There's not much I can add to the coverage of last night's State of the Union Address that hasn't already been said. One thing I'll say is that the President's message was well-received by a 90% supermajority of Americans. Public approval of a SOTU address hasn't been hard to come by in recent years, but you'd never know how well Bush did just by reading headlines today.
What's even more impressive is that the poll numbers Bush racked up last night ("91% said the policies being proposed by Bush would move the country in the right direction; just 7% said the wrong direction.") surpass those of Clinton's last few efforts ("Eighty-six percent of Americans who watched Mr. Clinton's speech Thursday approved of the proposals offered, while only 14 percent disapproved," in 2000).
Even though there are several factors involved - different audiences, different background circumstances - for Bush to even match Clinton in public approval of policy positions ought to say a lot. Policy positions! Again, you won't see THAT in the headlines, either.Posted by wasylik at January 30, 2002 08:00 PM | TrackBack