Making Sense of What President Obama REALLY Said in His State of the Union Address

obama state of union

President Barack Obama delivered his first campaign speech State of the Union address on Tuesday night, which totally preempted Glee, but I guess that’s okay, because this is a once-a-year, big deal kind of thing. The whole point of it is for the President to let the nation know how things are going with the country. 

Let’s analyze some of the main points, shall we?


Things are peachy in Iraq since we called the troops home.

What Obama said: Most of al Qaeda's top lieutenants have been defeated. The Taliban's momentum has been broken, and some troops in Afghanistan have begun to come home. 

Analysis: Violence in Iraq has increased dramatically since the troops withdrew last month. Shiite and Sunni insurgents are locked in a power struggle that could result in a civil war. Whether or not it’s any of our business to keep the peace over there, Obama painted a picture of peace where one does not exist.

The economy will be all better now that our involvement in the war in Iraq is over. 

What Obama said: At the end of World War II, when another generation of heroes returned home from combat, they built the strongest economy and middle class the world has ever known.

Analysis: That generation of heroes was able to build a stronger economy because federal spending was significantly slashed after the war, leaving people free to work, earn, and invest as they saw fit.

More from The Stir: Obama's State of the Union Address: A Handy Dandy Summary

The economy sucks because jobs are moving overseas.

What Obama said: Let's remember how we got here. Long before the recession, jobs and manufacturing began leaving our shores. Technology made businesses more efficient, but also made some jobs obsolete. 

Analysis: Neither China nor ATMs killed the economy. High taxes have forced businesses to move overseas because they can’t afford to operate in the United States.

The auto bailouts saved Detroit!

What Obama said: We bet on American workers. We bet on American ingenuity. And tonight, the American auto industry is back ... What's happening in Detroit can happen in other industries. It can happen in Cleveland and Pittsburgh and Raleigh. 

Analysis: Has anyone told Detroit? Meanwhile, Cleveland and Pittsburgh and Raleigh are shaking in their boots.

We can fix what’s wrong in other countries. 

What Obama said: Tonight, I'm announcing the creation of a Trade Enforcement Unit that will be charged with investigating unfair trade practices in countries like China.

Analysis: What, like a world police? I thought liberals were against that ... what was the main argument for pulling out of Iraq again?

More from The Stir: State of the Union Made Obama Look 'Smarter & More Effective' Than His Opponents

The education system can be fixed ... with more money.

What Obama said: At a time when other countries are doubling down on education, tight budgets have forced States to lay off thousands of teachers .... Teachers matter. So instead of bashing them, or defending the status quo, let's offer schools a deal. Give them the resources to keep good teachers on the job, and reward the best ones.

Analysis: Tight budgets aren’t responsible for layoffs, the unions are. More money than ever before is being spent on education bloated pensions. And no one is bashing teachers, we’re bashing bad employees that are all but impossible to fire thanks to tenure.

Security at the border is getting better.

What Obama said: I believe as strongly as ever that we should take on illegal immigration. That's why my Administration has put more boots on the border than ever before. That's why there are fewer illegal crossings than when I took office.

Analysis: Except for all of guns that Obama’s administration put into the hands of Mexican drug lords. That was completely legal.

Energy development is up.

What Obama said: Over the last three years, we've opened millions of new acres for oil and gas exploration.

Analysis: Exploration does not equal jobs and resources. You can explore a can of soda all day long, but you’ll never get to the good stuff inside unless you pop the top open. Obama will not pop the top for our natural resources. Just last week he said no to the Keystone pipeline, which would’ve created 20,000 jobs in America.

More from The Stir: Top 16 State of the Union 2011 Address Buzz Words

We don’t have that much oil anyway.

What Obama said: But with only 2 percent of the world's oil reserves, oil isn't enough.

Analysis: Numbers are relative. No matter what percentage of the world’s oil is contained in the United States, we have three times the oil reserves of Saudi Arabia under Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming alone.

American exceptionalism can be restored.

What Obama said: A return to the American values of fair play and shared responsibility will help us protect our people and our economy.

Analysis: I thought American values were life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Earning money is great!

What Obama said: We don't begrudge financial success in this country. We admire it.

Analysis: Unless you’re Mitt Romney.

Changes are needed at the White House.

What Obama said: The executive branch also needs to change.

Analysis: It’s a deal. How does January 20, 2013 work for you, Mr. President?

More from The Stir: State of the Union Inspires Some Republicans to Reach Across the Aisle

We need to level the playing field.

What Obama said: No bailouts, no handouts, and no copouts. An America built to last insists on responsibility from everybody.

Analysis: Except for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, General Motors, Bank of America, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, GMAC, Chrysler, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Capital One, SunTrust, and GM (just to name a few).

What did you think of the President's speech?

Image via Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Read More >