After the president’s speech last night, South Carolina’s senior US Senator Lindsay Graham says, “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.”In a statement, Graham says President Obama “appeared to be angry at his critics and disappointed the American people were not buying the proposals he has been selling.”
Graham seems to be angry with Obama’s approach, saying, “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.”
National polls released after the speech do not concur.
Graham, in his statement, also spoke commented on Congressman Joe Wilson’s outburts, but did not mention Wilson by name.
Graham says, “The president’s combative tone did not justify a Member of Congress shouting out ‘you lie.’ Our nation’s president deserves to be treated with respect It was inappropriate remark and I am glad an apology has been made.”