Question: From a leadership perspective--moving the country and the political process away from division and gridlock and toward consensus, confidence and action--how would you grade President Obama's State of the Union speech?
I give him a grade of an "A". From the onset, his language and actions were inclusive--for example, recognizing John Boehner as the new speaker of the house. He was future focused, as I believe all good leaders must be. The president acknowledged the differences, highlighted what both parties agree on and left space for principled engagement.