January 25, 2011

"Ann, any drinking words proposed for the SOTU?"

Asked Fred4Pres.

Florida said, 2 are enough: "investment" and "competitive."

Scott M suggested: "Let me be clear" and "together."

"Together." That's my favorite. But help add to the list. And plan to join me for some hot live-blogging tonight.

ADDED: You know what I would like to hear? (And if this is a drinking game, I will stand up, give a toast, and down my glass.) I would like to hear a few words of respect and admiration for George W. Bush.


peter hoh said...


Scott M said...

He won't touch "change" with a ten-foot veto pen. I would also suggest that we're going to hear a lot of "I".

rick said...

I, me, my, mine (all low hanging fruit)

TWM said...

Hmm, he's praise Reagan at least once, so at least have something to toast with for that insincere moment.

that-xmas said...

"help the poor" and "help the sick"

I would add "tax cuts for the middle class", but we already know they don't pay any taxes.

Scott M said...

Oh...and my own $.02 on the whole SOTU after reading up on the history of the whole affair; it will take a president with the stones of a Chris Christie to simply inform both Congress and the media, somewhere around November or so, that he'll simply be sending them a letter.

I believe we should get back to this practice and let the President address a combined chamber only after something truly earth-shattering, like 9/11 or the Earth shattering, happens.

Bushman of the Kohlrabi said...


LarryK said...

Civility, as in "let us all work together, Democrats and Republicans, in a spirit of civility and shared purpose."

Jeff said...


Bru said...

"heated rhetoric," "politics of the past," "common ground," "disagree without being disagreeable."

Lincolntf said...


Lincolntf said...

Rick, we are going to need "designated posters" after the first half hour.

Dark Eden said...

Be careful, just with the words chosen so far you're going to seriously damage a lot of peoples' livers.

Bushman of the Kohlrabi said...

For the after SOTU msm lovefest I propose the following:

history making
game changing

Lincolntf said...





Kev said...

(the other kev)

"Reaffirm," which means trying to sell us the same stuff all over again.

/In the spirit of the New Civility, I use the term "stuff.'

Bushman of the Kohlrabi said...


Original Mike said...

"since the Depression"


Lincolntf said...


Carl Vero said...

The first stage of Obama's re-election strategy consisted of the Arizona Admonition (every elected Democrat should toe the party line; all but three House Dems have so far implemented the message) and the Tucson Taint (while some are busy cleansing their eyes of mud, they may miss the larger game).
The State Of the Union address will launch stage two, the Pork Portage (the greasy overland route between the navigable streams of Independents and RINOs). Due the upsurge of untamed civility, the DHS has issued a Kleenex alert, but it's more likely the President will render moments of Zen; to see something clearly, look in the opposite direction.

Lincolntf said...

I don't know, Carl. He might say that a few times, but I wouldn't bet on it.

garage mahal said...





On my official Soros/SEIU/ACORN/Black Panther Camp Relocation Notification we aren't to be rounding anybody up until after Obama wins re-election. Damn you Breitbart. Foiled again!

Karnival said...

"There are those who say..."

Original Mike said...

Well, he's got to talk about the "budget".

Richard said...


Chip Ahoy said...

Your little reindeer games are most amusing but this one has a fatal flaw. It presupposes listening. Hahaha, you loons.

* double shot for "strategic" coupled with investment.

Lincolntf said...


Chip Ahoy said...

* Also "research."

Dust Bunny Queen said...

We need bullshit bingo cards and a prize for the winner. I like a good bottle of scotch....thank you.

I vote for "invest in" and "jobs"

edutcher said...

You forgot Bush. and hope.

Scott M said...

We need an entire separate thread to catalog the LEAST likely things to be said tonight.

Here's my vote; "competitive space program"

Original Mike said...

"double shot for "strategic" coupled with investment."

You trying to get us drunk, or something?

Paul Worthington said...

He may very well avoid "change", but what about "hope"? I don't think we'll get that word.

I think we'll get "help" and "those less fortunate".

Sixty Grit said...
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murgatroyd666 said...

As I have said ...



Cloward-Piven Strategy ... no, probably not that one.

Lincolntf said...

Most likely NOT to be overheard in the audience...

"Thank God, I'm sitting next to Gerry Nadler!"

Scott M said...

Did they ever decide if they're going to sit mixed n' mingled?

PatCA said...

Jobs is a given, but then we will all be dead of alcohol poisoning.

