George Will on State of the Union Address: “Overrated… Tries to Stroke Every Erogenous Zone in the Electorate”

January 23, 2011

On Tuesday President Obama will give the State of the Union address. The current silliness in Washington is the idea that sitting with members of the opposite party is going to achieve anything lasting. Many senators and representatives are trying to find a “date” from the opposite party to sit with on Tuesday night.

They clearly have not asked George Will about the significance of the State of the Union speech. Maybe they should.

The transcript (via The Daily Caller):

“A, they’re overrated — the next morning, the country is still a complex continental country with muscular interests in politics as its own momentum. Between Jefferson and Woodrow Wilson, no one delivered this in person. They sent the report to Congress in writing. But, now we’ve turned this into this panorama. In which in an interminable speech, every president, regardless of party — tries to stroke every erogenous zone in the electorate and it becomes a political pep rally, to use the phrase of Chief Justice Roberts last year. If it’s going to be a pep rally with the president’s supporters of whatever party standing up and bringing approval and histrionic pouting on the part of the other, then it’s no place for the judiciary, no place for the uniformed military, and no place for non-adolescent legislators.”

Be Sociable, Share!

Previous post:

Next post: