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POTUS + speech to congress = 7 things to watch tonight

September 9, 2009


Viewers who tune into President Barack Obama’s health-care address tonight will see all the usual trappings of a big-time speech – members of Congress applauding or sitting quietly, depending on their partisan viewpoint, and guests in the gallery carefully selected to match key message points.

But the things to watch for at 8 p.m. tonight are far more subtle, though in many ways, more important to whether Obama succeeds in wrestling the health-care debate back onto his own terms.

“It’s a pivotal moment for health care,” said former Clinton White House Chief of staff Mack McLarty. “It’s a dramatic moment, almost like a heavyweight fight.”


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  1. September 9, 2009 4:58 pm

    Go to to see excerpts from the President’s address and the Republican response.

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