Obama Vs. Reality – State of the Union 2015

Editor’s Note – With yet another diminished number of people watching Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address (SOTU), Obama rambled on for more than an hour and never once mentioned al Qaida. Like his term “violent extremists,” he just cannot say the words “militant Islam” or similar phrases because he sees the world as he wants it to be, not what it is in reality.

During a pause in his speech, Obama rests after declaring he would veto Republican efforts...
During a pause in his speech, Obama rests after declaring he would veto Republican efforts…

The Wall Street Journal seemed to sum it up well but Newt Gingrich drove the point home in his article at NewsMax.

The “leader of the free world’ exists now only in his mind. Unfortunately, the rest of the world rolls its eyes at his words and we here in America are simply embarrassed once again.

He claims credit where it is not due, ignores his own words from the past, and doubles down at every juncture.

As many in the media touted his boldness and grandiose rhetoric and style, what he said last night was just the “sam ole, same ole” and it was quite difficult to listen to with out doing multiple ‘face palms’ and ‘head on desk’ moments.

Here is an excerpt from the Wall Street Journal, and followed by Newt Gingrich’s summary:

President Barack Obama said Tuesday that his approach to foreign policy was “making a difference,” wading into new rounds of disputes with lawmakers by saying his strategy has paid dividends while countering the advances of extremists in Iraq and Syria.

Mr. Obama’s optimism in his State of the Union Speech comes against a surge of violence and unrest in the Middle East, including an apparent coup attempt in Yemen on Tuesday and renewed fears of foreign fighters returning to Western countries following terrorist killings in Paris earlier this month.

But the president said the techniques advanced by his administration against the Islamic State militant group, also known as ISIL and ISIS, were an improvement over the “costly lessons” of the previous decade-and-a-half.

“Instead of getting dragged into another ground war in the Middle East, we are leading a broad coalition, including Arab nations, to degrade and ultimately destroy this terrorist group,” he said. (Read the rest here.)

Amazingly, while he spoke, the government in Yemen, a country he used as an example of his successes in the recent past was under attack. In addition, a Russian signal intel ship was in Havana Harbor, and Israel had just launched a serious attack in the Golan to take out Hezbollah missile batteries. Out of touch is an extreme understatement.pinocchio_4

During the speech, many other other interesting statements were made that belie reality as well, like climate change being our biggest problem as a nation. He also chided the Republicans and said:

We can’t slow down businesses or put our economy at risk with government shutdowns or fiscal showdowns. We can’t put the security of families at risk by taking away their health insurance, or unraveling the new rules on Wall Street, or refighting past battles on immigration when we’ve got a system to fix. And if a bill comes to my desk that tries to do any of these things, it will earn my veto. (Read the full text of the speech here.)

Really Mr. President? Reality check – it was ObamaCare that took coverage away from millions of Americans when it was rolled out and Jonathan Gruber told us we were stupid, basically for believing the “Liar of the Year.” Fantasyland! It really is worth reading it all and then fact-checking.

Then there is the Islamic State – the caliphate is here but apparently Obama has not read history, nor his daily briefings, again.

Even his own sycophants in the media could not believe their ears:

Newt Gingrich: Obama Abandons the Real World

By Newt Gingrich – NewsMax

The media broadly praised President Obama’s sixth State of the Union address last night as a “confident” and “ambitious” speech. But even his traditional allies in the press could not ignore the fact that it was a confident speech completely disconnected from the real world.

Here is NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, the network’s senior foreign policy correspondent, on last night’s speech: “I think that on foreign policy, his projection of success against terrorism and against ISIS, in particular, as I said, is not close to reality.”

Reserve Lt. Col. and Senator from Iowa delivered the Republican response in style reminding America that the Republicans were just elected to fight Obama's initiatives and failures.
20 Year reserve Lt. Col. and Senator from Iowa, Joanie Ernst delivered the Republican response in style reminding America that the Republicans were just elected to fight Obama’s initiatives and failures.

Chris Matthews, the adoring Obama supporter who once said Mr. Obama’s charisma made him feel “this thrill going up my leg,” commented after last night’s speech, “I keep thinking tonight that there is a world out there that he didn’t really talk about.” That’s putting it gently.

Richard Engel, NBC’s chief foreign correspondent, delivered the most devastating analysis of the President’s claims:

“It seems that the rose-colored glasses through which [President Obama] was viewing the foreign policy were so rose-colored that they don’t even reflect the world that we’re living in … ISIS is doing very well, and the strategy is completely disjointed … To sell that as a success, I think was missing the point, maybe even disingenuous.”

Engel elaborated:

“It sounded like the President was outlining a world that he wishes we were all living in but is very different from the world [described in the news], with terror raids taking place across Europe, with ISIS very much on the move. One thing the President said was that ‘American leadership, including our military power, is stopping ISIL’s advance.’ That just isn’t the case…”

“He talked about building support for the moderate Syrian opposition. That effectively isn’t happening. There is no real support for the moderate Syrian opposition. In fact, one military official told me that they are calling the moderate Syrian opposition the ‘unicorn’ because they have not been able to find it.

So there was a general tone, maybe even suspended disbelief, I think when he started talking about foreign policy. There’s not a lot of success stories to be talking about in foreign policy right now.”

