Obama’s Musical Airs: Speech ‘Had Some Music To It’ Bob Schieffer CBS

“He certainly wasn’t pushing for smaller government.” Howard Kurtz The Daily Beast.

Obama SOTU

Dylan Byers Politico:  President Barack Obama delivered an “effective” State of the Union address that took an emotional turn at the end with the emphasis on gun violence, members of the media said after his speech on Tuesday.

CBS’s Bob Schieffer called the speech much “better” than Obama’s inaugural address, which he said had come across as a “partisan lecture.”

“I mean, the president’s inaugural address had sort of a partisan lecture tone about it,” Schieffer said after Obama wrapped. “This was a political speech, but it was well-written, it had a beginning, a middle and an end.”

The speech, he said, “had some music to it, as they used to say.”

Michelle Obama SOTU

“He coined a few phrases in there, talked about the unfinished task before us, sort of reminiscent of what Lincoln said in the Gettysburg Address, but all in all I thought this was a much better speech than we heard on his inauguration,” Schieffer said.

Fox News’ Charles Krauthammer, meanwhile, called the State of the Union address “effective — it did what he had to do.” The speech also placed Obama’s “activist government” philosophy at the center, Krauthammer said.

“It started with one sort of political objective, which was to get way out front on the sequester issue with the deadline coming up on March 1 and painting the Republicans as the party of the rich, protecting loopholes and he has the defender, the middle class, Medicare, all of this other stuff,” he said. “Important to do, he hit hard and he did it early in his speech when I presume he’d have the largest audience. And the rest is sort an explanation of his political philosophy. It’s a philosophy of solidarity, one citizen helping another.”

And with his focus on gun control at the finale, Krauthammer said that Obama will “endanger” red state Democrats.

“But I think he’s looking for his legacy,” he said. “He’s not looking for a senator her or there in the Congress. He wants to be remembered for a man who changed America, that’s what he said, started with Obamacare, and now this litany of programs. He says you can’t cut your way to prosperity — this speech is about spending your way to prosperity.”

On NBC, Savannah Guthrie also zeroed in on Obama’s section on guns, saying “he played the best card he had in a very political fight, which is the emotion card.”

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 @ 6:58 AM

  • Jimbotalk

    Quote of the speech:  “The American people don’t expect government to solve every problem.”

    • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis


    • Jimbotalk


    • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

      His hubris now that he’s won another term is appalling. 

    • John Cobb

      Marty, you know the world of DC better than most, why do I get the feeling his next four years will be…um…rougher than the first, which is saying something.

  • Sentinel

    Yep, reminded me of that little nursery rhyme about monkeys jumping on the bed.

  • 4lsanday

    To celebrate what i anticipated would be a continuation of obamas assault on our second amendment rights ,I purchased a new handgun yesterday afternoon.

    • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

      Good for you! Which one?
      Via BlackBerry

  • John Cobb

     ‘Had Some Music To It’ —

    Yeah, the Beatles “taxman” comes to mind…

    “be thankful he doesn’t take it all”