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Some reflections on President Biden’s State of the Union Address

by | Mar 8, 2024

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By Dave Andrusko

I was unhappy to be proven right after only 2 minutes of pro-abortion President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address. With references to Hitler at one end of the human spectrum and Franklin Delano Roosevelt at the other, it was pretty clear who Biden identified with and who he had decided would swell the ranks of those exiled to outer darkness–his opponents.

President Biden delivered his speech at breakneck speed. Once he got through bashing pro-lifers unmercifully—AND inaccurately—Biden honored the age-old tradition of promising the moon and the stars in his next administration.

Biden pushed all the usual buttons but they bear no relationship to the reality of ordinary people’s lives. Regardless of what Biden says, the public knows food prices are ridiculously high, interest rates have skyrocketed, and gas prices, while down from their highest point, are still a real challenge for most people.

One other point for context. Obviously, the goal of this speech was to recharge Biden’s batteries and to turn around the awful polling numbers. Look no further than a recent New York Times report which undoubtedly sent shivers down Biden’s back.

Earlier this week the New York Times’s Nate Cohn dubbed the Trump/Biden rematch as “The 2020 Election is back.”  On paper, Cohn writes, President Biden ought to be the favorite:

Yet according to the polls, Mr. Trump begins the general election campaign in the lead.

 

Mr. Trump’s lead is modest but clear. Over the last four months, he has led nearly every poll in Michigan, Nevada, Arizona and Georgia, along with the states he carried in 2020 — enough to give him 283 electoral votes and the presidency. He also leads in most national polls over the last month, including a New York Times/Siena College poll last weekend.

 

This is not what many expected from a Biden-Trump rematch, especially after Democrats were resilient in the midterms and excelled in special elections by campaigning on issues like democracy and abortion.

 

 But Mr. Trump is winning anyway, and … Mr. Biden is very unpopular.

That statement surely ranks near the top in the understatement of the year category.

But the opposing party is allowed a rebuttal which was delivered by Alabama Sen. Katie Britt. Her comments were everything President Biden’s speech were not. Well done, Sen. Britt

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