Why I’m Not Watching the SOTU

As I sit here typing away and working on various projects across all of my websites, a large share of the rest of America is curled up in front of their TVs watching Trump’s State of the Union Address. I’m not. I absolutely refuse to.

Now, before you get all upset and accuse me of skipping it just because of who is in the White House, let me quickly correct you. I do not care who is in the White House. The SOTU has long been a thorn in my side because it is so damn boring. Yes, I want to know how things are going in our country. Yes, I want to know what has been accomplished and what future plans are going to be. But please do not make me sit for two damn hours for what really seems to be about a 20-minute speech.

No matter who is in the Oval Office, he only manages to get out about two sentences before one-half of the House jumps up and applauds with a standing ovation and the other side respectfully (or maybe not so respectfully) disagrees in their own way. It’s annoying AF. And I think it is rude. Let the man talk and say what he needs to say. I couldn’t care less about your applause and cheering. I’m not a big fan of having my time wasted, and sitting through an hour-and-a-half of applause is wasting my time.

Yes, I know I can get a lot of other stuff done while people are doing their thing. But I don’t have to. You see, thanks to the magical world of the internet, I can get snippets and commentary on my own time from both sides. And yes, I like to take note of what both sides are saying. Remember, there’s always his side, her side, and the truth, as well as the political version of this phenomenon. There will be a transcript of the whole thing that I’ll be able to read in about 5-10 minutes (again, instead of sitting through hours of clapping) and then feel free to dissect on my own as I see fit. And perhaps some kind soul will take the time to edit the whole thing and just focus on what is actually being said and remove all of the annoying applause and cheering.

OK, I will also admit that I can’t stand the sound of Trump’s voice. But again, no matter who has been in office, I just have never had the patience to sit through the speech. I have tried many times over many years and from many presidents. Actually, I think the only time I really made it was probably if/when we were graded on watching it. I am a nerd, so if my GPA was going to be affected, you can bet your butt I was going to watch, even if I didn’t want to.

And I am also extremely tired and cranky today, so I don’t want to add to that if I can avoid it. The speech itself (again, no matter who was giving it) would likely lull me to sleep, but the applause would wake me back up again.

So more power to those of you who are powering through! I’ll compare notes with you tomorrow after I have read it.

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