Biden Optimistic, but Disappointed

Fresh off President Obama's State of the Union address, Joe Biden expressed disappointment in the lack of bipartisanship in Congress, but hoped the speech would spark both parties to work with each other.

From his vantage point behind Mr. Obama Wednesday night, Biden said he didn't see a whole lot of positive reaction from his former Republican colleagues in the Senate when the president spoke on issues such as forming a commission to rein in the budget deficit.

"I am an eternal optimist," Biden told CBS' "The Early Show" however.

Mr. Obama, whose approval rating has fallen to around 50 percent amid anger over government bailouts and a double-digit unemployment rate, spent the majority of the speech discussing jobs and the economy. "Jobs must be our number one focus in 2010," he said, calling for a new employment bill.

Biden and Mr. Obama will travel to Tampa, Fla. today for a town hall meeting.

Special Report: Obama's 2010 State of the Union

In an instant poll conducted by CBS News and Knowledge Networks immediately following the address, 83 percent of those who watched the speech said they approve of the president's proposals.

Seventy percent of speech watchers think the president shares the same priorities for the country as they do. Fifty-seven percent thought so before the speech. And 59 percent think the president has a clear plan for creating jobs, up from 40 percent before the speech.

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