Obama Liveblogging, Part Trois
Economy – We can fix it if we stop fucking around. Lending fund, cramdowns, vague bank fixes.
Healthcare – We’re working on it, we’re totally going to fix it.
Social Security – We need to fix it… somehow. "Tax-free universal savings accounts"?
Education – GI Bill, but with America Corps. Shame the dropouts!
Environment/Energy – Cap & trade, subsidies for renewables. Clean coal.
Bipartisanship – We all love America.
Civil rights/liberties – Closing Gitmo, speedy trials, no torture.
BushCo. Accountability – Bupkis.
Iraq – We’re getting out.
Iran – Nope.
Afghanistan – We have a plan.
Gaza – Nought.
Manimals – Dammit, I was sure he would cover this.
Mars, Bitches! – Oh well.
Issues list will be tersely updated throughout the address.
10:14 – JINDAL: Just wait ’til I get to ‘pre-existing condition.’ Totally slay ’em. (Jane)
1012 – Tape rolls live in Louisiana. Bobby Jindal is overheard, off-camera, shouting "HOW THE FUCK AM I SUPPOSED TO REBUT THAT?!" (WT)
10:12 – Gee, look who Lieberman’s getting his PDAs from. Certain rough justice in McCain having a fickle man walk away from him. (Julia)
10:11 – She’s like the Morganna The Kissing Bandit of Congress. (Eli)
10:10 – LOOK OUT! IT’S MICHELE BACHMANN! (WT)
10:10 – PBS says he was interrupted by applause 52 times (Julia)
10:09 – Man, that was one sour, sorry lot when they flashed to the wrinkly old GOP Senators. What a bunch of mopes. (bmaz)
10:08 – Bobby Jindal is scrambling right now – "Is there time to retape my rebuttal?" (WT)
10:08 – Obama thinks they all love this country and want it to succeed. May be so, but awfully hard to believe sometimes… (Eli)
10:07 – "I know we haven’t agreed on every issue thus far." (Eli)
10:07 – I am loving watching that little girl get a hug from the first lady. Good for her. (Julia)
10:06 – Anecdote about a little girl from South Carolina asking for help for her school because it was little more than a shack: Take THAT, Mark Sanford! (PW)
10:05 – I want that dress Michelle is wearing. I understand this isn’t a political statement, but it’s the truth. Now back to our programming. (WT)
10:05 – SC schoolgirl who wrote Congress a letter asking for help, for an education, for a chance to become something. "We are not quitters." (Eli)
10:03 – Republicans think, "What is this . . . ‘altruism’ of which you speak?" (WT)
10:03 – Bonus-sharing Leonard Abess held up as, basically, the opposite of the greedy Wall Street assholes. (Eli)
10:02 – Wow. John McCain has no shame at all. I can’t believe he got up to applaud no torture when he made sure we couldn’t stop the last administration from doing it. (Julia)
10:01 – KERRY: "Windsurfing…what was I thinking…" (Jane)
10:01 – The United States does not torture! We will, however, make the Republicans feel as much psychic pain as possible. (WT)
10:00 – Closing Gitmo, trials for terrorism suspects, now we can really say we don’t torture. (Eli)
9:59 – We will actually PROVIDE veterans with benefits! What a novel idea! (WT)
9:59 – Better pay for troops, better care for vets. Wow, that almost sounds like… support. (Eli)
9:58 – We have a plan for Afghanistan and Pakistan, extremists bad. (Eli)
9:57 – We’re getting the hell out of Iraq. (Eli)
9:57 – No more sneaky budget dodges. (Eli)
9:56 – Obama rehashes tax cut/increase plan from the campaign. (Eli)
9:55 – "But let me perfectly clear, because I know you’ll hear the same old claims that rolling back these tax breaks means a massive tax increase on the American people: if your family earns less than $250,000 a year, you will not see your taxes increased a single dime. I repeat: not one single dime." does that rule out Social Security taxes on those making $250,000 per year. Is so, what’s left? (Scarecrow)
9:53 – Oh, SNAP! No more no-bid military contracts! Dick Cheney just banged on the lid of his coffin in disgust. (WT)
9:53 – GOP tops pissy obstructionist stimulus stunt with group audition for MEAN GIRLS II (Jane)
9:52 – The red line finally drops on earmarks. I think the redline is being controlled by John McCain. (WT)