“He shall from time to time,” reads the Constitution, “give to the Congress information of the state of the union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” And so it shall be. George W. Bush will be speaking tonight from the podium in the House of Representatives. Before him will be arrayed Senators, Representatives, generals and judges. The balconies will be filled with observers, luminaries, reporters and a few so-called “special guests” whose presence will be used to reinforce some argument or another.
It shall be quite a thing to see, a show worth watching if only to observe exactly how many lies, distortions, threats, taunts and smirks can be crammed into a single speech. This will be Mr. Bush speaking, after all, and the truth is not in him. It will be in every pertinent sense a mere commercial, a television advertisement from a failing company, a whitewashing of ugly truths by a staggering CEO whose sole desire is to keep the stockholders in line for another quarter.
from the article The State of the Union by William Rivers Pitt
Tonight I’m off to have supper and then watch the State of the Union address with some friends — I’ve been told it’s far more amusing to watch me watch the address, than it is to listen to Bushie’s words himself.
UPDATE: For the email-less commentor Michelle, Check out Think Progress’s take on the speech — it’s a fact-checker, comparing what Bush says to what has actually been reported. Lots of discrepancies there, surprise surprise!
Here’s one example:
Bush said: “[E]ven tough debates can be conducted in a civil tone, and our differences cannot be allowed to harden into anger. To confront the great issues before us, we must act in a spirit of good will and respect for one another – and I will do my part.”
VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY: “F*** yourself.” — speaking to Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT). [Washington Post, 6/24/04]
PRESS SECRETARY SCOTT MCCLELLAN: “It is baffling that he is endorsing the policy positions of Michael Moore and the extreme liberal wing…” — speaking about decorated Marine veteran Rep. Jack Murtha (D-PA). [11/17/05]
KARL ROVE: “Liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers.” [6/24/05]
Oh, and here’s what really happened to Cindy Sheehan last night — something the “liberal media” didn’t report.
UPDATE AGAIN: Oooh, more good stuff from Think Progress: Bush’s One Hour Argument with Himself. Must read.