So we come to the Constitutional duty of Leader of the Free World to report to Congress. "The time for bold proposals has passed for President George Bush and his final State of the Union address will be his most modest," asserted CBS' Jim Axelrod. ABC's Martha Raddatz (no link) saw "no new bold initiatives" and a repetition of already failed proposals on Social Security and immigration--despite the fact that Bush "has no expectation the initiatives will go anywhere this time." NBC was so unenthused about the prospect of the speech that David Gregory did not even file a taped package in preview, relying on a mere live standup. Bob Schieffer (no link), anchor of CBS' Face the Nation asked Speaker Nancy Pelosi what she was looking forward to: "I am just glad it is his last State of the Union."
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