Naturally, most of the watercooler talk today swirls around Tuesday night’s State of the Union address: Did you watch? What did you think? Where were the specifics? Did you like Michelle Obama’s dress/John Boehner’s tie? What did you think of the bipartisan seating? How come he barely talked about health care/tax reform/etc.?

For my part, yes, I did watch (If you didn’t, here’s the full transcript); I thought the president struck the right tone between being somber (when speaking about the Tucson shooting and the severity of our nation’s fiscal and educational problems) and hopeful and forward-looking ("[A]s contentious and frustrating and messy as our democracy can sometimes be, I know there isn't a person here who would trade places with any other nation on Earth … We do big things. From the earliest days of our founding, America has been the story of ordinary people who dare to dream. That's how we win the future.")

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