The president focused on job creation and innovation
Republicans and Democrats reached across the aisle last night to sit with one another at President Obama's State of the Union address, a speech that focused on job creation and innovation. The president acknowledged this show of unity but cautioned, "What comes of this moment will be determined not by whether we can sit together tonight, but whether we can work together tomorrow." Obama also introduced plans for increased access to high speed technology and expressed his commitment to education reform. More than halfway in to his address, Obama spoke about foreign policy, the Iraq war and Afghanistan. In his speech last year to the joint session of Congress, the president urged the legislature to pass healthcare reform. This year, Obama displayed a more centrist tone on the issue of healthcare, acknowledging that "anything can be improved." He encouraged both sides to bring to the table their ideas about making healthcare better or more affordable. Initial reaction to the address was positive. A CBS News poll conducted just after the speech found 91 percent approved of the president's performance.