I managed to stay awake for the State of the Union speech; no small thing when you normally are asleep by 9 p.m. or so. My first thought was that it was a hard sell on a lot of new plans ranging from climate change to minimum wage to voting rights but not overly political. For instance, a lot of what President Obama pitched included “we can do this” in the phrasing, and he seemed to go out of his way to include the fact that a lot of what he was proposing had, at some point, been endorsed by the Republicans.
All in all, I’ll give him an A- for style, a B+ for substance, and since there were no strange outbursts from the gallery, an A- for decorum.
Here’s the full transcript via the Washington Post.