"cuz take away our playstations
and we are a third world nation
under the thumb of some blue blood royal son
who stole the oval office and that phony election
i mean
it don't take a weatherman
to look around and see the weather
jeb said he'd deliver florida, folks
and boy did he ever" -ani difranco

i agree, liam, W didn't say anything great. i also agree that it made a great statement that hillary and joe sat together. and i appreciated their continual dialogue throughout W's speech. i loved the democratic response for two reasons: for its clarity and attack of bush's plan. it did what it needed to do, which was acknowledge what bush said and then discuss what was wrong with it. did anyone else think that the Crown Loyalists looked like a bunch of sedated puppies, looking at their master out of confused admiration, standing every time he paused to smirk?

W's section on AIDS saddened me to no end, but i felt that with all the apparent compassion he put into the recap of the situation, his solution to the problem did not seem adequate. but i guess no plan ever will for such an epidemic. to me it was fairly obvious that he put more concern, effort and energy into the end of his speech, covering the pending "peril" with terrorism, than he put into the beginning which surprisingly enough covered domestic affairs. if one thing was reaffirmed by the state of the union, is that we are going to war with iraq. whether or not any of our allies or even the UN agrees with "us".

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