Final State Of The Union Behind-the-scenes

President Barack Obama delivered his final State of the Union address on January 12 at 9PM ET. What took place before the actual event? The president decided to do something that has not been done before.


Mr. Obama did something that is rarely done by past leaderships, according to White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough. The president “thinks beyond the next election,” he said. On January 6, he actually previewed his last State of the Union address. Here’s the video:

Weeks into the State of the Union, White House called individuals that were given the extraordinary opportunity to join the First Lady in watching the address live. Their reactions when they receive the calls to invite them were priceless. Here’s the video:

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After the State of the Union, Cabinet officials, members of Congress, Senior White House officials will answer question for the Big Block of Cheese Day. Click here to know more.

Days before the State of the Union, the White House launched the “Official Story” on Snapchat. People can stay up to date with all behind-the-scenes happening by adding “White House” as a friend. The snapcode is found here.

For those who missed the live State of the Union coverage, the president’s speech can be read online. The copy of the speech was released into the web as the president delivers his speech. Here’s an excerpt of Mr. Obama’s closing spiel:

You’re the reason why I have such incredible confidence in our future.  Because I see your quiet, sturdy citizenship all the time. 

I see it in the worker on the assembly line who clocked extra shifts to keep his company open, and the boss who pays him higher wages to keep him on board.

I see it in the Dreamer who stays up late to finish her science project, and the teacher who comes in early because he knows she might someday cure a disease.

I see it in the American who served his time, and dreams of starting over – and the business owner who gives him that second chance.  The protester determined to prove that justice matters, and the young cop walking the beat, treating everybody with respect, doing the brave, quiet work of keeping us safe.

I see it in the soldier who gives almost everything to save his brothers, the nurse who tends to him ‘til he can run a marathon, and the community that lines up to cheer him on.

It’s the son who finds the courage to come out as who he is, and the father whose love for that son overrides everything he’s been taught.

I see it in the elderly woman who will wait in line to cast her vote as long as she has to; the new citizen who casts his for the first time; the volunteers at the polls who believe every vote should count, because each of them in different ways know how much that precious right is worth.

That’s the America I know.  That’s the country we love.   Clear-eyed.  Big-hearted.  Optimistic that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.  That’s what makes me so hopeful about our future.  Because of you.  I believe in you.  That’s why I stand here confident that the State of our Union is strong.