Obama ditches preachy tone in State of the Union address

The president’s substantive content and positive tone deliver the message that America (and Congress) must get back to work.

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• The audience is a nation clearly divided about this president’s performance; half disappointed and the other half satisfied, 50 percent rating him “mediocre” at best, the other 50 percent praising his steadiness. • The environment is also one of division: Republicans hate Democrats, and vice versa. Those denied health care coverage in the past are overjoyed with the Affordable Care Act, while those who’ve suffered rising premiums curse its existence. Meanwhile, everybody hates the rich, and the 1 percent are ducking for cover.

Given this decidedly mixed bag, what kind of speech do you recommend that your president deliver?

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