February 13th, 2013
07:50 AM ET
1 year ago

5 things we learned from the State of the Union

Washington (CNN) - As with any State of the Union address, President Barack Obama this year had several audiences and there were multiple aims for the White House: To show that he understands the economy is still struggling and that he will do more to help the unemployed find jobs, and to portray a different side of himself than what was seen on Inauguration Day - one willing to reach out to the other party.

While the president did offer some new proposals - including increasing the minimum wage and guaranteeing preschool - many of the ideas he pushed were repeating what he had previously offered but went nowhere in divided Washington. And we saw a president trying to expand the use of executive power to help push his agenda.

Here are five things we learned Tuesday night:

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    Actually, we only learned one thing.

    Obama has no intention of changing.......so the economy has NO CHANCE of recovery for the next four yrs. None.

    February 13, 2013 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    Formost thing I learned is–he does NOT need to care this horrible congress–he can take the nation single handedly in a Democracy like ours and run the show for the welfare of middle class America. He has nothing to lose. Congress idiots better behave.

    February 13, 2013 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    I learned that they did use the co-mingled seating arrangements again.

    February 13, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  4. Wilson

    "single handedly" does not equal a "Democracy." A proven "gullible."

    February 13, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  5. maf

    @ Rick, Please please stop!!! You continue not to add anything to the dialogue.
    The divide between rich and poor continues to get larger and the obstruction in Washington continues to provide gridlock.
    The President is doing the best he can with a divided house. He will still go down in history as one of the very BEST, regardless of your naysaying.

    February 13, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |