Right, left respond to Obama's speech
Some observers said President Obama hit it out of the park; others found he struck out. Some saw it as an intentional walk.
January 26th, 2011
08:29 AM ET

Right, left respond to Obama's speech

Here is a selection of reactions to President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech to Congress on Tuesday night in Washington:

Alex Altman, Time.com:

It was light on applause lines and suffused with a grim subtext: our competitors are gaining on us. Obama's task was to acknowledge the status anxiety sweeping across the U.S., identify the problems causing it, and map out a plan to solidify America's place in the world. ... The theme of the address was the way to "win the future," a slogan that sounds cooked up in a corporate boardroom. It may have been a nod to our hunger for digestible sound bites or a recognition that plenty of Obama's opponents remain unconvinced that he believes in American exceptionalism. But it was also a clear message that "the rules have changed," as Obama said. To the president, American exceptionalism is no longer a matter of Manifest Destiny, but a status secured with hard work, smart choices and grit.

Mark Halperin, Time.com:

The mingled seating of Democratic and Republican members of Congress, a symbolic show of a renewed commitment to bipartisanship, eliminated the tribal practice of one party sitting on its hands while the other stands and applauds, and it was an immense benefit to the president. The viewing television public saw a stream of cut-aways framing prominent Democrats and Republicans, side-by-side, clapping for the same words. The speech itself transcended party lines as well, including nearly 90%  that could have been penned by a GOP leader - or by Bill Clinton, at his center-grabbing best. For the tens of millions of Americans who want Beltway residents to get along and get things done, it was the apex of bipartisan promise since the aftermath of September 11, 2001.

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Wednesday's live video events
January 26th, 2011
07:49 AM ET

Wednesday's live video events

The State of the Union address has come and gone, but that doesn't mean President Obama and Congress are taking the day off.  Meanwhile, the World Economic Forum convenes in Switzerland, and CNN.com Live is there.

Today's programming highlights...

9:00 am ET - State of the Union replay - Get another chance to watch President Obama's State of the Union address, followed by the Republican and Tea Party responses.  Replays will also happen at 12:00 pm ET and 4:00 pm ET.

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The day's most popular stories
January 26th, 2011
12:34 AM ET

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