President Obama shakes hands after giving the State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday. Larry Downing/AP hide caption toggle caption Larry Downing/AP It's All Politics Obama Showed A Deft Hand With Speech. Why Not With Congress? January 29, 2014 ANALYSIS: The president was brisk and confident during Tuesday night's State of the Union address. He also managed to avoid a remarkable array of issues that could have proved problematic. But he hasn't been nearly as adept at the less-dramatic business of dealing with Congress and the media.