U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) made this statement tonight after the presidential address.
I was incredibly disappointed in the tone of his speech. At times I found his tone to be overly combative and believe he behaved in a manner beneath the dignity of the office. I fear his speech tonight has made it more difficult -- not less -- to find common ground.
He appeared to be angry at his critics and disappointed the American people were not buying the proposals he has been selling. The president's confrontational demeanor increased the emotional and political divide. I hope the President will learn that true bipartisanship begins with mutual respect. Criticism of a public official is to be expected and not all criticism is demagoguery.
When it comes to the public option, the President is either being disingenuous or misinformed. The public option, contrary to the president's claims, will eventually lead to a government takeover of our health care system.
One could easily be led to believe tonight's speech is the beginning of a go it alone' strategy. If the Obama Administration and congressional Democrats go down this path and push a bill on the American people they do not want, it could be the beginning of the end of the Obama presidency.