From Jim Gilliam's blog archivesState of the Union -- live reactions
January 20, 2004 6:09 PM
After Bush picked up a young black girl, someone commented: "There's the shot of the night."
9:11 PM: Troops are making us more secure.
9:12 PM: Tax relief is working.
9:13 PM: Prescription drugs for seniors. -Ted Kennedy laughed.
9:14 PM: American people are showing the state of our union is confident and strong.
9:15 PM: Tempting to believe danger is behind us. They are still plotting, and will be defeated.
He's said "great responsibility" twice already.
9:17 PM: Some parts of Patriot Act will expire next year [scattered applause!] You need to renew the Patriot Act.
9:19 PM: We refuse to live in shadow of this ultimate danger - referring to regimes that can give nukes to terrorists
9:20 PM: Afghanistan is doing great. America is honored to be their friend.
9:20 PM: Ended the regime of Saddam Hussein, people of Iraq are free. [hooting and hollering]
9:21 PM: Saddam found in a hole, and sits in a cell.
9:22 PM: As democracy takes hold, enemies of freedom will spread violence and fear. U.S. will never be intimidated by thugs and assassins.
9:24 PM: Introduced head of Iraqi Governing Council - Adnan Pachachi, sitting next to Laura.
9:25 PM: Libya giving up "weapons of mass murder." 9 months of diplomacy worked.
9:26 PM: North Korea is on notice.
9:29 PM: Some question whether this is a war, or just to be viewed as a crime. Not enough to serve with legal papers. Terrorists declared war on United States and war is what they got. -- Can't believe he just said that.
9:30 PM: Kay report identified dozens of wmd program "activities" - Ted Kennedy is going nuts. Bush is desperately trying to defend his war. This is painful.
9:31 PM: The world is a better and safer place.
9:32 PM: Ooh, he can name all the countries in the "coalition of the willing"
9:33 PM: America will never seek a "permission slip" to defend the security of our country.
9:34 PM: God has planted in every heart the desire to live in freedom.
9:35 PM: Still defending Iraq war.
9:35 PM: Afghanistan and Iraq will light the way for others. No ambitions for empire.
9:36 PM: This great republic will lead the cause for freedom.
9:36 PM: Now the economy. Thanks to tax relief, this economy is strong and growing stronger.
9:37 PM: It took him 20 seconds to name all the tax cuts!
9:39 PM: Jobs are changing in new economy. Need new skills.
9:40 PM: Now education. We expect third graders to read at a third grade level. That's not asking too much. We will not shuffle kids from grade to grade without learning basics. Rah Rah for No Child Left Behind.
9:41 PM: Jobs for the 21st Century programs
9:43 PM: Taxes set to expire [scattered applause!], yelling "unless you act" american people will face a tax increase!!!
9:45 PM: Personal retirement accounts [gutting social security]
9:46 PM: Cut deficit in half over next five years
9:47 PM: Reform immigration. Businesses get cheap labor.
9:48 PM: Health insurance. Control costs and extend benefits. Rah rah for prescription benefits.
9:50 PM: Health savings accounts. [they keep cutting to ted kennedy. this is great]
9:51 PM: Association health plans. Give low income Americans refundable tax credits so they can buy their own insurance.
9:52 PM: Eliminate wasteful and frivolous medical lawsuits. [boy, he got passionate on that one]
9:52 PM: Catastrophic health coverage under new health savings accounts should be 100% deductible. Government run system is wrong system.
9:54 PM: Citing drug stats amongst young people having gone down. [this is very deceptive, there's been an increase in the last decade]
9:55 PM: drug testing!!?!
9:56 PM: Get rid of steroids now.
9:57 PM: STDs. Doubling funding for abstinence programs.
9:58 PM: Marriage. Whoa!!! Threatened a constitutional amendment to "defend sanctity of marriage." Yowza. Rick Santorum was ecstatic.
10:01 PM: Prisoner re-entry program. Transitional housing, mentoring from faith based groups. [gotta convert those ex-cons]
10:04 PM: Say thank you when you see a man or woman in uniform.
The black girl he picked up is now asleep.
Here is the official transcript.
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