9:47 PM: He’s doing considerably better than I’d anticipated. I didn’t have low expectations. I just find most of these speeches by most Presidents kind of meh. He’s enjoying himself and skewering the opposition with a bear hug.
9:45 PM: Joe, Medicare and Social Security saver …
9:43 PM: A lot of Republicans really don’t like the facts.
9:37 PM: Oy …
9:34 PM: He seems jazzed.
9:29 PM: ‘Jobs are coming back, pride is coming back.’
9:23 PM: “We came together” seems to be the theme.
9:20 PM: McCarthy is trying to follow the GOP vow never to clap but he seems to kind of give in toward the end. Can’t quite manage it.
9:11 PM: I guess we’re charm offensive-ing. I always have equivocal feelings about this. On the one hand, don’t bring a noodle to a knife fight. On the other, the audience isn’t the members in the building. It’s the public at home. That’s what’s important to remember.
9:08 PM: Apparently Biden and Santos made locked eye contact but didn’t say anything or shake hands. The news has been delivered.