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State of the Union Drinking Game

The State of the Union Address is a storied presidential tradition that politically plots the course of our nation and has served as a venue for some of history's most famous oratory. Let's make it more funner by getting hamtowned. Sorry for the grammar. Already drunk. Tailgating for the State of the Union. It starts at 9:00pm EST (CNN Live Stream for the televisionless), so stock up on hooch now.

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  • If, on his walk to the podium, Obama shakes Joe Lieberman's hand, 2 Drinks

  • If Obama hugs Joe Lieberman, 3 Drinks

  • If Obama kisses Joe Lieberman (or vice versa), 4 Drinks

  • If, on his walk to the podium, Obama shakes Mitch McConnell's hand, 2 Drinks

  • If Obama hugs Mitch McConnell, 3 Drinks

  • If Obama kisses Mitch McConnell (or vice versa), Chug

  • If there's a shot of Michelle Obama, 1 Drink

  • A shot of Jill Biden, 1 Drink

  • A shot of Debbie Boehner, 2 Drinks

  • A shot of Elena Kagan, 2 Drinks

  • A shot of Sonia Sotomayor, 2 Drinks

  • A shot of John McCain, 3 Drinks

  • A shot of Rand Paul, 4 Drinks

  • A shot of Michelle Bachmann, Chug

  • If Obama says "job" or "jobs," 1 Drink

  • If Obama says "economy," 1 Drink

  • If Obama says "infrastructure," 1 Drink

  • If Obama says "innovate" or "innovation," 1 Drink

  • If Obama says "invest," 1 Drink

  • If Obama says "deficit," 2 Drinks

  • If Obama says "Giffords," 2 Drinks

  • If Obama says "Reagan," Chug

  • If Democrats alone stand to applaud, 1 Drink

  • If the entire chamber stands to applaud, 2 Drinks

  • If Republicans alone stand to applaud, Chug

  • If Joe Biden alone stands to applaud, 1 Drink

  • If Biden and Boehner stand together to applaud, 2 Drinks

  • If John Boehner alone stands to applaud, Chug

  • If someone is shown on camera texting or otherwise using their cell phone, 3 Drinks

  • If someone rolls their eyes or is shaking their head in disapproval, 3 Drinks

  • If someone is falling asleep, 4 Drinks

  • If someone in the audience yells out Joe Wilson style, Chug

Gavon Laessig is a deputy news director and front page editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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