In delivering his final State of the Union, President Obama did something I would generally advise against: He informed the audience that the speech was going to be shorter than usual.
"I'm going to keep it short" is - like "this man needs no introduction" and "I'm not racist, but" - generally proven immediately false by what follows. That was the case Tuesday, when Obama offered an inspiring cocktail of Larger-Scale Parting Thoughts and shade thrown in the direction of various Republican presidential candidates (cough, Ted Cruz, uncough; cough, Donald Trump, uncough.)
Behind him, Paul Ryan remained remarkably impassive throughout, as though he had been told that the camera would only pick him up if he moved.
Every year I complain about the sheer volume of Inspiring Examples. This year was not so bad as last year (what could be so bad?) although it ended with a confusing crescendo of Voices, Voices who could be Seen and had been in the writings of Dr. King and were going, apparently, to save this great nation.
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