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January 28, 2014 10:02 PM SOTU Live Blog IV

By Ed Kilgore

10:02 I’m guessing the forpol/natsec stuff will be the last thematic items before the altar call.

10:04 He’s said it before, but “America cannot remain on a permanent war footing” still sounds fresh.

10:05 Did NSA reference so fast I almost missed it. Said it quietly, then shouted about Gitmo. Interesting.

10:08 Probably smart to dwell on Iran. Public is with him on this one; words aimed at elites and Mitt’s buddy Bibi.

10:11 World tour section of speech underway. A shout-out to each continent.

10:13 Olympic tribute a bit cheesy, but it got Boehner up again, and started brief “USA” chant.

10:14 Wasn’t clear why the Vets tribute was placed where it was, but now see it’s part of wind-up, with maybe the longest Real Person tribute (between POTUS and applause) ever.

10:19 Altar call a little disconnected from speech, but no one can say he lacked energy.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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