A round-up of reaction to the President’s health care address last night from bloggers who actually watched the thing:
Marc Ambinder notes that, while the speech was televised, it wasn’t really aimed at the general public:
I thought it was much more focused on the 535 elected officials in the room than any joint speech I’d seen. It kind of felt more like a Roosevelt Room talk than a speech to the country. A lot of process. That said, the Kennedy riff was powerful and the portrayal of Kennedy as bipartisan leader was pretty brilliant. The line about government bureaucrats and insurance bureaucrats was a good conflation. Was it enough? I don’t know. I don’t think we’ll know for awhile.
Whoever it was addressed to, Megan McArdle wasn’t impressed:
In the end, I think this speech satisfied no one. There’s a little information for the wonks, but not nearly enough. There’s a little stirring rhetoric for the non-wonks, but again, not nearly enough. Journalists seem to have liked it. But if journalists were any reliable key to the sentiment of the American people, we’d already have national healthcare, and national second homes in Maine.
Patrick Edaburn at The Moderate Voice wasn’t necessarily impressed either:
I watched the speech earlier but for me it came right around dinnertime so I decided to eat and take some time to gather a few thoughts before posting. As always I thought his speech was quite good on style, there is no doubting that the man can give a superb speech. His skills are such that even if you disagree with what he is saying you can’t help but to be charmed by him anyway.
I also felt that Congressman Wilson of South Carolina was disgusting in his behavior. I didn’t like it when Democrats were disrespectful to Republican Presidents and I don’t like it when Republicans are disrespectful to Democratic ones. There are just certain things that you don’t do, and one of them is be classless in that way.
On the last part, of course, he’s absolutely right.
Quincy at The Liberty Papers points out that Obama is losing focus on what his job is supposed to be:
Mr. President, your oath of office mentioned nothing about “doing great things” or “replacing gridlock with progress”. It called on you to uphold and defend the Constitution. Not only is this proposal bad and repressive policy that will have precisely the opposite effects than what is claimed, it is a complete, brutal assault on the concept of limited government enshrined in the document you swore to uphold.