OK, all of this has been talked to death but I am surprised I beat JJV to this, although he has been in denial/despair about the GOP plus he has the culture war to fight. Also, my disgust with the Soviet-style spectacle of "stormy prolonged applause"* after every sentence makes for grim watching even if I happen to agree with what was being said, and affects my ability to pay attention while simultaneously gritting my teeth. Nevertheless, my observations about the State of the Union:
1) Is it just me or was Cheney struggling to keep a straight face during the part about reducing oil consumption? I mean sure, so was Bush, but still.
2) I was alarmed by the synchronized Presidential-Vice Presidential water drinking. First of all, it kills the whole point of Cheney's ventriloquist act. Also, I thought that the President and Vice President were supposed to sip alternately so that they don't run the risk of a simultaneous choke/spit-take. Pelosi, realizing the succession implications, wisely refrained from imbibing.
3) The announcement to increase the size of the armed forces by 92,000 was not accompanied by the logically necessary federalization of the Boy and Girl Scouts, so I don't see how that's going to happen.
4) I had read a fair bit about freshman Representative Michelle Bachmann (Wacko-MN) but was not prepared for the Magnetic Hand of Presidential Contact she inflicted on a clearly bemused President Bush while marginally-less-bemused security types hovered nearby.
5) Shorter ending: "P.S., the state of the Union is strong." That is the first time I can recall that required piece of kabuki slipped in at the end. I thought you were always supposed to open with a joke.
*A staple of transcripts of Soviet leaders' speeches before (occasionally pre-) captive audiences.