CNN shouldn’t pour this much syrup on our plates in the morning without also serving pancakes:

President Barack Obama addressed Congress shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday, but a casual viewer might have believed it was actually morning in America.

“Morning in America” was the theme of Ronald Reagan’s 1984 re-election campaign, and it was front and center in Obama’s most critical event since Inauguration Day.

The president who has pledged to reverse much of Reagan’s economic revolution took a page from the 40th president’s playbook in his 52-minute speech, striking a defiantly optimistic tone that belied the nation’s sour mood and rebutted critics who have accused him of intentionally talking down the economy for short-term political gain.

Maybe I’m off base, but I can’t see any comparisons between Reagan and Obama. I would submit that an optimistic free market capitalist has nothing in common with an optimistic socialist, including the brand of optimism.

Sure, it’s “morning in America” alright, but it just depends on where you’re spending your morning.

Morning in Reagan’s America:

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Morning in Obama’s America:

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Update: So far today the market isn’t nearly as optimistic as the president was in his speech.

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