After his State of the Union address, President Obama headed to two states that voted against him, in part, aides said, because he wanted more encounters in his last year in office with people who disagree with him.
President Obama delivered his final State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress earlier this week. He discussed his policy goals for the next year, took veiled swipes at several Republicans running for his job and lamented the lack of unity among Republicans and Democrats.
Lisa Martin woke up in the middle of the night last winter, the mother of a newborn son nursing anxieties about his future. So at 4 a.m., she sat down and typed out a letter to President Obama expressing her fears and sent it by email to the White House.
On the NPR Politics Podcast, the team dissects President Obama's final State of the Union address. Was the president responding directly to some of the rhetoric on the campaign trail? Congressional reporter Susan Davis analyzes how the speech played with both Democrats and Republicans.
Gwen Ifill is moderator and managing editor of "Washington Week" and co-anchor and managing editor of the "PBS NewsHour." The best-selling author of "The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama," Gwen has covered seven presidential campaigns and moderated two vice presidential debates.