A State of the Union Speech That Was Just Right

President Obama struck the right balance between strong and serious, with some moments of humor.

By Jan. 28, 2014Leave a Comment SHARE–USNEWS & WORLD REPORT OPINON BLOG
President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capito Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Washington, D.C.

As Goldilocks said, not too hot, not too cold but just right. President Obama was not overly political or focused on scoring points in his State of the Union address tonight, but rather focused on a vision of the future and a respect for the past. From the shout out to Speaker John Boehner at the beginning to the truly unifying and emotional end with Sgt. Cory Remsburg, the president struck the right tone.

I have been watching State of the Union speeches for 50 years and I can not remember a more poignant moment. Ronald Reagan citing Lenny Skutnik who helped rescue passengers in a cold icy Potomac after a plane crash used to be the standard, but this far surpassed it in the chamber and in living rooms across America.

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Strong and serious, yet sprinkled with humor, the president once again showed Americans why they like him and believe in his policies.

This was about real people and real problems and real solutions. Not empty rhetoric.

This was one of his best speeches and best presentations. It’s a lot to move forward with, whether you are a Democrat of Republican.