February 24th, 2009
10:32 PM ET
5 years ago

Toobin: Obama's best moment yet

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(CNN) - I give him an A. As flat as his inaugural address was, this speech was the opposite - positive, vigorous, and forward-looking. The language was bipartisan, even if many of his proposals were not. His best moment yet as President - except he needs to get a tie which doesn't vibrate on television.


Filed under: Obama address
October 2nd, 2008
08:42 PM ET
6 years ago

Toobin: Not so great expectations

Expectations are low for tonight's debate.
Expectations are low for tonight's debate.

(CNN)–One word we're sure to hear a great deal tonight is "expectations." Either Biden or Palin "exceeded" or "failed to live up" to expectations. Well, I have a question. Who sets these expectations? Who is the executive director of debate expectations, and who gave him (or her) that job?

There is no such person, of course, and that's part of the problem with this whole concept. I think the whole notion of expectations is a fraud - a device which journalists used to enhance their own importance.

In this debate, of course, we've heard a lot about how Palin has "low" expectations because she has performed so poorly in recent interviews. But why is this so?

Both she and Biden are running for the same office. Shouldn't the expectations be the same for both? I think they should. But - listen carefully tonight - I think I'm in the distinct minority.

September 26th, 2008
09:40 PM ET
6 years ago

Toobin: Best part of the debate

(CNN)–The Iraq section is excellent. There are clear differences here, and voters get to choose.

September 26th, 2008
09:31 PM ET
6 years ago

Toobin: Obama’s best moment

(CNN)–The candidates have fundamental difference on Iraq. This is why we have a debate. A very strong answer by Obama on Iraq. His best moment in the debate so far.