It was a decent speech. He scolded Democrat as much as the GOP. It was more of a lecture than a speech really – a sort of ‘I know what’s best for you’ speech. I tried to keep an open mind about the speech when I watched it last night. So I rewatched it this morning.
He’s trying to be both a 1995 Bill Clinton and a 2008 Barrack Obama all at the same time. He trying to move to the left AND the right. One will have to give.
He talked of proposing a new small-business tax credit to small businesses who hire new workers or raise wages. He championed eliminate all capital gains taxes on small-business investment and provided a tax incentive for all large businesses and all small businesses to invest in new plants and equipment.
But then he turned around and thanked the House of Representatives for passing a Cap & Trade bill that will increase costs and put addition burdens on businesses. How does he plan to square that circle?
The 70 minute speech hit on most of the themes conventional wisdom thought it would. However, silently absent was any mention of the Guantanamo Bay prison.
As my friend, Chris Geidner, said in Metro Weekly last night, “It wasn’t, however, until the closing minutes of the speech that the man who said that he would be a ”fierce advocate” for LGBT equality mentioned any legislative issue specific to that equality.”
This is a sentiment that has been echoed throughout the LGBT community in the 12 hours since the speech.
He gave two sentences on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.
“This year — this year, I will work with Congress and our military to finally repeal the law that denies gay Americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are. It’s the right thing to do.”
White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett, a close Obama confidante, when pressed by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow last night said,
“Well I think he was very clear this evening that he intends to do it. He has said it in the campaign, he said it very clearly throughout the year, and he’s going to begin a process, starting right away, to move forward with that. And in the days and weeks ahead he will outline for that, for you, and for the general public, specifically how he’ll do that.”
This will be interesting to watch play out.