- The Dallas Morning News (link) pegged the crowd at 1,500 people and took note of some of the praise the panel gave Obama, as well as criticism. Excerpts follow...
There was some praise.
Hewitt said Obama was correct to back the "Bush policy of victory" in Afghanistan.
Obama also got credit for giving the order this month to U.S. forces that led to the liberation of an American cargo-ship captain held captive by Somalia pirates. And they agreed he was right to push for a college football playoff.
But for most of the night, Perry and the talk show hosts lambasted the president's first 100 days and called for conservatives to join the "loyal opposition."
The conservative crowd was laid back for most of the night.
They gave Perry a standing ovation when he took the stage.
"It's not politically correct, but it's gutsy," said Tom Hulsey, a 50-year-old Fort Worth man who said Obama should steer the country back toward a biblical, Christian foundation. "I'm glad he did it."
- Bud Kennedy of the Ft. Worth Star Telegram said the crowd was "light" and more like 1200. He also focused on the Christian aspect, and said the radio station hosting the event was ranked #43 in the market (link). Who crapped in his Cheerios? He also focused on one of the sponsors of the event who doesn't think Obama is an American citizen (link). Fair and balanced reporting, right there. Several people in the comment section lash out at the always unfair and always unbalanced Bud for his typically sour story. Excerpts follow...