What to Watch For in Obama's Speech

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2009 9:43 AM CDT
President Barack Obama gestures upon his arrival to deliver a speech on education at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Va., Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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(Newser) – President Obama has promised to “answer many of the big questions” tonight, but Mike Memoli of RealClearPolitics will be looking for answers to small questions, like:

  • Which Obama will show up? Will he be the fiery campaigner from Monday’s AFL-CIO meeting or President Teleprompter? Sadly, Robert Gibbs says it’ll be “less labor rally and a little bit more Congress.”

  • Can he turn down the public option heat? As usual, Obama will probably say he supports a public plan, but doesn’t want to make "perfect the enemy of good."
  • How will Democrats react? Which Democrats will stand and applaud which sections—and which will avoid reporters afterward because they didn’t like what they heard?
  • How will Republicans react? Will they applaud anything at all?
  • Will death panels make an appearance? Expect Obama to spend some of his 30 minutes discussing what’s not in the bill.