Speech in review: "Reaganesque" or cotton candy?

02/25/2009 | Financial Times (free content)

Sure, President Barack Obama can engage an audience, but did his address to Congress on Tuesday earn a spot in rhetorical history? Columnist Edward Luce claims it was positively "Reaganesque." "Whether the bulk of Mr Obama's program sees the light of day or not, history will record that it at least started on a convincing note," he says. Others complained that it lacked specifics. "Like the masterful politician he is, Obama sprinkled the speech with enough sweeteners to trigger diabetes," says Tucker Carlson.

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