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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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FELIX FIGUERUELO January 28 2014 at 1:33 PM

Pictures do not impress me at all. This pictures are just prop and do not convey any idea what is really going on in preparation for the speech. I would like to hear the live conversations. Of course that won't be possible.

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ejorillion January 28 2014 at 2:30 PM

all you will hear is one fairy tale after another. Watch the food network, at least you will learn something that is true

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JESUS January 28 2014 at 2:30 PM

Is so disappointing to listen once more to promises that will never be fulfilled. Even though I didn't vote for him, I had hope that things would change, as he promised the country at the beginning of his presidency, remember his favorite slogan, "yes we can!", which has turned out to be nothing but dissolution's and disappointments, a continuous slump of the economy, high unemployment, large corporations closing down, an economy that has never recovered, is all a bunch of false hopes that we have encountered after these years of his presidency. By the time he leaves office, I suppose that this country will be in the worst shape ever in history.

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markschupp January 28 2014 at 4:21 PM

Obama slams gay marriage: "a man needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle"

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jlink54009 January 28 2014 at 4:21 PM

Move back to Kenya & take Joe & Michelle & the kids & the dogs with you....

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daradams jlink54009 January 28 2014 at 4:40 PM

Don't forget the mother in law - living rent free on the tax payers dime...

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bambi4318.barbara daradams January 28 2014 at 6:27 PM

But she's the royal baby-sitter.

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bearmeans January 28 2014 at 4:17 PM

oh great oblama going to tell some more lies tonight !

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team sea ray January 28 2014 at 4:16 PM

the liar,tonight on most channels.....brought to by---the democRAT PARTY

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thomasecw January 28 2014 at 4:13 PM

Based on what I have been hearing, it sounds like both houses of congress and their staffs will be given a 2 year leave of absence effective tomorrow morning. In light of all the executive orders about to be released, there will be no need for congressmen for the rest of Obama's term. With all the payroll savings AND giving the nation a feel for what it would be like to be governed by a king for 2 years, it would be a win-win for all.

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patriot1too thomasecw January 28 2014 at 4:19 PM

He should be impeached for by passing congress and placeing in laws that are indeed harmful to the citizens of America. He has lowered the bar on everything that America stands for and its laws includeing his rubber stamping if immoral behaviors and calling it a family.. He is shameless.

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Sue and Phil thomasecw January 28 2014 at 4:20 PM

Doesn't Czar or Dictator fit better?

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Thomas January 28 2014 at 4:12 PM

Why is he smelling his fingers? Bad **** paper?

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markschupp Thomas January 28 2014 at 4:14 PM

he ate the Danish......memories:))

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markschupp Thomas January 28 2014 at 4:15 PM

memory's of the Danish

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JESUS January 28 2014 at 2:30 PM

Is so disappointing to listen once more to promises that will never be fulfilled. Even though I didn't vote for him, I had hope that things would change, as he promised the country at the beginning of his presidency, remember his favorite slogan, "yes we can!", which has turned out to be nothing but dissolution's and disappointments, a continuous slump of the economy, high unemployment, large corporations closing down, an economy that has never recovered, is all a bunch of false hopes that we have encountered after these years of his presidency. By the time he leaves office, I suppose that this country will be in the worst shape ever in history.

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