Summarizing the State of the Union: President Obama is Simply More Intelligent Than the GOP

president-obama-sotu-2015Look, I’m not going to bore you with some vanilla play-by-play breakdown of what the State of the Union speech was all about. If you didn’t watch it, chances are you’ve run across countless other articles that will give you that basic rundown. Heck, with technology today, you didn’t even have to wait till tonight to find out what the speech covered. The main talking points from the speech were readily available with a simple Google search.


So, what were my first thoughts upon the conclusion of this speech? Wow, Democrats were absolute idiots for running away from this president before last year’s midterms. I don’t care what you think of his policies or the man himself, but there’s no denying that he knows how to give one hell of a speech.

But we just witnessed the president showcase exactly why he’s so much more intelligent than the Republican party.

When I listen to Republicans talk, their vision is so simplistic and outdated. It’s the same old crap:

  • Tax cuts
  • Deregulation
  • Secure the border
  • Random “support our troops” reference
  • Keystone XL pipeline
  • Repeat the word “jobs” – a lot

And that’s about it. There’s nothing substantial about anything they say or do. Theres’s no vision or plan. It’s just the same exact rhetoric they’ve been using for almost 40 years.

When President Obama speaks, he’s speaks in the context of the “bigger picture.” It’s something the GOP just seems unable to comprehend. He understands that education, health care, child care, equal rights, women’s rights, immigration reform and programs to build the middle class are vital for the future of this country – not tax cuts that don’t do anything but help the rich while putting the burden of running this country on the backs of the poor and middle class.

Even listening to the Republican response to his speech given by Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), it’s like listening to a conservative talking points robot. She said nothing of substance and essentially repeated the talking points I listed above – talking points that I wrote before I even heard her speak. But that’s no real trick; I know what Republicans are going to say before they even say it, because it’s the same garbage they repeat day after day, year after year and decade after decade.


But when I listen to the president speak, it’s on a whole other level of intelligence. It’s someone who’s speaking about progress and moving this country forward. Someone who understands that it’s not just about what matters today, tomorrow or even next month – it’s about 5, 10…20 years from now.

What’s different about the “plan” Republicans are offering now that they didn’t offer when George W. Bush was elected? Weren’t tax cuts and deregulation supposed to bring about economic prosperity and a balanced budget within a decade? Instead they brought a national debt that was nearly double what it was before he took office and one of the worst economic collapses in United States history.

Face it, if Bush’s economic ideologies had worked, a Republican would be living in the White House right now.

President Obama spent over an hour laying out his vision for what we can do in this country to help move us forward, not backwards. He talked about plans that addressed education, wages, child care, health care, equality for every American and investing in our middle class directly – not on the “good will” of whatever scraps the rich feel like “trickling down” to the rest of us.

And what did the Republican party respond with? Someone who spent roughly half of her ten minute response talking about her upbringing on a pig farm in Iowa.

That pretty much sums up the difference between President Obama and the average Republican member of Congress. He has visions for our future, while they have folksy stories and nothing of substance.



Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Melanie Collins Pennock

    I loved this speech! Especially I liked seeing the pained look on the Bonesters orange face!!!

    • Jillz

      He (Boehner) ALMOST stole the show for me! It was priceless! The best moment for me was when (what I assume were) a handful of Republicans applauding when the President said he wouldn’t be campaigning for re-election and barely missing a beat, he replies, (something to the effect) “Yeah, I know, I won both of them!” He’s a class act – perhaps he got through to at least a couple of the obstructionists. We can hope.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        absolutely PERFECT response to the idiot troll baggers in the audience. President Obama is very quick with retorts, which I love. You have to wonder what he refrains from saying about the idiot GOP. His memoires should be entertaining.

    • Jack Martin

      Missed some of it. Guess I was too busy looking & laughing at “Shotgun Joe” Biden.

  • Tessa Montgomery

    GREAT speech!

