April 29th, 2009
10:00 PM ET
5 years ago

Begala: Obama gets good marks for humor

I give President Obama an A for his press conference. He showed mastery on a wide range of issues - a rare and important skill.

Also, he was great at showing humor tonight - something he has stumbled over in the past. We all remember the mistake he made on Jay Leno, and his joking about Nancy Reagan in a way people found offensive.

But it's a sign of confidence to come back to something that didn't work the first couple times.

April 29th, 2009
08:55 PM ET
5 years ago

Begala: High marks for Biden

Vice President Joe Biden far and away deserves an A for his first 100 days.
Vice President Joe Biden far and away deserves an A for his first 100 days.

Vice President Joe Biden far and away deserves an A for his first 100 days.

After all, he orchestrated one of the single biggest coups in American politics: helping convince Sen. Arlen Specter to switch parties. He met or spoke with Specter 14 times in the last two months.