Well, I just finished watching the State of the Union address by the President. It was unlike the usual State of the Union laundry list of 1,000 little policies that need enacting (recall Clinton's incredibly long addresses). Instead, Bush's fifth State of the Union offered us a more philosophical look at the pressing items on the agenda than his prior addresses.
Given that the President's approval rating is still in the 40th percentile, he does not have the political capital to spend on a large agenda (apparently he spent it all, like he promised he would when he won re-election in 2004). Instead, he needed to appeal to common ground, and to make efforts to appear concilatory--to reach across to Democrats as well as his usual conservative base. He exprssed such sentiments in this speech. It was a well crafted public address, appealing to the shared values of freedom and liberty, and reminded us that no one wants to see another terrorist attack in our country.
The speech cleverly reframed the domestic surveillance program by the NSA as the "terrorist surveillance act," prefacing his discussion of it by saying that the Constitution and statute gives him the authority to engage in such surveillance in times of war.
The hearings on whether President Bush is correct in his interpretation begin February 6. I look forward to having that public discussion.