Did the President's Address Do Enough to Impress Voters?

Friday, September 09, 2011

President Obama's address last night was seen by many as a crucial political moment — a chance for him to reinvigorate support for his strategy on the economy and job creation. Obama's approval rating has been at an all-time low, so the stakes were high. He needed to reach the electorate and instill confidence in voters. How well did he do? This is the question we’re discussing with constituents from around the country.

Laura Richards, who owns two California Tortilla restaurant franchises in Maryland, is one of the small business owners the president's plan aims to help. Charlie Herman, business and economics editor for WNYC and The Takeaway, talks about whether the plan could actually have a stimulative effect on the economy.

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On a minor point but apparently a major one for the left is that the President claimed Lincoln founded the Republican Party which was not true.
After obsessively deriding the casual historical musings of Palin and Bachmann, will the media mock this mistake?

Of course not. It was only a diligently prepared teleprompter speech by a President in a joint session of Congress.

Sep. 09 2011 11:22 AM
Angel from Miami, FL

Someone called into the radio show and said that the speech was "a little too late". OMG! Is it too late? Does the nation implode now? If so, I'd like to row on out to the middle of a lake with Winona Ryder and bring along my sax, some tequila, and some Bach. And watch the fireworks of our country's demise.

Sep. 09 2011 09:40 AM

I just heard Celeste Headlee say that the downgraded rating of the U.S, debt was not due to budget fundamentals, but was due to "divisivness in Washington."

It is my understanding that Standard & Poor's had been working on its downgraded rating for weeks, and that Washington "divisivness" (surely 'blame the Republicans' in Celeste's intended parlance) is NOT to blame.

Sep. 09 2011 08:47 AM

Could it be the gimmicks offered in the speech are meant to impress journalists and supporters but not real world business owners. Token tax breaks to hire an employee does no favors if business is slow.
...but it sure sounds good in a speech and that's what counts when your running for office.

"Divisiveness in Washington which led to the downgrade"
Does that mean the debt ceiling should have been raised last year when the Democrats controlled the Congress rather than deliberately passing the buck to the Republicans who were duly elected to cut the massive deficit and thus causing the awful "divisiveness"?

Sep. 09 2011 08:31 AM
sharon d'amore

i thought it was a great speech. one of his best. he covered all the bases including the hatred b/w republicans and democrats. now he has to follow through and get the american people to rally around his proposals so they can get congress to pass a job package that will get this country moving. republicans and democrats have to put aside their differences to get this done. let's hope they can do that for the sake of our country.

Sep. 09 2011 07:53 AM

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