I’ll be liveblogging President Obama’s address to the nation on the topic of Iraq. This will be a new kind of liveblog for this site. Updates will happen automatically, there’s no need to refresh the page. Don’t forget to read about Obama’s record on Iraq. After the speech, I’ll be assembling some commentary from around the blogosphere.
This was a speech that sounded very much like something Bush would have given. Again, I mean that as a compliment.
“Our troops are the steel of our ship of state.” I love
Obama seems to be getting a bit emotional describing the casualties of this war. As anyone would be. It’s very humanizing.
The stuff about a new GI Bill is nice, but how to pay for all of it?
The economic stuff seems tacked on and artificial. The Iraq section was quite good, but this part doesn’t live up to the tone that Obama set earlier.
Obama’s transitioning to the economy. This makes sense, to a point, but it’s a jarring transition.
The problem with Afghanistan is that it’s much less developed than Iraq was. Afghan civil society is nowhere near what Iraq’s was, even after decades of Ba’athist rule.
This is a speech I could see Bush giving. And I mean that as a compliment.
President Obama gives a nice tribute to President Bush. That’s quite classy, but will piss off the left to no end. I like it for both.
So far this is one of the most Presidential addresses that Obama has given.
“Iraqis are a proud people. They have rejected sectarian war.”
All U.S. troops to leave by the end of next year, pursuant to the Status of Forces Agreement.
“Our combat mission is ending. Our commitment to Iraq’s future is not.” Let’s hope that’s true.
The emphasis on the Iraqi people is good. This wasn’t just a victory for us, it was a victory for the people of Iraq. We did this together.
No, Mr. President, this wasn’t your campaign promise. The withdrawal date was set before you became President. It was in the 2008 SOFA.
“Tonight, I am announcing that the American combat mission in Iraq has ended.” Operation Iraqi Freedom is over.
The President’s tone in regard to the troops is exactly what’s needed here. He came close to blaming Bush, but didn’t do so directly.
Will talking about Iraq now make Obama seem out of touch? By focusing on Iraq, does it make the President look like he’s not concentrating on the economy?
The speech should begin shortly.
I’m guessing that ratings will be low for this speech. It’s the middle of summer, and people are more concerned about the economy than Iraq.
This is only the second time Obama has addressed the nation from the Oval Office. The first time was in response to the Gulf oil spill.
ABC News has excerpts from tonight’s speech on Iraq
. President Obama will be speaking from the Oval Office.
Just a reminder, you don’t need to refresh this page
. You should be able to get updates automatically. Obama’s speech will begin in about 15 minutes, at 8PM EST/7PM CST.
This was a workmanlike speech that was delivered well. What’s striking about the speech is how much President Obama sounded like President Bush. Some of the rhetoric was downright stirring. I’m (obviously!) disinclined to like the President, but I found myself mostly liking this speech.
But the weakest part was the part discussing the economy. For one, it was a digression from the topic of the speech. And for another, it was too generic to mean anything. What does Obama intend to do about the economy? Because what’s been done so far hasn’t exactly done much good.
Stephen Green drunkblogged the speech and found it rather bland, other than some stirring rhetoric
. I’m not so sure that it was that bad—the President let himself show just a crack of emotion, which helps him.
Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) found Obama’s speech to be “awkward”
Apparently Rachel Maddow is positively livid that President Obama had anything good to say about President Bush. I have to admit, if Obama’s pissed off Maddow, that makes me like him more.
Lawprof William Jacobson distills Obama’s speech into one sentence
At The Daily Kos
, praise for the economic section of the speech
. What’s interesting about that section is how mushy-mouthed it really is? Exactly what is meant by the President’s desire to “strengthen the middle class?” It’s a boilerplate phrase, which is probably why some want to read more into it than is actually there.
Off-topic, but tonight’s liveblogging was brought by this great liveblogging plugin for WordPress
. It’s a great plugin, and the Twitter integration was a definite plus. I highly recommend it.
In speaking of Twitter, the speech wasn’t even one of the trending topics. I’m not sure very many people were paying attention to it.
Jonah Goldberg found much of the speech to be “offensive.”