Wonder if anything else is going on in the world these days other than Sarah Palin opining on Obama’s State of the Union address and people fretting about snow storms in the power alleys of Wall Street and DC?
Oh, yeah. There appears to be big trouble brewing in Egypt and other parts of the Arab world as people — apparently young people in particular — are taking to the streets and challenging the rulers of their autocratic nations. And the situation must be serious and violent, since reports have it that Egypt has “gone dark,” eliminating Internet access so little information is getting in or out of the country.
OK, enough of that. Back to Sarah.
She views Obama’s “Winning the Future” theme as, well — WTF. (For those of you my age or older, go ahead and admit you don’t know what that means and check it out in the Urban Dictionary.”)
Here’s from a blog post by David Jackson on USA Today:
President Obama’s new slogan is “Winning the Future.”
To Sarah Palin, it’s “WTF.”
Palin used the acronym at least three times last night in discussing Obama’s State of the Union speech on Fox News. WTF is also a phone text-driven phrase used to avoid spelling out the f word; it stands for “what the (blank).”
“There were a lot of WTF moments through that speech,” the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate told Fox’s Greta Van Susteren.
Palin used the phrase in reference to Obama’s discussion of the federal debt, and his claim that the U.S. faces a “Sputnik moment” when it comes to technology and innovation challenges from other countries.
Whether you like Sarah Palin or not, you have to admit that for someone who many criticize as not being serious enough or smart enough to be president, she seriously knows how to manipulate the news media, new and old. And she has been smart enough to position herself as the primary voice for conservatives and the front runner in the race for the White House in 2012 — even though nobody really knows at this point if she is running or not. Go figure.
Anyway, for a more thoughtful analysis beyond WTF of Obama’s remarks, here’s Charles Krauthammer, opining in WaPo, “The old Obama in new clothing“:
The November election sent a clear message to Washington: less government, less debt, less spending. President Obama certainly heard it, but judging from his State of the Union address, he doesn’t believe a word of it. The people say they want cuts? Sure they do – in the abstract. But any party that actually dares carry them out will be punished severely. On that, Obama stakes his reelection.
It’s as if Obama is daring the voters – and the Republicans – to prove they really want smaller government. He’s manning the barricades for Obamacare, and he’s here with yet another spending – excuse me, investment – spree. To face down those overachieving Asians, Obama wants to sink yet more monies into yet more road and bridge repair, more federally subsidized teachers – with a bit of high-speed rail tossed in for style. That will show the Chinese.
And of course, once again, there is the magic lure of a green economy created by the brilliance of Washington experts and politicians. This is to be our “Sputnik moment,” when the fear of the foreigner spurs us to innovation and greatness of the kind that yielded NASA and the moon landing.
Apart from the irony of this appeal being made by the very president who has just killed NASA’s manned space program, there is the fact that for three decades, since Jimmy Carter’s synfuel fantasy, Washington has poured billions of taxpayer dollars down a rat hole in vain pursuit of economically competitive renewable energy.
And the concluding point:
Indeed, he went beyond this. He tried to cast this more-of-the-same into a call to national greatness, citing two Michigan brothers who produce solar shingles as a stirring example of rising to the Sputnik moment.
“We do big things,” Obama declared at the end of an address that was, on the contrary, the finest example of small-ball Clintonian minimalism since the days of school uniforms and midnight basketball.
From the moon landing to solar shingles. Is there a better example of American decline?
Oh well. WTF.