This is not going to be a blow-by-blow review of the State of the Union speech. I know you’re not interested in that. A blow-by-blow of a 73-minute drone-a-thon is as useless as the speech is.
I also know I watched it so you didn’t have to, and I know a lot of you are grateful for that. Because I know most of our readers here at The American Spectator would sooner use Tabasco as Visine than sit through the mumbling lies and pandering of the worst president we’ve ever had.
And because of that, I’m not going to belabor too much of what happened on Capitol Hill Tuesday night, other than to say that it was the worst-received, most divisive, and least well-delivered State of the Union address in decades.
— Clown World ™ 🤡 (@ClownWorld_) February 8, 2023
Things were so bad that Biden was openly jeered by Republicans on at least half a dozen occasions, and rightly so.
The most demonstrative of those jeers came when Biden accused the House GOP of “holding the economy hostage” to a debt ceiling increase and then following that up with an accusation that Social Security and Medicare are on the chopping block by letting them sunset.
You could clearly hear shouts of “Liar!” from the side of the chamber to Biden’s left, and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene looked as though she was going to storm the podium. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy shook his head vigorously in protest. Sen. Mike Lee looked around the room as if to disbelieve what he was hearing.
In any event, Biden responded to the roars of disgust by first saying, “I enjoy conversion,” which brought more laughs and jeers because he’d clearly flubbed the word “conversation,” and then assuming there’s no problem, then, because Republicans won’t be attacking benefits for seniors. Having been so calumnized in a State of the Union speech, it wasn’t impossible that lots of them would have walked out right then and there.
Instead, they laughed at him. Including McCarthy, who couldn’t help himself when Biden said we’d need oil for at least another decade after pounding away at global warming.
BIDEN: “We're gonna need oil for at least another decade.”
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) February 8, 2023
And there was a helping of racial pandering, using the parents of murdered Memphis motorist Tyre Nichols as props…
Biden: "Most of us in here have never had to have 'the talk.' The talk that brown and black parents have had to have with their children… I never had to tell [my kids] if a police officer pulls you over, turn your interior lights on, keep your hands on the steering wheel." pic.twitter.com/RiBCUH4g0l
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) February 8, 2023
Toward the end of an almost interminable speech, or at least it seemed that way, Biden made a big production of the need to fight fentanyl, an issue he’s been utterly vacant on, and he was greeted with a cacophony of retorts from the GOP House members and senators, who yelled “Border!” and “It’s your fault!” at him in recognition that it’s Biden’s abandonment of our southern border that has blown the fentanyl crisis sky high.
House R yelled "it's your fault" when President @JoeBiden brought up fentanyl deaths: Your reaction. pic.twitter.com/p9wcJ3Gzcb
— Simon Ateba (@simonateba) February 8, 2023
He seemed taken aback by that and mumbled some words about increased enforcement.
Then there was the cheap shot of essentially blaming Jan. 6 protesters for the deranged nut who attacked Paul Pelosi. Biden paid for that when McCarthy, who had clearly heard more than enough, refused to applaud when Biden said that “The State of the Union is strong.” Few in the GOP did more than sit on their hands. They were too insulted and irritated to credit anything the man said.
And there was the insanely stupid demand that, amid a trillion-dollar-plus “infrastructure” bacchanal of federal spending, which was responsible for the inflation rate crippling the economy in the first place, all products and materials to be used in those federally funded infrastructure projects be sourced and made in America.
This is an impossibility. Some of those products and materials can’t even be found here. The implementation of such a requirement will grind the construction industry to a complete stop, and it will drive prices so high that the money appropriated for Biden’s infrastructure orgy will build less infrastructure.
Biden spent half the speech grousing about things like airline fees and how poorly gay and trans kids are treated. He bragged about how tough he is in dealing with Xi Jinping while half the room wondered aloud about the Chinese spy balloon that traversed the entire country on his watch as he did nothing.
And he flubbed that part of the speech as well. Humiliatingly so.
Biden: "Name me a world leader who would change places with Xi Jinping! Name me one!" pic.twitter.com/5Lm9JZFY3j
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) February 8, 2023
It was a mess. From the full-on-the-lips kiss Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff gave to First Lady Jill Biden — as though the families of the Biden ticket needed to get even creepier!…
Did Jill Biden just kiss Kamala's husband on the LIPS?! pic.twitter.com/KvrUxSI8Lu
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) February 8, 2023
I love how the entire country is supposed to pretend that how Biden walks isn’t at all a big deal.
People who know, know that gait… pic.twitter.com/8dYADK4tMf
— Jesse Kelly (@JesseKellyDC) February 8, 2023
…to an open lie about his wife…
I know the lies are coming so fast and so furiously and so incoherently that it's hard to keep track, but did he just claim his wife is a full-time teacher?
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) February 8, 2023
…to Biden’s unnaturally coal-black and gigantic pupils, no doubt the product of whatever stimulant he was given — which produced at times a rapid-fire stutter amid the slurring of multi-syllable words in the speech, all of it was off.
The Democrats in the hall tried to overcompensate for the bad optics of Biden’s divisive oratory, such as it was, by turning their side of the hall into what sounded like a Price Is Right audience. That isn’t unusual, but the determination and fervor seemed to be. There was no joy in it.
There was no joy in the State of the Union at all. It was a terrible speech. Biden wasted 20 minutes dawdling and exchanging pleasantries in the hall, mostly with members of the Congressional Black Caucus. Republicans had fled as soon as it was over.
But as Rep. Byron Donalds said, this was (likely) the second-to-last State of the Union address Biden will give. This assumes he isn’t reelected, and perhaps that’s an assumption Donalds is overconfident in making.