Last night I recorded The President’s SOTU address along with MSNBC’s comments on my DVR. Today, I finally saw the speech.
The speech, as far as an overall view, was pretty good. In fact, VERY good. It appears The President wanted to bring a change in tone with regard to politics in Washington, D.C. (sigh) Good luck with that Mr. President.
The Right (GOP) feel they have a winning stratergy with their “just say no” policies. They are not about to backtrack now, in an election year. However, it appeared that The President dared the GOP to join him and his party in getting America back on her feet. It aint gonna happen, Mr. President.
This is a mid-term election year and they are going to “stay the course” with their scorched earth policy of NO, regardless of the damage done by their action! Perhaps to their detriment or perhaps to their benefit. Whatever the outcome of this tactic by the GOP, November 2010 will reveal the folly or the wisdom of their decision.
Still, I believe most of the country understood the POTUS’ dillemma and support his efforts:
A CBS instant poll after last night’s speech found that 83 percent of speech watchers liked President Obama’s proposals and 70 percent said Obama shares their priorities for the country, up from 57 percent before the speech. Forty-eight percent of speech watchers in a CNN poll had a very positive response to the speech while 30 percent had a somewhat positive response.
The end of the speech had me standing up and cheering! The words were extremely powerful:
We don’t quit. I don’t quit. Let’s seize this moment, to start anew, to carry the dream forward, and to strengthen our union once more.