Here is the take of former Clinton speechwriter David Kusnet. Kusnet indulges himself with more snarky criticism of Bush than he normally does, but his analysis of the actual speech is, as usual, thoughtful and insightful. He says the speech sounds more like former chief speechwriter Michael Gerson than his successor, Bill McGurn. I agree.
ABC News sent reporter Dean Reynolds to the Astrodome. Reynolds was clearly trying to get evacuees there to criticize George W. Bush. No dice. They liked Bush's speech and criticized state and local officials, particularly Mayor Ray Nagin.
Reynolds elicited reaction from the group sitting in chairs: "I'd like to get the reaction of Connie London, who spent several horrible hours at the Superdome. You heard the president say repeatedly that you are not alone, that the country stands beside you. Do you believe him?"
Connie London: "Yeah, I believe him, because here in Texas, they have truly been good to us. I mean"
Reynolds: "Did you get a sense of hope that you could return to your home one day in New Orleans?"
London: "Yes, I did. I did."
Reynolds: "Did you harbor any anger toward the president because of the slow federal response?"
London: "No, none whatsoever, because I feel like our city and our state government should have been there before the federal government was called in. They should have been on their jobs."
Reynolds: "And they weren't?"
London: "No, no, no, no. Lord, they wasn't. I mean, they had RTA buses, Greyhound buses, school buses, that was just sitting there going underwater when they could have been evacuating people."