
Take 30 billion from big banks and give it to small banks. Note said: rob the rich, give to the poor.
“Eliminate capital gains” on small business. [Reagan again?]
A new government train in Tampa paid for by taxpayers. [Like Amtrak?]
“Give rebates to Americans who make their homes more energy efficient.” [Tepid response]
“I wanna jobs bill on my desk without delay.”
Addressing large issues not good. “Such an effort would be too contentious.” [It was, yes.]
The rest of the world is better than us: they not standing still. ” I do not accept second place for the United States of America.”
Serious financial fixes. “Look. I’m not interested in punishing banks.” Can’t let banks take risks that “threaten whole economy….We can’t let them win this fight.”
Clean energy better than dirty
Another truism: The more goods we export, the more jobs we have. [Yea.] Strengthen trade.
“We only reward success.” [Hmm.] Educationally speaking. [Hmm. Hmm.] “The best anti-poverty program around is a world-class education.” “…revitalize community colleges.” “End taxpayer subsidies that go to banks for student loans.” Give more grants instead.
Don’t make students pay their loans after 10 or 20 years. “No one should go broke because they chose to go to college.” [More free ponies for all.]
Refinance rules need changing for the middle class. “We still need health insurance reform…[applause]…We do. Now. Let’s clear a few things up. I didn’t choose to tackle this issue to get some legislative victory under my belt…I took on health care from the stories I’ve heard…from those with pre-existing conditions.” Protect Americans from the “worst practices” of the insurance companies.
Wife will “tackle” childhood “obesity epidemic.” [We have it bad when food is plentiful and cheap.]
“Our approach brings down the deficit…” [Pelosi jumping up and random moments. Must have piles.]
“By the time I’m done speaking tonight, more Americans will lose their health insurance.” [And others will have gained it.] Some doctors like my idea. But I’ll accept any idea that’s better, even if it’s from Republicans. [He gets to decide what’s “better.”] “Don’t walk away from reform…Let’s get it done.” [Only half stand.]
Setting the record straight. Bush [unnamed] spent a lot of money. [Therefore, so can I.] “Just statin’ the facts.” “We took office amid a crisis.” [It’s not our fault.]
“We’ll freeze government spending for three years.” On some things. In most areas, we’ll spend freely. Take money from rich. How about a bi-partisan fiscal commission? No gimmick! “I refuse to pass this problem on…” Senate should restore “pay as you go law.”
But…The freeze actually won’t start until next year. [Laughter.] “That’s how budgeting works.” [Snorting!] Actually, it was all that scalliwag [unnamed] Bush’s fault.
We need to end influence of lobbyists…”to do our work openly…That’s what I came to Washington to do.” Lobbyists must disclose contacts [Good idea] and report funds. The Supreme Court screwed up and allowed “foreign” powers to spend “without limit” in our elections. [It’s OK for the New York Times and MSNBC, though. Is Scalia heading for the exit?]
“I never thought that the mere fact of my election would usher in peace and harmony.” [Everybody else did.]
Republicans obstruct my bills. [Applause.] “I’m speaking to both parties, now.” [No applause.] “This sows” distrust in our citizens. [Who don’t know what to think without guidance?]
Democrats shouldn’t “run for the hills” in their majority. Republicans should stop insisting that 60 votes are what are needed. “Just saying no” is not good leadership. [Shame! Shame!]
Security. “We can argue who’s to blame.” [Yes, we can.] Let’s do what it takes to create a “hopeful future.” [Stock quote: with applause.] T-word. We’ve disrupted “plots.” We’ve prohibited “torture.” We got some bad guys. More than that guy who I replaced did.
When I was candidate, I said I’d end Iraq war. And, lo, it will be so. By “August” our troops will be out. [Soon, soon.] Our soldiers have our support. [Thank goodness. Now tell Hollywood we’re not all psychos.] My wife and Joe will “support military families.”
How about those nukes? We’ll talk with other countries. Sanction the recalcitrant. Iran will face “consequences.” [Iranians hate disapprobation.]
[Obama points a fair bit.]
America must be pals with human dignity. “Abroad, our greatest source of strength has been in our ideas.” [I thought it was our Navy.]
And how about civil rights and hate? Gays will now serve openly, militarily speaking. “It’s the right thing to do.” Crack down on equal pay laws. Borders are there and people that cross them should “play by the rules.”
Small fry have lost faith in our biggest institutions. “Each time a CEO rewards himself for failure” or a banker cashes check, “we lose faith.” Those darn pundits make “sound bites.” “I never suggested change would be easy.”
Some people worked hard and succeeded. [Like those CEOs and evil bankers?] “Optimism…lives on.” [Reagan doth live, verily. The word “morning” still hasn’t made its appearance.]
“Let’s seize this moment” and move forward. [God bless us, everyone.]
[And as he slides off the dais, the applause fades quickly.]