THIRTY TWO standing ovations -Democrats AND Republicans -from when I started counting... Wow, that was almost like the first post-9/11 State of the Union. It normally looks like a kindergarten class singing 'Row, Row, Row your Boat' in a round...one side up while the other is down. Thirty TWO...BOTH sides of the aisle. Maybe the Iraqi election really has won some liberal hearts and minds. (Thanks to Redleg for this link!)
BUT then...the (pre-taped) Democratic reaction by Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid was disjointed and combative. Changing the entire tone of the evening --and Democratic Senators reactions were almost confused --like the 'talking points' they had memorized had gotten the wind taken out of them by the actual speech...
"The State of our Union is Confident and Strong..."
*Limit 150 governmental programs that are showing no results.
*"Tax payer dollars should be spent wisely or not spent at all."
*Increasing size of Pell Grants.
*More affordable health benefits/tax credits and small business incentives (Yeah for me!)
*Social Security reform ("Our children's retirement should be more important than partisan politics.")
*Constitution to protect marriage.
*Three year gang literacy/sports initiative
*Continued HIV/AIDS relief
*Expansion of DNA data base for judicial system /Special training for defense attorneys trying Capitol cases.
"...Freedom from Fear..."
"...the advance of freedom will lead to peace."
*Continue to build coalitions that will defeat the dangers of our time.
*Eliminate the conditions that feed radicalism.
*Ultimate goal -ending tyranny in our world.
*No right, no desire and no intention to impose our type of government on anyone else.
*Israel & Palestine standing side by side is within reach.
*Encourage higher standards of freedom in ally nations (Saudi Arabia/Egypt)
*Confront regimes that harbor terror and seek weapons of mass murder (Syria/Lebanon)
*Iran must give up nuclear ambitions --to Iranian people..."America stands with you standing for your liberty..."
*Iraq --"We will succeed. The Iraqi people value their own liberty as they showed the world last Sunday."
"...we were occupied for 35 years by Saddam Hussein. That was the real occupation. ... Thank you to the American people who paid the cost ... but most of all to the soldiers." ~Safia Taleb al-Suhail
*When the President introduced Safia Taleb al-Suhail, who was sitting next Laura Bush, and she held up her still-purple stained finger intermittently with the peace sign -tears streaming down her face. Eleven years prior her father had been killed by Saddam's intelligence service.
*When the President introduced the parents of Marine Corps Sergeant Byron Norwood and read the letter that Sgt. Byron's mother had written to the President.
*When Safia Taleb al-Suhail turned and hugged Sgt. Byron's mother. --The President's face during that and the crowd's reaction... The emotion in the room seemed palpable.
*The painted index fingers of the junior Senators (R).
"Tell America not to abandon us." ~Iraqi interpreter
*Will return home with the honor they have earned.
*For those that have sustained terrible injuries --we will do everything to help them recover.
*We have said farewell to good men and women -whose memory this nation will honor forever.
"As Franklin Roosevelt once reminded Americans, "each age is a dream that is dying, or one that is coming to birth." And we live in the country where the biggest dreams are born. The abolition of slavery was only a dream - until it was fulfilled. The liberation of Europe from fascism was only a dream - until it was achieved. The fall of imperial communism was only a dream - until, one day, it was accomplished. Our generation has dreams of its own, and we also go forward with confidence. The road of Providence is uneven and unpredictable - yet we know where it leads: It leads to freedom."
I am very interested to hear the reaction from the left --the real left, not the bought and paid for by NARAL and the AFL-CIO left... (In the Democrat rebuttal Nancy Pelosi called U.S. an 'occupying force'... -Read Protein Wisdom for the rest of the Democratic response...)
(*Linked on The Daou Report today...)