I didn’t watch the entire speech. What parts I did catch I found to be dull. I did catch the panel on FoxNews. Juan Williams liked the speech, but Charles Krauthammer did not, calling it one of the president’s worst, contending the Democrat failed to address the major issues.
That sage columnist found that the president defended the expansion of government despite the shellacking his party took in November. The content of the speech, Krauthammer said later, undermined his line that we do big things.
As the speech was beginning, Bruce emailed me a link to this post:
In an excerpt from President Obama’s state of the union address, Obama refers to this as “our generation’s Sputnik moment.”
A sharp operator on the Hill points out to me that the total cost of the Apollo program — America’s long-form response to Sputnik — was $25 billion, or $113 billion in inflation-adjusted dollars. Also known as one seventh of the stimulus bill.
REP. PAUL RYAN (R-WIS)’s RESPONSE FOR GOP: Not as upbeat as I would like. He started in a kind of staccato, but hit his stride (at least tone-wise) as he spoke. Nice critique of Obama’s big-government policies.
Now, with his reference to Lincoln, he’s becoming more upbeat, more Reaganesque (with the Gipper’s velvet voice and smooth delivery.)
(Brit Hume called this address “workmanlike.” I agree.)