Obama Played It Safe

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As the New Year begins, millions of Americans make resolutions about things like losing weight, working less, creating more family time. Most of these admirable goals fall short after a couple of weeks.

This year's State of the Union delivered by President Obama falls into this category. This speech will likely be forgotten by the beginning of next week.

[With Fairness, Obama Finds a Winning State of the Union Theme.]

The president repeated his vision of class warfare, challenged Congress, re-emphasized clean energy, and reminded Republicans that he is going to be a force to contend with during this year's election.

What makes it so forgettable is that it was such a partisan speech masked in a populist tone. Therefore, it fell under the thematic of Washington gridlock that most Americans are expecting this year. Obama missed an opportunity to find a couple of big-ticket ideas that could be used to show bipartisanship over the next several months capped by legislative victories.

Instead Obama played it safe and chose to keep his base happy. He has officially thrown the marker down and is running against Congress. His campaign is now centered upon the gridlock themes because he does not have the capacity to create bipartisan victories.

[State of the Union Speech Shows Few Opportunities for Congressional Action.]

Once we witnessed the president deciding against creating thousands of jobs with the rejection of the Keystone Pipeline, we all knew that the speech would likely pander to the base.

Ron Bonjean

About Ron Bonjean Former Chief of Staff for the Senate Republican Conference

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