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President Obama's speech gets mixed reaction

Posted at 5:56 AM, Dec 07, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-07 05:56:21-05

WPTV hit the streets Sunday night to find out what people had to say about the president's address on gun violence and terrorism.

From what we found out, the Oval Office speech was met with very mixed reaction.

Roxanne Schulte of Boynton Beach said, "I feel like he's doing a very good job, especially just handling things with a cool head."

Others, like Delores Abroms of Palm Beach Gardens disagreed, "I think he's been a terrible let down for this country," she said.

NewsChannel 5 political analyst Brian Crowley says the president likely didn't gain or lose support from his speech.

He says a more forceful command of how to go after ISIS would have been more effective in reaching the American people.

"I think a lot of folks were looking for some dynamic, forceful leadership tonight," said Crowley. "Instead they got a resuscitation of what he's been doing and justification of why it's working."

Hyime Paley of Boca Raton reacted to the speech, "He's not doing anything about it," he said. "He's just making light of the whole situation."

Crowley also said the most important message, in his view, was the president encouraging Americans not to punish American Muslims for the acts of terrorists.