Even senior members of the President’s own party have been unable to stomach some of the President’s claims. Democratic Senator Bob Menendez, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, this morning described the President’s quotes on Iran as “sound[ing] like talking points that come straight out of Tehran.”

What was striking about President Obama’s speech was his inability to describe radical Islamism as a movement.

He continues to focus on geography instead of ideology. He refers only to “violent extremism.”

He continues to bounce from terror group to terror group as though they’re distinct threats. The current conversation is about ISIL (or ISIS) in Northern Syria and Iraq.

The President failed to mention Boko Haram, however, which last year killed more people in Nigeria (10,000) than Ebola did in all of Africa (8,000). To her credit, Senator Joni Ernst, in a very short reaction speech, did mention Nigeria as a trouble spot.

Ironically, the front pages of today’s newspapers report the State of the Union on one side and the battle in the capital of Yemen on the other side. Yemen is a country President Obama had cited as a model of how we are making progress against “violent extremists.”

Today the Yemeni president “cannot leave his house,” according to the Associated Press, because Islamist rebels are holding him “captive” in his home. The country got no mention last night.

The state of the union, on national security matters at least, is a disaster. A president who tries to hide from the threats we face — or worse, to construct his own world in which they don’t exist — is making the planet a much more dangerous place. One with “confidence” disconnected from reality isn’t showing leadership. He’s showing pure foolishness.

Watch the whole speech here:

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1,000 Days Button – primer on what to expect at SOTU address

Editor’s Note – The Republicans attending the State of the Union address tonight are working to show solidarity that is in full opposition to Barack Obama’s doctrine(s), which to date, and on all topics, has failed miserably, despite his team’s spin.

In case the television cameras pan the gallery, you may wonder why some members are wearing a red button that reads “1,000 days” and what it means. It has been over 1,000 days since the Harry Reid Democrat Senate has presented a budget, and the red buttons are part of the attire tonight to demonstrate to all viewers just how failed in duty the Senate actually is.

In case you are wondering who will be in attendance as special guests, SUA is delighted to provide the list for you and the campaign reasons they are in attendance.

Debbie Bosanek is the headliner, but 20 other Americans — ranging from the military commander who helped kill Osama bin Laden to Apple founder Steve Jobs’s wife — will sit in first lady Michelle Obama’s box during the State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Adm. William McRaven, Laurene Powell Jobs, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro and Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger are among the guests of President Obama and his wife.

Asking ordinary, and extraordinary, Americans to attend the State of the Union speech has been a tradition for three decades for presidents, who use them to illustrate policy proposals and win political points for their accomplishments. Read the rest here.

The 2012 Obama slogan that this administration hopes to formally launch at the State Of The Union address is “Engage with Us”.

The most disgusting expectation of this State of the Union speech will not be to accurately state the condition of America, but rather, it will be a launch his 2012 campaign. We can only hope that there will be many Joe Wilson moments tonight.

As Republicans Bash ‘Empty Rhetoric,’ WH Pushes Online Version of Obama’s Speech: ‘Engage With Us’

By Susan Jones

(CNSNews.com) – The Obama White House is urging Americans to watch President Obama’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night either on television — or better yet, on the White House Web site or on a mobile phone — and then “engage with us and lend your voice to this debate.”

The online version of Obama’s speech will be “enhanced” with charts and graphs illustrating the president’s points.

In a video message on the White House Web site, senior adviser David Plouffe says President Obama, in his 9 p.m. speech tonight, will “lay out the progress we’ve made and the work we still have to do for how we build an economy that works for the middle class and rewards responsibility and hard work to make sure that everybody does their fair share, everybody gets a fair shake, everybody engages in fair play.”

When the president is done speaking, “we want to hear from you directly,” Plouffe said. Immediately after the speech, senior administration officials will hold a panel discussion — streamed live from the White House — giving people an opportunity to ask questions via Twitter, Facebook or Google-Plus.

“So you’re just not watching the speech but then you’re engaged afterwards, and able to really talk with us, help inform us better, and answer any questions you might have about what the president proposed in the State of the Union,” Plouffe said.

Republicans on the House Education and the Workforce Committee, in advance of Obama’s speech, have one main question: “Where are the jobs?”

“The president has proven he can deliver a great speech, but he continues to disappoint on the issue that matters most: jobs,” the committee said in a news release on Monday.

Republicans note that in 2009 — when a crashing economy shed roughly 4 million jobs — Democrats in Washington ignored the job losses and spent months focusing instead on a “costly government takeover of health care” that placed more pressure on job creators.

The committee also criticized Obama’s National Labor Relations Board for “promoting a culture of union favoritism at the expense of workers and employers.”

It took issue with burdensome federal regulations, noting that on Monday alone, Obama’s Labor Department issued 61 regulatory proposals.

The committee says the Obama administration has no new ideas to improve job training assistance or to untangle the “complicated maze of bureaucracy,” which includes dozens of separate job training programs spread across nine federal agencies.

And finally, the committee accused Obama of exacerbating the country’s fiscal crisis with “spending, spending, and more spending,” at a time when the national debt now stands at a staggering $15.2 trillion, this year’s federal deficit is on track to hit nearly $1 trillion, and unemployment sits above 8 percent for the 35th straight month.

The official Republican response to the State of the Union address will be delivered by Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who at one time mulled a presidential run. The unofficial tea party response will come from former Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain.