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Gohmert's bird's-eye view of president's speech

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Criticism of President Obama's State of the Union address ranges from "it was heavy on rhetoric and light on substance," to he knocked it out of the park. Congressman Louie Gohmert had one of the best seats in the house last night, and he says that the speech surpassed expectations.

Congressman Gohmert was less than 10 rows away from the president last night, as he addressed the nation.

"The tone was just a lot nicer I thought," said Gohmert.

A lot nicer, in comparison to President Obama's September speech on healthcare.

"He came in very angry and accusatory and said we were misrepresenting his bill and his plan," said Gohmert. "But, in this one, I was hoping he wouldn't comeback in with that approach and he didn't."

He also paid close attention to how everyone in the audience took the president's message.

"You could tell by body language that people were sitting back with their arms crossed - that they're not wanting to take anything in," said Gohmert.

Gohmert says the overwhelming majority of congress seemed open to the president's ideas. But, not all of the speech was welcomed with open arms.

"It bothered me some when he said...[that] we're gonna freeze spending next year," said Gohmert. "Next year? What is that about?"

Gohmert also noticed Justice Samuel Alito's body language change when the president criticized the Supreme Court's decision last week to end limits on corporate spending in political campaigns. The president said the ruling will open the floodgates for special interests and foreign corporations.

"I saw a replay of him actually saying..."Not true," because what the president said was not true," said Gohmert. "He said they changed 100 years of law. That's just not true."

And, during post-speech coverage, Congressman Gohmert was spotted chatting with the president, and seemingly asking for an autograph. It turns out that autograph is for the Brook Hill School in Bullard, which has a sample of every president's handwriting. . . except his.

"And, he said, basically, we'll fix that and he gave a beautiful signature and I'll be getting that out to Bullard to their museum," said Gohmert.

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