Who won -- Obama or Jindal?
7:50 p.m.: People are still milling around the House. Frankly, with light boxes and people standing in clumps, it looks a little like the spin room after a presidential debate, albeit a very elegant one. Who won? Well, that's not really the right question, is it?
The better question: Did President Obama lay out a plan for the country that will restore the confidence of its citizens? After all, in a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll released this week, 73% of respondents said they were "very or somewhat scared" about the way things are going. Bucking up a freaked out nation will not be an easy task.
Ironically, in the past few days, the man whose campaign byword was "hope" has been criticized for failing to be more upbeat about the future. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal even ripped into Obama for this: "A few weeks ago, the president warned that our nation is facing a crisis that he said, 'we may not be able to reverse.' Our troubles are real, to be sure. But don't let anyone tell you that we cannot recover--or that America's best days are behind her."
That seemed a bit of a low blow since Obama has never said that. But that's politics.
And that's it for tonight's live blogging. Thanks for reading along.
-- Robin Abcarian