President Obama shuffled up to the podium and poured out a bowl of tasteless and odorless political drivel. His one "big" idea was some vague retirement plan, which ought to be a real confidence builder. Why didn't he say in selling that idea, "If you like your nest egg, you can keep your nest egg!"
One of my favorite movies is "This is Spinal Tap" the first in series of gut-busting funny "mock-u-mentaries" by Christopher Guest and Michael McKean. As I watched President Obama give the "Stale of the Union" speech, I thought, "This is Spinal Tap, the Presidency." The sad story of a once famous and charismatic politician who once filled arenas and now does the warm up for puppet shows at a kiddie amusement park. Reduced to nostalgia and the indifference of once adoring fans, he can only create applause by pointing to real heroes sitting in the crowd. In the movie, Spinal Tap's big comeback album was "Smell the Glove." Maybe the President's speech could have been labeled, "This Glove Smells."