WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Obama eased the fears of an anxious nation by letting us know that the state of our Union is stronger.
Yes, but stronger than what?
Anyway, the president took an hour to essentially re-purpose his old campaign speeches, and to let members of the house and senate know he and the American people are looking for a little less conversation and a little more action, please.
“Let’s set party interests aside, and work to pass a budget that replaces reckless cuts with smart savings and wise investments in our future,” he said.
On foreign policy, the President announced the withdrawal of 3,000 troops from Afghanistan by this time next year. On immigration reform, he wants a path to citizenship for the 11-million illegal immigrants already here.
But he saved his big guns for big guns, by calling for a ban on assault weapons.
‘Gabby Giffords deserves a vote. The families of Newtown deserve a vote. The families of Aurora deserve a vote.’
Florida’s Marco Rubio gave the Republican response, but his impromptu sip may be the only thing some people will remember. But at least he was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, which is more than we can say for Vice President Biden last time around, when cameras caught him taking a snooze during the speech.
Don’t worry, Joe, we’re right there with you.