8:24 am Sep. 7, 20122
Barack Obama didn't make many specific promises last night, said the word "hope" a lot less than he did four years ago, and never explicitly mentioned his signature health care bill.
The big rhetorical blows to the Republican argument against him had already been landed the night before by Bill Clinton, and countless speakers had already testified to the accompishments of his first term.
Matt Yglesias argued the address was a defensive one from a president who thinks he's winning and doesn't want to get tripped up, and David Brooks, who thinks Obama had an excellent convention politically, was disappointed by what he argues was its incrementalism.
But he did his part, executing well on the speech his campaign felt he needed to give. For the horserace narrators, it seems to have been enough.
"We love Hillary, and we have loyalties that are divided between the governor and Hillary."—Rep. Nydia Velazquez
"Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is in Albany."
"The word 'promise,' which he used 32 times in his acceptance speech in 2008, came up just 7 times on Thursday night." [Helene Cooper and Peter Baker]
"This is the speech you give when you think you're winning and just want to avoid screwing up." [@MattYglesias]
"A home run." [@EleanorRandolph]
"Mr. Obama rose to the occasion." [New York Times]
"Obama asked an apprehensive nation to give him a second chance because the next four years will be better than the last four." [Thomas DeFrank]
Headline: "President Obama says he will need years to achieve his goals" [Geoff Earle, Jennifer Fermino and S.A. Miller]
Obama didn't mention Obamacare. [Joanne Kenen]
"Facts make hope a hard sell for the President." [Daily News]
Contrasting benchmarks Obama laid out in 2008 and in his speech last night. [New York Post]
Rep. Michael Grimm: "Tonight we heard the same divisive rhetoric and more class warfare." [Facebook]
"Romney and Ryan will push the chutzpa-meter to its limits" in arguing re: Medicare. [Josh Greenman]
"Why would he dedicate the middle section to a State of the Union laundry list of his supposed accomplishments that seem like relatively small beer?" [John Podhoretz]
"It turns out that the party that left God out of its platform has a religious zeal for its leader." [Michael Goodwin]
A Cuomo spokesman declined to comment about Hillary Clinton's 2016 prospects. [Michael Howard Saul]
There are no photos of Cuomo on the convention's official flickr stream. [DemConvention]
Too much security. [Cindy Adams]
Legislative appointees to the Joint Commission on Public Ethics voted not to include Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's behavior in their probe of the Vito Lopez scandal, reportedly, over concerns that the governor dominates JCOPE. [Danny Hakim]
"With no heir apparent for the speaker and Cuomo enjoying the relative order Silver imposes on the Assembly, the governor doesn’t want the Manhattan Democrat going anywhere." [Erik Kriss, David Seifman and Selim Algar]
State legislators should be banned from having outside sources of income. [Eric Dinallo]
Senator Chuck Schumer said if legislators unanimously passed a resolution calling for Assemblyman Vito Lopez to resign, "I think he'd have to step down." [Ken Lovett]
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman confirmed to The Nation he's on pace with a big announcement from his Mortgage-Backed Securities working group. [George Zornick]
School officials consider whether to approve a charter school in which each class has only one student. [Sophia Hollander]
Fun details: When Bloomberg asked 9th graders yesterday who likes math, none raised their hands. [Al Baker]
Peter Vallone Sr. said Ed Koch is "looking a lot better." [Page Six]
"We need to be more transparent," said Frank Seddio, a candidate for Brooklyn Democratic county leader. [Juan Gonzalez]
Cuomo gave a big speech on a small stage in Charlotte. [Reid Pillifant]
Schumer says he brought the Jerusalem platform issue to the White House's attention. [Reid Pillifant]
Kirsten Gillibrand and Jon Stewart talk about equal pay, changing light bulbs. [Azi Paybarah]
Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky promises to come to grips with some existential questions about taxi apps. [Dana Rubinstein]
Cuomo's speech in Charlotte. [Politics on the Hudson]
Obama's speech in Charlotte. [Youtube]