Right Back Where We Started

by Shannen W. Coffin

Given the hosannas heaped on the president’s speech from the likes of Charles Krauthammer, Rich Lowry, and Jonah Goldberg, there is every reason to think that it was a fine — and according to many, transcendent — moment for President Obama. But are we not right back where we started with this president? He has won some partisan legislative victories that his supporters celebrate — such as the passage of a health-care bill by an overwhelming Democratic Congress. But otherwise, his finest moments amount to spoken words, and little else. 

That is not to suggest that the speech won’t have a positive political impact on the president. It probably will. But the proof of a “comeback” will come in deed, not speech, however finely honed.