The President's State of the Union speech last night was outstanding. He explained his agenda for the second term. He hit every point, and then some, including illegal immigration and Social Security. He explaned the problems that he believes need solving, and that he expects to work with democrats in a bi-partisan manner to determine the problems, get recommendations, and make a decision on a solution. He repeatedly said the opportunities we face are too important to not involve everyone in the solution. Bush did more than say he wanted to work with the democrats on fixing Social Security, he challenged them.
Then there was the democrat rebuttal. The whole tone of their 'show' was doom and gloom, bringing to question everything Bush has done. All of which was 180 degrees from reality. That and the fact that because they pre-recorded their rebuttal, they made themselves look especially foolish when Nancy Pelosi said that Bush should be doing something to reinvigorate the Middle East peace process between the Palestinians and Israel. This, after Bush had just said that Sec. of State Rice would be going there tomorrow to talk with Sharon and Abbas and others in the area.
Politically speaking, they probably would have been better off if they didn't have a rebuttal. Regardless of the points they were making, the negative tone permeated the program. Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid continued in the Tom Daschle manner of accusing the President of causing harm to the country. They can never just say his plan is not as good as theirs (which they don't have) is, they always say his plans are harmful, like he wants to starve people and poison the air and water. Fact is, business is good, unemployment is down, jobs are up, home ownership is up, interest rates are still low, Iraq and Palestine had elections. People want a chance to vote, even with the risk of being killed for trying. So you can see with all the good news there is in the world, as pertains to the state of our Union, how off-the-wall the democrat response was.
The foreign policy parts of the address was right on. Bush suggested that Egypt and Saudi Arabia give their people a try at democracy like the Palestinians have just done. And he put Syria and Iran on notice to stop supporting terrorist activity in Iraq and to stop giving safe harbor to terrorists. Reminding everyone that we are at war, in a global war on terrorism, in order to protect ourselves and our children and generations to come.
President Bush was positive, upbeat, confident and convincing in his vision while the democrats seemed to do their best at digging themselves deeper, faster.