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Deja Vu At the State of the Union


Someone at the Republican National Committee noticed that a lot of what President Obama had to say during his 2012 State of the Union address sounded awfully familiar. 

With amazing speed – doubtless assisted by the sure knowledge that Obama wasn’t about to start having new ideas this late in his career – they put together a side-by-side video comparison with previous speeches Obama has given.  The result is a video entitled “Familiar Rhetoric, Failed Record.”  It’s more like a broken record. *

* Note to younger readers: Audio data used to be stored on large disks called “records,” which were much larger than CDs.**  These were placed on a mechanical turntable and rotated, while a needle moved across the grooves cut into the record.  If the record became scratched, the needle would skip, and the same sounds would be played over and over again.

** Note to even younger readers: Audio data used to be stored on CDs, which were plastic disks encoded digitally and read by a laser beam.  Bad music could be conveniently repurposed as beverage coasters, or tossed around the room in a spirited game of Frisbee.


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John Hayward began his blogging career as a guest writer at Hot Air under the pen name "Doctor Zero," producing a collection of essays entitled Doctor Zero: Year One. He is a great admirer of free-market thinkers such as Arthur Laffer, Milton Friedman, and Thomas Sowell. He writes both political and cultural commentary, including book and movie reviews. An avid fan of horror and fantasy fiction, he has produced an e-book collection of short horror stories entitled Persistent Dread. John is a former staff writer for Human Events. He is a regular guest on the Rusty Humphries radio show, and has appeared on numerous other local and national radio programs, including G. Gordon Liddy, BattleLine, and Dennis Miller.

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