Well, I didn't watch it live because my British husband HATES the State Of The Union address, regardless of who is giving it.
I did read the written transcript and I did go to various websites ranging from DailyKos to Salon to National Review to read other people's reactions.
And finally, I watched a couple of clips of the speech including the outreagous lie about foreign companies being allowed to donate to politcal campaigns - nice headshake Justice Alito!
In the end, my opinion is the speech sucked.
I know some of the far left think it was great but they don't think in real space to begin with. Center-left to middle right folks seem to be clearheaded enough to spot each and every inconsistancy and bald-faced lie in the speech such as the above mentioned campaign donation lie and the inconsistancy of advancing new or more government programs while promising to "freeze" spending sometime next year.
It sad, lame, and craptacular that Obama thinks he can say these things to the American people on a national stage and that we would believe him. Let alone trust him.
Now as far as the reaction to his "tone" has been. I didn't listen to the whole speech so I can't speak to it but level-headed people whom I respect describe his tone as "nasty", "defensive", and "arrogent". Since Obama has always seemed that way to me to begin with, who am I to argue?
Below are some links so you can see for yourself.
State of the Union speech text
Bob McDonnell's GOP Response: Full Text
What's the Takeaway? (by Peter Robinson)
Defensive, hectoring, self-righteous, self-referential, and angry. An astonishing performance. ....
I forgot to add "petulant."
From a Speecheywritey Type
The Usual Straw Men, &c.
President Wrong on Citizens United Case
PJTV Video (Trifecta) - SPEECHLESS: Obama's State of the Union Leaves the Trifecta Team in Disbelief
Did Obama’s SOTU Pass the Women’s Intuition Test?
SOTU and Voter Intimidation
Staying the Course. The same agenda in more humble clothes.
Obama's Glass Jaw
Obama's Clash With Alito Triggers Firestorm
Obama vs. Alito: Round 2
Supreme Court Historian: After President’s ‘Insult,’ Won’t Be Surprised If Supreme Court Doesn’t Attend Next Year’s State of the Union Address
Justice Alito’s Reaction, "Not True" AND more from Ann Althouse AND Awkward Moment At the State of the Union Address AND Justice Alito mouths 'not true' AND Justice Alito Corrects Constitutional Scholar Prez AND Justice Alito’s You Lie moment AND Obama Misrepresents the Citizens United Decision
Obama's Defense Of SCOTUS Remark Doesn't Wash
Obama’s Shameless Demagoguery
AP FACT CHECK: Obama and a toothless commission
PJTV Video - The State of Israel Reacts to the State of the Union
Is There a Plan? Quite literally, all talk and no action.
A State of the Union in Contradiction
The State of the Union Is No 'Reset' Button. Presidential ratings usually drop after the speech.
Cato Institute Scholars Analyze the 2010 State of the Union Address
Obama: You liked my speech? Please send money. Huckster-in-Chief?
Faux Contrition: Obama Blames the Public
Gitmo? Mideast? Not in Obama speech
WTF! Chris Matthews on Obama: ‘I Forgot He Was Black For an Hour’ (UPDATED)
Obama urges repeal of ban on open gays in military
The State of the Union
From the Far Left - Instead of giving ground after a shock defeat in Massachusetts, Obama showed style and candor in his State of the Union speech—even if hectoring the Supreme Court justices was unseemly.
Daily Kos v. McDonnell
The Spending 'Freeze' That Isn't. Since 2008, the ratio of outlays-to-GDP has risen by about 14%.
State of the Union Fact Check AND State of the Union: More Lies, Fewer Facts AND Fact Check: How State of Union Compares With Reality
Drunkblogging the State of the Union (As always I (heart) Stephen Green)
Defiant, Delusional Obama at the State of the Union
Guess what. So did I. Harry Reid Yawns During Obama's State Of The Union
PJTV Videos - State of the Union: Will Obama Find the Middle or Will Obama Find Obama? AND State of The One's Union: With Democrats Abandoning Ship, Can Obama Prevent a Republican Takeover?
Leave George Bush Alone!
Obama's answer for America: more of me
The Most Interesting Thing About the SOTU
You Go Girl - Palin Unloads on Obama, SOTU Address