I hope we get to hear the story of a young black man elected to the highest office in a racist country...again.

Bushman of the Kohlrabi said...


yes said...

Any word which can be understood as a metaphor for violence, using the mainstream media's standards of the past two weeks.

jimbino said...

My favorite drinking word is "must." Presidential speeches are full of it, but normal Americans almost always say "have to."

Sixty Grit said...
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Michelle Dulak Thomson said...

Judging by an NPR interview with an Obama staffer this morning that was so frustrating I finally just got up to make coffee and get away from the radio, I suggest "put our financial house in order."

wv: unsmaga

Dose of Sanity said...

I think they've telegraphed it pretty well.

"Investment" (for the future!)
"America's competitiveness"

Wild Card: "Domodedovo Airport"

BT said...


"Double Shot Of My Babby's Love"

"Walking My Cat Named Dog"

BT said...

Correction: "Double Shot Of MY Baby's Love"

rdkraus said...


ADDED: You know what I would like to hear? (And if this is a drinking game, I will stand up, give a toast, and down my glass.) I would like to hear a few words of respect and admiration for George W. Bush.

It would show some real class if he admitted he has continued verbatim most of Bush's Iraq, Afgan, anti-terrorist policies.

Which makes that a FAIL for a drinking game. No chance he'll say anything like that.

Original Mike said...

Will he be updating us on how his search for bin Laden is going?

edutcher said...

I wish the ghost of Everett Dirksen would come back. Some idiot at NBC asked him after LBJ turned the SOTU into a pitch for the Great Society what he thought of the speech (which came close to some of Castro's best in length).

Dirksen repied, "It gave me intellectual indigestion. I had to swallow too many words and now I can't digest them all".

God, I'd love to hear Coburn or DeMint say something like that.

Scott M said...

Did they ever decide if they're going to sit mixed n' mingled?

They're calling it, "Date night".

ricpic said...

Having conned the Republicans into mixed seating with the Dems how much you wanna bet Obama says "Having agreed to sit together let us now agree to act together" as part of his civility pitch?

Floridan said...

"I would like to hear a few words of respect and admiration for George W. Bush. "

Respect, perhaps.

But admiration? For what?

NotYourTypicalNewYorker said...

" Social Justice"

Every time you hear this touch your wallet (to be sure it's still there) and drink.

Lincolntf said...


Christopher said...

"Admiration? For what?"

For having the grace and tact not to publicly out Little Black Jesus as the jug-eared, racist, lying stumblebum he is, perhaps.

JAL said...

Got an email from Americans for Tax Reform. They are running another Obama SOTU Bingo Game over there. If one is serious they can play and use twitter to claim their prizes.

There are 10 bingo cards available (complete with Orwellian Translation Key).

Drink, play bingo, listen to the insults, blog or comment -- what could be better!?!

One might even forget the last 2 years of our lives.

Maguro said...


Led astray.

Run amok.


Coketown said...

I plan a more sophisticated drinking game, using rhetorical devices instead of words. Parallelism, antanagoge (Obama's favorite), alliteration, etc. Then I'll not only get hammered but also digest more of his speech for future scoffing.

Lincolntf said...

Is this on?

JAL said...

I see DBQ also has a bingo card.

Very good.

BTW -- I am listening (while I drive) to Bush's book Decision Points.

It confirms to me that a person was elected POTUS in 2008 who had absolutely minimal experience at the periphery of The American Life.

That was a mistake.

wv prepun
A set-up for Trooper.

AllenS said...


He says that word constantly. If you drink to that word, you'll have alcohol poisoning.

WV: yessiono

Amy said...

"I would like to hear a few words of respect and admiration for George W. Bush. "

If that happens, I'LL take a drink. And I don't drink.

His ego (and the political machine behind him) would never allow anything like that to be said.
Dream on.

Sixty Grit said...
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AllenS said...

There will be a love fest of words for Reagan. Bush, not so much.

Bushman of the Kohlrabi said...

He might go as far as saying "I like bush".

Original Mike said...

"Is this on?"


Hagar said...

MSNBC says he will propose a 5-year non-security discretionary spending freeze. For audacity, this is Clintonian!

Shawn L. said...

"I resign. Welcome President Biden, you poor suckers"

-Switch to harder liquors. Continue for next 18 months

"I hereby eliminate 3/4 ths of the federal bureacracy"
-Stop drinking, find your way back to your appropriate alternate reality.

