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

Behind the scenes of the 2014 SOTU
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White House photographer Pete Souza provides a glimpse behind the scenes of preparations for State of the Union 2014
The scene in the Oval Office as the President met with his senior advisers today. Dan Pfeiffer is on the left.
On the Resolute desk in the Oval Office: the President's pen ready to edit latest draft of the State of the Union speech.
The editing continues with Cody Keenan.
Choices: apples in the Oval Office.
President Obama and speechwriter Cody Keenan.
Older drafts of the speech.
The President working this evening on his State of the Union speech.
The president's cup of tea on his desk with the latest draft of the speech.
The President's suitcoat on a chair during his meeting w Cody Keenan and Dan Pfeiffer.
President Obama meets with Cody Keenan and Ben Rhodes on his State of the Union speech.
President Obama with Cody Keenan and Dan Pfeiffer this morning.
President Obama looking at newspapers this morning.
Weather forecast for Tuesday, January 28.


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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