ARI FLEISCHER: I regret to say that I thought the president's speech to the nation last night was not reassuring. The manner in which the president read that speech, it appeared to me, Martha, as if he had barely seen it before he read it off the teleprompter, and that was reflected in the lack of emotion, the lack of connection, as he read that important speech. So, I think the president fell short of that mark last night. Now, his policies, I think are the right policies so far. The other factor, of course, too, is as you pointed out, we need people to stand shoulder to shoulder. What a signal of reassurance it would send when Democrats and Republicans stop the maneuvering and the posturing to spend more on this program or that program, and do what is right to fight the virus.
MARTHA MACCALLUM (HOST): Yeah. You know, as far as the president's speech, you know, obviously, it sounds like you -- you're citing, maybe a failure among, I don't know, the speechwriter, or making sure it was run through several times before they went in there.
This is only the second time he has done an Oval Office speech like that, and it is -- it is a unique sort of presentation, and it does demand -- it demands attention, right?