Overall, I was pretty impressed with President Obama's speech. I thought it highlighted the successes of this Presidency, and he shared his "hope" for the future.
I have not been happy with his Presidency. I honestly thought he could have done so much more. He came to office with the best of intentions, but neither he nor I were prepared for the racist onslaught that would dog his administration. That and a weak-back thin-skinned Democrat Congress--HIS Congress did him no favors by watering down and stalling the Affordable Health Care Act. What we have today pales in comparison to what it could be for the American people. Once Congress turned Republican, any initiative he would propose would be lost in the quagmire of partisanship. The Democratic Congress should have had the balls to work for the people--not their feared reelections.
The President truly became himself once he realized that he could act through Executive Action. With Executive Orders, he has been able to assert his progressive agenda with more vigor. True, he cannot run everything through that he wants. But he has definitely laid the foundation for the next Democrat coming to the Presidency.
Again, all-in-all a very good speech, highlighting a very successful Presidency. Thank you for your service Mr. President.