I thought this was -- yet again -- a "surprisingly" effective Big Speech by Obama, though with a very few revealing lapses. Will take my time on doing the Full Annotated Version tomorrow, ideally by early afternoon. Meanwhile, as I've just discovered, my Atlantic colleagues have been Live Blogging the whole thing, here. (I also just was on a panel about the speech on the Charlie Rose show, not yet online.) One moment when I couldn't believe what I was seeing: the Roberts-led stare whatsis? Supreme Court sitting directly in front of the President and being equally-directly dressed down by him, while the politicians right next to them in the chamber leapt up and cheered. Don't recall any moment quite like that before. More manana.
It's the most effective anti-poverty program in U.S. history. So why do some people hate it?