Stakes high - again - for Obama speech
May 19th, 2011
08:15 AM ET
11 years ago

Stakes high - again - for Obama speech

Washington (CNN) - By now, top aides to President Barack Obama like Dan Pfeiffer have learned to just tune out the round-the-clock punditry that tends to build up every speech by this commander-in-chief as the pivotal moment in his presidency.

The phrase "stakes are high" has been used so many times for speeches about anything from health care to the tragedy in Tucson, Arizona, to the war in Libya that the White House communications director has voted with his remote control.


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  1. New Age Independent

    Will Obama ever learn that he is defined by his actions instead of his speeches? He was fortunate last election by not having much of a record to compare against. Now, it's all he can do to move toward the center while making more empty promises. Sorry, you've had your chance and failed miserably.

    May 19, 2011 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  2. debby

    The man that can get the point across "Intellectually" is in the White House right now, President Obama! 2012 I,m so happy we have a President "That speaks with Wisdom! Thankyou God!!!!! Real Christians "Don,t want War!!

    May 19, 2011 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  3. ConservaFASCISTS

    I personally am not too concerned about the speech. He's imposed sanctions on Syria which is something I wanted to see. But as far as the Arab Spring goes, we just have to let this play out. All the President can do is lay out what kind of government these societies should form.

    May 19, 2011 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    I am really curious to hear what "The Professor" has to say. I have no doubt that he will see this speech as another opportunity for one his "teachable moments". Whenever The Professor makes a speech you know that we are in the "Cusp Time" on the verge of another "Seldon Crisis".

    (I like that phrase, teachable moment, that the President coined, which is why I like to use the name Professor)

    May 19, 2011 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  5. Ancient Texan

    Another chance to "spike the ball", run another victory lap and create mass confusion as to what America's foreign policy actually is.

    May 19, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  6. diridi

    my advise, Middle east want democracy, so let them have, when in democracy, they get educated., justice done to them, we need to be "Oil-independent" push energy efficiency, hybrid and natural gas, Hydrogen-carbon cars, public transportation....these are neglected by GOP thugs after taking bribes....stringent immigration is a dire need for the nation....o.k, Agriculture priority, and Manufacturing, manufacturing, and manufacturing into USA!!!!Obama2012....

    May 19, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  7. gt

    action speaks louder than words.... 9 unemployement ....4 .50 gas... were .still in afganistan...illegals stilll all over the place....

    May 19, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  8. GI Joe

    The bar has always been set high for our first half-white President. Dubya would NEVER have been elected (once) if the same standards had been applied. Hope President Obama gets the chance to nominate and install two more Supreme Court Justices.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    May 19, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |