The Corner

The Many Presidents and Their SOTU

There were too many Barack Obamas tonight, making too many promises to too many interests.

The same president who said he wasn’t interested in relitigating the past . . . did exactly that for over an hour.

The same president who yearned for less partisanship also resorted to it without hesitation, often just a few sentences afterwards, blaming his problems on his predecessor one long year into his own administration.

The same president who yearned to reduce deficits also called for hundreds of billions of dollars in expanded government.

The same president who said “we can’t wage a perpetual campaign” just brought in his campaign manager to do exactly that.

And the same president who said he understood that families have to live on a budget said his government would start doing that . . . next year.

Napoleon said, “He who defends everything defends nothing.”

This president defended everything tonight.

I’m not sure America knows who he is.

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