Watching from home, the State of the Union looks so pretty and organized.
But who’s ready to see what this cluster looks like behind the scenes?
1. During the State of the Union the Capitol building becomes a warzone.
There is no larger annual gathering of important elected representatives all year. So don’t even try to cross this line.
2. There are TONS of police all over the Capitol.
Fancy policemen have the white gloves on.
4. The hall right outside the House chamber is set up to be a media kill zone.
The members have to go in and out of this room, so every media company, camera and cord on the planet are set up here.
6. Some members of congress wait AN ENTIRE DAY in the House Chamber just to get a good seat.
This is Rep. Eliot Engel. He sat in the House Chamber the whole day just to get a good seat. “I have been doing this since H.W. Bush,” he said. “People back at home like seeing you on TV.” According to Engel, about a dozen members do this.
9. After having all their ice cream, all the senators gather in the doorway of the Senate…
… and Biden leads them all across the Capitol, over to the House Chamber!
They walk right through the media kill zone and here is what that looks like.
10. The people that take care of all the guests for the speech wear adorable little red coats.
11. Once the president enters, some members of Congress, WHO SHOULD KNOW BETTER, took photos with iPads.
Recall election NOW.
14. The FREAKING podium behind Obama is magical.
BUT BE CAREFUL going through the media kill zone. It is hella insane.
17. This is how close Michele Bachmann and Debbie Wassermann Schultz can get to each other without causing the apocalypse.
And Sheila Jackson Lee looked fab.
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