It was a small speech on a big stage. It more resembled a pep rally than a Presidential Address to the Congress and the Nation. Hope and Change have become low ball and small ball. Republicans are afraid to criticize the President for fear of being called a racist. No one wants to tell a Lame Duck that His Goose is cooked.
It appeared to be more a Declaration of Failure than a Declaration of The State of the Union.What I saw was a man who's arm are too short to box with God, defiantly shaking his fist in the face of Congress and the American people and saying "I will not do it the American (ie Constitutional) way. I'm going to do it my way with my pen and my telephone.
A large part of the Washington establishment appeared to be boycotting the speech. Half the Supreme Court was not there.Justices Sam Alito, Clarence Thomas, and Antonin Scalia were conspicuous by their absence. chief Justice Roberts was there, of course, in black robe because he was, at worst, a possible co-conspirator in the still-birth of Obama-care. He could have saved us from our National heath care agony. By changing one word, he gave us a 5 to 4 decision that may doom much of America to bankruptcy. He changed the word penalty into the word tax and defied the will of a majority of Americans and every Republican Congressmen in the Senate.
The group assembled in the House of Representatives to observe the State of The Union Speech looked like a freak show. It was shocking to the eyes to observe this assemblage of caricatures. It would not be much of an exaggeration to say that they looked a lot like the creatures in the bar scene in the movie "Star Wars". It was painfully obvious that our national leaders do not physically resemble the rank and file of America. That may be one of the reasons they do not think or act like them. This could easily have been mistaken for a Convention of The Freaks of The Week Club.
(This is how Ted Cruz put it in a Wall Street Journal Opinion Post)