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What CNN heard

CNN's team of correspondents and news analysts assess the president's speech.

Aaron Brown

Aaron Brown

"The president has said as he has said before, America was attacked. It was as if the entire country looked into a mirror and saw our better selves. It is a theme that he started just a week after the tragedy and brought it back again."


Judy Woodruff

Judy Woodruff

"You very much got the sense of a good America facing off against evil."


Jeff Greenfield

Jeff Greenfield

"He almost seemed to be talking the way Woodrow Wilson did, that there were these universal values and universal principles -- that's an extraordinary statement in the State of the Union."


John King

John King

"Not once did he mention Osama bin Laden. Only once did he mention al Qaeda by name. Instead, very much a forward-looking speech."


Candy Crowley

Candy Crowley

"We saw what really was a warning to the world and those particular countries that have already been mentioned -- saying we're not going to stand by and let terrorism go on in any of those states that won't take action. And then we saw, of course, the standard State of the Union address, as far as telling the country where we are at this point."


Bill Schneider

Bill Schneider

"I think it was the president's personal commitment and personal resolve that stood as an example to the American people."



 
 
 
 



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