Thursday, September 10, 2009

The price of a speech

In his speech to Congress on health care reform last night, President Obama proved how valuable it is to have an orator who communicates with clarity, confidence, and power.

A CNN poll of viewers who watched the speech found that 1 in 7 who saw it changed their mind and now support President Obama's health care reform plan. In a few minutes, he reversed what it took millions of dollars in television ads and months of astroturf organizing by the Republicans and their corporate supporters to achieve.

It seems clear that this is part of the Obama playbook: let the opposition attack and exhaust themselves in unhinged attacks, remain cool, and counterstrike with a powerful speech directly to the American people that calls the opposition out for their stupidity and lies and resets the debate. That is exactly what President Obama did last night.

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