Obama's State of Union Message: 'Game On'
Pundits see president's speech as a populist offensive
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 25, 2012 7:42 AM CST
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(Newser) – President Obama delivered a feisty, populist State of the Union address last night (excerpts here, pictures here), and naturally pundits are dissecting and grading it today. Here's what they're saying:

  • "Obama had a simple message for Republicans: Game on," writes Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post. What on the surface was a typical post-partisan Obama speech was actually full of populist challenges to Republicans. "This is Obama version 2.0: Harder, more cynical but perhaps also more effective."

  • Noted "Obamacon" Andrew Sullivan was disappointed, trashing the speech as a hodge-podge of liberal policies. "I was hoping for a vision. I was hoping for real, strategic reform," he lamented in his Daily Beast liveblog. "We voted for Obama; now we find we got another Clinton."
  • Steve Kornacki of Salon dubs it Obama's "99% speech," because the president drew battle lines around income inequality. "He's embracing the idea that there is [a] fundamental philosophical divide between the parties," convinced that it's "political suicide" to attempt compromise with intractable Republicans.
  • Mark Halperin of Time gives the speech a "B," saying that Obama "achieved a good balance between lofty and accessible" and was "fully in command of policy," but that "the speech was clearly poll-tested to within an inch of its life."

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Jan 25, 2012 8:55 PM CST
CBS: 91% approval rating for the President's State of the Union speech. Read it and weep GOP. OBAMA 2012 - Game on!!!!
Jan 25, 2012 8:43 PM CST
Same old bullsh&t. Talk is cheap. Too bad so many are still fooled by the Obamacon.
Jan 25, 2012 3:05 PM CST
You know what, all this talk of optimism really doesn't translate into action. From my prospective, his optimism is faulty considering we still are not out of debt. I myself, as a college student, has seen my tuition costs rise, both my parents lose jobs, gas prices increase, taxes on part-time income and seasonal income increase, job prospects become only more grim and the possibility of me having to take out more loans slowly become more of a certainty. My family has done nothing but work for an honest living, coming from humble beginnings and work their way up to provide for me and my sibling. To see that all be shrugged off by a president who wants to give more to welfare recipients who do nothing to get jobs in some cases and to see the economy nosedive and impact my way of life due to government mismanagement and fraudulent business practices is sickening. I don't care about speculations or optimism. I want real improvement. And this guy isn't doing it for me.