The press report says that
The communique left the congressional representatives stupefied. That obliged the President of the Congress, Saavedra, to call a recess to talk about it later. But they didn't have enough time to digest the ideas, because when they came back, they approved a confusing motion: "That the National Congress issue a press release to aid in galvanizing the Honduran population and so that we have a written document that allows us to talk to our electorate, to the point that we can resist for three or four more months that remain to assure ourselves that with the takeover by the authorities at the end the world will understand what it is that the Hondurans are seeking".Reportedly, only 20 congress members participated (out of 128).
Various congress members are quoted as giving "scorching comments" against the US, others interpreting points of the announcement as supporting the Micheletti government, and others (from the UD and Christian Democrat parties) concerned with the effects on the poor.
Marcía Facusse de Villeda is said to have argued that the good news is that the US didn't declare it a military coup.
The article says the congress members argued another positive point is an implication that the US would recognize a new government if the elections are fair and democratic.
Most baffling is the quoted statement by Carlos Kattan that Honduras doesn't have to fall on its knees before the US. Honduras can demonstrate that it is independent and look for new strategic partners for its products, like Canada and Japan, so that the economy will not suffer from these sanctions.
Apparently no one told him that Canada and Japan are with the rest of the world against the de facto regime.
So-- we can see that while the reaction was one of surprise and the impacts are real, the Honduran coup apologists will spin as much of this as they can.
Not declaring this a military coup matters.
Not being clear that the elections cannot be democratic and fair if the constitutional government is not restored matters.
One hopes that someone at State is reading the Honduran news today.