It was not at all like any State of the Union address that President Obama has conveyed some time recently. Rather than a clothing rundown of authoritative objectives, this discourse was about safeguarding his accomplishments and articulating what he needs his legacy to be.
That, obviously, was an exceedingly political errand and there were a lot of not so subtle assaults on his Republican rivals and Donald Trump specifically – in spite of the fact that he was never said by name.
Be that as it may, close to the end of the discourse, Mr Obama likewise talked about Washington’s hyperpartisan governmental issues – and assumed some individual fault for the division and brokenness it has prompted.
“It’s one of only a handful few second thoughts of my administration – that the hostility and suspicion between the gatherings has become more awful rather than better,” he said.
“There’s most likely a president with the blessings of Lincoln or Roosevelt may have better spanned the gap, and I promise I’ll continue attempting to be better inasmuch as I hold this office.”
This was the confident Obama of 2008, tempered by the substances of two terms in the White House.
The hopeful who guaranteed to separate the boundaries between red states and blue states has discovered it is harder to make purple than he suspected.
What’s more, maybe that snippet of authenticity was infectious. Minutes after the discourse finished I talked with Republican congressman Luke Messer of Indiana.
Yes, he rejected the president’s vision of today’s US as an “extraordinary Jedi mind trap” played on the American individuals. In any case, he additionally acknowledged that his gathering’s talk regularly did not prompt arrangements either.
As Stu Rothenburg, going along with me in the BBC’s Washington studio for post-discourse examination, put it, the affirmation was both uncommon and uncovering. To what extent it keeps going is another matter.