Before President Obama spoke to the nation on Wednesday night, Glenn Beck shared his thoughts on what he wanted to hear from the Commander in Chief and also gave the speech that he would deliver if he were the president.
After Obama's short address, the mainstream media analyzed the speech. We have collected a few of the reactions from across the news channels.
MSNBC held a panel discussion after the president was finished. The network's elder statesman, Chris Matthews, seemed bewildered by what Mr. Obama said and did not say:
NBC's Chuck Todd spoke with the network's Brian Williams and likened Obama's plan to work with Syria to opening a "Pandora's box":
At CNN, it was a rough first day for new CNN employee and former White House spokesman Jay Carney. Not only did Carney get caught up in a contentious debate with Senator John McCain, he also had to deal with Anderson Cooper after the former White House spokesman praised the administration's previous actions in Syria. Cooper had to interrupt Carney and ask, "Is that even true?"
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow spoke with NBC's Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel. He called Obama's claims about Yemen and Somalia, "Wildly off base, frankly":
On the Fox News Channel, Sean Hannity and Senator Rand Paul broke down the speech.
Paul and Hannity disagreed on the cause of the situation with the Islamic State. Hannity blamed Obama's policies in the region and the withdrawal of American troops.
Paul talked about the conflict being "a long, ongoing war." The senator from Kentucky clarified his statement saying ,"the conflict is between a bizarre, barbaric form of Islam and the rest of Islam." Adding, "We didn't create it, but we did allow a festering of chaos when we toppled the secular dictators":
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