The president did mention the need to extend unemployment benefits.
Columnist Timothy B, Lee notes that Obama called for patent reform in his speech, here, Note the accompanying story about licesning bitcoin opeations!
Cathryn McMorris Rodgers, R-WA, gave the GOP response. She talked about “equal opportunity” instead of more equal incomes. She also talked about her marriage and three children, the second of which has Down Syndrome. She said we need to learn to look at each person as an opportunity rather than as a potential failure because of the luck of the draw. She could have mentioned the young man in New Mexico running a restaurant (Jan. 24) or acting in film (Movies blog, July 16, 2012).