Those are some really nice platitudes. Too bad his own party is paying off it's own members with bribes to try to pass health care and too bad he took a shot at our own Supreme Court in the very same speech.
That said though, his speech is really just full of lies. Look at one of the very introductory paragraphs of it.
One year ago, I took office amid two wars, an economy rocked by a severe recession, a financial system on the verge of collapse and a government deeply in debt. Experts from across the political spectrum warned that if we did not act, we might face a second depression. So we acted -- immediately and aggressively. And one year later, the worst of the storm has passed.
First experts did not uniformly warn that action had to be taken. The CATO institute had over 200 economists warn that the stimulus would make matters worse and indeed it has. The financial sector is not much better, is not lending and Obama and his insane cohorts are already yelling at them already for not making bad and unaffordable loans again. The government was taking on debts at levels we only can pray for now because with Obama we are in the land of perpetual trillion dollar deficits. Finally the wars have not deescalated but have escalated. Guantanamo has not closed by Obama's own timeline and additionally, those troops will not be home either. Instead we will have put even more of them into Afghanistan.
Lest we forget, the logic the Democrats found laughable during the Bush administration is still being followed and yet again, no one seems to care about it when there is a D next to the name. The claim was that we are fighting them there so we don't have to fight them here and that rather than simply leaving, we were breeding terrorists by the thousands due to being there.
None of this has changed and worse still, no one on the left cares about it anymore.
Finally it is totally insane to claim people are unable to separate a person and their policies. Yet continually conflates the two as does most of the left. He makes himself the object of discussion rather than the work being done. It is stupid though and nothing more than a strawman. The left CONTINUALLY engages in ad-homs because of their inability to separate a person from policies. To the left everyone who disagrees with them is a racist, sexist, a homophobe, a Nazi, a hatemonger, a teabagger, you name it. It shows that this is yet again, a worthless platitude that sounds nice but is not done in practice by the president nor his party.
If the left could separate people from their positions, then they could stop hating people for having positions and lastly could realize that a desire not to have a position in effect doesn't mean you hate the person. They cannot do this though at it is a large part of what is wrong in our politics today. Hell Obama spent a large part of the year poisoning the well with regard to Fox News, the only news organization that actually covered his actions in an critical manner. It is clear he does this on purpose so that he can claim disagreement with his policies is racial hatred.
How much bullshit can we take when "Fox is not a news channel" is still right here on the front page and the attempt to even question such a things comes directly from the Obama administration itself.
To see what we saw happen to Sarah Palin in the election season, and what continues to happen with regard to her while claiming such platitudes is just sickening bullshit. It is the purest example of this. People couldn't even look at the policies of Palin to find disagreement. They had to hate on her for purely personal reasons based on what she personally represents. The most high-minded and respectful members of these forums stooped to such crap when their very first thread on her was nothing more than the gutter gossip being passed along about how her own child couldn't be hers and demanding her private medical care be the subject of public scrutiny.
People call the right crazy for demanding a birth certificate. When is the last time someone on the right got to demand the DNA of someone on the left. When is the last time someone on the right got to demand and question the MATERNITY of someone's own child. Paternity, sure that can be questionable at times, but MATERNITY?
Oh but all this goes away because I can speak platitudes. Calling protesters Tea Baggers goes away because of the platitudes. Calling people Nazis and racists goes away because of platitudes. Calling the GOP the party of NO because they will support the shovel ready projects, but not the payoffs to Democratic interests that costs our children and grandchildren while not stimulating a darn thing, that goes away because of the platitudes. Claiming Fox News isn't a a real news organization, no problem, platitudes will fix it.
The real problem, and the real reason no one cares to discuss much of what Obama discussed last night is because the man already has a huge credibility gap. It is why he is, depending upon the measure the fastest falling and most polarizing president of the modern era. The only thing more amazing about this is how it is possible to so lack credibility when only speaking in platitudes. We aren't talking Obama said he would spend $200 billion and only spent $180 billion. Those things people can actually more easily forgive and understand. Rather his lies are akin to saying you will respect someone while punching them in the face. He claims high intentions and practices the most bare-knuckled politics imaginable. He claims to be post-partisan while being hyper-partisan. He claims to be fiscally responsible while blowing the doors off the national debt. He claims he will be ethical while filling his cabinet with tax cheats, lobbyists, and hyper-partisan members of his own party.
This is the perfect summation of what is wrong Obama and his platitudes. Kennedy said we were going to the moon. Everyone agreed with it and worked toward it and it was a common though expensive goal. The technologies that came out of it benefited everyone. Obama doesn't want us to go to the moon and has canceled the planned missions. Instead he wants us to study global warming which no one agrees on and appears increasingly to be made of junk science. Claiming the platitude doesn't remove that stark contrast. Likewise on energy, we can exploit what we have and build all manner of improved technology to get ourselves more energy independent. As myself and others have noted, we can use our natural gas reserves, build tons of nuclear power plants to provide energy with the lowest carbon footprint imaginable with current technology that meets our large scale needs. Instead the only choice from the big O is a big ZERO as in zero footprint technologies. He will only support wind and solar while declaring everyone else is inflexible and extreme on the point.
The man needs to bend if he wants other to do so. Platitudes while being hyper-partisan is just the most uncredible position one can take. He has taken it and that is why the polls have dropped for him the way they have. The declines match those of Watergate and it is because we have a lying president but a media that won't investigate those lies. Platitudes won't change the lies and now people are tuning them out because lies on top of lies are just more bullshit.