The NY Times has excerpts from the Mitch Daniels response.
The Cato Institute has a cool live blog here.
YOU'RE IN THE ARMY NOW! (AND IT'S NO LONGER THE ARMY OF GHENGIS KHAN): Did a Democratic President really open (and close!) a State of the Union speech by exhorting the American public to emulate the values of the US military? Obama has come a long way from his May 2008 commencement speech at Wesleyan, when he exhorted the graduates to consider the many avenues of national service and never mentioned the military.
Taking it from the top:
THE PRESIDENT: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans:
Last month, I went to Andrews Air Force Base and welcomed home some of our last troops to serve in Iraq. Together, we offered a final, proud salute to the colors under which more than a million of our fellow citizens fought -- and several thousand gave their lives.
We gather tonight knowing that this generation of heroes has made the United States safer and more respected around the world. (Applause.) For the first time in nine years, there are no Americans fighting in Iraq. (Applause.) For the first time in two decades, Osama bin Laden is not a threat to this country. (Applause.) Most of al Qaeda’s top lieutenants have been defeated. The Taliban’s momentum has been broken, and some troops in Afghanistan have begun to come home.
These achievements are a testament to the courage, selflessness and teamwork of America’s Armed Forces. At a time when too many of our institutions have let us down, they exceed all expectations. They’re not consumed with personal ambition. They don’t obsess over their differences. They focus on the mission at hand. They work together.
Imagine what we could accomplish if we followed their example. (Applause.) Think about the America within our reach: A country that leads the world in educating its people. An America that attracts a new generation of high-tech manufacturing and high-paying jobs. A future where we’re in control of our own energy, and our security and prosperity aren’t so tied to unstable parts of the world [ed. - like Canada?]. An economy built to last, where hard work pays off, and responsibility is rewarded.
Just to stay with Obama's examples, if the mission is educating our people, shouldn't the democratic process include some debate about how to accomplish that? Or are we really meant to just pipe down and unite behind the Commander-in-Chief and his public sector union allies? If the mission is "control of our own energy" shouldn't we embracing allies such as Canada rather than encouraging them to sell their oil to China? Or should we just pipe down and accept the orders of our Commander-in-Chief?