Obama garnered his loudest cheers from the right side of the chamber so far on Tuesday night when he said he was ordering his administration to throw the doors open to greater conventional energy exploration and exploitation. 

"Tonight I am directing my administration to open more than 75 percent of our potential offshore oil and gas resources," he said to rowdy applause from the Republican side of the chamber. "This country needs an all-out, all-of-the -above strategy that develops every available source of American energy." 

Speaking to progressives in his own party, however, the president also emphasized his commitment to making American a leader in clean energy.