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9:25 AM ET, February 25, 2009

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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.
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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.
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 …
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Matthews Not Tingly for Jindal  —  Listen closely as Jindal approaches the mic and Matthews let's out an exasperated “oh God” before he even opens his mouth.
Discussion: The Other McCain
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 Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blogs:
MSNBC welcomes Jindal: ‘Oh God’
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Fox News
Jonathan Singer / MyDD:
On Bobby Jindal
Discussion: The Corner and FiveThirtyEight.com
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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The Huffington Post:
Obama Speech Tonight: Video, Text
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Think Progress
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
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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
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Poll: Two-thirds positive about Obama speech
Discussion: Think Progress
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
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 …
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.
The Huffington Post:
Polls: Obama Won The Night  —  Instant public surveys on Barack Obama's address before Congress showed, by in large, that the public was incredibly receptive to his speech, regardless of political party.  But that did not hold true for every single study.  —  A CBS News poll …
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Like Having Medicare?  Then Taxes Must Rise  —  Toward the end of Monday's meetings on fiscal responsibility at the White House, Senator Kent Conrad stood up and produced a little bolt of honesty.  “Revenue is the thing almost nobody wants to talk about,” said Mr. Conrad, the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee.
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
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
Tim Grieve / The Politico:
A bitter-Tweet night for the GOP  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  As President Barack Obama delivered his unofficial State of the Union address Tuesday night, some Republicans at the Capitol and elsewhere provided harsh reviews by Twitter - at least until they did a 180 to adopt a more respectful tone.
Discussion: Whiskey Fire
Peter Baker / New York Times:
In Time of Crisis, Urging Bold Action and Big Ideas  —  WASHINGTON — It had all the trappings of a State of the Union address but since technically it was not, President Obama did not have to utter those traditional words: “The state of our union is strong.”  Because, frankly, it isn't.
 
 
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