Opinion | Can the State of the Union Match ‘White Lotus’?

A question that always carries with it a sense of discomfort during key presidential speeches: On a scale of 1 to Lauren Boebert, how will members of the opposing party behave disrespectfully? Often, the outsider is content to express his disagreement by not clapping — or vaguely grumbling. But you never know when someone is going to be great, like when Congressman Joe Wilson, a South Carolina Republican, shouted “”you lie!” at President Barack Obama during a September 2009 speech to a joint session of Congress. Or last year, when Mrs. Boebert, the pride of Colorado, interrupted part of Mr. Biden’s SOTU to screaming something about him putting soldiers in coffins. (Stay classy, ​​Lauren!)

Of course, when it comes to low key SOTU throw ballIt’s hard to get over Nancy Pelosi’s condescending applause for President Donald Trump in 2019, not to mention the fact that she tore up a copy of his speech. in 2020. (Former real speaker, Actually dislikes “whatshisname,” because she likes to call him.)

This time, anything feels possible. Tuesday will be Mr. Biden’s first appearance before the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, and with MAGA winged nuts dominating the convention. Will the chaotic monkeys be at their best, or will the compulsion to act become overwhelming? Notably, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene recently participated in the rebranding process, removing the madness and rising to the leadership position in a try ARRIVE sell yourself as a bridge builder in the conference. This new stab of respect almost makes her play better than usual, if for no other reason than to avoid embarrassing her new BFF, Mr. McCarthy. Alternatively, Mr. Biden may be lucky to get through Tuesday night without being filled with rotting product – at least in a metaphorical sense.

When it comes to the president’s policy wish list portion of the speech, there’s no reason to divulge details, especially this year. House Republicans have made it clear that they plan to spend their time in power investigate everything from Mr. Biden’s foreign policy decisions to his grade-level transcripts. So even urgent legislative issues with bipartisan appeal are likely to weaken.

Even so, the president needs to map out his vision. He is expected to clarify His intention to run for re-election is very soon, and SOTU is seen by many people as an early tout for a second term. Mr. Biden is likely to guide people through some of his prouder achievements to date, on issues ranging from infrastructure to climate change to gun safety. It is also a time for him to give his views on a range of hot-button issues such as inflation, debt ceilings, gun violence, the war in Ukraine and police reform. (Among the guests of the event were Tire Nichols’ parentsA man in Memphis whose death after being brutally beaten by police shocked the nation.)


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