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Obama 2011 SOTU: Predictions, Drinking Game Rules

By January 24, 2011

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President Obama's main goal in Tuesday evening's State of the Union address is to continue the "feel good" vibes following his poignant remarks in Tucson. That speech, and his leadership after the Tucson shooting atrocity, caused an uptick in Obama's approval ratings.

Over the past few days, I've received at least a dozen emails from various White House denizens, laying out what Obama will address in the SOTU and urging me to host/attend a SOTU watching party. President Obama will apparently propose:

  • Jobs creation initiatives. The White House will do anything... absolutely anything... to create new jobs for middle-class and working class Americans. Whatever it takes, as this administration has, thus far, failed abysmally at creating new, permanent jobs.

    The U.S.-South Korea Trade Agreement, announced by the White House last month, is a terrific start toward kick-starting export of U.S. good and services. Likewise, President Obama's National Export Initiative is a promising start on "building a solid foundation to advance U.S. prosperity."

    I'm encouraged by both, and hope these and other initiatives finally make a dent in the 9.4% national unemployment rate.

  • Public education spending. President Obama's is pleased with results of his Race to the Top initiative, which has provided more than $4 billion in federal grants to prod K-12 public school systems to make curriculum changes.

    The Obama administration proposes to invest billions more into the Race to the Top public education model as the means to update No Child Left Behind Act standards and testing requirements.

"I'm focused on making sure the economy is working for everybody, for the entire American family... Now to do that, we're going to have to out-innovate, we're going to have to out-build, we're going to have to out-compete, we're going to have to out-educate other countries," explained President Obama last weekend in a widely distributed SOTU preview.

Here's the rub: in his 2010 State of the Union Address, President Obama made 95 commitments, promises and boasts on a plethora of issues. (Scan all 95 here at Obama's Policies in 2010 State of the Union Address.)

Many of the President's 95 commitments in his 2010 SOTU address came to successful fruition. But many, many more did not.

Predictions for President Obama's 2011 State of the Union Address

President Obama's 2011 SOTU address will again be brimming with a litany of commitments, promises and boasts.

The uplifting "feel good" vibes generated in the wake of Obama's leadership in Tucson will continue unabated at the SOTU event. (In case the vibes threaten to evaporate, the President will again fete Daniel Hernandez, the gay Latino volunteer-intern hero of the Tucson atrocity. Mr. Hernandez will be seated with First Lady Michelle Obama.)

SOTU watching parties will abound in homes and bars across the nation, but not just for reasons urged by the White House. I hear murmurings that SOTU drinking games will be quite popular this year, and that the two rules for the simpler game version are:

  • Each time President Obama says "bipartisan," take a chug of beer.
  • Each time House Speaker John Boehner tears up, down a shot of bourbon.

Check back here Wednesday when I'll publish and analyze a complete list of Obama commitments, promises and boasts in his 2011 State of the Union address.


    ADDENDUM - Extensive 2011 SOTU drinking game rules for four players include:
  • Every time Barack Obama mentions bipartisanship, everybody has to drink 2 shots of beer.
  • If he talks about the lessons of Tucson, the last person to throw their arms in the air, fall to their knees and shout "Hallelujah!" has to drink 1 entire beer.
  • Everybody has to drink 2 shots of beer whenever John Boehner appears to cry. 1 shot of bourbon if he breaks down sobbing and disappears entirely from view.
  • If either Vice President Biden or the Speaker of the House Boehner is seen nodding off on camera, last person to start singing "Wake Up, Little Susie" has to drink 3 shots of beer.
  • Whenever the president defends ObamaCare, everybody drinks 2 shots of beer. If he mentions Congress voting to repeal it, drink a whole beer and throws hot dogs at the television.
  • See complete rules at Huffington Post.


January 24, 2011 at 8:04 pm
(1) John Ballard says:

Someone at the Wonk Room suggested five ideas for the SOTU address.

1. Propose serious national malpractice reform
2. Embrace “across state lines”
3. Offer states greater flexibility
4. Do more to control health spending
5. Decrease burden on businesses

Details at the link.

My expectations are not high.
I’ll be watching the floor to see how they manage this new Kumbaya seating arrangement… and looking closely at Justice Alito’s lips.

The last couple of days have seen a veritable rash of “isolated incidents” involving police officers getting shot. No connection to gun laws, you know. But an oblique reference to this non-trend is the kind of delicate rhetorical legerdemain at which Obama excels. Not to threaten anyone’s Second Amendment rights, of course. I dunno. Just something to mention in passing.

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