Hi there, sports fans. It’s that once a year event again. No, not the Superbowl, although, the Steelers are going again and this is a Packers free zone.
It’s the SOTU address. Oh, joy. When it comes to post SOTU critiques, we can expect the kool aide mainliners to sound a lot like Matt Bai did yesterday when he wrote about how Obama had to reach out to the online community. (Warning: the following excerpt is nauseating. Reader discretion is advised):
Mr. Obama is probably the most talented writer to occupy the office in the television age (presumably, Matt is very young); his political career was made possible, in large part, by the candid memoir he wrote as a younger man. So it is hard to understand why he hasn’t tried to use that talent the way Kennedy capitalized on his personal charm.
You can easily imagine Mr. Obama sitting in front of a keyboard at the end of a long day, briefly reflecting on the oddity of a personal encounter or on the meaning of some overlooked event, or perhaps describing what it is like to stand in the well of Congress and deliver the State of the Union address. It could be that in order to expand the reach and persuasiveness of the modern presidency, Mr. Obama simply needs to be his online self — not so much a blogger as a memoirist in chief, walking us through history in real time.
It always feels better after you purge. Do it now before the speech.
So, on with the show! This year, I would like to invite corporate minions to chime in whenever they hear a potential consultant crafted buzzword.
Let’s try to not get petty. Yes, Michelle is an amazon but do you know how hard it is to get clothes made for an amazon? I’m only 5’9″ and a size 10 and let me tell you, nothing fits. It sucks. But I digress.
Let’s do this thing! Ready, set, buzzzz.