I can’t remember the last time I missed a State of the Union address. Even if it was a President I often disagreed with on policy, I still watched. Even if I disagreed, at least I would have some idea where the President was coming from.
Still I debated long and hard about watching President Obama this week, not because I didn’t want to hear what he had to sa; rather I was concerned about possible rude responses like the time a house member shouted out “liar.”
But I caved in, turned away from my favorite hockey team’s game, and watched. And lo and behold, there was no overt rudeness. My guess is that we owe the decent atmosphere to John Boehner. While we are not on the same political page, I have often admired Boehner’s savvy-ness. He knows full well that outrageous behavior by one of his members – as opposed to reasonable disagreement – would become the headline.