Watching Obama's State of the Union speech? Check out tone, theatrics, loudmouths

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Watching Obama's State of the Union speech? Check out tone, theatrics, loudmouths
TONE MATTERS: Regardless of what Obama says, getting the tone of his delivery right is as important as the content. This is Obama's biggest opportunity to let millions of Americans see how he is approaching the final quarter of his presidency. How energized will the lame duck president be? How optimistic? The president came out of his party's midterm election losses with a surprising burst of activity, but there are big questions about whether he will be able to sustain that momentum in the face of opposition from the new Republican-controlled Congress. (Image: Getty)
LAYING DOWN MARKERS: Obama will tell Americans a lot about what he wants to do. Equally important is what he says he won't do. The president is confronting the new reality of a Congress controlled by the Republicans. He has pledged to find areas of common ground where he can work with the GOP, but he also has already issued five veto threats. Will he lay down new markers in the speech? Watch what kind of balance he strikes between conciliation and determination to stand firm on his positions. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
ENTHUSIASM GAP? There's little suspense about how Republicans will react to the president's speech. Obama's plans to increase taxes on the wealthiest Americans and use the money to pay for new tax breaks for the middle class already have been dismissed by House Speaker John Boehner's office as the same old tax-and-spend "approach we've come to expect from President Obama that hasn't worked." What may be more telling is how Democrats react to Obama's address. They've been nervous about how far Obama will go to work with Republicans in areas such as tax and trade deals, and afraid that he may offer too much. Watch how muted their reaction is when the president identifies areas for bipartisan collaboration. (AP Photo/Larry Downing, Pool)
"OH MY" MOMENTS: There's always a cacophony of voices surrounding the State of the Union speech. But occasionally, someone sounds off in a way that truly stands out and speaks to the roiling politics of the moment. During the 2010 State of the Union, Obama's criticism of a Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance so irked Justice Samuel Alito, sitting in the front row, that the justice shook his head and clearly mouthed the words, "Not true." Obama's speech about health care to a joint session of Congress in 2009 was interrupted by a Republican congressman shouting "You lie!" Will there be an "oh my" moment this year? (AP Photo/Tim Sloan, Pool)
INVITATION GAME: Presidents stretching back to Ronald Reagan have invited special guests to attend the address to prominently reinforce their messages - health care recipients, service members and the like. This year, the White House has invited 22 guests to sit in the gallery with first lady Michelle Obama, including an astronaut and a number of people who say they've benefited from the president's policies. Lately, members of Congress have gotten in on the act and come up with some attention-grabbing guests of their own. Last year, a GOP congressman invited rocker Ted Nugent, who has referred to Obama's administration as "evil, America-hating." And another congressman brought Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 28: Willie Robertson (L) of the television show Duck Dynasty talks with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) before U.S. President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on January 28, 2014 in Washington, DC. In his fifth State of the Union address, Obama is expected to emphasize on healthcare, economic fairness and new initiatives designed to stimulate the U.S. economy with bipartisan cooperation. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama speaks during a joint news conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. Growing fears about the specter of terrorism in Europe and the West are lending themselves to a sense of trans-Atlantic solidarity as President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron meet at the White House. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Barack Obama participates in a service project at Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington, to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and in honor of Dr. King’s life and legacy, on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
File-This Jan. 9, 2015, file photo shows President Barack Obama speaking at Pellissippi State Community College, in Knoxville, Tenn. President Obama is turning to his biggest television audience of the year to pitch tax increases on the wealthiest Americans and put the new Republican Congress in the position of defending top income earners over the middle class. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
President Barack Obama listens as British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during their joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. In a show of trans-Atlantic unity, President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron pledged a joint effort on Friday to fight domestic terrorism following deadly attacks in France. They also strongly urged the U.S. Congress to hold off on implementing new sanctions on Iran in the midst of nuclear talks. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron arrive for their joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. In a show of trans-Atlantic unity, President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron pledged a joint effort on Friday to fight domestic terrorism following deadly attacks in France. They also strongly urged the U.S. Congress to hold off on implementing new sanctions on Iran in the midst of nuclear talks. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Barack Obama speaks during a joint news conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The president said the US and Britain will do everything in their power to help France seek justice for last week's terror attacks. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Barack Obama, right, walks with British Prime Minister David Cameron on the West Wing Colonnade of the White House, on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Barack Obama steps from Marine One to walk across the South Lawn to the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, in Washington, as he returns from Baltimore where he attended the Senate Democratic Issues Conference and visited Charmington's Cafe where he talked about paid sick leave for working Americans. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Barack Obama walks from Marine One across the South Lawn to the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, in Washington, as he returns from Baltimore where he attended the Senate Democratic Issues Conference and visited Charmington's Cafe where he talked about paid sick leave for working Americans. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Barack Obama calls out to the media as he walks from Marine One across the South Lawn to the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, in Washington, as returns from Baltimore where he attended the Senate Democratic Issues Conference and visited Charmington's Cafe where he talked about paid sick leave for working Americans. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Barack Obama speak with, from left, Vika Jordan, Amanda Rothschild, and Mary Stein about proposed legislation to offer paid sick leave for working Americans, during a stop at Charmington's Cafe in Baltimore, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. Earlier, the president signed a memorandum is to direct federal agencies to advance six weeks of paid sick leave that federal workers could use as paid family leave. Workers would have to pay back the sick leave over time. