State of the Union Reactions
I know I am a little late in this. Many others have already posted their reactions to the State of the Union speech. Rather than simply add my 2 cents, I thought I would give you a sampling of some reactions from the legacy media.
We'll start with the Grey Lady. The reporting of the speech was here, but the op-ed here is even more telling. Given all of the ground that the President covered in his speech (health care, tax cuts, cutting spending, immigration, more programs etc) the Times chose energy to be the core of their daily attack on the President.
"If Mr. Bush wants his final years in office to mean more than a struggle to re-spin failed policies and cement bad initiatives into permanent law, this is the place where he needs to take his stand. And he must do it with far more force and passion than he did last night."
Sigh....so predictable. The Washington Post review of the speech here, couldn't make up it's mind if it liked the speech or not.
The Age (Australia) declared that the President offered a "modest" menu of proposals but was overall more temperant in it's treatment of the speech.
The Globe and Mail (Canada) ran with this AP recap of the speech which said that the President was "weakened" after what was the toughest year of his Presidency.
The LA Times disagreed with it's corporate sister in New York on the impact of the speech, saying that the President "hit all the right notes" and found it "refreshing" that a President and Texas oilman would admit that the country is addicted to oil.
Closer to home, the Chicago Tribune echos the President's call for health care reform and offers some ideas where we can start! Great work.
The Star Tribune, not to be outdone by the NY Times used this op-ed to just trash the speech. I don't know what they were watching, but it was not the same speech that I saw....
Lastly, for a laugh, comes this from Arianna Huffington. Posting on her blog HuffPo, posted this on the Democratic response to the speech:
"All my worst fears about the Democratic response to the State of the Union address being given by Virginia Gov Kaine were realized tonight when he completely failed to take on the president on his greatest vulnerability -- the war in Iraq,"
Well, if the fever swamp on the left is reacting this badly, it must have been a hum-dinger of a speech.