Commentary: Obama's Defense of Obamacare, Iran Deal Rings Hollow

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Yahoo News invited voters to respond Tuesday night to President Barack Obama's 2014 State of the Union address. Here is one reaction.

COMMENTARY | President Obama's fifth State of the Union Address was a combination of cajoling, pleading, dissembling, and boasting that has featured many of his speeches during his administration. It was long and at times excruciating.

Along with the policy proposals, credit-taking and threats to take executive action over the wishes of Congress, two things jumped out. Those were the attempt to defend the indefensible (i.e. Obamacare) and the assertion that the United States had achieved "peace in our time" over Iranian nuclear weapons.

The section about Obamacare was remarkable in what went unmentioned, including the bug-laden signup website, the millions of Americans who have lost their health care insurance and the tens of millions who are yet to lose theirs. The president was defiant concerning efforts to repeal the health care law. As for reforming the law, he stated, "So again, if you have specific plans to cut costs, cover more people, and increase choice -- tell America what you'd do differently. Let's see if the numbers add up." But one should not hold one's breath waiting for a bipartisan bargain to fix the broken law, based on previous experience.

Obama's boast that he had halted Iran's progress toward acquiring nuclear weapons rang hollow. The agreement traded the lifting of sanctions for very little in return from Iran. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has stated that Iran's nuclear program was set back by only six weeks.

In short, the speech was a waste of time and of breath.

Mark Whittington lives in Houston.

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