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Barack Obama speaks about proposed legislation to offer paid sick leave for working Americans during a stopping at Charmington's Cafe in Baltimore,Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. Earlier , the president signed a memorandum is to direct federal agencies to advance six weeks of paid sick leave that federal workers could use as paid family leave. Workers would have to pay back the sick leave over time. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington to talk about successes in 2014, citing lower unemployment, a rising number of Americans covered by health insurance, and an historic diplomatic opening with Cuba. The Obama administration is putting a large dent in the U.S. embargo against Cuba as of Friday, significantly loosening restrictions on American trade and investment. The new rules also open up the communist island to greater American travel and allow U.S. citizens to start bringing home small amounts of Cuban cigars after more than a half-century ban. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
President Barack Obama greets audience members after speaking at Cedar Falls Utilities, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. President Obama is once again challenging major cable and telephone companies by encouraging the Federal Communications Commission to pre-empt state laws that stifle competition for high-speed Internet service. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
President Barack Obama speaks at Cedar Falls Utilities, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. President Obama is once again challenging major cable and telephone companies by encouraging the Federal Communications Commission to pre-empt state laws that stifle competition for high-speed Internet service. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
President Barack Obama speaks at Cedar Falls Utilities, in Cedar Falls, Iowa., Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, about steps to increase access to affordable, high-speed broadband across the country. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Barack Obama steps from Air Force One, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md., en route to Washington. The president is returning from Cedar Falls, Iowa, where he discussed steps to increase access to affordable, high-speed broadband across the country. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Barack Obama, joined by Robert Houlihan, Chief Technology Officer at Cedar Falls Utilities, second from left, and David Schilling, Communications Services Manager at Cedar Falls Utilities, third from left and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, attends a fiber optic splicing demonstration at Cedar Falls Utilities, in Cedar Falls, Iowa., Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, before speaking about steps to increase access to affordable, high-speed broadband across the country. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Barack Obama speaks at Cedar Falls Utilities in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, about steps to increase access to affordable, high-speed broadband across the country. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Barack Obama, followed by Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, waves as they disembark Air Force One at Waterloo Regional Airport in Waterloo, Iowa, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Matthew Holst)
US President Barack Obama speaks to US troops at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey, December 15, 2014. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama (C) shakes hands with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (L) after arriving at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey, December 15, 2014, to speak to US troops. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
Troops react as they are greeted by President Barack Obama after his speech at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. President Barack Obama said every American who has served in Afghanistan should be proud of what they've accomplished. Obama is observing the end of combat operations in Afghanistan by visiting U.S. troops at New Jersey's Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. The base has been a launching point for deployments to Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
President Barack Obama waves to troops before speaking at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., watches at center as President Barack Obama greets New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie after speaking to military members and families Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, in Wrightstown, N.J. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. is at right. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, NEW JERSEY - DECEMBER 15: U.S. President Barack Obama addresses an audience of armed forces December 15, 2014 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Obama will address the troops to thank them for their service and mark the end of the combat mission in Afghanistan. ahead of the upcoming holidays. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, NEW JERSEY - DECEMBER 15: U.S. President Barack Obama addresses an audience of armed forces December 15, 2014 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Obama will address the troops to thank them for their service and mark the end of the combat mission in Afghanistan. ahead of the upcoming holidays. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, NEW JERSEY - DECEMBER 15: U.S. President Barack Obama addresses an audience of armed forces December 15, 2014 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Obama will address the troops to thank them for their service and mark the end of the combat mission in Afghanistan. ahead of the upcoming holidays. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama greets US troops after speaking at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey, December 15, 2014. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, NEW JERSEY - DECEMBER 15: Members od U.S. audience of armed forces listen to U.S. President Barack Obama speaks December 15, 2014 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Obama will address the troops to thank them for their service and mark the end of the combat mission in Afghanistan. ahead of the upcoming holidays. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama greets US troops after speaking at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey, December 15, 2014. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US troops listen as US President Barack Obama speaks at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey, December 15, 2014. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama arrives to speak to US troops at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey, December 15, 2014. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama speaks to US troops at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey, December 15, 2014. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 15: U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he departs the White House December 15, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama is scheduled to travel to New Jersey later in the day. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama (L) walks to greet guests after arriving at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey, December 15, 2014, to speak to US troops. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama departs the White House in Washington, DC, December 15, 2014. Barack Obama is travelling to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey to deliver remarks expressing gratitude to the troops for their service and sacrifice. AFP PHOTO/JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 15: U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he departs the White House December 15, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama is scheduled to travel to New Jersey later in the day. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 14: (L-R) Malia Obama, Sasha Obama, U.S. President Barack Obama, and First Lady Michelle Obama speak onstage at TNT Christmas in Washington 2014 at the National Building Museum on December 14, 2014 in Washington, DC. 25248_002_1209.JPG (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
