I only heard clips on the radio, and I’ve only just turned on the idiot box to hear the blather, but apparently his speech was well received.
I did see a clip where Obama listed the tax cuts he signed into law last year, and the Republicans were still sitting on their hands with sour looks (McCain was the worst!). He cracked a joke, “I thought that would earn some applause from you,” and a few of them clapped.
McCain’s on Larry King right now whining about the lack of bipartisanship from Obama. And I mean whining. High pitched.
Did anybody watch it? Yeah, yeah, I know. It’s all talk. Doesn’t mean anything. Blah, blah. But it’s good political theater, and it does actually means something to a lot of people.
I’d like to see this moment of the speech. From a TPM poster:
Maybe it’s just because I’m a poli sci major turned lawyer, but that moment when he turned to the Supremes and took them directly to task for Dred Scott II the Citizens United opinion, and then watching the majority look completely taken aback as the other branch of government stood up, looked at them and cheered actually stunned me a bit.
McCain did force a compliment out of his mouth for Obama. Kind of mandatory since it was McCain’s law which was slapped down. The old McCain’s that is, but McCain’s nevertheless.
Apparently Alito wasn’t happy.
Chris Matthews delivered an odd comment: “I forgot he was black tonight.”
And Joe what’s-his-name’s 15 minutes are over. He obviously took his medication. No wackoid outbursts tonight.
Addendum: It does appear that the speech did Obama and the Democrats some good.
Second addendum: Mike Thompson commenting on the speech doesn’t really say where he falls on health care at this point, except to say that Obama needs to show “leadership” on the issue. And he is backing Obama’s call for discretionary spending freezes, which is absolutely amateurish and detrimental policy in a recession where even most conservative economists will tell you that deficit spending is actually necessary to stimulate the economy. Granted 25 billion a year isn’t that big on the scale of things, but it could make a difference for tens of thousands looking for work. And exempting military spending from the strategy is even more detrimental as we have seen some of the worst graft, pork, and unaccounted for money in that area than all the others put together. Anybody remember that 10 billion or whatever which simply disappeared in Iraq a few years ago? We could use that money right now.
Third addendum: Nate Silver analyzes some numbers in the speech. Not the ones you’re thinking of. I hope he’s getting paid for his time! The graph tallying the buzz words of various SOTUs is a mere sample.