  • John_erox

    I missed it but I already know all that about President Obama, that he’s leagues above the republican party and they can’t stand it.

  • DMJ

    I am blown away but I get it. This has been building up. It was finally time to lay a verbal smack down on them

    • Jim Bean

      And you think that exemplifies the qualities of an effective leader? Smacking people down?

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        what exactly did you find so effective about Bush? What were his best qualities? His ability to allow our country to be attacked? Invade and destroy the wrong country? Destruction of our economy? What were the best parts of his disastrous 8 years?

      • Christopher Willis

        yep, if they’re idiots and you’ve tried every other way possible to give them intelligent ideas and they’ve smacked you down for it repeatedly, sometimes you find that you only have the stones that they threw at you to fight back with and its glorious when you make them surrender, that’s exactly what happened here, well deserved!

      • Jim Bean

        He made the party that just cleaned the Dems clocks two months ago surrender? You certainly have a knack for manufacturing fantasies and getting lost in them.

        On the brighter side though, I like what he did there and where he’s headed. There are things the American people want and things they don’t want. He seems to be determined to portray his party as the one that will respect neither.

        I think the winner in 2016 will be the one that can persuade the most voters that they are the least like Obama.

      • Barbara Brown

        If you follow history, what happened in the 2014 election was very typical of a pattern in place for a long time. Couple that with highly Gerrymandered districts and the particular districts that were up for re-election … it was no surprise. Disappointing, yes … but no surprise. That being said, unless the Republicans can come up with a viable candidate (and there isn’t one surfacing yet), you’ll be greeting the first female POTUS in 2016.

      • A Drake

        wow you sure like the sound of your own delusional voice

      • Patriot Protocol 57

        Takes one to know one

      • malta14

        They were the party of no when they controlled the house; now they can just be the party of no that controls the house and senate. who cares. I loved that our president made it clear that he will continue to propose things to help the 99%; things that reflect his VALUES. Let the party of no go down in history as the one that accomplished NOTHING.

      • strayaway

        Were you listening? He mentioned speeding up trade agreements although he didn’t spell out “TPP”. After all, this is the guy who was a cheer leader for the Wall Street bailout, had taxpayers pay for bad bank loans, provides cheaper foreign labor for corporations, has never put any Wall Street bankers in jail, and under whose leadership the 1% have increased their wealth relative to the rest of us even compared to the rate under Bush. Obama made half of Bush’s tax breaks for the rich permanent. Obama could have raised taxes on the rich when Democrats controlled both houses but he didn’t. It isn’t going to happen now with a Republican Congress. More fodder for the sheeple.

        Taxing the college savings accounts of anyone who has saved and giving it to those who haven’t is just plain low. It’s like a parent who breaks open his kid’s piggy bank to buy some alcohol. it sure doesn’t encourage prudence.

        Increasing the inheritance tax on family farms is a boon to corporate farms not so burdened. All in the name of saving the middle class of course.

      • Christopher Willis

        Id love to know whos telling you he did this….oh wait, i bet pro-republican propoganda, no shock there!

      • strayaway

        Please specify with a noun what specifically you are referring to as “this”. I must have mentioned at least seven different “things” in just the first paragraph. I don’t have time to do all your homework for you even if you are a Democrat used to being a sponge so pick on “thing”, and i will do some research for you. I expect the courtesy of saying “thank you” of course. I will even help you with your spelling.

      • Christopher Willis

        Ill let you decide bc the only fact stated was that he didnt put any of them in jail, do we know if he even can bc what if they did it all legally thanks to the lifted restrictions of prior administrations, not only picking on bush here but he didnt set any in place, just let em keep legally taking money the ppl invested, well now they cant. Did you see how Chases ceo is already yelping about them, mr 22 million a year wants more money and he wants it from wall st, he wants regulations lifted again from something that is at its strongest ever, setting records and he wants to go back to 2007, f that!!

