Lots of commentary this morning (as expected). For myself, the speech was necessary in the sense that the Commander and Chief announced that some of our troops were coming home from a long-engaging conflict. But it felt rather flat as most addresses from behind the desk are, and the President’s voice seemed fairly soft and non-commanding.
Joe Klein of Time has the best reaction piece.
And so this speech was a necessary ceremony of the presidency, if a thankless one. The commentators will say the President didn’t transcend. His critics will say that he refused to acknowledge the “success” of the surge. But he also refused to indulge in relitigating the stupidity that launched the war.
The best that can be said about the President tonight is that he survived, too, yet another very difficult moment in his presidency.