POTUS Speech Roundup
David Adesnik liveblogged it over at Oxblog.
James Joyner has a roundup of opinion. He notes that there has actually been rather low levels of response online - something that in my view is not a good sign and suggests that the prevailing response is indeed "heard it all before". He also suggests that of those who have responded, the prevailing view is largely positive. I'm not convinced and in fact from what I can tell my own response was probably rather more positive than the average. My emerging impression is that by far the two largest constituencies are either a) those who think that it was a load of old guff or b) those who had hoped for a real straight-talking, cards-on-the-table address and and don't really think he pulled it off.
Donald Sensing gave it "no better than a B and maybe a B-minus". He also notes that the President did a good job of demolishing the argument for a timetable for withdrawal.
The Armchair Generalist didn't like it. I think he'll take no offence if I suggest that it would have had to have been pretty shit hot for him to have felt otherwise.
The Cunning Realist thought if pretty much miffed of fish.
Roger Simon thought it was "okay" and argues that we need a rather more frequent schedule of talks on the matter. He may be right, but only if they can work on the quality. At the time of writing he was much taken up with the matter of attending a dinner for Frank Gaffney. All messages of sympathy should be sent to his email address.
Norm thinks the Guardian should get a grip. A seemingly obvious message that nevertheless demands frequent restatement and constant vigilance. Good stuff.
Andrew Sullivan sees it as an important statement of determination but argues that a) there was nothing new and b) it was "alarmingly short on persuasiveness". He also thinks he sensed panic.
The people at Powerline, of course, rate it simply fabulous. But let's face it - and here's a key reason why "Blog of the Year" or not, they're always going to have very limited value as far as I'm concerned - the President could have come flouncing on stage in a fez and a leopard-skin posing pouch and sung "It's a hard-knock life" while hitting pieces of fruit of ever increasing size with a large mallet and Powerline would have boosted it as the most statesmanlike speech of the season, fit to warm the heart of all but those who Hate America.