The proposals won't exactly be new—Obama's been workshopping them in speeches over the past few weeks—nor will the ceremony. People on one side will clap. People on the other will not. The union will be diagnosed as "strong." The speech will be appropriate. The camera will pan to one or more of these people.
But there's always a few potential wild cards:
Here's the official White House lifestream. For a fun "SOTU" drinking game, take a shot every time the minute hand on the clock changes.
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