reaction: heck, even mark halperin was blown away

Time: Whatever happens next, the president’s 2011 State of the Union speech represents not a new Barack Obama, but a return to the original version.  You know the one. The magnetic Barack Obama of the “Red American/Blue America” 2004 Democratic convention speech. The distinguished Barack Obama whose non-ideological best-selling book captivated the nation. The inspiring Barack Obama whose post-partisan rhetoric and promise won him the White House with decisive support, including from independent voters.

…he delivered one of the strongest efforts yet at explaining his rhetorical theory of the case for how his policies will create jobs in America. And he laid even more of a trap for Republicans, whose challenge to cut spending without damaging valuable programs or raising taxes grows more difficult by the day (and the president knows it).

…Obama’s presentation was close to flawless: upbeat and animated, leisurely and assured… by returning to his rhetorical roots – as a progressive who believes America can meet its challenges only by working across partisan lines and rejecting tired old politics and extremist demands – Obama harnessed the momentum he has had following his December bustle and Tucson leadership to achieve a soaring State of the Union.


True, there are a few predictable bits of nonsense from Halperin in the piece, but we should give him credit: it’s the first thing he’s written in about two years that didn’t mention the half-term ex Alaskan Governor. Maybe he’s suddenly noticed this President is a rather good? Welcome to the real world, Mark 😉


“Reaganesque”? 🙄

CBS: An overwhelming majority of Americans approved of President Obama’s overall message in his State of the Union on Tuesday night, according to a CBS News Poll of speech watchers.

According to the poll, which was conducted online by Knowledge Networks immediately after the president’s address, 91 percent of those who watched the speech approved of the proposals Mr. Obama put forth during his remarks, while only nine percent disapproved.

Specifically, 82 percent of those who watched the speech said they approve of the president’s plans for the economy, up from 53 percent who approved before the speech.


Even Politico – !!!!!! – conceded it was a triumph. Oooh, I bet that hurt.

President Obama’s second State of the Union was a “personal triumph” that received strong, positive reactions from Democrats and Republicans, according to an instant analysis from the polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner.

The firm monitored the reactions of swing voters and unmarried women from Colorado as they watched the speech. According to the analysis, before the address, the test group’s approval of the president was 30 percent – by the end of the speech, the approval rating had gone up to 56 percent.

The sample group responded very strongly to Obama’s key economic concepts, as well as to his call to educate, innovate and build. Two of the strongest moments of the night were when Obama referred to the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” and when he called on millionaires to be taxed more.


Paul Begala: Obama’s SOTU: Putting the Jam on the Lower Shelf So the Little People Can Reach It …. We have long known that Barack Obama can do the “vision thing.” In this State of the Union address, though, he did the specific thing … President Obama spoke directly to those people — the ones Bill Clinton calls “walkin’ around folks.” I suspect a lot of those folks will be lining up to march behind the plainspoken, commonsense, practical leadership President Obama is offering.


CNN: A majority of Americans who watched President Obama’s State of the Union address said they had a very positive reaction to his speech, according to a poll of people who viewed Tuesday night’s address.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey indicated that 52 percent of speech watchers had a very positive reaction, with 32 percent saying they had a somewhat positive response and 15 percent with a negative response.


And even Paul Krugman struggled to find anything to make him OUTRAGED!!!!

Paul Krugman: Considering the rumors a few weeks ago, which suggested a cave on Social Security, this wasn’t too bad. Obama said that we’re going to do something about Social Security, but unclear what. And in general he at least somewhat stood his ground against the right. In fact, the best thing about the speech was exactly what most of the commentariat is going to condemn: Obama did not surrender to the fiscal austerity now now now types.

Simon Tisdall (The Guardian): This speech was about vision, leadership, and next year’s presidential election. It scored well on all three fronts. Obama was both stark and optimistic. He told Americans something they may not want to hear: that a country that has dominated the world for so long now risks being overtaken by China and other rising powers.

But Obama said America’s fate was in its own hands. Through increased investment in education, research and innovation, the US could reassert its global primacy. He was confident it would prevail. While calling for increased bipartisanship, Obama threw down the gauntlet to Republicans. He dared them to follow his lead in confronting America’s problems, rather than try to obstruct him. Significantly he made no apology for his landmark healthcare reforms.

