Photo Essay

  • President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address in front of Congress, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 28, 2014.
  • Television lighting technicians build sets inside Statuary Hall for post-speech interviews hours before President Barack Obama delivered the State of the Union address on Jan. 28, 2014 in Washington, DC.
  • Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman, who had to have both his legs amputated after being injured in the blasts, stands with his rescuer Carlos Arredondo (L) before the start of the State of the Union speech on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 28, 2014.
  • Willie Robertson (R) of the television show Duck Dynasty and his wife Korie Robertson wait for the State of the Union address on Jan. 28, 2014 in Washington, DC.
  • U.S. Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (L), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (2nd L) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (R) head to the front of the chamber together before the State of the Union on Capitol Hill in Jan. 28, 2014.
  • President Barack Obama shakes hands before delivering his State of the Union address in Washington, Jan. 28, 2014.
  • U.S. House Speaker John Boehner gestures before President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address on Jan. 28, 2014 at the US Capitol in Washington.
  • U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), U.S. Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) , and U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) wait for U.S. President Barack Obama to deliver the State of the Union on Jan. 28, 2014 in Washington, DC.
  • Vice President Joseph Biden (L) and Speaker of the House John Boehner (R) prior to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.
  • President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union on Jan. 28, 2014 in Washington, DC.
  • White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough (R) and Secretary of State John Kerry (2nd R) applaud President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan 28, 2014.
  • President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address in the US Capitol in Washington, DC on Jan. 28, 2014.
  • First Lady Michelle Obama (R) applauds U.S. Army Ranger Sgt. First Class Cory Remsburg (C), injured while serving in Afghanistan, during President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech on Capitol Hill in Washington Jan. 28, 2014.
  • President Barack Obama waves as he walks through a door to leave the House chamber after giving his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 28, 2014.
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The SOTU in Pictures

This year’s State of the Union address brought the traditional handshakes, pomp, and rhetoric with a touch of Duck Dynasty thrown in.  Photos from Tuesday’s big speech.