Having spent the past six years dealing with a Republican Party that quite possibly has an infinite supply of petty shamelessness, Obama must have come to expect the same old attacks when he marched up to the podium to deliver his State of the Union Address. That or he really is just that quick with a comeback.
There used to be a time that both political parties listened respectfully to the president when he addressed them in Congress, but that ship has sailed. Now, young Republican politicians looking to make a name for themselves and get their faces plastered on conservative blogs for weeks, will jump at the chance to insult the president on live television.
So when Obama began to say that his two terms in office were coming to an end, he had to have anticipated that Republicans would try to seize the moment to be terrible – and they didn’t disappoint.
“I have no more campaigns to run,” Obama started to say, but was cut short when Republicans in the audience began cheering the remark – each one undoubtedly hoping that Fox News would pick their face to focus on triumphantly in the days to come. But then everything went hilariously wrong for them.
Not missing a beat, Obama ad-libbed, “I know because I won both of them.” A line that brought Democrats to their feet and an even greater applause.
The line works because despite Republicans’ hopes, Obama is very popular. Even though the Democrats lost the midterms, Obama has entered 2015 with soaring popularity, and a new cavalier attitude. He’s energized and it shows.
In classic Obama fashion, he gave his trademark sly smile, and then moved back into business mode:
“My only agenda for the next two years is the same as the one I’ve had since the day I swore an oath on the steps of this Capitol: to do what I believe is best for America. If you share the broad vision I outlined tonight, join me in the work at hand.”
I wonder if Obamacare covers burn cream?