Here's what I remember about the beginning of the night: I'd planned to stay up late, for work. Later than usual, to watch President Obama's State of the Union address.
It was cold outside, January in D.C. A snowstorm was coming, and the digital antenna for my TV wasn't behaving. I was getting up often to adjust it.
I also remember the president had a lot of energy. It was 2014 and the economy was finally in shape. He wanted to make sure we knew.
About an hour into the speech, he got to the part about education, and said something that changed my life: