January 28th, 2010
12:23 PM ET

Obama pushes reset button

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Paul Begala
Special to CNN

If the president's goal in his State of the Union address was to reset the nation's agenda, he succeeded.

Calm, comfortable and controlled, President Obama made it plain that jobs are his top priority. He devoted more time and attention to jobs and the economy than every other issue combined.

He shored up his credibility on fiscal responsibility, laying blame for the crushing deficits where they belong: at the feet of the Republican Congress and the Republican president who squandered the massive Clinton surpluses and left us even more massive Republican deficits. Channeling Joe Friday from "Dragnet," he said, "These are just the facts."

He expressed the American people's righteous indignation over Wall Street fat cats who were bailed out by the taxpayers and are now living high on the hog with obscene bonuses. He hammered the Supreme Court for allowing corporations to buy elections.

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soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Tim Gibson

    Less, talk and a whole lot more action is what we need. Not grandstanding or pushing a reset button. The hard drive is corrupt.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:52 pm |
  2. Denise Barlow

    Sometimes pushing the reset button really does work.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:46 pm |

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