Crisis Speech: To Bore, To Depress, To Uplift?

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When the country's economy is in trouble, the president — and his speech writers — have it tough. They must decide how to explain the crisis to the American public, and what tone to strike.

Chuck Raasch, national political correspondent for Gannett, says it's even trickier for this president than ones past. "Words don't mean what they once did," he writes, "when the debate is about trillions of dollars."

Tell us, how did President Obama's speech Tuesday night make you feel — reassured, or terrified?



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