Do We Care About the President's Iraq Speech?

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

President Obama speaks during a televised national address from the Oval Office of the White House August 31, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Brendan Smialowski/Getty)

President Obama addressed the country last night, marking the official end of U.S. combat operations in Iraq. Balancing his own former opposition to the war with congratulating the troops required Obama, a gifted orator, to thread several rhetorical needles, but a larger question remains: do people care what Obama had to say about Iraq?

Kathleen Hall Jamieson, professor of communications and director of the Annenburg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, looks at his speech, and considers how much time he actually spent on Iraq, and how much he spent talking about the economy - the public's number one concern right now.


Kathleen Hall Jamieson

Produced by:

David J Fazekas

Comments [1]

Robert from NYC

I personally do not care about the speech. I had it on only because I watch Olbermann then tuned out about 3 minutes into the speech because I just don't care about this administration. As far as I personally am concerned it has failed me for the reasons I voted it in. I cannot say I'm sorry about that vote, I sure wouldn't want McCain and whoever he would have brought in, but I don't think there are people in the current administration who are much different with different ideas than those whom McCain would have brought in to do "the job".l

Sep. 01 2010 10:08 AM

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