So, that happened: This week, President Barack Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress now completely controlled by his opposition. The Huffington Post's Sabrina Siddiqui was there, and she joins us to discuss the oration and the reaction.
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Some highlights from this week:
"It was honestly, by all accounts, Obama feeling as though he's been completely freed of the politics that have marred especially the last two years of his presidency." -- Sabrina Siddiqui
In Tuesday's speech, the most newsworthy moment came when the President emphasized the importance of what he called "middle-class economics." The quick, hot take was that by doing so, Obama was opening a new round of combat with Republicans. We'll discuss how a focus on the middle class will also present a challenge for Democrats -- and for our political culture in general.
"There's a more general call to claw back wealth accrued by the 1 percent and spread it around more fairly in a larger population that has not made it out from the Great Recession. This is something that may be the most difficult part of the whole State of the Union address to finesse." -- Jason Linkins
Finally, once the pageantry of the State of the Union had faded, Congress returned to its typical State of Disarray. We'll go over the loudest of the week's facepalms.
Exhibit A, courtesy of the House:
"Basically, the bill said rapes are only legitimate if they were reported to police." -- Arthur Delaney
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