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01.27.10

How Did Obama Do?

From his call to end Don't Ask, Don't Tell to his budget lecture and surprise slap at the Supremes, The Daily Beast's experts rate the State of the Union address.

The Speech Had Potential
By Leslie H. Gelb

Obama served up some meaty ideas, shockingly bullish on exports and bragging about his terrorist body count. But when will we find out what he really meant?

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One Hell of a Speech
By Christopher Buckley

Obama didn’t deliver a speech so much as a symphony, calling for nukes and zapping the Supremes; thanks for the performance, Mr. President.

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The Dream Deferred
By Peter Beinart

Obama used bipartisan appeals to help sell liberal causes. But he seemed to abandon some of his most important fights.

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Not a Game-Changer
By Mark McKinnon

Obama deserves credit for embracing conservative ideas like deficit reduction and a spending freeze. But he failed to see the need to rein in his liberal agenda.

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Saving the Sandwich Generation
By Gail Sheehy

President Obama has promised to support adults caring for elderly parents while scraping to send their own kids to college. But is his proposal strong enough?

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A Post-Rhetorical Obama
By Tunku Varadarajan

Instead of giving ground after a shock defeat in Massachusetts, Obama showed style and candor in his State of the Union speech—even if hectoring the Supreme Court justices was unseemly.

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Brilliant Speeches Only Get You So Far
By Matthew Yglesias

Once again, Obama delivered rhetorical gold. But great oratory does not translate into votes on Capitol Hill.

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Obama Does It Again
By Michelle Goldberg

Backed into a corner, the president used a speech to rally despairing supporters and put jeering opponents to shame.

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A Rediscovery of Themes
By John Avlon

In his confident, sprawling State of the Union speech, the president refocused on issues from the ’08 campaign—highlighting a return to fiscal responsibility and offering policy outreaches to both left and right.

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Watch 9 Key Moments from Obama's Speech
By The Daily Beast Video

A jab at the Supreme Court, a shout-out to his wife, and a doubling down on heath-care reform: There was that and much more in Obama’s State of the Union. WATCH VIDEO of the best moments.

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