Didn’t catch the SOTU (late bit of work), but sounds like a solid, and sober, speech.
Sully and his underbloggers at the Daily Dish put together — as always — a great roundup of opinion from around the blogosphere.
Here’s one from the left:
Obama is making a lot of arguments tonight that the WH should have been making for months now.
One from the neutral sidelines:
Most remarkable: Secretary of Defense Bob Gates applauded Obama’s words [on DADT]. And Americans saw him applauding, thanks to the director’s cut-aways. Which means that, for the most part, the military is on notice: the policy is ending, and ending very soon. Said Obama: “This year, I will work with Congress and our military to finally repeal the law that denies gay Americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are. Because it’s the right thing to do.” One note: the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the chiefs didn’t applauded. But that’s the protocol. They don’t applaud by tradition.
And one from the right:
I have watched many, many State of the Union speeches. This is the most partisan, least presidential of them all. His rhetoric, his glances at the GOP side, and his almost mocking tone at times — not to mention his over-the-top dissembling about the deficit, among other things — will not, I predict, improve his position with the public. Nor should it.
Update 1/28/10 — Here’s a link to the full text of the speech.