The aftermath of the State of the Union address is traditionally filled with pundits, explainers and analysis. In addition to the expert analysis, we thought it would be interesting to hear the types of conversations Americans were having with their friends, neighbors and colleagues. We wanted to know what they hoped the president would talk about and which parts of the speech resonated with them.

So we tried something a little different. We put a group of people in a group text message chain. They texted with one another (and me) -- asking questions, sharing opinions, rolling their eyes and making jokes.

We had several group text messages going throughout the day; each group was a little different but we tried to include diverse perspectives and backgrounds in each conversation. Here’s the conversation from one group.

We started with introductions:
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What they hoped to hear during the speech:
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How they feel about politics and the mood of the country:
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Their expectations for the Republican response:
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During the speech, the conversation bounced around a lot as the president addressed different issues. Here's what they thought about his community college plan:
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The group covered a lot of ground, from paycheck inequality to partisanship and, inevitably, applause:
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More on the applause:
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Final thoughts:
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