Roger J. said...

I will be joining justices Scalia, Alito and Thomas in sitting this one out--Plus my lady and are taking tango lessons which I assure you is a whole lot more fun that listening to the SOUA--get a grip Obama--just mail it in.

gloogle said...

One I wish we would hear:


gloogle said...

Oops - Shawn beat me to it...

Scott M said...

"will not seek re-election" would be something I would set off fireworks for. The ensuing bloodbath between DNC candidates would put 2008 to shame.

Kirby Olson said...

Words he definitely won't say:

1. Guantanomo
2. Islamic Terrorism
3. I'm trying to quit smoking
4. I was wrong
5. As my dad used to say
6. As my mom used to say
7. As Frank Marshall Davis said
8. As Reverend Wright once said
9. As Saul Alinsky said
10. Incunabulum, thalassic, varicose

former law student said...

I would like to hear a few words of respect and admiration for George W. Bush.

I still fondly recall GWB's Ownership Society intiative:

President George W. Bush addresses the White House Conference on Increasing Minority Homeownership at The George Washington University Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2002

THE PRESIDENT: …. I appreciate your attendance to this very important conference. You see, we want everybody in America to own their own home. That's what we want. This is -- an ownership society is a compassionate society.
More and more people own their homes in America today. Two-thirds of all Americans own their homes, yet we have a problem here in America because few than half of the Hispanics and half the African Americans own the home. That's a homeownership gap. It's a -- it's a gap that we've got to work together to close for the good of our country, for the sake of a more hopeful future.
We've got to work to knock down the barriers that have created a homeownership gap.
I set an ambitious goal. It's one that I believe we can achieve. It's a clear goal, that by the end of this decade we'll increase the number of minority homeowners by at least 5.5 million families.

...To open up the doors of homeownership there are some barriers, and I want to talk about four that need to be overcome. First, down payments. A lot of folks can't make a down payment. They may be qualified. They may desire to buy a home, but they don't have the money to make a down payment. I think if you were to talk to a lot of families that are desirous to have a home, they would tell you that the down payment is the hurdle that they can't cross. And one way to address that is to have the federal government participate.

And, of course, one of the larger obstacles to minority homeownership is financing, is the ability to have their dream financed.

Last June, I issued a challenge to everyone involved in the housing industry to help increase the number of minority families to be home owners. And what I'm talking about, I'm talking about your bankers and your brokers and developers, as well as members of faith-based community and community programs. And the response to the home owners challenge has been very strong and very gratifying. Twenty-two public and private partners have signed up to help meet our national goal. Partners in the mortgage finance industry are encouraging homeownership by purchasing more loans made by banks to African Americans, Hispanics and other minorities.

Freddie Mae -- Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac -- I see the heads who are here; I want to thank you all for coming -- (laughter) -- have committed to provide more money for lenders. They've committed to help meet the shortage of capital available for minority home buyers.
Freddie Mac recently began 25 initiatives around the country to dismantle barriers and create greater opportunities for homeownership. One of the programs is designed to help deserving families who have bad credit histories to qualify for homeownership loans.

traditionalguy said...

"Investment" is the key word. He takes money from Taxpayers and borrows some more to invest it in the living expenses of his favored voter groups. He "Invests" in winning elections.

Scott M said...

100% will not hear "shovel ready" tonight.

AllenS said...

Once the written transcripts are provided, we can then go through and count of word guesses.

Yu-Ain Gonnano said...
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Bryant Likes said...




There are some who say...

MadisonMan said...

I agree with those who say investment.

Not being one who cares about SOTU addresses, I'll ask out of ignornace: Do Presidents ever praise their predecessors in the speech?

Yu-Ain Gonnano said...

Anything to the effect of "I hope that those dirty stinkin' Jesus-Freaks bitterly clinging to God, Guns, and Racism can stop holding the American people hostage for tax breaks for their evil cronies long enough to join me in a new spirit of civility"

former law student said...

Do Presidents ever praise their predecessors in the speech?

Didn't GWB praise Clinton for leaving him a booming economy, low unemployment, and a budget so far in surplus he could cut taxes for everybody?

traditionalguy said...

The favored words tonight will be a translation of the invitation given to new civility converts, " Arbeit Macht Frei". It's a will to power thing over The Congress,The Court and still living humans.

rick said...

The designated drivers had best be on call early.

Triangle Man said...


paul a'barge said...

