One thing I noticed, very subtle, but at the beginning, the President did not say, "The state of our union is strong," which is what I suspect most people heard. He said, "The state of our union is stronger." I actually like that. It takes a positive view but doesn't ignore the serious problems that clearly exist.
I'm still waiting though for the Noble Personal Tales of people sitting next to the First Lady. No State of the Union Address is official without the little wave. Perhaps the President is looking to find Ted Nugent in the audience. Or maybe the Secret Service is.