Last night marked a momentous occasion: President Obama's final State of the Union address. As it always goes with the spectacle of American politics, Twitter was there to see us through. Here are the best highlights from the social media channel.
As President Obama prepared to get underway, he started his speech with a few of his trademark quips, promising to keep it short ...
... and landing a well-timed barb directed at the two senators in the audience who are currenly campaigning: Bernie Sanders and Marco Rubio. Twitter noticed immediately.
Obama's highest scoring line with Republicans in my #SOTU focus group? "I'm gonna try to keep this short."— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) January 13, 2016
After introducing the prez, newly instated House Speaker Paul Ryan appeared to be having a deep internal struggle for the rest of the night, providing rich fodder for the rest of us. You guys, there were so many jokes about Ryan and his facial paralysis. So. Many. Jokes.
The #SOTU is more fun to watch if you imagine Paul Ryan's smugness is actually him trying not to laugh as Biden tries to play footsie w him.— Stephanie McMaster (@Smethanie) January 13, 2016
Ryan looks like he eats your lunch out of the office fridge— Tressie Mc (@tressiemcphd) January 13, 2016
And it just wouldn't be a presidential address without some commentary on good ol' Uncle Joe:
People just couldn't help but notice that some folks didn't get up during the evening's many standing ovations:
It's Catholic mass up in there with all this standing and sitting.— roxane gay (@rgay) January 13, 2016
The fact that people were audibly disagreeing with the President saying "hey we should end gerrymandering" says a lot about Congress #SOTU— Jesse Cox (@JesseCox) January 13, 2016
Dems getting a workout. Repubs in danger of deep vein thrombosis. #SOTU— Gern Blanston (@j_catfish71) January 13, 2016
Apparently, Kim Davis made an appearance:
Maybe there will be magic in the air and traditional Christian marriage proponent Kim Davis will meet her 5th husband at the #SOTU tonight.— Mike Polk Jr. (@mikepolkjr) January 13, 2016
There was tons of love for some of the comments Obama made about everything from climate change to health care to the changing political climate. A few people chimed in with some "amens" or pointed out some overlooked points:
I really like this president but man i got a uterus some people want ahold of and so do eleventy others let’s talk about it— Andrea Grimes (@andreagrimes) January 13, 2016
Or maybe, also make it possible for every American to earn a living wage whether they attend college or not. Just an idea.— roxane gay (@rgay) January 13, 2016
8 years ago I couldn't get healthcare cuz I was sick, and couldn't marry a lady. Now I got a hot gyno & a hot chick so thx Barry. #SOTU— Sara Benincasa (@SaraJBenincasa) January 13, 2016
As always, the evening culminated with a rebuttal, this time from North Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, and people chimed in on that.
Nikki Haley is just angry that Obamacare doesn't cover TMJ. #SOTU— Ben Zelevansky (@BenZelevansky) January 13, 2016
Every STOU response speech feels like "Dick and Jane Get Reductive" and have production values that rival Romper Room— Adam Sessler (@AdamSessler) January 13, 2016
All in all, a pretty good showing, though the president probably could have abbreviated the entire thing pretty easily:
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