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President Obama delivered the first State of the Union Address of his second term, and it turned out to be everything we expected: ho-hum, predictable, somewhat boring, but also logical about where things in America need to go.

The speech was relatively brief and sweeping, beginning domestically, going internationally and back again. On matters of economic recovery and jobs, Obama made a point about the gains already made, but acknowledged their inefficiency in bettering the overall economic situation, still mired by high unemployment and structural problems, like the budget and debt issues. The consecutive call for bipartisan cooperation went out to the Republicans, and the president very maturely did not try to delegitimize of play down the opposition.