President Obama set off the "liar light" in a "confrontational" speech on the State of the Union, Newsmax analysts Dick Morris and Allen West said Tuesday night.
In a lively 30-minute dissection of the speech hosted by Newsmax TV correspondent John Bachman, West, a former Florida congressman, and political analyst Morris said the president missed or overstated the mark on issues ranging from health care to manufacturing.
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"What I saw, it was carefully selected political fights that really put the Republicans in a tough position along the lines of income inequality, minimum wage, unemployment benefits, and women's pay," West said. "He was very confrontational. When you ask me about humility, I didn't see any of it."
Morris, meanwhile, found that Obama's lack of admission to the numerous errors surrounding the Affordable Care Act rollout was tantamount to being "ashamed" without having to apologize.
"I mean it's his signature program and he let the whole speech go by before he talked about it. I've written two State of the Union speeches. My attitude here is that this one was very boring, very hard to listen [to]," added Morris, a former adviser to President Clinton, saying the address lacked the strength of presenting "bite-sized achievements" while going overboard on "trying to govern through executive action."
Added West: "He just basically said, 'I don't care about legislating.'"
Morris also found the address was "not unlike a speech he would give on the campaign trail."
"And when he did report to the country, it was kind of, 'what are you going to believe, your own eyes or my rhetoric?'" Morris said, "Are you going to believe the economy's doing well? Are you going to believe that nobody's violating your privacy? Are you going to believe that Iran is rolling back its nuclear program? I mean it's a good idea for a president not to say anything that an eighth grader knows is not true."
For example, Morris said, when Obama claimed the United States was No. 1 for investors, and that manufacturing was on the rebound, "this is the same guy who said 'If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.'"
"When he tries to say manufacturing is coming back... and 8 million are employed... that's baloney," Morris said. "The problem is... people can see there's no progress.
"The liar light went off in my mind."
West compared the president's speech to "small ball."
"Small ball is politics," he said. "He's trying to give [people] tiny issues ... 'At least I did this: look at these small things.' You forget that you don't have a job, that your kids are failing in school."
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