My reaction? As always, an excellent speech. Said all the right things, challenged the banks, proposed things we very much need. But I already thought this. I want to see him willing to fight for all this now. And when I say fight, I mean fight. I mean forget the Republicans, and treat them like the losers they are. There is no reason to listen to them or talk to them, and they have no intention of working with him. If a fly is buzzing around your head, you don't reason with it. You ignore it or swat it.
Show me, Obama. Please.
As for the GOP response, listening right now: having an audience doesn't change that this is sad boilerplate they would have applied to any speech and I'm falling asleep just listening. I am, though, waiting to see if Mr. Generic White Republican whose name I've already forgotten comes out in favor of puppies and sunshine. Seriously, these are Obama's opponents who are holding him at bay? These losers? I'd be embarrassed to let them win if I were him.
"Eternity in the company of Beelzebub, and all of his hellish instruments of death, will be a picnic compared to five minutes with me & this pencil." --E. Blackadder, 1789 Questionable
words & pictures from John Linton Roberson