We’ll have to wait to see how the pundits spin President Obama’s big “laugh line” about how he’s seen members of Congress at “all those ribbon cuttings.” Was the deathly silence the result of shame, as the nation’s representatives were called out on pilfering all that money from Obama’s stash (i.e., your taxes) to spend on their own districts? You know, those shovel ready jobs that weren’t quite shovel ready by the president’s own admission?
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) February 13, 2013
Obama gets laughs w/ "I know that you want these job-creating projects in your districts. I’ve seen you all at the ribbon-cuttings" line.
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) February 13, 2013
Laughs, as in plural? Hey, PolitiFact, we heard you were looking for topics to investigate.
Obama mocks GOP for ribbon cuttings from stimulus govt spending programs – bold
— Mike Elk (@MikeElk) February 13, 2013
The swagger factor is definitely in evidence at #SOTU today, with joke about ribbon-cuttings etc. RT @RollCallAmanda Obama is cheeky tonight
— Rick Dunham (@rickdunham) February 13, 2013
"I've seen all those ribbon cuttings." The silence was deafening. Busted!!!
— Bill Harnsberger (@BillinPortland) February 13, 2013
POTUS teases members about how some oppose stimulus, but show up for "ribbon cuttings." #sotu
— Mike Memoli (@mikememoli) February 13, 2013
Obama just took a shot at Congress for touting ribbon cuttings in their districts with money from stimulus the GOP says they hate
— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) February 13, 2013
Word… y'all be stunting in them damn ribbon cuttings photo ops, then front on the programs that would create new jobs in your district.
— Jonathan Jelks (@JonathanJelks) February 13, 2013
Or, more likely, was the joke just a dud?
"Weird. Ribbon cuttings killed in rehearsal" — Comedy Obama #SOTU
— albertina rizzo (@albz) February 13, 2013
— Gawker (@Gawker) February 13, 2013
Ribbon cuttings ARE hilarious. #SOTU
— Baratunde (@baratunde) February 13, 2013
Unemployed are not laughing MT @dhenry: Obama's dumb joke: "I know u want those job-creating projects, I've seen u all at ribbon-cuttings."
— Katie Martin (@KtMartin17) February 13, 2013
— Lulu Lapin (@Lulu_Lapin) February 13, 2013