How many people does it take to announce “Madame Speaker, the President of United States”? If you said 2, you’re right! On this momentous occasion, the last State of the Union by President Bush, it took two people to announce his arrival. In the past, this arduous task was handled by one person.
General observations… Bush was wearing a blue tie. Perhaps he’s subliminally acknowledging that the blue states will rise again. Hillary was wearing a scarlet-red suit. Like a woman scorned by the Kennedy clan. Hillary babe, you look fabulous. You don’t need the Kennedy clan’s endorsement. You got Antonio Villaraigosa. Just think of him as the Hispanic JFK. He might not have the money that Jack did, but he’s got it covered in the love department. But I digress…
Back to the State of the Union. Here are some sound bytes and the corresponding translations.
- No Child Left Behind. “In neighborhoods across our country, there are boys and girls with dreams — and a decent education is their only hope of achieving them.”
Translation: No rich children left behind. But children in poor neighborhoods… well, they can fend for themselves. And if they’re left behind, they can join the military and serve our country. Here’s an idea… why not spend half the amount we have spent on “spreading democracy” in Iraq towards improving education. Just a thought…
- Protect our vital interest in the Persian Gulf .
Translation: We want your oil.
- Democracy leads to a better life.
Translation: We want your oil. If you have oil, we will give you democracy whether you want it or not. The people of North Korea do not need democracy or a better life. ‘Cause they got no oil.
- America opposes genocide in Sudan.
Translation: America opposes genocide as long as there are no conflicts with our interests in the Middle East. But in the case of Turkey and the Armenian Genocide, that’s an inconvenient genocide. We’re just going to sweep that under the carpet and hope that the Armenian people just forget about it.
I’m glad this is his last State of the Union address. I can’t handle any more of this nonsense.