The Less 'Hoping & Dreaming', More 'Believing' State Of The Union Post-Mortem

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President Obama unveiled 12 key executive actions in his 6,778 word tome this evening at a reading level that was lower than the average of George W. Bush's SOTUs and the same as Clinton's (Flesch-Kincaid 9.8). From 'raising the minimum wage' to 'myRA' savings plans ("a guaranteed return with no risk"?) and from redesigned high schools to teach real-world skills (like EBT-card-usage?) to increasing college opportunities (blowing that bubble even bigger), it was a corporate-bashing, hopeful-job-creating manifesto that had less "hopes" and "dreams" than MLK's speech, but more "believing."


Joe Biden loved it...


The speech words...

for a quick comparison -  

  • MLK's "I have a dream" speech had 3 "believes", 4 "hopes", and 11 "dreams"...
  • Tonight's SOTU had 10 "believes", only 1 "hope", and a disappointing 9 "dreams"
  • Priorities for the Fed - Jobs 39 - 2 Stocks
  • So much for inequality - Rich 1 - 1 Poor


in pictures...


and in headlines...



The 12 Key Executive actions...

The President’s top priority remains ensuring middle class Americans feel secure in their jobs, homes and budgets. To build real, lasting economic security the President will work with Congress and act on his own to expand opportunity for all so that every American can get ahead and have a shot at creating a better life for their kids.

Middle Class Security & Opportunity at Work

Raising the Minimum Wage through Executive Order to $10.10 for Federal Contract Workers. The President will also continue to urge Congress to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 across the nation because no one who works full-time should have to raise their family in poverty.

Creating “myRA” – A New Starter Savings Account to Help Millions Save for Retirement. The President will take executive action to create a simple, safe and affordable “starter” retirement savings account available through employers to help millions of Americans save for retirement. This savings account would be offered through a familiar Roth IRA account and, like savings bonds, would be backed by the U.S. government.

Building a 21st Century Workplace for America’s Working Families. The President will host a summit on Working Families to highlight the policies that will ensure America’s global economic competitiveness by supporting working families; showcase companies doing exemplary work in this space; and highlight model laws and policies from cities and states across the country in areas such as discrimination, flexibility and paid leave.

Jobs & Economic Opportunity

Launching Four New Manufacturing Institutes in 2014. American manufacturers are adding jobs for the first time in over a decade. To build on this progress, the President will launch four new institutes through executive action this year. These institutes will build on the four the President has already announced.

Government-wide Review of Federal Training Programs to Help Americans Get Skills in Demand for Good Jobs. The President is directing the Vice President to conduct a full review of our federal job-training system to make sure programs are higher performing and driven by the needs of employers which are hiring so that they lead to well-paying jobs. In the coming months, we will help community colleges build partnerships with businesses so that as industries’ skills needs change community colleges can quickly adapt.

Partnering With Many of America’s Leading CEOs to Help the Long-Term Unemployed. Later this week, as part of an ongoing effort that the Administration began several months ago, the President will convene a group of CEOs and other leaders around supporting best practices for hiring the long-term unemployed.

Expanding Apprenticeships by Mobilizing Business, Community Colleges and Labor. This year the President will mobilize business leaders, community colleges, Mayors and Governors, and labor leaders to increase the number of innovative apprenticeships in America.

Increasing Fuel Efficiency for Trucks. The President will propose new incentives for medium- and heavy-duty trucks that run on alternative fuels like natural gas and the infrastructure needed to deploy them, and the Administration will set new fuel efficiency standards for heavy duty vehicles.

Partnering with States, Cities and Tribes to Move to Energy Efficiency and Cleaner Power. The President has directed his Administration to work to cut carbon pollution through clean energy and energy efficiency.

Schools & Education Opportunity

Connecting 20 Million Students in 15,000 Schools to the Best Technology to Enrich K-12 Education. The FCC is making a major down-payment on the President’s ConnectED goal of connecting 99% of students to next-generation broadband and wireless technology within five years. In the coming weeks the President will announce new philanthropic partnerships – including by companies like Apple, Microsoft, Sprint and Verizon.

Redesigning High Schools to Teach the Real-World Skills That Kids Need. This year, the Administration will announce the winners of a $100 million competition supporting redesigned high schools that give high school students access to real-world education and skills.

Increasing College Opportunity and Graduation. Building on the success of the President and First Lady’s College Opportunity Summit, in the coming months the President is asking colleges and universities, nonprofits and businesses to work with him on ways to improve students’ access to and completion of higher education.


And a key paragraph for all (even Tom Perkins?)...

