Bouncing Back: Obama shows a nation on the upswing, trolls GOP

President Barack Obama’s coming-out party for the 2012 presidential election went off with a bang, as he saved his best for last by nailing the final State of the Union address of his first term. He kicked it off with planting-the-flag moment in front of the Republican opposition, celebrating the end to the Iraq war and the capture and death of Osama bin Laden.

“For the first time in nine years, there are no Americans fighting in Iraq,” he said. “For the first time in two decades, Osama bin Laden is not a threat to this country.”

Pivoting from there, Obama laid out what can be expected as a main theme for his reelection campaign, “An economy built to last.” While many of us have thought that the American manufacturing base is long-gone, the president said it’s his intention to build that back, citing the resurgence of the auto industry and General Motors’ reclaimed place as the world’s largest vehicle manufacturer.

“What’s happening in Detroit can happen in other industries. It can happen in Cleveland and Pittsburgh and Raleigh,” Obama said. “We can’t bring back every job that’s left our shores. But right now, it’s getting more expensive to do business in places like China. Meanwhile, America is more productive. A few weeks ago, the CEO of Master Lock told me that it now makes business sense for him to bring jobs back home. Today, for the first time in fifteen years, Master Lock’s unionized plant in Milwaukee is running at full capacity.”

Moving on to education, Obama requested that each state require students to stay in school until graduation from high school or reaching the age of 18 — a renewed commitment to the basic standard of knowledge for all Americans. He also demanded Congress address the outrageous hike in student loan rates set to occur this summer.

The president’s most significant political statement focused on behavior by Republicans in Congress who were, ironically, acting like donkeys.

“The state of our Union is getting stronger. And we’ve come too far to turn back now,” Obama said. “As long as I’m President, I will work with anyone in this chamber to build on this momentum. But I intend to fight obstruction with action, and I will oppose any effort to return to the very same policies that brought on this economic crisis in the first place.”

Tuesday evening, Chris Cillizza of The Washington Post said it was the president wrapping confrontation with Kumbaya.

“This is Obama version 2.0: Harder, more cynical but perhaps also more effective,” he wrote. “This is the Obama that will run for a second term this November — an Obama ready to give at least as good as he gets in the bare-knuckled brawl that is American politics.”

If that’s true, then the GOP has a second-helping of the world of hurt handed down in 2008.

by J.L. Mann Cromer, Jr., who served as the only true independent member of the South Carolina General Assembly from 1990-1998. Currently, he is a general practice attorney in Columbia, S.C., concentrating in probate and estate planning, criminal defense and personal injury law.


With Wes Wolfe. He wrote for 11 newspapers in five states and is the marketing coordinator for ACEC Virginia.

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46 thoughts on “Bouncing Back: Obama shows a nation on the upswing, trolls GOP

  1. Spivey on said:

    See Bubba this crap isn’t as interesting to me as some of your other ramblings or I would come and leave a relevent comment ;) ;)

    and another thing why can’t I put those litte smiley things on here

  2. Spivey on said:

    I’ll be damned once I submitted my comment they became smileys now if I only knew how to make more than the winky smiley one I would be in business

  3. Spivey on said:

    there you go Bubba now I made 2 comments on your blog and once I hit enter it will be 3

    later Bubba

  4. Laurayne Velasco on said:

    Bubba, I thought much of what the president had to say was positive , honest and doable. His mention of the education system was particularly of interest to me. i wholeheartedly agree with requiring students to remain in school until 18 or graduation. I beleive that our teaching methods have become stale and stagnant for both the teacher and the students. Teaching to the test is boring. I was uplifted by his reference to the Seals and how their example in capturing Bin Laden should be an example for both sides of Congress.. i thought his ideas about keeping immigrants who are becoming educated in our colleges and universities, in our country to use their knowlwdge and talents HERE. Bottom line is they, too, will become tax payers and let’s face it..”money is money.” i loved what he had to say about bringing our out-sourced jobs back home and I can verify that this is beginning to happen as I have made several calls to USAirways and actually spoken to english speaking Americans HERE at home in the US. Previously, they were in the Philippines or Guyana and India. It IS working!

