Mark Halperin: Obama Oval Office Speech ‘Not Good for the Country’

Obama Oval Office Speech 'Not Good for the Country'

Mark HalperinAppearing on NBC’s Today Monday morning, Bloomberg Politics host (and kinda-MSNBC hostMark Halperin gave President Barack Obama low marks for his Oval Office speech on terrorism Sunday, calling it ultimately bad for the country.

“Are you surprised that in this speech he didn’t offer anything new in terms of strategy or policy, that it was basically stay the course?” host Matt Lauer asked.

“I’m surprised by that. I’m also surprised that he didn’t do a good enough job — or maybe any job — of reaching out to the Republicans,” Halperin said.

“This is the time when we need national unity; we’re in the middle of a presidential campaign, he’s leaving office in little over a year. The reaction from Republicans… uniformly bad, not just the presidential candidates but the Capitol Hill leaders,” he continued.

In the end, Halperin wasn’t a fan of the speech: “I think nothing new, no sense of bipartisanship: bad for the country.”

Watch above, via NBC.

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