Social State of the Union Stats
According to Google, the top four rising search terms during this year’s State of the Union speech were “Green Ribbon Meaning,” “John Boehner,” “Speaker of the House,” and “Joe Biden.” Among the search terms with “State of the Union” added were “Green Ribbon,” “Live,” “Obama,” and How long is it”
Twitter counted 1.36 million related tweets from the time the President entered the House chamber to the end of the GOP response, about twice as many as last year’s State of the Union. The peak moment of about 24,000 tweets per minute came when President Obama discussed the middle class and the minimum wage, followed by about 23,700 tweets per minute during his remarks on gun legislation.
Graphic Sources: Google, Twitter
SOTU: Who’s Seated With the First Lady?
Here’s who will be seated in First Lady Michelle Obama’s box during tonight’s State of the Union address, according to the White House:
Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden
Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President
Sergeant Sheena Adams (Vista, CA) Team Advisor & Lead Instructor, Female Engagement Team
Alan Aleman (Las Vegas, NV) DREAM Student
Jack Andraka (Crownsville, MD) Winner of the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair
Susan Bumgarner (Norman, OK) Early Childhood Educator
Deb Carey (New Glarus, WI) Small Business Owner, New Glarus Brewing Company
Sergeant Carlos Evans, USMC (Cameron, NC) Wounded Warrior
Tim Cook (Cupertino, CA) CEO of Apple
Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton and Nathaniel A. Pendleton Sr. (Chicago, IL) Parents of Hadiya Pendleton
Menchu de Luna Sanchez (Secaucus, NJ) Registered Nurse, NYU Langone Medical Center
Bobak Ferdowsi (Pasadena, CA) Flight Director, Mars Curiosity Rover
Bradley Henning (Louisville, KY) Machinist, Atlas Machine and Supply
Tracey Hepner (Arlington, VA) Co-Founder, Military Partners and Families Coalition
Peter Hudson (Evergreen, CO) Co-Founder and CEO, iTriage
Governor John Kitzhaber (D-OR)
Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers (Avondale, AZ)
Amanda E. McMillan (Jackson, MS) Pay Discrimination Victim
Lee Maxwell (Wilton, IA) Graduate, Kirkwood Community College Wind Technician Program
Lieutenant Brian Murphy (Oak Creek, WI)
Lisa Richards (Arlington, VA) #My2K Participant
Kaitlin Roig (Greenwich, CT) 1st Grade Teacher, Sandy Hook Elementary School
Abby Schanfield (Minneapolis, MN) ACA Beneficiary
Haile Thomas (Tucson, AZ) Let’s Move! Champion
Desiline Victor (Miami, FL) 102 year-old voter
Ahead of President Obama’s State of the Union tomorrow night, CNN Politics rounds up some memorable moments in the history of the address, as highlighted by presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.
We’re counting down to the annual State of the Union address, which takes place Tuesday evening. Here’s a look at how the President’s annual message to Congress and the nation has evolved through history.
1790 - The nation’s first president George Washington delivers the first “annual message” at Federal Hall in New York. Washington focused on the “union of states” that made up the young nation.
1801 - President Thomas Jefferson scraps the idea of speaking before Congress because he thinks it feels too much like a king’s address to his subjects. Instead, he writes his notes to the House and Senate detailing plans for the nation. The practice continues for 112 years.
1913 - President Woodrow Wilson revives the idea of delivering the speech in person, before Congress.
1923 - The address by President Calvin Coolidge becomes the first broadcast on radio.
1934 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt uses the modern-day phrase “State of the Union” for the first time.
1947 - President Harry S Truman delivers the first televised address.
1965 - President Lyndon B. Johnson moves the timing of the address from midday to the evening to boost the television audience.
1966 - After LBJ’s move to primetime, the tradition of a response from the opposing party begins. The response to the Democrat’s speech is delivered by Republican Sen. Everett Dirksen and then-Rep. Gerald Ford.
1976 - Television time is established for the opposing party’s rebuttal immediately following the State of the Union speech for the first time.
1982 - President Ronald Reagan begins tradition of inviting special guests to be seated with the First Lady.
2002 - President George W. Bush’s address is the first to be webcast live via the Internet.
One last look at Monday’s Inauguration ceremony, as captured by CNN Newsource producer Jason Evans at the Capitol.
The early birds get the best shots. As Inauguration Day comes to a close here in the nation’s capital, here’s how this morning’s events at the U.S. Capitol were seen by CNN Newsource reporter Rene Marsh and her team in the field. Thanks to Rene for sharing her photos!
The big moment the fashion world waited on Monday was the reveal of Michelle Obama’s Inaugural gown. And more importantly, who would design it.
According to the White House, the ruby red chiffon and velvet halter gown was designed by American designer Jason Wu, who also designed the white chiffon dress Mrs. Obama wore for the 2009 Inaugural balls. She also wore Jimmy Choo shoes and a ring by Kimberly McDonald.
Photo Source: Pool via CNN Images