    I am a Republican born and bred, but Pres. Obama really impressed me last night. I hope that many citizens on both sides of Party lines actually took off their ear muffs and listened…if only out of respect for the Office.

  5. Pat Chisum on said:

    I was watching dvr’d episodes of Gossip Girl so I missed the State of the Union. But if the Obama that killed trolled Trump then interrupted his show to announce he killed Osama runs for president. He has my vote.

    I am sick of this inept Obama, and I want a president that lives up the all the rap songs. Maybe I want Obama to be more like Putin.

    Putin 2012!

    • Steve Douglas on said:


  6. Larry Reid on said:

    The Prez knocked it out of the park with this speech! I know, I know-just words. right? Hopefully these words will spark a bit of action on the hill as the repugnantcans look into their souls for a valid response (The republican reply last night was pretty lame). I hated to see this rah-rahing in what may be Obama’s last state of the union address, but better late than never. Can he, or will he follow through with the policies that he put out there, only time will tell. Overall, one of the best speeches from a sitting president that I’ve ever heard!

  7. Mike on said:

    The issue with Obama is that he will man times SAY things that sound reasonable, but he will DO the exact opposite. He is an expert at SAYING but not DOING. Let’s simply look at what he has DONE>>>
    1) No US Budget for 1,000 days and counting. Is this leadership? He is in essence the CEO of the USA. What CEO keeps their job with this performance? What would the MSM being saying about a GOP president that had the same record?
    2) The USA is 4 TRILLION further in debt!!!! WHY – Because Obama and his Dem conspirators have exploded the Government programs/reach. Forget what he says, his ACTIONS show that he believes that government’s role is to take care off (enslave to dependency) the American people. What CEO would keep his/her job if this were their accomplishment?
    3) ENERGY – Need I say more. His ideology or willingness to support energy technologies that are NOT profitable is CRAZY! The US could be running surpluses on the budget if HE and the Dems would only leverage America’s energy resources.
    4) Refusal to enforce the actual laws HE does not like. The Defense of Marriage Law. Appointing position outside of the operation of the Senate’s “advice and consent,” implementing his policies he could pass by law through the NLRB, EPA, FDA, etc.
    5) He is the ultimate divider. Pitting the “RICH” (who he doesn’t mind helping him to get reelected) against the others in AMERICA. Middle and Lower Income Americans DON’T create real jobs!!! Rich people do.

    I could go on with things like Obamacare and others, but this is enough. He deserves no second term. Period! If he is reelected, it will only be worse for the USA!

    • TruthBeTold2U on said:

      You know I would not have any complaints about what you just said about Obama. My problem is that you make it sound as if all this happened only under Obama. I am mad as hell at all of the politicians.
      1. The ones who think they were elected to stop ANY legislation proposed by the Dems.
      2. The ones that blindly follow their leader, be he Dem or Repub and don’t take a moment to ask themselves, “is this good for me?”
      3. In all things there is good and bad, even in SC. Obama has done some good things and he has done some bad things.
      4. One of the good things is I have a 38 year old daughter, former English teacher, with early on-set Parkinson’s. When her COBRA ran out , if not for Obama’s Health Care bill she would not have ANY coverage. Here is a kid that followed all the rules. Finished college Cum Laude and loved working with kids. Excelled at it. But you must wait two years for Medicare to kick in. Without the insurance Obama provided she would be so far diminished during the one year wait that she would have no life. The medicine, which is VERY expensive has allowed her to continue raising her two year old son, my grand boy.
      5. It is time, my friends, to put the partisan bickering behind us and do something positive for ourselves and our country. All this hatred that you spew for one man is not healthy and will lead to nothing but a stroke.
      6. Obama will probably be re-elected considering the field of opponents and don’t think that is all bad.
      7 BUT THE BICKERING HAS TO STOP! Don’t you know that SC is considered the most backward State in the country? You don’t see other Governors taking stances and making divisive remarks like Haley does. You don’t see white’s cheering on a sad excuse for a philandering, whore chasing, dirty dealing has been like Newt. S.C. have some respect for yourselves even if you have none for others. Think about what your children are learning.
      It reminds me of the old pictures of a black man hanging from a tree while whites, with their little children stand around eating chicken, drinking moonshine and coca-cola. WHEN DOES IT STOP?

