President Barack Obama, in his first State of the Union address, told us a lot about the state of Obama. But did he clarify anything important about the state of America?
These are fascinating and freighted times. There is a real revolt going on against big, big, big and bigger government. There is a real debate finally coming into view over the character and working principles of this country — which were largely sidelined amid the techno-twitter and polymorphous “Yes we can” of the 2008 campaign. And there are real dangers to this country, and our democratic allies — which no amount of Obama’s “engagement” over the past year has done anything to solve.
This was — as Obama likes to say — “the moment” to ackowledge this scene, and talk about what it means and where it goes. The real State of the Union.
Instead, what sticks in my mind is that the president put more gusto into castigating the Supreme Court than he did into addressing the clear and present danger of Iran’s terror-sponsoring mullahs and their nuclear bomb program. The justices were chewed out, seated as a captive audience right in front of the president, while he lambasted them, asked Congress to follow up, and the crowd behind them rose to applaud.
For Iran’s rulers, the treatment was rather more disinterested. Obama mentioned Iran’s bomb program near the end of his 70-minute speech, describing them as “more isolated,” because they are “violating international agreements.” If they ”continue to ignore their obligations” they will “face growing consequences.”