The three networks differed on their day-after State of the Union coverage. Even though ABC's Charles Gibson stayed to anchor from Washington for a second day, only NBC covered the speech proper. David Gregory called the President's tone "subdued" and his agenda "modest." He was "somber as he pleaded for patience on the war." Ron Allen collected the reactions a focus group from Allentown in the famous ideological swing district of Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley. Tim Russert calculated that Bush's speech had failed to galvanize Republican support on Iraq but might have attracted Democratic support on immigration: "If he can deliver half of the Republicans in both houses of Congress they can put together a comprehensive immigration bill."
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