I wouldn’t really wanna be in charge of the late drafts of Pres. Obama’s State of the Union message for tomorrow evening. Other than the blandly hortatorical, almost every idea I have for a sentence to discuss where we are, where we have been and where Pres. Obama thinks we should go next seems like a two-edged sword. I did think his “I would rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president” remark to Diane Sawyer last night struck a good tone.
We’re told he’ll be proposing a freeze on a small portion of the budget to signal that he’s serious about the deficit/debt stuff. And that he’ll propose an expanded tax credit for middle-class parents (which sorta signals the opposite). He’ll have to say something about health care, and it certainly won’t be that he’s giving up. And banks (financial regulation), and jobs, and Afghanistan, and, of course, Brett Favre.
I hope, but don’t assume, he’ll say something about government (or non-government) by filibuster. I do assume that he’ll tell Republicans that he still wants to find a way to work with them. And, whether directly or indirectly, he’ll try to say something to shore up the declining prospects of Democrats heading into the midterms.
Anyway, all I have in mind at the moment is an open thread to ask you, what do you expect or hope or want or need him to say?