      • Steve Douglas on said:

        I was gonna say, on Obama, South Carolina Obama haters remind me of the white girl screaming behind and at the young black girl in dark glasses in the famous picture of the “integration day” in Little Rock, Arkansas. We all know there’s no rational reason to hate Obama so, or brand him as racists do. So all we’re left with is this spectacle of spittle lipped hatred of the black president by outraged white racists. Here’s some news. That white girl in the Little Rock picture came around, and expressed remorse for her behavior that day. So, come on haters. Tell us how much you really love your darkies in Carolina, and how content they’ve always been. Sure, it’s not about race.

        • Steve Douglas on said:

          South Carolina used to be Democratic. What changed that? Hmmm?

  8. Kenny on said:

    A year ago, I would have put Obama’s chances at being re-elected at next to zero. Now, I have a hard time seeing how he won’t be re-elected versus Romney or Newt.

    Let’s just consider the pure politics on the issue that drives most Americans – their income. Most likely, Romney’s finances will carry the day and he’ll end up being the nominee. On the same day that Romney’s tax records reveal that he earned over $20 million in 2010 and paid taxes at a 14% rate, Obama effectively argues that the tax code should be changed to insure that no one earning over $1 million a year should pay at less than a 30% rate, and that all households with annual earnings of $250,000 or less (98% of Americans) should see their tax rates stay the same or go down. I don’t begrudge Romney a penny of his income (or that his accountant followed the law in getting him the lowest tax rate possible) but to the average American in swing states like Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida, this issue will resonate.

  9. Sue on said:

    I didn’t watch the speech but I will have to agree with Mike’s comment. Anyone can make or should I say “read” a great speech that has been written for them stating what everyone wants to hear but it is the “act” of doing that will make the difference. “Actions speak louder than words”. The USA is the greatest nation in the world and I thank the Good Lord that I was born here and in the South-Southern born and bred. I grew up in the Civil Rights Era and was taught by my parents to respect all of my elders regardless of the color of their skin.

    • Steve Douglas on said:

      Sure you were.

  10. Cal Harrelson on said:

    Say it ain’t so Bubba! Another four years of this and we’re doomed as a Nation. Doomed. As several Republican Presidential candidates have said at previous debates, “Anyone up here on stage would be better than the current occupant.” Hope you are well Bubba and thanks for staying out there in a public eye. Even if we don’t agree at least we’re activily speaking our peace!

    • Steve Douglas on said:

      Gawd, an ebola epidemic would be better than any of these GOP frauds and stumblebums! Puh-leeze!!

  11. Vicki on said:

    Cal, say it ain’t so right back at ya! I never pegged you as someone who could support any of the 4 oddballs running for the GOP nomination!

  12. Tom Smith on said:

    Obama is trying to be King, not President. With all his czars and self-created power, he is not interested in doing what is best for America to be a true leader. Bigger government has never been the answer. Looking back at history, re-distributin wealth has never, ever worked for long. Government is to support individuals to make an income and provide for their families, not be the only support. I believe in God, not government.
    We should get back to the basics: all politicians run for no more than 2 terms, sit out at least 1 term, and then see what happens. Career politicians make themselves exempt from everyday citiizens by creating their own wealth via loopholes, excessive benefits, and are in such “elite” self-created status, they forget their roots.
    God bless America (and please forgive us of our sins).

    • Steve Douglas on said:

      Tom, “God, not government”?! That’s right outta Mullah Omar’s autobiography!!!! Awesome!

  13. Bilenda on said:

    I’m with the Hockey MVP on this one- gave it a miss. Any credibility this prez might have had was gone when he used a teleprompter in the press box at the Army-Navy game. Oh wait- he didn’t have any before that either- particularly regarding our military. Finally giving a positive speech may be lovely but destroying our defense is unforgivable. I would vote for the Honey Badger before I would vote for re election. Both BO and the Honey Badger don’t care but at least the Honey Badger is effective.

