The State of the Union was basically an episode of 'Friday Night Lights'

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  • At the end of his final State of the Union address on Tuesday, the President seemed to channel the fictional high school football coach
  • On Tuesday night, Obama was essentially playing the final away game of his presidential season

Washington (CNN)"Clear-eyed, big-hearted, undaunted by challenge."

Who said it? Coach Taylor from the NBC football drama "Friday Night Lights" or President Barack Obama?
At the end of his final State of the Union address on Tuesday, the President seemed to channel the fictional high school football coach famous for rallying the Dillon Panthers by chanting, "Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose!"
When you think about it, a president's final State of the Union address is a lot like a halftime speech: a final chance to rally the troops before heading into the last make or break play. See for yourself.
Obama's final State of the Union in under two minutes
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On Tuesday night, Obama was essentially playing the final game of his presidential season. With no timeouts and the clock running down, he threw a Hail Mary in the form of a possible reference to a hour-long television drama that's been off the air since 2011. And the crowd went wild.