      • strayaway

        I asked my wife, not that she is the ultimate grammar authority, regarding the use of the word “OF”. She said the sentence was ok either with or without “OF”.

        Bush and Obama were/are both in the bankers’ pockets. This week, Obama has joined with the Republican establishment in trying to fast track the TPP and a cluster of associated deals to placate the 1%. Obama is brown nosing bankers so enthusiastically this week that even fellow Democrats are fleeing him on this issue.

        However fast tracking comes out, Hillary’s two largest lifetime campaign contributors are Citibank and Goldman-Sachs.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Still waiting Jim….what are those great qualities of GOP presidents? What are those effective leadership traits you admire so much?

      • strayaway

        My favorites were Harding and Coolidge under whose leadership the US had peace and prosperity, a recession ended, workers wages went up, work hours went down, taxes went down, the draft was ended, and we stayed out of wars. Eisenhower wasn’t bad either. Coolidge’s leadership had a definite Taoist edge to it.

        “The more restrictions and prohibitions there are, the poorer the people will be.” [Tao Te Ching chapter 57]

      • DMJ

        You think being obstructive, openly racist, and continue to step on all the good goals that were proposed only to then argue them as bad points while taking credit for good deeds they didn’t do and ignoring any talking points makes for good congress? These people just got hurt because they got slapped with the cold hard truth

      • Jim Bean

        Yeah, yeah, yeah. Its all someone else’s fault. He’s a world class victim.

      • DMJ

        Okay I get you don’t like him and I won’t waste energy to change your mind. If you feel he has done a bad job as president or that congress is going to be better than you have your belief and I respectfully ask you to leave me to mine.

      • Jim Bean

        From what I can tell, they didn’t feel hurt. I think they felt a mixture of amusement and pity for the guy. He lives in a make believe world.

      • DMJ

        Okay you think what you wish please stop responding to me though.

      • Kuzimo Gardner

        It’s payback from all the shit he’s taken from them over the last six years. It’s like when you finally turn around and knock the shit out of the bully that’s been fucking with you for years. Yeah, they got what they deserved.

      • Jim Bean

        Depends on your perspective I suppose. What I see in Obama is a super-arrogant MF’r who has stuck his thumb in the eye of every Republican Congressman, every Democratic Party Congressmen, and every world leader. He single handedly destroyed his own party with his self-absorption.

    • Jillz

      I absolutely LOVED how he started his speech with a reminder about the terrible condition the country was in at the time he took office. Right off the bat he established that he was left with the task of fixing the mess left by the previous administration.

  • IronicIcon

    This guy is a complete joke and utterly worthless just like the people who believe him. I can’t wait until this dolt is gone and we can get somebody in office that can actually be a worthy president.

    • Jim Bean

      Thank you. So seldom does objectivity enter into the discussion here. He’s the most ineffective leader the nation has ever had.

      • BobJThompson

        I thought that was Carters title. Although I could say something for Ford. Shout out to the presidents after Lincoln and before Teddy Roosevelt too.

      • 4thStooge

        LOL What a buffoon you are. Just because you “say” the sky is green doesn’t make it so. You can only be as effective as your congress allows you to be and his congress does nothing but obstruct. The fact is, he’s been a great president and would have been moreso had he had any help at all from Republicans.

      • Jim Bean

        No, the fact is, congress tried to do plenty and on the day he was kicked out, more than 300 pieces of legislation were laying on Harry’s desk that he refused to allow a vote on. Only those with something to gain by remaining (or playing) ignorant are blaming Pubs for the obstruction and Obama made it plain last night that he will continue Harry’s obstructionist duties going forward. And I am sure you will continue to blame the Pubs for it.

