Let's take a look at some of the highlights from last night's speech, shall we?
Here's a link to the full text of the speech.
Good evening. Tonight, I'd like to talk to you about the end of our combat mission in Iraq, the ongoing security challenges we face, and the need to rebuild our nation here at home.
Originally, I thought that this was supposed to be a speech about the end of the Iraq War. So, I would ding him on this, but hey, I could have misinterpreted this. So, let's give him a pass on this opening.
I know this historic moment...But this milestone should serve...
Consistency...can we get a little consistency here? Is it a historic moment or just a milestone?
...that the future is ours to shape if we move forward with confidence and commitment.
Absolutely, not feeling inspired. "If we move forward"; aren't you (Obama) supposed to provide that inspiration? (Never mind that would mean he would have to take responsibility. Moving on.)
It should also serve as a message to the world that the United States of America intends to sustain and strengthen our leadership in this young century.
How? I hope you plan on explaining this statement, because I am not seeing it yet. (We'll come back to this.)
A war to disarm a state became a fight against an insurgency. Terrorism and sectarian warfare threatened to tear Iraq apart. Thousands of Americans gave their lives; tens of thousands have been wounded.
True, definitely true.
Our relations abroad were strained.
Hold up. I thought you fixed that with that whole Cairo speech thing. Oh, you mean over the course of the war...ok, why didn't you just say so?
We have now been through nearly a decade of war.
These are the rough waters encountered during the course of one of America's longest wars.
I thought this was an overseas contingency operation; or was it a man-made incident? (What was that other term they came up with?) Never mind, slight tangent here...moving on.
the end of our combat mission in Iraq,
President Bush announced the beginning of military operations in Iraq.
I am announcing that the American combat mission in Iraq has ended.
Maybe, McChrystal was right. You are disengaged. Is it a war? Or is it something else? (I guess overseas contingency operation doesn't poll well anymore.)
This was my pledge to the American people as a candidate for this office.
It wouldn't be an Obama speech without him patting himself on the back. Whew! Glad we got out the way!
This completes a transition to Iraqi responsibility for their own security.
Fire your speechwriter. This sentence doesn't even make sense as written.
A caretaker administration is in place as Iraqis form a government based on the results of that election.
So, they don't have a real government, but we're pulling back anyway? Don't know if that's a good thing.
Tonight, I encourage Iraq's leaders to move forward with a sense of urgency to form an inclusive government
...and spent vast resources abroad at a time of tight budgets at home.
Must stop laughing...
Through this remarkable chapter in the history of the United States and Iraq, we have met our responsibility. Now, it is time to turn the page.
Alright, let's move into the economy portion of the speech.
As we do, I am mindful that the Iraq War has been a contentious issue at home. Here, too, it is time to turn the page.
OK!! Turn the page already!!
It's well known that he and I disagreed about the war from its outset. Yet no one could doubt President Bush's support for our troops, or his love of country and commitment to our security.
WTH happened to that turning the page thing? Someone wake me when he's turned the page?
Wake up Chris. Obama finally turned the page.
Finally, where was I? Yes, moving into the economy portion of the speech.
...our nation's strength and influence abroad must be firmly anchored in our prosperity at home. And the bedrock of that prosperity must be a growing middle class.
Which you are going to tax into oblivion with HCR (or is it HIR? Can you pick one?) alone.
We have spent over a trillion dollars at war, often financed by borrowing from overseas.
Hold up. Wait a minute. You're dinging Bush AGAIN!! Meanwhile, you have implemented back-to-back multi-trillion dollar budgets financed by the Chinese, and you're dinging Bush!! Nah!! NO SOUP FOR YOU!
...we must tackle those challenges at home with as much energy, and grit, and sense of common purpose as our men and women in uniform who have served abroad.
I thought you were doing that already with the stimulus thing. So, 19 months on the job and now you want to tackle the economy? What about the Summer of Recovery Tour? I thought the economy was improving. I thought we had turned the page (or was it a corner?) on the economy. NOW we have to tackle the economy?!
the dream that a better life awaits anyone who is willing to work for it and reach for it.
While we give health insurance to everyone whether or not they have a job, and with one in six Americans now on the government dole thanks to your expansion of government programs.
we must give all our children the education they deserve
By doing the same thing Bush did? Race To The Top?? Politicians fixing the education system...I don't think so.
We must jumpstart industries that create jobs
I thought you had been creating jobs. Wasn't the stimulus supposed to have created 3 million or so jobs? But we need to jumpstart industries--why?
and end our dependence on foreign oil.
Wait till those conspiracy theorists get a hold of this line.
We must unleash the innovation that allows new products to roll off our assembly lines, and nurture the ideas that spring from our entrepreneurs.
Wasn't that what HCR or HIR, whatever the heck it was, supposed to do? Oh, I forgot. It doesn't kick in until 2014. Moving on.
it must be our central mission as a people, and my central responsibility as President.
I thought that was what you were doing. So, if it's your central responsibility now; what have you been doing then?