“So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do.” In many ways, that was the key line in the State of the Union address given by a president who’s had little luck working with Congress. Other key moments of the speech included his threat to veto any bill that would derail talks with Iran, his insistence that women deserve equal pay for equal work (“It is time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a Mad Men episode.”), and this line that makes a whole lot of sense: “No one who works full-time should ever have to raise a family in poverty.” Here’s a full transcript of the speech. And here’s a version of the State of the Union you can watch in two minutes.

+ The most memorable and moving moment in the speech was Obama’s introduction of Cory Remsburg, an Army Ranger who was severely injured during his tenth (yes, tenth) deployment. Here’s The New Yorker’s John Cassidy on the meaning of Cory Remsburg. Obama had met Remsburg three times in the past. Here’s an NYT piece from last August: President and Soldier: 3 Meetings, and a Lesson in Resilience.

+ And it wouldn’t be a State of the Union without at least one weird video cut. And who else could star in that video other than Joe Biden?