President Bush was all "small ball" at the State of the Union speech.
"Small ball" was the term he used in his first SOTUS back in 2001 -- and he promised never to play it and to present only big ideas and grand plans back then.
Iraq, the housing market, looming recession, health care inflation, stagnant wages, and gas prices have pretty much knocked him out of the running for "big ball." The SOTUS was a collection of last minute, moderate goals. Here's some tomp analysis of Mr. Bush's final State of the Union Speech:
Washington Post: Final Year's Realities Push Big Ideas Into Background
USA Today: Bush tries to show that he's still on the job
NPR: Fact-Checking the State of the Union