HOUSTON, TX – It was a hell of a night for folks at the State of the Union Address.
For those of you who didn’t catch it, the President made his annual address to congress outlining his plan for the future and congratulating himself for a job well done in 2013. And while most folks in the audience behaved themselves admirably during the show, about halfway through, one U.S. Representative decided he wanted his money back. Long about the time President Obama got to talking about executive orders, 36th District Republican Steve Stockman, from right here in Friendswood, decided he’d had enough and walked out like it was a bad movie.
Afterward he told reporters that he “could not bear to watch as he (the president) continued to cross the clearly-defined boundaries of the constitutional separation of powers.”
While cameras didn’t catch Stockman’s abrupt departure, word of the move has already gotten around to folks in his district.
“That just shows his lack of professionalism,” Friendswood resident Jason Payne said.
“It’s not right. It’s not polite to just storm out even though you don’t believe in that,” Jocelyn Median agreed.
And even fellow politicians are speaking-out about his stroll down the aisle.
“I think it reflects only on the individual who acted,” Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee told us over the phone. “I have always been courteous to every single President I have had the opportunity of either meeting or standing at the state of the union or anywhere else.”
And while it’s not the first time the President has gotten a reaction from the peanut gallery during his State of the Union (remember Steve Wilson shouting “you lie!” from the gallery in 2009?).
The trend makes you wonder if there’s any respect left amongst our respected leaders at all.