Thursday, February 14, 2013

State of our union? Thirsty, says social media

From President Obama's apparent snub of an eager congressman to Sen. Marco Rubio's awkward lunge for water during the Republican response, a look back at the president's fourth State of the Union address as seen through social media. Share your thoughts using hashtag #NBCPolitics. For complete coverage, visit

  1. State of the Union? Thirsty

    Sen. Marco Rubio's Republican response to President Obama' speech won praise (in some quarters, at least) for its personal yet strong tone, but the senator lost some mojo and endured an Internet shaming when he lunged for a drink of water midway through his speech. 
  2. The carafe gaffe gif
  3. Jesus walked on water. Rubio drank it #saviors (ok, done)
  4. so that's why Beyonce didn't sing live
  5. #GOPResponse #SOTU #gop #tcot
  6. How Rubio plays it off tomorrow: "I wish it was something stronger." #freeadvice
  7. What, no love? 

    Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) has a favorite State of the Union tradition: stand in the center aisle to be greeted by the president. He's been doing it since 1989. But on this night, President Obama seemingly had no interest in playing along, and passed right over Engel when greeting lawmakers. 
  8. Video Player
  9. An accidental snub? Perhaps not ...
  10. Rep. Eliot Engel is patiently waiting for a second chance at a presidential handshake.
  11. Obama signs something for Elliot Engel but no smiles. What's up there?
  12. Fist bumps for all - even the political opposition

    President Obama gave an exploding fist bump to Sen. Mark Kirk (R - Ill.), who had a stroke in 2012. Here it is in slow motion, courtesy of Gawker.
  13. Cat Scratch fever

