On Tuesday night President Barack Obama delivered his 6th state of the union address. As always, he delivered a great oration. This speech was particularly spectacular because of the boldness that comes with entering the “no election to worry about” years left in his presidency.
There has been much to say on the interwebz about Obama’s quick wit in the face of some unexpected applause:
And it was clever. He thinks fast on his feet and has good comedic timing. But, I don’t know why everyone is talking about his response and no one is talking about what he was responding to.
There used to be a sense of decorum on Capitol Hill. There was a certain amount of respect shown to the Office of the President of the United States, no matter what side of the aisle you sat on. Even though no one actually shouted or booed, applauding at the moment they did was nothing short of heckling. (And apparently they have the gall to claim Obama was the rude one.) There was a day when heckling would’ve seemed outrageously inappropriate at the State of the Union Address. I’d argue it is still pretty gauche, but we’ve apparently reached such a low in common courtesy in D.C. that this kind of behavior is unremarkable. If it hadn’t been for Obama’s funny response to it, would I have seen the clip shared twenty times on my Facebook newsfeed?
Obama is funny and awesome in the face of the rudeness, but the rudeness is still also worth noting. The hecklers ought to be reminded that we expect more from our elected officials. Because, we do right? Expect more?