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September 08, 2011


Reaction to Obama's Speech

President Obama delivered an impassioned speech to a joint session of Congress, but make no mistake: this was a political speech designed to fire up his supporters and draw lines of contrast with Republicans. Obama gave it away when he said, "You should pass it. I intend to take that message to every corner of the country."

It's a page from Harry Truman's campaign playbook.

The White House knows there's little chance the plan will be enacted when there's so little support for anything the president proposes. The president's policy proposals were bipartisan in nature but the reaction from Republicans in the chamber was just as partisan as it's been over the last three years. Then sat through most of it in stony silence.














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