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The Morning After “President Obama’s First Oval Office Address”

Wednesday, June 16, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt
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My impression, noted below, hasn’t changed after a night’s sleep, and it turns out it was hardly unique. John Hinderaker sums up nicely all of the terrible qualities of the substance –he read it as opposed to watched it– and nearly everyone from the MSNBC gang on the left to Larry Kudlow on the right ripped the horrible delivery as well as the substance.

Even worse, president’s don’t get many of these, and there hopefully won’t be another until after the November elections. (Though the sort of national or international crisis that brings them on may be brewing because of Iran’s attempt to run the Gaza blockade as you read this.)

CNN and the rest of the MSM could barely contain their anticipation as the curtain rose last night, and president’s don’t get to raise the hype meter all that often and there is only one “first Oval Office address” for each president. Summoning up Jimmy Carter’s “malaise” speech and calling on the nation to install new windows isn’t what the MSM cheering section was hoping for. When, they wonder, does the announcement come that the oceans have stopped rising?

The president’s pratfall reinforces the widespread and growing impression that he is simply way in over his head, and that his team of advisors are similarly overmatched. His dismal handling of the Gulf crisis is a reminder to future generations of voters that it is best to discover whether presidential candidates have executive ability as opposed to, say, debating skills, before entrusting the nation’s defense to them.

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