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Welcome to my review of the 2023 State of the Union teleprompter reading, delivered by the desiccated, mummified meat puppet, Joe Biden. This is yet another onerous task I’ve undertaken, fortified by substantial doses of blood pressure medication, so you won’t have to, gentle readers. You’re welcome.

I usually post an article for each day between 1600-1700 on the day before, but won’t be able to do that for this article, as I’ll be writing it late, after the SOTU, so please consider this a placeholder for the full article to follow. In the meantime, visit this New York Post article listing six lies Biden’s handlers will be telling tonight. There will, of course, be many, many more, and we’ll know because his lips will be moving.

If the brain damage is no more severe than usual, I’ll have Thursday’s complete article up late tonight, or early tomorrow. See you then.

Amazingly accurate…

Well, it’s 2200 Mountain Time on Tuesday, and I’ll do my best to add at least initial impressions, and as much fact as I can manage. I’m still a bit shell-shocked. I’m sure I’ll be adding additional updates over the next day or two, so please check back from time to time. I’ll begin, however, with this from Thomas Lifson at The American Thinker:

The poll finds that 62 percent of Americans think Biden has accomplished ‘not very much’ or ‘little or nothing’ during his presidency, while 36 percent say he has accomplished ‘a great deal’ or ‘a good amount.’ On many of Biden’s signature initiatives — from improving the country’s infrastructure to making electric vehicles more affordable to creating jobs — majorities of Americans say they do not believe he has made progress, the poll finds.

That’s not quite accurate. Joe has run up an unprecedented amount of debt. He has spent like a drunken sailor, and in this speech, talked constantly about “finishing the job,” which means spending what surely will amount, in my admittedly hasty, math-deficient estimation, an additional five or so trillion. Consider this from The Post Millennial:

According to ABC News, ‘Four in 10 Americans say they’ve gotten worse off financially since Joe Biden became president, the most in ABC News/Washington Post polls dating back 37 years,’ with the outlet adding that ‘After Trump’s first year, just 13 percent felt worse off financially. That spiked to 35 percent under Biden a year ago, and its level now, 41 percent, is the most measured in 33 ABC/Post polls since September 1986.’

If ABC is willing to admit 41%, the real number must be much higher. On to the speech, which you can watch here (you’ll need to scan ahead a bit):

*My first impression was seeing Kevin McCarthy in the Speaker’s chair. Oh, how D/S/Cs hate him, would hate any Republican/Normal American in that position. McCarthy did not reflexively rise and applaud Joe. He mostly remained seated, his face impassive, but several times, he couldn’t help laughing or showing amazed incredulity at Biden’s outrageous lies and hypocrisy. Still, his self-restraint was professional and appropriate, and he didn’t tear up the speech. Nancy Pelosi looked every day of her age; she’s 82, two years older than Joe Biden.

It didn’t help…

*As Biden entered and pressed the flesh, he looked drugged. Not depressed, but speeding. He seemed to have difficulty focusing on people speaking to him, and was slow at making eye contact, slow at focusing on others, and his slack expression would tend to make others think he wasn’t tracking.

*He began by graciously recognizing even a few Republicans and made an odd, apparently inside comment no one else got about Jill Biden going to a game in a week and somehow needing a court order from Chief Justice Roberts. Almost immediately it was clear he was speeding. His speech was rushed, and as always, he slurred, stumbled and had difficulty making sense and complete sentences. Americans are so conditioned to expect that of him, I’m sure some missed much of it. You know: Oh, that’s just old Joe! It’s sobering to remember our enemies watch old Joe to determine their next moves.

*We learned that Covid—not our government—shut everything down, but “Covid no longer controls our lives.” Later, he said he was going to stop the Covid emergency declaration sometime in the future. Gee, thanks, Joe.

*Biden told us “our democracy remains unbowed and unbroken.” Remember, Gentle readers, this is the same man who delivered his Hitleresque, red-toned “triumph of the shill” speech, where he declared half of the nation insurrectionist, domestic terrorists, MAGA monsters destroying “our democracy.” This was only in September. Apparently, Joe’s magic unity powers have wrought miracles in such a short time.

*One of Biden’s pseudo-themes—there was no real theme other than spending unimaginable amounts of money to “finish the job,” whatever the “job” was at the moment he spoke it—was he is the savior of the middle class, and the middle class is doing well because of his careful attention. For example, we learned inflation was caused by Covid and Putin, not lunatic borrowing, spending and printing money out of thin air. He assured us inflation is “coming down,” so are gas prices (they are nearly 50% higher than they were before he took office), and mirable dictu!—wonderful to tell—so are food prices! I visited the grocery store yesterday. Apparently I wasn’t paying sufficient attention to notice that dramatic decrease in cost. Best of all, take home pay has gone up! Obviously, he’s living in an alternate reality.

