@Not MittRomney: Rubio will give the Republican response about five minutes after the President leaves the chamber. Rand Paul is set to give the Tea Party response after Rubio is finished.
JesseJackRex, from what we're hearing the White House has tried to play down a bit the North Korea nuclear test. Not because it isn't a big deal, but in briefings today administration officials talked about how this latest test was expected. The president might mention it in passing, but it's more likely that he won't give North Korea the attention that comes with being mentioned in the SOTU.
I believe Sen. Rubio is scheduled to go immediately after the president. Sen. Paul will go after Rubio. Tea Party could have chosen to go up against Rubio -- and risked not getting coverage...
Most presidents have kept to it about 50 minutes. All of President Clinton's addresses, however, went over an hour. His 2000 address went to 1 hour and 28 minutes. Obama's longest speech was in 2010, when he spoke for an hour and nine minutes.
On gay marriage, which a couple of people have mentioned, I agree that he is likely to include some reference to the issue as an important civil right. But in doing so, it seems likely that he will stick to higher level remarks, as he did in his inaugural speech, rather than drilling down into state-by-state issues. I would expect him to take note of changes in federal policy that have occurred in recent weeks regarding same-sex benefits.
@Frisco, this is an online platform to listen to our live audio coverage of the SOTU and chat along while you're listening, but we aren't hosting live video.
What's the issue you care about most or want to hear the president address?
@ChesseSammich: The White House releases the transcript to the press before it's finished but it is embargoed, meaning we can't publish it until the President delivers it.
Covering the State of the Union and being in the House chamber when a president delivers a SOTU speech is exciting, even for jaded veteran journalists. Rarely do you get to see practically all the top officials of the American government in one room. It's really something to be able to see it in person.
House Speaker John Boehner has gavelled the House into order. Legislators have filed into the House chamber. Television images showed former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelley sitting in the chamber wearing green ribbons in honor of those who died in the Newtown school shootings.