You'll certainly be hearing that line again in the post-game review. Another likely candidate, with regard to immigration reform - that we'll fix the status of the millions currently present and out-of-status/illegal/whatever "without animosity and without amnesty." What's left after you take those two time-tested tools off the table? My only requirement - don't change a goddamn thing until our K1 visa processes. Seriously. I live in fear of the same situation faced by thousands of couples last year. If you've been there, you know the shudders these two acronyms bring: IMBRA and RFE. Don't do it, please, I'm begging you for inaction now, more than ever.
Also of particular note: "Design and establish a voluntary civilian reserve core?" If it functions like our military reserve, why do we need it? because we've shipped out those that signed up as reservists? because we're out of active duty service men and women? Why not just fix what's wrong so we get qualified recruits? This guy will privatize ANYTHING.
Love the shout-outs to an naturalized African NBA player and the founder of the Baby Einstein company. Wow. Baby Einstein. And I'm not shortchanging her accomplishments. Hell, since Disney bought her out, I'm guessing I should be really, really jealous.
The pagentry is awesome to behold. Pomp aided by a particular set of circumstances. It has always been this way, of course. Or at least since the dawn of the television age and the golden afternoon of C-SPAN.
We are a decent, honorable, resilient country. If you google resilient, you find: "The capacity of a system, community or society potentially exposed to hazards to adapt, by resisting or changing in order to reach and maintain an acceptable level of functioning and structure. This is determined by the degree to which the social system is capable of organizing itself to increase its capacity for learning from past disasters for better future protection and to improve risk reduction measures."
Are we capable of such? Truly?
And as able as was the President in tonight's speech, never forget, he's still the S.O.B. that's led us down a dangerous and uncertain path. No amount of warm and fuzzy closure-laden talk will change that. Ever. We shall never forget, indeed.
P.S. About 4.5 minutes after the end of the speech, a commentator mentions that Obama has already released a press release on some of Bush's proposals. Why bother giving the speech at all? Let's skip it next time and get straight to the reax.