US President Barack Obama makes a statement to the press before a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House December 12, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama spoke before a meeting with his Ebola response team. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama takes part in a meeting with the President's Export Council in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on December 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. From left: Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney, Obama, and Xerox Chairman and CEO Ursula Burns. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama takes part in a meeting with the President's Export Council in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on December 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. At left is Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama sort toys and gifts for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign on December 10, 2014 at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, DC. The gifts were donated by staff of the presidential office. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama takes part in a meeting with the President's Export Council in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on December 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama sort toys and gifts for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign on December 10, 2014 at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, DC. The gifts were donated by staff of the presidential office. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 10: U.S. President Barack Obama, with bags slung over his shoulders, delivers toys and gifts donated by Executive Office of the President staff to the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling December 10, 2014 in Washington, DC. For 67 years the Toys for Tots program has worked with local communities to collect and distribute toys and gifts for less fortunate children throughout the United States. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 10: US President Barack Obama (R) and first lady Michelle Obama sort toys and gifts donated by Executive Office of the President staff to the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling December 10, 2014 in Washington, DC. For 67 years the Toys for Tots program has worked with local communities to collect and distribute toys and gifts for less fortunate children throughout the United States. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 10: U.S. President Barack Obama, with bags slung over his shoulders, delivers toys and gifts donated by Executive Office of the President staff to the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling December 10, 2014 in Washington, DC. For 67 years the Toys for Tots program has worked with local communities to collect and distribute toys and gifts for less fortunate children throughout the United States. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 10: U.S. President Barack Obama holds six-month-old William Gettle after he and first lady Michelle Obama delivered toys and gifts donated by Executive Office of the President staff to the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling December 10, 2014 in Washington, DC. For 67 years the Toys for Tots program has worked with local communities to collect and distribute toys and gifts for less fortunate children throughout the United States. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 10: US President Barack Obama (L) sets down bags of toys as he and first lady Michelle Obama deliver gifts donated by Executive Office of the President staff to the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling December 10, 2014 in Washington, DC. For 67 years the Toys for Tots program has worked with local communities to collect and distribute toys and gifts for less fortunate children throughout the United States. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 10: U.S. President Barack Obama sorts toys and gifts donated by Executive Office of the President staff to the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling on December 10, 2014 in Washington, DC. For 67 years the Toys for Tots program has worked with local communities to collect and distribute toys and gifts for less fortunate children throughout the United States. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 10: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during the White House Summit on Early Education at the South Court Auditorium at Eisenhower Executive Office Building December 10, 2014 in Washington, DC. President Obama spoke on the expansion of high-quality early education opportunities for children across the country from birth through school entry. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama hugs Alajah Lane, 9, after she introduced him at a White House Summit on early childhood education on December 10, 2014 in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, next to the White House in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama speaks with Lilia and Carlos Yepez, owners of La Hacienda Mexican restaurant in Nashville on December 9, 2014 before ordering food after he spoke on his executive actions on immigration at the Casa Azafran, a community center and home to a number of immigrant-related nonprofit organizations. Obama's controversial overhaul provides three-year relief for millions of undocumented people who have lived in the country for more than five years and have children that are US citizens or legal residents. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama takes a question after speaking about his recent executive actions on immigration on December 9, 2014 at the Casa Azafran, a community center and home to a number of immigrant-related nonprofit organizations, in Nashville, Tennessee. Obama's controversial overhaul provides three-year relief for millions of undocumented people who have lived in the country for more than five years and have children that are US citizens or legal residents. AFP PHOTO/NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama hugs Lilia and Carlos Yepez, owners of La Hacienda Mexican restaurant in Nashville on December 9, 2014 before ordering food after he spoke on his executive actions on immigration at the Casa Azafran, a community center and home to a number of immigrant-related nonprofit organizations. Obama's controversial overhaul provides three-year relief for millions of undocumented people who have lived in the country for more than five years and have children that are US citizens or legal residents. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
President Obama addresses community leaders at the Copernicus Community Center in Chicago to discuss executive actions he took on immigration, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
