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My immediate take:
1. Right tone. Making America "great again" has resonance (albeit slightly backhanded). Obama staked out the optimistic position in contrast with Republicans' pessimism--generally a good strategy.
2. Clarity, at least relative to the cloudiness of his past 2.5 years. He pretty clearly delineated the ideological differences.
3. Substance. I must have missed it. I tuned in ten minutes late, so maybe he squeezed it in before I turned on the TV. I'll read about it tomorrow, I'm sure. Little of it will pass, and I doubt that it will make much difference.
4. Good name for a bill.
PS I noticed that Fox was the only network that did not cut immediately to the terrorist threat. Who knew that Fox was so blasé about terrorism?