      • Jillz

        I have nothing to gain from calling the current Republican Congress “obstructionists”. I call them that because of what I’ve seen them do over the past six years, and that has been to put their personal hatreds, backwards ideologies and misplaced loyalties to corporations above what is best for the majority of American citizens. In what Universe can a party who wastes $24 billion of tax payers money on a hissy fit when they can’t get their way, call themselves “fiscally responsible”? How can wasting tax payers money on a go nowhere lawsuit against the President be in the best interest of the country or her citizens?

      • Jim Bean

        They come from different districts and are elected by people in regions with different interests. They are doing what their constituents sent them there to do. “Backward ideology” is abortion and gay marriage to many people and their assessment of these issues is no more or less credible than those on the opposite side of the debate, even though those on both sides are sure they’re the only ones who have it right.

        What happens when you ignore what the constituents want and try to give all the attention to those claiming to have the righteous ideologies is, you lose the House. And then the Senate.

      • isome

        The GOP won the mid-terms with an electoral turnout of less than 39%. Less than half of the voters bothered to show up. Congrats to them.

        POTUS won TWO national elections because people from different districts in different regions with varying interests voted for him. No Republican was able to do that in ’08 or ’12.

        Who has the mandate again?

      • Jim Bean

        Republicans do. What matters is that the people who didn’t turn out were not motivated to support Democrats.

        Here’s another thought I have -two actually – for 2016: (1) An old white woman isn’t going to draw out the number of blacks to vote that Obama did, and (2) if Hillary telegraphs that she’ll continue the hate mongering that makes Congress dysfunctional and that she intends to continue governing by executive fiat the way Obama has, will Independents support her? I suspect they may not. I think majority America has had enough of that.

      • Steven Little

        Jim, of course anything not agreeing with Obama is both backward and racists have you not learned that yet. You can’t disagree with him on principle, wasting funds, our debt, this non-existent foreign policy, and his lack of presence in the world without being labeled as stupid, backward, and/or a racist because those are the only talking points his supporters run to and not the facts. Anyone not agreeing with him is a hick of some sort and just doesn’t understand his brilliance and enlightened being and this is of course because they are racist and not because they have honest opinions and think he is wrong. I love the name calling at the Republicans as small minded etc (though I agree a large number are useless at best) but, the liberals can’t see that they use the same tactics to shout down the other side. They accuse the Republicans of having no give and take and not listening and then do the exact same thing. Both parties are to the point of being nearly useless and so ingrained to never cooperate that nothing can be accomplished. Because someone agrees with you doesn’t make them brilliant and because he doesn’t also doesn’t make him an idiot (or a racist). This superior attitude accomplishes nothing, but drive the wedge between parties and people wider and deeper.

      • Jim Bean

        Eventually, science will prove that there is a partition inside liberals brains. On one side of the partition is their ideology. On the other is their daily experiences and the knowledge and information they are exposed to. The partition effectively blocks all of the latter from infiltrating the former.

      • Adam Lasena

        When everything that comes out of a republicans mouth is an outright lie, misrepresentation or bending of the truth there is no other rational reason. My goodness. They are against their own suggestions when the President agrees with them. I know its just politics. A lot see it as being racist. Either way its bad for the country. The entire country!

      • isome

        The leaders of the GOP met the day of POTUS’ inauguration in ’09 and pledged to obstruct everything that President Obama attempted to do. They succeeded.

        What they did not expect was that in spite of their petulant refusal to govern, POTUS too would have some successes.

        Now we know this is fact, but you still insist that “they” tried to do plenty?

      • Jim Bean

        Let me repeat. Over three hundreds bills passed by the Pub controlled House sat and rotted on Harry Reid’s desk because he refused to let the Senate vote on them. If they were crappy they could have voted them down and maybe that would have stimulated some other legislative activity. But he didn’t. If you were a Pub and you knew Harry would not let your bill be voted on and Obama had already said he’d veto it if it reached his desk, how ambitious would you have been?

        Those are the facts of the matter. If you’re in denial about it, its probably because its necessary for you to do that in order to preserve your ego or dignity.

