Steven Wright said it best: You cant have everything cause where would you keep it? After all the chatter on both sides as to what the President should say, or would say, he managed to antagonize both sides, and encourage both sides. 1. President Barack Obama is the best orator that I have seen since Ive been politically cognizant. 2. I was thrilled to see the cadets, and, since I am certain that many were not of the Presidents political view, I was proud of their response to the commander-in-chief. 3. Bottom line: he is sending 30,000 troops in an expedited manner. This closely conforms to the request from General McChrystal. 4. I view the 18-month withdrawal statement as a political statement more than a firm timetable. After all, he need his liberal base for the healthcare battle, and some 46% of the public is not in favor of more troops for Afghanistan. 5. He ran on a platform that Afghanistan is essential, and has not backed away from that idea. 6. After the election, many of us on the right pointed out, shall we say, misstatements by the new President, and a number of ways that he went back on promises. The left simply shrugged and said, well, hes a politician what do you expect? So, why worry about a promise that is 18 months away, and will depend on events on the ground? All-in-all, the speech was well delivered, and had, like Christmas, something for everybody.