We watched the State of the Union last night with rapt attention. The speech was: balanced, delivered with the right tempo, not theatrical, had its light moments, and yet nailed all the points the pundits hoped he would cover.
Link to the speech is here.
Here is a classic bipartisan discussion between Gail Collins and David Brooks from the NY Times Opinionator.
Gail Collins, in the above article, talks about how the president did not even go near the gun control topic. This article sums up the perils and trials this sensitive issue holds for any politician:
Daily Beast's article on Gun Control.