  14. Replay: #SOTU in tweets

  15. Obama: "Together, we have cleared away the rubble of crisis & can say with renewed confidence that the state of our union is stronger" #SOTU
  16. Boehner has this look of "Rah-rah you won the election, take your hour and get out the door." #SOTU
  17. Obama quoting JFK: "'It is my task,' he said, 'to report the State of the Union – to improve it is the task of us all.'" #nbcpolitics
  18. Obama: "We have cleared away the rubble of crisis, and can say with renewed confidence that the state of our union is stronger."
  19. On deficit reduction:
  20. Obama on looming sequester cuts: "They would certainly slow our recovery, and cost us hundreds of thousands of jobs." #nbcpolitics
  21. POTUS says deficit reduction has come "mostly" through spending cuts,signaling he will seek more new revenues. #NBC Politics
  22. A familiar theme from 2012 trail. POTUS: "It is our unfinished task to restore the basic bargain that built this country."
  23. Obama: "We won’t grow the middle class simply by shifting the cost of health care or college onto families that are already struggling."
  24. Paul Ryan clapping and nodding -- seemed to almost stand -- at Obama's line about keeping promises already made. #NBCpolitics #SOTU
  25. A line from Obama sure to drive Republicans nuts: "Let’s be clear: deficit reduction alone is not an economic plan."
  26. Leaders of BOTH parties have a history of big #deficit reduction promises. #SOTU Here's Pres. Clinton in 2000:
  27. RT @chucktodd: "It's not a bigger government we need but a smarter government" is one line WH hopes gets remembered. #nbcpolitics
  28. President Obama: "Let me repeat – nothing I’m proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime." #JobsNow #SOTU
  29. RNC rapid response: "Obama is right, he hasn’t added a single dime to the debt, he’s added 58.6 trillion dimes."#nbcpolitics
  30. On job creation: 
  31. President Obama: " After shedding jobs for more than 10 years, our manufacturers have added about 500,000 jobs over the past three."
  32. Obama: "I know that you want these job-creating projects in your districts. I’ve seen you all at the ribbon-cuttings." #JobsNow #SOTU
  33. On climate change and energy independence:
  34. Obama repeats call from his inaugural address last month: "We must do more to combat climate change." #nbcpolitics
  35. .@BarackObama #SOTU on climate change: urge Congress pursue bipartisan market-based solution like one McCain & Lieberman worked on together
  36. President Obama: "I propose we use some of our oil & gas revenues ... to shift our cars & trucks off oil for good" #cleanenergy #SOTU
  37. POTUS challenge: Let's cut in half energy wasted by our homes and businesses over next 20 years. #nbcpolitics
  38. A Yale poll found that 93% of Democrats think “Global warming should be a priority for the President and Congress” #sotu
  39. On education:
  40. POTUS calls for making "high-quality preschool available to every child in America." #nbcpolitics
  41. "So let’s do what works, and make sure none of our children start the race of life already behind." -President Obama in #SOTU #Education
  42. WH does not yet have a price tag associated with the POTUS' federal-state universal preK program. They say they'll have by budget time
  43. "Through tax credits, grants, and better loans, we have made college more affordable" —President Obama in #SOTU
  44. Boehner views Obama's education views with skepticism because POTUS won't support #DC Opportunity Scholarship program
  45. On immigration reform:
  46. "Send me a comprehensive #ImmigrationReform bill in the next few months and I will sign it right away." —President Obama
  47. President Obama: "And real reform means fixing the legal immigration system to cut waiting periods" #ImmigrationReform
  48. President Obama: "Real reform means establishing a responsible pathway to earned citizenship" #ImmigrationReform
  49. Obama repeating his call in Vegas: "The time has come to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Now is the time to get it done."
  50. "As we speak, bipartisan groups in both chambers r working diligently 2 draft a bill, & I applaud their efforts." They'd tell O to stay out!
  51. On wages and income equality:
  52. Obama calls to raise the federal minimum wage to $9.00 per hour #nbcpolitics #sotu
  53. "Let’s declare that in the wealthiest nation on Earth, no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty" —President Obama #JobsNow
  54. President Obama: "A family with 2 kids that earns the minimum wage still lives below the poverty line. That’s wrong."
  55. #Obama calls for $9.00 an hour minimum wage. Cites Romney support to tie wage to cost of living. That goes nowhere in House #GOP
  56. On families, poverty and neighborhood revival:
  57. Obama: "What makes you a man isn’t the ability to conceive a child; it’s having the courage to raise one." #NBCPolitics
  58. Obama: "My Administration will begin to partner with 20 of the hardest-hit towns in America to get these communities back on their feet."
  59. "We need to build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class for all who are willing to climb them." —President Obama #JobsNow
  60. On Afghanistan, drones and foreign policy:
  61. President Obama: "America’s commitment to a unified and sovereign Afghanistan will endure, but the nature of our commitment will change."
  62. President Obama: "By the end of next year, our war in Afghanistan will be over." #SOTU
  63. President Obama: "Over the next year, another 34,000 American troops will come home from Afghanistan" #SOTU
  64. Very strong bipartisan applause on Afghanistan
  65. Obama "today the organization that attacked us on 9/11 is a shadow of its former self" #SOTU #NBC Politics
  66. A week after @IsikoffNBC broke news of Obama admin drone strike memo on @Maddow @BarackObama addresses legal framework of CT ops
  67. Pres. Obama: "My Administration has worked tirelessly to forge a durable legal & policy framework to guide our counterterrorism operations"
  68. .@BarackObama #SOTU: We kept Congress fully informed; targeting terrorists consistent w/ our laws transparent to the American people & world
  69. Obama on N Korea: "Provocations of the sort we saw last night will only isolate them further, as we stand by our allies..." #NBCPolitics
  70. President Obama: "America will continue to lead the effort to prevent the spread of the world’s most dangerous weapons." #SOTU
  71. Entire chamber stands as POTUS says "we will do what is necessary to prevent them (Iran) from getting a nuclear weapon." #nbcpolitics
  72. On cybersecurity:

