Watching President Obama’s State of the Union address last night, I couldn’t help but feel the comfort level that he seemed to exude. The speech seemed similar in tone to his Tucson one that received widespread support and has bolstered his popularity rating.
The tone and substance of both speeches have focused on national unity and addressing key problems in particular economic ones without partisan polarization.
But is this a new Obama? I don’t think so. I believe it is the real Obama.
These two speeches have been similar to his address to the Democratic Party convention in 2004 that brought the president into national prominence.
Remember one of his famous lines in that speech? “There are no red states or blue states, there is only the United States of America.”
The Tucson and the State of the Union are a continuation of that convention speech where Obama attempts to transcend partisanship and represents himself as the Great Unifier.
Obama, it seems to me, is at his best and seems more comfortable not leading the Democratic Party, but as a good lawyer bringing together disputing sides. His comfort level is best mediating rather than leading a fight.