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February 5, 2014

The Muzak State of the Union

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He claimed the benefits of Obamacare by telling the story of Amanda Shelley, a woman he said would have gone bankrupt if not for the law, but conspicuously ignored why so many people have been dropped from their insurance, lost doctors — and won’t sign up despite the federal website being fixed.

He pointed to Misty DeMars, a mother of two from Oak Park, Ill., who until last year was always gainfully employed, as an example of why unemployment benefits should be extended but failed to address how his policies might have contributed to why so many Americans are no longer in the labor force or why the 1 percent are living large under his watch while so many like Mrs. DeMars can’t find work.

Perhaps most incongruous of all, he praised America’s long tradition of upward mobility and entrepreneurial spirit by highlighting two women from the bailed out auto industry. I don’t question their credentials, but couldn’t he have picked people from the myriad companies not so inextricably linked to government?

The one moment where speech and reality merged was when Mr. Obama praised the incredibly brave Sgt. First Class Cory Remsburg, blinded in one eye and disabled from wounds suffered from a roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan during his 10th deployment. As he said, “My fellow Americans, men and women like Cory remind us that America has never come easy.”

If Americans remember the speech, it will be because of Cory Remsburg, who could only clap with one hand and struggled to stand. He was a man for whom combat was not a political term and who deserved the television cameras lingering on him.

The rest of it, however, was an hour of forgettable, soothing Muzak designed to lift our collective mood and distract us from the troubles on everyone’s minds but not on his lips.

— Marta H. Mossburg is an independent columnist. Follow her on Twitter at @mmossburg.

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