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We have superbly gifted readers - Victor is MD of a significant Australian business, speaks fluent Russian and opines about Obama and Putin for us

Yesterday Obama read the autocue to deliver this series of platitudes, motherhood statements and latter day Greens/Leftist cliches in his final State of the Union address.


Obama had four big questions he wants Americans to focus on:

  • First, how do we give everyone a fair shot at opportunity and security in this new economy?
  • Second, how do we make technology work for us, and not against us – especially when it comes to solving urgent challenges like climate change?
  • Third, how do we keep America safe and lead the world without becoming its policeman?
  • And finally, how can we make our politics reflect what’s best in us, and not what’s worst?

Wow!  What a bunch of great ideas!   His speech was for the in-crowd, nod-nod, wink-wink.  It was replete with the dangerous certainty and overconfidence in his infallibility that characterises his ilk.  And if you didn't get it, Obama almost spelt it out, Donald Trump is everything that is evil.   How's this for a smack in the mouth for anyone who's not on the Obama cool, trendy and correct bus?

Look, if anybody still wants to dispute the science around climate change, have at it.  You’ll be pretty lonely, because you’ll be debating our military, most of America’s business leaders, the majority of the American people, almost the entire scientific community, and 200 nations around the world who agree it’s a problem and intend to solve it. 

Which brings me to Victor who submitted the comment below comparing and contrasting Obama and Putin.

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I speak fluent Russian, I have listened to many speeches delivered by Mr. Putin. Whatever one may think, or feel about him, he has the ability to cut through bullshit and speak directly to the people and their hearts. His words have conviction, feeling, sincerity and they resonate with the listener. He seems to back what he says with action.
President Barack Obama's State of the Union address today was amazing in it's pointlessness. I have never heard a speech so loaded with catch phrases, banalities, so trite, so unconvincing and uninspiring. If he really believes every word of his rant - he is a fool. If he doesn't - he believes we are all fools.
What a great succinct comment - and what a fantastic range of people we have who contribute so much to this website.
Thanks Victor!
And just to prove the shot above capturing the warmth wasn't a fluke, here's Mrt Chalk and Mr Cheese again.
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PS - I'd  bet London to a brick that Putin doesn't throw like a girl either!