In the trickiest part of his speech, Obama, having pivoted from war to the economy, tried to bundle them together.Howie P.S.: Somebody should ask Gibbs if Simon is part of "the professional left"? Glenn Greenwald reacts to the speech on CBC, video (04:47).
“As we wind down the war in Iraq, we must tackle those challenges at home with as much energy, and grit, and sense of common purpose as our men and women in uniform who have served abroad,” he said. “They have met every test that they faced. Now, it is our turn.”
But is our economy still teetering on the brink because ordinary Americans lack “energy,” “grit” and a “sense of common purpose”? Or is it because corporate fat cats and predatory lenders duped a nation while lining their parachutes with gold?
In speaking of our military, Obama said, “They stared into the darkest of human creations - - war - - and helped the Iraqi people seek the light of peace.”
Good. Now maybe we should send the troops to Wall Street and see what good they can do for our people. MORE...
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
"A grim speech for a grim war" (with video)
Roger Simon (Politico):