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State-of-the-Union Bingo!

January 26, 2010

LEISURE PLAYBOY JAZZYes, of course, President Obama’s State of the Union address is a serious occasion, full of solemn portents for the nation and the world. But even Washington wonks have to have a little fun. Strangely enough, they’re likely to have fun this year by playing SOTU bingo.

For the uninitiated, SOTU bingo involves modified bingo cards, usually filled in with various words or phrases the president is likely to utter. It’s pretty easy to figure out which bingo-card-makers are friendly to Obama and which are foes. Some simply want to push a cause and hope Obama brings it up when he talks to Congress on Wednesday night.

The Center for Global Development offers a sober-sided set of bingo cards, with terms like “G-20,” “security,” “foreign aid” and “globalization” on its grid. “Will President Obama mention global development during his first official State of the Union address? Will he discuss girls’ health, immigration, or the environment?” the group asked on its Web site, urging folks to tally up whether Obama mentions any of these as they fill in their cards.

A more conservative slant shows up in a “Barack” card posted on various sites, including Chicks on the Right. Instead of the normal 25 spaces, it’s got 36, featuring such Obama-isms as “let me be clear” and “make no mistake.” There’s a bonus if Obama says “greed on Wall Street” and even “I” could fill in a square — but only “if used five times or more in same sentence.”

Obama isn’t the only public figure to face the bingo treatment. President George W. Bush got similarly lampooned during his State of the Union addresses. And former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s face was the center free space on bingo cards meant to be played during her October 2008 vice presidential debate with then-Senator Joe Biden. The cards featured some of Palin’s most memorable sayings, including “maverick,” “Joe Six-Pack,” “hockey mom” and “lipstick.”

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Photo credit: REUTERS/Fred Prouser (Bingo, a dancer with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band of New Orleans, performs at the Playboy Jazz Festival in Hollywood June 18, 2006.)

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Unfortunately I am Canadian. Because of this affliction I have developed the idea that everyone is entitled to the science and care of western medication at the taxpayers’ expense. I know it sounds crazy, but when you take care of your neighbours (yes I spelled naighbours with ours…it is just the way that we do it) they take the time to take care of you. I was raised in a household of a Canadian and an American and guess what both people believe that everyone has the right to the healthacare that is availale to all Western nations. That aside, I am writing this to speak about the “State of the Union.” The State of the Union to the South is absolutely ridiculous, you have one side who is preaching against Socialism guess what you are more socialist than us, you bought out your banks!!! and unions…guess what you are now socialist. Yet at the same time your Republican party is splitting your ranks, they say that Obama (considering the mess he walked into) is ruining America, I have faith in America, and you used to have regulations, the ones the protected you from the mess the world is in now. The Republican pary says that regulating the banks will hurt prosperity, what nobody stopped to think about was that not everybody deserved the American dream. The true American dream, as I have understood it, is people coming from all walks of life working and SAVING to make life better for them than it was for their children. The market, as it was, will not make life easy for everyone, but the true market without the thieve will prevail for everyone. This does not mean that you must de-regulate more so, as it was the de-regulation that brough us here. Until the market is regulated properly even those who dream and get that loan will always be in danger of a foreclosure. Lets all try to live together, responsibly, please stop being afraid, turing to religion and turning to people that we hope will fix everything. Until we all work together and recognize that we all deserve better we will never be better.

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I agree with the Canadian, except for healthcare being a right. As for the speech; It’s the same rederick as always, a bloated speech with nothing to back it up. Obama just does what he does, going around giving speeches, like he is talking down to everyone. He then tries to tell us how we feel about the government which wasn’t even close. He claims to be on our side but says nothing about all the elected officials of our country that wasted hundreds of thousands of dollars to attend Copenhagen summit and they never actually attended. A summit that wants to tax mostly the American people for greenhouse gases that were just proven to have been greatly exagerated. The last time I looked America was the number one pollution reducer in the world, and about the only country trying to stop pollution. Yet we are the bad guys. And these are the type of people Obama gives credit to. He is still way to soft on terrorism, who cares if they get tortured or have rights when all they want to do is kill all of us. Then only
“Change” he wants is the death of the “American Dream”. Capitalism is not our enemy, only rediculous policies. Our government couldn’t even help a little country like Haiti with their healthcare needs or even basic survival needs what makes us think that a government run healthcare system will save money and be any better than the DMV, workers with no real motivation. Obama – great talker, good intentions, bad ideas

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