State of the Union: What the Critics Thought of Obama's Speech (video)


President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union speech Wednesday night in Washington, D.C.

What did the media critics think?

"It was not a big moment speech," writes Mary McNamara in the Los Angeles Times. "Obama's response to the Tucson shooting was a big-moment speech; he was counting on another not being required. Instead, he gave a 'Let's get to work' speech, addressing Congress as colleagues and professionals — as people who do not need to stand and clap and cheer for minutes on end to prove their strength or articulate their beliefs."

The Times points out that Obama "followed up his controversial desire to protect the children of illegal immigrants with a promise of high-speed trains…. As any student of Hollywood will tell you, it's always good luck to have a shot or two of a train."

The New York Post's Charles Hurt notes that Obama's themes -- "Stop spending! Cut taxes! Simplify the tax code! Expand free trade! Slice the deficit! Slaughter the pork!" -- were "not some Tea Partier or the battle cry of Republicans."

He lauded the Democratic President, writing, "Few Republicans in these tough times have the guts to carry the banner of cutting this country's corporate tax rates, which are among the highest in the world. And it is truly astonishing to hear this from the leader of the party that is so completely devoted to trashing companies and corporate successes like Wal-Mart -- even as Democrats claim to want to lower unemployment rates and foster a thriving economy."

While the Post was in favor of the hourlong speech, viewers may not have been.

In a Wall Street Journal poll, 35 percent of 12,000 voters ranked his speech an "F."

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