[lit-ideas] Fw: State of the Union

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                  January 25, 2012
            Obama Risks Alienating Republicans By Using Facts
            Radical Tactic Sparks Outrage
            WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report) – In what some critics are calling 
the most radial tactic ever employed in a State of the Union Address, President 
Barack Obama risked alienating congressional Republicans last night by 
repeatedly using facts.

            Mr. Obama stirred controversy throughout the speech with his 
relentless references to facts, data, and things that have actually happened, 
all long considered the third rail of American politics.

            As the President made reference to tax rates and unemployment 
numbers, as well as sixteen separate mentions of Osama bin Laden, congressional 
Republicans’ blood began to boil.

            After the speech, a furious Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell 
told reporters, “It’s been a longstanding tradition in our politics not to use 
facts in a State of the Union Address, a tradition the President chose to 
ignore in an outrageous way tonight.  I won’t stand for it and the American 
people won’t stand for it.”

            “We want to work with the President for the good of the American 
people,” added House Speaker John Boehner.  “But he’s going to have to take 
facts off the table.  That’s a deal-breaker for us.”

            The President did not mention any of his GOP presidential rivals by 
name in his speech, but at one point said that government should be “leaner,” a 
blatant jab at former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

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