" I resign"

one can always hope ...

Christopher said...

"Didn't GWB praise Clinton for leaving him a booming economy. . ."

Which he had nothing to do with, FLS. Guess you didn't get the new talking points. Here's the gospel according to Paul Krugman this past Sunday -

"I think the model is something like Clinton who, in fact, mostly was just riding on a successful economy that was successful mostly for reasons that had nothing much to do with him."

AJ Lynch said...

Looking on the bright side, this will be Obama's next to last SOTU.

AllenS said...

count of word guesses

count "our" word guesses

Browndog said...


Roman said...

"new tone in Washington"

"Let's begin"

"thinking out of the box"

Lincolntf said...


J2 said...

Re Words


Bob From Ohio said...

Skip the speech and just drink.

Nothing ever happens. Policies and plans that are DOA. Tedious introductions of "special guests" sitting with the First Lady.

I watched Bush after 9/11 but none since. I may have caught one of Clinton's but none of Bush I.

I last watched semi-regularly back when Reagan was in office. I se no reason to srtart up again.

Well, maybe Sarah's first one.

Irene said...

Will Piven be in Michelle Obama's guest box?

If so, then raise a glass of Ouzo.

Mick said...


Mick said...


Scott M said...


Cedarford said...

1. Jobs, which would get you wasted if you did a drink each time.
2. Suggest drinking only when "good green jobs" is used.
3. "our" Gabby
4. The sainted Green girl.
5. Look for heroes. The heroes of the Gulf cleanup, the heroes of the military, the heroes of Tucson, hero teachers..
6. Investment (read new gov't spending) in education (read gov'r employee teacher pork)- so we can "be more competitive than ever".

Cedarford said...

AJ Lynch said...
Looking on the bright side, this will be Obama's next to last SOTU.

Not certainly.
The Republicans could go "party purity" and give us an unelectable idealogue.
By most opinions, George Bush should have been a one-term President. Then the Dems gave the Gift of John Kerry.
4 more years of Dubya bumbling about, wrecking nation and Republican prospects, ensued.

It happens.

madawaskan said...

Althouse if Obama did this:

ADDED: You know what I would like to hear? (And if this is a drinking game, I will stand up, give a toast, and down my glass.) I would like to hear a few words of respect and admiration for George W. Bush.

I'd down my whole flippin' bottle of Silvovitz.

madawaskan said...

Any variant of-



Renewable-like Rahm's Residency.

Pogo said...

Lotsa suggestions, probably all correct. Looks like I'm calling in sick tomorrow.

Hell, he don't even need no speech; just say a buncha platitudes n' buzz words until time's up..

Ron said...

Some say...

Amartel said...


BJM said...

@Scott M

...simply inform both Congress and the media, somewhere around November or so, that he'll simply be sending them a letter.

Hear! Hear!!! I second the motion!

I could care less what lies the lying liars will tell tonight.

wv-retch (say no more)

Scott M said...


I simply don't see the political downside, from a president of either party, doing this.

Florida said...

Words you will not hear tonight:


Signing statements.

Patriot Act.


Habeaus Corpus.

Fair trial.

Afghanistan Surge.

Geneva Convention.






Forced Purchases.



Deem & Pass.

SEIU Waivers.











Second Amendment Remedies.

JAL said...

@BobfromOhio Well, maybe Sarah's first one.

She might be one to send a letter.

Original Mike said...

"The children"

JeanneB said...

I'll take a drink every time he misrepresents what conservatives stand for. All while calling for "civility".

Think: "My opponents say we should do nothing about health care. They have no plan."

I always want some Republican to stand up and say: "Hey, Buddy, why don't you stick to saying what YOU stand for. We'll take care of telling the people what WE stand for".

On second thought, I'd be under the table half way through the speech. Better switch to iced tea.

Phil 3:14 said...





Niagara Falls

(Queen of Diamonds, held high not spoken)

LordSomber said...


SOTU bingo cards:


BJM said...

He's Baaaaack!

Olbermann's live tweeting the SOTU on #FOK (friends of Keef)

Yep, he's that dumb.

Florida said...

"Olbermann's live tweeting the SOTU"

Is it possible to suck Obama's cock through Twitter now?

I don't keep up with technology as much as I used to.

Cheryl said...

Definitely "education." And I think two drinks every time he drops a "g," as in "workin'" or "changin'" or whatever. That is the worst.

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