First impressions of the 2011 State of the Union address.
Breaking my recent habit, I actually watched a few minutes of the 2011 State of the Union address live, albeit mostly by accident. I watched the president enter the chamber and caught a few minutes toward the end when he was proposing lowering the corporate income tax.
I’ll perhaps comment on the substance of the policy proposals later; I need to get out the door very soon. But the optics were a bit surreal. The “new tone” and the Members paired up like junior high kids at a dance was rather odd. There seemed to be even more clapping than usual — it seemed like every comma was interpreted as an applause line — but the cheering more muted.
Will this gesture lead to any real change in how the Capitol works? CBS’ Bob Schieffer thinks so. I hope so. But seriously doubt it.