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State Of The Union: Reactions And Commentary

State Of The Union: Reactions And Commentary

Good morning. Here's a quick look at some of the headlines and some of the early-morning-after commentary about last night's State of the Union address (which we live-blogged here):

-- "Obama Calls For Nation To 'Start Anew' ": President Barack Obama "acknowledged Wednesday the deepening cynicism Americans feel toward their government and called for mending what he characterized as a 'deficit of trust.' " (NPR.org)

-- "Obama Bids For Rebound?": The president, "seeking to recapture the promise of change that propelled him to the White House, returned to his pledge to remake Washington after a bruising first year that saw his approval ratings drop and his ambitious agenda falter." (The Wall Street Journal)

-- "Obama To Party: 'Don't Run For The Hills' ": Obama "vowed Wednesday night not to give up on his ambitious legislative agenda, using his first State of the Union address to chastise Republicans for working in lock-step against him and to warn Democrats to stiffen their political spines." (The New York Times.)

-- "Reality Check: President Obama Gropes For A Strategy": "It was inescapable that his 69-minute speech -- for all the rush of words and policy ideas -- was a document of downsized ambitions for a downsized moment in his presidency." (Politico)

-- "A Fighting Speech": "It was a terrific performance. He almost seemed to be having fun up there; he delivered the speech in a free, almost informal manner. It was easily digestible, user-friendly ... but it was also a fighting speech." (Liberal commentator Joe Klein at Time's Swampland blog.)

-- "A Meandering Speech": "The disconnect between the president and the American people has never been clearer. As the cameras panned to skeptical or incredulous members of Congress (and not just Republicans), the president blamed nearly everyone and everything for the failure of his agenda to date -- everything, that is, except for the substance of his policies. In a meandering speech in which he seemed somewhat smug but not really in command, he scolded the Supreme Court, Congress, and 'Washington.' " (Conservative Jeff Anderson at National Review's The Corner blog.)

-- In Poll, 83% Of Speech Watchers Approve Of President's Proposals: "A large majority of Americans who watched President Obama's State of the Union Address generally approve of the proposals he outlined in his speech, according to a CBS News Poll conducted online by Knowledge Networks immediately after the President's address. Of the randomly selected 522 speech viewers questioned by CBS, 83% said they approved of the proposals the President made." (CBS News.)

-- "Congress Reacts Politely." (Morning Edition.):

State Of The Union: Reactions And Commentary

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