Nina Easton: Speech Was Deja Vu, Obama Hasn't Evolved Staff
Posted: Jan 21, 2015 10:41 AM
NINA EASTON, FORTUNE MAGAZINE: In 1996, Bill Clinton declared the era of big government over in the State of the Union address. And, at that time -- this is a president who is not only a smart politician but one that worked with Republicans to balance the budget, and it showed a man evolving, a politician who evolved to declare that he was questioning the beneficence of Washington programs. That was a huge deal. With this president, I don't see any evolving. It was deja vu. It's almost as if there is file folders of Obama speeches dating back to when he declared for president in 2007, and he closed his eyes and reached in and picked one out and freshened it up -- a couple of paragraphs with a different terror group. They couldn't fit in al-Qaeda because he put in ISIS in those two paragraphs devoted to terrorism on page 8. If you like Obama, if you like a Washington that offers free stuff and taxing the rich, that's what you get. I don't see him evolving as a president.

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