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The nation is in this state:



"[Y]ou would have to be Shirley Temple to feel like anything said by the president, no matter how artfully articulated, connects with your life. We were told the economy is booming, yet household income for the middle and working classes is still far below pre-2008 crisis levels because of stagnant wages. We were told that a tax on the 1 percent and free childcare was on the agenda, yet a hostile Congress makes those promises about as realistic as hoverboards for all. We were told that the US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan are [sic] over, yet the facts—and boots—on the ground tell a different story. We were told that it was time to come together and see both sides on questions of police violence, yet protesters were being targeted in Ferguson while the president was speaking." — Dave Zirin

More people, though, were concerned with balls: (The state of the footballs)

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sahlah
Jan. 22nd, 2015 01:30 am (UTC)
Sigh. I will say I am enjoying watching Elizabeth Warren poke at the process.
patrick_vecchio
Jan. 22nd, 2015 04:08 am (UTC)
Warren's a change agent. And thank God for that.
anita_margarita
Jan. 22nd, 2015 06:45 am (UTC)
It's not the speech so much as it is watching the rebuttal/response.
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