….The speech will add momentum to Obama’s recent resurgence in the opinion polls. It positions him as a national rather than a sectional leader. It showed he has a clear vision of America’s path forward. And his message, in hard times, was one of infinite possibility, unity and positive endeavour. The Republicans in contrast were implicitly painted as mean, divisive, negative – and leaderless … Last night Obama looked like a winner again. It was his Apollo 13 moment.

30 Responses to “reaction: heck, even mark halperin was blown away”

  1. 1 LOL
    January 26, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Ha, I was going to mention this. The King of beltway and winning the week himself. The man who claimed Dick Lugar, could be Obama’s Veep, the man who said Obama bringing up McCain’s 7 houses would be bad for …..Obama. Anyways, I’ll talke the prez advice and don’t litigate the past. Just wanted to share that 92% of SOTU watchers in a CBS poll approved of the pres speech. Yes, 92%. I honestly think that unless you are a rabid foam at the mouth right/left winger, you can’t help but approve of the speech.

  2. 2 Tally
    January 26, 2011 at 12:07 am

    I never saw the original one go away. He’s always been there. I don’t know what everyone else has been drinking, but I’m glad I wasn’t exposed to it.

    • 3 EDP4BHO
      January 26, 2011 at 7:02 pm

      I’m with you Tally. All I can do is shake my head at those who would not listen. He hasn’t changed, but he is changing things.

  3. 4 Me4obama
    January 26, 2011 at 12:12 am

    First. My watch party went well with all my guests.I might tell u today I believe that if u can change a room, u can change a city. If u can change city u can change a state. If u can change a state u can change a country. If u can change a country u can change the WORLD. Today am proud to say I changed a room. Goodnite favorite friends.

  4. 7 dotster
    January 26, 2011 at 12:32 am

    Way to go me4obama. I was anxious to hear how it went with your diverse group.

  5. 8 Kelly
    January 26, 2011 at 12:45 am

    It’s funny that the Pres is the same, he has not changed. Even this speech is nothing different from what I have heard him say time and time again. I guess these pundits have to spin the story this way so people don’t notice that they have not been doing their job. The man they are “rediscovering” is the same man I have stood with and will continue to stand with through thick and thin.

    Fab speech from our POTUS and he looked absolutely stunning. ❤ 😀

  6. 11 Obama Proud
    January 26, 2011 at 7:30 am


    His words are stunning, his vision is stunning, his strength is stunning, his character is stunning, his brain is stunning.

    Oh and he is hot as hell . . .

    From the “other” Kelly

  7. 12 Fred
    January 26, 2011 at 7:35 am

    my watch party went well as well;I didn’t have any TeaNuts but a few Rethugs and they liked it 😀

    I almost spit out my wine when they said “Reaganesque” which made my Conservative friends 😆

    The media is talking ” come back” but the truth is the President NEVER went away;the press and some of the American people didn’t pay attention to him but his message and tone have ALWAYS been the same 🙂

    Mr President well done Sir 😀

    • 13 Dorothy Rissman
      January 26, 2011 at 1:52 pm

      Chipsticks, you knocked it out of the park with this diary.

      I also attended a watch party in my neighborhood. I got into a disagreement with a frustrati (complaining progressive) about a number of issues.

      Seattlites are uber progressive and want to change everything and to do it in a matter of days. I am very happy with my president. I am sure there must be some more pragmatic progressives in town, I just never run into them.

      It was a magnificent SOTU speech.

      • 14 tally
        January 26, 2011 at 1:58 pm



        I was in Seattle in Nov of ’09 for the MLS CUP Final (Salt Lake beat my Galaxy because Landon Donovan missed a penalty kick – FFS!!!!) Totally fun town and übercool peeps!

        • 15 Dorothy Rissman
          January 26, 2011 at 4:57 pm

          It is a cool city. Lots to do, very casual, which I love, and I have always been a progressive. Some times people set their goals so high that the goal becomes unattainable. Glad you had a great time.

          I knew when that woman said to me, Well, I canvassed, make phone calls, and donated money. Anytime I hear someone say that, I know they are going to be trouble. Well, I did too missy. There.

  8. 16 Sonjia Duncan
    January 26, 2011 at 9:17 am

    I had to turn off my tv to keep my blood pressure from rising. I can’t understand the refusal of the media to admit that the President is doing what he said he was going to do and to give him credit for what is being done.

