Are you ready for some … SOTU? A Tuesday night party? Let’s face it — not even a foot-stomping intro from Hank Williams Jr would make a State of the Union speech interesting, let alone fun. It’s a party, with all of the wit, charm, spontaneity, and booze drained out of it.
Still, it’s a Major Political Event, and it offers a way to gain some perspective on time and performance. The RNC reminds everyone that three years ago, Barack Obama promised to have improved the economy — and that if he didn’t, his presidency would be a “one-term proposition.” The RNC wants to collect:
What about last year’s SOTU? How did Obama do on delivering on those promises? According to Glenn Kessler at the Washington Post, Obama made 18 deliverable promises. How many did he get? Er … five. That’s a success rate of 28%, which would be a good, solid F-minus on any professor’s grade scale.