*He thanked Kamala Harris for providing money that made starting millions and millions of small businesses possible, following that with: “automobiles couldn’t make enough gas, because they didn’t have enough chips.”

*We learned Biden is spending untold billions on infrastructure, and he got very mad about it, looking very angry, shouting, and wagging his finger at the balcony to his left, where his invited supporters were sitting. Apparently roads and bridges aren’t racist anymore, or all that money is going to deal with their racism or something. He calmed down a little and said: “I promised I’d be a president for all Americans.” Obviously, he forgot about all those MAGA insurrectionists and terrorists destroying “our democracy.”

*Another of his related pseudo-themes was all of the spending he wants to “finish the job” is good for us, and actually saves us money!

*He made a series of odd claims about cutting drug prices, adding “some people” are threatening to cut the Inflation Reduction Act. We should note here even D/S/Cs have admitted that grotesque “print money and flush it down the toilet” bill has nothing to do with reducing inflation. Anyway, Joe assured us that bill, or cutting drug prices “saving millions are saving $800 a year on their premiums.”

*Oh yes, and that act, or something, is “the most significant investment ever in climate change,” which is actually “lowering energy bills.” Note: in D/S/C speak “investment” is obscenely out-of-control deficit spending. Climate change is, of course, the “existential threat.”

*To save the climate, he’s installing “500,000 electric vehicle charging stations,” and giving Americans “$1000 dollar a year tax credit” for—and he slurred this badly, so I’m doing my best here—electric vehicles and appliances or something like that. He’s a bit confused. I’m aware of no such thing, and certainly not a yearly credit for single purchases of vehicles or appliances. Besides, when they get rid of gas stoves, why would we need tax credits to buy oh-so efficient electric stoves? That $1000 will mean a lot toward any EV purchase, as the average EV now runs $66,000.

*Then Biden told us he would whip inflation by making corporations and wealthy people “pay their fair share.” We should point out here that around 1% of the wealthiest Americans pay more than 40% of all taxes. The bottom 50% pay around 2%. In making such claims Biden ignores the tax code, written by Congress, which determines what all Americans, including the wealthy and corporations, pay in taxes. He also said, again, no one making less than $400,000 dollars a year will pay a penny in taxes, which is at this point, a very tired, too often repeated, lie. Joe is going to cut the national debt by two trillion, just by making the wealthy “pay their fair share.” Take this link to a classic Bill Whittle video that explains why that’s a particularly stupid lie. Reducing the debt I mean; I’m sure he’d like to soak the wealthy.

*Throughout the speech, Biden’s lies were so blatant, Republicans, and even some D/S/Cs, broke out laughing, cat calling, and yelling “liar.” One such moment came when Biden asserted the oil industry was spending too little money producing more oil. Joe Biden, the man who has done everything possible to destroy the oil industry, and who is selling our strategic petroleum reserves to China, actually said that, and added: “we’ll need oil for another decade.” The joint went wild.

*Did you know Joe Biden cut the deficit $1.7 trillion dollars? Did you know that was the largest such reduction in history? Yeah. The Congress wasn’t impressed by that either.

*A perennial D/S/C big lie is Republicans want to throw granny off a cliff by cutting Social Security and Medicare, and Joe trotted it out again, which caused an uproar in the chamber, because no such thing is proposed, nor could it possibly happen. They’re going to get that through a D/S/C controlled Senate? He boldly swore to veto any such attempt. At that point, McCarthy shook his head repeatedly. Biden eventually got everyone to stand and applaud not cutting those programs, which no one was trying to do in the first place. That was probably the only unity Joe has inspired thus far.

*The cameras repeatedly cut to Merrick Garland and Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas. Every time, a smug smirk was plastered on their dimwitted mugs.

Well, she certainly stood out…

*In blatant pandering to core D/S/C constituencies, Biden boldly proclaimed “workers have the right to form a union.” No such “right” exists, and right-to-work states, and Supreme Court decisions make clear that’s not going to happen. He also muttered the usual invocation of a national minimum wage.

*Did you know the “spike in violent crime” in 2020 was caused by Covid? Not D/S/C policies hamstringing the police and exalting criminals. Who knew?

*The most disgusting scene of the night came when Biden recognized Tyre Nichols’ parents in the balcony. Nichols, you may recall, was recently killed, apparently as the result of a police beating, in Memphis.  Nichols was black, as are the police officers involved, as is most of the Memphis Police Department and most of Memphis. The officers have been fired and are facing multiple felony charges, including murder, but Biden played the race card, but with a little subtlety. Actually, that was his speechwriters, but you know what I mean. He spoke of black parents having to give their kids “the talk,” because as we all know, any black kid going out in public is nearly certain to be murdered by the police. Regular readers know that’s an outrageous lie of the kind that actually does damage to our republic. Biden called for “equal protection under the law,” while he and his Administration do everything they can to push equity, which is the exact opposite.

