Iowa GOP Gov. Kim Reynolds on Tuesday night put aside her usual Midwestern-nice demeanor to deliver an austere response to President Biden’s State of the Union address, saying the U.S. has delivered a “weak” response to Russia’s aggression toward Ukraine and criticizing the Biden administration’s pandemic response.  

Fellow Republicans and conservatives also were critical of Biden and his speech.

On substance, some commentators were unimpressed with the content of the president’s delivery. 

“Joe Biden congratulating himself on Ukraine is like an arsonist patting himself on the back for attempting to put out a fire he started,” said Carrie Sheffield, senior policy analyst for Independent Women’s Voice.