State of the Union Round Up.
I thought the speech was one of the Presidents best. Even with the childish hissing from Democrats, the speech was a success! GopInsight has this:
- CNN Instant Poll: 86 Percent Had Positive Or Somewhat Positive Response To President Bush's State Of The Union Address.
CNN's Wolf Blitzer: "We're just getting our instant poll as we call it, CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. We started polling after the speech. Look at this, overall reaction to the address: very positive 60%, somewhat positive 26%, only 13%, Andrew [Sullivan], said they had a negative reaction to the President's State of the Union Address. Are you surprised by at least in this initial CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll, such a -- 86% were either positive or somewhat positive?" (CNN's State Of The Union Address Coverage, 2/2/05)
MSNBC's David Shuster: "Just About Every Democrat I Spoke With Away From The Cameras Confessed This Was A Very Good Speech The President Gave, That It Hit The Rights Notes, That It Was Emotional." (MSNBC's "Hardball," 2/2/05)
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA): "I Think There Are Parts Of It That Were Soaring, That Were Overarching, That Were Very Impressive." (CNN's "Larry King Live," 2/2/05)
NBC's Tim Russert: "I Think The Speech Tonight Will Be Remembered More For The Passion And Emotion Of The Words About Iraq." (NBC's "State Of The Union Coverage," 2/2/05)
MSNBC's Chris Matthews: "I Think It Was One Of The Good Ones. I Think It Was A Powerful Speech. I Could Tell The Whole Night It Was Growing." (MSNBC's "Hardball," 2/2/05)
Presidential Historian Michael Beschloss: "If Anyone Had Any Doubt Before Tonight About The Sweep Of George Bush's Ambition To Be Remembered As A Great President, Just Listen To The Speech That We Have Just Heardâ¦He Sees His Presidency In Very Grand Terms." (CNN's "Larry King Live," 2/2/05)
The Weekly Standard's Fred Barnes: "I Think He Made A Strong Case [For Strengthening Social Security]." (Fox News' "State Of The Union Coverage," 2/2/05)
NPR's Juan Williams: "I Reacted To [The Speech] Emotionally â¦ I Thought It Was A Terrifically Suggestive Speech In Terms Of Speaking About Generations And Speaking About America's Commitment To Young People." (Fox News' "State Of The Union Coverage," 2/2/05)
John Meacham, Newsweek Managing Editor: "I Think It Was A Remarkable Speech." (MSNBC's "Hardball," 2/2/05)
National Review's David Frum: "I Thought It Was A Magnificent Speech. I Thought It Was Incredibly Powerful, Powerfulâ¦ Backed Up By Realities Like The Iraqi Vote." (MSNBC's "Hardball," 2/2/05)
MSNBC's Norah O'Donnell: "What He Did Tonight Was Challenge Congress In A Way That He Hasn't Done Before, To Save And Strengthen Social Security, It's On The Verge Of Bankruptcy. And What He Did Was Put Down And Make Clear Some Specificsâ¦" (MSNBC's "Hardball," 2/2/05)
I cant understand the Democrats anti-SS reform. Bush invites them to the table and they hiss. Clinton knew SS was in trouble, Gore addressed it, and so did John Edwards.I wish I had the opportunity to participate in a private account like Bush is wanting. I think a good plan could be achieved if the hissing stops and WORK begins. I think most working Americans know that a private account will earn them a greater yield on their money.