Pollster John Zogby reports in our weekly White House report card that President Obama may have bought himself time to rally the public to his anti-terror strategy to decapitate the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

"I thought the president's speech was good. He did what he had to do and nothing more and I am a little surprised at the talking heads. He didn't go into detail? Neither did Churchill, nor Lincoln, at critical moments of oratory. He has changed his mind? Lincoln freed the slaves — something that was clearly not on his agenda when the Civil War began. Woodrow Wilson was re-elected in 1916 (by a hair) because 'he kept us out of war'— neither a hypocrite or indecisive.

“Times and circumstances change. Obama created the conditions for [the Islamic State's] existence by pulling troops out of Iraq? That is just goofy. I can tell you that in our polling on Iraq, the one thing all factions agreed upon was that they wanted the U.S. out.

“Too little too late in Syria? Does anyone remember the red line and the president's inclination to give aid to the rebels over a year ago — just at the time that British Prime Minister Cameron's similar request was shot down and U.S. public opinion said a resounding NO?

“This was not the greatest speech in American history — but it was certainly enough to get Congress to support him — no small accomplishment. And perhaps it bought him some time in a very difficult moment to rally the American people. Mr. Obama has been dealt a very bad hand of cards and he is very much still in the game."

Grade — B

Up from last week’s C+