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Don Roach: I Didn’t Watch the Inauguration

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


Did you?

Here’s what’s worse, I don’t feel bad about it. Yes, there’s a part of me that feels that I should have taken some time to stop my busy day and watch one of our country’s most sacred traditions, but I had spreadsheets to fix and work meetings to attend. I didn’t have time to listen to a man who promised us hope and change in 2008 but delivered us more of the same between now and then.

No, I got fooled once, I wasn’t fooled twice. You see, President Obama has a genuine gift – a way of saying something that makes most people believe what he’s saying. Bill Clinton had a similar gift, the difference is that Clinton actually backed up most of his statements (keyword: most). Obama, on the other hand, has been like a snake oil salesman promising bipartisanship in 2008 and delivering nothing but the opposite. He portrayed himself as a friend to Latinos and yet has deported more people than any other president before him and he told that his stimulus package would save the economy. Yeah, how’s that working out for us, Rhode Island?

Since Obama is so good at making promises he doesn’t keep, I decided to take a few excerpts from his speech and translate them for us so that we have a full understanding of what he means which in many cases contradicts what he says.

Obama: “The patriots of 1776 did not fight to replace the tyranny of a king with the privileges of a few or the rule of a mob. They gave to us a Republic, a government of, and by, and for the people, entrusting each generation to keep safe our founding creed. For more than two hundred years, we have.”

Translation: As I have often done, I will co-opt our patriotic history to set the stage to discuss how far I am from the ideals of our 18th century patriots. I only want a government of, by, and for the people if those people will support my socialist policies. People with differing ideologies seek mob rule and only want privileges for the few.

Obama: “Together, we determined that a modern economy requires railroads and highways to speed travel and commerce; schools and colleges to train our workers. Together, we discovered that a free market only thrives when there are rules to ensure competition and fair play. Together, we resolved that a great nation must care for the vulnerable, and protect its people from life's worst hazards and misfortune.”

Translation: Speaking of socialism, if you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Someone else made that happen. And that someone is the government my friends. Together, I and my big government cronies are going to ensure that a free market will only exist over your tax riddled paychecks and unsightly food and utility prices. Together, my cronies and I will ensure that for every dollar you earn we will take at least forty percent and distribute it wherever we see fit. We’ll give it to the poor, but you middle class workers who are struggling – you won’t see a dime.

Obama: “This generation of Americans has been tested by crises that steeled our resolve and proved our resilience. A decade of war is now ending. An economic recovery has begun. America's possibilities are limitless, for we possess all the qualities that this world without boundaries demands: youth and drive; diversity and openness; an endless capacity for risk and a gift for reinvention. My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it – so long as we seize it together.”

Translation: This generation of Americans has lost more jobs than their parents, grandparents, and great grand parents. I got Osama but the Middle East is far from stable. A couple of weeks ago, Congress and I agreed to take more from your paycheck and we’re calling that economic recovery, folks. The ways in which we’re taking more of your hard earned money are limitless; for your government possesses the youthful exuberance and drive to make it happen. We will seize your paycheck … I mean, that’s not the catchphrase … I mean … we are made for this moment. We, and by “we”, I mean my government cronies, will not stop until every corner and crevice of your life is intruded upon by the government.

Glad I didn’t watch

Wow, haven’t we heard all of this before? If you took the time to watch the President’s address, and I hope you found something else better to do, his words ring hollow. Unemployment was bad when he took office, it’s not much better today. Gas prices were ok, they’re horrible now. Food prices were on the rise, but now they’re skyrocketing.

In nearly every way, America is worse today than we were four years ago. Empty promises and forgetting the middle class have been the hallmark of Obama’s presidency. I am not looking forward to four more years of that and I ask you to excuse me if I couldn’t stomach listening to another sales pitch.

Like the rest of you, I’m trying to figure out how to survive the next four years with someone who has essentially declared war on the middle class.

Ok, back to my spreadsheets.


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I didn't watch it either.I could really care less to see and hear that lying SOB.I knew the true radical Alinskyite would emerge as soon as he was re-elected-and he didn't waste any time.
He may get his way on the debt ceiling,and some serious mileage on immigration.
he won't get cap and trade.
He won't get an AWB and if he tries it without Congress he'll get a civil war.

Comment #1 by Joseph Bernstein on 2013 01 23


This is excellent.

Millions of Americans have been duped by this president and the Marxist political machine that helps him.

I feel particularly angry that the young people of this country will be paying for the huge debt that has been racked up and that will continue being racked up over the next four years -- unless the House finds the cajones to stand up to tyranny and can get the message of fiscal responsibility by the media propagandists to more people.

We have a fight on our hands. We need voices like yours. Thank you.

Comment #2 by Art West on 2013 01 23

Don, Please submit this to the Projo as an Op-Ed piece.

Comment #3 by Fabiano Terrenni on 2013 01 23

We have less of him to go than we have already endured.

Comment #4 by Michael Trenn on 2013 01 24

My comment is not spam.

Comment #5 by Michael Trenn on 2013 01 24

"I didn't listen to the speech but here's all of my thoughts about what's wrong with it." That is exactly what is wrong with our political discourse.

On the first quote: He's co-opting our history? An individual elected overwhelmingly twice by the American people has a right to discuss our founders. There is nothing historically inaccurate or controversial about the quote itself.

On the second quote: You're just setting out a straw man. He has not only said but also demonstrated that he doesn't have a problem with private enterprise or Wall Street for that matter. Yet, the mention of infrastructure makes him a socialist. If that's the case, he's in good company.

On the third quote: A lot of your complaints should be directed at the Republican controlled House regarding paychecks. As for the rest of it, sorry he didn't dwell on the negative and detail the continuing challenges of unemployment for the speech. He will have time to once again discuss a jobs plan in the State of the Union. And the wars are ending.

Comment #6 by Thomas Ryan on 2013 01 24

On your larger point that he promises but never delivers:
--Sorry one man wasn't capable by himself of changing the entire tone and practice of national politics. Absolutely right, he wasn't able to accomplish this.
IN terms of specific campaign promises from 2007-2008, he was able to deliver on a lot of them (with the notable exception of closing Gitmo.) He promised health care, he passed health care reform. He promised an end to Iraq, he ended the war in Iraq. He campaigned on education initiatives, stem cell, lilly ledbetter, etc--and was able to make progress on them. Considering an opposition that said NO to everything, even their own ideas--that's not bad follow through.

Comment #7 by Thomas Ryan on 2013 01 24

As Will Rogers(I think) used to say..."I don't belong to any organized political party..I am a Democrat...

Comment #8 by John Deary on 2013 01 24

No--didn't watch it. The man is a tool and he just panders with pablum and does his real damage in the shadows. Note that Tom is one that buys his lies.. Fool.

Comment #9 by Mike Govern on 2013 01 29

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