Bush's "whatever you want to call it" tonight
And so, in my State of the --- my State of the Union --- or state -- my speech to the nation, whatever you want to call it, speech to the nation -- I asked Americans to give 4,000 years -- 4,000 hours over the next—the rest of your life --of service to America. That's what I asked -- 4,000 hours.If anyone has the stomach to watch, let us know how Bush's "speech to the nation -- whatever you want to call it" thing goes tonight.
—Bridgeport, Conn., April 9, 2002
He goes into it with an ABC News/Washinton Post poll showing 56% of the country disaproves of how Bush is handling the job of President and results showing the Dems are in good shape going into congressional elections (IF they can take advantage of it).
The Post-ABC News poll offers a revealing portrait of a restless electorate at the start of the campaign year. By 51 percent to 35 percent, Americans said they preferred to go in the direction outlined by congressional Democrats rather than the direction established by the president. On the eve of last year's State of the Union address, 45 percent said they preferred to follow the path of the president, compared with 39 percent who said they favored the Democrats' course.By the way, an interesting site listing Bush's manglings of the language and just how he messed up gramatically can be found here.
By 54 percent to 38 percent, voters surveyed said they would vote for the Democratic candidate over the Republican candidate for the House in November. That is one of the largest margins favoring the Democrats in two decades, although the gerrymandered House districts mean that incumbents are safer today than they were in the past.
By 51 percent to 37 percent, Americans said they trust the Democrats more than the Republicans with the main problems facing the country over the next few years, the first time since spring 1992 that Democrats have gained more than 50 percent support on that question.