Ari Melber (The Nation):
President Obama did not say anything particularly new in his unprecedented deficit address to the Nation on Monday night. The most significant moment came not in an original announcement or last-minute proposal, but in the President's request that Americans actually get up, get involved, and ask Congress to lay off the insanity.
In the end, the focus on process over tangible goals is most evident in a picture of Obama's verbal priorities. This chart, based on the frequency of Obama's word choices, does not suggest a single, overarching goal. After the obligatory salutes to Americans, the takeaway is more about technocratic process than a key priority at stake, or a hardball closing argument.
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