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2012 State of the Union / STATE OF THE UNION

Scenes from the Capitol

Windows into the moments surrounding the president's address

First Lady Michelle Obama talks to John, Dallas, and Roxanna Green, family of the late Christina Taylor Green of Tucson, before the State of the Union address.(Alex Wong/Getty Images)

photo of Julia Edwards
January 25, 2011

A look back at the staffers' preparation, the guests of honor and the Republican reactions to President Obama's second State of the Union address.

 

 

President Obama shakes hands with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, after delivering his address on the State of the Union.  In his final words, the president said of America, “We do big things.”

 

Obama draws bipartisan applause for his line proposing a fix in the small business provision of the health care law.

 

A quick Transportation Security Administration joke from Obama: "Within 25 years, our goal is to give 80% of Americans access to high-speed rail, which could allow you go places in half the time it takes to travel by car. For some trips, it will be faster than flying – without the pat-down."

 

President Obama delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress, with some Democrats and Republicans sitting together for the first time rather than on opposite sides of the House chamber.

 

Members of Congress listen to President Obama deliver his State of the Union address. Many lawmakers chose to sit with members of the opposite party, breaking a partisan tradition, in a symbolic gesture this year.

 

First Lady Michelle Obama waves from the gallery at President Obama's State of the Union.

 

Obama greets Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and references the National Journal’s exclusive preview of the speech he had prepared. “I don’t need to deliver it now,” Obama quips. “ Everyone saw it.”

 

Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., were among the first bipartisan pairs announced as part of Sen. Mark Udall’s bipartisan seating effort.

Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. walks in with one of the political odd-couples of the evening: Sens. Tom Udall,D-N.M.,  and John McCain, R-Ariz.

President Obama greets lawmakers in the House of Representatives before delivering the State of the Union address.

 

Secretary of State  Hillary Clinton and administration officials wait for Obama to deliver the State of the Union.

 

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer arrives at the House chamber prior to the president’s address.

 

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, prepares for the State of the Union address by President Obama before a joint session of Congress and the Supreme Court.

 

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama enter the Capitol moments before the president made his entrance into the House of Representatives.

 

Vice President Joe Biden on his way into the House chamber for the State of the Union.

 

Senators John Kerry,R-Ariz., and John Kerry, D-Mass., chat on their way into the House for the State of the Union.

 

Senators Al Franken, D-Minn., (left) and Rand Paul, R-Ky., walk together on their way into the State of the Union.

 

Staff and reporters wait in Statuary Hall while preparing for the State of the Union address on Capitol Hill early Tuesday evening.

 

White House advisers David Axelrod, David Plouffe and Valerie Jarrett walk through the Colonnade of the Rose Garden of the White House in the afternoon before the President’s speech. 

 

President Obama walks through the Colonnade hours before he will deliver his second State of the Union address, calling for cooperation in politics and competition in the global market place.

 

Justin Smith, President of Atlantic Media Company greets former Speaker of the House Denny Hastert at the National Journal/Atlantic Monthly Pre State of the Union Party.

New Member Diane Black, R-Tenn., speaks with the Former Speaker of the House Denny Hastert and National Journal's Major Garrett.

 

Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., (left) and SHRM CEO Hank Jackson at the National Journal/Atlantic Monthly Pre State of the Union Party.

 

Senator Bob Corker speaks to New Members during the National Journal/Atlantic Monthly Pre State of the Union Party.

Nick Calio, Air Transportation Association and Ted Kratovil, Global Public Strategies, LLC give thumbs up at the National Journal/Atlantic Monthly Pre State of the Union Party.

 

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