President Obama delivered his first address before Congress last night, calling for swift action to stabilize the economy and laying out the agenda for the rest of his first term. Obama tied together energy independence, health care reform and intensified global diplomacy as integral to economic recovery. Despite his sober assessment of the challenges we face as a nation, the President promised that “we will rebuild, we will recover and the United States of America will emerge stronger than before.”
*...Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, providing the Republican rebuttal to Obama, derided Obama's plan as government intrusion and held up Louisiana's response to Hurricane Katrina as the Republican ideal. No, really. Jindal went on to say that the prescription for America's economic ills were continuing the fiscal policies of the Bush Administration. Seriously. Jindal also proposed an energy policy focusing on nuclear power and domestic drilling. Uh, dude...? Jindal closed his speech by referring to "the Soviet menace." Wow. Fortunately no one was really listening to Jindal's speech as they were too distracted by his southern-fried-mummy-meets-Kenneth-from-"30 Rock" delivery.
Highlights from President Obama's speech:
Governor Bobby Jindal's response, featuring a clown and a gay cowboy that we can only assume are Minority Leader John Boehner and Florida Governor Charlie Crist:
*...based on actual news