What CNN heard
CNN's team of correspondents and news analysts assess the president's speech.
"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."
"You very much got the sense of a good America facing off against evil."
"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."
"Not once did he mention Osama bin Laden. Only once did he mention al Qaeda by name. Instead, very much a forward-looking speech."
"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."
"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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