New spirit in Washington, same old divisions
On a night when the new, and still tenuous, mood of bipartisanship in Washington was on full display, President Barack Obama pushed forward an agenda of government spending and investment that is sure to be met with fierce resistance by an emboldened Republican Party in Congress.
Democrats and Republicans sat intermingled for the first time in memory during this State of the Union address, one of the most widely viewed events of most any political season.
But even the sight of Arizona Republican John McCain and Massachusetts Democrat John Kerry ? the men who ended up on the losing side of the two most recent presidential contests ? sitting side-by-side is unlikely to bridge the gulf between the two parties on the most pressing issues the nation faces.
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