  73. President Obama: "Earlier today, I signed a new executive order that will strengthen our cyber defenses." #SOTU
  74. President Obama: "We cannot look back years from now & wonder why we did nothing in the face of real threats to our security & our economy"
  75. On foreign aid and alliances:
  76. "Progress in the impoverished parts of our world enriches us all. " —President Obama in #SOTU
  77. President Obama: "In defense of freedom, we will remain the anchor of strong alliances from the Americas to Africa; from Europe to Asia."
  78. President Obama: "We will stand steadfast with Israel in pursuit of security and a lasting peace." #SOTU
  79. On veterans and equality in the military:
  80. "We will ensure equal treatment for all service members, and equal benefits for their families – gay and straight."—President Obama in #SOTU
  81. POTUS: "We will ensure equal treatment for all service members, and equal benefits for their families – gay and straight." #SOTU
  82. Obama: "Women have proven under fire that they are ready for combat."
  83. President Obama: "We will keep faith with our veterans" #stateoftheunion #JoiningForces
  84. On voting rights:
  85. .@BarackObama #SOTU on voting rights: Nonpartisan commission lead by Obama & @MittRomney campaign attorneys to improve the voting experience
  86. Obama says he's "announcing a non-partisan commission to improve the voting experience," led by lawyers for his and Romney's campaigns
  87. On gun violence:
  88. POTUS wrapping up with Newtown and guns -- a sign he will continue to push for new gun laws even though tough politically. #nbcpolitics
  89. Obama: "This is not the first time this country has debated how to reduce gun violence. But this time is different."
  90. POTUS uses "weapons of war" instead of "assault weapons." Says background checks, weapon ban, magazine limits deserve "a vote in congress."
  91. Obama on anti-gun violence measures: "Each of these proposals deserves a vote in Congress. If you want to vote no, that’s your choice."
  92. Obama getting to section about Hadiya Pendleton now #SOTU
  93. .@gabbygiffords stood quietly with family when president talked about gun related reforms # sotu
  94. POTUS: "In the 2 months since Newtown more than a thousand birthdays have been stolen...1 of them was Hadiya Pendleton." #nbcpolitics
  95. .@BarackObama #SOTU on new gun laws: Hadiya’s parents, Giffords, Newtown, Aurora, Oak Creek, Tucson, Blacksburg families deserve a vote
  96. Obama using specific anecdotes of gun victims in chamber: "They deserve a vote." Stands out in otherwise formulaic SOTU
  97. A very, very powerful moment in the chamber, as nearly everyone, incl. Republican leaders, stand in honor of gun violence victims.
  98. Boehner stands when Obama invokes gun violence victims. One of the few times he's stood tonight. #SOTU
  99. Saluting inspirational Americans:
  100. "As Americans, we all share the same proud title: We are citizens." —President Obama in #SOTU
  101. Obama: "We are citizens. It's a word that doesn't just describe our nationality or legal status. It describes the way we're made." #SOTU
  102. 2 powerful consecutive moments: first chants of "they deserve a vote," then 102-year-old Desiline strains herself to applaud voting reform
  103. People stand up and applaud for Desiline Victor, the 102-yr-old Floridian who waited many many hours to vote. #sotu #nbcpolitics
  104. John Boehner should stand to salute the 102-yr old voter. Mistake to stay seated.
  105. The Republican response

  106. Sen. Rubio starts the GOP #SOTU response telling his personal story
  107. America is exceptional, we have the God-given right to go as far as talent & hard work will take you. #GOPResponse
  108. Rubio: More government isn’t going to help you get ahead. It’s going to hold you back. #SOTU
  109. Rubio: "In fact, a major cause of our recent downturn was a housing crisis created by reckless government policies." #NBCPolitics
  110. Sen. Rubio: any time anyone opposes the President’s agenda, he and his allies usually respond by falsely attacking their motives #SOTU #GOP
  111. Sen. Rubio: "I oppose your plans because I want to protect my neighbors." #SOTU #GOPResponse
  112. Rubio on Obama: "tonight, he even criticized us for refusing to raise taxes to delay military cuts –cuts that were his idea in first place"
  113. Rubio: "I hope the president will abandon his obsession with raising taxes."
  114. Really interesting: Rubio's dropped the "fled from Castro" language for "immigrated for better life" language. The result of good reporting.
  115. Rubio selling this response... hard to be that into your speech when you're addressing a teleprompter and a camera crew
  116. Rubio: anyone who is in favor of leaving Medicare exactly the way it is right now, is in favor of bankrupting it #SOTU
  117. Rubio proposes a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. The odds aren't good that this will ever pass in Congress. #nbcpolitics
  118. Quick swig of water for Rubio, who's standing on his feet, delivering the speech live into hot TV lights.
  119. The carafe gaffe gif
  120. Rubio takes on guns -- says POTUS' plans will undermine 2nd amendment rights. Gun fight will be tougher than immigration.#nbcpolitics
  121. Rubio: We must effectively deal w/ rise of violence in our country but unconstitutionally undermining 2nd amend. rights is not way to do it
  122. Gov. Bobby Jindal on @NBCNews said Sen. Rubio did "a wonderful job" giving #GOPResponse to #SOTU
  123. Insta-reactions to the president's speech:

