On Tuesday night, President Obama will deliver yet another State of the Union address. This interminably long speech will cover every important issue in this country. There will be a number of camera shots panning to the crowd, showing the smiling, happy faces of Democrats, and the fake-smiles and otherwise unimpressed looks from Republicans as they poorly attempt to hide their malcontent at Obama.
Stories like this one will be written; however, at the end of the day, the State of the Union is merely a collection of statements Obama has already made. Small points of intrigue, like Ted Nugent attending, will be brought up, and Sandy Hook will probably be mentioned a number of times, but this annual tradition is more of an exercise in public speaking and dragging out all of every network's political resources than an actually informative speech, but its the best of what's around.
Analyses will be written by The Brookings Institute, Forbes, Gallup, and whomever else you want to go to; however, they will all over-disect Obama's carefully chosen words and come up with the same result, nothing is different. But lest I sound too cynical, the best parts of the State of the Union address do not come from the president, but rather, the rebuttal. In this year's case, we get not one but two rebuttals. The first one comes from Florida Senator Marco Rubio, a potential Presidential candidate in 2016 and one of the leading Republicans. For this year's speech, we also get an additional response. The second response comes from the always entertaining Senator from Kentucky, Rand Paul. This Tea Party response is due to provide some insight into ... well, that I am not quite sure of, but it will probably provide some collection of sound bytes that will be used moving forward.
Obama's speech is set to begin at 9 p.m. EST, but you can probably start watching at 9:10 unless you enjoy watching people clap for five minutes. You can find the address on any network that has ever shown a news program, but for a more comprehensive list, you can find it on ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, PBS, Bloomberg TV, C-SPAN, C-SPAN 2, Current TV, Fox News, MSNBC, mun2, and Telemundo, each with their own levels of pre and post-speech coverage.