        And finally, name me one time when the Democrats said of a newly elected Republican President “Lets make it our mission to do everything we can to enable him to win a second term?”

        You’re boy’s a loser. That’s all there is to it.

      • isome

        He won twice with a damn sight more than 39% of the voters turning out to vote him in, because they were motivated to do so. That’s not losing, that’s winning.

        If ever Democrats were caught meeting during a Republican pres’ inauguration and openly stating they would oppose him at every turn, you’d most likely be among the first to point out how wrong that was.

      • Jim Bean

        That came about because of the cocky, arrogant way he disrespected the Nation, the Bush administration,and all the Republican Congressmen before he ever took office. Remember him saying how he was about to ‘fundamentally change’ America? Remember ‘hopey/changey?’ No one set out with a hope to fundamentally change something that they fundamentally respect and appreciate.

        If I walked through your front door and said “I’m here to fundamentally rearrange your home” I’m sure you wouldn’t say “The guest room is the second one on the left.”

    • Creeayshun Sighuntist

      really? Like another Bush? Another war and another destoyed economy? That is what you long for? Talk about “dolt”….

    • Christopher Willis

      shows who us basing their selection off of politics and not by whether we are making progress or not. We have come a long way under Obama from the worst economic disaster with Bush and its all fixed and getting better, that can’t be denied so why would you feel that way? Use facts and not bc he’s a different political party or race or other bs that holds no bearing.

  • Jim Bean

    Allen, you are blinded by love.

    • Christopher Willis

      yes but he implemented things to make their lives easier, y’all pull that crap with the military about cutting pay and stuff but research and see what he really did for the military. Would you rather me give you $500 and make you pay me $500 rent or take away say $100 from your pay but give you free rent so you got $400 to spend on yourself other ways, just an example but let that sink in bc its a damn good comparison to what he did.

    • Creeayshun Sighuntist

      58 straight months of job creation under Obama after he dug us out of the Bush recession/crash. What was Bush’s record again? Clinton created roughly 23 million. Pardon me if if I don’t take anything you say seriously……the GOP record on jobs in pathetic and you know it.

      • Jim Bean

        What did he do to ‘dig us out’? Was it was the quantitative easing that made the rich richer and the poor poorer? Was it Obamacare that turned full time jobs into multiple part time jobs? Maybe it was the wet blanket that he threw on the private sector that discouraged them from investing and expanding? Perhaps it was blocking so many of the oil and gas lease/permit applications because increased crude on the market can’t possible have any effect on gasoline prices? Or the ‘shovel ready’ jobs? The increased interest payable on the increased debt, maybe?

      • crabjack

        ??

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        LOL…..you are really desperate here…..Again, this is why you cannot be taken seriously.

      • crabjack

        Thanks, Jimbo; you are really punctuating the title of this article for us.

      • Jim Bean

        Experience has shown me that anytime someone prefaces a presentation with a explanation about how smart they are, I can be absolutely certain that it will not be reflected in what they are about to next. And they are worried about that.

      • strayaway

        It was borrowing $7.8T from our children ($25,000/American) that ‘dug us out” or at least put a bandage on the cancer to make it seem better. Funny, he didn’t think to mention it in his speech. Fracking technology helped a lot too.

  • A Drake

    The best part of the address was his honest desire to help all Americans achieve success in education, work and home. Ideas came forth that, while not complete, to begin conversations on how we can as a nation excel and exceed expectations. He asked for bipartisan dialogue—to compromise and find the best solutions for Americans.

    On the other hand, Republicans want to extent tax cuts to the rich who never filter down a dime to anyone, throw money at a pipeline for Canada to spoil the landscape so they can ship oil to Asia, which will not create thousands jobs in America, as they claim and call out from the mountain tops “We won! The people voted us in!”

