President Bush’s Speech on Iraq Sovereignty Anniversary

Well, I missed it. The fiance had an after work work function and didn’t get home until late, and we ate dinner when she got here. Of course, I also thought the speech would be at 9.

From the Blogospheric reaction, it appears the president did well.

    Michael Demmons: “I Still Think He’s a Jerk Sometimes, But… I also think President Bush’s poll numbers will be up significantly in the morning. He did a good job tonight. ”

    Donald Sensing warmed up to the speech as it went along, but still gives it “no better than a ‘B’ and maybe B-minus.”

    Cori Dauber thought it “rhetorically very, very strong” but “argumentatively, not nearly as strong.” She also notes that giving the speech in front of the troops might have backfired, as the audience will take their professionalism as lack of enthusiasm.

    Steve Bainbridge missed the speech but loves the transcript.

    Bill Ardolino has some quibbles but says it was, “[C]ertainly one of Bush’s best speeches – clear and relatively substantial.”

    Dean Esmay believes “this speech should help brace anyone who’s been wavering on whether what we are doing can succeed, or our commitment.”

    John Hinderacker dubs it “Clear, confident, substantive. There was nothing in it that we and our readers didn’t already know, but the message is one that many rarely hear.”

    Demosophist live blogged at Rusty’s place. He seemed to approve.

    Kevin Drum
    was less than impressed, having heard it all before: “That was sure a….ho hum speech.”

    Ed Morrissey live blogged and concluded, “I think Bush did a very good job, with just a few missed opportunities. ”

    Jim Henley offers a nuanced take on the speech, both finding nothing new and two things which, if true, are new indeed.

What’s interesting is how many of the sites on my blogroll who’ve updated in the last two hours have no reaction to the speech at all.

If I’ve missed anyone, feel free to add your link using the trackback feature below.

Update: Political Teen Ian Schwartz has the video.

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  1. What should Bush say?

    Like a lot of Americans I’ll be tuned in when President Bush gives his scheduled speech about Iraq tonight. He’s certainly getting a lot of advice about what to say. Former (and presumably present) presidential candidate John Kerry weighed in…

  2. Drew says:

    Great, Assmissile liked the speech.

  3. […] missed it–as James Joyner and Stephen Bainbridge did as well. James provides a nice Blogospheric round-up, however.

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  4. Rodney Dill says:

    It really pained me to watch Pelosi. I can’t recall that I’ve ever seen another human being have so much trouble making both eyes blink at the same time.

  5. Iraq: President’s Speech at Ft. Bragg

    Saw about 2/3 of the speech. Wish the military guys had not been told to sit on their hands.

    Wish someone would write a speech for Bush and use his mannerisms. This was one of his poorer deliveries, mostly due to the speechwriter’s insistence in no…

  6. AlphaPatriot says:

    Text of the President’s Speech

    He laid it out so plain even a liberal should be able to understand: The war reached our shores on September 11, 2001. The terrorists who attacked us and the terrorists we face murder in the name of a totalitarian ideology that hates freedom, rejects t…

  7. Lt bell says:

    the bushcrime family has always been “more interested`in winning elections than in securing the country” SO? where is the change after tonight

  8. President’s speech on Iraq

    The President’s speech can be found here, at the Washington Post. It was underwhelming in that it didn’t match the fervor of the MSM’s lead-up to it. The President didn’t name a deadline for leaving, he didn’t apologize f…

  9. anjin-san says:

    I wonder when all the supportes of the war will actually join up & voulenteer for combat instead of just posting about how swell Bush and the war are. I am not holding my breath.

  10. anjin-san says:

    Speech metrics:

    References to “September 11?: 5

    References to “weapons of mass destruction”: 0

    References to “freedom”: 21

    References to “exit strategy”: 0

    References to “Saddam Hussein”: 2

    References to “Osama Bin Laden”: 2

    References to “a mistake”: 1 (setting a timetable for withdrawal)

    References to “mission”: 11

    References to “mission accomplished”: 0

  11. I wonder where all those human shields went. Why won’t these terrorist supporters go to Iraq and fight the Iraqis and the coalition forces.

    Or are they content to sit behind their monitors and whine?

  12. The Bush Speech

    We need to have patience. Our forefathers had this patience and preserverence and we must find it in ourselves. In the four years since 9/11 has there been one attack on our native soil? No matter what you say about Iraq War, you can’t help but admit…

  13. When the going gets tough…

    What did you expect to hear? The president’s speech tonight has been described as “treading water”. Of course he is treading water. What else can he do? He made it plain to us, over and over again, that this would be a long, tough fight.

  14. Bush’s Iraq Speech

    Sometimes, I wonder why I haven’t moved to Canada already…

  15. LJD says:

    Here come the Kool-Aid chugging, glue-sniffing, tin-foil hat Believers. What are you doing here, the mother ship is calling YOU!

  16. McGehee says:

    I see that “Bush Lied” joker who just got banned at another site is here looking for a new home.

    You have to head off these infestations before they get established, James.

  17. […] dictable. Prof. Reynolds has a good roundup post on reactions. Outside the Belway has an even better one. I have not checked out Michelle Malkin’s reaction yet and probably won’t ge […]

  18. President Bush’s speech at Fort Bragg.

    There’s lot’s of good coverage of Bush’s Fort Bragg speech around the blogosphere:
    Captain’s Quarters live blogged it.
    Power Line says “Excellent Speech”
    Clear, confident, substantive. There was nothing in it tha…

  19. jpe says:

    I find it odd that people thought it was good. I mean, it was fine, there was just nothing new under the sun. Same talking points we see every day in op-eds and on Sunday talk shows.

  20. So Sue Me

    …instead of worrying about national security, I watched a bunch of 8-11 year old girls bowl and got a stereo installed in the pickup truck. But if you want to know about the speech and some reactions to it, go see OTB.

  21. says:

    It’ll Work For Now

  22. L Mil says:

    Pushing “democracy” down Iraq’s throat is not Democratic!

    WE are the insurgents! Bring our guys home.

  23. ALS says:

    WE are the insurgents! Bring our guys home.

    You gotta love this one: Our troops are the bad guys! But I support I our troops!

    (head shaking)

  24. LJD says:

    I am whole-heartedly in ALS’ camp.

    This is why we pull out before accomplishing the mission. This is REALLY why the world dislikes us- we get involved, only to leave them hanging, literally.

    Out troops should be home, bitch slapping people like that.

  25. IMAO says:

    A spacemonkey Reaction To The Dub’s Speech

    According to James OTB What’s interesting is how many of the sites on my blogroll who’ve updated in the last…

  26. Vintage Bush

    I liked the President’s speech tonight and also enjoyed seeing some familiar faces in the crowd at Ft. Bragg. One of the guys I worked with the last time I was down there was able to slide in for …

  27. Phonkiiii says:

    How do We know he is a liar

    Because he moves his lips

  28. Phonkiiii says:

    Support the beast in Iraq
    they are doing great

    so far 200 000 iraq dead no water no electricity all hospital were destryed to prevent the body counts and the injured ones
    86 journalist killed 13 known by US troops other suspect the US troops too

    Support the criminal in Iraq

    Bysh speech was great I hope Bush remain in power for life you deserve him
    in fact you voted for the iddiot twice