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February 15, 2013

Style trumped substance in SOU


“His job was to convince Congress that, in coming together, everybody wins,” Reiman said. “And he did. He came across as warm and convincing. He needed to be dominant and forceful without being aggressive.”

As for what the president might actually have said, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was unimpressed, but still gave kudos to Obama’s “style.”

“With the exception of his impressive delivery and trademark style,” McConnell said Wednesday on the Senate floor, “last night’s speech was pedestrian, liberal boilerplate that any Democratic lawmaker could have given at any time in recent memory.”

Rubio, to his credit, showed the ability to laugh at himself, appearing on several Wednesday-morning TV programs while holding a bottle of water.

So both Obama and Rubio will be remembered for earning some points with the public Tuesday night. Unfortunately, they probably turned out to be only style points.

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