On the domestic agenda, the New York Times' Toner and Pear write, "President Bush delivered a domestic agenda to Congressional Democrats on Tuesday that was, in large part, modest and a reiteration of past proposals. Where he did break ground -- on health care -- his initiative was quickly dismissed by leading Democrats and seemed unlikely to form the basis of bipartisan action." LINK
According to Roll Call's John Stanton, President Bush's new health care proposal is dead-on-arrival with the Democratic Senate, and as one Democratic aide put it, the plan will be easy to paint as "this year's Social Security privatization. Drop it in the dumb file."
Boston Globe: "Health plan takes narrower approach, analysts say." LINK
SOTU: ledes and headlines:
New York Times: "Bush, Pressing Modest Agenda, Insists US Must Not Fail In Iraq" LINK
Wall Street Journal: "Long Odds for Agenda."
Washington Post: "Bush Urges Congress, Nation to Give His Iraq Plan a Chance." LINK
Boston Globe: "President urges unity on Iraq." LINK
Arizona Republic: "Iraq war trumps Bush's domestic plan" LINK
SOTU: political analysis:
In news analysis, the Washington Post's Dan Balz describes President Bush's address as two speeches in one, the one with domestic initiatives delivered by the president with little emotion and the Iraq and terrorism one where the president came alive.LINK
Susan Page writes in the USA Today about how the President lost his swagger from a year ago. The once confident Bush lost his boldness from the '06 SOTU and delivered a more "constrained" speech. LINK
McClatchy's Steven Thomma writes that President Bush's proposals were "mostly familiar, and on energy, notably (sic) small-bore. There's little prospect that either he or the Democrats will shed their mistrust of each other." LINK
Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times sees the poetry in President Bush paying attention to climate change on the same day that Gore was nominated for two Oscars. LINK
The Los Angeles Times' Janet Hook writes that on the domestic front, the President is "following, more than leading . . ." LINK
SOTU: GOP dissension:
ABC News' Marcus Baram reports on the GOPers who were not siding with Bush last night following the speech. LINK
SOTU: Republican '08er response:
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) told ABC News in a post-speech interview: "This strategy ought to be given a chance, because the consequences of failure are immense, and we'll be back again some day," McCain said. "This is going to be long and hard and tough."
Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) reacted to President Bush's health-care proposals by issuing a statement saying: "I am especially encouraged by the President's initiative to help states find new solutions for individuals to buy health insurance. I believe the states are our best laboratories to find the best policy innovations to our health insurance crisis. As Governor, my state found a way to get all of our citizens covered without a tax increase and without a big government takeover."
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani told Fox News: "I thought the speech was a very good one and I thought it did what the president had to do, which is to get us kind of beyond Iraq, meaning there are a lot of other things we have to concentrate on."