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February 24th, 2009
08:25 PM ET

Confident Obama does just one practice session

Program Note: Tune in to watch the full speech and hear expert analysis tonight on AC360°.

Ed Henry
CNN Senior White House Correspondent

President Obama apparently buys into that old slogan about never letting 'em see you sweat.

Despite the pressure of his first speech to a joint session of Congress at a time of national crisis, two senior aides tell me the President quietly had only one full dress rehearsal with a teleprompter at about 6pm ET in the White House's historic map room.

The significance is that predecessors like Bill Clinton and George W. Bush used to go through at least a few - maybe even several depending on the situation - dress rehearsals for a speech like this to get it just right. Just one session suggests a man feeling pretty confident despite the intensity of the crisis.

As one senior aide told me, "This moment in time needs clarity and a sense of purpose."


Filed under: President Barack Obama • Tom Foreman
soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. Luis

    Joanne Pacicca, Solvay, NY,

    I'm sorry i criticized YOUR INVESTMENT using facts.

    did you really pay attention, or were you day dreaming of making love to him?

    He said we invented the car!!!!

    Wrong!!! A french inventor by the name of Nicolas Cugnot invented the automobile. Henry Ford of the United States successfully mass produced them efficiently and cut cost dramatically. Unlike GM or the current Ford management. Who is he kidding.

    I payed attention, you clearly didn't .Who the heck writes for this loser?

    February 25, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  2. Isabel, Brazil

    Pres Obama is a great speaker and knows how to touch the hearts
    of the people. We only hope that the same has happened with the
    Congress.

    :: PS ::
    Nancy Pelosi doesn't fit in her dress ... I thought it was delayed due to the palms of her ... lol

    February 25, 2009 at 11:04 am |
  3. Joanne Pacicca, Solvay, NY

    So...some bloggers want to examine each word? Count the MIAs in Congress or measure the content of Obama's speech....how about the fact that his transparency, his ability to come forth and inject some hope in a situation, and address the people unabashed demands respect!

    February 25, 2009 at 10:01 am |
  4. dianemeadows

    The day will soon come when Mr Jindal will regret every word of his speech!

    February 25, 2009 at 6:41 am |
  5. Marty

    What a refreshing human being. Ivy league educated, honest, articulate and so very personable.Did you ever see George Bush, or Tricky Dick Cheney socialize with the Senate or House. The man's accomplishments, first African/Anglo American president of the United States of America.Great family man and the utmost example of decency to people of all ethnic backgrounds. Globally he is already bringing people together. Harmony of all types of homo sapiens is what we have so sorely needed. I truly believe this county, finally got it right. Marty

    February 25, 2009 at 3:20 am |
  6. alan moten

    Yes, Mr. President! Hold them accountable as well as yourself because as soon as you make a mistake, or the plan falls short here or there, you'll be faulted by the media as well as the very public you so graciously serve.

    February 25, 2009 at 3:06 am |
  7. Kevin Austin

    As much as the media hound the president ...... That man is the truth and alot of Americans will suffer if Super O doesn't speak for the people...

    February 25, 2009 at 2:50 am |
  8. mark Klinger

    Bobby Jindal's speach was terrible, I can't beleive the republicans do not have anyone more intellegent to criticize the presidents address.

    February 25, 2009 at 2:46 am |
  9. Kevin Austin

    There is 1 thing about politicians they talk too-much. I want action......
    But our President is great.

    February 25, 2009 at 2:45 am |
  10. Kevin Austin

    On behave of the true Americans WE WILL RECOVER.......PERIOD

    February 25, 2009 at 2:37 am |
  11. Kevin Austin

    Don't wait for the government take action to insure your future. Spend the money and the economy will grow... Save and we will sink together . But the rich will continue to be rich while the poor suffers PERIOD!!!!!!! It takes money to make money....

    February 25, 2009 at 2:36 am |
  12. Robert Allen

    This comment is about the republican responce. Why is Bobby Jindal talking to me like I am a fifth grader? This is the most patronising speech I have ever heard from a elected offical.

    February 25, 2009 at 2:35 am |
  13. Kevin Austin

    Barrack will continue to challenge the American people and get the economy on track while the republicans sit back and watch..... You can't trust the republicans!!!! PERIOD!!

    February 25, 2009 at 2:31 am |
  14. augusto paglialunga

    President Obama was outstanding in addressing the problems we face today; and he is holding all of congress responsible as Americans. The President was wise to point out on several occations that he inherited the mess that the two bozos before him created.

    Poor Bobby Jindal had a hard time trying to counter anything the Prez. had to say. All of Bobby's comments and criticizems only went back to the Bush Administration and the ineptitude he and Cheney demonstrated. I think both of them, Bush, Cheney, should be tried for treason.

    February 25, 2009 at 12:05 am |
  15. Zeynep

    I am so inspired by president's speech that I just send an email to my boss about how we could grow our business:)))!!!

    February 24, 2009 at 11:29 pm |
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