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Here’s something interesting  that leaked out from our skeptical press. An AP story by Jennifer Loven about how the president’s address went — five and a half hours before it happened:

Standing before a nation on an economic precipice, President Barack Obama aimed to balance candor with can-do Tuesday night in his first address to a joint session of Congress. Millions more anxious Americans were tuning in on TV.

Balancing candor with can-do? Nicely done. Quite the nuanced performance. Did we anxious Americans get what we wanted?

Just five weeks after his inauguration, Obama wasn’t charged with producing a formal State of the Union status report. But for all intents and purposes, that’s what it was: a night for the president to sketch out his priorities in a setting unmatched the rest of the year.

Good for him. Now that that’s over with, I wonder what to do tonight.


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