The State of the Union Speech: The Rhetoric and the Reality

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In a State of the Union speech every President speaks over the heads of the Joint Session of Congress to the American people. One of those moments came at the end of last night's address, with victims of gun violence in the audience. A "simple vote" won't be easy in a divided Congress — on gun control, climate change or a whole list of initiatives he said won't raise the deficit "a single dime." We hear divided reaction from an Obama supporter, a critic of "warmed over liberalism" and a progressive with doubts about "follow through."


Glenn Thrush - New York Times - @GlennThrush, David Leonhardt - New York Times - @DLeonhardt, Noam Scheiber - New York Times - @noamscheiber, Mona Charen - Columnist. Senior Fellow Ethics and Public Policy Center. Author of Sex Matters - @monacharenEPPC, David Sirota - International Business Times - @davidsirota

Warren Olney

Caitlin Shamberg, Sonya Geis, Anna Scott, Katie Cooper