Did you see the speech last night? I thought it was one of the best televised addresses in history, one that brought Americans together, exhibited rare common sense, explained our problems and their solutions clearly, and laid out a path for a return to unity and American greatness. I’m talking, of course, about the GOP response to Biden's State of the Union Address by my daughter, Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Here’s the video of Sarah’s speech…
Sarah Sanders delivers Republican rebuttal to Biden's SOTU Address - Read Mike's News Analysis - Mike Huckabee
And a full transcript, because it’s worth reading and pondering every sentence…
Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders' Address to the Nation - Read Mike's News Analysis - Mike Huckabee
I was proud to see the overwhelmingly positive response (as well as the nasty responses by leftist media outlets, which proved she was over the target.)
I think if any words were spoken last night that will be quoted and remembered, they won’t be any of Biden’s ramblings but Sarah’s astute comment:
“The dividing line in America is no longer between right or left. The choice is between normal and crazy.”
I think that perfectly sums up America’s problems in a nutshell, and we know which side represents the nuts. I also loved this observation: “I’m the first woman to lead my state. He’s the first man to surrender his presidency to a woke mob that can’t even tell you what a woman is.”
Biden's Speech: At least he stayed awake
As for Biden's SOTU, I like to try to find something positive to say, so I’ll start by mentioning that he surprised his critics by remaining awake, even energetic, all the way to the end of a speech that was starting to feel endless. Some critics voiced suspicions that Hunter must’ve given him a snort of Bolivian marching powder, which would also have explained the motor-mouthed rushing, slurred words, scrambled thinking and unfounded egotism.
Here’s a written transcript for those who don’t like being yelled and stage-whispered at:
The reviews from all but the Biden sycophant media were “mixed,” to put it mildly, with the word “delusional” popping up often. Jennifer Oliver O'Connell of Townhall.com wrote, “This State of the Union speech was less indicative of the state of the union and more indicative of the state of Biden’s delusional thinking.” C. Douglas Golden at Western Journal described it as “a rambling screed of delusions.” Ben Shapiro went into a bit more detail, tweeting that it was “an unlistenable, endless litany of odd demands combined with fantastic falsehoods.” And Stephen Green of PJ Media couldn’t describe the structure of the speech “because there wasn’t one.” Green said Biden’s speechwriter must’ve been “an infinite number of monkeys with limited access to ChatGPT.” Green live-blogged the entire speech, so if you’d like to experience it in a much more reality-based and entertaining fashion, try scrolling through this:
In the spirit of the speech, my response to it will also have no structure and leave out a lot of important parts. That’s because if I covered that rambling mess in detail, I’d use up every pixel on the Internet. So here are a few random comments on some (but hardly all) of the more jaw-dropping moments and blatant lies…
As for the many falsehoods, that’s to be expected. Joe Biden is infamous for his lack of regard for the truth. This is, after all, a guy who regularly tells impossible stories (you know they’re not true when he says, “It’s true, no joke” or “My word as a Biden”) that are widely debunked, then later repeats them, often embellishing them even more. He’s claimed to have been everything from a truck driver to a college professor and to have grown up in the black church. So I was hardly surprised by all the lies. It’s just stunning that someone would tell so many incredibly blatant stretchers to the faces of the people he’s lying about, both in the Capitol and watching at home.
Twice, Republicans responded to some of his more outrageous claims with boos and two members shouting, “Liar” (Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, after Biden falsely said some Republicans want to do away with Social Security and Medicare) and “It’s your fault” (Rep. Andy Ogles, after Biden brought up all the fentanyl deaths caused by his open border letting drugs flood into the US.) For the record, I don’t like these outbursts. I think people should restrain themselves and show respect at least for the office of the President. But I can understand their frustration when the President doesn’t even have enough respect for the office of the President not to tell slanderous lies about people to their faces on TV during a State of the Union Address.
As I expected, this was more of a campaign speech than a SOTU. From the fact that he said, "Let's finish the job," twelve times, I assume that will be his 2024 campaign slogan. Considering his last slogan was “Build Back Better” but his policies turned out to be “Tear Down Completely,” when I heard him say, “Let’s finish the job,” I pictured a hit man in a gangster movie getting ready to deliver the kill shot.