Immigration protesters disrupt President Obama's speech to community leaders at the Copernicus Community Center to discuss executive actions he took on immigration, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
President Obama addresses community leaders at the Copernicus Community Center in Chicago to discuss executive actions he took on immigration, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 25: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the Copernicus Community Center on November 25, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama discussed the executive actions he is taking to address the country's immigration system. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama speaks on immigration reform at the Copernicus Community Center on November 25, 2014 in Chicago. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A protestor holds up a banner as a guest beside her reaches to pull it away as US President Barack Obama speaks on immigration reform at the Copernicus Community Center on November 25, 2014 in Chicago. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama speaks on immigration reform at the Copernicus Community Center on November 25, 2014 in Chicago. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama speaks on immigration reform at the Copernicus Community Center on November 25, 2014 in Chicago. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama arrives on stage to speak on immigration reform at the Copernicus Community Center on November 25, 2014 in Chicago. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A protestor holds up a banner as a guest beside her reaches to pull it away as US President Barack Obama speaks on immigration reform at the Copernicus Community Center on November 25, 2014 in Chicago. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama speaks on immigration reform at the Copernicus Community Center on November 25, 2014 in Chicago. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama addresses the crowd on issues surrounding the protests in Ferguson, Mo., after meeting with community leaders about the executive actions he is taking to fix the immigration system Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
A woman interrupts President Barack Obama's addresses after Obama met with community leaders about the executive actions he is taking to fix the immigration system Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 20: U.S. President Barack Obama announces executive actions on U.S. immigration policy during a nationally televised address from the White House, November 20, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama outlined a plan on Thursday to ease the threat of deportation for about 4.7 million undocumented immigrants. (Photo by Jim Bourg-Pool/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama is seen on screens in the White House briefing room during a televised address to the nation November 20, 2014 in Washington, DC on immigration reform. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama walks in the Cross Hall of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, to award the National Medals of Science and National Medals of Technology and Innovation. The awards are the highest honor bestowed by the USs Government upon scientists, engineers, and inventors. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Barack Obama gives a 'thumbs-up' after awarding the National Medals of Science and National Medals of Technology and Innovation, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. On Thursday night, the president is poised to level broad authority to grant work permits to millions of immigrants living illegally in the US and to protect them from deportation, but the plan would leave the fate of millions more still unresolved. Republicans vowed an all-out fight against it. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 20: U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks while honoring the newest recipients of the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation in the East Room of the White House November 20, 2014 in Washington, DC. The medals are the highest honors bestowed by the United States Government for achievements in science, technology, and innovation. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 20: U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks while honoring the newest recipients of the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation in the East Room of the White House November 20, 2014 in Washington, DC. The medals are the highest honors bestowed by the United States Government for achievements in science, technology, and innovation. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
John Schiller (L), of the National Institutes of Health's National Cancer Institute, watches as Douglas Lowy (C), of the National Institutes of Health's National Cancer Institute, is presented the National Medal of Technology and Innovation by US President Barack Obama for their work on the HPV vaccine during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House November 20, 2014 in Washington, DC. President Obama awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation to nine people and the National Medal of Science to ten others. The National Medal of Scientists honors individuals for their outstanding contributions in fields such as biology, physics, and math. The National Medal of Technology and Innovation honors the Nations visionary thinkers whose creativity and intellect have made a lasting impact on the US and its workforce. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 20: U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks while honoring the newest recipients of the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation in the East Room of the White House November 20, 2014 in Washington, DC. The medals are the highest honors bestowed by the United States Government for achievements in science, technology, and innovation. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
The White House is seen at dusk in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. President Barack Obama on Thursday is expected to announce steps he will take to shield up to 5 million immigrants illegally in the United States from deportation. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
The National Medals of Science are set out on a table in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, before a ceremony where President Barack Obama will award the highest honor bestowed by the US Government upon scientists, engineers, and inventors. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 20: U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks while honoring the newest recipients of the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation in the East Room of the White House November 20, 2014 in Washington, DC. The medals are the highest honors bestowed by the United States Government for achievements in science, technology, and innovation. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Eli Harari, of the SanDisk Corporation, pumps his fists while being awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation by US President Barack Obama (C) during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House November 20, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation to nine people and the National Medal of Science to ten others. The National Medal of Scientists honors individuals for their outstanding contributions in fields such as biology, physics, and math. The National Medal of Technology and Innovation honors the Nations visionary thinkers whose creativity and intellect have made a lasting impact on the US and its workforce. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama pause while he speaks during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House November 20, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation to nine people and the National Medal of Science to ten others. The National Medal of Scientists honors individuals for their outstanding contributions in fields such as biology, physics, and math. The National Medal of Technology and Innovation honors the Nations visionary thinkers whose creativity and intellect have made a lasting impact on the US and its workforce. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
