Obama: Middle class is under threat

(Bill O'Leary / WASHINGTON POST)

None of the proposals constitutes a single bold stroke to revive the economy, but the heart of his message was that America’s wealthiest citizens must do more to cement the economic recovery.

In Obama’s address, a gift of timing

In Obama’s address, a gift of timing

The president focused on economic inequality on the day Mitt Romney released his tax returns.

GOP fractures on display in reaction

GOP fractures on display in reaction

President Obama’s State of the Union address prompted an array of reactions from conservative critics.

The president as a grown-up

The president as a grown-up

But in the context of a 2012 campaign that’s doubling as reality TV, the din returns quickly.

The most memorable SOTU moments

The most memorable SOTU moments

Over the past 222 years of speeches, there have been lots of great moments. Here are the most memorable ones captured on video.

Confrontation wrapped in Kumbaya

Confrontation wrapped in Kumbaya

President Obama made clear that he would not back down from confrontational rhetoric.

‘There is zero instant gratification’

‘There is zero instant gratification’

On Sarasota’s Main Street, there’s little interest in watching the State of the Union address.

Mitt Romney offers a ‘prebuttal’

Mitt Romney offers a ‘prebuttal’

This is the fifth presidential election cycle in which the rhetorical tactic has been used.

Obama’s Cabinet hitting the road

Obama’s Cabinet hitting the road

Various officials will visit states — particularly the purple ones — to tout plans unveiled in the address.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

No retreat, no surrender

Obama’s rhetorical shift from hope to teamwork.

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E.J. Dionne Jr.

Rubin: Plenty of partisanship, few ideas

The partisan kickoff to the 2012 campaign.

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Jennifer Rubin

Obama’s extraordinarily good timing

He will speak about inequality as Romney releases tax returns.

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Greg Sargent