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Obama's Resurgent Address

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President Obama gave some spine back to the Democrats in his State of the Union speech. He told his fellow party members "don't head for the hills." He said that health care reform is still vital and that he and his party would not drop their battle for it and would continue going for it. He came out for getting rid of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy for gays in the military. He challenged the Republicans to stop being the party of "no." He looked directly at Chief Justice John Roberts and his conservative brethren and slammed their ilk for overturning almost a century of settled law banning corporate monies in American politics. He reiterated his support for a series of commitments he made during his presidential campaign on energy, terrorism, education, financial reform, taxes on banks, protecting Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid, cutting taxes, bringing down the deficit,
infrastructure and jobs and jobs. He vowed he would not quit. He was bouyant, combative, direct, eloquent, sarcastic, bubbly, forceful, unbowed, animated, commanding -- in short, a Democratic "happy warrior." He has rebuilt the party's spirits in one speech.