It was some of the most compelling television that I've seen since the campaign debates in 2008 but this kicked ass more than those stuffy, well-scripted debates. We like to see our leaders debating, discussing and otherwise doing their job!! So, it is in that light that I hope we see more of these "Question Times." The next one though I hope is with the Republican Minority Leader taking the questions. I thought this was some good analysis of the event:
Debating a law professor is kind of foolish: the Republican House Caucus has managed to turn Obama's weakness -- his penchant for nuance -- into a strength. Plenty of Republicans asked good and probing questions, but Mike Pence, among others, found their arguments simply demolished by the president. (By the way: can we stop with the Obama needs a teleprompter jokes?) More than the State of the Union -- or on top of the State of the Union -- this may be a pivotal moment for the future of the presidential agenda on Capitol Hill. (Democrats are loving this. Chris Hayes, The Nation's Washington bureau chief, tweeted that he hadn't liked Obama more since the inauguration.)TPJ: Yeah, I thought this was the best I've seen him since the campaign actually. And the State of the Union was well done too. I think he's back on his game and it's about time. It really was a strong showing and showed that he still has a strong command of the issues. It has gone a long way toward building up my confidence in him again. Where was this Obama all last year??? I hope this Obama doesn't retreat back into a cerebral morass that leaves him lost in his thoughts rather than on the offensive. To view the full debate click on this sentence.
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