Several balloons and one earthquake ago, President Joe Biden delivered his 2023 State of the Union address. It was televised by every network. And I didn’t watch.
I usually do watch anything of national significance because I want to see and interpret it for myself, not filtered through third-party interpreters. But I was only vaguely interested this year, and when Biden started off speaking at twice his normal speed, I turned to other activities. I just wasn’t up for a lengthy over-rehearsed speech. An hour later when I looked to see if he’d finished, he was still talking. I was more than a little surprised to see him still on his feet and talking, but even so I turned away again.
Apparently I missed a pretty good speech, one met with a boorish lack of decorum from Republicans. Not surprising, but still, there are times and places for good manners and this was one of them.
What I took away from what little I saw and heard was the in-your-face reminder that if anything happens to 80-year-old Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris will eagerly assume the presidency. Ugh!! I dislike her intensely, and as Veep she has been a big nothing burger. The thought of her as president makes my blood run cold. If only Biden would pick a different running mate this time …
I don’t dislike Biden. I think he’s been an okay president. But I wish the Dems would/could nominate someone younger. I don’t know who that would be. And it’s really too late for anyone to mount an unofficial campaign for the position. No Democrat is going to challenge Biden if he wants to run.
The problem is, we know Biden beat Trump in the last election and could probably do it again. But if DeSantis or some other younger Republican gets the GOP nomination, can Biden beat that person? Given the recent years in DC, I’ll probably vote Democrat regardless of who the candidates are. But I don’t expect to be happy about it.
Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders delivered the Republican response to Biden’s address. I didn’t watch her either. I can’t stand the Huckabees. But I caught one of her comments in a news video:
The dividing line in America is no longer between right or left.
The choice is between normal or crazy.
I’ll ignore the questionable grammar and say she’s right (er, correct) about that. But she has her parties mixed up. The “crazies” are the Republicans, not the other way around. However, being one of them, she doesn’t understand that.
Top image: Vice President Kamala Harris, President Joe Biden, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy