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The problem with a Joe Biden speech is that he doesn’t believe anything he says.
When Reagan claimed to hate the dirty red commies, his personal history and actions in office backed up the statement. When George H.W. Bush promised to spread democracy around the world, even his harshest critics knew he believed it — and shuddered.
Not so with Biden. He boasts of bipartisanship in one paragraph, then accuses Republicans of killing Social Security in the next. One sentence on unity, the next ties a lefty nudist’s attack on Paul Pelosi to January 6. He demands an end to fentanyl, then ignores the issue until the next State of the Union.
Between his stilted cadence and mumble-whisper-SCREAM delivery, you wonder if Biden even knows what he’s saying.
In other words, 2023’s SOTU was about the same as 2022 and 2021.
The difference came from the crowd, which heckled, booed, and mocked the president. I’m no professional orator, but it’s a bad sign when half the audience keeps openly laughing at you.
It was hard to blame Republican congressmen and senators objecting to Biden’s ludicrous claims. A few examples:
Some of my Republican friends want to take the economy hostage unless I agree to their economic plans.
Other Republicans say if we don’t cut Social Security and Medicare, they’ll let America default on its debt for the first time in our history.
America’s border problems won’t be fixed until Congress acts.
Now, some members here are threatening to repeal the Inflation Reduction Act. Make no mistake, if you try to do anything to raise the cost of prescription drugs, I will veto it.
But make no mistake: as we made clear last week, if China’s threatens our sovereignty, we will act to protect our country. And we did.
Just a few months ago, unhinged by the Big Lie, an assailant unleashed political violence in the home of the then-Speaker of this House of Representatives. Using the very same language that insurrectionists who stalked these halls chanted on January 6th.
As Republicans ridiculed the claims in real-time, Biden shot back at them, removing any dignity this annual tradition once held. It’s long past time to revert the SOTU address to a written letter.
It wasn’t much easier on the TV audience. Biden’s stumbling, creaky, old-man voice lulls the viewer into a fugue state. Then, out of nowhere, “NAME ME A WORLD LEADER WHO WOULD CHANGE PLACES WITH XI JINPING!” I nearly spilled my martini.Published in