Analysis

Obama's Hopes Smack into Reality

President Obama's State of the Union demonstrated how bristly partisanship has gotten in Washington. When Obama said that his economic plan had cut taxes, the Republicans in the chamber Wednesday remained silent. "I thought I'd get some applause on that one," Obama said. The president tried to call upon some of the magic of the campaign trail, once again presenting his agenda as one of change and reform—the things, he said, Americans had voted for when they elected him. Obama brushed aside complaints that he was trying to do too much, too fast. “I have one simple question: How long should we wait? How long should America put its future on hold?” the president asked.