The President gives a great speech. He offers reason against hysteria. He summons us to our better angels. He challenges politicians and Americans to do "great things," because that is "who we are." He claims the center by defining himself against left and right, even as he acknowledges merit in both. It is time now for action, but Barack Obama is ill-served by the petty corruption and ideological venom of the right, and the docility of the left.
The speech was brilliantly crafted, forcefully delivered and very specific about the benefits and the costs, while also dispelling the "bogus claims spread by those whose only agenda is to kill reform at any cost."
Not to be too much of a downer, but I found Obama's speech tonight a big O-bummer. And remember, while I have at times been critical of Obama, I've been very supportive of him on health care...up until tonight.