The State of the Union: a Hollow Speech

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The era of big speeches is over.

Peggy Noonan: The Obama Contradiction – WSJ.com

When you watch a president give a State of the Union Address on television, you’re always watching three people: the president at the podium, and the vice president and House speaker on the rise behind him. As a TV shot it’s awkward. The vice president and the speaker have been instructed by media professionals not […]

Obama’s Destructive Course

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A disappointing speech from a disappointing president.

State of the Union: “Woe to the People Whose Leader Has No Teacher”

Historically, State of the Union speeches leave no trace. Their impact on presidential approval ratings is nil. Their utility, therefore, is in what they reflect about the presidential character and the presidential course. Last night President Obama gave a speech that was at times quite eloquent, and on occasion rhetorically empty. But at all times […]

The State Of The Union Address Obama Should Give

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A Frontpage symposium on the president’s big speech.