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Last night, President Obama offered his fifth State of the Union Address.
Within seconds of the President stepping back from the podium mic, the political pundits are dissecting, analyzing, fact-checking and rehashing the speech. And then 10 minutes after the President's speech comes the rebuttal from the opposing party, which this year was offered by Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio.
So, what did the President propose in this year's State of the Union? Here are a few highlights...
Whether one agrees with the President politically or not, the State of the Union typically serves as a call to action… and then we go to sleep, wake up and are more or less back to the pre-speech state of the Union (which in recent year's greatly resembles a holdiay gathering of an extremely contentious, dysfunctional family). Still, I'll reamin optimistic that this year will bring less gridlock, name calling, and sour faces and more solutions, positive outcomes and, dare I say, compromise.
For those that can't get enough of the speech and it's aftermath, here are links to fact-checkings of the President’s speech and running commentary from news outlets:
And finally, inks to Oklahoma Delegation responses and the Tea Party response: