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GOP Insiders Give Obama's State of the Union a Solid C

What grade would you give President Obama’s State of the Union address?

DEMOCRATS (88 VOTES)

A: 44%
B: 49%
C: 6%
D: 1%
F: 0%

 

A

“Look at the [media] coverage—middle class, middle class, middle class. And he didn’t refight the 2012 elections.”

“He was clearly the commander in chief, laid out his agenda, challenged a ‘Do-Nothing’ Congress politely, and hit a home run with his impassioned plea for his antigun-violence agenda.”

 

“He kept it real, digestible, but also aspirational for the country. He’s speaking beyond the Beltway, and it’s working.”

“Perfect statement of liberal policy positions in a new era of economic austerity.”

“The American public is with him on virtually every priority he articulated. Forcing the Republicans to resist the will of the American public is a winner.”

“It was pretty average until the end … then, wow. His closing was emotional and may get a vote on gun control.”

 

B

“Focused on everything important to the middle class—including responsible deficit reduction. Strong finish.”

“The guy can deliver a speech, but it did not change the polarized dynamic.”

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“Ambitious ... but [he] punted on making the case for the sacrifice necessary for some of our toughest needs.”

“The lack of specifics on cutting spending is starting to take its toll.”

“He did a good job of turning up the heat on critical issues, but he played a little loose with some fiscal facts that may haunt him.”

“Left us short again with answers to ‘How are you going to pay for it?’ ”

C

“I’m not sure it advanced the ball anywhere but on guns, which is good in and of itself.”

 

What grade would you give President Obama’s State of the Union address?

REPUBLICANS (80 VOTES)

A: 0%
B: 17%
C: 58%
D: 17%
F: 8%

B

“He seems to feel that giving a speech is the same as getting things done. It’s not, and that’s why he’s achieved almost nothing on our country’s biggest problems.”

C

“I give him a B for delivery and a D on honesty (what can be done without adding to budget or endangering the nation), so settle at a C.”

“Well delivered, but no new ground. Still sounding like the Democratic nominee, not the president. Most fun was watching Biden.”

“A laundry list of items he won’t get done.”

“He is still campaigning.”

“Little or no reaching across the aisle or compromise.”

“Helluva shopping list. What’s the point?”

“Boring, boring, boring. A litany of liberal wish lists that will go nowhere. A wasted hour.”

“A for presentational skills; F for intellectual honesty. A parallel-universe performance.”

D

“Poll-tested pabulum falsely sold as a ‘pivot’ to jobs and the economy.”

“All fluff and no strategy.”

F

“There are two America’s: Obama’s and [that of] those who disagree with him.”

 

What grade would you give Sen. Marco Rubio’s response to the State of the Union?

DEMOCRATS (87 votes)

A: 0%
B: 18%
C: 45%
D: 31%
F: 6%

B

“Aside from ‘water’-gate, it was a solid response.”

“He helped erase the image of Mitt [Romney] as the face of the GOP.”

“Rubio did a good job, but he had to share the limelight with [Sen.] Rand Paul. A party divided cannot stand.”

C

“While people are distracted with #gulpgate, the real story is that he had nothing to say except repeating the ideology that lost them the last two elections.”

“Same old, same old with a gleaming smile and a dry throat.”

“Didn’t we just vote ‘no’ to most of that?”

“With that performance, I can safely say he will make the high school debate team.”

“The water-bottle grab was notable not because he needed water—which is normal and no big deal—but because he looked desperate for something other than water.”

D

“He was sweating like Albert Brooks in Broadcast News, and then that drink of water was classic. As for substance, it was far too partisan and strident.”

“Putting a Spanish surname on a Romney speech (with the exception of immigration) doesn’t fool anyone.”

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