US media positive on Obama speech

US media positive on Obama speech
AFP
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First Published: Wed, Feb 25 2009. 03 23 PM IST
Updated: Wed, Feb 25 2009. 03 24 PM IST
Washington: Leading US news media on Wednesday praised the tone and substance of President Barack Obama’s debut address to Congress late Tuesday, describing the US leader as confident and setting a reassuring tone as he addressed a battered nation.
Obama “sounded confident—promising that the nation will rebuild and ‘emerge stronger than before´—without minimizing the grave problems that must first be surmounted,” read the main New York Times editorial.
“The economic crisis requires immediate, bold and comprehensive action. And on Tuesday night, Obama displayed the ambition and the sweeping vision that won him the White House—and that this crisis demands,” read the editorial.
Obama “climbed Capitol Hill last night and staked his presidency on bringing the nation out of its economic crisis,” read the Washington Post’s lead analysis piece.
“Not since Franklin Roosevelt delivered his first fireside chat, eight days into his presidency, have Americans been more hungry—and more desperate—for economic leadership. And not since FDR has there been an economic agenda as bold or ambitious, or as likely to reshape American capitalism,” it read.
Obama “doesn’t seem capable of bad speeches,” added Post columnist Tom Shales.
“It wasn’t so much one big speech, in fact, as a couple of dozen little speeches fastened together, each building to its own climax and, usually, to a promise of better times—a message the networks were buzzing out to millions of anxious folks at home.”
Conservative columnist and TV commentator David Brooks, speaking on the PBS NewsHour, described the speech as “excellent” and a presentation that “perfectly captured the tenor of the country”.
The conservative Fox News network however was not going to give Obama a pass.
Obama “knows Americans are unhappy that the government could rescue people who bought mansions beyond their means.
“But his assurance Tuesday night that only the deserving will get help rang hollow,” read an article on the network’s website that disputed many of the president’s assertions on economic growth.
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First Published: Wed, Feb 25 2009. 03 23 PM IST