Today, after four years of economic growth, corporate profits and stock prices have rarely been higher, and those at the top have never done better. But average wages have barely budged. Inequality has deepened. Upward mobility has stalled. The cold, hard fact is that even in the midst of recovery, too many Americans are working more than ever just to get by – let alone get ahead. And too many still aren’t working at all.


Our job is to reverse these tides. It won’t happen right away, and we won’t agree on everything. But what I offer tonight is a set of concrete, practical proposals to speed up growth, strengthen the middle class, and build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class. Some require Congressional action, and I’m eager to work with all of you. But America does not stand still – and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do.


Ron Paul sums it up...

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HedgeAccordingly's picture

– Treasury Sec. Lew to Bloomberg: Congress working on immigration, infrastructure in 2014 

Jack's Digestible Ideas's picture

"We must give diplomacy a chance to succeed." -Barack Obama

Why use diplomacy when you have an arsenal of UAV's at your command?

CH1's picture

Translation: Please keep believing our bullshit and sending in your money.

JohnnyBriefcase's picture

Also please do not riot in Washington D.C.

InjectTheVenom's picture

I sure wish i had watched THIS right before SOTU started !

GetZeeGold's picture



I watched this instead. Not sure who those three guys are seated in back.....but I think they're important.

GetZeeGold's picture



It's almost like we were lied too....and those guys are all on the same team.


That would explain the big man hug Dubya gave to Barry when he handed over the reigns.......keep it going buddy!

johnQpublic's picture

what is a manufacturing institute?

johnQpublic's picture

'An autoworker fine-tuned some of the  best, most fuel-efficient cars in the world, and did his part to help America wean itself off foreign oil.'

fine tuned?

like an assembly line guy, or a tech trying to fix a computer bound piece of crap on which there exists no possible way to "fine tune"?

wean our selves off foreign oil?

crist on a crutch

i could pick this pos speech apart line by line

meaningless drivel

glad i dont listen to that crap, and i shouldnt have bothered reading it either

noless's picture

I would also like to fucking know the answer to this question.

Whatever it is I'm gonna apply for a job there.

exi1ed0ne's picture

They don't get it.  We don't need jobs, we need the freedom to pursue opportunities.

The Joker's picture

This ain't Ukraine.  Americans don't riot in this weather.

BraveSirRobin's picture

Americans reject tyranny

Americans vote for tyranny by a landslide

solgundy's picture

"This ain't Ukraine.  Americans don't riot in this weather."


No country has ever revolted that has Home Theater

eclectic syncretist's picture

Why do you think they're going to legalize marijuana?????  It's because they know they're going to have a lot more highly stressed people and they're hoping that hitting the bong will take the place of hitting the streets angry.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Translated translation: why are any productive people still fucking working?

G-R-U-N-T's picture

O'Biden is the spitten image of the "Joker" in your short clip....On a more sobering note why wasn't O'Biden cast as Forest Gump, he would have been perfect as the "local Idiot"!

InjectTheVenom's picture

<<<<  Waste of 65 minutes of my life

<<<<<  Brilliant speech

pods's picture

Sorry, didn't watch.  


A Nanny Moose's picture

Bingo! Didn't watch, listen, or review.

Next irrelevant pile of Statist horseshit...

new game's picture

went to bed, same as listening to rush limbozo. why get worked up over something u cant change.

change yourself, ignore the bullshit and make your own world better. come here to get some info.

comment-get it off my chest and go back to contributing in a positve way with actions...

kralizec's picture

Good night for admiring stuff I lost a long time ago in a boating accident far far away.

astroloungers's picture

I watched the first 20 minutes or to the point where I can't a talking head on TV ,liars all. is not even creative...MyRA?, good god. I predict just as MySpace was a special place just for you on the web , MyRA will be a special place to save for retirement. We have allowed idiots to be come our leaders, the framers must be proud.

Renewable Life's picture

OK so its obvious Bammer is a total sucker for his own self delusional image of himself and wants to be a "player", do you think we could just buy his ass out of office early, maybe start a fund to "encourage the Prez to resign for the good of the Country" and as a prize, he can have whatever is in the fund! Shit lets accept BTC and all forms of digital currency as well! 

Scratch that..........then we just got "Whacko Joe" to deal with!! We're just fucked! Can't wait until they CROWN Hill as Prez, shit we can overcome all our "diversity issues" in 12 years!! Black Prez.......... check   Femaie Prez................Check       Lets just hope Hillary will pick a Latino, Lesbian/Gay/ or Bisexual running mate, and we can this shit over with!!!  Shit by the time Hillary and her Gay, Latino running mate leave office, white men will be a minority in this Country and they can get some affirmative action benefits, cheap collage loans, and a "helping hand up"!!      

ebworthen's picture

That's what I need, a Collage loan:  some student debt for a worthless degree, an FHA loan for a mortgage I can't afford, and a car loan on a GM I won't pay back - oooh, look at the colors!

Welcome to the New Rome, Mordor on the Potomac, and a mulato Nero to fiddle us to Perdition!

"All flail Caesar!"

Wahooo's picture

Your idea is brilliant for getting the kenyan and whackjob out of the two top spots - just buy them out. But it will be perverted by the system after that. Here's what will happen: As Americans contribute more and more money to the Throw The Bums Out Fund, political candidates will begin seeking office just so they can get the payout. We'll have a revolving door of presidents, maybe 5-6 in a single year, each coming and going with their payoff. It would continue until Americans get bored of it, which of course won't take long.

UP Forester's picture


does the ACA cover slit wrists?


sixsigma cygnusatratus's picture

Bah...I so f&*^&ing plastered now I probably need a liver transplant.

GetZeeGold's picture



 does the ACA cover slit wrists?

We'll hook you up to the death panel......slip us a Bengi......and we'll get you in a lot sooner.


You can come up with a new doctor......right?

InjectTheVenom's picture   Here's a MUCH better 'take' on SOTU  !!    ;>)

asteroids's picture

Satan spouting to his disciples. Here, bite the apple. I thought he was going to bore us to death. I too love my wife, but holy shit, you would think his wife was the answer to the worlds problems.

IridiumRebel's picture

It's evident that she hates her life.

Johnny Cocknballs's picture

I promise: she hates your life a lot more.

666's picture

It's been a while since I've seen Moe, Larry & Curly.

Darksky's picture

As Family Guy would say....slash across the wrist for attention and up the arm for results.

DeadFred's picture

Yes, slit wrists are in fact covered. The ICD-9-CM code for billing purposes is 881.02. Code 881 covers all open wounds of the elbow, forearm and wrist while the .02 is for wrists without mention of complications. Were there any complications? Those would change the code and affect the process of billing. Of course those codes will soon be replaced with newer, more complicated ones, so for simplicity's sake please cut soon or don't cut at all.

BraveSirRobin's picture

From another web site, I think, yesterday.... "I was depressed, so I called mental health hotline. The call center was outsourced to Pakistan. When I told them I was suicidal, they got real excited and asked if I knew how to drive a truck."

de3de8's picture

Brave sir, good one, clever and funny. LOL!

BraveSirRobin's picture

Thanks - can't claim credit. It was posted on another website. I stole it.

A Nanny Moose's picture

YAOYOB...You are on your own Bytch.

lickspitler's picture

How embarrassment. Good job America

Crawdaddy's picture

Don't judge us by this guy and his wookie. If you have to judge us, please use honey boo boo or jersey shore as the standard for defining deviancy down. We can recover from them.

Things that go bump's picture

You know, the pendulum of societal indulgence always eventually swings the other way and we are going to end up with a bunch of Puritans running this place. When enough people are finally offended by the cultural inanity, the loose morals, casual fraud and rampant dishonesty there is going to be a backlash that will make the morals, conventions and behavior of the '50s look wanton in comparison. Its not going to be any fun. In fact, fun will probably be frowned upon 

aerojet's picture

That would actually be fine with me.  I'd rather live like a Quaker than put up with this cultural cesspool even one more day.  I don't care for the "burn the witch" types, but I kind of think most of the Shakers and Quakers got a bad rap thanks to those original Puritans.  They were at least humble, decent people and they represent the values our nation was founded upon not this fascist, militarized, wacko nonsense.

Things that go bump's picture

Fun is overrated and gives me a hangover. 

Lore's picture

You make a good point above re: pendulum swings, but what should bother us even more is that the process has already been anticipated and hijacked via Agenda 21 (revamped and revitalised Gaiea cult): the rewrite of 'good' and 'bad' according to the all-encompassing mandate of "Sustainability" and the interests of the Oligarchical Collective.  

Next time you hear people talking on local radio or read the letters page of your newspaper, examine the positions brought forward in the context of bottled rhetoric downloaded from "Green" school textbooks. After the looming SHTF is over and dust is settled, your grandchildren will see a twisted world where there is a "Green" place for everyting, and everything is in its "Green" place, and there will be no critical thinking or questioning or old-fashioned rugged individualism or freedom as our forebears knew it. Society will be fully restructured into a technocratic, totalitarian hell on earth.