January 26th, 2010
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Analysts: State of the Union speech unlikely to ease worries

 President Obama needs to reassure the nation and members of his own party with his speech, analysts said.
President Obama needs to reassure the nation and members of his own party with his speech, analysts said.

Washington (CNN) - President Obama's State of the Union speech on Wednesday will be a tough sell for millions of Americans struggling under the weight of an economic recession, political analysts said.

"The president will respond as he always does to emergencies: with a speech. In this case, it's his State of the Union address," said David Frum, a CNN contributor and former speechwriter to President George W. Bush. "The Obama team always assumes the best remedy for any Obama difficulty is more Obama."

Frum said Obama's new populist tone, which he said emerged after the Democrats' surprising loss in the Massachusetts special Senate election - might work short-term if he uses it in Wednesday's speech, but it won't work over the long haul.

"If so, it would be a big mistake. It may win the president an immediate bounce in the polls by exciting downcast liberals and progressives," Frum said in a CNN.com commentary. "But that bounce will prove limited and short-lived, and it will come at the expense of more trouble not very far down the road."

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  1. Obama Victim

    this huy is history..................f-potus

    January 26, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  2. Rick

    Who cares? The President is obviously trying to pander to the American Taliban over at F word News with his well thought out "spending freeze". Good. Forget about 1 term or 2 term. This President is only gonna get 2 years. He's trying to satisfy the right wing extremist tea bagging neanderthals so let them have eachother. The people who supported him in 2008 will not be there for him this year or probably ever. Everyone in the country already has a pistol to their head, why won't they just go ahead and vote back in the people who caused this mess? Spineless Dems will lose this year, Obama will be impeached next year and no one will have his back. Awesome job Mr. President.

    January 26, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  3. Pat F

    Maybe he'll bring in the phoney Greek columns from the Hollywood props department that he used accepting the Democratic nomination.

    Put a big jar of Kool Aid on the podium – that would be the most accurate prop.

    January 26, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  4. Super Human

    Frum and Schrum? Frick and Frack you mean. You guys are hacks one and all

    January 26, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  5. Spirit of America

    If pretty words could solve social problems, then we'd be close to utopia by now. But action speaks much louder than words. And so far the action Barry has taken is essentially the same at Dubya. Corporate welfare at home and war abroad. That a formula for the collapse of America.

    January 26, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  6. sara

    Bush's speechwriter....I don't agree with you. You people need to stop wishing this President failure, and get behind our Nation, and Not your self-serving interest. Matter of fact.....the administration You, Mr. Frum wrote your Lies for obviously Drove this Country up a Creek. Where is yours and the Republican party's credibility? Left 2 Wars, Medicare Advantage, Tax Cuts for the Wealthy......all UNFUNDED and UnPaid for. Turned a Surplus into a Deficit, and the American people got nothing for their Taxes. Go to hell

    January 26, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  7. Dave

    Yep, there is nothing he's going to say to ease things. It is impossible for him now.

    January 26, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. Lisa

    I think you are wrong. People are mad. They are mad at bankers, CEO and others racking in huge bonuses while average citizens suffer. This is as true of Tea Party patriots as it is of Liberals and Progressives. Populist is what he needs to do for the long run as well as the short run. Corporate interests are just trying to do their normal spin.

    January 26, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  9. Willy Brown

    Go on TV again but this time say this job is too hard and then leave. Will put up with Joe till 2012.

    January 26, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  10. Fed Up

    Obama talks a good game. That's the end of his substance, evidently.

    January 26, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  11. Steve (the real one)

    Speeches solve no problems, actions do! The President AND the Congress needs to provide action!

    January 26, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  12. Sam Sixpack

    This was a narrow miss. We are so lucky his execution isn't more competent.

    January 26, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  13. smokey

    Why is you people are so critical of eveything Pres Obama does beofe he even does it ? I have never seen so much criticism before the fact in my life..At Pres Obama is trying to do something about the 8 years where there was nothing done, which got us where we are now..And don't believe that his base or supporters are gone..We are still there..We just have alot more disipline and chose not to attack our fellow citizens, but rather act in a civilized manner...Go Pres Obama, we are behind you and you will prevail, even though we all know the GOP is not !!!! Keep up the great work you are doing in moving our country forward out of the mess we have been in for so long!! And yes we are fired up and ready to go !!

    January 26, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  14. Fooled Again

    He speech will consist of "recession is over, bankers are crooks, terrorists are on the run, give me time, blah, blah,blah. Exactly the same as the last guy, same problems. Endless wars, torture, illegal immigration, FED secrecy and corruption, rendition, etc... same course as Bush, (Spend, launch war, Spend, Launch war, Spend, Print money, war, Spend and borrow from China.), oh yeah I forgot to increase taxes............all the same...

    January 26, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  15. Elle

    As usual, David Frum is dripping with pessimism. The U.S. prides itself on being brave and optimistic. By all accounts, it appears that the Republican Party which have embraced the "birther" movement need to initiate one on the issue of whether pessimists such as they are , should be considered Americans.

    January 26, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  16. Stop the Nonsense

    I've been basically unemployed since November 2008 (only making 10% of past income), yet living in California with over 12% umeployment, I find it hard to see all the struggle I hear about.
    People found money for cars when the clunker deal came around. Home sales rose in part to a credit, but because there are "bargains" (= 400K!) and people had money and jobs to buy. Avitar just set an all-time record for ticket sales, not based on bargains pricing but by people spending the extra 3.00 for 3-D. This is not a phenomenon, it's America.
    Is it what is was? No and thank God for that. Will it regain its edge? Maybe, but hopefully not on the backs of credit and greed and living beyond our means. We're saving again. Were is that money coming from?
    Most and yes MOST- Americans have made cuts but are fine. Travel is down, but people are traveling. Restaurnats have closed, but then restaurants always close. Disneyland is down in attendance but not enough to drop the almost 90.00 price. sporting events still charge nearly 100.00 for the average seat and sell out.
    We have given over a billion dollars to help Haiti, We are a generous nation, but you can't give what you don't have.
    It's time to say we're OK. Not great, but OK. Sure some are still suffering, but most are doing OK and that's a good thing and something to be thankful for. Forget politics, be thankful we are still doing OK.

    January 26, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  17. KO

    Frum's comments are idiotic–what should Obama do, NOT deliver a State of the Union address?

    January 26, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |