Every time I'm invited to this rostrum, I'm humbled by the privilege, and mindful of the history we've seen together. We have gathered under this Capitol dome in moments of national mourning and national achievement. We have served America through one of the most consequential periods of our history -- and it has been my honor to serve with you.
In a system of two parties, two chambers, and two elected branches, there will always be differences and debate. But even tough debates can be conducted in a civil tone, and our differences cannot be allowed to harden into anger. To confront the great issues before us, we must act in a spirit of goodwill and respect for one another -- and I will do my part. Tonight the state of our Union is strong -- and together we will make it stronger. (Applause.)
Okay, right there, I have to disagree. I "reject your characterization." I don't know if I will have more to post on this until later, but let's just say, I don't think the president is right, from the very outset of his speech.
Ignoring reality and leading blindly on faith instead of facts seems to be the way of the fundamentalist. And I have said this before: Never misunderestmate the damage a small group of fundamentalists can do to a country.