President Obama’s address to Congress Tuesday may not have won over many GOP lawmakers, but the public gave it strong reviews. Of a representative sample of Americans who watched the speech, 80 percent said they approved of Obama’s plans to handle the economic crisis, according to a CBS News poll. Before the speech, 63 percent of them approved. Also, 91 percent of those surveyed approved of the proposals Obama outlined in the speech, though only 55 percent thought he would be able to accomplish the goals.
It’s no surprise that reactions from conservative commentators weren’t as positive. Power Line blog said Obama was “surprisingly ineffective.” And Charles Murray of National Review complained that “it looks very much as if the president is oblivious to everything we’ve learned about social programs and educational reforms in the last 40 years” — that they don’t work, in Murray’s view.
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