Righteous ferocity

He spoke clearly.  With confidence and conviction.

Righteous ferocity.

“Ours is not the first generation to understand the dire need for health reform. And I am not the first president to take up this cause, but I am determined to be the last.”

No more Rope-a-dope boys and girls.  Ha.

“We did not come here to fear the future; we came here to shape it.”

“The danger of too much government is matched by the perils of too little”

“If you misrepresent what’s in the plan, we will call you out.”

“But know this: I will not waste time with those who have made the
calculation that it’s better politics to kill this plan than improve
it.”

As for the “Deathers”:

“Such a charge would be laughable if it weren’t so cynical and irresponsible. It is a lie, plain and simple.”

And the Republicans.  The Fucking Republicans like Boehner and Cantor and McConnell and Hatch, who sat seething and smirking with turds in their mouths.  Transparent and stupid.  Cantor texting.  What a dick.  The whiplash of your arrogance is on the way.  Half of you will be gone come 2010.  I can’t wait.

Republican Joe Wilson actually shouted “You lie” while Obama assured us that reform will not cover illegal immigrants.  Fucktard.  Our Man flashed anger and moved on without missing a beat.  A superhuman burst of restraint, composure and civility.  A class act Our Man.  Not less than brilliant in the face of callow contemptible disrespect directed at a man who has earned and deserves nothing but respect.  He didn’t miss a beat, wasn’t rattled or even distracted.  We are lucky to have this man leading our country.  Forgive my gushing, but that brief moment reinforced everything I admire about our president.

At the end of the day, Joe Wilson did us all a favor by exposing what jackasses the contemporary GOP are.  Thanks Joe, you’re still an asshole, but I thank you for being one.

He stared down those Republicans.  Watch it.  When he looks to the right on television he’s looking to his left in the chamber.  The irony of where Republicans sit has never been lost on me.  Observe the steel of his countenance and the fire in his eyes.  He was picking them out and staring them down individually.  One by one.  The unspoken question, are you reptiles or humans?  His words and his gestures signaled unequivocally that the blatant ridiculous fuckery is over.

You know Fox news carried some reality show instead of the speech.

Whatever.

He delivered unambiguous  and vigorous support for a public option with some amount of caveat.  We’ll have to wait and see but I welcome the predilection.

Then Charles Boustany appeared on my screen and lied.  The same boilerplate, fear based bullshit.  He spoke as though he hadn’t heard the speech the president had just given.  Actually, given logistical constraints, he obviously hadn’t.  It was a joke sans punchline.  Pathetic, out of touch and he looked a fool as much as Jindal did.  How do they get these poor bastards to do this?

The GOP are famous for exploiting the stupid, often of late towards their own demise.

The Republican party has never looked more like a bunch of dickheads than they did tonight.  They have marginalized themselves with help of an unforeseen catalyst of Barack Obama’s expert political judo.

I have been frustrated for months now at the political calculus from the White House.  The passive taking of blow after blow on the ropes like some cheesy boxing movie.  I was disheartened and becoming bewildered.  Now I wonder if he really did know what he was doing the entire time.  Let them swing and shout, taunt and lie until they trod heavily on their own pudenda and cease to lay leather at all on anything that matters.

Masterful.

He may just be that good.

Wow.

Can one speech, even if before the entire congress and a national television audience (except Fox), function as a game changer for such a momentous and hotly contested concern?  The question on the lips of almost every progressive in America since it was announced.  We shall see.  It is more than incumbent on me however,  to point out that this is no ordinary president.  By that I mean he is extraordinary.  He did exceptionally well tonight.  Tone, nuance, sincerity and an overt sinewy rigor were all on display.

Impressive and I’m impressed.  The character of our country.  The letter from Teddy Kennedy.  He framed it earnestly and effectively as a moral imperative and I have no reservation in declaring him to be absolutely right about that.  Invoking Teddy was an appropriate, as well as emotional homage to a man who declared this the cause of his life.

