State of the Union addresses are traditionally laundry lists of policy proposals. President Obama's this week started that way, but it ended as the most emotional speech before a joint session of Congress in modern memory.
Mitt Romney was in Michigan this week trying to make it competitive in the presidential election. It's a steep climb for the native Michigander because President Obama's auto bailout, which Romney opposed, has helped bring the state's unemployment rate down by 5.7 points since 2009.
Stuart Stevens, who is Mitt Romney's chief strategist, is also a novelist and memoirist, and last week he offered me a couple of bon mots that help frame the challenge President Barack Obama faces as the economy sputters.