Obama's State of the Union was a Democrat classic and a swing to the left, proclaims Politico. The address was "a proudly liberal message" according to a New York Times op-ed. Other sites are branding the speech an attack on the GOP. "The president brought...one simple message: Republicans are the problem," writes Slate's John Dickerson.
It's fair to say Obama touted a wide range of solidly liberal policies, from immigration reform to a minimum wage hike. He even pressed for major legislation on climate change and gun control – two defiantly "liberal" issues that have been off the political table since the early 2000s.
But if the speech had a liberal foundation, it was dressed up in rhetoric designed to appeal to the man on the street too. Obama phrased his policies in terms of "common sense" and protecting "middle-class families."