    Instead of looking at the ideas first, discussing and then forming an
    opinion, the opposition dismissed everything—just because he said it. And those people who voted you in? More and more of them are paying attention and just wait until you do absolutely nothing again for two years except curry favors to the corporations who bought your election for you.

  • sjmbiggs

    wow…very well said Allen, a refreshing and concise “you nailed it” on the difference in policies…what we all see but haven’t been able to express or put a label on…Obama progressive and futuristic in a world of constant change and if we don’t “get on the train” (so to speak), we will be left behind which is where the GOP is simply “stuck…” all the time and has been for decades. thank you for stating this in a format we all can understand…

  • Tom Martin

    We need to be educated enough to recognize both parties talking points as just that and watch what they do & know how much integrity they have before electing them again. Our politicians have learned to “play the game and sound good” so they can campaign well and get elected. If that was not the main goal they might learn to do their job instead of play the game. Let’s all promote term limits and vote for politicians that see the value in that.

  • Jack Martin

    The vast majority of Dems who *did* retain their offices were the ones smart enough to run against Obama, and publicly so. “Elections have consequences.” -Barack Obama

  • malta14

    My favorite sentence was – if you do this, this, or this, you will have EARNED my veto. Loved it. Also loved that he spoke a lot about the economy recovering. About time he took some credit. If it HADN’T recovered, we all know he would be getting the blame!!

    • Steven Little

      Not Obama bashing,but where exactly has the economy recovered? Taxes are terrible, jobs are stagnant, oil plummeted in price (to less than half what it was) yet gas is still $2.60/gallon. I think some of the indicators have improved, but as someone disabled with a low income I haven’t seem anything improve. Prices continue to slowly creep up and your income stays the same. We also have bumped against the debit ceiling under Obama (thus the trillion dollar coin idea was thrown around) so I’m not sure everything is as economically sound as we would like to believe.

      • malta14

        Hi Steven, I agree with you that more has to be done. The good things about the economy are that the stock market is at 17,000 instead of 7,000; unemployment is at its lowest since 2007; millions of people have health insurance who didn’t before (I think the president said 11,000,000, but that number hasn’t been verified yet); four times more jobs have been added under Pres. Obama than were added in eight years under Pres. Bush; the auto industry was saved; oil production has increased and oil imports have gone down by more than half. I too am on a fixed income and feel it when all the prices go up. It seems like those on Social Security and other fixed incomes could earn more if there were more in the treasury from corporations that pay no taxes and/or from the super wealthy who also pay less of a percentage than you or I do.

      • Steven Little

        One big step to increase the coffers and make Social Security solvent would be to lift the cap on social security contributions annually. Right now the cap is $117,000 so anything over that is not taxed for Social Security. This subject at least should be on the table when trying to keep Social Security solvent and yet you don’t hear it mentioned very often. It seems like an easy fix that isn’t really going to hurt people as if you are making in excess of $117,000 ends are meeting pretty well.

  • ProgressivesAreFascists

    Even politico called Dear Leader on his grandstanding victory lap. Chicago Jesus cherry picked some stats and then patted himself on the back for things he didn’t do. The economy? Get real. It’s taken 6 years for what? He strangles businesses with tens of thousands of pages of regulations and takes credit when they have a small uptick despite his meddling. He’s done all he can to keep gas prices up and when they FINALLY go down he takes credit. Energy costs necessarily have to increase?!?!? Does that sound right? This delusional fool lives in a fantasy land where Islam is a religion of peace, he is the greatest statesman since John Jay and Americans have been reaping the benefits of his self proclaimed erudition but are too stupid to know. The only thing more deluded than the Jug Eared Sage are the dimwits who still cheerlead for him after 6 years of failures. I know i know….BUT BUSH!!!

  • Lawrence Devine

    Let’s all hope that ignorance is defeated and the GOP is finally seen for what it is: a scourge on American progress. Barrack Obama has twice the brain
    power as well as a natural kindness and concern for people than any of the clown-car Republicans running for President.