The State of the Union address drinking game aside, the most enjoyable SOTU spectator sport is watching the reactions and fidgeting of the various characters who get face time during the telecast. Vice-President Joe Biden, battling a cold, rubbed his nose a lot. Speaker of the House John Boehner's most memorable moment occurred when he wiped his lips with his finger. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, struggling mightily to remain stoic but also clap when the prevailing sentiment moved him to do so, provided some animated GIF-worthy moments.
Obama said: "It’s time to stop rewarding businesses that ship jobs overseas, and start rewarding companies that create jobs right here in America. Send me these tax reforms, and I’ll sign them right away."
The blink proves that he's both awake and alive.
Obama said: "Right now, our most immediate priority is stopping a tax hike on 160 million working Americans while the recovery is still fragile ..."
I don't know, Obama. That's at least one notch lower than "Ensuring Obama doesn't get a second term."
Obama said: "... people cannot afford losing $40 out of each paycheck this year. There are plenty of ways to get this done. So let’s agree right here, right now: No side issues. No drama."
No drama? Really? What's next, no obstructionism? I can't believe I'm clapping. Am I being recorded?
Obama said: "Pass the payroll tax cut without delay."
Fine! Fine, I'll even smile. But this is only a golf clap.