Grading the President's State of the Union

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February 13, 2013, 12:54 am
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(NECN) - President Barack Obama's fifth State of the Union address focused mainly on the economy and gun control - but how did he line up historically?

Boston University political historian and presidential scholar Thomas Whalen says it gets a "B".

"Yes, it did start off slow, but it built to a climax at the end, and I think what's interesting about this speech is it shows how he's grown as a president, that, you know, a lot of people predicted for this speech he'd come out as the fire breathing liberal, but what he came across here was a moderate willing to reach across the aisle, and I think Americans appreciate that gesture," he said.

Broadside host Jim Braude says he was impressed by Obama's speech.

"I thought the last five minutes was about as moving as five minutes as I've ever heard in the State of the Union," he said.

Watch the attached video for more analysis.

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