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9:55 AM ET, February 25, 2009

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Ian Schwartz / Video:
MSNBCer Says “Oh God” Before Jindal Response  —  As Gov. Jindal prepares to give the Republican response to Obama's address, an MSNBC host or producer was heard off camera muttering “Oh God.”  —  The remark came after host Keith Olbermann paused the panel's discussion as Gov. Jindal was walking to the camera.
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Full text of Gov. Bobby Jindal's Republican response  —  Here is the full text of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's Republican response to President Obama's address to Congress tonight:  —  Americans Can Do Anything  —  Good evening.  I'm Bobby Jindal, governor of Louisiana.
Think Progress:
Fox Panel's Verdict On Jindal's Speech: ‘Childish,’ ‘Amateurish,’ ‘Not Exactly Terrific’  —  Lousiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's (R) response to President Obama's speech tonight received a universal thumbs down from the Fox News panelists, who are traditionally conservatives' most gentle critics:
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
The Jindal Phenomenon  —  Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal — selected to deliver the Republicans' Fat Tuesday response to President Obama — might also be voted the man least likely to let the good times roll.  Slight, earnest, deeply religious and supremely wonkish, Jindal resembles neither …
Greg Veis / The New Republic:
Epic Fail, SOTU Rebuttal Version  —  Is there a more dangerous assignment for a rising party star to accept than a State of the Union rebuttal?  Seriously, it's hemlock.  Tonight, in all fairness, would've been tough to pull off even if Bobby Jindal didn't sound like Kenneth from “30 Rock …
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Matthews Not Tingly for Jindal
Discussion: Hot Air and The Other McCain
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
Jindal's Response...  Awful.  He walked out like an earnest dork …
Discussion: TBogg
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blogs:
MSNBC welcomes Jindal: ‘Oh God’
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Fox News
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Poll: Positive Reception For Obama Address  —  UPDATED WITH FINAL RESULTS CBS News and Knowledge Networks held a nationally representative poll of 534 people who watched President Obama give his address to Congress to gauge their reaction in the minutes after the president's speech.
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Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Poll: Two-thirds positive about Obama speech  —  CNN Deputy Political Director  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — A national poll indicates that two-thirds of those who watched President Barack Obama's address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night had a very positive reaction to his speech.
Alan Silverleib / CNN:
Analysis: Obama takes ‘morning in America’ mantle  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Barack Obama addressed Congress shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday, but a casual viewer might have believed it was actually morning in America.  —  “Morning in America” was the theme of Ronald Reagan's 1984 re-election campaign …
Discussion: Telegraph and Stop The ACLU
The Huffington Post:
Polls: Obama Won The Night
CNN:
Poll: Obama's speech scored with viewers
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Full text of Obama's speech to Congress and the nation  —  Here is the text of President Obama's first address to a joint session of Congress, as released by the White House moments ago:  —  Madame Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, and the First Lady of the United States:
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Spectator:
The Age Of Obama  —  WASHINGTON - FEBRUARY 24: U.S. President Barack Obama addresses a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress February 24, 2009 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.  Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.  —  And so it begins.  The contrast between Barack Obama last night and George W Bush was striking.
William Kristol / PostPartisan:
Not a War President  —  What can we learn from the few sentences President Obama devoted to foreign policy in his speech to Congress tonight?  —  The main lesson is how very few the sentences were.  Yes, this was a speech focused on the economy.  But it was also Obama's first address to Congress …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Kenneth Jindal  —  Close your eyes and think of Kenneth from 30 Rock.  I can barely count the number of emails making that observation.  I'm told Olbermann's open mic got it right: Jindal's entrance reminded one of Mr Burns gamboling toward a table of ointments.
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
JINDAL BLOGGING
Discussion: The Note
New York Times:
Obama Favoring Mid-2010 Pullout in Iraq, Aides Say  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama is nearing a decision that would order American combat forces out of Iraq by August 2010 as he seeks to finally end a war that has consumed and polarized the United States for nearly six years, senior administration officials said Tuesday.
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Washington Post:
Obama Expected to Set Date for Iraq Pullout
The Politico:
What Obama really meant  —  President Obama's maiden speech to Congress was loaded with durable lines, many aimed with precision at specific audiences or political objectives.  As is often the case, the most memorable lines were often written with subtlety and delicacy to keep the speech above petty politics and blame-casting.
Discussion: Reuters
Attaturk / Firedoglake:
A little something for the Teaparty  —  digg it  —  Now that Rick Santelli has become the darling of the right wing, he has, with the help of the usual cast of Malkins, organized “The Chicago Tea Party”.  Where the conservative swells can gather and proclaim that those “losers” who are in foreclosure can suck it.
Discussion: slacktivist and Think Progress
Conor Clarke / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
America Invented Everything  —  Two of Obama's claims from the SOTU: … and … After a period of prolonged study and meditation (ie, I consulted Wikipedia for 45 minutes after the speech), I have concluded that these claims are questionable at best and false at worst.
Discussion: Moe Lane
BBC:
Japan exports drop 46% in January  —  Japan's exports plunged 45.7% in January compared with a year ago to hit the lowest figure in 10 years, official figures have shown.  —  Japan's trade deficit hit 952.6bn yen ($9.9bn; £6.8bn) in January, the largest since records began in 1980.
Discussion: TIME.com
GottaLaff / The Political Carnival:
Political Carnival Exclusive VIDEO: Sarah Palin filmmaker John Ziegler on dating show  —  John Ziegler, a former radio talk show host/current Sarah Palin documentary filmmaker (Media Malpractice... How Obama Got Elected) and prime dating material, was on “The New Dating Story” which aired last year on the Learning Channel.
 
 
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