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Feb 8, 2023Liked by Robert Reich

Regardless of what polls may say (and a poll can be constructed well or poorly, emphasizing the response the pollster wants), this is a GREAT President. He is courageous, full of heart, and so well prepared for this moment due to his years of experience. He is the right leader for this moment in history. It is up to us to make the American public more understanding and aware of the immense good he has done with his steady and competent, even bold leadership. He is in the same league as Harry Truman, one of the greatest Presidents of all time. Remember that, like Biden, Truman was underestimated.

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Feb 8, 2023Liked by Robert Reich

I thought he had a very strong message and showed exceptional strength of leadership. Hopefully, this will raise his ratings but the MAGA Republicans will likely find fault even if they have to invent it.

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Americans are politically fatigued. News reports share very few specifics of recent achievements, such as those the President described tonight. In fact, news reporting has been replaced by excessive talk on television and we aren't listening. President Biden is doing a very admirable job.

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The only reason America does not give our President his due is because of lies from the right. What a great speech, well delivered. I wanted to slap McCarthy upside the head. Could he have looked more bored?

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Whatever the resistance, i thought President Biden gave one of the best State of the Union addresses I have ever heard (and I've heard quite a few). I felt it was a dare to the Republicans which they will be hard pressed to repudiate. I loved watching Kevin McCarthy, who clearly has his back to the wall. I loved the people he highlighted, and the way he did it. I thought his delivery was exceptional. Of course, most Republicans probably didn't watch, and the right wing media will be attacking (probably is as I write). I want to hear what you have to say tomorrow, professor, but I couldn't turn in without expressing my approval. I want to savor the optimism the President evoked, the clear attacks on gun and police violence, the need to care for all our people, the support for school teachers, the will to support Ukraine, he just kept going...He made no bones about his support for Social Security, medical care and drug price relief, and addressing cancer. And, of course, he attacked corporate greed and the need to tax the wealthiest among us. It was more than I ever expected, and I'm glad I watched.

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I loved it.He killed it!I think that a lot of the problem with his so-called unpopularity is the negative portrait that the mainstream media has painted of him. That they( media) are still talking about TFG as a normal political prospective candidate for POTUS is unbelievable. They should be touting Biden’s many accomplishments and spearheading Trump’s failure, lies and corruption. I refuse to listen to Sarah Phuckabee Sanders and her lying gruel and I hope the media skewers her as much as they have Biden throughout his whole term as our POTUS.

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Agree. He hit it out of the ball park.

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I greatly admire President Biden and all that he has accomplished. And I strongly object to all of the focus on ( what I believe are) faulty polls. Mainstream media gives more weight to them than is deserved. Even NPR gives a slanted view on their validity.

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Wonderful speech. I’m for him 100%

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Mr. Reich you are leaning too heavily on poll numbers. Polls are not reliable and are, most often, wrong. Who wrote the questions? Who was polled? How many were polled? Who paid for the poll?

Polls are, IMO, pure bullshit. But...the main stream media loves them so tonight, even on PBS Newshour, Jeff Bennett brought up the 62% poll number. I will ask again...please do not quote polls as being legitimate unless you are drawing attention to the lack of validity in every single poll.

And, as someone else posted, it's the media.

Thank you, Mr. Reich.

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I thought it was a rousing speech. As good as I’ve ever seen! He was so good and right. MTG et al we’re disgusting. Speaker was entirely partisan but not incendiary. If only we could work on and agree on what the problems are and what to do about them!

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I think America will and does agree. It’s all good. The other side is “silly”...as my preschool grandchildren say. They also remind me we aren’t allowed to say anyone is “stupid” because that’s not nice. Our President is NICE, and smart, and will “finish the job”.

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He gave a resounding SOTU address.

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It's the media.

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I think so many were and are just tired of the Republican circus. Biden is like the favorite sweater! All in the very best way. We must stay focused and continue to support rights of all.

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“He has brought competent people into government.” This is the thing that matters most. The average American is blind. Competent people matter.

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