  9. 17 Theo67
    January 26, 2011 at 11:50 am

    I was stunned that Lawrence O’Donnell spent a fair bit of time critiquing the “joke” about the plane, and instructing how the “joke” should have been said. First, I don’t think it was meant to be a joke – it was an analogy. Second, what the Republicans plan to do with the economy is as serious and as devastating as a plane crash, in my opinion. I think the analogy of removing an engine from a plane is exactly what the Republicans are trying to do to the economy that is just starting to soar. People’s lives actually are at stake, and the health adn future of the country is in jeopardy. Third – Lawrence O’Donnell needs to stop looking for things to complain about, and just appreciate that the President is a smart man who doesn’t need his advice. If O’Donnell wants to write jokes, maybe he can ask to help out for the White House Correspondence Dinner prep and leave the serious stuff to the grown-ups.

    • January 26, 2011 at 11:54 am

      Wow, I didn’t hear O’Donnell Theo, that’s beyond belief. It sounds like he’s trying way too hard to impress the Professional Left viewers still in mourning after Keith’s departure. Is that honestly the best he can do? Focus on a jokey analogy rather than the substance of the address? If he’s not careful he’ll end up on Fox.

    • 19 VC prezOfan2
      January 26, 2011 at 12:07 pm

      ‘If O’Donnell wants to write jokes, maybe he can ask to help out for the White House Correspondence Dinner prep and leave the serious stuff to the grown-ups.’


    • 20 Dorothy Rissman
      January 26, 2011 at 2:05 pm

      Well stated Theo! Lawrence was indeed a grinch last night. I did not to listen to the MSNBC pundits after 10 minutes of dialogue. I muted the tellie because I knew what they would be saying. Ed is unbearable, Rachel is on and off for me, and Chris is a bit of a scatterbrain, but I know that he really likes this President. I actually pretty much gave up watching MSNBC months ago. I feel much happier now.

    • 21 Chi
      January 26, 2011 at 6:39 pm

      O’Donnell’s a self-important flake who has to play to the Jane Hamsher and Adam Green crowd…

      That’s who he constantly insists are President Obama’s angry base…

      You know, the ones that keep insisting they elected him all by themselves and are mad as hell that he has failed to give them the moon and utopia…

      • 22 tally
        January 26, 2011 at 6:44 pm

        If they think they can run the country better, then need to run for office, any office, maybe even POTUS.

        Until then, they need an ice cold Big Gulp™ of STFU.

  10. 23 VC prezOfan2
    January 26, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Morning everyone! I’ve had a good night’s sleep, so I’m wide enough awake to apologize for my dumb ‘feeling’ comment about the President’s speech last night. In my defence I’ll just say that it came so soon after the Tuscon speech which was so emotional, that my emotions were waiting to be addressed. Duh – this was more a time for goals and plans, etc, VC!! I’ve recovered now, so please forgive me? ;/

    Having said that – Chipstick, you have gathered together some awesome pictures – THANKS! You know, I think the Secretary of State really loves our President. Also, she has seemed so much more relaxed in the past year!

    • January 26, 2011 at 12:19 pm

      Hiya VC – hey, don’t ever apologize for expressing your honest opinions! I’ve no interest in any one commenting here who comes from the starting point of opposing/disliking the President, but anything you say comes from a supportive position, and that’ll do for me. 😉 We shouldn’t ever be reluctant to be honest!

      I think the address was, in some ways, similar to the President’s inaugural speech – all the pundits anticipated ‘soaring rhetoric’, so were thrown off guard when it was a much more forensic speech that addressed the issues. So I can understand how you felt that way initially last night, although I think he succeeded in doing both: dealing with specifics and uplifting the nation!

      So, no more apologies you! Speak from your heart! 😉

    • 25 tally
      January 26, 2011 at 12:23 pm

      Hillary looked GORGEOUS last night. (And the lighting in that room is awesome!)

  11. 26 Fred
    January 26, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    “The firm monitored the reactions of swing voters and unmarried women from Colorado”


    I get the swing voter part but unmarried women???

    What I want to know is how the numbers looked from the firm that monitored midgets and rodeo clowns!

  12. 28 majii
    January 26, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    God most definitely answers prayers. This is the reason why I think that with everything the republicans have thrown at our president, he is still victorious. The republicans may be able to successfully lie to the American people, but they can’t lie before God and get away with it. I have been praying and will continue to pray for PBO, our nation, and all of the peoples of the world.

    • 29 Chi
      January 26, 2011 at 6:45 pm

      You are absolutely spot Majii…

      God is truly in control and good will always trump evil…

      President Obama will triumph and America will be infinitely better for having him as President…

  13. 30 vitaminlover
    January 27, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    This is MY President!

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