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January 28, 2014 9:15 PM SOTU Live Blog II

By Ed Kilgore

9:15 Obama breaks convention by refusing to start by opining about the State of the Union.

9:17 Okay, State of Union sound, but no thanks to Washington.

9:18 Only reference to budget deficits, I hope.

9:19 Oh no, Obama calls Washington “This Town.”

9:20 “Create jobs, not crises.” Good one.

9:22 Ah, the tyrant unveils his tyrannical determination to act alone!

9:23 Nice touch to move quickly from glowering threat to tribute to FLOTUS.

9:25 Wonder how many times the tribute to Boehner as the “son of a barkeep” has been put in
and deleted from speeches?

9:26 The “tax incentives to shift jobs overseas” is a Democratic golden oldie, but it still works.

9:27 First tyrannical executive order threat is to cut through bureaucratic red tape. Nice.

9:31 As Obama talks about natural gas, half expect Republicans to start chanting “Frack! Frack! Frack!”

9:34 “Climate change is a fact!” Truism, but also wingnut bait. He nearly spit the words out.

9:35 Eric Cantor claps minimally at “Get Er Done” passage on immigration reform.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


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