Wednesday, January 27, 2010

On the State of the Union Address

Remember when Obama had a reputation for soaring, although somewhat fluffy oratory? Those days are evidently over. This one was like watching a college professor explain to his students why most of them did poorly on the test he is about to hand back. I must confess that I sometimes found Nancy Pelosi's facial expression strategy to be more interesting than the speech: Slight nod, bat eyelashes, face brightening at selected moments. And she kept doing this thing that suggested that her lips had gotten stuck to her teeth and needed to be unstuck. Anyway, poor Obama, he has no mandate for the sort of policies he favors. And it's too late in the semester to drop the course.

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