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Western Mass weighs in on State of the Union address

LONGMEADOW, MA (WSHM) -

Tuesday night's State of the Union speech had analysts talking about President Obama's actions from the past and further down the road.

Western New England University Professor John Baick said the president had some hurdles going into Tuesday's address, including an approval rate of 43 percent and dealing with both a divided Congress and country.

Baick said the address wasn't necessarily a defining moment or a chance to bring up the Obama's numbers, rather a layout of what's to come.

"This speech wasn't a great one, but it was a good one. I don't think he was trying to swing for the fences on this one. I think he was really trying to outline what he and his party is going to do over the next year," said Baick.

He continued to say, in the next couple of weeks and months, Obama will need to hit middle-class issues.

"He'll address issues like healthcare and retirement accounts, things like minimum wage, things like working women who have not gotten better since the beginning of the recession," said Baick.

As for the future, Baick said with the way things are in Congress, the president can't make any big promises but to look for small proposals instead.

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