How Did Obama Do in his State of the Union?

Did the president's speech accomplish his goal?


How did he do? President Obama in his State of the Union speech, I mean. It was a long and complex piece of oratory with multiple objectives. He was simultaneously trying to inspire a nation beset with a series of economic woes, reposition his presidency in the wake of a profound midterm election defeat, and set the table for some kind of interaction with the opposition party. Do you think he accomplished any of that? And what about the Republican response by Rep. Paul Ryan? The advance hype was that he'd become the new face of the party and frame the hard questions and choices posed by the gargantuan federal deficit. Did he? I'd like to hear your thoughts on the theater and substance of this week. Please share your thoughts on Obama's State of the Union and Ryan's response below.

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