Obama has once again acquitted himself a very smart man.  A very sensitive man.  An incredibly capable man.  Deft and adroit and not to be underestimated.

Awesome.

He came off the ropes to swing hard and with precision.  An expert boxer against a reckless and stupid brawler.  They retire to their respective corners, our man fresh and with lightning in his eyes and fists furious.  The brawler with legs of rubber, pukes his bloody mouthpiece, head swimming eyes confused as his crew goes to work and dreading the bell.

Todd Westergard, you may have been correct sir.

Show us this until it’s done Mr. President and we are golden.

Well done Mr. President.  Very well done.

Drinks for my friends.

29 Responses to “Righteous ferocity”

  • David Reilly:

    if YOU are are saying this, there must be reason to be impressed. i will watch it.
    i have been so frustrated by the bait and switch. i voted for obama and got rahm.

  • Kelly:

    Yeah, great speech. I’m much relieved. I had pretty much written off the public option and it sounds like he is ready to fight for it. If we can get anything passed like what he laid out, we can actually accomplish some major healthcare reform.

    I am once again struck by the lack of civility in political discourse though. How have we devolved to the point where we have so little respect for the office of the presidency that members shout out from the gallery? It friggin blows me away. The behavior we’ve seen at the August townhalls and the whole speech to school children thing. Just an embarrassing lack of respect as far as I’m concerned. What are we teaching our kids? Where are the grown-ups?

    I tried to get on Wilson’s website this morning and it had apparently crashed due to heavy traffic. Also heard his opponent in the upcoming election (Miller?) raised a ton of money overnight. There may be a few grown-ups left after all.

  • Datdermuhbuttuk:

    I’ve read some other reports too. Yours is impassioned and razor sharp to the heart of the matter, which is appropos considering what’s at stake here and what we have witnessed at this time in history with this speech. Great job!

  • Betty:

    I don’t disagree with you. It was everything you say it was. I’m only concerned about some of the details, like people who have no income being required to pay for coverage. As well as no federal funding for abortions. However, considering the enormous Corporate opposition I feel that Obama is opening the door for real debate as opposed to the bullshit we’ve been hearing.

    It was indeed a powerful speech and Obama has proved himself to be one of the most “qualified” presidents this country has ever had.

  • Kim:

    I’m not sure how anyone could listen to his speech last night and not know that this guy is awesome. He means business. He actually seemed a little pissed off at times. I like it. We need to see that side of him more often. It may have been calculated by him to wait and let the fools be fools. But it was getting dangerously late, and I too was getting very worried. But he rocked it last night. And the republicans once again embarrassing themselves beyond repair. Got to love it.

  • Ralph:

    Well what an amazing display it was.
    As you Mike, are nothing but a well crafted blowhard asshole, so it is no surprise you’d be enamored with the tap dancing Karaoke extreme partisan display of lies based on lies by the head bullshitter in charge through his magic teleprompter Karaoke machine that was seen last night.
    Being impressed with it is like being impressed with the latest
    It is so laughable how you Mike, the one of such superior intelligence from anyone else (unless they are O-ba-ba-ba-ba-ma sheeple like you) are speaking about all of this in pugilistic metaphor. You are a real joke.
    Mike you don’t know the first thing about boxing you pussy assed bitch. If you did you wouldn’t threaten people and talk about “Swinging hard” and all such hillbilly horseshit punk assed talk as that.
    The Head bullshitter or HBIC, in charge is how I refer to this bastard president from now.
    As the old saying goes:
    Bullshit the baker and you’ll get a bun but bullshit me you’ll get none.
    HBIC may fool you, but he’s not fooling the majority of Americans. His polls continue to plummet.
    This speech was light on details and heavy on partisan political hack-age.

  • admin:

    Dear Ralph,
    Everything you said is wrong. You’re retarded. Thank you.

  • Ralph:

    Oh, I guess those ever dropping poll numbers are just wrong??
    Guess again there sparky.
    Your boy is fucked.
    Watch it, DEAL with it, America is waking up from it’s socialist experiment and the lab rat is being seen for what the HBIC is, a no good lying fucking piece of shit RAT bastard.

  • admin:

    Get back to me when the poll numbers start to go up; I’m thinking a day or two. Retard.

  • admin:

    @David: Please do watch if for no other reason than your edification.

  • admin:

    @Kelly: Most of us are grownups. Grownups don’t throw tantrums.

  • admin:

    @Datdermuhbuttuk: Thanks for reading and the kind words. I hear you’re kinda hot 🙂

  • admin:

    @Betty: I will be sweating the details until it’s done. Thanks for reading.

  • admin:

    @Kim: I think we’re on the same page. Thanks for reading.

  • Great speech. One of his best, actually. I couldn’t tell what was more ridiculous, though. Wilson’s crazy outburst, or the buffoon Republicans trying to figure out whether or not to clap.

    Losers!

    http://www.partisansnipe.com

  • admin:

    It was awesome!!

  • admin:

    Hey Ralph, I found the perfect group of nutbags for you. http://www.narlo.org/

    Make sure you bring your guns!! Retard.

  • I have watched this speech at least 4 times already and every time feels like it was the first time. It was indeed a wonderful speech which was expected coming from “the kid”. The “kid” is good plain and simple and like you said..”so fortunate and lucky we are”. I truly enjoy your writing style…no holding back…saying it like you’re feeling it. FUCK YEAH!!P.S..thank you Wilson for being you.

  • admin:

    Thanks man. Really. Pimp me will ya?

  • Ralph:

    America continues to reject HBIC and his socialist agenda.
    Poll numbers down today for the choosen one, HBIC lying bastard sack of rat shit.
    52% negative rating and rising.
    America is waking up.

  • Kelly:

    From Politico:

    The “honeymoon” is over, according to The New York Times, and Obama is now under pressure to “jump-start his struggling presidency.” The same Times article, however, featured a graph revealing that Obama is actually polling better than President George W. Bush and President Bill Clinton did at the same point in their first terms. (Oops.)

    While Washington has played up Obama’s 6-point dip in public approval, the president still has most voters’ support. In fact, not only is Obama beating Republicans and Congress at large, his approval ratings also top his share of the electorate from the November election. Add in the greatest financial panic in over a generation, and the sustained public support for the president is actually quite remarkable.

    And from The Hill:

    Before Obama’s speech, about 40 percent of surveyed adults expressed approval of the White House’s handling of the health care debate. A more discouraging 47 percent indicated they disapproved.

    But two days later, Obama’s health care approval number is up to 52 percent, and his disapproval rating is down to 38 percent. The jump is especially pronounced among Democrats, eight in 10 of which said they felt positively of the president’s ability to handle the reform process.

    And from TPM:

    • Democracy Corps (D) conducted a dial-tested focus group of debate-watchers in Denver, Colorado, made up of swing voters who were almost evenly divided 54%-46% between Obama and John McCain in the 2008 election. Among this group, support and opposition of the health care plan went from 46%-46% before the speech, to 66%-30% afterward. In addition, before the speech only 44% described the plan as “the right kind of change,” with 52% saying it was not. That number then shifted to 50%-40% after the speech

  • Kim:

    It’s refreshing to see someone actually site their source when commenting about the presidents approval rating.

    While Washington has played up Obama’s 6-point dip in public approval, the president still has most voters’ support. In fact, not only is Obama beating Republicans and Congress at large, his approval ratings also top his share of the electorate from the November election. Add in the greatest financial panic in over a generation, and the sustained public support for the president is actually quite remarkable.

    Watch THAT and DEAL with it!

