After a first term full of disappointments, some progressive Democrats are saying that President Obama finally found his voice this week in Kansas. Obama's carefully crafted speech invoked Republican President Theodore Roosevelt, who made a speech in the same town more than 100 years ago, calling equal opportunity the cornerstone of democracy. In his first major effort to lay out the themes of next year's re-election campaign, Obama picked up on the rhetoric of the Occupy movement, denouncing Wall Street and supporting "the 99 percent." But, does his record match his rhetoric? Will centrists see him as the champion of the Middle Class or an advocate of more government regulation? How does his re-election agenda stack up against the crowded field of Republicans? We get a range of opinions from across the political spectrum.
The Obama Record, His Re-election Campaign and the Middle Class
Richard Stevenson - New York Times, Michael Tomasky - Newsweek / Daily Beast - @michaeltomasky, Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com - @ggreenwald, John Feehery - Feehery Group - @JohnFeehery, Mark McKinnon - No Labels - @mmckinnon