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Updated Feb 13, 2013 - 1:15 pm

Chuck's List: Way to close it, Mr. President

A one-man opinion poll.

  • The Close

    The Close

    The best, most powerful moment of President Obama's speech was the close. Citing that an overwhelming number of ardent Second Amendment supporters are open to reform set the tone for a compassioned plea to reason. "They deserve a vote," he repeated again and again, recognizing Gabby Giffords among others in the attendance. And, come on, after Newtown, Aurora and Tucson, aren't we entitled to a vote? Vote against reform, if you'd like, but we're overdue a vote. The best story the president told was the remarkable tale of Wisconsin police officer Brian Murphy, who survived 12 shots to announce "that's just how we're made." Biden cried. Based on track record, I'm sure John Kerry did. And I teared up too.

  • Immigration Reform

    Immigration Reform

    We knew everyone was going to stand and applaud immigration reform. Republicans need to set the stage for 2016. Democrats want to rub the GOP's nose in it. But where I believe the president shined was letting bipartisan progress in this area speak for itself. Obama, no doubt, desires more to the recent bipartisan bill seeking immigration reform, but he must understand he's the most polarizing figure in Washington. So, wisely, he let progress own the moment and saved any nitpicking for the future.

  • Michelle's Arms

    Michelle's Arms

    I hear this has been a source of controversy. Really? Gun control, tax reform, illegal immigration and the amount of arm skin the first lady shows is keeping people at night? Ted Nugent's flavor savor was sharing the same room with the president and people were outraged by Michelle's lack of sleeves? For the record, I thought she looked great. Her arms have never looked better. She's never looked better. I think the president made a deal. "Honey, I win re-election and you Zumba."

  • Pie in the Sky

    Pie in the Sky

    "We can get this done" was the president's theme for the evening but "My Utopian America" should have been the title of the speech. Obama spoke of weening ourselves off oil, high-quality preschool for all and equipping high schools with the necessary finances to prepare young people for a high-tech economy. Sounds wonderful. And VERY expensive. Remind me again, how do you plan to cut the deficit? It would be nice if America could be at the forefront of prepping tomorrow's leader with the inevitability of an age of rapid technological development, but we can't even pay our best teachers a decent salary. Where you getting the funding for NASA Prep in every American community? People want to know that the economy isn't going to collapse again. They want to know the value of their home will grow. We need to fix what's on the ground before we again reach for the clouds.

  • Inflexibility


    I get it. You only received half of what you campaigned for. The president asked for raising taxes on the top two percent. Republicans in Congress agreed to the top one percent. The president claims he needs more revenue. Republicans insist he cut spending. During the address, President Obama made it clear he was going to ask for more tax revenue from the rich, but he displayed rigid resistance to reforming Medicare or Medicaid. Mr. President, we are living longer. Many Americans today are insulted by the notion that 65 is the retirement age. Don't be inflexible. Bend on Medicare, bend on Medicaid, and you'll break the GOP on raised taxes for the top two percent.

  • 'The right thing to do'

    'The right thing to do'

    The rallying cry of the night was "we can get this done" or "let's get it done" or "something that can be done" or anything that suggested there are things to do and we have the capacity to do them. By changing his bumper sticker phrase without warning, the president likely disappointed thousands -- dare I say, tens of thousands -- of college students who went to bed sober. Mr. President, when your catch phrase has been for months, "It's the right thing to do," people put together drinking games based on you saying, "It's the right thing to do." Then, when you say "It's the right thing to do" only once during a 60-minute speech, well, you end up ruining numerous well-devised plans. And you stand there with a straight face and claim you care about young adults in America.

About the Author

Career: My broadcast career began in 1990 at the age of 19. I've spent 19 of my last 21 years as a talk show host. Twelve years were spent in sports radio (only 3 in Phoenix), seven in music/comedy (most notably 103.9 The Edge), and now KTAR.

Education: BS at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (Illinois)

Family: 2 parents, 4 sisters, 2 brothers, 11 nieces & nephews

Favorite Food: Perfectly cooked salmon with asparagus

Favorite Spot in Arizona: My old house on Scottsdale Mountain

Favorite Movie: "Clarice, are the lambs still screaming?" (Silence of the Lambs)

#1 Sports Team: I don't root for teams

Outside interests: Writing, Sports, Reading, Eating


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