WASHINGTON - The White House says it is pleased with the reception President Barack Obama got from members of both parties during his prime-time speech to Congress on Tuesday.

Presidential spokesman Robert Gibbs said Wednesday he was struck by the number of standing ovations that Obama received involving Democrats and Republicans in Obama's first speech to a joint session of Congress.

Gibbs said that in years past, the reaction of Republicans and Democrats at such a speech looked like two kids on a seesaw: when one stood up, the other sat down. He said that at Obama's speech, members of both parties stood at the same time on virtually every broad measure that Obama proposed.

Gibbs said that was a heartening reaction, not just for Obama but for the country.