Actually, the state of the union is bad. In fact, it is terrible owing to the arrogance of a president, who never possessed the skill set to be president.
The sequester? I don't know how many jobs will be lost or exactly what further damage will be done to a reeling economy. As observed by Charles Blow in his latest New York Times op-ed entitled "Poison Pill Politics" (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/02/opinion/blow-the-sequester-poison-pill-politics.html?_r=0):
"The deadline has passed. The sequester is in effect. And Congress is not in session.
We now know that our political system is broken beyond anything even remotely resembling a functional government.
The ridiculous bill was designed as a poison pill, but Republicans popped it like a Pez. Now the body politic — weak with battle fatigue, jerked from crisis to crisis and struggling to recover from a recession — has to wait to see how severe the damage will be."
But unlike Bob Woodward, Blows lacks the courage to acknowledge that the sequester was Obama's idea.
What about Woodward? What are the full implications of this imbroglio? As noted by Kathleen Parker in her latest Washington Post opinion piece entitled "Why the 'threat' on Bob Woodward matters" (http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/kathleen-parker-the-obama-white-house-threat-to-bob-woodward-matters/2013/03/01/f5d36d5e-82b3-11e2-b99e-6baf4ebe42df_story.html?hpid=z2):
"This is no tempest in a teapot but rather the leak in the dike. Drip by drip, the Obama administration has demonstrated its intolerance for dissent and its contempt for any who stray from the White House script. Yes, all administrations are sensitive to criticism, and all push back when such criticism is deemed unfair or inaccurate. But no president since Richard Nixon has demonstrated such overt contempt for the messenger. And, thanks to technological advances in social media, Obama has been able to bypass traditional watchdogs as no other president has."
Yes, the First Amendment is under attack.
Obama's new cabinet of thick-witted white guys? They are indeed the worst and the dumbest. We have John Kerry, who called Bashar al-Assad his "dear friend" and who is given to inventing new countries (see: http://jgcaesarea.blogspot.co.il/2013/02/vice-president-joe-biden-just-fire.html), as secretary of state. We have Chuck Hagel, an anti-Semitic imbecile, as secretary of defense. And Jack Lew, the former chief operating officer of Citigroup’s Alternative Investments, who doesn't "believe that deregulation was the proximate cause" of the 2008 American economic meltdown (see: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/09/21/obama-nominee-jacob-lew-f_n_732594.html?view=print&comm_ref=false), as secretary of the treasury.
Access to the president? An ambassadorship? All you need to do is pay money (see: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/23/us/politics/obamas-backers-seek-deep-pockets-to-press-agenda.html?pagewanted=all and http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/02/28/sources-obama-picks-for-ambassadorships-include-top-donors/?hpt=po_c2).
A rogue Iranian regime building nuclear weapons? The recent P5+1 talks in Kazakhstan brought no results, although the P5+1 is no longer demanding the closure of the underground Fordow facility. That Obama is one tough negotiator who knows how to bring those crazy mullahs to heel. Yeah, right.
Bottom line: I used to think that the cataclysm would come after my lifetime and that my children would be forced to deal with it. No more. Obama is literally bringing the house down.