01.25.11 11:22 PM ET
State of the Union: How Did Obama Do?
Obama’s speech shows he is a man newly aware of his limitations. Tunku Varadarajan on why that’s a good thing.
Facing a Republican majority, the president had to drop his campaign-era themes for this State of the Union and pick up Clinton’s—talking about “winning the future” to underscore his energy and youth. And it worked.
President Obama offered the GOP an olive branch on health care and Reagan-style optimism in an address that didn’t satisfy the talking heads—but will be seen by many Americans as common sense.
Obama’s speech was calm, pro-business, and devoid of big ideas. Eleanor Clift on why the State of the Union failed to inspire.
Obama admirably talked up tort reform and a spending freeze. But the speech was flat, and the ideas fell short of the kind of change America needs.
Sen. Chuck Schumer, Rep. Kristi Noem and more lawmakers from every part of the political spectrum share their takes on Obama’s speech with Benjamin Sarlin.
With a unifying message and an audience integrated along party lines, Jeremy McCarter says Obama’s speech delivered on his campaign promise and showed, however briefly, that lawmakers are human.
President Obama’s speech touched on the terrible state of America’s infrastructure. Eliza Griswold on what repairing it will cost—and where he fell short.
Channeling Reagan and Clinton, the president set about establishing a tone and a direction for the next two years—restoring America's economic competitiveness writes John Avlon.
Meghan McCain says President Obama struck high notes on civility but failed to get concrete and show how he’ll make his promises actually happen.
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