John Schiller (L) and Douglas Lowy (2L) wait to be presented the National Medal of Technology and Innovation by US President Barack Obama (2ndR) during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House November 20, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation to nine people and the National Medal of Science to ten others. The National Medal of Scientists honors individuals for their outstanding contributions in fields such as biology, physics, and math. The National Medal of Technology and Innovation honors the Nations visionary thinkers whose creativity and intellect have made a lasting impact on the US and its workforce. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Douglas Lowy (L), of the National Institutes of Health's National Cancer Institute, watches as John Schiller (C), of the National Institutes of Health's National Cancer Institute, is presented the National Medal of Technology and Innovation by US President Barack Obama for their work on the HPV vaccine during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House November 20, 2014 in Washington, DC. President Obama awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation to nine people and the National Medal of Science to ten others. The National Medal of Scientists honors individuals for their outstanding contributions in fields such as biology, physics, and math. The National Medal of Technology and Innovation honors the Nations visionary thinkers whose creativity and intellect have made a lasting impact on the US and its workforce. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama speaks during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House November 20, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation to nine people and the National Medal of Science to ten others. The National Medal of Scientists honors individuals for their outstanding contributions in fields such as biology, physics, and math. The National Medal of Technology and Innovation honors the Nations visionary thinkers whose creativity and intellect have made a lasting impact on the US and its workforce. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama pauses while speaking during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House November 20, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation to nine people and the National Medal of Science to ten others. The National Medal of Scientists honors individuals for their outstanding contributions in fields such as biology, physics, and math. The National Medal of Technology and Innovation honors the Nations visionary thinkers whose creativity and intellect have made a lasting impact on the United States and its workforce. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Confronted by terrorists beheading Americans, President Barack Obama has ordered a review of how the United States responds when citizens are taken hostage overseas.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 20: U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks while honoring the newest recipients of the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation in the East Room of the White House November 20, 2014 in Washington, DC. The medals are the highest honors bestowed by the United States Government for achievements in science, technology, and innovation. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 20: Eli Harari of the SanDisk Corporation (L) thrusts his fist in the air before U.S. President Barack Obama presents him with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation in the East Room of the White House November 20, 2014 in Washington, DC. According to the White House, Harari was awarded the medal 'for invention and commercialization of Flash storage technology to enable ubiquitous data in consumer electronics, mobile computing, and enterprise storage.' The medals are the highest honors bestowed by the United States Government for achievements in science, technology, and innovation. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama awards the National Medal of Technology and Innovation to Eli Harari, from SanDisk Corporation, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The awards are the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government upon scientists, engineers, and inventors. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Eli Harari, of SanDisk Corporation, left, reacts before being awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation by President Barack Obama, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. The awards are the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government upon scientists, engineers, and inventors. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Barack Obama waves from Air Force One as he arrives from Brisbane, Australia, by way of Hawaii, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Barack Obama salutes as he steps from Marine One onto the South Lawn of the White House, in Washington, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, as he arrives from Brisbane, Australia, by way of Hawaii and Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Barack Obama walks across the South Lawn to the White House in Washington, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, as he arrives from Brisbane, Australia, by way of Hawaii and Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Barack Obama awards the National Medal of Science to Thomas Kailath, from Stanford University, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The awards are the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government upon scientists, engineers, and inventors. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks during the ‘ConnectED to the Future’ event in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. The conference is with superintendents and other educators from across the country who are leading their schools and districts in the transition to digital learning. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Robert Axelrod, of the University of Michigan shakes hands with President Barack Obama after receiving the National Medal of Science during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. The awards are the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government upon scientists, engineers, and inventors. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Barack Obama signs the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 into law, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. At left is Rep. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
U.S. President Barak Obama speaks to the media during a press conference at the end of the G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama and his aides have been trickling out his State of the Union proposals on taxes, education, Internet access and more for weeks. What's left to watch for during Tuesday night's speech? Plenty. The event is as much about the theatrics and accoutrements of the evening as about the meat of the president's proposals.

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