Watching the local morning news today, we felt for the local reporter trying to do a man-on-the-street (or woman-on-the-street) interview soliciting reaction to President Obama's first major address to the Congress and nation last night. Poor guy found one person. Turns out many people in that neighborhood hit the hay early because of work the next morning. And we're sure those same people missed Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's response to the president's speech.

Since this might have been the case for many Americans, as a friendly public service, Sip & Savor is providing links to replays: the transcript of the speeches as well as video footage courtesy of In these times, these speeches are certainly a must read or watch for all of us.

The challenges are indeed serious. And it's important to deal with reality without smashing any sense of hope that better days lie ahead. It's that hope that helps folks get through the tough times. Clearly, striking this balance was a goal of President Obama and Governor Jindal with their remarks last night.

If they need some models for finding that middle ground, might we suggest they take a look at our industry. Pepsi, Coca-Cola and Dr Pepper, just to name a few, are out there with optimism and happiness, while dealing with very challenging times themselves. Sometimes we just need to take a break and look for the bright side - the good in life - to help us take on the tough times we're facing and move toward better days.