Two big speeches were highlighted on Tuesday night: President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, and Colin Firth's as King George VI in 'The King's Speech.'
So, here's the context. President Obama is facing a very hostile House of Representatives, and a country that is torn on the efficacy of his presidency, though they all knew he could speak. Firth (as King George) faced a unified nation, but a country torn on the efficacy of his speech. Oh, and a swarming enemy that was invading his little island.
Both oversaw what could be considered empires at their crossroads. Here's a basic scorecard between the two.
President Obama vs. King George VI: Who had the tougher job?
|Hitler Problem||Being compared to him||Being invaded by him||Firth|
|Crazy Old Mentor||Joe Biden||Lionel Logue||Obama|
|Military Struggle||Terrorism||The Axis Powers||Firth|
|Pins||Tiny American Flag (he wore it!)||Sweet yet unearned military medals||Obama|
|Rallying Cry||Old Russian Satellite||Freedom||Firth|
|Awful Predecessor||George W. Bush||King Edward VIII||Obama|
|Elitism||Called an Elitist||Is an Elitist (a King!)||Obama|
|Wife||Michelle Obama||Helena Bonham Carter||Obama (not tougher, but more awesome)|
|National Unity||Senators rubbing elbows||Holding each other as bombs fell||Firth|
|Crazy Response||Michelle Bachman||Bombing of London||Firth|
|Outlook on Asia||Work with 'em||Fight 'em!||Obama|