The State of the Union is tonight. This will be President Trump’s first. Considering 90% of all media stories (print, radio and television) were negative for our 45th president, it’s amazing to see how much was accomplished in his first year. The confirmation of Judge Gorsuch, pulling the US out of bad trade deals, opening up energy exploration, passing major tax reform, lowering unemployment, increasing consumer and business confidence, winning support of foreign businesses and even staring down Chuck Schumer on the most recent government shut down. Any other president who had received the same onslaught of negative (and often fake) news stories would have wilted long ago. But, most of our recent presidents have been playing politics their whole life and live by those kinds of rules. Trump is a balls-to-the-wall businessman and does not follow the typical government playbook.
Now, I had a lot of fun with similar posts when President Obama was in office. And, since we are called Freedom Cocktail, I would be remiss if I did not come up with our own version of a State of the Union 2018 drinking game for our current Commander-in-Chief.
Tonight ought to be interesting, given that at least 11 Democrats have decided to boycott the SOTU. That means 11 less voices who could have used their time to boo the president, sit on their hands, put scowls on their faces or whatever else they wanted to show their disdain. Instead, it will only make the voices of his supporters that much louder. He seems to have a knack of getting his opposition to do the very thing he needs to help his cause, rather than hurt. And, what’s amazing, Democrats still keep playing into his hand.
Which brings me to the circus we can expect after the #SOTU, when we will then get to sit through hour after hour of political analysis. Most will be negative and I fully expect to hear misquotes and out-of-context paraphrases meant to deride the President. Beyond the talking heads, we may get treated to at least five Democrat minority responses. FIVE! If doubling and tripling down on the typical Democrat playbook hasn’t worked, maybe quintupling down will work. I feel like we should insert Einstein’s definition of insanity here. After all, the opponents of Trump have succumbed to a level of derangement syndrome that has really never been seen before.
Which brings me to how we can help both supporters and detractors alike — the #SOTU2018DrinkingGame! What is the State of the Union drinking game, you ask? It’s simple. Take a moment today and think about all of the words/phrases you might expect the President to use during his State of the Union and put them down on paper. As an option, you can choose to add a second column, detailing just how much you drink each time that word or phrase is uttered. Maybe it’s a shot! Maybe just a sip. You decide.
Here’s the list I’ve been working on for tonight:
Words, phrases or actions that result in taking a sip (liquor or wine) or a swallow (beer):
- Huge or Yuge
- Bigly or Big league (whichever you happen to hear)
- Let me tell you…
- Believe me (might want to limit this to 1-2)
- Takes a deep breath/sniffle into the microphone (might want to limit this to 3-4)
- Mentions any of the corporations who gave employee bonuses, increased starting wages or committed to invest in the United States
- Mentions historic tax reform bill
- Mentions the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch
- Bad deal (might want to limit this to 3)
- Makes that pinching, I’m squishing your head, hand gesture (might want to limit to 3)
Items that require a shot (or several large swallows of wine or beer):
- For every Democrat who leaves before the SOTU is complete
- For each cat-call or other opposition shout from Democrats
- For every scowl/head shake the camera operators cut to
- Anytime he can get the Democrats to stand and clap
There was a time when the State of the Union had it’s purpose, but that has long since been ignored. I wish we would go back to when the President would simply write out his State of the Union, present it to Congress and then have it shared on social media for all of us to read at our leisure. Alas, that ship sailed a long time ago.
For that reason, I’ll be playing the #SOTU2018drinkinggame with much gusto. For supporters, it will be a way to celebrate and for detractors, a way to cope with your sorrow.
BTW…if you are interested, I’ll be real-time tweeting throughout, so follow me on Twitter (@alanjsanders) and see how bad my typing gets by the end! I’ll just blame it on Siri.