It may come as no surprise, then, that the president received praise for his speech from some Republican politicians and commentators -- including former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
In fact, Palin told USA Today in an interview, Mr. Obama's speech echoed the thoughts she penned in her memoir, "Going Rogue."
"I liked what he said. In fact, I thumbed through my book quickly this morning, saying, 'Wow, that really sounded familiar,'" Palin said. "I talked in my book, too, about the fallen nature of man and why war is necessary at times, and history's lessons when it comes to knowing when it is when we engage in warfare."
She added, "A lot of Americans right now are getting to read my take on when war is necessary."
Palin's memoir has been extremely successful, proving that the former Alaska governor has tapped into the conservative anger that continues to be a problem for the current members of Congress, both Democrat and Republican.
Palin told USA Today that her political action committee SarahPAC will help candidates in next year's midterm elections who share "economically conservative principles" and her "commitment to win the war against terrorists" and who put ideology above party loyalty.
While she was happy with Mr. Obama's speech, Palin said the current president would benefit from taking more pages out of his predecessor's playbook.
"We've learned our lesson from 9/11. George Bush did a great job of reminding Americans every single day that he was in office what that lesson is," she said. "I would like to see President Obama follow more closely in the footsteps of George Bush and his passion for keeping the homeland safe his passion for respecting and honoring our troops."