Before the SOTU kicks off, Cindy Sheehan is removed frm chambers in handcuffs attempting to unfurl a ginormous banner. WHAT A MAROON!
[UPDATE: It was reported at the time I was liveblogging that Sheehan was trying to unfurl a banner and was subesequently arrested. Further developments showed her to be disruptive and was arrested and removed from the House gallery Tuesday night just
before President Bush's State of the Union address, a police
spokeswoman said. According to FOX News' Judge Napolitano on John Gibson's show this afternoon (2/1/06), da mama Sheehan had a banner that she was aboutt to unfurl before her removal from the chamber. Lovely
Thus far, only the Washington Post has revealed, “She was also vocal, said U.S. Capitol Police Chief Terrance W. Gainer, and after she ignored instructions to close her jacket and quiet down, she was led out and arrested. Demonstrating in the House gallery is prohibited.” (Emphasis added.)
Those who have looked for more information about Sheehan’s disturbance have learned she concealed a t-shirt that read “2,245 Dead – How Many More??” until she got inside the chamber. Capitol Police Sgt. Kimberly Schneider recalled, “She was asked to cover it up. She did not.” This is as far as most mainstream media sources go.
Unless you follow the Hate America Left closely, what you don’t know is that Sheehan was ejected because she and her cronies tried to hijack the president’s constitutionally mandated annual speech by shouting him down. And a “progressive” congresswoman may have been her enabler.Why was she vocal enough to get ejected from her seat – in Gallery 5, seat 7, row A? Because she was following the orders of a pillar of the radical Left. In addition to the t-shirt, Sheehan wore a pink scarf, in solidarity with Code Pink, the far-Left organization that donated $600,000 in cash and supplies to “the other side” in Fallujah in 2004. This radical organization, founded by supporters of the Nicaraguan Sandinistas, has been the most vocal section of Sheehan’s “amen corner” since before she rose to national prominence. This weekend, Sheehan returned from a trip to meet Venezuela’s dictator Hugo Chavez with Code Pink leaders Medea Benjamin and Jodie Evans. Earlier yesterday, Sheehan joined the Code Pink brigades and another leftists in front of the White House chanting, “You’re evicted! Get out of our house!” (More here)
President enters to wild applause, wild applause beyond the usual SOTU cacophony.
"Pursuing the enemies of freedom, isolationism ends in decline, abroad , we seek the end of tyranny - the future of the security of America depends on it."
"Necessity of freedom....Radical Islam, perversion of the few All of us must take their threats seriously. Terrorists have chosen the weapon of fear."
"We love our freedom and we will fight to keep it."
"There is no peace in retreat and there is not honor in retreat."
"We will never surrender to evil". [Charles Rangel wont applaud, sits looking long faced and forlorn -- schmuck! How can you disagree with that statement?]
"Iraq - We are winning and second guessing is not a strategy." [Kerry is looking down at his skis I suppose].
Family of slain soldier standing up for Bush, patting their hearts. Wild applause. "Let us never forget the sacrifices of or military families."
"The leaders of Hamas MUST RECOGNIZE ISRAEL, disarm and work for peace" (looking dead on the camera).
"Iran a nation held hostage by a small group........the nations of the world MUST NOT ALLOW IRAN TO GET NUCLEAR WEAPONS."
Bush begins talking directly to Iran's citizens. Spoke in very concilitory terms encouraging to fight for freedom and assuring we would support them.
Domestic spying: "If there are people in this country talking to al qaida we will not sit back and wait to be hit again" Crowd goes wild [Hillary Clinton shaking her helmut head]
What a sorrow sack of faces on the right (the Democrats) side of the aisle. Pitiful.
"We created more new jobs than the EU and Japan combined. The American economy is preeminent."
Bush looks good, confident, strident. Very cool indeed.
"Tax cut sets to expire............MAKE THE TAX CUTS PERMANENT". Left side of aisle ovation,right side writhing in the aisle. pitiful.
