Well, I liked most of the speech. I suppose he could have been tougher on Iran, but I don't think Bush wants to look too belligerent, considering what is going on in Iraq. His tone was even, his message clear, it was typical Bush. What you see is what you get. He won't blow you away, but he won't ever waver in his belief. I thought it was good, as good as a State of the Union speech can be. It was a combination of his usual idealism with concise, but not spectacular, prose. I long ago stopped waiting for Bush to be Reagan. He's Bush, and his steadfastness and earnest conviction is one of the reasons why I voted for him twice.
No doubt, Bush hear's the clock ticking on his presidency. Instead of the broad baes election-style promises, Bush instead looked for winnable issues. >>George Allen mode on<< he replaced the 40 yard bomb with the five yard out pattern. The 40 yard bomb is explosive when it connects, but it can cause as many problems >>George Allen mode off<<.
I don't expect Bush to necessarily get any sort of bump in the polls, but its the usual fair with him. When he lets others speak for him, or doesn't speak at all, that is when his numbers go down. When he gets up there and does it himself, people respond to him. Thats why he wins elections. People trust him, they know he means what he says, and they know that he lives, breathes, and eats our security. He makes no bones about his positions, he advocates them whether popular or not, and people respond to that sort of honesty.
Overall, the speech is about a 6.5/10. Could have heard more on Iran, but thats ok, I think I understand why they held back.