The Night Light with Joshua Johnson
The Night Light with Joshua Johnson
State of the Union, pre & post

State of the Union, pre & post


“Feisty”. That word keeps coming up in describing Pres. Biden’s 2024 State of the Union address. Democrats got their cardio in, standing and clapping and cheering as their party’s leader punched back hard at his critics. Biden joked about his age, heartily rattled off his Administration’s accomplishments and even jousted with Republican hecklers in the chamber. It was a dramatic shift from the President we often see: a man Sen. Katie Britt (R-AL) called “doddering and diminished” in her Republican Response.

Because yesterday’s show preceded the special State of the Union live chat, this episode is a day late. My apologies for that. In today’s show you’ll hear the preview to the speech, the analysis and audience chat that followed, as well as the analysis of Katie Britt’s remarks. We also had a little fun with the movie Clue at the very end: a healthy bit of silliness to end a long day.




7:06-SOTU preview

48:18-SOTU analysis & chat

1:09:02-GOP Response analysis & chat


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The Night Light with Joshua Johnson
The Night Light with Joshua Johnson
Bright, nonpartisan insights on news & culture from former NPR & MSNBC host Joshua Johnson.