Here's my take: Pro: - liked acknowledgement of racial divide - liked plan to support jobs, entrepreneurship opportunites for local residents and especially minorities Con: - did NOT like conclusion that the military must take a greater role in disaster response. If by military he means just greater Coast Guard and National Guard presence, then fine. If he means Army units on U.S. streets, I get worried. All in all a good speech, but I will judge actions, not words. The president, like all politicians, has made plenty of promises in the past and kept precious few (and often done the opposite of what he said). I'm hoping in this case he's not just making empty statements. The nation can't afford any political games right now.