Biden also trotted out most of the same tired Democrat campaign speech tropes that have fooled voters for decades, like claiming that Republicans want to slash Social Security and Medicare (they’ve been saying that since I was a boy; I’m now eligible for Medicare and spending has only gone up.) Or demanding that rich people pay their “fair share” of income taxes (they already pay a hugely disproportionate share of income taxes; making it a “fair share” would give them a tax cut.) Or demanding higher taxes on corporations (corporations don’t pay taxes; they collect them. They’re passed on to consumers as a cost of doing business. For proof, look at gas pumps that tell you how much of the cost of a gallon is taxes. In short, Biden is calling for something that would create even more price inflation.)
The House Judiciary Committee responded to his call to tax the rich with this tweet: “How much did Hunter Biden make in profits using Joe’s name? How much did he pay in taxes?”
As for the illogical, what can you say about a President who spent less time talking about the biggest problems facing the nation, ones he brought on us himself, like the border crisis or Chinese aggression, than about banning hotel resort fees? He promoted the “Pro Act,” the national version of the California pro-union law that’s destroying contract workers, as if that had a snowball’s chance in Hades of passing the House. And he called for a law protecting women from “extreme” anti-abortion laws, when the Dems’ position of allowing abortion up to the minute of birth is the most extreme in the world, at odds with all other civilized nations and the vast majority of Americans…and he vowed to veto any bill banning abortion. Question: what are the odds that those two laws would be passed by the same Congress?
(Side note: It was truly sick to see some Democrats not wearing flag pins but instead pins of the word “ABORTION” with a heart in the middle. That must be the heart whose beating is stilled with every abortion.)
From the “What is he TALKING about?” desk came his claim that his wife Jill is a “full-time teacher;” his off-script outburst, “Name me a world leader who’d change places with Xi Jinping! NAME ME ONE! NAME ME ONE!”…
…And his lengthy diatribe against fast food chains like McDonald’s forcing workers to sign non-compete agreements so they can’t leave to take better-paying jobs at other burger joints. Yes, that would be unfair, if it were a thing, which it’s not at all. Even Factcheck.org already branded it False.
Some chains used to ban workers from switching to another outlet within their own franchises, but even that was halted. McDonald’s stopped doing it in 2017. As one Republican said, instead of falsely slamming McDonald’s, he should have mentioned Burger King because he was serving up Whoppers all night.
Biden didn’t mention Trump’s name but he slammed his “predecessor” while taking credit for achievements that were actually his. Incidentally, Trump offered real-time commentary on Biden’s speech on Truth Social, and he put out his own video State of the Union speech on Rumble, which took only two minutes.
Speaking of Trump, Biden also talked a lot about unity and said he’s “here to be President of all Americans,” after running the most nakedly partisan Administration in history, silencing and selectively prosecuting people who disagree with his policies and publicly denouncing Republicans as extremists and “semi-fascists.” Of course, he had to bring up the Democrats’ new Holy Cross, the January 6th riot, which he bafflingly tried to tie to the attack on Paul Pelosi.
As for that Chinese spy balloon that was hovering over this speech as if it were a secret US nuclear site (kudos to Marjorie Taylor Greene for bringing a big white balloon to the speech; I wonder if she got the idea from this newsletter?), Biden said, “If China threatens our sovereignty, we will act. And we did.” How? By allowing the balloon to traverse the entire nation before shooting it down? And if he cares about our national sovereignty so much, how about securing our wide open Southern border against daily invasion?
It was nice that he introduced the parents of Tyre Nichols, but as for what he said about the dangers black youth face from police, honestly, which is more likely? That if they leave the house, they’ll be beaten to death by the police, or that they’ll be robbed, raped or murdered by criminals who are running wild because Democrats refuse to jail them? He also blamed the crime wave on the COVID pandemic, which apparently only infected blue cities with Soros-backed D.A.’s and “Defund the Police” movements.
He boasted falsely that he created 12 million jobs, lowered the deficit more than any President (simply by taking office following massive emergency spending on COVID), and brought illegal immigration down by 97% (asterisk: from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela…why not throw in Iceland and make it sound even better?) He claimed that inflation is down and wages are rising without mentioning that inflation is still so high that average wages adjusted for inflation are lower than last year. In short, this was one of those speeches that tests the IQ of listeners.
As I said, I don’t have enough time or space to correct the head-spinning number of wildly false claims, but here are a few intrepid souls who took a stab at it (say, maybe the 12 million jobs he created were all for fact checkers!) As for me, I’m going to go congratulate my daughter, then take a couple of aspirin for my pounding headache.