While Barack Obama was giving his State of the Union speech this week, he calmly hid the knowledge that he had ordered a successful raid by Seal Team Six to rescue hostages in Somalia. Mr. Obama never batted an eye. From the Washington Post:
Publicly, Obama did not tip his hand during his speech, though microphones picked up his congratulation to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta as he entered the House chamber Tuesday night. Obama pointed his index finger to Panetta and said, “Good job tonight. Good job.” Panetta smiled broadly.
Unknown to those watching the speech, Obama had learned shortly before that the operation to rescue American aid worker Jessica Buchanan and another hostage had been successful. Immediately after the speech, Obama returned to the White House to inform Buchanan’s father that she was safe and “on her way home,” according to a White House statement.
On the next night Governor Scott Walker gave the State of the State speech in Madison, Wisconsin, perhaps also with full knowledge of something he did not disclose to his listeners. From The Nation:
Just hours after he delivered a State of the State address that he hoped would set the tone for his campaign to avert a recall election threat, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was hit with exactly the sort of news that embattled politicians fear most.
Two former aides to Walker—one of whom was in the employ of his campaign until just days ago—have been charged with felonies and misdemeanors in the ongoing “John Doe” investigation of wrongdoing by aides, political allies and campaign donors with links to the embattled governor.
I can hear it now from the quibblers, that Walker didn’t know of more of his cronies being rounded up until after the speech. Still, this is a sharp contrast, and followers of Scott Walker should be embarrassed.