January 27, 2010

January 29, 2002: "The State of Our Union Has Never Been Stronger"


Mr. Speaker, Vice President Cheney, Members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens:

As we gather tonight, our Nation is at war, our economy is in recession, and the civilized world faces unprecedented dangers. Yet the state of our Union has never been stronger.
We last met in an hour of shock and suffering. In four short months, our Nation has comforted the victims … begun to rebuild New York and the Pentagon … rallied a great coalition … captured, arrested, and rid the world of thousands of terrorists … destroyed Afghanistan’s terrorist training camps … saved a people from starvation … and freed a country from brutal oppression.

The American flag flies again over our embassy in Kabul. Terrorists who once occupied Afghanistan now occupy cells at Guantanamo Bay. And terrorist leaders who urged followers to sacrifice their lives are running for their own.....
States like these, and their terrorist allies, constitute an axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world. By seeking weapons of mass destruction, these regimes pose a grave and growing danger. They could provide these arms to terrorists, giving them the means to match their hatred. They could attack our allies or attempt to blackmail the United States. In any of these cases, the price of indifference would be catastrophic.
We will work closely with our coalition to deny terrorists and their state sponsors the materials, technology, and expertise to make and deliver weapons of mass destruction. We will develop and deploy effective missile defenses to protect America and our allies from sudden attack. And all nations should know: America will do what is necessary to ensure our Nation’s security.
We will be deliberate, yet time is not on our side. I will not wait on events, while dangers gather. I will not stand by, as peril draws closer and closer. The United States of America will not permit the world’s most dangerous regimes to threaten us with the world’s most destructive weapons.
Our war on terror is well begun, but it is only begun. This campaign may not be finished on our watch – yet it must be and it will be waged on our watch. -- George W. Bush State of the Union Address, 2002
Posted by Vanderleun at January 27, 2010 10:22 AM
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"It is impossible to speak in such a way that you cannot be misunderstood." -- Karl Popper N.B.: Comments are moderated and may not appear immediately. Comments that exceed the obscenity or stupidity limits will be either edited or expunged.

Those are words coming from a man who loves this country. Yes, I miss him.

Now think.

Can you imagine Obama speaking that many words and using the pronoun "I" only twice?

"The One" used it 132 times in his recent Ohio speech.


Posted by: Cathy at January 27, 2010 11:12 AM

I remember the speech. And I confess, I got a more than a little misty reading it just now. For eight years our leftist media did all they could to slag this good and decent man. And look what we have in his place. A corrupt machine politician. An empty excuse for a man posing as president.
Yeah, I miss GWB. God bless him.


Posted by: jwm at January 27, 2010 11:23 AM

Bush also used I in the proper context, not as a personal one, but as the President. Run that section through Word and it has only 9% passive sentences and ninth grade level. Low passive voice is generally a sign of clear, concise language.

Posted by: Becky at January 27, 2010 11:54 AM

He always seemed like he'd be a good guy, a lot of fun to hang out with. My wife thought he was really hot. Not so much the hopeless twat who's taken his place.

Posted by: Paul at January 27, 2010 12:08 PM


Posted by: Ricky Raccoon at January 27, 2010 1:30 PM

Worst President Ever

Posted by: James at January 27, 2010 5:10 PM

I remember that SOTU well. It was one of Dubya's best addresses. I started missing him about 30 seconds after The Won took the oath. I'm listening to Obama on the CNN feed. There are many degrees of awfulness and he seems determined to hit them all.

Posted by: SukieTawdry at January 27, 2010 6:28 PM

I've always had a weak spot for flyboys.

Posted by: bonny kate at January 27, 2010 6:35 PM

We've got Fox on.


Waiting for Krauthammer to delicately rip him a new one.

Posted by: Cathy at January 27, 2010 6:58 PM


" . . . strained and unctuous . . incongruent . ."

Yeah. That'll do.

Posted by: Cathy at January 27, 2010 7:30 PM

Miss Bush???? Fuckin A Tweety I do!

Posted by: at January 28, 2010 5:55 AM

Miss Bush???? Fuckin A Tweety I do!

Posted by: Cilla Mitchell, Galveston Texas at January 28, 2010 5:57 AM

Hey, I missed him when I cast my vote for McCain...

Posted by: ahem at January 28, 2010 7:49 PM