"I'm not surprised," the President said during a White House photo opportunity when asked about the Speaker's response. "It's really a shame what's happening with the Democrats. They've become radicalized."
In the halls of Congress, GOP lawmakers saw no reason why the President shouldn't be allowed to speak to the nation from the House chamber.
"He asked me yesterday what I thought about that," said Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL). "I think he ought to come, I think he ought to give the State of the Union."
Democrats saw something different.
"My instinct is that this exchange of letters is an intentional distraction from the fact that people are about to miss their second paycheck and the economy is slowing down," said Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI).
The first missed paycheck for most federal workers was on January 11; the next one will be this Friday.