I tried to watch the State of the Union address last night. I really did. Got all the way to the point when Bush started introducing his special guests and then switched over to a rerun of Special Victims Unit. Here’s a little secret: I find SOTU addresses excruciating, no matter who’s delivering them. They seem to be made up of lots of vague feel-good lines designed to elicit applause, and I expect everyone in the audience is exhausted by the end from being forced to jump up and down like marionettes on strings.
Anyway, if you missed last night’s speech, the New York Times has a transcript that is interspersed with analysis and additional information (for example, a link to the White House fact sheet on the health insurance proposal and reminders of Bush’s proposals in past SOTUs). It also includes a word counter: “Iraq” and “al Qaeda” hit the jackpot, with more mentions than in any previous SOTU.
If you missed Jim Webb’s concise, straightforward response, here it is.
So, seven Bush SOTUs down. One to go. Woohoo!