Todd offered that "because of the hard economic realities, the President decided that had to trump soaring rhetoric." Over on Good Morning America, George Stephanopoulos actually refrained from his normally effusive praise of the President. The host acknowledged, "A different kind of convention speech from President Obama last night. More sober, a little more humble." How anxious were the hosts of GMA to get off the subject of the President's speech? The two hour program gave Obama a mere five minutes and 45 seconds.
On CBS This Morning, Nancy Cordes delicately explained, "[Obama] acknowledged that his vision of hope and change had been battered a bit by the vagaries of politics."
She added, "But he didn't necessarily lay out a roadmap for how he planned to achieve [energy or education] goals or how he would work with Congress more effectively in a second term."
In an interview with Robert Gibbs, co-host Norah O'Donnell seemed underwhelmed, wondering, "Was it small, though, for a convention speech, which is usually kind of about bigger, more visionary things to sort of level such an attack [against Romney] like that?"
After Gibbs talked about the difficulty of being president and that America has a long way to go, host Charlie Rose pushed, "But he seemed to be suggesting, Robert, that he knows he's disappointed?"
On Good Morning America, Jake Tapper asserted that "the man known for his soaring oratory saved the poetry for the end of the speech."
Stephanopoulos interviewed Matt Dowd, a political strategist who has advised both Democrats and Republicans. Dowd snidely mocked the Republican candidate, contrasting, "The interesting thing after two conventions, you get a sense that people love Barack Obama, but that Republicans are in an arranged marriage with Mitt Romney."
He continued, "And I think that is a difference that came out. Much more enthusiasm at this convention."
Dowd's insults aside, it's a bad sign for Democrats when even the liberal media can't get excited about Obama's speech.
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