February 24th, 2009
09:27 PM ET
10 years ago

Confident Obama does just one practice session

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

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

WASHINGTON (CNN) - 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."


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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Susan

    I am watching this on Fox News.
    Chris Wallace is crying while commenting

    February 24, 2009 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  2. Rave

    He is a confifent man and he will confidently bring us out of this mess, while the whimps in GOP will try to pull his legs.

    February 24, 2009 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  3. PAT CA

    Obama is beginning to be quite BORING: Everything pre-Obama is BAD - everything Obama is GOOD - NOTHING NEW, JUST DIFFERENT RHETORIC!

    February 24, 2009 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  4. Ula Nejad Sacramento, Ca

    I get tired reading through his long speeches that I would make my own conclusions of what the beef is on the third line. Its like the commercial where they make beef without a cow.

    February 24, 2009 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  5. Salas

    It doesnt count how many sessions of practice he had,what is important is how he is able to deliver the message effectively.The content of the address is much important than the style of delivery,we are talking about crumbling economy here,who gives a heck if he rehearse a millionth times,so far he doesnt spend the billions wrongly.

    February 24, 2009 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  6. frank thomas

    He said when you quit high school you not only quit on yourself,you quit on your country. This will often be repeated, obama is the man.

    February 24, 2009 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  7. blair

    In order to sweat a person has to be doing something except blowing cold air out of their mouths when they open it

    February 24, 2009 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  8. I don't think so

    Many Americans have been "underestimated" by other Americans. All people have some value. Just because you don't see it doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

    February 24, 2009 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  9. Jan Illinois

    If your not lying , or hiding something there is really not much need for practicing, if it comes from your heart and head you are usually living it.

    February 24, 2009 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  10. Eric

    He's very smart-that's why.

    February 25, 2009 12:08 am at 12:08 am |