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CNN Senior Political Contributor
The president's first State of the Union speech was an attempt to rev up his troops and convince the country he can lead them to the promised land.
The speech was long and flowing with lots of rhetoric we've heard before. Some of the statistics were new and seemed to stretch the credibility gap.
The president also took credit for the Iraq success which is strange since he opposed the surge that won the war.
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