Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., and Sen, Mark Kirk, (R-Ill) seen mingling prior to President Obama's State of the Union address.
“Obama repeatedly declared the imperative to "win the future," comparing the current need for innovation to the space race against the Soviet Union in the 1950s and '60s,” the Washington Post says. “Calling for more dedication to research and technology as he raised the specter of a rapidly growing China and India, Obama declared: ‘This is our generation's Sputnik moment.’”
More: “Speaking less than three months after his party's defeat in the midterm elections, Obama struck notes of optimism and conciliation in an address that spanned 62 minutes and was interrupted at least 75 times for applause. The president spoke to a House chamber where traditionally segregated Republicans and Democrats mingled, and he acknowledged the unusual seating arrangement at the outset of his speech. But, Obama said: "What comes of this moment will be determined not by whether we can sit together tonight, but whether we can work together tomorrow."
Roll Call: "Obama referenced 'jobs' 25 times and the word 'dream' 11 times as he described an America built by ordinary people who dared to dream."
The New York Times: "Drawing a stark contrast between himself and Republicans, who are advocating immediate and deep cuts in spending, Mr. Obama laid out a philosophy of a government that could be more efficient but would still be necessary if the nation was to address fundamental challenges at home and abroad. 'We need to out-innovate, outeducate and outbuild the rest of the world,' he said. 'We have to make America the best place on earth to do business. We need to take responsibility for our deficit and reform our government. That’s how our people will prosper.'"
The New York Daily News' cover: "Barack to the Future."
The Boston Globe's headline: "Obama urges a freeze and shift in spending."
The Hill leads with Obama's earmark veto pledge.
"As Senate Democrats praised President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night and urged their Republican colleagues to abandon partisanship, the GOP responded with a deep yawn and a little bit of hope," Roll Call writes, adding, " But for [Senate Minority Leader] McConnell and many of his fellow Republicans, Obama did not go far enough on the issues of government spending, the federal deficit or the national debt, nor do they trust the president to follow through on even the portions of the address they found appealing."
The New York Daily News has a photo of Mark Kelly holding his wife, Gabrielle Giffords', hand while they watched the speech. And it notes that before the speech when Secretary Clinton was wishing him luck, Obama said, "Everybody's already seen it," referring to leaked remarks.
Worse than a yawn or skepticism, here's this fingers-in-the-ears Tweet from Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA): “Mr. President, you don’t believe in the Constitution. You believe in socialism."