  124. @chucktodd on SOTU: It was a tale of 2 speeches -- 1st part run-of-the-mill SOTU; 2nd part very emotional speech, esp on guns
  125. Boehner statement: "The president ... appears to have chosen a go-it-alone approach to pursue his liberal agenda." #NBCpolitics #SOTU
  126. Disappointed but not surprised by the President's failure to seriously address the issue of 60,000 dead in #Syria. #SOTU
  127. Powerful, emotional end to speech -- address really came to life. New chief speech writer Cody Keenan, take a bow! #SOTU #CNN
  128. The most passionate the pres was all night was taking people rights away. #SOTU Just like his passion on taking rights away in HHS regs
  129. Chant of "they deserve a vote" powerful but also recognizes limitations of going thru Congress - Obama's not urging "passage" of measures
  130. Rep.Peter King: It appeared Potus was "looking for a fight." He notes that POTUS didn't mention the high unemployment rate. #nbcpolitics
  131. Asked Chief Justice Roberts if he enjoyed the speech, he shrugged, made a bewildered face and said,"no comment."
  132. And here they come ...

  133. Some of tonight's attendees and guests .... and the snubbed!
  134. Back to the start ...
  135. Delighted to see @GabbyGiffords just come into gallery with @ShuttleCDRKelly. They'll be sitting right behind us. #sotu
  136. Strange to see some members with the green ribbons to honor Newtown victims and others without
  137. Ted Nugent walking into #SOTU with jeans, camo boots, black button down and brown blazer--no tie.
  138. I forsee a hallowed tradition developing where every SOTU features a washed up 70s rock star in the audience.
  139. The man who saved President Obama's healthcare law walks into #Sotu
  140. Sens Gillibrand, McCain and Schumer walk to the House Chamber for the #SOTU
  141. Sitting it out ....
  142. Thomas, Alito and Scalia not present.
  143. The lone Cabinet member being held back from SOTU? Outgoing Energy Sec Chu.
  144. More on the role of the 'designated survivor'
  145. Are you watching? Share this with your friends

  146. Watching #SOTU tonight? Retweet and join the conversation using #NBCPolitics
  147. Previewing the speech ...

  148. President Obama's getting ready: RT if you're excited to hear his #SOTU speech tonight.
  149. Advance SOTU excerpts suggest very inaug-like speech, as WH has been saying: "It's not a bigger gov we need, but a smarter gov"
  150. "A growing economy that creates good, middle-class jobs - that must be the North Star that guides our efforts," Obama would tell lawmakers in tonight's speech to a joint session of Congress, according to excerpts released by the White House. "Every day, we should ask ourselves three questions as a nation:  How do we attract more jobs to our shores?  How do we equip our people with the skills needed to do those jobs?  And how do we make sure that hard work leads to a decent living?"
  151. Early responses from Obama's oppositon:

  152. Rubio: “Economic growth is the best way to help the middle class. … I hope the President will abandon his obsession with raising taxes and instead work with us to achieve real growth in our economy.”
  153. Rubio: "Mr. President, I don’t oppose your plans b/c I want to protect the rich. I oppose your plans b/c I want to protect my neighbors.”
  154. Rubio to frame bitter tax, spending fights in humanizing terms
  155. More from my #TeaParty response to #SOTU @ 10:30pm tonight: "Both parties have been guilty of spending too much, but every taxpayer loses."
  156. Obama is expected to say tonight: "Nothing I'm proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime." #sotUGottaBKiddingMe
  157. More about guests at tonight's speech

  158. For SOTU the First Lady picks Dreamer, former migrant worker and wounded veteran as special guests
  159. Some amazing Americans will be next to me for Barack’s State of the Union Address. Read their incredible stories: –mo
  160. More Mohawk Guy ....
  161. Another for good measure!
  162. Bo excited for #sotu just like me! Headed to the Capitol!!!!
  163. Which guests are sitting with Michelle Obama for State of the Union? #NBCPolitics
  164. .@SpeakerBoehner meets in his office with 2 of his SOTU guests, Zuri and Laci
  165. The State of the Union is TONIGHT so you’re running out of time to tell answer this question: “The State of our Union is __________?” Hurry and share your thoughts at: We want to know what you think!
  166. A history of gun proposals in State of the Union speeches
  167. Want a better way to watch the State of the Union? Watch live w/ charts, graphs & data at #SOTU

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