The State of the Union address is many things: a chance to rally the base, introduce new proposals, and regain support with independents that may have been lost during the previous year. It can also be quite a workout.
Democrats and Republicans use the State of the Union as a sounding board to stand up for their principles and their Commander in Chief.
If you close your eyes, it’s possible to imagine yourself at a pep rally. Well, a pep rally that talks about the need to improve the economy rather than the need to beat Crosstown High’s football team.
Not counting minor smatterings of applause, President Barack Obama was interrupted by applause 86 times, 46 of which included a standing ovation.
Democrats were logically the more frequent applauders, but there were 36 times when Republicans decided to reach across the aisle and join their hands together, and then apart, and then together again.
Democrats whooped it up 50 times in 69 minutes, or roughly once every 90 seconds.
While clapping was more partisan, the majority of standing ovations were bipartisan. Members felt the need to get out of their seats 46 times during the course of the speech, 28 of which were bipartisan.
But the President only stood up to his party one time. He received applause and a standing ovation from only Republican members when he mentioned the need to take action on pending free trade agreements with South Korea, Panama, and Colombia.