Bronzy Boehner and 7 Other Hilarious Moments at the State of the Union

The most important political speech of the year addressed key policy issues, but here are a few things you may have missed.


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President Obama entered the chamber to the strains of “We Are the Champions.” Okay, that didn’t happen! But it should have. Just my two cents.


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Did you see any Fix Not Fight lapel pins? Just in time for Valentine’s Day, members of Congress from opposite sides of the aisle treated the SOTU like date night, wearing matching pins and sitting right up next to each other with no fear of catching political cooties. What they’re not telling us: It was just a one-night stand!


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Eddie Munster Paul Ryan had one look on his face for the entire speech. It’s exactly what I look like when I watch Ancient Aliens.


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As the President talked about climate change, Speaker Boehner’s bronzy tan grew even more bronzy. Neat optical illusion!


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Was Joe Biden wearing transition lenses? Every time he put on his glasses, he looked like my great Uncle Ray on his way to the track. Stay tuned for a new Twitter feed: JoeBidensGlasses!


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Those standing ovations! Statistically, a speech about economics, military strategy, and trade reform shouldn’t cause more jump-up-knee-bends than a Level-10 Zumba class, but it does. USA! Cha-cha-cha! USA!


Ted Nugent

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Ted Nugent was in attendance. This is the same guy who admitted to pooping himself to avoid military service back in the day. (The velvet rope is that unguarded? Consider this my official request for an invite to next year’s SOTU.)



Oh, bless his heart. Not only did Sen. Marco Rubio have to deliver the hostage-videoesque GOP response, but his film crew added insult to injury by playing keep-away with the Poland Spring!

Obama also told Congress: Families who have been torn apart by senseless gun violence deserve to have their vote on gun control legislation. Except this one isn’t hilarious. It’s dead serious, and got the loudest applause of the night.

Thanks for a wonderful speech, Mr. President. I’ll see you next year!

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