You Lie! Outburst (2009)

State of the union, and of the GOP

State of the union, and of the GOP

Two major political events shared center stage this week -- the traditional presidential State of the Union address and what could be a showdown in Florida in the fight for the Republican presidential nomination. The contrast between the tones of the two could not have been sharper.

President Barack Obama, being able to set his pitch in the most politically advantageous direction, naturally chose to accentuate the positive. He contended in a time of sluggish economic recovery that the state of the country was "getting stronger," citing modest manufacturing and job growth, including the bouncing back of the American auto industry, helped by federal loans.