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June 14, 2012

Reactions to Obama's Speech

President Obama gave a speech today that framed his re-election bid as a clear choice between government helping to lift the middle class and a return to Republican economic policies that led to a deep recession.

A few reactions:

Andrew Sullivan: "My bottom line? A home run. Simply constructed, carefully reframed, aggressive while positive: the Obamaites have been listening to critics and are responding. If this is his message, and if he is able to keep articulating it this clearly, he will win. And in my view, the experience of the last thirty years is that he should win. If I have to choose between a governing philosophy espoused by Bill Clinton or one espoused by George W. Bush, it's a no-brainer. And I can't stand Bill Clinton."

Greg Sargent: "The central idea in the speech -- that Washington is in a "stalemate" about how to move forward that only the American people can break -- was the answer to a clear strategic dilemma. Obama needs to figure out how to highlight GOP obstructionism of his policies in a way that will matter to the American people."

Ezra Klein: "One speech doesn't change an election, and this one won't, either. But the Obama campaign's line of attack does point to a difficulty for the Romney campaign in the coming months: Where can they show a sharp break with the policies of the Bush administration?"

Hot Air: "It took 54 agonizing minutes, the only silver lining of which is that the RNC will have plenty of material for the inevitable 'you've heard this all before' ad tomorrow."


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