Charles Krauthammer, Fox "news" pundit, whose commentary on Obama always borders on derangement, which is ironic because it was he who coined the phrase "Bush Derangement Syndrome," was apoplectic over the partisan nature of Obama's speech.
I thought it was a disgrace. I rarely heard a speech by a president so shallow, so hyper-partisan and so intellectually dishonest, outside the last couple of weeks of a presidential election where you are allowed to call your opponent anything short of a traitor. But, we’re a year-and-a-half away from Election Day and it was supposed to be a speech about policy.
Well, first of all, everything President Obama said was true. If it was partisan, it was because he pointed out -- rightly -- the difference between the teabaggR plan and his own. Factually. Trumanesque. And, given the stakes for our future, absolutely necessarily.
Second of all, there's this:
Right now, House liberals are pushing a budget -- the so-called liberal Democratic budget -- that, if implemented, would reverse the progress we've made and wreck our program to rebuild the economy. They want to throw out the window much of the domestic budget savings we've achieved over the last 2 years. And they would go much further, seeking $181 billion in higher domestic spending over the next 5 years, excesses that would send the budget, prices, and interest rates soaring out of control and our economy into a tailspin.
Spoken ex-cathedra by the holiest of holies, at exactly the same point in his presidency.