    • Steve Douglas on said:

      This obsession with the teleprompter is fascinating, given the rapt attention the same malcontents will pay to Newt’s L. Ron Hubbard-esque firehose of nonsensical blather. Oh, you’ll sit like kids around Smokey Bear. But wait, Smokey is a little dark, so maybe not.

  14. James Hartman on said:

    Yes we can!! But no we didn’t!! After 3 years it is time that words were replaced with action. The truth is that the state of the union is a state of confusion. The nation cannot live on promises Let’s not reward failure with four more years. The speech was a good speech, but I for one, think that the prez has lost credibility. Eloquence is fine, but competence is finer.

    • Steve Douglas on said:

      Switch the channel from Fox, and discover all you’ve been missing. Please, plug into reality quick! The country is counting on you.

  15. Andrew Williams (GO DOGS!) on said:

    Wonder why us in the GOP could not find someone that did not come across as a serial killer, to provide the post-debate response???? SHEESH!

    • Steve Douglas on said:

      Mitch’s wife left him and their four daughters, moved to California, and married a doctor she’d been playing footsy with! When it predictably fell apart a year later, she came crawling back…….and………Daniels remarried her!!!!!!

      I wouldn’t believe anything out of a Nancy like Mitch! UGH.

  16. Larry Durham on said:

    If the “class envy” prez “knocked this one out of the park”, then it must have been a girl’s softball park. Total fail….it’s the out of control spending Mr. President, not the lack of revenue. You “open minded” liberal democrats are the most myopic people on earth. You whine and complain that Bush caused it all, but your prescription is more of the same mindless growth in government …times 4. Good grief.

    • Steve Douglas on said:

      Larry stakes out thr “rational” ground for opposing Obama.

      BWAHAHAHAHA uyyyyyyy! Heh! Just kidding!

  17. Babbs on said:

    GO OBAMA! Another 4 years is in the bag! God forbid any of these current Republican nominees become President. But then again, it’d be very interesting to see how they will “fix” things any better than Obama has, or can.

  18. Walter Carr on said:

    Ok folks, I have got to admit it: Comrade Obama can read a good speech. He is also a master of warfare. So long as it is class warfare. What he can’t do well is pretty much everything else that comes with the office of the President of the United States.

    Yes, he inherited a mess from W but instead of reversing course he took W’s welfare/warfare/regulatory state, feed it meth and it is now on a rampage.

    Those of you who actually pay attention and have the ability to engage in critical thought: sorry but this eliminates most party line Democrats and Republicans and most especially Liberal Democrats and Neocon Republicans, must surly realize that with political “leaders” like W and Comrade Obama the future of the American Republic is in doubt.

    Democrat Operative Pat Caddell is telling anybody who will listen that if Obama is reelected it will spell the end of this country. He has gone so far as to suggest to audiences that they look for property in Costa Rica.

    If you are a lover of Leviathan-on-the-Potomac then you should support and vote for Obama. Alternatively, if you are a lover of liberty, free markets and small government and are willing to accept personal responsibility for your doings then Obama is not your man.

    • Steve Douglas on said:

      Snnooooggggggg-SKKXxXXX…….Snnooooggg-SKKXXXX…….. Snnnoooogggg …skyx … “no, Pat Caddell, I’m not that kind of liberal!!!……SKXXXXXX…………

  19. Paul Abrams on said:

    Any of the 4 is better than the liar in Chief. We are headed straight for the Socialist States of America. Obozo is a joke.

    • Steve Douglas on said:

      History will brand you a destroyer, not a builder. And worse, a destroyer for no good reason. So sad.

  20. John on said:

    The good old days were when you dropped out of school you were drafted and served a minimum of two years carrying a gun, learning a trade and becoming responsible for your action or inaction. If you lined up all the dropouts on our borders they would be secure and there would be less useless individuals, career welfare recipients and crime. Cheap to do, just capture them, shave their heads and educate them.

    • John on said:

      haha, my comment escaped the rath of Steve Douglas

      .He must agree with me which is a first.

