So Much for “Sleepy Joe”: On Biden’s Rowdy, Shouty State of the Union

March 08, 2024

The State of the Union was . I cannot think of a single case of a State of the Union rescuing a troubled Presidency—or sinking one, for that matter. The result was a most unusual State of the Union—partisan, shouty, and even, at times, a bit rowdy. Democrats loved it; Republicans looked on, squirming in their seats as if they’d accidentally been forced to sit through the Democratic National Convention. Or why it is that Biden’s insistent optimism and signature pleas for bipartisan action have been falling flat with many voters.