Did the president strike a unifying tone? Did he draw a hard line on immigration? Did he pledge appropriate support to fixing American infrastructure?
Kirby Goidel, research fellow for the Texas A&M Public Policy Institute and professor in the Department of Communication called President Donald Trump's first State of the Union "remarkably subdued."
"His tone stayed mostly positive," said Goidel. "He stayed on message; he read from the teleprompter."
Goidel points out that Mr. Trump had to perform a balancing act of sorts.
"He also has to walk this really careful line between reaching out to Democrats and keeping his base," said Goidel. "A lot of his base does not like it when he appears to be too soft."
Goidel also discusses Mr. Trump's pledge fo $1.5 trillion to fix infrastructure in the country and his comments about on Dreamers and immigration.
Still, Goidel says both supporters and opponents may have been left wanting of one specific thing:
"We've been looking for the pivot forever with Mr. Trump," said Goidel. "He came as a dealmaker, so the one thing that was really interesting about him as a president is that potentially he would say, 'Come Democrats, come to the table. Come Republicans, we're going to make a deal, and sit here until we have an agreement.'"
"He hasn't really done that," said Goidel, "and the few times he has, he's backed off within 48 hours."