A speech to 'kiss and make up' with his base
What do you do when your base is angry about Guantanamo? I guess that you promise to close it again. You also blame Congress for not giving you the money to do it. The problem is that it was a Congress controlled by Democrats that did not provide the funding.
What about drones? You promise that we will "drone" more carefully from now on. Let's hope that the terrorists will cooperate by keeping children away from them.
What about tapping reporters phones? You say that it was about national security and because that "darn Congress" didn't pass the media shield law.
By the way, does anyone remember President Obama persuading members of Congress to pass the media shield law? I don't!
Overall, I rate this as a speech trying to win back the left. I did not hear much more than that. My guess is that it will be largely forgotten when the next IRS official comes to Congress and says "I don't know."
President Obama's basic problem is that reality does not allow him to keep the base happy. Are you listening Code Pink?
Let's go back to Guantanamo. Where are you going to put these people? We don't know and no other country has stepped up to the plate requesting to have their nationals back. I don't see much enthusiasm from Senate Democrats to put this on their agenda before the 2014 elections. They already have their hands full with ObamaCAre.
Overall, the message about the war on terror was just silly.
He claims that the US has not been attacked in a large scale since 9-11. Well, I would argue that Ft Hood and Boston were pretty big. There were about 200 people injured in Boston! Ask the relatives of the 19 people killed at Ft Hood about it.
He blames the "Internet" for the new wave of terrorism. I agree that the Internet has facilitated "training" and "recruiting". However, President Obama did not put forward any ideas on fighting this new kind of terrorism learned from the Internet.
Unfortunately for President Obama, and especially the millions who bought into "hope and change," the war will continue because the bad guys are still determined to kill Americans. This war will go on for a long time and we better come to the terms with that.