Nightly News | January 28, 2014
>> a speech in washington to tell them how things are going in their lives. just ask, and they'll tell you what they think about the state of the union . harry smith spent a few days on the road listening.
>> reporter: california shop owner wonders what happened to president obama 's promise of hope?
>> i was so hopeful at first, i had hoped he would pull everybody together. i find that the country is more divisive now than ever.
>> reporter: while colorado architect tim van meter wonders why we can't just get along.
>> i'm pretty disappointed in our country, you know, the issue of this deadlock of extreme ideology on all sides, that's not who we are about.
>> even after a year when we saw the stock market go up, and unemployment go down, americans are frustrated in this winter of disconte discontent.
>> it's the united states of america , it's not blue versus red.
>> instead of healthy debates, we have stalemates.
>> washington is okay, congress sucks.
>> reporter: christina wonders why some problems take so long to solve?
>> there's a significant group of people that in order for them to really be able to move forward and to achieve what we call the american dream , there needs to be immigration reform .
>> jeanette hall wonders if the dream is even achievable.
>> i'm at the age where i should see everything that i've invested in my education and profession multiply and give me a return so i can retire on that. yet i feel like i'm working hard and just standing still.
>> reporter: in houston, vincent wonders how it got this way.
>> there's a lot of people out there hurting. and it doesn't have to be that way, it really doesn't.
>> and robin forsythe wonders why the richest country in the world can't afford to care for its own.
>> there's so many people that are struggling to keep their homes and to keep their families together. and put food on the table, yes, it does affect me, when my community suffers, i suffer as well.
>> reporter: the state of the union is unsettled, and the people wonder if washington hears them. harry smith , nbc news, denver.