PEVERILL SQUIRE: I think he earned a good solid B. I don't think it was an exceptional speech.
JANE COWAN: Peverill Squire is a professor of political science at the University of Missouri.
PEVERILL SQUIRE: Well I think he managed to avoid going into great detail which tends to lose his audience and I think he spoke in some fairly broad terms about the challenges we face and I think it was in that sense a fairly honest speech.
JANE COWAN: Did the president go into enough detail though to be credible on cutting the deficit? He didn't say exactly how that would be done.
PEVERILL SQUIRE: I don't think any American politician right now has much credibility on the details of cutting the budget deficit.
I think both parties are talking in very general terms because they want to avoid the unpleasantness that comes with making specific cuts.
So I think he probably did about as well as he could. You know talking about a freeze on a small portion of the budget is probably sufficiently painful that it begins to get people's attention.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Grading the State of the Union
Australian radio interviewed American political scientist Peverill Squire of the University of Missouri about the president's State of the Union address: