I had not intended to watch it, but switched on FoxNews at about 5:40 and was surprised that he was still in the middle of it. And he’s still going. He seems quite angry, shouting the speech rather than giving it. (And it seems others agree with me as a blogging friend observed as his Facebook status, “Why is the President yelling at us?”
“If you misrepresent what is in this plan, I will call you out.” Um, so does that mean he will be calling himself out?
UPDATE: Stephen Green drunkblogs to similar effect: “The president is LECTURING people he needs to win over. How’s that gonna go over, you think?” His summary:
Obama will see a brief spike in the polls, but not enough. He delivered a divisive speech to a divided nation — and that’s no way to spur a divided Congress into action.
I agree. Read the whole thing.
UP-UPDATE: Please note I include this post in the “Dishonest Democrats” category because of the way he misrepresented his plan and his critics. Hope to address this in a subsequent post.
UP-UP-UPDATE: Jim Geraghy also thought he “shouted” the speech:
Tonight, we saw a surprising amount of “shouting” delivery, and a lot of promises. A lot. A big reason the public skeptical is that they doubt any plan passed by Congress will meet the litany of pledges Obama offered this evening.