I volunteered to do a live blog ’cause our aged member across the pond claims it’ll be past his bedtime. I’m posting it a bit early to give folks a chance to settle in and discuss what they want the president to say or not say.
The president steps up to the podium sometime after 9:00pm ~ after the entrances by the cabinet and whatnot. And after he’s gladhanded members of Congress who reach out their hands like teenaged groupies (I hollered like a 12-year-old when I saw him during the primaries so I can say that). Just, please, no Bachmann/Bush-style kissing allowed. Blech!
Then the president will stand at the podium for five minutes saying, “Thank you! Thank you!” while members of the Democratic Caucus cheer and Republicans … don’t. Then all with settle down and the president will begin his address.
Oh, wait…nope. Then the president gets formally announced again and we start the whole “Thank you! Thank you!,” cheering and ignoring part all over again. So, at about 9:30ish the president might begin his address.
Things to think about:
1) Will Michelle Obama freak everyone out by daring to go bare (arms, that is)?
2 Will Joe Wilson dare to “speak up” during the president’s address?
(Apparently, he’s promised to behave because he’s a “gentleman.”)
3) If #2 above happens will the president say what he’s really thinking?
4) Will Kanye show up to vindicate himself?
Seriously, though, this is an extremely important speech the president is about to give. I’m sure it will be parsed word for word in the hours afterward. We’ll argue over what certain parts meant; we’ll be ticked that he didn’t use certain words (public option) or used words we never want to hear again (bi-partisanship). There’s no doubt there are high expectations for this speech…will President Obama be able to meet them? We’ll find out.
If you’re looking to watch online here are a couple of options:
Anyone check FNC last night?
She even made up a new word. See if you hear it.