February 26th, 2009
09:41 AM ET

Can Obama make the tough choices

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Ed Rollins
CNN Contributor

President Obama technically didn't give a State of the Union speech Tuesday night and therefore didn't have to report on the state of the union.

He instead gave a speech to a joint session of Congress, with all the pomp and circumstance and media coverage of a State of the Union.

He spoke in the very hall where four years ago, one month after being sworn in as a new senator from Illinois, he listened to the re-elected President George Walker Bush give an official State of the Union speech.

On February 2, 2005, Bush reported to the nation that: "Tonight ... the state of our union is confident and strong."

Unfortunately, President Obama, through no fault of his own, couldn't make that statement and neither could anyone else.


soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. MarASU

    Obama can and will make tough decisions. It doesn't come easy, but it will be done. Our country is in a terrible situation. It will take time, carefully thought out plans, and prayer for a recovery. We should have trust in our President to make this change possible; not doubt him. Mr. President is human and tough decisions are hard but as long as he make the right decisions everything will okay.

    February 26, 2009 at 1:56 pm |
  2. Kiki

    Can any one of the people bashing obama make a hard decision that effects the whole world? I don't think so, leave the guy alone!!!

    February 26, 2009 at 1:47 pm |
  3. Gene Penszynski from Vermont

    The fact is that the GENUINE State of the Union was never 'Confident and Strong' under G W Bush. Any reference to it being so was merely a neo-con Charade. President Obama is already beginning to change this even though his programs have yet to hit the street. When they do one heck of a lot of hard working and recently unemployed folks are going to feel the benefits and when they do just watch this Nation pick itself up and dust itself off and get moving again. There's going to be a lot of Rush Limbaugh neo-con Bund Members out there that will be eating their comments or hiding in shame.

    BTW Limbaugh claims that one must listen to him for a least 6 weeks to begin to appreciate what he has to say. I guess he figures thats how long it will for a member of the 'ignorant masses' to be brain washed by his incessant Right Wing Myopic and often senseless Dogma. I've been listening to him for months purly for entertainment purposes (the concept of 'knowing your enemy in order to effectively counter him' doesn't really apply here) and ole Rush just does a magnificent job of reloading my anti-conservative weapon everytime he opens his mouth. As a Neo-Liberal just listening to him has given me more amunition than even G W Bush et. al has ever provided.

    February 26, 2009 at 1:40 pm |
  4. G. Martinez

    The Bush crew gave tax payer dollars to their friends in the banking industry. Now these bankers foreclose on the very families that through their taxes have allowed these banks to give large bonuses to their executives. The last administration should be ashamed of the legacy of corruption and greed they leave behind.

    I have a great deal of hope for our new president.

    I just hope the American people can finally see through the smoke and mirrors that politicians on both sides put up in order to justify their corrupt practices.

    February 26, 2009 at 1:33 pm |
  5. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    I'm confident that the President is aware that his "charm approach" is played out--and now he must assume the Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry role of making some serious and tough decisions--Well, Mr. President--Please make our day!

    February 26, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  6. Cindy

    Obama can't make tough decisions because he is too busy trying to please everybody in his own party. You know...the ones that he is now paying back with all of this "pork" that he swore he'd cut out!! He is being led around like a lost puppy by these people! Until he stands up to them and makes his own decisions he'll never truly be in charge!


    February 26, 2009 at 12:06 pm |