SPEECH OPEN THREAD…. I’ll have more on the president’s speech in the morning, but my quick reaction is that this was a very impressive address. Obama had a needle to thread, acknowledging the scope of the crisis, but also striking a hopeful note for the future.

To my ear, the speech was pitch-perfect. He made the quintessential case about turning crisis into opportunity.

That said, I thought I’d open the floor to some discussion. What’d you think?

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.