When I was in high school debate, there was always that kid who showed up late for class, wasn’t prepared, and couldn’t read a line without cracking up or making a surprised face: “Hey, I’m doing it!” or “Where did that line come from?” Sometimes it was funny, but it usually just made everybody else grumpy, because we knew that we would have toot make up for the other guy’s lack of readiness next Saturday.
With that in mind, my favorite bits from the big ol’ speech :
- Best “WTF” moment: Steroids? He’s talking about steroids in baseball?
- Best “you don’t say” line: On steroid use (again, yow), the President says, “it sends the wrong message—that there are shortcuts to accomplishment, and that performance is more important than character.” So that’s where that message came from.
- Best “weights and balances” moment: “If judges insist on forcing their arbitrary will upon the people, the only alternative left to the people would be the constitutional process.”
- Best “end times” language: “And having come this far, we sense that we live in a time set apart.”
- Best “common sense straw man” moment: “Some want to undermine the No Child Left Behind Act by weakening standards and accountability. Yet the results we require are really a matter of common sense.”