*You knew this one was coming, didn’t you? We must “do something about gun violence?” Did Joe suggest actually enforcing the law? Arresting violent criminals? Prosecuting them? Putting them in jail until they’re too old to hurt anyone? Of course not. We have to “ban assault weapons! Ban assault weapons! Ban them now!” Yes, he was angry again. He lied about the Clinton gun ban, claiming it reduced violent crime. It didn’t.

Yes he did, and no she’s not…

*Biden all but ignored the border, crime in general, and China in particular, but he is going to fix the border, so Congress must “pass my plan to provide equipment and officers to secure the border.” That would be the officers he’s pulled off enforcement to do paperwork to expedite releasing illegals into the country as quickly as possible. He’s not going to do a damned thing to secure the border.

*”Congress must restore the right that was taken away in Roe v. Wade.” No. It doesn’t make sense. There is no such right, and it was the Dobbes decision that returned the issue to the states where, under the Constitution, it belongs. It was Roe that made up the “right” out of thin air.

*Biden told us when he took office, things with China were bad, we were weak, but not with Joe in charge, not anymore. He’s modernizing our military. He’s tough on China. “We’re in the strongest position in decades to compete with China.” Did Joe speak about the balloon? Well, sort of: “If China threatens our sovereignty, we’ll act to protect our country. And we did.” Yeah. We didn’t let Antony Blinken go to China. I’m sure they’ll be weeping for months. We have the most up-to date pronouns, trans admirals, and dramatically dropping recruitment. And shooting down that balloon after it traversed the entire country sure protected our sovereignty. That’ll show those Chinese. Why, I bet they don’t have any CRT training for their military at all!

*Joe, in his odd, instantly and inappropriately angry persona, demanded to know, twice, to be told who would want to take the Chinese dictator’s place? “Tell me! Tell me!” He demanded. Actually, pretty much any despot in the world would be glad to take over. Which of them wouldn’t want to be in sole charge of the second biggest economy, nearly the biggest military—all those nuclear weapons—and all that power?

*Joe is equally tough on drugs: “Fentanyl is killing more than 70,000 Americans a year.” Actually it more than 100,000, and of course, he ignored the fact it is our “secure” border that is allowing that drug, and many others, into the country. Oh yes, and it is China that is providing the chemicals necessary to make it.

Perhaps going for the Italian vote?

*Joe told us once again “our democracy” is being threatened, specifically mentioning January 6. And that’s when he introduced Paul Pelosi, and implied the domestic terrorists threatening “our democracy” attacked Pelosi. He characterized it as “political violence.” I guess he forgot about Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. An actual political assassination attempt, inspired by pro-abortion rhetoric, and assisted by Merrick Garland’s refusal to enforce a specific federal law preventing intimidation of judges, was stopped at Kavanaugh’s home. As regular readers know, the attacker in the Pelosi case is most likely a leftist, to whatever degree his attack was politically motivated. He’s certainly deranged. Enter “paul pelosi” in the SMM home page search bar to find every article on that topic.

*As he ended, Joe again appealed to unity. This from the man who attacked half or more of the nation in his infamous red speech.  This from the man who only an hour earlier falsely accused Republicans of trying to wipe out Social Security and Medicare.

*His final comment: “God bless you all and God Protect our troops.” That would be the troops he fired and dishonorably discharged for refusing to follow an illegal order to take an untested, dangerous, and ineffective drug. The same troops his DOJ continues to persecute. That would be the military he is disheartened with politically correct lunacy rather than actual military training, the military that stupidity is dismantling as the men and women who historically comprise our forces refuse to enlist or re-enlist.

Final Thoughts: It was a sadly predictable teleprompter reading. It was an exaltation of big government and a reminder that everything is great, and Biden’s two years in office have been filled with wonderful accomplishments that have greatly benefitted America, particularly the middle class, which is Biden’s focus every waking minute—the America in Joe’s alternate reality.

Biden made only a cursory mention of LGBTQWERTY issues. D/S/Cs are focusing on 2024, and while deviance of all kinds is an essential part of their character and policy, they know it’s not selling well. Time to back off on that a bit.

Not wanting to disappoint you, Joe did oddly and inappropriately whisper into the microphone at least twice that I noticed.

Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders gave the Republican response. She began with this:

Being a mom to three young children taught me not to believe every story I hear. So forgive me for not believing much of anything I heard tonight from President Biden. From out-of-control inflation and violent crime to the dangerous border crisis and threat from China, Biden and the Democrats have failed you.

They know it. And you know it.

