I can't help shake this feeling that the State of the Union address has increasingly become something more akin to a televised Academy Awards ceremony, than any sort of report on the condition of the country. Instead of commentators remarking the following day on Steve Martin's performance as host or Anne Hathaway's dress, we'll hear eerily similar remarks about the President and/or First Lady.
I predict one side of the aisle will stand up and applaud if the Pres makes remarks that appeal ideologically to that side, while the other side will sit sullen and stone-faced, only to alternate applause when some remark is made that appeals to the other side's ideology. Afterwards left-leaning commentators will remark on how excellent the speech was and how the President clearly set an agenda for the next two years, and right-leaning commentators will remark on how the speech was nothing but empty rhetoric.
No doubt my prediction will be way off
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