The Salmon SotU.
The question before the board: below is a word picture of the reaction of NPR listeners to Tuesday’s State of the Union address (this can fairly be called a ‘receptive audience’ for a Democratic President). They were asked to describe the speech in three words: the larger the word in the picture, the more it was used – which presumably means the biggest word is | Read More »
NO! *BAD* MR. PRESIDENT! BAD!
NO BISCUIT! President Barack Obama will call for new government spending on infrastructure, education and research in his State of the Union address Tuesday, sharpening his response to Republicans in Congress who are demanding deep budget cuts, people familiar with the speech said. [snip] The new spending could include initiatives aimed at building the renewable-energy sector—which received billions of dollars in stimulus funding—and rebuilding roads | Read More »
Paul Ryan to give GOP SotU response.
The Washington Post reports that Representative Ryan will be giving it from the House Budget Committee room, which is simultaneously: nicely symbolic; and a reminder that there’s a reason why Ryan is now the House Budget Chair. It’s an interesting choice. As the WaPo noted, the last two choices were Governors Jindal (2009) and McDonnell (2010). While I actually liked Jindal’s response, there’s no denying | Read More »
My take on the speeches.
Obama: more than competent technical delivery. A lot less Bush/GOP bashing than might have been expected, although I missed the last fifteen minutes or so. He needed to smile more, he needed to talk more about hope, and he needed to convince me to save less every month and spend more. He failed in that last bit. IOW, he need Full Metal Unicorn, and didn’t | Read More »
Obama, his personal reputation, and his policy’s public perception.
(Via RCP) Is the New York Times feeling well? Obama Selling a New Deal, but Promising It Will Be Brief It was only 13 years ago that Bill Clinton declared before a joint session of Congress that “the era of big government is over.” President Obama’s challenge on Tuesday night is to declare that, out of ugly necessity, big government is back — and then | Read More »