Sanders did not engage in a point-by-point refutation of Biden, but contrasted D/S/C and Republican beliefs, accomplishments and intentions for America. By all means, take this link and read the transcript, or go here to watch the video.

I’ll be updating this article today and perhaps for the next day or two. Again, revisiting it may be worth your time.

UPDATE, 02-08-23, 1120 MT: Here, gentle readers, are a number of links that may be helpful in sorting through President Biden’s debacle of a speech last night. Before we get to them, let’s pause to reflect that the man who tells us he is unifying America, that he’s a president for all Americans, spoke last night behind 8’ walls keeping Americans out, because he’s a unifier, and walls don’t work and are, of course, racist. There is no evidence anyone tried to protest, or breach that racist wall. If there were, we can be certain our ever-vigilant and unifying media would be leading today’s news with it. They’re not.

Go here for Donald Trump’s response.  Say what you will about him, and whether he’s the right man for 2024, but it’s dead on.

Go here for an economic analysis by David Harsanyi at The Federalist. An excerpt:

Biden lied that ‘25 percent’ of the national federal debt was incurred by the previous administration when most of that debt was driven by entitlement programs passed, expanded, and revered by Democrats. And he misled the nation by claiming that his administration had ‘cut the deficit by more than $1.7 trillion — the largest deficit reduction in American history,’ when, in fact, those ‘cuts’ were sunsetting pandemic emergency spending that Democrats had complained wasn’t enough.

Go here to The Federalist for an analysis of “15 whoppers” Biden told. Here are two:

I actually created, with the help of many people in this room, 12 million new jobs,’ Biden said. ‘More jobs created in two years than any president has created in four years. Because of you.’

Biden didn’t create new jobs, as he often likes to claim. The only reason the job rate is growing is that millions of people are returning to work after tyrannical bureaucrats shut down the economy for months in the name of stopping the spread of Covid-19.

And:

Biden blamed the coronavirus lockdowns for the nation’s recent crime wave.

Covid left scars, the president said, ‘like the spike in violent crime in 2020, the first year of the pandemic.’

It was the Democrats’ rush to ‘defund police,’ however, that left cities and neighborhoods vulnerable to criminals who remained free to roam the streets. Democrats in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and New York cut police funding by hundreds of millions of dollars over the course of the social justice fever that took over the country. More than a dozen cities saw the highest homicide rates ever reported as a result.

According to a poll from Politico last year, 3 in 4 Americans blamed the crime spree on the efforts to defund police.

Byron York accurately assesses D/S/C’s feelings about Biden: 

But the fact is, Democrats are led by a remarkably unpopular president who most Americans, even those in his own party, do not want to run for reelection. Don’t be fooled by Democratic elected officials’ enthusiasm for Biden at the State of the Union. In fact, the party has a serious Joe Biden problem.

And a worse Kamala Harris problem. And this is particularly bad news for D/S/Cs:

Half of Americans say they are worse off financially than they were a year ago, the highest level of reported decline since the financial crisis, a Gallup poll released Wednesday showed.

The results are unusually grim.

‘Since Gallup first asked this question in 1976, it has been rare for half or more of Americans to say they are worse off. The only other times this occurred was during the Great Recession era in 2008 and 2009,’ Gallup News said.

Taking such things as they usually shake out, we can be reasonably confident about half of America—D/S/Cs—wouldn’t say anything that might reflect badly on their current maximum leader, regardless of the truth. Is half of America so flush with cash, prices at the pump, grocery store and elsewhere have no effect on them? I had to replace a kitchen faucet the other day. A faucet that would have cost around $80.00 the other day set me back $130. Fortunately, I’m capable of installing such things. I shudder to think what a plumber would charge to install one.

It would also be worth your while to read this analysis, which contains genuine facts, not some D/S/C’s “truth,” from Don Surber:

The shutdown of the economy in the Great Pandemic Panic accelerated the Office Space-ing of America. Federal government policy enables people in their prime working years to stay home and play video games instead of working hastened the bankruptcy of the nation.

What a waste. The money Biden prints up to hand out comes at a terrible price.

The national debt is $31 trillion. Red China’s balloon was a far less risk than this ballooning debt. The annual vigorish on that debt will soon hit $1 trillion.

Perhaps Biden will pay for his terrible presidency.

D/S/Cs, which includes the media, are shocked, shocked! that Republicans were outraged at Biden’s lies:

I remember this clearly:

Pelosi began that evening by truncating the traditional speaker’s introduction of the president, delivering a historic and unprecedented insult. D/S/Cs love to change the rules, but cry like babies when Republicans play by their new rules.

I’ll close this update with a great line from Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ response to Biden’s speech:

While you reap the consequences of their failures, the Biden administration seems more interested in woke fantasies than the hard reality Americans face every day.

For some reason, I keep thinking about that $130.00 faucet…