>>..but let's not forget this is the same guy who less than a year ago said everything was fine.<<
I heard him say as much myself at my daughter's college graduation in June. He didn't use the exact term "fine," but the theme of his speech was Why We Are Not Headed Into a Big Depression.
As for tonight's show, I was surprised to find out he grew up in South Carolina. He doesn't have even a trace of a Dixie accent.