What the hell does that have to do with the State of the Union?
Seriously. This is what Article II Section 3. of the U.S. Constitution says:
[The President] shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient;
Where exactly in there do you read "He will run through a list of random citizens who did noteworthy or heroic things that have nothing to do with the U.S. government or the state of the country as a whole?" Is it just implied?
Then there's the Baby Einstein lady. Baby Einstein videotapes are one of those things that seem like they should be a good idea but in fact are not. They haven't been shown to have any measurable effect on IQ or scholastic aptitude or anything (At least not compared with parents directly interacting with their children. They may be better than Barney.) So Bush is congratulating her for what, exactly? Making a bunch of money? Selling out to Disney?
This kind of absurd posturing always leaves me bewildered. What's the message we, the public, are supposed to take away from it?
"Here are some people who did good stuff. They are Americans. Therefore America rocks?"
Couldn't you drag out the BTK killer and Joe Francis and go "We're fucked?"