January 29th, 2014
12:25 AM ET
11 months ago

State of the Union: Obama calls for action, with or without Congress

Washington (CNN) - He talked a good game of acting on his own if necessary, calling for 2014 to be a "year of action, but President Barack Obama's State of the Union address showed he knows that true progress depends on cooperation with a divided and recalcitrant Congress.

"Sometimes we stumble; we make mistakes; we get frustrated or discouraged," he said near the end of the more than hour-long speech, seeming to describe his bad 2013 that lowered his approval ratings. "But for more than 200 years, we have put those things aside and placed our collective shoulder to the wheel of progress."

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  1. Harold Read

    "The Great Uniter" who was supposed to "usher in an unprecedented era of cooperation"...
    After years of blaming Republicans and then raising millions for Democrats through countless campaign trips (instead of dealing with real Presidential issues), the Obama is now more than willing to push his power around like a tyrant.
    Real Presidents negotiate and get the job done even in the face of opposition (see Reagan, see Clinton). This "amateur", community organizer is way over his head ands is reaping all that he has sown.

    January 29, 2014 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  2. Tampa Tim

    In polling, 76% had positive feelings about the SOTU address. Any feedback on the republican response?

    January 29, 2014 07:48 am at 7:48 am |