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January 26, 2011 / sadhbhanu

The Right Word: Fox News on the state of the union

Fox pundits were less than impressed with President Obama’s speech, but more outrageous was the liberal media bias

Before Hannity took the microphone, a group of panellists pretty much wrote off the president’s speech as weak, flat and uninspired – an assessment with which Hannity concurred when he addressed a focus group assembled in his home town of Atlanta.

“I thought a lot of this was flat, surprisingly so. In as much as, you know, we’ve heard a lot of this before – earmark reform, transparency, for example. It almost seemed like the ‘yes we can’ magic disappeared a little bit.

“But the thing that struck me is the disconnect. I did not feel the president had the sense of urgency of how bad the debt, the deficit, is, when he called for $400bn in savings, when he accumulated $3.4tn in new debt since he’s become president. You know, it seems like he’s trying to sell the same old policies.”

The supposedly bipartisan focus group pretty much agreed with him. They described the speech as “redundant”, “platitudes”, “wishful”, “empty”, “conflicting”, “hopeful but not compelling”. They did not think much of the president’s call for bipartisanship and neither did Hannity.

He said all of these things before. He said it last year; he said it during the campaign. He said it … and this whole campaign, it was only a couple of months ago, he was calling Republicans “enemies”. They can sit at the back. They weren’t invited to the table. So, in that sense, are we just reading words from a teleprompter or has he lost the ability, because he had two years of experience, for people to believe him?


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