State of the Union speech

My comment on the State of the Union message by President Barack Obama, 9 p.m., Jan. 28, 2014. By my estimate, the speech lasted about 76 minutes. During that time, I heard significant applause eight times.

During the same 76 minutes, I felt 18 times there was reason enough to be concerned that tears would come to the eyes of the people within ear shot. For instance, the president said, during the last few years the stock market has done pretty well, however this does not mean that all low class and middle class Americans have a better quality of life.

Herbert C. Jordan