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Published: Wednesday, Jan. 23 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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Hutterite
American Fork, UT

I found it to be a pretty good speech. Let's face it, the republicans are so obstinate now that they could never be assuaged by the presidents' words, so the president might as well pursue a more inclusive, uplifting agenda.

one old man
Ogden, UT

The speech reportedly caused the shorting out of millions of tinfoil hats around the country.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

The speech was absolutely true, no straw men. For example, the parents of autistic children in the Republican state of Utah have literally nowhere to turn. The Republican legislature won't do a thing to help except ask unqualified people to "volunteer to help," which achieves zilch. No insurance mandate, no funding for school support. Autistic kid, you're on your own in Utah.

Flashback
Kearns, UT

The speech was a simplistic load of garbage. Obama should have given us a vision for how he is going to solve this current fiscal crisis instead of global warming and the other stuff. It was nothing more than a fluff speech designed to pander to his far left constituancy.

Bottom line. Obama is not a leader. He leads by fiat. The my way or the highway approach. He is every bit as bad as Hutterite and One Old Man accuse Republicans of being on a frequent basis. He hasn't the experience to compromise for the good of the whole instead of the good of the few. He has forgotten the meaning of E Pluribus Unum.

The Republican Party has shown in the last 20 years that they are capable of out Democrating the Democrats. They have lost their vision and their way, and with the complicity of the left wing media they always play defense instead of offense.

I do hate to say this, but for once I agree with the writer. Who would have thunk that I'd agree with the Washington Post?

Emajor
Ogden, UT

Is Mr. Gerson new to American politics or just incredibly selective? Because surely he isn't so naive as to think that the President is going to praise the political opponents who spent the last 4 years bashing him with THEIR endless parade of straw men and doing everything in their power to destroy any bipartisan spirit in our government?

Conservatives have been painting this president as a socialist, a communist, an apologist, questioning his place of birth, calling him godless, Muslim, America-hating, success-hating, you name it, and Mr. Gerson finally cries foul about straw men. From the President. The capacity of our political pundits like for partisan selectivity is astonishing.

Besides, if the shoe fits, Mr. Gerson: "absolutism for principle", "substitute spectacle for politics", "treat name-calling as reasoned debate.", "deny the overwhelming judgment of science", "perpetual war." "see this as "a nation of takers." A good portion of conservative politicians and supporters have not only have fit this description over the past 4 years, but would be very proud to admit it.

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