"Cut the deficit in half by 2009". Earmark reform......PASS THE LINE ITEM VETO!" Dems just about crying now.
"Congress did not act last year on passing Social Security reform"..........the Democrats go WILD, whooping and screaming. Is that ridiculous? They killed private accounts and they are hootin' and hollerin'? What contribute do these people make?
Immigration: "Orderly and secure borders" "Rational guest worker program"
"MEDICAL LIABILTY REFORM!"
"We are addicted to foreign oil. Energy initiative. We must get off of foreign oil from unstable regimes" Rattles off litany of alternatives, wind ethanol etc.
OVATION FOIR ALITO!!!!!!!!!!!! hOO-ah "I will continue to nominate servants of the law, not legislate from the bench."
Talking Katrina. Blood drains from Blanco's face.
My favorite personal moment? When Bush referred to Bill Clinton as Bush Senior's other son, yes yes, thats how close they'e all become. Shrillary blanched . And I thought it a stroke of genius.
Hillary smirked but it clearly got to her. Bush was using her husband to his advantage much the same way as as Hillary uses Bill to her advantage. Vote for Hillary and you get Bill, wink wink. The thing is Bill is such a narcissitic lover of the limelight, that he will stand in anyone's light, JUST GIVE BILL LIGHT and he is thrilled.
It surely bothered Hillary, and you just know she went home and threw a shoe at Bill's head telling him to stop hanging around the Bush girls.
Enough dish, onto the serious business at hand;
STATE OF THE UNION EXCERPTS
America is always at its best when we are shaping events, instead of being shaped by events.
“In this decisive year, you and I will make choices that determine both the future and the character of our country. We will choose to act confidently in pursuing the enemies of freedom – or retreat from our duties in the hope of an easier life. We will choose to build our prosperity by leading the world economy – or shut ourselves off from trade and opportunity. In a complex and challenging time, the road of isolationism and protectionism may seem broad and inviting – yet it ends in danger and decline. The only way to protect our people … the only way to secure the peace … the only way to control our destiny is by our leadership – so the United States of America will continue to lead.”
The President talked about America’s leadership role in the world, and the importance of working together to better protect our country, support our troops, and advance freedom:
“Abroad, our Nation is committed to an historic, long-term goal – we seek the end of tyranny in our world… the future security of America depends on it.”
“In a time of testing, we cannot find security by abandoning our commitments and retreating within our borders. If we were to leave these vicious attackers alone, they would not leave us alone. They would simply move the battlefield to our own shores.”
“…Ultimately, the only way to defeat the terrorists is to defeat their dark vision of hatred and fear by offering the hopeful alternative of political freedom and peaceful change.”
“To overcome dangers in our world, we must also take the offensive by encouraging economic progress, fighting disease, and spreading hope in hopeless lands.”
To keep America competitive in a dynamic economy, the President will set out an agenda focused on the priorities that families are most concerned about. He will talk about the importance of having an educated, skilled workforce, reducing our dependence on foreign oil, and making health care more affordable, accessible, and portable:
“Here at home, America also has a great opportunity: We will build the prosperity of our country by strengthening our economic leadership in the world.”
“The American economy is pre-eminent – but we cannot afford to be complacent. In a dynamic world economy, we are seeing new competitors like China and India.”
“We must continue to lead the world in human talent and creativity. Our greatest advantage in the world has always been our educated, hard-working, ambitious people – and we are going to keep that edge.”
“America is addicted to oil, which is often imported from unstable parts of the world… The best way to break this addiction is through technology.”
On Health Care:
“Our government has a responsibility to help provide health care for the poor and the elderly, and we are meeting that responsibility. For all Americans, we must confront the rising cost of care … strengthen the doctor-patient relationship … and help people afford the insurance coverage they need.”
Finally, the President spoke to the character and compassion of America:
“…our greatness is not measured in power or luxuries, but by who we are and how we treat one another. So we strive to be a compassionate, decent, hopeful society.”
Full speech click below