Behind The Scenes Things You Did Not See Watching The State Of The Union

There was a fake glowing fireplace.

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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.

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.

Saving seats eight hours before the speech!


7. Less committed House members eat and drink at fancy receptions.

There are lots of these fancy receptions set up all over the Capitol because organizations know that this is the one night the members must stay late.

8. Over in the Senate, they throw their own FAMILY DINNER!

It is right adjacent to the Senate Chamber. The dinner smells really good, but people will yell at you if you take photos near it because senators, eating.

How this works is members just wander through and exhausted reporters, who have been sitting in chairs like this all day, ask them questions.

And then members tell you something boring that you can't use.

Contact Benny Johnson at benny.johnson+DONE@buzzfeed.com.

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