      • Steve Douglas on said:

        No, it just made absolutely no sense at all, so you did my work for me. ;)

        • Steve Douglas on said:

          ….. and that’s “wrath”, so you know.

  21. Cooter Brown on said:

    Obomer iz a foolish (an’ dangerus) childe az wuz hiz predesessor, lil’ Busch! I dont giv a dam whut dey seyz, war an’ theft an’ heartach an’ pain iz awl da federales iz eva givin’ me & my peples fer da lass 150 yeers! Why caint dey jest leave us da hail alone?!?!?! Y’all gots stockholm symdrone if’n ye think dey will eva bee anything be yer slabe-drivers an’ mastas. Free Dixie, I seyz! Thare ye go, Mista Bubba. How ye lik dat?!?!?!?!?!

  22. Terri Mostiller on said:

    I have to agree with Mike, anyone can read a wonderful speech, but if there is no follow through it is just a speech. If I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that what our President said in his speech would happen if he were reelected I and many other “white” americans would vote for him. But as Mike said he says one thing and does just the opposite. His opposition really sucks this year. We will just have to make the best decisions we can and pray the right person is in office to help move our country forward, makes no difference if they are Republican, Democrat, black, white, purple, green, orange. We just need some great leadership.

  23. Overture Walker on said:

    “The basic American promise that hard work can allow one to own a home and support a family are at risk if the government doesn’t do more to balance the scale between the nation’s rich and poor. The defining issue of our time is how to keep that promise alive. No challenge is more urgent. No debate is more important. We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really …well, while a growing number of Americans barely get by. Or we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules. What’s at stake are not Democratic values or Republican values, but American values. We have to reclaim them.” – President Obama, Jan. 24, 2012.

    At times, I have been critical of the Prez and his management of the economy. But the excerpt above indicates he finally gets it (fortify the middle class, reward companies who create jobs at home, and take measures to alleviate the economic albatross known as home foreclosures). Great speech Mr. President!

  24. Jay on said:

    I was flipping back and forth between the State of the Union and a Hard Core Pawn marathon, which is arguably a more realistic version of the state of the union. Wonder how much BHO would pawn our liberty for?

    • Steve Douglas on said:

      The numbers are already in on how much the “Deficits don’t matter” Bush administration pawned our liberty for, and they’re astronomical!!!!!!!!!!

    • cromeradmin on said:

      *****5 and two legs up!

  25. George Ritter on said:

    If you want an avowed socialist in the White Hourse, then Obama’s your man.

  26. George Ritter on said:

    Barak Obama is an avowed socialist who wants to redistribute our wealth and give it to his political cronies. He has thumbed his nose at numerous provisions in the Constitution that limit the power of the Presidency. The enemies he seeks to destroy in his class warfare agenda are free enterprise, capitalism and the God-given rights of Americans to be free from tyrants like him.

    • Steve Douglas on said:

      George, it seems you don’t know what the word “avowed” means, though I’m sure it’s like ear candy to you when Rush repeats it fifty times a day, making avowed zombies of his listeners – “avowed”, for they call themselves “Dittoheads”. Ugh, I can’t imagine being that dim.

  27. Bill Payne on said:

    When the Arizona governor says she had a “cordial meeting” with the President @ the White House. Publishes a book which contradicts that meeting and is captured shaking her finger at the President on the tarmac, goes on Faux News and explains she was 1) intimidated @ the White House & 2. threatened by the President’s remarks on the tarmac. Fox made no attempt to correct, clarify or report the truth.

    The Republican mayor of Mesa refuted Brewer’s account of the tarmac meeting and tapes from an exit interview after the White House meeting nails Gov Brewer as a lying politician (OK-that’s a pleonasm).

    My point is whoever watches or listens to Fox News is in serious danger of becoming dumber just from the exposure. 2 studies (UofMD & Fairleigh Dickinson) both indicate watching Fox News is unhealthy for your brain.

    I suspect most of those commenting on here probably get their opinions from Fox and as a result should be excused, cause they aren’t aware they’ve been negatively impacted.

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