Obama's ambitious State of the Union address: 5 takeaways

The president packed a lot of policy, and some potent politics, into his hour-long address to Congress and the nation

The most compelling part of Obama's speech was perhaps his call to Congress to vote on gun-control measures.
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The early reviews of President Obama's fourth State of the Union address are pretty good for the White House: A snap CNN/ORC International poll found that 53 percent of viewers had a "very positive" reaction to the speech, another 24 percent had a "somewhat positive response," and only 22 percent reported a negative response. The CNN sample skewed Democratic, but even National Review's Maggie Gallagher gave Obama an "A" for his "politically effective speech." (The conservative publication's editors were less impressed, panning Obama's "halting and graceless" spending-fest.) There was a lot packed into the hour-long address. Here, five things to take away from Obama's big speech:

1. This was an incredibly ambitious speech

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