DATE: 1/20/2004 10:32:00 PM
SOTU - George W. Bush did a good job, considering this is one of the more boring speeches a president has to give. He was unusually strong in criticizing the Democrats who opposed the war, and one of the speech's more humorous moments came when he listed the countries with us on the war against terrorism, after commenting that some do not believe the war is international enough. The Democrat response in the chamber was predictable - the party that doesn't hold the White House always gets more time to rest during the SOTU.
The part of the speech I found most surprising was Bush's plan to reintroduce prisoners into life after imprisonment and reduce the recidivism rate. Like last year's AIDS in Africa proposal, Bush shows himself to be unlike the stereotype of uncaring conservatives. His faith does affect his policy proposals.
Nancy Pelosi, giving the Democrat response, said "the president has pursued a go it alone foriegn policy that leaves us isolated abroad." Did she actually listen to the speech, or is she just reciting the talking points? Never mind...
The Dems actually got two responses on NBC. That channel chose to go straight from the speech to an interview with Senator and Democrat front runner John Kerry. I was annoyed at first, but then noted the sharp contrast between Kerry and the president. Where Bush was optimistic about the country's future, Kerry was dour. Where Bush believed in America's goodness, Kerry only saw America's problems. And where Bush had answers for some of the issues that do face America, Kerry only had criticism. The lines couldn't be more sharply drawn between the president and his Democrat opponents.