Obama, as predicted, is beginning with a shout-out to the economic recovery. Since Republicans have been taking credit for said recovery, I’m a bit surprised Boehner isn’t applauding. Guess “the base” might be confused.

The featured “real people” Obama’s talking about are the Democratic Party’s key target demographic: non-college-educated white voters.

Fifteen minutes in, allusion to Obamacare creates first big partisan cleavage in reactions. Boehner hasn’t arisen since the early tribute to the military.

Probably the most sweeping yet brief plenary veto threat in SOTU history.

Interesting that Obama sticks with the same “real people” to make the pivot from economic recovery to continuing economic struggle.

Would have loved to have been fly on the wall during the White House debate that led to formulation of the term “middle class economics.”

Obama rolling through the very popular discreet economic proposals in the speech with considerable panache: child and family leave, pay equity, overtime pay. Brief shout-out to union rights stimulates Boehner to bring out handkerchief and blow nose.

I’ll start a new thread now that Obama’s transitioning into higher ed stuff

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.