News: State of the Union
Once, just once, I'd like to have a POTUS say, "The state of the union is ... well ... meh."
This annual TV ritual seems designed mostly to force people to get cable or satellite TV. Who watches this sort of thing for fun? Political junkies? Let's face it - nobody is going to be swayed or surprised by the speech, there's always going to be polite applause for the President (well, except for Tricky Dick), and everybody is gonna leave that chamber a couple hours older. I'm not sure it's safe gathering two of the three branches of the Fed.gov all in one conveniently destroyable place, either.
To paraphrase "Brazil," it's a waste of American time and paper.