His real accomplishment was a persuasive delivery of a good speech that sent a steady message: "I'm the boss. I'm unafraid to do what needs doing. Stick with me." And the less a listener let the facts get in the way, the more effective the speech became.
Bush's address was the start of what should be the most serious, substantive debate over domestic and foreign policy in 20 years. Bush offered himself as the president who slays terrorism, kills taxes and saves traditional values. While the facts of the matter may get in the way, it's a smart strategy for reelection.
Wednesday, January 21
Whatever You Do, Don't Let Facts Sway Your Decision
Editorial excerpt from the LA Times on the SOTU:
Posted by Howard Hoffman at 7:38 AM