Heading into last week's State of the Union address, many folks were thinking the president would map out an agenda geared toward damage control. Commentators of all political persuasions agree that 2013 was a rough year for Barack Obama, and lots of them held that a "lay-low" strategy might be the best path for our commander in chief to pursue.
Instead, what we got was a pitch to make 2014 the "year of action." Reviews of this have been mixed. I've heard some of my left-of-center friends say that none of Obama's suggestions were all that bold. But to those on the right, his advocacy of sweeping immigration reform and federally mandated wage increases, combined with recent threats to bypass Congressional consent, sure sounded pretty hawkish.