Did you catch President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night? Having written speeches and also heard them delivered by good orators, including my husband Neil, I was more than riveted.

Seldom have I heard anyone able to reach out to an audience to that extent, bringing them to their feet at the end with his tribute to a wounded serviceman, there in the audience.

Not all of the president’s listeners were in agreement with some of the content of the speech, nor were all of the commentators afterwards, but few failed to praise the effectiveness of President Obama’s ability to reach out to an audience.

I watched the whole event on CNN, including the arrival of many of the Democratic and Republican members. Quite a few of them chose to arrive together instead of sitting in opposite sides of the House as usual.

Michelle Obama was a stand-out in her green gown, sitting beside that veteran soldier at the front of the balcony.

The veteran had been near fatally-wounded after ten tours of duty. I’m told that Obama’s tribute to him drew the longest applause ever heard in that chamber.

What did you think of the speech?

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