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White House photographer Pete Souza provides a glimpse behind the scenes of preparations for State of the Union 2014



By Andrew Tavani

Official White House photographer Pete Souza has been offering Americans a peek behind the curtain as President Obama puts the finishing touches on what will be the 5th State of the Union address of his presidency, to be delivered on Tuesday night. Souza has posted a photo or two on Twitter, a bunch more on Instagram and he created 'Inside the State of the Union with Pete Souza' on Storify.

If you're a politics buff or just someone who likes to sweat the tiny details, the photographs -- some of them black and white -- stand as a pleasant visual complement to all the noise and controversy that's bound to swirl around the actual speech tonight. Even senior Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer shared a few photos on Storify, noting the cold weather that will be in place when the speech begins just after 9 p.m.

Finally, as you'll see above, the president uses a (mighty?) Uniball pen to edit drafts of the speech. It will be interesting to see if the pen maker finds a way to capitalize on its product's critical use in the Oval Office ahead of the historic speech. Souza captured a black Uniball resting next to a draft of the speech on the president's Resolute desk. This is their moment. How will they seize it?

We've gathered them all here in one easy-to-click-through slide show above. And if you still need more on what's going on behind the scenes of the State of the Union, visit the official White House hub page.

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ebonyf47 January 30 2014 at 6:54 AM

I hear what you all are saying, Like i said before I dont agree with all Obama is saying, just like I didnt agree with some of things all other President before him said . If Congress dont work with him and evreything he said will continue being a lies. He just have to do what others have done, providing it benefit the country. We want know unless he try. However, I just didnt freak out or hate them for it..... However you all got worsts things to worry about than the what going on in Washington DC. Prayer was taken out of schools, disciplent your children was taken away from you. The 10 commands was take away. The demons out numbering the Christians. Gay people coming out of closet. Now they are marring one another and this is being allow so far in 34 states. People killing each other now killing because stand your ground, using it for an excuse to kill. The list goes on and on and on. Even though all this happening, I'm not surprise because the bible saids all this to come to past. So if you want to be concern about you and your children future thinks on these things. Because this is what we are going to be facing.

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jamste1980 January 28 2014 at 11:33 PM

Too bad , too sad , the comments made here ! Aren't we all AMERICANS?

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georgechevrolet January 28 2014 at 8:39 PM

Will anyone be listening? And if so, why? Maybe it's just me but when someone has been caught lying to me I don't waste my time listening to them again.

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markschupp January 28 2014 at 7:45 PM

Lady Barack and the Tramp Michelle. this years Grammy winner"))

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vicvlvic January 28 2014 at 7:42 PM

No Pineapple or Watermelons in the fruit bowl?

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daradams January 28 2014 at 7:32 PM

They will be swinging from the chandeliers to get away from all the bs coming from the podium.... sad but true...

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ebonyf47 January 28 2014 at 7:12 PM

We all got worst things to worry about than what is going on in Washington DC. Prayer was taken out of schools, disciplent your children was taken away from you. The 10 commands was take away. The demons out numbering the Christians. Gay people coming out of closet. Now they are marring one another and this is being allow so far in 34 states. People killing each other now killing because stand your ground, using it for an excuse to kill. The list goes on and on and on. Even though all this happening, I'm not surprise because the bible saids all this to come to past. So if you want to be concern about you and your children future things on these things. Because this is what we are going to be facing.

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Engelun January 28 2014 at 6:50 PM

Boehner for president.

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Luvucats January 28 2014 at 6:52 PM

Anyone would be an improvement!

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Luvucats January 28 2014 at 6:47 PM

Let's just hope that he doesn't use his executive order to allow for an attempt at a third term, so that he can use smoke and mirrors to get into office again and finalize his ruination of this country!

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scottee January 28 2014 at 6:42 PM

the national news just reported that our country is divided, troubled, and deteriorating.
that was the president's agenda. the documentary, 2016, explained it all.

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