  • admin:

    Well now, Kelly and Kim to the rescue!! Thanks kids 🙂

  • Ralph:

    Not so fast there Pollianna.
    There has been a slight, very slight, bounce from the speech. He’s STILL in the negative numbers and given the “Righteous ferocity” of HBIC’s massive givaway bullshit karaoke show the other night, he sould have every low life bum scum marxist pig out with banners.
    NOT. You see America is not a Marxist scum supporting nation.
    Acorn which is closely tied to the head pimp in charge has been CAUGHT doing this president’s business. I LOVE IT! The head pimp’s favorite folks got caught. This is going to hurt your boy bad.
    This president is going DOWN!
    Rasmussen TODAY:
    Read it and weep there cowpigs

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 34% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Thirty-nine percent (39%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -5. That’s the highest level of Strong Approval and the best Approval Index rating for the President in a month (see trends).
    Data for this daily update is collected via nightly telephone surveys and reported on a three-day rolling average basis. As a result, nearly two-thirds of interviews for today’s update were completed before the President’s speech to Congress Wednesday night. Sunday morning’s update will be the first based entirely upon interviews conducted following the speech. The President has typically enjoyed a bounce in the polls following his national prime time television appearances.
    The President’s speech also provided a modest bounce in support for his health care plans. Polling conducted over the past two nights shows that 46% of voters now support the reform proposed by the President and Congressional Democrats. Opposition is down to 51%. However, it’s a partisan bounce as the increase in support comes entirely from within the President’s own party.

    Data for this daily update is collected via nightly telephone surveys and reported on a three-day rolling average basis. As a result, nearly two-thirds of interviews for today’s update were completed before the President’s speech to Congress Wednesday night. Sunday morning’s update will be the first based entirely upon interviews conducted following the speech. The President has typically enjoyed a bounce in the polls following his national prime time television appearances.
    The President’s speech also provided a modest bounce in support for his health care plans. Polling conducted over the past two nights shows that 46% of voters now support the reform proposed by the President and Congressional Democrats. Opposition is down to 51%. However, it’s a partisan bounce as the increase in support comes entirely from within the President’s own party.
    The Presidential Approval Index is calculated by subtracting the number who Strongly Disapprove from the number who Strongly Approve. It is updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update). Updates also available on Twitter and Facebook.

  • admin:

    Rasmussen. He quotes Rasmussen.

  • Kim:

    Did he not read his own article?

    “Sunday morning’s update will be the first based entirely upon interviews conducted following the speech.”

  • admin:

    Yeah. He’s retarded.

  • admin:

    Hey Ralph!

    Sixty-seven percent of people questioned in the survey said they support the health care reform proposals Obama outlined in his address to a joint session of Congress. Twenty-nine percent opposed the proposals. -CNN

  • Ralph:

    That CNN poll was a lopsided polling of mostly democrats. CNN is not quite together and is part of the Main stream media Marxist machine that helped cover up who HBIC bastard truly is.
    Oh,, eh,,, I know,,, that Rasmussen poll said the word Sunday AH_HA!!!I guess you got me.
    Wow, your guy is still down in the polls, like it or not.
    With the Van Jones communist connection along with the ACORN whore house/tax cheating/ Census debacle coming, your guy’s not going to be able to take a piss in peace.
    And as it should be.
    He’s a menace to freedom.
    I and those like me don’t care how shitbags like you Mike, live. We just don’t wish to be forced to be a part of your vile lifestyle.
    You have nothing Mike.
    No children, no house or property of your own, no money, no prospects of any sort of decent life.
    I do as does every truly productive person who’s aspect of life is way more than trying to get laid and get high.
    That is who you are Mike.
    A failure.
    You’ve never done anything significant in your life Mike. You have nothing but the well dressed Marxist rantings that inhabit your very small mind.
    I love how you talk about your time at A&M.
    Last I checked anyone who actually DID something in a recording company like, be part of a recording that actually made money, everyone involved made some nice money. Now you either spent all of yours or you just sucked Herb Alpert’s dick while there.
    I think it’s the latter Mike you fucking fool.
    Fact is Mike, your side is losing and you are a loser..
    I’ll be looking in on you next week.
    I have work to do Mike because I make lots of money when I work and I wish to make more.
    I need to do this if not for any other purpose but to piss off you Marxists who hate folks who do well.
    over and out

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