I thought Obama gave one of the most boring speeches a President has ever given. It was totally unlike him as he is a pretty good speaker. He did not shy away from his agenda. It was not a move to the center. The only part he did give in on was to lower some taxes on business. You have to see the details of the proposal to know if it’s good or bad policy. He chided the Supreme Court on their recent decision. He blamed Bush for all of his problems, many times. His delivery was very flat-boring.
Obama has been in office for a year. Time to stop blaming Bush. It’s his baby, he should run with it.
He offered a lot to parts of his left wing base that would be red meat. LGBT people should feel good that Obama asked to repeal “Don’t ask Don’t tell” in the military. I think that this is less of an issue than Gay civil unions.
He proposed cap and trade, health care, and more stimulus. All losers with independents. He proposed equal pay for women, which is a great sound bite but really not a workable policy. The statistics are skewed-will cover that in a later post.
One proposal I liked was to offer incentives (depending on what they are) for energy efficiency. He was good on energy. More nuclear, more exploration. But it will have the caveat of windmills and solar panels which work only in small scale installations.
Clinton was flexible and knew how to compromise to govern. Obama does not.
As an aside. You could tell a memo went out to all Democrats to wear purple. Red+Blue=Purple Get it?!