Tuesday, January 24, 2012

SOTU: It’s Not Just A Drinking Game Anymore

I’m sorry for misleading you on the SOTU – I was so anxious I got ahead of myself. Of course Big Guy’s first, historic, third the State of the Union speech is tonight! How could Big Guy give the most important speech of this campaign season on the same day he entertained the Stanley Cup winners (minus their goalie)?

6xstanley cup bostonbruinWhat? All I get is a puck?  How about one of those Stanley Cups? 

Seriously, I’m sorry for misleading you yesterday. If I had just checked Lady M’s schedule it would have been obvious that the big Speech wasn’t until today: her special detox and body wrap session is booked for this morning and Derrick Rutledge isn’t scheduled to perform his $15k/day artistry on Lady M until this afternoon.

        ladies home journalMichelle_Obama__cover_Newsweek_obesity_children___promote_health_wellness_American_communities_thumb[2]Hiiiiiiiiiiiii! Come on in!!!


The results of Derrick’s handiwork (with as assist to the in-house ‘shoppers)

He’s already lined up for next week too when Lady M will be appearing on the Jay Leno show (officially to talk about our No Child’s Fat Behind program, butt unofficially to kickoff of our official campaign season.)

Anyway, back to Big Guy’s speechifying. He kept his calendar free today in order to put the last minute spins recommended from the final round of input from our team of pollsters who were still busy as of late last night testing ideas for CHANGE with likely voters. You may wonder how we can incorporate such last minute ideas into Big Guy’s speech. Let’s just say we’re all professionals around here, and with the benefit of a staff of professional writers and TOTUS we can hang loose and be flexible. Something that George W. Bush was never able to do because his ideas seemed to be set in stone.

I can’t give you a draft of the speech, butt the talking points are already out there for our media lapdogs to start writing supportive copy. Here’s the Cliff Notes preview of his Teddy Roosevelt “Do-nothing Congress, so I’ll do it myself” speech:

• In Osawatomie, Kansas, the president talked about how this is a make or break moment for the middle class, and about how we can go in two directions. Less opportunity and less fairness — or where the president believes we need to go: building an economy that works for everyone, not just a wealthy few.

• Building off the themes of the Kansas speech, the State of the Union will lay out a “Blueprint for an America built to last.” The blueprint will be supported by four pillars: 1) American Manufacturing; 2) American Energy; 3) Skills for American Workers and 4) American Values.

• American Manufacturing: He will lay out proposals for how we’ll bring about a new era of American manufacturing, with more good jobs and more products stamped Made in the USA. Proposals will include tools that will help American small businesses to compete and grow.

• American Energy: He will present a new era for American energy — an economy fueled by homegrown and alternative energy sources that will be designed and produced by American workers.

• Skills for American Workers: The speech will include new ideas for how we’ll make sure our students and workers get the education and training they need so that we have a workforce ready to take on the jobs of today and tomorrow.

• American Values: And most importantly, the president will call for a return to American Values – of fairness for all, and responsibility from all.

What to expect: populism on steroids. It will include broad-based tax reform (tax the rich more, everyone else, less – that’s a fair shake) mortgage refinancing (Eat the banks, that’s fair), higher taxes on upper earners (duh!), and an expiration of the Bush tax cuts (hello - “Bush” tax cuts?).

Whew! It’s going to be another doozy. And I’m not just talking about Lady M’s frock.

I’m sorry, I’ve got to run as it’s a busy day for me too, as you might imagine. The big reveals are always tense.

mo big reveal

And sometimes they’re downright scary:

Obama family arrives at US Capitol prior to inauguration swear-in

I see that many of you are too busy this evening to watch Big Guy’s book report, so I’ll do my best to recap tomorrow. Butt if you want to have fun, play the hot new game, “Name Big Guy’s First SOTU Cliché: 2012 Edition.” I’m sure the prizes are spectacular, and they are even giving odds! Butt remember, it’s not a drinking game, although I don’t believe the rules prohibit a martini or two while playing. Just be careful out there.

Screenshot Studio capture #361To busy to watch Big Guy’s SOTU speech this year