State of the Union: Winning & Bread Bags

Even Obama-hating people will have to admit that President Barack Obama delivered a great State of the Union (SOTU) speech last night. It was by far the best SOTU speech from the President.

This was really the last SOTU speech that people will be paying attention to, because next year we will be in the midst of a Presidential election. Nobody will care that much what the President is saying because his time will be about over.

According to The American Presidency Project, the President’s speech was 6,718 words and it was 59 minutes and 57 seconds in length.

You can read the whole speech HERE. The Associated Press has a Fact Check article HERE.

Here are some of my thoughts about the whole SOTU.


Published in: on January 21, 2015 at 7:17 am  Comments Off on State of the Union: Winning & Bread Bags  
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Thursday Numbers

Congrats! We just about have old January beat once again. Hold on for one more day!

If you are a first-time visitor, “Thursday Numbers” is the column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes spiked with a little sarcasm).

This week I write about the State of the Union, Steve Daines, Ravalli County, Adolf Hitler, Dick Cheney, Mötley Crüe, Malmstrom AFB, Max Baucus, unemployment, Super Bowl records, Jerry Rice, Don Shula, Charles Haley, Joe Montana, Terry Bradshaw, Troy Aikman, Jim Kelly, and much more!


State of the Union

Maybe I’m a political nerd, but I really get excited about State of the Union speeches. One thing I don’t do is watch the so-called experts talk about the speech on cable news afterwards. I briefly checked in on the “Republican response” and then I watched other channels.

I think I watched about 30 minutes of “Smokey and the Bandit,” for some reason, which was probably better than all three responses from the right.

I almost always go back the next day and read the President’s State of the Union speech to see what I missed. With the cameras panning around and the graphics flashing on the screen, plus sending and reading Tweets, parts of the speech can be missed.

The speech was about 6,923 words, and it lasted a little over one hour and five minutes. (SOURCE)

The President started his speech with “Today in America, a teacher spent extra time with a student who needed it, and did her part to lift America’s graduation rate to its highest level in more than three decades.”

Since I am married to a teacher and know how hard teachers work and how much extra time they put in to help children, I was happy to see him lead off his speech praising them.

A few minutes into the speech I tweeted, “Maybe Obama should have started his speech with “we all pretty much suck at running this country.” I think many of us are tired of Washington. Even the President said, “…there are millions of Americans outside Washington who are tired of stale political arguments.”

When the President said he was going to have Vice President Biden “lead an across-the-board reform of America’s training programs.” After hearing he assigned the VP additional duties, I was worried the President would say, “I’m also asking the Vice President to take over the job of running our land-based nuclear forces.”

This morning after hearing what the Republicans said about the speech, I think about the only way the GOP would have hated the President’s speech more would have been if Queen Latifah had showed up and married a bunch of people.


Published in: on January 29, 2014 at 7:23 am  Comments Off on State of the Union  
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MT Senate 2014: SOTU & Daines

A few minutes after President Barack Obama completes his State of the Union (SOTU) address, we will get to see one of the major problems with the Republican Party.

According to several reports, there will be three responses from the right. Three. Washington Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers will give the “official” Republican response. The Tea Party response will be given by Utah Senator Mike Lee. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul will give another Tea Party response.

Sadly, Montana’s lone Representative and U.S. Senate candidate, Steve Daines, will probably be paying more attention to the responses from Lee and Paul than the one from Rodgers. Daines has aligned himself with the Tea Party quite remarkably in his first year in Congress.

At least two Montana newspapers have noticed Daines and his extreme views.


President Obama & Thirsty Rubio

President Barack Obama’s State of the Union (SOTU) speech was pretty good in my opinion. What did you think? According to the Washington Post, the President’s speech was 6,419 words, and it lasted about an hour.

At the beginning, everyone in the House chambers seemed so friendly. During the speech Speaker of the House John Boehner seemed unhappy to be there. He could not even stand when the President recognized Desiline Victor who at 102 years old stood in line for hours to vote.

And he is the Speaker of the House…

Obama’s speech touched on the subjects that everyone pretty much thought he would talk about (Afghanistan, immigration, jobs, and the economy). He did push for an increase in the minimum wage to $9.00 and he also talked about making it easier to vote.

Obama did briefly mention nuclear weapons saying, “We’ll engage Russia to seek further reductions in our nuclear arsenals.” On Monday White House Press Secretary Jay Carney had said Obama’s “commitment to arms control, and nuclear reduction is well-known, but I do not anticipate a new announcement in the State of the Union address.”

So while the President did not say, “We’ll cut 200 more nukes” he did give missile base supporters a little something to be alarmed about. Those alarms were covered by the Great Falls Tribune on Wednesday. The Montana Congressional delegation’s failure to obtain a seat on a military/defense committee means about all they can do is send letters and request meetings.


Published in: on February 13, 2013 at 8:24 am  Comments Off on President Obama & Thirsty Rubio  
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State of the Union: Guns & Zombies

U.S. Constitution – Article 2 Section 3

He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.

Mister Speaker…The President of the United States…

Are you excited? Is this a great country or what?

The State of the Union (SOTU) is tonight and barring an attack from Zombies here in Montana I’ll be watching (and since there’s no football games on TV).

I imagine we’ll hear President Barack Obama talk about guns, immigration, jobs and the economy, education, campaign finance, the sequester, Afghanistan, veterans, and much more (but probably not about Zombies).

Speaking of guns, it’s being reported that rocker Ted Nugent will attend the State of the Union address as the guest of Texas Republican Rep. Steve Stockman. Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly will be attending as guests of Senator John McCain and Rep. Ron Barber.

By the way, classic rock fans will be happy to hear that REO Speedwagon, Styx, and Ted Nugent are kicking off “The Midwest Rock ‘n Roll Express” tour in April! Par-tee!

Members of Congress can invite one person to attend the SOTU. CNN has the guest list. I was not invited… (more…)

Caught My Eye…

Welcome to the 132nd edition of “Caught My Eye” and welcome to Friday!

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, the “Caught My Eye” column is where I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week – and I often throw in some sarcasm just to make you smile. So get ready to head into your weekend armed with knowledge and a smile.

Today I write about the Grammys, Broke Girls, Postal Service & Montana’s Delegation, Daines’ offices and his first bill, Westboro Baptist Church, Rubio the Savior, State of the Union, Sold Again, God Made a (Factory) Farmer, Home Sweet Home, and much more!


Published in: on February 8, 2013 at 8:07 am  Comments Off on Caught My Eye…  
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Monday Morning Politics

Welcome to the dreadful day we call Monday.  After watching a couple of great football games yesterday and knowing the big game is about two weeks away, today seems even more of a downer than most Mondays (probably not as much as in San Francisco and Baltimore, though).

But there’s good news – we are still above the grass!

Almost every Monday I compile some of the political stories from the past weekend and put them in one place for all to see – and also offer some personal commentary!

Today I take a look at the Gabby Giffords announcement, I comment about who is fighting for F-15s, I let veterans know about a problem, I reveal the contents of a special letter, I look at a really good-paying job, I let you know that Tuesday is Juneau day at the Capitol, I share my thoughts on South Carolina, and let you know that the State of the Union address is Tuesday!  There’s even more!!!