The State of the Union address had been my focus, until yesterday’s unprecedented live broadcast (except on Fox) of President Obama in the House Republican’s lions den. When Republicans astonishingly tried to jack the debate with their trademark fact-free myths, Pres. Obama conducted a clinic on busting your opponent’s myths–in their face, live on camera, unscripted, no teleprompter–while making a few of his own.

It’s what we leave unsaid, yet is seen or heard loud and clear in the minds of our audience, that distinguishes myth-making from plain prose. The key phrases to listen for are such as, "This notion…is untrue;" "the idea that…;" and words like "vision," "view," et cetera; statements of his vision of where we are, where we need to go, and how we get there.

I’m neither endorsing the president’s myth-making, nor, at this point, debunking it. I’m hoping readers will get used to listening for myth-making in real-time, the better to bust attempts to jack us to hell and stick us with the bill in the name of "good governance."

*** Obama speaks to Republicans
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*** Budget, blame and bluster (1)

*** Budget, blame and bluster (2)
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*** An accounting of the president’s promises

*** President’s answers make a larger statement
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*** Obama decries blind partisanship
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*** The president counsels compromise
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*** Obama on the challenges of reaching across the aisle
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*** Fact-checking versus political pot shots
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*** Drawing lessons from Obama/GOP confrontation
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